Kia doesn't have much of a design tradition in the U.S., so the South Korean company's American designers took the liberty of giving the Soul a small crossover vehicle a unique, eye-catching shape. The Soul also sports an appealing, roomy interior, which includes comfortable seats. Further, the tall hatchback shape makes it easy to carry cargo and sports gear. The Soul comes with a satellite-radio connection and map lights, two features not normally found in vehicles selling for less than $17,000. More important, the Soul has heart, as in a 1.6-liter engine that delivers 140 horsepower.