October 17, 2011

Kia Soul vs. Prius: Eco-Friendly Challenge Pt. 1

This is Part 1 of a 5-part back-and-forth between my friend Jason and myself as we compare the eco-friendliness of the Kia Soul and the Toyota Prius.

My friend recently bought a used Toyota Prius. He is a consistently eco-friendly guy (puts more miles on his bike than he does on his car, is a vegetarian, and loves the Prius' design ingenuity).

I recently bought a new Kia Soul, which offers a similar design, but not nearly the miles-per-gallon benefits.

The used 2008 Toyota Prius cost my friend $17,000 and gets 48 highway mpg.

The new 2011 Kia Soul cost me $16,500 and gets 31 highway mpg.

Who made the more eco-friendly purchase?

Note: If you can guess what the crux of my argument will be, you win a point.