I noticed these while in Bend OR and only when parking diagonally. Otherwise the windows are big and useful.
Yes it isn't really that bad, but I am used to my Honda Civic that would get 32 mpg at a steady 85 mph. Or 43 when driving 55-60 mph. Instead the best I got was 32.5 when driving 55-60. When driving a pretty steady 80 I was about 25.5 mpg. The engine is something like 147 hp while my Civic was 127 hp, some differences but enough? I'm not sure.
A general bias. I might have liked a manual more. But tromp down on the accelerator and the little hamstas take a few moments to get the message.
4) I could never figure out how to play music through the USB connector with my iPod Touch or mini connected.
What is to like? Everything else. We took the Soul with 5585 miles and returned it with 10135. The elapsed time counter showed 92 hrs and 40 minutes when we returned it which was actually some 30 minutes less than actual (due to figuring out the system about a half hour down the highway). Our trip MPG was 25.86. We traveled to within miles of the Mexican border and into Canada (although the Soul stayed in America).
The steering was responsive and tight. Twisty roads are fun, but don't mistake this for a sports car (though admittedly I never did push the Soul to its limits). You will want to be careful on less than smooth corners to be sure. The Soul will just sort of skip sideways.
Kia is working hard to design and build stylish cars and I would not hesitate to put this one in my driveway but for the gas mileage.