We own a 2012 Soul ! (Exclaim) and would recommend it highly. ~50K trouble-free miles, decent fuel economy, super-practical and fun to drive. I'd also suggest that you get a + (Plus) or !, because all the toys (accessories) are nice to have, and the 2.0 L motor is the better compromise of the 2 available engine choices.
If it fits into your budget, get a 2012 or newer. There's a HUGE difference in refinement (noise, comfort, etc.) between the 2009-2011 models and the 2012 and newer models. The 2014 was all-new, and is the best one of all, but may be out of your price range.