I really like the Kia commercials with the hamsters cruising around in the red Kia Soul. The Soul is reasonably priced and is a vehicle that gets pretty good gas mileage. However, like many lightweight front-wheel drive cars, the Soul is not great in snow since there's not much weight on the front tires. Given the Soul's lightweight and comfort-oriented suspension-tuning, most Kia Soul drivers should take a look at Studless Ice and Snow tires because the vehicle's low weight needs the superior ice and packed snow grip provided by tires in this category.
Snow Tire Sizes
The ideal winter tire size is 195/65-15 for the Soul Base and Soul Plus and 205/70-15 for Soul Exclaim and Soul Sport drivers. Both these sizes are skinnier than the Original Equipment size so they'll cut through moderate and deeper snow better. The newer sizes still match the overall diameter of the factory tire. If you have 195/65-15 or 205/55-16 Original Equipment sizing (Base and Plus), you can mount your tires on your original wheels and use the same size snow tires. But, if you have 225/45-18 sizing (Exclaim and Sport), it's critical to get different wheels because there is not a narrow 18" snow tire choice available.
Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)
Each wheel has a valve stem-mounted TPMS sensor that you can run with or without for winter driving. If you decide to run without the TPMS sensors, you'll see a warning light, but there are no functional issues associated with the light. When you reinstall your summer wheels, the TPMS will work as normal once you've activated the sensors by driving your car. And if you're in need of O.E. TPMS sensors, we have them available for $54* each. For a better understanding on using TPMS sensors, read "Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems Servicing."
Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Package
Most Soul drivers should take a look at the Michelin X-Ice Xi2 tire on steel wheels, as the wheel and cover help combat premature rusting of lug nuts. This Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Package in the 195/65-15 size is available for $609* plus shipping. I like the X-Ice Xi2's combination of good dry road handling with good ice and packed snow grip.
*Prices subject to change