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Kia Motors Reviews

Kia, whose name roughly translates as "to arise out of Asia," has quickly grown to become one of the most popular car companies in America since the budget Korean brand first arrived stateside in 1994. Established in Seoul in 1944 as a bicycle parts manufacturer, Kia is today known for its stylish-yet-affordable small cars and SUVs; however, the line-up is becoming increasingly varied as the ambitious badge continues to expand. While the Kias of decades past may have been bare bones econoboxes, consumers can expect to see a more refined side of Kia thanks to the manufacturer's dedication to innovation and keen eye for cutting edge design and technology.

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A three-quarter rear view of a 2017 Kia Sportage SX AWD shown in Hyper Red

Kia Sportage SX AWD
Finally, a sporty SUV with a compact, stylish frame for urbanites and suburban dwellers alike. Plus, Kia's 2017 turbocharged Sportage is equipped with high-quality audio interface technology.

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A three-quarter front view of the 2016 Kia Optima 2.0T SX

Kia Optima 2.0T SX
An all-new turbo-charged engine powers the 2016 Kia Optima while a collaboration with Harman introduces the harman / kardon premium audio system and surround sound.

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2016 Kia Sorento SXL

Kia Sorento SXL Turbo
A stylish and capable crossover with impresive dynamics, lots of available features and decent fuel economy from its 2.0-liter turbo inline-4.

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2015 Kia Forte Koup SX

Kia Forte Koup SX
For 2015, Kia has refreshed their entry-level coupe, the Forte Koup. The front is refreshed with restyled headlamps and bumper, the rear with restyled LED tail lamps.

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A passenger-side view of the 2015 Kia Optima SX

Kia Optima SX
The 2015 Kia Optima has interior quality rivaling many luxury sedans. Even the midlevel SX trim comes with features like a smart key system, bluetooth connectivity, navigation and leather seats.

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2014 Kia Sedona SXL

Kia Sedona SXL
A luxurious 7-or 8-seater minivan aimed at familes who value feature content and a carlike driving experience, the 2015 Sedona may not be the cheapest minivan on the block but it does offer a good value.

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2015 Kia Soul EV

Kia Soul EV
A torquey and responsive electric motor replaces the 4-cylinder gas engine in the Kia Soul EV. Thanks to the electric car's lower center of gravity, responsivness is improved. A long list of standard features helps add value.

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2014 Kia Cadenza Limited

Kia Cadenza Limited
With cutting edge luxury features and a free-revving 293 horsepower V6, the 2014 Kia Cadenza limited represents a strong value in the near luxury segment. Though not the sportiest car in its class, the Cadenza is quick, comfortable and has plenty of interior room.

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2014 Kia Soul

Kia Soul
For 2014, the versatile and popular Kia Soul hatchback gets updated sheet metal and a more solid-feeling chassis, plus some new technology options and a bump in horsepower.

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2015 Kia K900

Kia K900
Offering premium amenities and solid performance at a reasonable price, Kia's new flagship sedan marks a confident first step into luxury territory for the Korean car brand.

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A three-quarter rear view of a 2014 Kia Cadenza

Kia Cadenza
Coming standard with a 293-horsepower, direct-injected V6, along with a host of luxurious amenities including the UVO telematics system with rear camera, the all-new Kia Cadenza offers affordable luxury that families on a budget will appreciate.

Kia Forte EX
For the 2014 model year, Kia has updated its Forte sedan with sleek new looks and more horsepower. Our EX trim-level tester boasted a number of attractive add-ons, including Kia's UVO infotainment system, a rear view camera and more.
A three-quarter front view of a 2014 Kia Forte EX

A three-quarter front view of a red 2014 Kia Sorento SX FWD

Kia Sorento SX FWD
While its exterior is relatively similar to that of its predecessor, the all-new Kia Sorento brings with it big changes for the 2014 model year, including a new chassis, a voice-activated navigation system and a 290-horsepower, 3.3-liter V6.

Kia Soul!
This cool and quirky 5-door hatchback makes for a great starter car for twentysomethings in the city. Available in three trim levels — base, "+" and "!" — the Kia Soul offers a surprising amount of versatility and amenities given its budget price.
A three-quarter rear view of a 2013 Kia Soul!

A three-quarter rear view of a red 2012 Kia Rio EX

Kia Rio EX
Small in size and low in price, the Kia Rio EX nonetheless makes a big impression with its stylish looks, solid performance and wealth of standard features, including satellite radio and Bluetooth wireless technology.

Kia Rio 5-Door SX
Fully restyled for the first time since 2006, the all-new Kia Rio 5-Door continues the Korean brand's commitment to quality cars at an affordable price. This refreshing 5-door hatchback offers a much-appreciated respite from run-of-the-mill budget cars with its distinctive styling, capable performance and comfortable interior.
A three-quarter rear view of a silver 2012 Kia Rio 5-Door SX

A three-quarter front view of a 2012 Kia Optima Hybrid

Kia Optima Hybrid
While it may flaunt sporty looks, the Kia Optima Hybrid is about more than just fun and games. Earning an impressive 37 mpg combined, this capable family car makes for a smart and stylish alternative to the standard sedan.

Kia Optima SX Turbo
With the 2012 Optima SX Turbo, Kia continues to prove its place in the global auto market, showcasing an intuitive ability to meet the practical needs of drivers without sacrificing the fun, sporty ethos that has become the brand's hallmark.

A front view of a red 2012 Kia Optima SX Turbo

A side view of a red 2011 Kia Forte SX 5-Door

Kia Forte SX 5-Door
Available as a five-door hatchback for the first time, the latest iteration of the Kia Forte offers the same great value as the sporty compact sedan with the added bonus of an extra 4.7 cubic feet of cargo space.

Kia Forte Koup SX
Reasonably priced at under $20,000, this flashy yet affordable coupe features excellent driving dynamics and the type of tricked-out interior usually found inside pricier models.

A side view of a blue 2011 Kia Forte Koup SX

A three-quarter rear view of a 2011 Kia Optima

Kia Optima
No longer content with running in the middle of the pack, the all-new 2011 Kia Optima is turning heads with its stylish new exterior, well-equipped cabin, and much improved driving dynamics.

Kia Sportage
Revamped once again for the 2011 model year, the small and sprightly Kia Sportage continues to look cute and fresh despite being the oldest member of Kia's American fleet. Its compact frame imparts the ultra-small SUV with car-like handling, making the Sportage the perfect companion for city commuters.

A three-quarter front view of a red 2011 Kia Sportage

A three-quarter rear view of a white 2011 Kia Cadenza

Kia Cadenza
The Kia Cadenza is an attractive, all-new full-sized sedan set to hit American shores in early 2011. Replacing the sluggish and oddly-styled Kia Amanti, the Cadenza hopes to side-step its predecessor's pitfalls with a Euro-inspired exterior design, improved handling and an estimated 300-pound drop in curb weight.

Kia Sorento
Featuring a radically redesigned chassis, the 2011 Kia Sorento trades in the truck-like handling of previous generations for a ride that is well-balanced and smooth. While it would be wise to keep this front-wheel drive sport ute off the dirt roads, the Sorento nonetheless provides excellent utility for a reasonable price.

A three-quarter front view of a red 2011 Kia Sorento EX

A three-quarter rear view of a blue 2010 Kia Forte Koup

Kia Forte Koup
Using the same platform as the Kia Forte sedan, this stylish two-door car offers a solid value in a sporty profile. Powering the five-passenger coupe is a 156-horsepower four-cylinder engine, which contributes to its 34 mpg highway fuel economy. Standard features include sport seats, power doors and windows, and Bluetooth connectivity.

Kia Forte EX
Dynamically styled, this all-new compact sedan is designed to combine a sporty personality with fuel-efficient pragmatism. The value-oriented five-passenger vehicle is furnished with a peppy 156-horsepower four-cylinder engine and a standard five-speed manual transmission, giving it a 34 mpg rating on the highway.

A three-quarter front view of a silver 2010 Kia Forte

A three-quarter front view of a 2010 Kia Soul at Miami Beach, Florida

Kia Soul Exclaim
Boasting a trendy exterior, this five-passenger hatchback ought to catch the eye of twenty-somethings looking for their first car. This youth-oriented econobox is customizable (and available in four trims), and features a spacious interior along with decent fuel economy.

Kia Optima EX
This well-mannered five-passenger family sedan opts for substance over show, featuring quality interior amenities and a roomy cabin. Along with decent road manners, the vehicle comes with a range of optional features such as traction control, a power sunroof and heated front seats.

A three-quarter rear view of a red 2008 Kia Optima EX

A front view of a 2008 Kia Amanti

Kia Amanti
Underneath its unassuming aesthetic, this full-size family sedan reveals smooth and quiet road manners along with an emphasis on comfort and safety. A roomy cabin, premium accessories, a solid warranty and competitive pricing round out the vehicle’s offerings.

Kia Borrego EX
While compacts and crossovers are all the craze, Kia is bucking the zeitgeist with the Borrego, a seven-passenger SUV powered by a 4.6-liter V8 engine. This roomy four-wheel drive sport utility weighs nearly 5,000 pounds and is no timid force either on the road or off.

A three-quarter rear view of a silver 2009 Kia Borrego

Kia Rio
Reliable and inexpensive, this Korean-built sedan aims for safety along with practicality, featuring six airbags, an impact-absorbing steering column and side-impact door beams.

Kia Sedona EX
With seating for seven people, safety features that include full-length side curtain airbags, a 3.8-liter V6 engine and a low price, this minivan is loaded with value.

2008 Kia Sedona EX

Kia Rondo EX

Kia Rondo EX
The style and spaciousness of an SUV combine with the comfort and ease of a station wagon in Kia's Rondo EX, a great car for families.

Kia Sedona
Families can expect great value for their dollars with Kia's spacious, well-equipped minivan. It features a powerful V6 engine, flip-down third row and all the latest safety equipment.

Kia Optima EX V6
This all-new Optima is yet another radically improved car from Korea. With build quality and materials far better than anything made in America and a low price, this is a car worth looking at.

Kia Spectra 5
This handsome little five-door is perfect for a first car or if you are on a budget. Sporty extras like front and rear spoilers, side sills and rear valance sexy it up. It also comes with a nice set of wheels and tires.

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