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The Kia Stinger Is On Its Death Bed But Paved the Way of Transformation

The Kia Stinger Is On Its Death Bed But Paved the Way of Transformation

The Kia Stinger never lived up to sales expectations and shifts in the automotive industry have ruled out a successor – at least a direct successor, anyway

There’s no deny that as awesome as it is, the Kia Stinger never lived up to sales expectations. As a fighter against cars like the BMW 4 Series and Audi S5, and Mercedes C-Class, it had big shoes to fill, but one could argue that Kia has yet to shed that econobox aura. At least not enough for it to have a true sports sedan – and the Kia Stinger is undoubtedly that – actually be successful against well-established names with big enthusiast followings. As the automotive industry has shifted, Kia’s strategy has too, and that means that the Stinger can’t live on as it is, nor will there be a direct successor, but that doesn’t mean the Stinger won’t live on.

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The New Kia Sportage Hybrid Emphasizes Efficiency in a Gorgeous Package

The New Kia Sportage Hybrid Emphasizes Efficiency in a Gorgeous Package

The Sportage Hybrid offers incredible range on a single fill-up thanks to a tiny 44-kW electric motor and 1.5-kWh battery

Over the past few months, Kia has revealed the all-new Sportage twice. In July we got our first look at the new Sportage, and then in October, Kia revealed the Euro-spec Sportage - a first for the model. The biggest highlights include a bold and sporty exterior design, a stylish cabin, and a brand-new (optional) 2.5-liter engine. Today, at the L.A. Auto Show, Kia revealed the all-new Kia Sportage Hybrid, and it offers up to 500 miles (805 km) of range on a single tank of gas.

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New Generation 2023 Kia Sportage Unveiled For the U.S. With Three New Off-Road Trims

New Generation 2023 Kia Sportage Unveiled For the U.S. With Three New Off-Road Trims

A new design language, an all-new platform, a new engine, updated tech and three new off-road trims are its specialities.

We were all hungry for the new fifth-generation Sportage when it launched a few months back for Asia and Europe. Finally, the day has come, and Kia unveiled this stylish beast with a host of changes compared to the outgoing generation in the U.S. Kia has also announced that the new Sportage will come in adventure-ready trims: X-Line, X-Pro, and X-Pro Prestige.

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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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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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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 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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2021 Kia Stinger – Revitalized and Enhanced

2021 Kia Stinger – Revitalized and Enhanced

The Second-Gen Kia Stinger Isn’t Here, But The Updated Stinger Is Almost As Good
Updated Kia Stinger to Launch in Korea for the 2021 Model year Global Launch, Including North America, will Happen in 2021 as a 2022 Model New Powertrains Could Provide More Power Improved Appearance and Interior Materials New Infotainment Tech

In Mid-April we reported that the second-gen Kia Stinger was coming for the 2021 model year, but just a week or two later, we found out that the Kia Stinger might end up being canceled, along with hopes that a second-generation model would arrive. Then, in May of 2020, we learned that the next-gen Kia Stinger was delayed and might morph into an all-electric vehicle, but a facelifted model would launch in late 2020 as a 2021 model. Now, Kia has released a handful of images so we can see what the slightly refreshed Stinger looks like and we have a few tidbits of information to share. The real question, however, is whether or not the 2021 Kia Stinger will end up with updated, more powerful engines.

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2020 Kia Telluride - Driven

2020 Kia Telluride - Driven

We put Kia’s newest and largest SUV to the test - is it noteworthy?

The Telluride joined Kia’s lineup for the 2020 model year as its biggest SUV yet. It’s positioned in the midsize class, despite the fact that it’s not much larger than the Kia Sorento. As is the usual case, it shares a lot of core DNA with a Hyundai product – in this case, the Hyundai Palisade – but it still features its own distinct styling. It’s only available with a V-6, but it does provide ample power, towing up to 5,000 pounds, and it comes at a price that gives it a competitive edge over models like the Honda Pilot and Volkswagen Atlas.

As Kia’s newst SUV, we’ve been itching to see what it’s like to live with the new Telluride, and we finally got out chance. This is what we’ve learned after a week of driving the Hyundai Telluride.

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Better Get Used to Seeing Kia's Tiger Nose Grille - Like BMW's Kidney Grille, It Isn't Going Away Any Time Soon

Better Get Used to Seeing Kia’s Tiger Nose Grille - Like BMW’s Kidney Grille, It Isn’t Going Away Any Time Soon

Kia found something that works as it’s sticking with it

As any marketing person will tell you, building brand recognition is critical to a company’s success. To this end, automakers have a number of strategies to create awareness with customers, including the implementation of a specific design language across a lineup. As such, it appears as though Kia has their “look” set in stone.

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The Genesis G70 Thrives Where The Kia K900 Struggles

The Genesis G70 Thrives Where The Kia K900 Struggles

In terms of design, the G70 is the clear-cut winner here

The new Kia K900 caused a divide here at Top Speed headquarters. Some of us liked the way it looked, but some of us were less thrilled about. By contrast, everyone agreed that the Genesis G70 was designed like a proper luxury sedan. There lies the (perceived) divide between the two saloons. When it comes to all-around design, the G70 takes the cake over the K900.

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The new Kia K900 is here to make you forget about the Mercedes S-Class and BMW 7 Series

The new Kia K900 is here to make you forget about the Mercedes S-Class and BMW 7 Series

The brand’s most luxurious offering yet!

Once known for affordable and not-so-great vehicles for emerging markets, Kia has developed into a full-blown automaker that covers many segments in the world’s most important markets. In recent years, Kia also took a couple of big steps into the premium market by upping the ante in the fit-and-finish department and by offering increasingly better equipment lines. In 2013, Kia decided to join the full-size luxury market with the K900, which was just redesigned into the second generation. Unveiled at the 2018 New York Motor Show, the new K900 boasts improvements in just about any department and looks the part even when compared to German competitors like the Mercedes-Benz S-Class and BMW 7 Series.

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2019 Kia K900

2019 Kia K900

Kia takes on the big boys of the luxury market with redesigned flagship sedan

The Kia K900 was launched in 2012 as the company’s most luxurious flagship sedan ever. Designed to replace the Amanti, a four-door which had moderate success in the U.S., the K900 brought Kia closer to its goal: to provide a solid competitor for the Audi A8, BMW 7 Series, and Mercedes-Benz S-Class. After almost six years on the market, the K900 was redesigned from the ground up and introduced to the North American market at the 2018 New York Motor Show.

Unveiled for the first time in its home market in South Korea, the new K900 looks significantly more modern than its predecessor. And, although it sports the brand’s current design language, it also boasts a few styling features of its own. It looks like Kia wants the K900 to stand out in the lineup, which is a good strategy in a market where sedans from different segments share too many features. The interior is a big step forward too, with the stylish design and the numerous convenience features putting it on par with the German sedans. Let’s have a closer look at what’s new in the review below.

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Kia Releases First Official Photos of the New K900 ; Audi and BMW Execs Should Tremble in Fear

Kia Releases First Official Photos of the New K900 ; Audi and BMW Execs Should Tremble in Fear

If you can get past the Badge, the K900 is an Easy Choice over the Audi A7 and BMW 7 Series

A new-comer to the premium segment, Kia isn’t the kind of automaker you think about when talking about full-size cars. But the Korean maker has been offering big sedans since the 1990s, when it made its own version of the Mazda Luce and Sentia, sold as the Potentia and Enterprise, respectively. Kia’s very own design came in 2003 as the Opirus, which was sold in the U.S. as the Amanti, with surprisingly good results. But the brand made a significant step up the premium ladder in 2012, when it introduced the K900. Also known as the K9 and Quoris in other markets, the K900 became the company’s first real competitor for German big boys like the Mercedes-Benz S-Class and BMW 7 Series. Come 2018, and the second-generation model is underway for an official unveiling at the New York Auto Show. And man it sure looks hot!

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Audi Execs Will Fall Out of their Chairs when they See This Sketch of the Kia K900 Interior

Audi Execs Will Fall Out of their Chairs when they See This Sketch of the Kia K900 Interior

The K900 looks like a proper luxury sedan

Fresh off of teasing the flagship K900’s exterior, Kia is following up with a teaser sketch of the interior. Slowly but surely, we’re getting a clearer idea of what the K900 has to offer. From where we stand, it looks like the Kia K900 is going to be more than just a novelty flagship; it has the chops to be a legitimate contender in the luxury space segment.

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Kia's Teaser of the Next-Gen K900 Shows Us A Sign Of What's To Come

Kia’s Teaser of the Next-Gen K900 Shows Us A Sign Of What’s To Come

It does look good for the Korean automaker’s new flagship model

Kia went to the Geneva Motor Show and had a good time showcasing its new Ceed compact, among its other reveals. But the automaker’s activity isn’t just limited to the subcompact segment. At the top of its totem pole sits the K900, and the newest version of the flagship sedan is all set to make its own debut in April. But, before that happens, Kia has released a few sketch renderings previewing the sedan, giving us a glimpse of what we can expect when it takes its bow in a month’s time.

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Kia Teases the K900 Sedan Before it Debuts at the New York Auto Show

Kia Teases the K900 Sedan Before it Debuts at the New York Auto Show

Long and sleek in the shadows, the K900 appears ready for a return to prominence

Kia has released a teaser image of its upcoming K900 flagship sedan. The redesigned model is due to hit dealerships and showrooms sometime this year as a 2019 model. Despite only being introduced in 2015 in the U.S., the need for an update became important after the model went through a rocky 2017 that saw only 455 units find new owners for the whole year. The new K900 is expected to debut at the 2018 New York Auto Show in late March.

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