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2023 Kia SOUL

2023 Kia SOUL

The 2023 Kia Soul comes with the typical facelift traits - redesigned exterior, new features on the inside, and some tweaks under the hood

Just like the Nissan Juke, the SOUL has a boxy design that helps it stand out in the crowd. Of course, over its relatively short history, the SOUL stopped being as angular as it was when launched back in 2008, but still, it is very easy to recognize for what it is.

The third generation arrived in the States for the 2020 model year, and since then, it suffered minor changes constantly, including dropping the manual gearbox for the 2022 model year. The 2023 model year will once again offer some changes, including losing the 201-horsepower, 1.6-liter gasoline engine.

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2022 KIA EV6 - Driven

2022 KIA EV6 - Driven

The EV6 is a new level of awesome, and things only get better for Kia from here

Kia aims to launch 11 new electric vehicles by 2026 and the entire portfolio starts with the 2022 Kia EV6 compact crossover. It rides on the E-GMP platform, so it shares its core with the Hyundai Ioniq 5 and the soon-to-launch Genesis GV60. That said, the EV6 is a bit of a milestone for the Kia brand as it’s the very first EV from the company to be built from the ground up as an EV first as opposed to previous, EVs that were based on ICE-powered models. The EV6 has its work cut out for it, though, as it has to face models like the Volkswagen ID.4, Hyundai Ioniq 5, and – indirectly – the Ford Mustang Mach-E and Tesla Model Y.

These are all very tough models to compete with, in what’s becoming a very cutthroat segment, but the EV6 isn’t coming to the game half-cocked. It starts out at just $40,900, offers up to 310 miles of range, and can be had with up to 320 horsepower with a range-topping 576-horsepower model on the way. Clearly, the EV6 is geared to be very competitive in this segment, and it’s a space we need to watch. So, we asked Kia if we could spend some time with its new EV, and they were happy to oblige. Is the Kia EV6 truly the gamechanger it seems to be and does it stand a chance against more established EVs already on the market? The answer to these questions might surprise you.

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2023 Kia Niro

2023 Kia Niro

With a range of powertrains on offer, there’s a new Niro for everyone now

The 2023 Kia Niro made its U.S. debut and was showcased at the 2022 New York International Auto Show. The SUV/wagon combo has been considerably overhauled and will now be offered in three electric-drive variants.

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2022 Kia Forte

2022 Kia Forte

The Kia Forte shows up with a facelift and a few added driver assistance features.

One of Kia’s cheapest sedans, the Forte, entered 2022 with some exterior design changes and a few added features to make it look modern among the competition. The automaker had unveiled the new Forte or its alias K3 for the home market in April 2021, but the global debut took place later in 2021. In this review, we will cover every aspect of the new 2022 Kia Forte and see how it competes with the competition.

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2022 Kia Sorento

2022 Kia Sorento

2022 model year sees the addition of the new plug-in hybrid version

2022 Kia Sorento prices Sorento LX FWD $29,490 Sorento LX AWD $31,290 Sorento S FWD $32,290 Sorento X-Line S AWD $34,290 Sorento EX FWD $35,390 Sorento X-Line EX AWD $39,090 Sorento SX FWD $38,190 Sorento SX AWD $39,990 Sorento SX-P FWD $41,090 Sorento X-Line SX-P AWD $43,090 Sorento Hybrid (HEV) S FWD $33,990 Sorento Hybrid (HEV) S AWD $35,790 Sorento Hybrid (HEV) EX FWD $35,990 Sorento Hybrid (HEV) EX AWD (...)

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2022 Kia Sportage - European version

2022 Kia Sportage - European version

For the first time in its 28 years of history, Sportage offers an European version
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2022 Kia Niro EV

2022 Kia Niro EV

The 2022 Niro EV is now on sale, with no major updates when compared to previous year
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2022 Kia Sorento PHEV

2022 Kia Sorento PHEV

Kia hopes for a combined range of 460 miles for its new Sorento PHEV

Kia launched the fourth generation Sorento back in 2020. At the moment of its launch, only gasoline and hybrid engines were announced, and a plug-in hybrid version was promised for the 2022 model year. Now the plug-in hybrid version has been finally added to the Sorento lineup, and it comes with a few cool promises, including a combined overall range of 460 miles.

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2021 Kia K5 GT - Driven

2021 Kia K5 GT - Driven

Is the K5 GT a true sports sedan? We spent a week with it to find out!

When Kia change the name of the Optima to K5, it was more than just a name change. With that new designation came a sportier sedan with a simple and attractive interior, and a pair of engines that put you one two different sides of the same fence: Economy or Performance. After driving the GT-Line AWD, we felt like we were wanting more. It looked faster, but it was essentially the same car as the standard K5 with AWD and sportier looks. So, does the K5 GT scratch that it? Well, it really does, but it certainly has it flaws, the most important of which is, arguably, the lack of AWD – something can actually be dangerous for unskilled drivers or those not used to having 300-horsepower at their disposal. Keep reading to learn, why?

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2022 Kia Telluride

2022 Kia Telluride

After 2 years on the market, Kia Telluride already received its first updates

Kia launched the Telluride SUV at the 2019 Detroit Auto show as an eight-seat competitor to the Honda Pilot and Volkswagen Atlas. It shares underpinnings with the Palisade but, despite being basked on the 2016 Telluride Concept, is shares very little with the vehicle it was based on. Being just two years old as of the time of this writing, you wouldn’t expect Kia to give the Telluride any kind of update at all, yet that’s exactly what the company has done for the 2022 model year. There isn’t a whole not of new for 2022, but Kia has made a few adjustments to bring the Telluride into scope of its competition.

The exterior has been enhanced just a bit with an updated radiator grille and new emblems. The trim level emblems and AWD emblems are darker and feature a different finish. The interior now features a new 10.25-inch infotainment display, fully automatic temperature control and highway driving assist is now available on the LX and S trims. The Telluride didn’t come with any updates under the hood, though, but the 3.8-liter V-6 is still plenty powerful with 291 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. There will still be four trims in total – LX,S,EX, and SX, and you can opt for FWD or AWD across the lineup. Pricing starts at $32,790 for the LX with FWD or $34,790 for the LX with AWD. The range-topping SX-P commands a starting price of $46,890.

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2021 Kia K5 GT-Line - Driven

2021 Kia K5 GT-Line - Driven

When opting for the AWD model might not be the best move - unless you actually need AWD

After two decades and four generations in U.S., Kia has decided to globally rebrand the Optima as the K5 – a name it had be using for the Optima in the Korean market since 2010. With the name change came a much sportier exterior, a simple yet attractive interior, and a pair of engines that split the difference between great fuel economy and great performance – you can have one or the other. In early 2021, we had the opportunity to spend a week with the more economical K5 with a 1.6-liter inline-four that was good for 180 horsepower and 195 pound-feet of torque. Fast forward a few months, and Kia graced us with the K5 GT-Line AWD, which comes at a $1,600 premium over the FWD model plus a few extra standard goodies, including a special “Snow Mode.” Is it necessary to have a K5 with AWD, though?

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2023 Kia Sportage - A Crossover For The Masses

2023 Kia Sportage - A Crossover For The Masses

The fifth-gen Sportage is underpinned by a new platform, comes with new drivetrains, and features bold exterior and interior designs

The Sportage is one of the longest-running nameplates in Kia’s history. It has been around since 1993 and is entering its fifth generation as it nears its three-decade anniversary. The new Sportage comes with a plethora of changes. It looks a lot smarter than the current model, is underpinned on a new architecture, and will be offered with hybrid and plug-in hybrid options. Kia will also add a new trim on the fifth-gen Sportage. At this point, not a lot of detail is revealed, but we should hear more of it when it arrives in late 2021 or early 2022.

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2022 Kia Carnival - Driven

2022 Kia Carnival - Driven

This is the Sedona with a new name, imported directly from South Korea

The Kia Carnival name might sound new to you, but Kia has been using it for this exact minivan in various markets since its introduction since 1998. Up until this point, you’ve known it as the Kia Sedona, but with the transition into the fourth-generation – which has been on sale in South Korea since September 2020 and in parts of Europe as of March of 2021. It will hit the North American market in July of 2021, but we managed to get behind the wheel of the new Carnival beforehand. This is what you need to know about the 2022 Kia Carnival.

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2022 Kia Seltos Turbo Nightfall Edition

2022 Kia Seltos Turbo Nightfall Edition

Kia launches into the 2022 model year with a new, special Seltos Turbo Nightfall Edition priced from $27k

To celebrate the onset success of the new Kia Seltos, Kia has made it even better for the 2022 model year. A big part of the improvements for 2022 are the now standard safety features across the entire lineup. All models above the LX trim now feature a 10.25-inch infotainment display, UVO link connectivity, remote start, and auto climate control. The other side of the of the celebrate for 2022 is the new Seltos Turbo Nightfall Edition.

The Turbo Nightfall package is only available on models with the 1.5-liter turbocharged engine (S and SX trim levels) that have 175 horsepower and 195 pound-feet of torque and all-wheel drive. The exterior is enhanced with a number of black elements, including the new 18-inch matte black alloy wheels, black grille, and the standup roof rails, among other things. The interior is left largely untouched outside of a flat-bottom steering wheel and the option to have a “Plum” colored interior. Pricing for the Seltos Nightfall Edition comes in at $26,690.

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2022 Kia Stinger Scorpion Special Edition

2022 Kia Stinger Scorpion Special Edition

The 2022 Kia Stinger Scorpion is a limited-run aesthetic package that brings a lot of value for the money

The Kia Stinger might not be quite as popular as Kia had hoped, but when it was released, it proved itself a viable and formidable competitor for those well-known German brands and it forced auto enthusiasts to look at the Korean brand a little differently. These days, Stinger sales bounce from around the high three-figure to low four-figure range per month, and a new limited production Stinger Scorpion Edition could help increase sales a bit. It comes just a short time after we laid eyes on the updated 2022 Kia Stinger which means we’re still waiting for the next-gen, highly evolved Stinger that could be arriving for 2024 or 2025.

The new Stinger Scorpion doesn’t hit the road with any performance upgrades, unfortunately, but it does include a nice aesthetic package that makes the Stinger look a little darker. The new rear wing is, arguably, the highlight, but the exhaust tips, side mirror caps, and a few other components have been blacked out. New 19-inch wheels are a Scorpion-only affair while the interior has nice helpings of Nappa leather, updated sports seats, and the usual carbon-fiber-look trim. The Scorpion package comes in at $1,195, which is a bargain, especially when you consider the exclusive wheels, but it can only be had on the GT2 trim with rear- or all-wheel drive. So, in the end, a Stinger Scorpion Edition will set you back by $53,630 in RWD form or $55,830 with AWD. It is on sale now, however, only 250 units will be sold and built each month, with availability determined on a month-by-month basis until Kia decides to retire it, most likely when demand starts to die off.

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2021 Kia Sorento - Driven

2021 Kia Sorento - Driven

The 2021 Sorento comes with a bold exterior, plush interior, and a set of new engine options including a highly-efficient plug-in hybrid

The 2021 model year marks the fourth generation of the Kia Sorento. The previous generations were soft, curvy, and rounded, but the 2021 model is boxy, sexy, and a lot sharper. The company has pinned the SUV on a new platform, and has introduced new hybrid and plug-in hybrid engine options. The cabin feels fresh, more spacious, and can be had with captain chairs in the second row. All in all, the family SUV is a huge improvement over the outgoing model. The 2021 Kia Sorento recently arrived at TopSpeed headquarters and we have to say, it is pretty darn impressive.

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2022 KIA EV6

2022 KIA EV6

The EV6 is a mixed bag that comes with handsome looks, decent tech features, Taycan-rivaling performance specs, but mediocre range

It wouldn’t be wrong to say that Kia has entered the EV segment with a bang. The company recently revealed some images of its first fully battery-electric vehicle called the EV6 without accompanying it with any data. But, the company has now officially debuted the car and it seems very impressive.

For starters, the Kia EV6 will make 577 ponies and 546 pound-feet of torque. It takes just 3.5 seconds to sprint to 62 mph from rest, which makes it faster than some Tesla models and Taycan iterations, too. And, did I mention it looks pretty hot?

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2021 Kia K5 - Driven

2021 Kia K5 - Driven

Does the Kia K5 represent a strong evolution or is it just another midsized sedan?

Let me introduce you to the Kia K5 midsize sedan – a car that really doesn’t need much of an introduction because you’ve known it as the Kia Optima ever since it hit the market back in 2000, but I’ll discuss that a bit later. Like the Optima, the K5 is known for its attractive styling, sexy yet functional interior, and – naturally – a great value for the money. Highlights of the new k5 (or 5th-gen Optima, if you like) are even bolder styling, new engine offerings, and, believe it or not, available all-wheel drive. Pricing for the new Kia K5 starts out at a very reasonable $23,590 (making it one of the most affordable midsize cars on the market) with the loaded, more powerful, range-topping GT trim commanding just $30,590. With this in mind, is the Kia K5 right for you? Keep reading to find out.

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2022 Kia Stinger

2022 Kia Stinger

A new, bigger, and powerful engine in the base trim makes the Stinger an even more droolworthy proposition

There was a scare back in the day that Kia might send the Stinger into oblivion, but fortunately, that didn’t happen. Almost nine months after it was unveiled in Korea, the updated Stinger has finally been launched in the U.S. Even though we knew what to expect from Kia’s halo sports sedan, we’re still pretty excited about it. The car comes with many new features inside out, but the talking point is a powerful 2.5-liter mill that replaces the 2.0-liter engine seen on the base trim so far.

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