When the new generation models for the 2021 Kia Sorento and 2021 Kia K5 were first being talked up by Kia Motors, there was no holding back. All the highlights about the Kia Sorento, and all the performance of the Kia K5 was taking up the spotlight near the end of 2020. Fast-forward to 2021, and there is no stopping them. In recent years, Kia Motors can’t be beat. Whenever a new model is released, like the award-winning Kia Stinger, or ever-popular Kia Telluride, the accolades stack up fast. In February 2021, the Kia K5 and Sorento won Best Cars of 2021 by Autotrader, and just a month later, another award goes to the very same models. This time, it’s the honor of landing in the Top 10 for this year’s World Car of the Year (WCOTY) Awards.
WCOTY, not to be confused with NACTOY (North American Car, Utility and Truck of the Year), a competition Kia Motors also performs well in, has been going on for 17 years. Held to recognize, reward and inspire excellence, leadership, and innovation within the auto industry on a global scale, WCOTY is one of many sought after lists. Once again entering the semi-finals, Kia Motors gets one step closer to the winner’s circle with the all-new Kia Sorento and Kia K5.
To earn these top spots, the Sorento and K5 were selected out of 22 other vehicles competing for a spot in the WCOTY Top 10. Although the official winners won’t be announced until April 20, getting this far is like getting a silver already in the bag. Choosing the winners won’t be easy, and to keep it unbiased, the jurors are pretty diverse. The winners will be decided by an independent international jury made up of 93 acclaimed automotive journalists. On a global and cultural scale, these journalists come from 28 countries around the world. In other worlds, different worldviews, impressions, and impact of vehicles on the industry come to the conclusion for deciding which vehicles make it into the Top 10.
“Kia’s vehicles continue to earn acclaim for segment leadership, innovation and design, and this latest nomination is further proof of our position as a world-class brand…We are honored to be considered again for World Car of the Year and are all looking forward to the results next month.” – Sean Yoon, president and CEO, Kia Motors North America, Kia Motors America
Amongst the highlights of the new generation 2021 Kia Sorento are the many safety features standard and available throughout the lineup. Known for upgrading safety with every model, Kia Motors of course offers the Kia Drive Wise package (standard on some trims). This SUV also comes with an assortment of new tech options, such as UVO Link, the all-new Find My Car, and the soon-to-be-famous Last Mile Navigation. A navigation app that tracks your destination every step of the way – and not just the street it’s on – consumers can find this and more cool technology in the 2021 Kia Sorento.
The new 2021 Kia K5 is going to become the new standard amongst sedans. Basically, a sports car in its own right, the K5 is the new generation of the once known Kia Optima. A popular vehicle that was one of the first models to spawn a hybrid and plug-in hybrid after its initial production, the Optima was known as the K5 in its original market, and with the new generation and design, Kia Motors decided to also go with a new name in the states. With a powerful turbocharged engine lineup also stacking the odds, the Kia K5 might be guaranteed a Top 10 spot this year.
You can find all of these award-winning vehicles when you look for a Kia at Miami Lakes Automall.