Pop open the hood of each SUV, and we can see some differences between the two. Under the hood of the 2020 Kia Telluride is a 3.8-liter V6 engine capable of generating 291 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque. With an eight-speed automatic transmission paired with the engine, the Telluride is also looking at a nice fuel economy of 20 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway. Plus, the Kia Telluride offers consumers a variety of driving modes and the choice of an all-wheel drivetrain.
Cybersecurity isn’t just something computer owners have to worry about these days. It’s a growing concern with smartphones and automobiles with smart-phone integration. Although somewhat far away, one day, automakers will have to find ways to protect consumers from a hacker taking control of an autonomous vehicle. Today, consumers are still concerned about losing their keys, and with most modern vehicles only requiring a key fob, if you lose your keys you can say goodbye to your car! That’s why Kia Motors just launched a simple utility for consumers who are always misplacing their keys.
They’re calling it the “KiaSafe”, a case designed by Kia Motors made to protect modern cars from the technology used by car thieves to break into vehicles. With key fobs acting as the gatekeeper to starting the engine, the KiaSafe case acts as a second layer of security. Today, if a car thief obtains an owner’s key fob, they can use relay attacks to pick up the frequency of a keyless entry system and then gain access to their target.
Thatcham Research, a UK-based research center similar to our Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), is UK’s only not-for-profit organization based around the safety of vehicles. Recently, Thatcham conducted security tests on the keyless entry systems of new cars. During their testing, three of the seven cars studied were found to be vulnerable. With this, auto manufacturers took notice and looked into their own security systems.
Back in 2018,Kia Motors was quickly becoming the safest car brand in America, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. A little over a year ago, eight Kia Motors vehicles received a “Top Safety Pick” or “Top Safety Pick+” rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, with a range of vehicles receiving their merits. Among them was the 2018 Kia Soul compact car, having received “Top Safety Pick+” rating. Now in 2019, the completely redesigned 2020 Kia Soul has also earned Top Safety Pick Plus (TSP+) status.
Let’s have a quick refresh on the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, or IIHS. The IIHS is a trusted organization for rating vehicle safety. Known for their intense impact crash-simulations that test a vehicle on a variety of circumstances, the IIHS is able to evaluate the safety of a vehicle based on crash avoidance and mitigation. The IIHS puts all new vehicles through the five following tests: small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength, and head restraints.
2019 isn’t even over and automakers are already letting automobile spies get shots of their 2021 models in camouflage. That’s okay though, we always like getting some juicy information before it hits the streets, pun intended. 2019 may be the year that Kia Motors beats their drum over the 2020 Kia Soul with theNew Species of Soul marketing campaign, but in 2018, they had anotherad campaign all about the 2019 Kia Sorento and the new features it brings. Now, the latest spy shots are giving us a glimpse at the next-generation Kia Sorento, and we’re getting a little psyched.
The new 2021 Kia Sorento is going to be more than just a crossover – it’s going to be redefined. Let’s face it, the Kia Sorento has gotten a little lost in the lineup of SUVs and crossovers from an automaker that keeps pumping them out every year. It’s time that this crossover got its own look, and with a more stylish appearance, the Kia Sorento might catch a little Telluride fever.
With Kia Motors opening up a GT line while also planning to become the world’s nextall-electric automaker, the 2020 Kia Soul is one of the first vehicles consumers will get to experience the new GT lineup with. Although the standard engine under the hood is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder able to generate 147 horsepower, there’s another engine option for a little more oomph! An optional turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder that delivers a total of 201 horsepower is slowly becoming the average engine of the new GT lineup, also powering the upcomingKia Forte GT.
When it comes to handling the new 2020 Kia Soul, it’s nimble and fun to drive. Consumers have the choice of a six-speed manual or a nicely mannered continuously variable automatic transmission with the standard engine and get a seven-speed dual clutch automatic transmission with the more powerful engine. Whichever the consumer chooses, the new hatchback is the perfect car for crowded urban areas while also zipping through the bustling traffic of the highway. It may not be a sports car, but the new chassis gives the 2020 Kia Soul a longer stance for keeping control of the road in the driver’s hands.
Still a Hatchback
The Kia Soul is a hatchback and doesn’t shy away from its roots. There’s still plenty of room for people and cargo in the 2020 model. Getting a little more wiggle room, the tall roof provides front and rear passengers with plenty of headroom. Even with its square shape, passengers will find the cabin plenty comfortable.
Carving out a little extra space in every part of the new Kia Soul bodywork, consumers will now find 23.8 cubic feet of cargo space in the trunk with the rear seats up. It may not sound like much, but it’s a 25-percent increase from previous models. Again, the new chassis has upgraded the 2020 Kia Soul in more ways than one.
Not Just a Touch of Tech – All the Tech
Some automakers may make consumers cash out a little more for what should come standard these days – a nice infotainment system with smartphone compatibility to use Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. That’s why the 2020 Kia Soul comes standard with a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with smartphone capabilities. For those who go higher up the lineup, especially when it comes to the GT-line and high-end EX, consumers get a 10/25-inch touchscreen instead. A 10-speaker Harman Kardon sound system is another option to look for, and with the adjustable lighting in the door panels that can pulse to the beat of the music, it would be quite the show.
There’s an array of advanced safety features in the 2020 Kia Soul. Features like automatic emergency braking, blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and forward collision alert all make it into the 2020 model for additional security on the road. Don’t worry if the new stance gives the 2020 Kia Soul a bit of a meaner look.Kia Motors is Quickly Becoming the Safest Car Brand in America.
With so many new vehicle models coming out in just the past few years, consumers are getting more options than ever when it comes to buying a new car. Although it’s always nice to have options, sometimes too many can give one a bit of a headache. That’s why organizations like J.D. Power and Associates compile and analyze data to find vehicles that not only provide consumers with quality, but also long-lasting value. To do this, J.D. Power conducts the Initial Quality Study every year. For the past few years,Kia Motors has earned its place in the top 10 during past J.D. Power Initial Quality Studies, having earned the top spot in 2015, 2016, 2017, and again 2018 as the highest non-luxury brand with the fewest issues over time. In 2019, Kia Motors does it again.
J.D. Power and Initial Quality Study
It sounds funny, right? Kia Motors is the “highest non-luxury brand with the fewest issues over time.” When J.D. Power conducts the Initial Quality Study every year, quality is determined by the number of problems a vehicle experiences per 100 vehicles (PP100) during the first 90 days of ownership. Every study is performed with a collection of data via surveys sent out to purchasers and lessees of new model-year vehicles who were surveyed after 90 days of ownership, this year of course focusing on 2019 model-year vehicles. The 2019 U.S. Initial Quality Study was based on 76,256 responses received from a 233-question survey that was sent out. Consumer responses were then placed into eight categories for their PP100 score: Exterior, Seats, Driving Experience, Engine/Transmission, Features/Controls/Displays (FCD), Interior, Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC), Audio/Communication/Entertainment/Navigation (ACEN).
Who isn’t going to look at this? These are two large SUVs able to sit seven-to-eight passengers. They have to have a lot of power under the hood to carry everyone and cargo from point A to point B. The competition is going to be heavy with these two, because both, the 2020 Kia Telluride and Hyundai Palisade not only come with the front-wheel-drive standard, with all-wheel-drive also available as an option. They both also share the same engine.
Under the hood is a 3.8-liter V6 able to generate 291 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque. All of that is controlled through an eight-speed automatic transmission. How do we tell the difference? The 2020 Kia Telluride has received marginally better EPA ratings than the Palisade, with a fuel economy of 20/26/23 mpg city/highway/combined compared to the Palisade’s 19/26/22 mpg city/highway/combined.
The good thing about Hyundai and Kia is although they may share the platform of a vehicle, they don’t just slap another badge on and call it a day. That would be ludicrous. Behind each vehicle is a design team dedicated to creating something different for the new lineup. On the outside, where the Telluride looks aggressive and ready to tackle some off-road terrain, the Palisade is a little more tame, going for a more luxurious and stately approach to style. Neither vehicle looks anything like the other, and although the interior of the Telluride handles cargo better than the Palisade, both SUVs have an upscale cabin capable of luring luxurious brand buyers.
Soft-touch materials and clever storage solutions can be found throughout the 2020 Kia Telluride, an increasingly winning feature of automobiles for all of our gadgets and gizmos. The Palisade also has some places for kid stuff when it comes to families with little ones that need to be entertained but too young for a tablet or smart device. Both vehicles offer a little something to attract consumers.
Some say it all comes down to the price. We don’t think so, and it seems neither does Hyundai or Kia. This comparison has had a lot of similarities, but the Kia Telluride has shined plenty throughout. When it comes to the price, both SUVs also fall within the same range. The starting MSRP for the Hyundai palisade is $31,550* and the starting MSRP for the 2020 Kia Telluride is $31,690* – not even $150 more. A marginal difference in price for a marginally better vehicle, right?
Ever since thenew Kia Seltos has been revealed, Kia Motors has been releasing more and more teases of the vehicle. In some ways, it feels a little redundant after the Kia Seltos was spotted in all its naked glory back in May 2019. Said to have a global release, this new compact SUV from Kia Motors should show up in the states, but so far a lot of the focus for the new Seltos comes from Kia Motors India where it’s making the most noise at the moment. As the world debut for the SUV draws closer, the Korean automaker releases one more sneak peek.
Sketches and Spy Shots
At first, there wasn’t a whole lot to go on when it came to the new Seltos concept. Kia Motors released a piece of sketch art like the one seen above. Compact and technologically advanced, the initial sketches provided us with an SUV that had a modern and urban look, like the Kia Soul, while also standing out with sharp lines and a strong stance. There was also a little upscale feel with LED headlights that draw one’s attention to the new “tiger nose” grille design that’s been popping up. The new dashboard with a 10.25-inch touchscreen display was also a nice touch with the 3D render (below). As it would seem, the sketches were more than concepts, because spy shots of the new Seltos looked like a real-life replica of what was promised on paper.
Even though the Seltos was spotted on the road, Kia Motors is still having fun with its teaser campaign. The first came in the form of a flashy video that showed off some of the highlight exterior features of the new compact SUV. Cue a close-up of the LED lights in the front and rear, the new grille and spoiler, and a quick look at the front fascia to bring it to a close.
The spinning die and the tagline “You never know what comes next” with that music is enough to get the blood pumping a bit, if not raise intrigue. Just this week, on June 14, Kia Motors India published another video to their YouTube channel. The video shows us some of the footage seen earlier in the above video but has a few extra shots along with someone working on etching out the emblem. It all comes to a close with a bunch of grey confetti being blow across the SUV, like blowing the dust off a newly finished project.
The good news is, we won’t have to wait much longer. According to Kia Motors India, the new Kia Seltos will finally be officially revealed on June 20, 2019. Even with these exposing teasers, nothing will do a new vehicle justice like an official debut. The Kia Seltos is shaping up to be a very sleek-looking SUV and a worthy addition to the ever-expanding Kia Motors lineup.
You can be sure we’ll have a follow up with the reveal once all the details are out. Follow along onMiami Lakes Kia social media to learn more about the new Kia Seltos.
It seems like only days ago that the auto market placed its focus on Aurora Innovation, a self-driving startup among many currently entering the race for the first self-driving vehicle for public retail. Although there are already companies out there testing their vehicles on public streets, and even programs likeWaymo One offer the everyday citizens (in Phoenix, Arizona) to be chauffeured from place-to-place by a self-driving Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivan, the flagship of the Waymo self-driving fleet. As it turns out, the self-driving car startup company Aurora Innovation was just running the company’s series B financing round, and two more large names in the auto industry made an investment – the Hyundai Motor Group and Kia Motors Corp.
That’s right. According to a news release, Kia Motors is getting in on the ground floor with Aurora Innovation. With their recent partnership also fueled by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA), this brings Aurora’s total for this round of funding up to $600 million. It’s going to be interesting to see how FCA intends to work with Aurora and whether or not the company will be sharing technology across the automakers or developing technology for each. In the aforementioned news release, companies discussed the integration of the Aurora Driver technology into Hyundai’s fuel cell vehicle NEXO.
We can’t say we’re too surprised that the 2021 Kia Optima is getting a bit of a makeover. After the2019 Kia Optima was released with little changes, the old sedan was starting to show its age. In an effort to bring it back to the forefront of the Kia Motors full compact car lineup, the next model year will show come with a few changes. After ourcomparison of the 2018 Kia Stinger and the 2018 Kia Optima, we’re curious how the two will match up in the 2020/2021 model year.
2020 Kia Optima Preview
Kia Motors has been talking a lot about its SUVs and crossovers ever since the2020 Kia Telluride took center stage. Now is the perfect time for a makeover while no one’s looking at the sedans and coupes that are also a part of the Kia Motors lineup. Set for 2021, the new Kia Optima design will feature a new sporty front and rear fascia. Highlighting this look are slanted headlights inspired by the overseas Kia Ceed and a full-width LED taillight bar.
The overall design of the Optima has changed as well. It no longer looks like a sedan. If anything, judging by the picture above, it’s certainly starting to take on some sports car undertones. Kia Motors Designer Byungchul Juh has gone on record stating that the Kia Optima for 2020 is just the beginning for Kia Motors working towards a completely fresh design approach for future vehicles.