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On vacation and rented a Kia Soul.

First off I looked at one prior to buying my note (16 sv cvt) and am glad I bought the note. It does ride quieter an a bit smoother, feels like a bigger car. Don't like the controls or dash layout but I'm used to the versa. Pick up seems about the same but you really have to push down on the pedal to get it to go. Gas mileage is terrible 28 to 32.

Deal breaker is vision. Rear vision isn't good but the worst is blind spots on both sides. You had better check real carefully before changing lanes.

Makes you appreciate what you have.

Alan
 

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From the Honda Fit commercial I saw the real test involves filling both cars with jelly beans. :grin
 

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On vacation and rented a Kia Soul.

..... feels like a bigger car..... but you really have to push down on the pedal to get it to go. Gas mileage is terrible 28 to 32.
The Soul is in fact a bigger car and weighs quite a bit more than the Note. The Soul is 3" higher, 4" wider, about the same length. And depending on the models compared could be up to 700 lbs heavier!

A more reasonable comparison would be the Kia Rio or Hyundai Accent against the Note with roughly the same dimensions and weights.

I did test drive and later rented an Accent for 5 days (in California) and made me more convinced that the Note is overall a much better car than the Accent.
 

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Accents don't have spare tires. Nor did Chevy Cruze, all versas do. Wasn't gonna pay more for less. It was a huge deal breaker.
 

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Accents don't have spare tires. Nor did Chevy Cruze, all versas do. Wasn't gonna pay more for less. It was a huge deal breaker.
Most new cars for sale now do not include spare tires (and jacks) but offered as extra cost options ($200-400+ depending on the vehicle).

In my case, I just need to factor that in when comparing one vehicle to another instead of calling it "a deal breaker".
 

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200-400 option is what certain reviewers say, it's not exactly factual. In the Chevy Cruzes case, you have to upgrade to an LT package which jumps the price from 19ish to 22ish, and forces you to buy a plethora of other things you don't want. Also, most cars do come with spare tires still, there really isn't a reason to validate not having one. They say it cuts weight, adds mpg, blah blah... driving habits effect these more than a donut in the trunk. I get better performance than my sister and she's 100lbs less than me? It's arguably nothing more than a gimmick. A lot of giant wheeled vehicles may not have them, for more obvious reasons, a compact spare won't handle correctly on say a 20" wheel camaro, and there's simply no room for for a full size. It's easy to say a lot of things... I'm rambling..
 

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Back to my Versa

Turned the Soul back yesterday. The Versa is just much more driveable. I don't know what trim level the one I had was or how much it cost but I sure wouldn't buy one like it. Had a back up camera, blue tooth, power windows/doors, no navigation system.

Bad acceleration
Poor gas mileage
Real vision problems out the side windows (spot mirrors would help)
My note probably has as much or more usable space inside.

But for a rental it was fine.

We need someone to test a Fit, Yaras, and the ford and mazda small cars.
 
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