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24/7 Wall St.: Cars So Hot They Are Out of Stock

5. Kia Soul

Days to turn: 15 (tied for 4th fewest)
2012 sales: 108,601
Price: $14,400
Configuration: SUV

The Soul has posted sharp sales gains every year since 2009. In 2012, well above 100,000 will be sold. The Soul is among the least expensive vehicles Kia sells. It is also one of the cornerstone’s of Kia’s success in the United States. The South Korean stablemate of Hyundai sold 518,421 vehicles in all through the first 11 months of 2012, up 17% from the same period in 2011. The base Soul comes with a tiny 1.6-liter, four-cylinder engine that puts out 138 horsepower. Kia claims the engine gets 25 mpg in city driving and 30 mpg on the highway. For those inclined to splurge, there are several two-liter engine models.
(AP Photo/David Zalubowski, file)

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