Thursday, December 8, 2016

Kia Soul Continues to Win Big with Car and Driver 10Best Award

You’d think we would get tired of writing about how awesome the Kia Soul is, but we just can’t stop spreading the good news! Yet again, the Kia Soul has won an outstanding award for its athletic style and outspoken personality. Car and Driver has placed the Kia Soul in its 10Best Trucks and SUVs list, giving the Soul another addition to its trophy rack.

“We are honored that Car and Driver has named the Soul to its ‘10Best Trucks and SUVs’ list,” said Orth Hedrick, vice president, product planning KMA. “The Soul has been an extraordinary success story for the Kia brand, and earning thisaward is a testament to our continued commitment to world-class quality and top-notch design that can be – in the Soul’s case – as funky as it is functional.”
For the past 35 years, a variety of vehicles have been given a spot on the original 10Best list of best cars on the market. The 10Best franchise has since expanded and created a multitude of categories, including the newly created Trucks and SUVs segment. Out of over 150 nominees, which included completely new or updated models, the Soul made it on the list.
“The current Soul has maintained the funky charm of the first-generation model with design—inside and out—that manages to be both fresh and genuinely attractive, attributes that are often at odds,” according to Car and Driver.

The 2017 Soul has some exciting updates ahead, including a newly added 201 hp 1.6-liter turbocharged engine and an available seven-speed Dual Clutch Transmission (on the Exclaim trim) that will pack quite a punch for the subcompact SUV.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

2017 Kia Forte Review: Specs, Features, Price And More

Kia is not usually the first name that comes to mind in terms of high performance vehicles. However, Kia vehicles are known to offer much for not a lot of money and the 2017 Kia Forte is an example of this. Here are the specs, features, price and other details that buyers should know about the new Kia vehicle.

The 2017 Kia Forte - Specs
According to Consumer Reports, the 2017 Kia Forte has a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine capable of putting out 147 horsepower as a standard. Buyers also have an option for another powertrain with the 2.0-liter direct-injection engine that cranks out 164 horsepower. Accordingly, these powertrains are paired with a six-speed automatic and manual transmission. The 2017 Kia Forte has a fuel economy rate of 29/38 miles per gallon in the city and highway for the first engine while the second one gets 25 and 33 miles per gallon in the city and highway respectively.
The 2017 Kia Forte - Features
The 2017 Kia Forte also has its fair share of features both in safety and entertainment aspect. In terms of safety, the 2017 Kia Forte features side impact beams, electronic stability control (ESC), dual stage driver, passenger seat-mounted side airbags, low tire pressure warning, airbag occupancy sensor, rear child safety locks, anti-lock brake system (ABS) and driveline traction control as reported by Car and Driver. The 2017 Kia Forte also has a seven-inch touchscreen situated in the center of the dashboard for its infotainment. Additionally, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are also supported by the 2017 Kia Forte.
The 2017 Kia Forte - Price
The 2017 Kia Forte has a base price of $17,340 as reported. The price goes up buyers move to higher trims. The top trim is tagged with a price of $23,345 and there are also discounts that can be availed by buyers.
A Decent Vehicle To Purchase
Given the fact that the 2017 Kia Forte has decent amount of power and loaded with the latest technology in terms of safety and entertainment, there are already benefits on the side of the buyers. Putting the price into consideration, the 2017 Kia Forte is a perfect car for those that are looking to get one but on a tight budget.

Monday, December 5, 2016

Kia Has Suddenly Become One of the Most Reliable Car Brands

A few weeks ago, we posted the results of a Consumer Reports reliability study that placed Kia in fifth -- ahead of virtually all luxury brands and even ahead of car companies that consumers traditionally consider reliable, like Acura, Honda, Infiniti, Porsche and Subaru.
The study was unusual, but it wasn't that surprising. We know that Kia has made some big strides in recent years, going from bargain-basement economy cars and little hatchbacks to vehicles that you and I would be pretty excited to own, or at least pretty excited to rent.

More recently, a new study came out: the J.D. Power Initial Quality Study, which surveys problems owners have with their vehicles in the first 90 days of ownership. While this isn't a long-term reliability study, it's a useful tool for understanding how well cars are received when they initially find buyers -- and guess who won? That's right... Kia.
Now, this might not seem like such a big deal to you, but trust me when I say it's huge news in the industry. One reason is the fact that someone finally unseated Lexus from the top spot, which they had held for approximately 9 million years. But the biggest news is that a scrappy little mainstream automaker like Kia beat out allllll the luxury brands to top this list. All the brands that normally find themselves near the top -- Porsche, Lexus, Buick, Lincoln, Infiniti, BMW -- were topped by Kia.
Of course, I freely admit that a couple of reliability surveys over a short term don't necessarily guarantee that a car company has become reliable. But from my time working at Porsche's corporate headquarters, I know the work that goes into winning the J.D. Power Initial Quality Study, and I know that it's not easy to finish near the top of a Consumer Reports survey, either.
And so, while we should all continue to monitor the situation, I'll say this: Kia has already debuted some excellent products, and it's now hard not to be impressed with its promises of reliability. Is there a new Toyota in town?

Friday, December 2, 2016

Hyundai, Kia post largest November sales in U.S.

Combined sales of South Korea’s largest automaker Hyundai Motor Co. and its sister company Kia Motors Corp. reached a monthly high for November in the United States, thanks to brisk sales of compact cars and sport utility vehicles. 

Hyundai Motor and Kia Motors said on Friday that they sold a combined 115,011 units in the U.S. last month, up 9 percent from 105,560 units sold in the same period last year. The figure is significantly higher than the 3.6 percent average growth of other carmakers in the U.S. market during the same period. Among global auto manufacturers, Hyundai Motor and Kia Motors ranked seventh in terms of monthly sales in the U.S. after General Motors Corp., Toyota Motor Corp., Ford Motor Co., Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V., Honda Motor Co., and Nissan Motor Corp. 

Kia Motors’ on-year sales rose 15.3 percent to 52,504 units in November in the U.S. on strong demand for its compact Forte sedan and Sportage SUV. On-year sales of Forte - known as K3 in Korea - jumped a whopping 61.9 percent to 8,111 units and Sportage, 33.2 percent to 5,608 units in November, data showed. Sales of Soul, its compact multi-purpose vehicle that is a popular model in the North American market, went up 24.3 percent to 12,482 units while that of Sorento SUV increased 7.5 percent to 9,698 units during the same period. 

Hyundai Motor, meanwhile, sold 62,507 units in the U.S. in November, up 4.2 percent from a year ago. Sales of its popular SUVs Santa Fe and Tuscon jumped 17.8 percent and 10.3 percent, respectively. Data also showed that the automaker sold 327 units of its new flagship G90 sedan (EQ900 in Korea) of its recently launched luxury Genesis brand in November including its previous Equus sedan model, marking the first time for the automaker to sell 300 or more units in a single month after December 2014. 

Last month, Hyundai Motor and Kia Motors accounted for a combined 8.3 percent market share in the U.S., maintaining the market share of 8 percent or above for a seventh consecutive month. Hyundai’s share was 4.5 percent while that of Kia’s 3.8 percent. In the January-November period, the two automakers sold a combined 1,305,945 units in the U.S. market, up 2.8 percent from the same period last year, accounting for 8.2 percent of the U.S. auto market.


Wednesday, November 30, 2016

2017 Kia Sorento: Underdog SUV warrants bigger market

While vying for a market share against the well-touted Hyundai Santa Fe and Toyota Highlander, the unheralded 2017 Kia Sorento counters with equally high overall marks. It has an extraordinary list of standard features and industry-best safety ratings.
The 2017 Kia Sorento has plush interior and a rugged exterior.

The Sorento was redesigned in 2016, so this year’s model is largely a continuation of the new generation except for a few technology tweaks. The midsize SUV is available in L, LX, EX, SX and SX Limited (SXL) trims. The SX and SXL include the other trims’ features and several upgrades: The SX features heated seats and steering wheel, push-button start and a power liftgate.
My weekly driver was the top-line SXL trim with all-wheel drive and a third row of seats. It’s packed with features from all of the other trims. But it also has Nappa leather seats, heated second-row seats, and a surround-view monitor. The quality of the interior material and the craftsmanship are surprisingly plush for the segment.
While some of my test mileage in city driving showcased the new Sorento’s strong maneuverability, most of the nearly 1,000-mile review mileage occurred on the open road. It was a round-trip haul from Sacramento to Los Angeles and included long high-speed stretches on Interstate 5 and Highway 99.
The highway driving allowed for the frequent use of Kia’s keen safety features, including Advanced Smart Cruise Control. Available in three pre-set distance options, the feature astutely and seamlessly adjusts your cruising speed to match the vehicle ahead of you. It marks the end of having to tap on the brake or readjust your cruising speed while utilizing cruise control.
The Sorento’s safety considerations go further. The Lane Departure Warning System tells the driver if they’re drifting out of a lane. There’s also the Blind Spot Detection System. It tells the driver when there’s a vehicle is its blind spot.
Despite its super comfort, strong safety features and overall manufacturing quality, the Kia Sorento may still find it difficult to infiltrate the top sales plateau in its class. But it deserves more attention.
Overall comfort.
Quiet, smooth drive.
Quality interior craftsmanship.
Industry-best warranty.
Versatile and easy-to-configure second-row seats.
Five-star NHTSA safety ratings.
Some navigation system functions are misleading.
Sensitive technology warning notifications.
Expensive top-line trim.
Facts & Figures: 2017 Kia Sorento
Acceleration: 0-60 mph, 7.8 seconds.
Airbags: 6.
Fuel economy: 17 mpg (city), 23 mpg (highway), 19 mpg (combined), six-speed automatic transmission.
Horsepower: 290.
Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price: $45,700.00.
Manufacturer’s Website:
Price As Tested: $46,595.00.
Warranty: Bumper to bumper, 5 years/60,000 miles; Powertrain, 10 years/100,000 miles; Corrosion, 5 years/ 100,000 miles; Roadside Assistance, 5 years/60,000 miles.
What Others Say:
“There is a marked sense of sophistication in the 2017 Kia Sorento’s ride. Even top-of-the-line models with their big 19-inch wheels manage to soak up bumps without harshness.” —
The Weekly Driver’s Final Words:
“If there’s any remaining public notion that Kia represents a cheap alternative or isn’t worthy of consideration, the 2017 Kia Sorento erases those sentiments. It’s the real deal and a worthy challenger for the top-sellers in its class.”

Monday, November 28, 2016

All-new Kia Cadenza Wins Large Sedan of the Year Award from the Hispanic Motor Press Association

With the all-new 2017 Cadenza now arriving in showrooms, the Hispanic Motor Press Awards® organization recently recognized Kia’s second-generation full-size premium car as the “Large Sedan of the Year.” In the comparative test, which assessed large cars from multiple manufacturers, judges evaluated each vehicle on safety, quality, value, performance, design, style, environmental impact and technology standards. The winning vehicles are said to reflect the distinctive style, tastes and needs of the influential Latino US population.

“The ‘New Kia’ is world-class by every measure, and the all-new Cadenza is our latest model to be honored with a coveted Hispanic Motor Press Award,” said Michael Sprague, chief operating officer and EVP, KMA. “The Cadenza injects a much-needed shot of excitement to the large-car segment with its striking, aggressively handsome looks and premium refinements, and Kia is honored to be named among the best choices for Latino families.”

The stunningly beautiful Cadenza improves upon all the elements that define the large car category, including a precisely crafted cabin, with available cutting edge technology for connectivity and driver assistance, a stronger body structure, and powertrain enhancements for a more premium experience behind the wheel.

Started in 2010, the Hispanic Motor Press Awards consider over 100 vehicles before selecting three final contenders in different categories. Each vehicle's features were assessed as they relate to the typical Latino consumer in the United States. The award vetting process includes test drives, mass market availability, and affordability data valuations. Judges also take into account overall design, comfort, safety, performance, functionality and overall value package when making their final selection. Now on its 7th annual edition, the independent awards recognize the best automobiles for Hispanic families.


Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Recall Alert: 2008-2009 Kia Sportage

Vehicles Affected: Approximately 72,000 model-year 2008-09 Kia Sportage SUVs manufactured between Aug. 9, 2007, and May 13, 2009
The Problem: The wire harness cover on the hydraulic electronic control unit may be improperly sealed, allowing water to get onto the HECU circuit board. If the water contains salt, the wire harness connector pins may corrode and short circuit the circuit board, increasing the risk of an engine fire.
The Fix: Dealers will inspect the connector pins for corrosion and, if detected, replace the HECU assembly for free. If no corrosion is found, the connector cover will be replaced.
What Owners Should Do: Kia will begin notifying owners Nov. 28. Owners can call the automaker at 800-333-4542 or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236, or go to for more info.