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Impreza, HVR, or Soul?

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Looking for opinions. Have more or less narrowed choices down to these 3 vehicles. Would prefer 2016 or 2017 model used, but may consider new 2017, other than the HRV which is a little more than I want to spend.

All have their positives and negatives. Just curious about what others think. Have driven the Soul and Impreza and really liked both. I don't have any doubt the HRV would be acceptable. If it matters, would probably go with Soul +, Impreza 5door Prem, and HRV LX FWD (only because AWD more money).

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What are your requirements?
What is your budget?
Why is this in the Finance Forum?

Where are you finding current model year used cars?
Generally the better used cars you find with low miles are just coming off 2 year leases.
You should list the pro/cons for each model according to you.

Your looking at different classes of cars here too.
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Go with the Soul. Better warranty, low maintenance costs, timing chain vs belt. You only get the 10 year warranty buying new fyi.
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Go with the Soul. Better warranty, low maintenance costs, timing chain vs belt. You only get the 10 year warranty buying new fyi.
Agree with you jabbit. We have had our 2016 for about a year, got the Base with 6 speed manual. Its really cheap to run, great MPG, and added factory cruise control in under an hour for $85 in Kia parts. Only thing have to add in future is power door locks, haven't done that yet, never lock the doors usually, nothing much in the car.
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Kia Soul will not be on my list because of the material they use for electrical wiring:
https://www.carcomplaints.com/new...suit.shtml

Not to mention miserable fuel economy (25-27mpg) for a subcompact car because of Soul's boxy shape (Honda Fit has 31-37mpg). Google fuelly to find out what the actual mpg for each car.

2017 impreza and newer models are good choices because of the new (and improved safety) global platform they use.

Between HRV and Impreza I would go with Impreza because of Subaru's all wheel drive system. The only factor that can sway my decision is whether if I will be traveling on gravel roads or paved roads. HRV has 6+in while both Impreza and Fit has 5in ground clearance.

Being a frugal car shopper I would get a 2013/14 Honda Fit for less than 10K. Its going to be noisy and lack of acceleration but it will be an easy and practical car to live with. Snow tires on Fit will help more than the AWD system on Impreza with all-seasons with significantly less cost (AWD requires to replace all four tires at the same time). 10 years later the total ownership cost (including the initial car buying cost) with Fit will likely be significantly less than 20k - the price you pay for a new (or nearly new) car.
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Agree with you jabbit. We have had our 2016 for about a year, got the Base with 6 speed manual. Its really cheap to run, great MPG, and added factory cruise control in under an hour for $85 in Kia parts. Only thing have to add in future is power door locks, haven't done that yet, never lock the doors usually, nothing much in the car.
are you serious, the car doesn't come with power door locks? i had no idea that was a thing...
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are you serious, the car doesn't come with power door locks? i had no idea that was a thing...
Base 6 speed manual can be had for under $12k...for a brand new car with a 10yr/100k mile warranty, tons of safety features, 4 wheel disc brakes, hands-free bluetooth, etc...but 2018 has power door locks now even for the entry model.
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soul new for 12k? wow that's pretty solid.. I was going to say, I rented a 2017 Soul and it sucked the Soul out of me. While it was ok to drive, the car made no sense to me when it came to practicality, design, and the engine having the worst MPG I've ever seen.
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soul new for 12k? wow that's pretty solid.. I was going to say, I rented a 2017 Soul and it sucked the Soul out of me. While it was ok to drive, the car made no sense to me when it came to practicality, design, and the engine having the worst MPG I've ever seen.
There is no car at that price point, or even within $5-6k, that gives you as much passenger and cargo room as the Soul. At least it was that way in 2013 when I bought mine. MPG is OK but there was a lawsuit for certain Hyundai/KIA vehicles about misrepresenting MPG. I get a prepaid Visa gift card every time I file a claim, works about to $200 every 10k miles or so, which is quite significant.
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Looking for opinions. Have more or less narrowed choices down to these 3 vehicles. Would prefer 2016 or 2017 model used, but may consider new 2017, other than the HRV which is a little more than I want to spend.

All have their positives and negatives. Just curious about what others think. Have driven the Soul and Impreza and really liked both. I don't have any doubt the HRV would be acceptable. If it matters, would probably go with Soul +, Impreza 5door Prem, and HRV LX FWD (only because AWD more money).

Thanks in advance.
FWIW, I was new-car shopping back in 2012, and my top 2 choices were the Impreza and the Soul. I ended up buying the Soul because it was more car for the money. Almost 90K miles on the odometer later, I've only a couple problems with the factory stereo (covered under warranty). The car has been 100% mechanically reliable and I remain very happy with it.

FWIW #2. A year after my purchase, I read about a class-action lawsuit against Subaru. I think it was about their engines burning through excessive oil.

Both the Soul and the Impreza are on a newer generation now.
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FWIW, I was new-car shopping back in 2012, and my top 2 choices were the Impreza and the Soul. I ended up buying the Soul because it was more car for the money. Almost 90K miles on the odometer later, I've only a couple problems with the factory stereo (covered under warranty). The car has been 100% mechanically reliable and I remain very happy with it.

FWIW #2. A year after my purchase, I read about a class-action lawsuit against Subaru. I think it was about their engines burning through excessive oil.

Both the Soul and the Impreza are on a newer generation now.
There was a class action lawsuit against Kia as well, hopefully you signed up when you could - https://kiampginfo.com/
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