Perhaps overshadowed by its eye-catching exterior, the Soul’s solid build quality and smart interior are the real deal. Base models get a 130-hp 1.6-liter four-cylinder with a slick six-speed manual or optional six-speed automatic while uplevel models receive a 164-hp 2.0-liter four-cylinder and the automatic. With either engine, acceleration is relaxed at best. Despite the numb steering feel, the Soul is unexpectedly agile thanks to nicely controlled body roll and a refined suspension.