In an election year, voters often wonder why one candidate catches fire while others, seemingly just as capable and appealing, go nowhere. Something similar has been going on in the automotive market. The “funky” segment is dying out, but Kia still can barely keep up with the demand for its subcompact Soul wagon – the funkiest of them all.
Among the models that have been pulled from the market are the Honda Element, Scion xB and Nissan Cube. We've test-driven all three; each was likeable in its own way. But only the Soul remains – and it's selling better than ever. With 21,033 units sold in the first two months of 2016, the new Soul is beating its predecessor model by nearly 3,000.