Kia

Kia Motors Corporation, or simply Kia or Kia Motors, is South-Korea’s second-largest car manufacturer after Hyundai, which is also its sister company. Kia’s roots trace back to 1944, when Kyungsung Precision Industry was founded. At that time, the company was making steel tubing and bicycle parts, which in 1951 led to the R&D of Korea’s first domestic bicycle, named Samchully. One year later, Kyungsung Precision Industry changed its name to Kia Industries and started building Honda-licensed motorcycles and Mazda-licensed trucks and cars.

Kia is also owner in 22 different Hyundai companies, while Hyundai owns a 33.88% stake in Kia Motors. Kia’s central office is located in Gangnam District in Seoul. In 1992, Kia set foot on U.S. soil, with the first Kia-branded cars to be sold here reaching the customers through four dealerships in Portland, Oregon, beginning with February 1994. By 1995, Kia operated 100+ dealerships across the U.S., managing to sell 24,740 cars. From 2005 onwards, the company has been focusing on design as a future growth engine. In this regard, Kia hired Peter Schreyer, who coined the Tiger Nose front grille design.

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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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2022 Kia EV6 Crossover Arrives in the States To Put Ford In Check

2022 Kia EV6 Crossover Arrives in the States To Put Ford In Check

The Kia EV6 Crossover EV could put some pressure on the Ford Mach E
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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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The Kia EV6 Is A Formidable Rival To The Porsche Taycan, Too!

The Kia EV6 Is A Formidable Rival To The Porsche Taycan, Too!

The EV6 rivals the Ford Mustang Mach-E and the Tesla Model Y primarily, but it has enough potential to take on the much-more expensive Porsche Taycan

Electrification is the way to go whether you like it or not. Enough and more has been said about the advent of EVs, so we won’t get into that. Every automaker is coming up with their own new offerings, but there are some that stand out. The Kia EV6 is that stand-out model. Built from the ground up, the EV6 doesn’t seem like a half-hearted attempt from the automaker just because it needs to have a presence in the EV market. It is based on a new platform, a new design philosophy, and excels in most of the departments. It isn’t a perfect product, obviously, but it has a lot going in its favor and that’s precisely why it should be the talk of the town and why Porsche should be a little worried.

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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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Kia Builds Two Sorento Concepts To Prove Its Wild Nature

Kia Builds Two Sorento Concepts To Prove Its Wild Nature

These aren’t going into production but we would love it if they did

Kia’s rise in the car world has been nothing sort of spectacular and we can clearly see it today in cars such as the Telluride or the all-new 2021 Sorento. Speaking of which, the Koreans’ American arm has been brewing two Sorento-based off-road concepts and we can’t get enough of their coolness. Meet the Sorento Yosemite Edition and Zion Edition.

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The Numbers Are In and the 2021 Kia K5 Really Does Outperform the BMW 3 Series

The Numbers Are In and the 2021 Kia K5 Really Does Outperform the BMW 3 Series

If you’re a BMW 3 Series fan, you might want to give the Kia K5 GT a shot

The auto industry has changed a lot in recent years. Once the leaders of the premium market, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and Audi are now being given a run for their money by brands previously known to produce cheap and uninspiring cars. Like Kia and Hyundai.

BMW was also known for being THE driver’s car, but this feat has been diluted as well. Recently to the point where the so-called uninspiring brands deliver vehicles with matching or even better performance. Before you say that a Kia can’t be as good as BMW (you’re probably going to quote driving dynamics), you need to look at a comparison by AMCI Testing, which reveals that the new Kia K5 out-performs the BMW 330i.

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Kia Seltos - Driven

Kia Seltos - Driven

The Kia Seltos is the newcomer to Kia’s lineup. It’s been in production since 2019, but 2021 marks the first year that it will be available on U.S. soil. It has just recently made it into dealerships as Kia begins to roll out its 2021 crop of vehicles, and it’s poised to make quite the disruption in the subcompact crossover market. Of course, let’s be clear, this still isn’t Kia’s smallest model – it’s the model designed to sit between the Soul and the Sportage. Highlights of the Seltos include better-than-expected cargo room, a Bose audio system, and the range-topping engine that’s good for 175 horsepower. What might be even more impressive, though, is the Seltos starting point of around $22,000.

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2021 Kia Sorento

2021 Kia Sorento

New turbo engine, no V-6, and a plug-in hybrid variant: meet the 2021 Kia Sorento

The Sorento came to market in 2002 and has since been one of Kia’s top-selling models in the US of A. We’re taking a closer look at the 2021 Sorento, a car that has come a long way from its inception to the all-rounder mid-size SUV it is today.

Right now, the Sorento comes with three powertrains, including a hybrid, and we’re told a plug-in hybrid is expected to show up next year. The 2021 Kia Sorento goes on sale in the U.S. by the end of 2020, so let’s see what it brings to the table.

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2021 Kia Carnival Hi Limousine

2021 Kia Carnival Hi Limousine

A stretched-out Carnival is the answer to our traffic woes

In an attempt to milk the popular Kia Carnival — it’s the Kia Sedona in the U.S. — Kia is finding new and inventive ways of offering the minivan in different shapes and guises. Fresh from mixing SUV styling to the minivan’s aesthetics, Kia has taken the unconventional step of adding another version to the Carnival lineup, this time of the limousine persuasion.

Say hello to the 2021 Kia Carnival Hi Limousine, a retooled version of the luxury minivan that comes with a higher roof and plenty of new creature comforts to justify its billing. Somewhere, the Toyota Alphard must be shaking in its boots.

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Kia Is Doubling Down On Military Vehicles And We're Intrigued

Kia Is Doubling Down On Military Vehicles And We’re Intrigued

The automaker looks motivated and even plans to introduce EV and hydrogen fuel cell cars

At a time when automakers are expanding their EV lineup, Kia has decided to pump in resources into developing military vehicles. The company has revealed that it has plans to develop a new standard architecture for next-generation military vehicles. This will serve as a platform for 2.5- and five-ton military vehicles and new five-ton bulletproof vehicles as well. Apart from this, it will also try to apply new EV technology.

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Kia Fires A Few Shots At BMW In Its New K5 Sedan Commercial

Kia Fires A Few Shots At BMW In Its New K5 Sedan Commercial

Kia could rue the day that it threw the gauntlet at the feet of BMW

If there’s anything we know about Kia, it’s that the automaker isn’t afraid to crosshairs with its rivals as it did in this new commercial for the new K5 sedan. The K5 is Kia’s latest pride and joy; it’s a four-door premium sedan that’s set to compete with some of the most entrenched models in its segment, including the BMW 3 Series.

Yes, Kia is packaging the K5 as a competitor to the 3 Series, so much so that this K5 commercial isn’t really so much about singing the K5’s praises as it is mocking Bimmer’s 330i sedan. They say that one should never tug at Superman’s cape, but it seems that Kia didn’t get that memo, or at least it did but completely ignored it.

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What is the Cheapest Kia?

The cheapest Kia you can buy in the U.S. is the Rio. The small sedan starts at $15,390 and offers 130 hp channeled through a six-speed automatic gearbox. In Europe, however, the cheapest Kia you can get is the €10,290 Picanto, available with a 1-liter gasoline engine making 67 horsepower.

What is the Sportiest Kia?

The sportiest Kia is the Stinger. It its most performance-oriented iteration, the Kia Stinger adds the GT suffix and is fitted with a twin-turbo 3.3-liter V-6 engine that makes 365 horsepower and 376 pound-feet of torque. It also sits on 19-inch alloy wheels that hide Brembo brakes, with power reaching the asphalt courtesy of an eight-speed automatic transmission and the available AWD system. The V-6-powered Stinger is also fitted with a limited-slip differential.

What is the Most Popular Kia?

The most popular Kia in the U.S. is the Forte. In 2018, Kia sold 101,980 Forte units, after one year before, the carmaker managed to push 117,596 units. As of July 2019, the Kia Forte reached 57,585 customers. In Europe, however, the Sportage rules supreme when it comes to sales. For example, Kia sold 121,197 Sportage units in 2018 and 129,595 units in 2017. In July 2019, the Kia Sportage reached 10,139 new customers.

What is the Most Expensive Kia?

The most expensive Kia in the U.S. is the K900, thanks to a starting MSRP of $59,900. The K900 packs a 365-horsepower 3.3-liter V-6 married to an AWD setup (similarly to the Stinger) and represents Kia’s response to carmakers such as BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and Audi. In Europe, however, the most expensive Kia is the Stinger, with a starting price tag of €44,490.

What is the Fastest Kia?

The fastest Kia is the Stinger GT. In its most powerful interpretation, powered by the 3.3-liter V-6 engine churning out 365 horsepower and 376 pound-feet of torque, the Stinger GT can reach 60 mph from a standstill in just 4.7 seconds and continue the sprint to a top speed of 167 mph.

Are Kia Cars Reliable?

Kia cars are very reliable. Especially more recent models, which have seen the company take extra measures to ensure their dependability. The Telegraph, for example, places Kia at number three out of 20 in a top that looks at the most reliable brands of 2017, with 80 problems per 100 vehicles. According to CNN, Kia is placed in sixth place in a top ten list, but that’s an older ranking from 2015, which is still average by all means. One year later, in 2016, J.D. Power ranked Kia as the most reliable brand in the market, making Kia the first non-luxury carmaker to occupy this privileged position sine 1989.