Since its early years as a budget, low-rent automaker, Kia has come a long way, and now offers a wide range of highly competitive vehicles, most of which come at a great value relative to the competition. Additionally, the company’s 5-year/60,000-mile basic and a 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty is the best in the industry. Below, we’ll take a look at some of Kia’s most compelling offerings.
The Kia Sportage is a compact crossover akin to the Toyota RAV4 and the Honda CR-V. That said, the Sportage bucks the trend of the rest of the segment, prioritizing second-row passenger space over a large rear cargo area. A turbo variant sits at the top of the model range putting out 240 horsepower from a turbocharged 4-cylinder engine and offering a panoramic sunroof and a Harmon Kardon-branded premium audio system. The Sportage gets a few updates for the coming 2020 model year, with updated front and rear styling, a standard 8-in infotainment screen with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, and a bevy of driver-assistance safety features. Find a Kia Sportage for sale
The Sorento is a 3-row crossover, although it sits in between the compact and the midsize segment when it comes to size. This has its benefits, as the Sorento is capable of carrying up to seven people, while also being easier to maneuver in tight spaces. The Sorento also sits in between competitors like the Honda CR-V compact SUV and Pilot midsize SUV when it comes to price. Two different engines are available: a 4-cylinder putting out 181 hp, or a 3.3-liter V6 making 290 hp. We recommend the 6-cylinder. In its highest trim, the SX Limited, the Sorento offers 19-in wheels, Nappa leather and a surround-view camera, along with a number of other luxury touches. Overall, the Sorento offers a unique package that will make a lot of sense for a lot of small families. Find a Kia Sorento for sale
The Niro is positioned below the Sportage when it comes to price and size, but offers a standard hybrid powertrain rated by the EPA to return up to 50 miles per gallon in combined driving. Overall, the Niro offers the efficiency of a hybrid mixed with the practicality of a hatchback. It also employs a dual-clutch automatic transmission, noteworthy given that most hybrids make use of a far less engaging continuously variable unit. Given its more mainstream design, the Niro is an excellent alternative to quirkier competitors like the Toyota Prius and the Honda Insight. Find a Kia Niro for sale
While technically a crossover, the Soul is like few other vehicles on the road, and is the black sheep of the Kia lineup. With a mostly upright windshield and very boxy proportions, the Soul offers a great mix of efficiency and practicality, blending the best attributes of a car and an SUV. The Soul stands to get even better for the 2020 model year, when an all new version goes on sale. While the new Soul still won’t offer all-wheel drive, it will introduce a sporty GT-line featuring a center-mounted exhaust, and an X-Line variant, employing SUV-like body cladding, fender flares, unique wheels and an available 2-tone color scheme. Additionally, the 201 hp 1.6-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder from the previous model carries over, and is mated to a 7-speed dual clutch automatic transmission, making for an engaging drive. Altogether, the Soul is one of the more exciting compact crossovers on the market, if you can get over its lack of available AWD. Find a Kia Soul for sale
The Telluride is Kia’s new large 3-row SUV offering room for up to eight people and all of the latest technology buyers could hope for, including a comprehensive offering of active safety features, offered as standard. Power comes from a 3.8-liter V6 putting out 291 hp and 262 lb-ft of torque, and mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission. With optional AWD, the Telluride is good for 19 mpg city/24 mpg hwy/21 mpg combined.
In addition to the vehicle’s stately design, Telluride buyers are offered a variety of upscale options. The Telluride is also available with dual-panel moonroofs, a Harmon Kardon 10-speaker audio system, Nappa leather seating surfaces, second row captain’s chairs, heated and ventilated first and second row seats, and a surround view camera. Altogether, the Telluride is one of the most compelling new options in the 3-row SUV segment and should be high on the list of shoppers looking for a mainstream, family-hauling SUV. Find a Kia Telluride for sale
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While this is primarily a list of Kia’s crossovers, the brand’s product portfolio as a whole is filled with compelling offerings, including the sporty Stinger performance sedan and the upscale, value-loaded K900 luxury sedan. Thanks to all of the vehicles in its current product portfolio combined with the fact that the company has a number of exciting new models in the works, the Kia brand is certainly worth inclusion on your shopping list for a new vehicle. Find a Kia for sale