First, congratulations on your ascention. May you have continued success in your new post as President.
Now, to the point. Specifically the Souls.
I have three suggestions for improved excellence.
1.) Replace current engines with the 176, 200, & 270 HP Optima engines.
[1.2) Bring us a diesel!]
2.) Fit quality tires (e.g. Michelin Defender or MXV4) as standard equipment.
3.) Improve strut and shock quality.
I'm not pleased that the EPA MPG "errors" now match my real MPG. I'd say there's something wrong with a strategy wherein a 2013 Soul 1.6 138 HP rated, gets about the same Fuelly MPGs as a 2012 Impala 3.6 with 300 HP.
My proposed solution: Ditch the underachiever 1.6 Gamma and 2.0 Nu in Soul (and Forte) iterations. UNLESS the Nu has a 2.4, 2.4 GDI, and 2.0t in the works...
1.)Base Soul gets 176 HP 2.4 Theta, + gets 200 HP GDI, ! gets 270 HP 2.0t.
With the added power and torque, the cars can be geared so they're cruising at 1800 RPM or lower at 60 MPH.
OK, hopefully the power and MPG problems are now solved.
2.)Replace the low-performance Nexen etc. tires with Michelin MXV4 or Defender.
The stock tires tend to be somewhere below #20 at the Tire Rack customer ranking scheme.
I replaced the Nexen 195.65.15 stock tires with 215.60.15 Michelin Defenders.
If I were doing it again, I'd probably use Primacy MXV4s in 205.65.15s. Either way is far far far superior to the stockers.
The ride and sound quality after that simple Michelin fix was either remarkable or astounding. Take your pick.
Third. Improve jounce and rebound, move the stock strut/shock combo up a grade or two.
I'd also eliminate the spare tire cavity and expand fuel capacity to 15 gallons.
Develop an optional Continental Kit, or work with some aftermarket company. Hump on the trunk might actually improve the horrid aero of this car.
Big enough for a space saver spare. PT Cruisers had Continental Kits not long after they came out. It appears the aftermarket isn't interested this time around.
Thanks for listening/reading! You da man!
--Hambone M. Neanderthal XXIII, esq.