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New for 2010-Kia

New for 2010-Kia

By Jeff Youngs, December 31, 2009
2010 Kia ForteCritical Knowledge:

2010 Kia Forte: The 2010 Kia Forte sedan replaces the Kia Spectra and competes against the likes of the Ford Focus, Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla. Key standard features include 3 free months of satellite radio, auxiliary audio input jack, USB port, and Bluetooth hands-free calling. Stability and traction control are also standard, along with ABS, and the Forte delivers 27 mpg city/36 mpg highway when properly equipped.

2010 Forte Kia Koup: The 2010 Forte Koup is Kia's first coupe model, based on the new Forte sedan's platform and powertrains. Standard features include stability control, Bluetooth hands-free calling, USB port and auxiliary jack with full iPod control, and a free 3-month subscription to Sirius satellite radio. Buyers looking for more vroom should choose the more powerful, better handling SX model.

2010 Kia Optima: The 2010 Kia Optima receives minor changes after a significant refresh for 2009. Models with a V-6 engine under the hood are distinguished by a blacked-out lower rear bumper for 2010, and the V-6 can be equipped with push-button starting for the first time.

2010 Kia Rio: Kia upgrades the 2010 Rio Sedan and Rio5 Hatchback with new styling, and buyers will appreciate the standard USB port and auxiliary audio input jack. Later in the year Bluetooth will be offered on all but the base Rio Sedan.

2010 Kia Rondo: Every 2010 Kia Rondo features a third-row seat now that the 5-passenger model has been discontinued. A reversing camera is available in the optional Premium package this year, and a new Ecominder light helps drivers maximize fuel efficiency.

2010 Kia Sedona: The 2010 Kia Sedona's standard V-6 engine is revised to improve fuel economy to 17 mpg city and 23 mpg highway, and the long-wheelbase LX and EX models are equipped with a standard back-up warning system for 2010.

2010 Kia Soul: Kia's new entry-level 5-door hatchback has plenty of personality, a great powertrain warranty, generous roadside assistance plan, lots of safety features, and standard technology that today's youthful buyers crave: USB port, auxiliary audio input jacks, and a free trial subscription to satellite radio.

2010 Kia Sportage: After receiving numerous changes for 2009, the 2010 Sportage carries over with two updates: A back-up warning system is newly optional, and the dashboard gauge cluster has a new Ecominder light to help the driver maximize fuel efficiency.


2010 Kia Forte
The 2010 Kia Forte sedan is a new model that replaces the old Spectra to compete against the likes of the Ford Focus, Honda Civic, and Toyota Corolla. Key standard features include 3 free months of satellite radio, an auxiliary audio input jack, USB port, and Bluetooth hands-free calling. Stability and traction control are also standard, along with ABS. A Fuel Economy option package produces 27 mpg city/36 mpg highway, and Kia also offers a powerful SX model. Options include leather and a power sunroof.
  • The 2010 Kia Forte is a new compact car that replaces the Kia Spectra
  • Coupe or sedan models in LX, EX and SX trim levels
  • Prices start at less than $14,000
  • LX model includes 6-way adjustable driver's seat, tilt steering wheel, rear defroster, CD/MP3 player, 3 free months of Sirius satellite radio, auxiliary input jack, USB port, Bluetooth, ABS, stability control and traction control
  • EX model includes power windows, power door locks, remote keyless entry, air conditioning, floor mats, upgraded surround sound stereo, rear cupholders and controls for the audio system and cruise control on the steering wheel
  • SX model adds 17-inch alloy wheels, sport-tuned suspension, larger brakes, telescopic steering column, sportier interior d_cor, leather-wrapped steering wheel and Supervision gauges
  • Standard engine on LX and EX makes 156 horsepower
  • Standard engine on SX makes 173 horsepower
  • Optional Fuel Economy package on EX model includes automatic transmission, electric power steering, silica tires, aerodynamic enhancements and a "smart" alternator to produce 27 mpg in the city and 36 mpg highway
  • Optional Premium package on EX model includes 16-inch alloy wheels and a power sunroof
  • Optional Leather package on EX model includes leather upholstery, front-seat heaters and metal-finish interior trim
  • Kia says the Forte has one of the largest interiors in its segment
  • The Forte sedan's trunk capacity is 14.7 cubic feet
  • Standard powertrain warranty is 10 years/100,000 miles
  • Basic warranty is 5 years/60,000 miles and includes roadside assistance

2010 Kia Forte Koup
The 2010 Kia Forte Koup is Kia's first 2-door coupe model, based on the new Forte sedan's platform and powertrains. Standard features include stability control, Bluetooth hands-free communication, USB port and auxiliary jack with full iPod control, and a free 3-month subscription to Sirius satellite radio. Buyers looking for more vroom should choose the more powerful, better handling SX model.
  • First-ever Kia 2-door coupe model
  • Based on new Kia Forte sedan platform and powertrains
  • Name derived from Kia KOUP concept car
  • Available in EX and SX trim levels
  • More power and sport suspension on SX
  • Manual or automatic transmissions
  • Fuel economy ranges from 22 mpg city to 34 mpg highway, depending on engine and transmission choice
  • Kia says the Forte Koup offers comfortable seating for 5
  • Standard 6-speaker audio system with 3 months of free Sirius satellite radio
  • USB and auxiliary jacks are standard; full iPod and MP3 control through audio system
  • Bluetooth is standard
  • Stability control is standard
  • 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty

2010 Kia Optima
The 2010 Kia Optima receives minor changes after a significant refresh for 2009. Models with a V-6 engine under the hood are distinguished by a blacked-out lower rear bumper for 2010, and the V-6 can be equipped with push-button starting for the first time. Otherwise, there are no changes to the LX, EX and SX trim levels.
  • After a significant refresh for 2009, there are few changes to the 2010 Optima
  • Optimas equipped with a V-6 engine receive a blacked-out lower rear bumper for a sportier look
  • Optima V-6 can be equipped with push-button start, which is standard on the SX trim level
  • Continues in LX, EX and SX trim levels

2010 Kia Rio
Kia upgrades the 2010 Rio Sedan and Rio5 Hatchback with new styling cues based on the company's emerging corporate design themes. Buyers will appreciate the standard USB port and auxiliary audio input jack, and later in the year Bluetooth will be offered on all but the base Rio Sedan.
  • New body-color bumpers and side moldings
  • Updated Kia family grille design
  • Black-bezel headlight design
  • Side mirrors with integrated turn signal indicators standard on SX models
  • Ecominder light added to models with an automatic transmission
  • Standard USB port and auxiliary audio input jack
  • Automatic cruise control standard on all but the base sedan
  • Rio5, LX Sedan and SX Sedan include Bluetooth (late availability)

2010 Kia Rondo
Every 2010 Kia Rondo features a third-row seat and 7-passenger capacity now that the 5-passenger model has been discontinued. Side mirrors have new turn signal indicators embedded into the outer housings, and a reversing camera is now available in the optional Premium package. A new Ecominder light helps drivers maximize fuel efficiency this year.
  • Rondo offers standard 7-passenger seating
  • Side mirrors now equipped with integrated turn signal indicators
  • Ecominder light is added to help drivers maximize fuel efficiency
  • Reversing camera now offered in optional Premium package

2010 Kia Sedona
The 2010 Kia Sedona remains pretty much the same as in 2009. The standard V-6 engine is revised to improve fuel economy to 17 mpg city and 23 mpg highway, and the long-wheelbase LX and EX models are equipped with a standard back-up warning system for 2010.
  • The Sedona's standard V-6 engine is modified to improve fuel economy, now rated at 17 mpg city and 23 mpg highway
  • A back-up warning system is standard on Sedona LX and EX
  • Sedona continues as the only minivan on the market offered in a short-wheelbase format
  • Short-wheelbase models come in Base trim, while long-wheelbase models are offered in LX and EX trim

2010 Kia Soul
Kia's new entry-level 5-door hatchback has plenty of personality, a great powertrain warranty, generous roadside assistance plan, lots of safety features, and standard technology that today's youthful buyers crave: USB port, auxiliary audio input jacks, and a free trial subscription to satellite radio. Bluetooth hands-free calling is also available, along with 18-inch wheels, a more powerful engine choice, sunroof, and a premium audio system with speaker lighting that pulses with the music.
  • New 5-door wagon/hatchback
  • Four trim levels: Soul, Soul+, Soul! and Soul Sport
  • Starting price of $13,300, plus destination
  • $18,600 with every option, plus destination
  • Kia says the Soul is roomier inside than the Scion xB
  • Choice between 1.6- and 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engines making 122 or 142 horsepower, respectively
  • Five-speed manual or 4-speed automatic transmission driving the front wheels
  • Fuel economy ranges from 24 mpg city to 31 mpg highway, depending on engine and transmission choice
  • Standard USB and auxiliary input jacks
  • Free 3-month subscription to Sirius satellite radio is included
  • Air conditioning, power windows and locks, tilt steering wheel, and rear defroster come standard
  • Bluetooth, 18-inch wheels, upgraded audio system, power sunroof optional
  • Upgraded audio system features speaker lighting that pulses with the music or just adds ambient lighting at night
  • Safety equipment includes 6 air bags, ABS with brake assist, stability and traction control system
  • Funky color choices include Dune, Shadow, Java, Molten, Alien, Ignition, Denim and Ghost
  • Ten-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty
  • Five-year/60,000-mile basic warranty with roadside assistance

2010 Kia Sportage
After receiving numerous changes for 2009, the 2010 Sportage carries over with two updates. A back-up warning system that uses sensors in the rear bumper is newly optional, and the dashboard gauge cluster has a new Ecominder light to help the driver maximize fuel efficiency.
  • Kia makes few changes to the 2010 Sportage after updating the SUV for 2009
  • An Ecominder light is added to models with an automatic transmission to help drivers maximize fuel efficiency
  • A back-up warning system is newly optional
  • Sportage continues in LX and EX models with 4- or 6-cylinder engines and front- or all-wheel drive
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