2016 Kia Soul EV

Jan 16th
The 2016 Kia Soul EV is a flip phone in a smartphone age: Its comparatively limited functionality is justified only by its relatively low asking price. Function, of course, is relative. In the utility sense, Kia’s electric hatchback is an electron-powered pack mule. But as a form of mobility, the Soul EV still has a functional deficit. Its 27-kWh battery…
2014 Kia Forte Koup

Jan 8th
Like its Forte5 hatchback sibling, Kia’s Forte Koup was restyled and got a newsworthy power upgrade this year in the form of a direct-injected, 1.6-liter turbocharged four cranking out 201 horsepower; the prerefresh car settled for 173 ponies from a naturally aspirated 2.4-liter. Like the hatch, the Koup shares the turboed mill with Hyundai’s funky-doored Veloster pseudo-coupe.Intentionally misspelled name aside,…
2015 Kia Soul EV

Jan 8th
Kia calls the Soul a UPV—Urban Passenger Vehicle—a classification that’s particularly apt for the new EV version, the brand’s first zero-emissions offering. With a fully charged battery pack, the car earns an EPA operating range of 93 miles, but that still means sightings of electric Souls beyond city limits will be extremely rare.That range potential (second only to that of…
2015 Kia Sedona

Dec 28th
As the minivan segment has matured, all-new entries have become increasingly rare as the Honda, Toyota, and Chrysler troika continue to dominate. Case in point: Kia is offering the only completely new minivan for 2015, and it’s the Korean brand’s first new vehicle of the type since 2006.The 2015 Sedona is likely to find its way into the lives of…
2017 Kia Sportage

Dec 23rd
After 89 years of design being an official automotive discipline, it’s probably fair to conclude that styling rates as an important factor in purchase decisions. That dates to General Motors establishing its Art and Colour Section, in 1927, and in the years since, exterior sheetmetal has either attracted or repelled a lot of buyers. But what works? Cautious? Bold? And…
2015 Kia K900

Dec 14th
The 2015 K900 could be the car that changes Kia forever. The car that elevates what has been a value-oriented brand to the top tier of luxury automakers. In a few short months, as the V-8–powered K900 hits about a third of Kia’s 765-ish U.S. showrooms, the Korean maker’s name may begin to be spoken in the hushed tones now…
2016 Kia Sorento

Dec 4th
It used to be rare that we’d test a four-cylinder vehicle that cost more than the same model equipped with a V-6, but that’s becoming more common—and it’s what we have here: a loaded Kia Sorento SXL for $45,095, fully 10 percent pricier than the V-6 AWD edition tested previously. This four, though, isn’t the base engine—it’s the 240-hp turbocharged…
2016 Kia Sorento

Nov 30th
WHAT WE LIKE:The Kia’s refinement continues to impress more than halfway through our 40,000-mile test, with low levels of noise, vibration, and harshness in the cabin; a generally placid ride; and well-controlled body motions. The infotainment interface still garners kudos for being easy to learn and even easier to use—nearly every function is where you’d expect it to be, with…
2017 Kia Cadenza

Nov 29th
The very idea of a Kia luxury sedan seemed utterly ridiculous as recently as 2012, just before the original Cadenza appeared, raising eyebrows as the Korean brand put what it considered a first stake in the ground in the luxury sphere. But as we took our first spin in the second-generation 2017 Cadenza and adjusted the gap distance for the…
2016 Kia Optima

Nov 28th
It’s indicative of how established Kia’s Optima has become that we’ve been reduced to picking nits among its three available gasoline engines. (An Optima hybrid also is offered.) After all, having raised interior quality to acceptable levels with its 2006.5 Optima, style and handling with the 2011 Optima, and firmly entrenching the sedan as a solid all-around choice with this…
2014 Kia Optima Hybrid

Nov 25th
The current Kia Optima sedan has been a runaway success for the brand, changing hearts and minds from Oregon to Orlando with its sleek styling, spacious and well-made interior, and, of course, killer warranty since the model first appeared in 2010. And we’ve generally liked it around here, too—except in hybrid form, which suffered from drivability issues that not even…
2014 Kia Forte Koup

Nov 24th
The Koup is the third debutante in Kia’s redesigned 2014 Forte lineup, rolling out on the heels of the four-door sedan and five-door hatch. Even though its clean styling is contemporary in the vein of the Honda Civic coupe and Scion tC with which it competes, the second-gen two-door Forte nevertheless strikes a more conservative pose than does, say, the…
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