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Kia News and Reviews

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  2019 Kia Optima Sedan Adds Standard Safety Systems
In New York this week, Kia officials previewed changes to the 2019 Kia Optima midsize sedan.
  Refreshed 2019 Kia Sedona Minivan Debuts in New York
Kia this week revealed an updated 2019 Sedona midsize van with a bolder front end, an 8-speed automatic transmission for better fuel economy, plus available new rear infotainment technology.
  2019 Kia K900 Preview
Kia introduced the 2019 K900, stuffed with premium materials, comfort features and technology, most likely for less money than for a comparably equipped German sedan.
  New for 2018: Kia
Kia introduces a redesigned Rio entry-level car and an all-new Stinger luxury performance car this year. A plug-in hybrid version of the Niro is also new for 2018.
  2019 Kia Forte Preview
The Forte is Kia’s best selling car, and has seen an impressive increase in sales for 2017, even in its final year before a redesign. To keep the momentum on the upswing, Kia introduces the redesigned 2019 Forte.
  2019 Kia Sorento Preview
The 2019 Kia Sorento benefits from a freshening that revises its styling, improves its interior, enhances its safety, and upgrades its technology.
  2018 Kia Rio Preview
The new, fourth-generation 2018 Kia Rio entry-level subcompact car adds standard comfort features and is slightly longer, lower, and wider than the previous model.
  New for 2017: Kia
Among the changes for Kia for 2017, the automaker is launching the Niro, a gas-electric hybrid with style, utility, and 50 mpg in combined driving.
  2018 Kia Stinger Preview
At the 2017 Detroit Auto Show, Kia introduced the 2018 Stinger, the production version of its GT Concept originally shown at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show.
  Kia Turbocharges 2017 Soul Exclaim with 40 Extra Horsepower
This week, Kia took the wraps off a new Soul variant with a turbocharged engine that offers 40 more horses plus an extra 45 lb.-ft. of torque and better fuel economy.
  5 Fast Facts: 2016 Kia Forte
Kia offers the 2016 Forte compact car in sedan, coupe (Forte Koup), and hatchback (Forte5) variants with several new option packages and colors. Here are five fast facts about the 2016 Kia Forte lineup...
  5 Fast Facts: 2016 Kia Optima
Kia’s 2016 Optima midsize car has been redone with a longer, wider, and stiffer chassis. The 2016 Optima also includes more technology, safety systems, and a roomier, more refined interior. Here are five more facts about the 2016 Kia Optima...
  5 Fast Facts: 2016 Kia Sorento
The redesigned 2016 Kia Sorento midsize SUV has a longer wheelbase and stiffer body with stronger shoulders and longer hood than its predecessor. Here are five more fast facts about the 5-passenger 2016 Kia Sorento...
  5 Fast Facts: 2016 Kia Soul
If you want a fun-loving, budget-conscious MPV with extras, here are five fast facts about the 2016 Kia Soul...
  Power Profile: Kia Sorento
Dramatically redesigned, the 2016 Kia Sorento takes a big step forward in terms of design, engineering, and refinement.
  2017 Kia Cadenza Preview
Though it is not an old car, the Cadenza is redesigned for 2017 in a bid to capture more full-size family car sales.
  2017 Kia Optima Hybrid and Optima Plug-in Hybrid Preview
Kia redesigned the Optima midsize sedan for the 2016 model year, but the Optima Hybrid continued in previous-generation format. For 2017, Kia resolves this situation, and introduced the new 2017 Optima Hybrid at the 2016 Chicago Auto Show.
  Kia Debuts Three Hybrids in Chicago that are Green-Car Efficient
Kia Motors unveiled at the Chicago Auto Show three new hybrids, including a stylish Niro hybrid subcompact SUV and two “green” versions of its Optima midsize sedan—the next-generation 2017 Optima Hybrid and the company’s first Optima plug-in Hybrid (PHEV).
  2017 Kia Niro Preview
With the introduction of the new 2017 Kia Niro at the 2016 Chicago Auto Show, it is clear that the automaker understands that hybrid vehicles too often sacrifice appealing design and engaging dynamics in order to deliver maximum gas mileage.
  2017 Kia Forte Preview
Kia rolled out refreshed versions of its Forte Sedan and Forte5 hatchback at the 2016 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.
  Kia Telluride SUV Concept Hints at Bold Look for Near Future
Kia unveiled the Telluride hybrid crossover SUV concept in a rich, dark green at the 2016 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.
  Kia Dives into the Deep End of the Autonomous Mobility Pool
Kia dove headfirst into the “autonomous mobility” pool by announcing a new sub-brand called DRIVE WISE.
  New for 2016: Kia
For 2016, some Kia models have received new value-conscious trim levels in addition to packages that include more connectivity, higher-end audio, advanced safety systems, sporty and luxury attributes, and new wheel designs.
  2017 Kia Sportage Preview
Though the redesigned 2017 Sportage already debuted in Europe, Kia introduced the North American version to the media and the public at the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show.
  2016 Kia Optima Preview
For 2016, the Kia Optima is completely redesigned, larger inside and out, equipped with a stiffer structure and improved driving dynamics, and offered with updated infotainment and safety systems. 2016 Kia Optima.
  New for 2015: Kia
For the most part, 2015 is a year of moderate change for the Kia brand, with a few key exceptions. These include the new fully electric Soul EV, completely redesigned Sedona minivan, and the addition of the K900 luxury sedan. Find out what's new for all 2015 Kia models...
  2016 Kia Sorento Preview
Kia introduced its next-generation Sorento to the world at the 2014 Paris Motor Show, but at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show, Americans got their first chance to learn details about the Sorento that arrives in showrooms right after the holidays.
  2015 Kia Sedona Preview
To better compete with class heavyweights, the 2015 Kia Sedona features new styling, more flexible seating, extra safety and convenience features, and added power under the hood.
  2015 Kia Soul EV Preview
The 2015 Kia Soul EV is a new electric version of the automaker's popular multi-purpose car, one that offers gas-free driving in a package that is nearly as practical as a standard Soul.
  New for 2014: Kia
Kia is moving upscale in 2014 with the launch of new products and features.
  2013 Kia Soul Preview
The 2013 Kia Soul is a compact, economy-priced 5-door hatchback and is available in the base trim level, plus the Soul+ and Soul! Trim levels.
  2013 Kia Sportage Preview
The 2013 Kia Sportage is a compact crossover SUV that was introduced in 1993, and initially sold best in Europe and Asia.
  2013 Kia Rio Preview
The 2013 Kia Rio is a subcompact vehicle that's available as a 4-door sedan or a 5-door hatchback, and is touted for its extensive menu of features, especially on the upper trim levels.
  2013 Kia Sorento Preview
The 2013 Kia Sorento is a crossover SUV that could be considered a large compact or a small midsize vehicle within that category, and comes with a choice of a 4-cylinder or a V-6 engine, and ordinarily seats 5, but two more passengers can be accommodated with available third-row seats.
  2014 Kia Forte Koup Preview
With the debut of the redesigned 2014 Kia Forte Koup at the 2013 New York International Auto Show, the new 2014 Forte lineup is complete.
  2014 Kia Soul Preview
Though it looks much like the original Soul on the outside, thanks to its floating roof design and wraparound appearance for the windshield and side window glass, the 2014 Kia Soul is completely redesigned.
  2013 Kia Fast Facts Guide
Kia has transformed itself over the course of the past half-decade, giving consumers reason beyond an industry-leading warranty to consider the brand. Here we present a summary for each Kia model that includes changes for the 2013 model year, EPA fuel-economy ratings, and crash-test ratings from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).
  2013 Kia Optima Preview
The Optima is a midsize sedan and Kia's best-selling model. It shares its platform and engines, but not interior or exterior styling, with the Hyundai Sonata. It is offered with 4-cylinder power and an available hybrid powertrain.
  5 Fast Facts About the 2013 Kia Optima
The 2013 Kia Optima is only three years old, but its primary midsize family sedan competitors from Chevrolet, Ford, Honda, Nissan, Mazda, Toyota, and Volkswagen have all been redesigned since the Optima debuted for the 2011 model year. Here are 5 more fast facts about the 2013 Kia Optima.
  2014 Kia Forte 5-Door Preview
The 2014 Kia Forte lineup is redesigned, and the latest member of the family debuted at the 2013 Chicago Auto Show.
  2014 Kia Cadenza Preview
Calling it the "most technologically advanced vehicle Kia has ever introduced in North America," Kia introduced the 2014 Cadenza premium sedan at the 2013 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.
  2014 Kia Sorento Preview
Aside from restyled front and rear ends, and new wheel designs, the new 2014 Kia Sorento looks very similar to the 2013 model. The difference is in the details.
  2014 Kia Forte Preview
The 2014 Kia Forte is a compact 4-door sedan offered in LX and EX trim levels, and replaces the current lineup of Forte Koup, Forte 5-Door and Forte Sedan when it goes on sale during the first quarter of 2013.
  New for 2013: Kia
Kia presses the "pause" button for 2013, taking a product breather in advance of the arrivals of a redesigned 2014 Forte, the new Kia Cadenza entry luxury sedan, and a flagship luxury sedan tentatively titled the Quoris. Find out what else is new for the 2013 Kia lineup...
  Concept-Kia Soulster Preview
Critical Knowledge:Convertible version of 2010 Kia SoulBuilt with the younger person's budget in mindPainted Soul'r YellowTwo-panel roof with rollbar for added protection4-passenger seatingCrank windows19-inch wheels120- or 140-horsepower 4-cylinder engine30 mpg or better with manual transmissionIntroductionWho remembers the Kia Sportage Convertible? Better yet, who remembers the original Ford Bronco? It's obvious that someone at Kia Motors America does. Take elements of each and you've got the recipe for the Kia Soul'ster Concept that debuted at the 2009 North American International Auto Show.
  2011 Kia Sportage Preview
Critical Knowledge:Redesigned, third-generation Kia crossover SUVFresh new stylingEfficient 4-cylinder powerplants (no V-6 engine option expected at this time)Two- or 4-wheel drive (2WD or 4WD)New electronic power steeringAll-new, fully-independent rear suspensionIntroductionThe Kia Sportage is a compact crossover SUV that was one of the original models to debut from the Korean automaker when the brand arrived in the U.S. market in 1995. The Sportage has not been sold contiguously; it was pulled out of the U.S. domestic market in 2003 and 2004 (the Sedona and Sorento remained in showrooms, however). In the 2005 model year, an all-new Sportage arrived on a car-like unibody frame. That version mirrored many styling cues from its platform-sharing sibling, the Hyundai Tucson..
  2011 Kia Cadenza Preview
Critical Knowledge:All-new, full-size Kia model, replacing the Amanti sedanLX and EX trim levels3.5-liter V-6 engine powering the front wheels6-speed automatic transmission with sequential manual shift featureAccelerates to 60 mph in about 7 secondsBigger inside than AmantiStandard automatic climate controlStandard welcome lighting systemAvailable panoramic glass roofAvailable reversing cameraIntroductionWith a name derived from a musical term describing an "elaborate, ornamental flourish" or "a concerto or aria," the 2011 Kia Cadenza is set to replace the Kia Amanti in the Korean automaker's lineup. The Amanti, as you may or may not recall, is a large pseudo-luxury sedan with knockoff Mercedes E-Class front styling that is commonly found in rental car lots at major U.S. airports. It has been on sale long past its expiration date, meaning that the Cadenza cannot arrive a moment too soon.
  New for 2011-Kia
Page 1:All-new Kia debuts for 2011 include the Optima sedan, Sorento SUV, and Sportage compact crossoverThe Sedona receives a facelift, while the Forte, Rio and Soul models are mostly carryoversHistoryKia Motor Corporation was founded in Korea in 1944 (the name of the company literally means "to come out of Asia"). The automaker didn't originally build cars, but rather steel tubing and parts for bicycles. Its first venture into motorized vehicles was with motorcycles (a natural progression) and trucks. It wasn't until 1974 that Kia built its first car.
  2011 Kia Sorento Preview
Critical Knowledge:All-new, second-generation modelNow considered a crossover SUV thanks to unibody constructionFour- or 6-cylinder engineFront- or all-wheel driveSeven-passenger seatingGreater leg and head roomLarger cargo areaFree 3-month satellite radio subscriptionStandard USB and auxiliary audio input jackStandard Bluetooth hands-free communication systemAvailable back-up cameraAvailable panoramic sunroofAvailable voice-activated navigation
  2010 Kia Soul Preview
Critical Knowledge:Urban crossover makes debut at Paris Motor ShowFive-door hatch hits the streets of Europe early in 2009U.S. sales likely to begin in the spring of 2009Diesel and gasoline engines are availableU.S. rivals include Scion xB, Mazda 3 hatchFor more information:See 2010 Kia Soul PicturesBrowse other Kia modelsRead more Previews
  2010 Kia Forte Preview
CriticalKnowledge:Replaces the Kia SpectraAvailable in LX, EX and SX trim levelsUp to 36 mpg highway with optional Fuel Economy packageLarger inside than many compact segment competitorsTrunk is as big as some midsize sedansBluetooth, a USB port, an auxiliary input jack, and 3 free months of Sirius satellite radio come
  New for 2010-Kia
Critical 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 Forte Koup Preview
CriticalKnowledge:First-ever Kia2-door coupe modelBased on new KiaForte sedan platform and powertrainsName derived from KiaKOUP concept carAvailable in EX and SX trim levelsMore power and sport suspension on SXManual or automatic transmissionsFuel economy ranges from 22 mpg city to 34 mpg highway, dependingon engine and transmission
  2009 Kia Optima Sedan Preview
Critical Knowledge:On sale early fall 2008Exterior changes to lights, grille, and some body panelsThree inches longer, but wheelbase doesn't growNew base 4-cylinder engine with 13 more hpSportier SX trim addedIntroductionThe midsize Kia Optima got a redesign in 2006 that made it a wider car with a longer wheelbase. The 2009 model, on sale in the fall of 2008 and shown at the 2008 New York International Auto Show, gets a modest makeover with new body panels, a new 4-cylinder engine and a new trim level (SX). Exterior changes include a larger front grille and fog lamps; sharper body creases; and crisper tail lights. Interior styling upgrades and added stereo features complete the makeover.
  New for 2009-Kia
Critical Knowledge:New Borrego SUV gets Kia's first V-8 engine and 6-speed automatic transmissionMore Borrego: navigation system, satellite radio among optionsRevised Optima sedan grows larger, adds more powerful base engineMore Optima: Sporty SX gets sport suspension, 17-inch tires, fog lightsMost 2009 Kia models are now pre-wired for Sirius satellite radioSportage, Sorento SUVs get subtle exterior changes, feature enhancements2009 Kia Amanti:The flagship Kia sedan adds Sirius satellite pre-wiring for 2009 as well as a new audio system with USB jacks. The Amanti has a trunk large enough for four golf bags, according to Kia. The list of standard equipment includes air conditioning, wood trim and a sunroof. Packages add leather seats and special interior trim and gauges. The 3.8-liter V-6 engine makes 262 hp. A 2007 redesign created a lighter car with improved suspension and steering.
  2009 Kia Borrego Preview
Critical Knowledge:All-new sport utility vehicle (SUV)Kia's first V-8 engineKia's first 6-speed automatic transmissionSeating for 7DVD navigation offered for first time in a KiaThree months of Sirius satellite radioGoes on sale this summer as a 2009 modelIntroductionThree years after the unveiling of the Mesa concept vehicle at the North American International Auto Show, Kia Motors America returned to Detroit to show off the production version, the 2009 Borrego. While the Mesa was concept-car chic-an electric rear step, 22-inch wheels and pod-like black-and-red leather seats-the Borrego is more down to earth. This 3-row SUV gets the first V-8 engine sold in the United States by the South Korean automaker. At a Korean introduction prior to its Detroit launch, Kia officials said they expected worldwide sales of the Borrego-to be sold as the Mohave in the domestic market-to grow from 48,000 in 2008 to 80,000 in 2009. This vehicle competes with offerings such as the Ford Explorer, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Toyota Highlander, Nissan Pathfinder and Honda Pilot.
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