Kia, a subsidiary of Hyundai, began in the U.S. just over twenty years ago with two models, the Sephia subcomact sedan and the Sportage SUV. While neither model was fully ready for primetime in the U.S. at the time of their launch, their success was so much better than Hyundai's at its U.S. debut almost a decade earlier. With increased attention to both quality and the customer experience, Kia has grown quickly over its 20+ years in the U.S. market.

Of late, emphasis has been on improved product and vastly improved design. Even its least expensive offering, the Rio, offers a surplus of style for its under-$20K investment. The most popular Kia is the funk-infused Soul hatch, although the Optima, in any trim level, remains in high demand. Most expensive, by a wide margin, is Kia's K900. With an available V8 and rear-wheel drive, the K900 can quickly approach $60K.


2017 Kia Sorento
2017 Kia Sorento
MSRP:
$25,400
Engine:
2.4L I-4
MPG:
21 City / 28 HWY
2017 Kia Sportage
2017 Kia Sportage
MSRP:
$22,990
Engine:
2.4L I-4
MPG:
23 City / 30 HWY
2016 Kia Rio
2016 Kia Rio
MSRP:
$15,495
Engine:
1.6L I-4
MPG:
27 City / 36 HWY
2016 Kia Optima
2016 Kia Optima
MSRP:
$22,140
Engine:
2.4L I-4
MPG:
24 City / 35 HWY
2016 Kia Sportage
2016 Kia Sportage
MSRP:
$22,150
Engine:
2.4L I-4
MPG:
21 City / 28 HWY
2016 Kia Sorento
2016 Kia Sorento
MSRP:
$25,100
Engine:
2.4L I-4
MPG:
21 City / 29 HWY
With more power and better mpg, the 2017 Kia Soul Exclaim is one to get.

But it only comes with a dual-clutch transmission

Throw in the best interior appointments and you have the best Soul you can buy.
Unsurprisingly, the 2017 Kia Cadenza's price undercuts its competition

Pricing for the big sedan starts at $32,890.

Kia continues the trend of giving you more for a little less.
Hyundai finally settles inflated fuel economy claims lawsuit for $41.2 million

Four years later, the Hyundai fuel economy fiasco is pretty much over.
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2014 Kia Optima
$18,977 / 25,551 miles / CA
2015 Kia Optima
$22,994 / 39,365 miles / CA
2015 Kia Sorento
$29,498 / 30,675 miles / CA
Recharge Wrap-up: Venturi seeks funding for speed record, Kia partners on V2G

Daimler launches Mercedes-Benz Energy for stationary storage.

Venturi launches a Kickstarter campaign to break its EV speed record. Kia partners with UC Irvine on V2G technology. Daimler launches Mercedes-Benz Energy to sell stationary storage globally.
2017 Kia Cadenza First Drive
We review Kia's large front-drive luxury car, which was redesigned for 2017. It's a strong competitor in a relatively unexciting segment of the market.
2017 Kia Sportage First Drive
There's nothing revolutionary or super exciting about the 2017 Sportage, and that's fine. Kia's midsize CUV continues to be competent and well-rounded.
2016 Kia Optima SX Limited Quick Spin
The 2016 Kia Optima has clean styling and a comfortable, quiet ride. It should be a far bigger standout in its crowded segment.
Kia recalls 98,000 Sedona minivans for suspension corrosion

This is the second time these minivans have been recalled for this issue.

This is the second time Kia has recalled its Sedona minivan for corroded front lower control arms.
Kia Sedona and Hyundai Tucson recalled for hood latches

219,800 examples of the Kia Sedona and another 81,000 of the Hyundai Tuscon are being recalled in two separate campaigns to fix their secondary hood latches.
Kia recalls 260k Souls for possible steering failure

Kia will recall 256,459 units of the 2014-2016 Kia Soul and Soul EV because potential separation in the steering assembly can cause drivers to lose control.