Ready for round two? Last week we covered several Kia models for the 2018 year, mainly Kia’s SUVs and crossovers and sole minivan. Next up is a large selection of sedans and alternative fuel vehicles. If there is anything Kia Motors is doing these days, it’s shaking up the auto market with a large lead in hybrids, plug-in hybrids, and electric vehicles.
Kia Optima Triplets
The Kia Optima is such a great car, Kia added two variations to the lineup. In addition to the Optima, there is also the Optima Hybrid and Optima Plug-in Hybrid. The original Kia Optima, available in five trims, has three engine options. There is a turbocharged 2.4-liter engine that generates 245 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque, a turbocharged 178hp 1.6-liter DOHC I4 engine, and a 185hp 2.0-liter DOHC I4 engine. The combined fuel economy of each, in order, is 28 mpg, 31 mpg, and 25 mpg. All trims come standard with UVO eServices, Apple CarPlay, and Google Android Auto, a rear camera display, and several advanced auto features. MSRP starting at $22,500 (plus destination fee).
The Kia Optima Hybrid is available in two trims, and both are powered by a 2.0-liter parallel hybrid system. One half of the powertrain is a 2.0-liter DOHC I4 engine with gasoline direct injection (GDI) and continuously variable valve timing (CVVT), and the other half is a 1.76 kWh battery that powers a 50-horsepower electric motor that generates 151 lb-ft of torque. Keep in mind this is a hybrid, not a plug-in, so the battery can’t charge independently, and only gains a charge from regenerative braking. To keep things solid on the tech front, both Kia Optima Hybrid trims have UVO eServices, Apple CarPlay, Google Android Auto, and a rear camera display. The Kia Optima Hybrid Premium features a 7-inch touchscreen, and the Kia Optima Hybrid EX is equipped with an 8-inch touchscreen with navigation. MSRP starting at $25,995 (plus destination fee).
The Kia Optima Plug-in Hybrid is a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) and it is powered by a 2.0-liter engine and a rechargeable 9.8 kWh battery that powers a 66-horsepower electric motor. The battery on the Kia Optima Plug-In Hybrid can be recharged three ways, taking as little as 30 minutes or all day depending on the type of charger being used. With a fully charged battery and a full tank of gas, the Kia Optima Plug-In Hybrid has a total driving range of 610 miles, an all electric-range of 29 miles, and combined hybrid fuel economy of 40 MPGe. The Optima Plug-In Hybrid has UVO eServices with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and navigation on an 8-inch touchscreen, plus a rear camera display and many available advanced safety features. MSRP starting at $35,210 (plus destination fee).
Hiding in the 2018 Kia lineup is the unsung hero, the Kia Cadenza, which is a fully-loaded luxury sedan. All three Cadenza trims are powered by a 3.3-liter V6 engine with CVVT and GDI. The engine generates 290 horsepower and 253 lb-ft of torque, and with its pairing to the standard Sportmatic 8-speed automatic transmission (that allows for manual shifting with Smartshift), the Cadenza has a fuel economy of 20 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway.
All three trims get high end treatments such as heated power mirrors with LED turn signal indicators, solar control glass, a sound absorbing front windshield and front windows, a smart trunk that automatically opens when in proximity of the smart key, and automatic on/off headlights on the exterior. On the inside, there is leather seating trim, heated front seats, a smart key with push-button start and engine immobilizer, dual-zone automatic temperature control, an auto defrost system, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. UVO eServices with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay on a 7-inch touchscreen is standard. Consumers can get all of that with navigation on an 8-inch screen and 12-speaker system standard on the Cadenza Technology and Limited trims. This is optional on the basic trim, the Kia Cadenza Premium. MSRP starting at $31,990 (plus destination fee).
Like the Kia Cadenza, many people don’t realize the Kia K900 is a luxury sedan. The two available trims (K900 V6 Premium and K900 V6 Luxury) are powered by a 3.8-liter DOHC V6 engine with CVVT and GDI, and it generates up to 311 horsepower and 293 lb-ft of torque. The K900 V8 Luxury trim is powered by a 420-horsepower 5.0-liter DOHC V8 engine with GDI and CVVT. All three K900 trims are paired to an electronic 8-speed automatic transmission, and the fuel economy of the K900 V6 Premium and V6 Luxury is 17/25 mpg city/highway, and the fuel economy of K900 V8 Luxury is 15/23 mpg city/highway.
UVO Luxury Services is on this vehicle, featuring 911 Connect and Enhanced Roadside Assist, an app that lets you connect with K900 from anywhere for remote start, climate control, and Lock/Unlock, and all on a 9.2 HD touchscreen. A 14-speaker system is standard, whereas the V6 Luxury and V8 Luxury get a 17-speaker system with surround sound and a subwoofer. Bluetooth wireless technology, front and rear camera display, parking assist, and voice-command with SiriusXM traffic are all standard on all three trims. Several advanced safety features are available. MSRP starting at $49,900 (plus destination fee).
2018 is the first year that the Kia Stinger has been available, so it’s an all-new model and there is plenty to love. There are two Stinger trims, the Kia Stinger and the Kia Stinger GT. The Kia Stinger is powered by a 255-horsepower 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder Theta engine paired to a second-generation 8-speed rear-drive automatic transmission. The Stinger GT is has a 365hp 3.3-liter twin-turbo V6 Lambda II engine under the hood, and is paired to the same transmission. Available with all-wheel drive (AWD), the vehicle will also come with the Stinger’s Dynamic Torque Vectoring Control system that monitors driver input and road conditions for proper driving and handling.
Built with two dual-exhausts and a chrome finish, the Stinger rides on 18-inch performance wheels on the base, and the GT rides on ultra-high performance 19-inch wheels. Ultra-soft Nappa leather upholstery and a leather wrapped steering wheel are available for the interior, and Kia’s Dynamic Stability Damping Control offers the driver the ability to electronically adjust the suspension from up to five different different modes: Personal, Eco, Sport, Comfort, and Smart. For connectivity and entertainment, the Kia Stinger base comes with UVO eServices on a 7-inch screen, Bluetooth hands-free technology, and a wireless smartphone charging pad. The Kia Stinger GT has a 9-speaker system with external amplifier, upgradeable to a premium Harman Kardon 10-speaker system with under-seat mounted subwoofers and Clari-Fi and QuantumLogic surround sound technology. Available advanced safety features consist of Forward Collision Assistance with integrated Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) and pedestrian detection, Advanced Smart Cruise Control, Lane Keep Assist, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, and Blind Spot Detection systems. MSRP to be determined.
Kia Soul EV
Flying a little under the radar, the Kia Soul electric vehicle was another foray into alternative fuel vehicles. Solely powered by a 27 kWh battery, the Kia Soul EV generates 109 horsepower and 210 lb-ft of torque. Surprisingly, the Soul EV has a MPGe of 120 in the city, 92 mpg on the highway, and has a total range of 93 miles. The Soul EV has three charging levels for fast charging on the go (30 minutes with DC Fast Charge), overnight (4-5 hours with Level 2 charge), or when idle (24 hours with Level 1 charge). Several great external features show up, such as heated exterior mirrors and available LED turn signal indicators, solar control glass, privacy glass, auto on/off headlights. Only available in two trims in the US, EV and EV+, UVO eServices with navigation on an 8-inch touchscreen come standard, along with Bluetooth wireless and a rear-camera display for technology, heated and ventilated front seats and auto climate control for comfort and convenience. MSRP starting at $32,250 (plus destination fee).
Kia Niro Plug-in Hybrid
The Kia Niro PHEV is still in development so not many specs about it are available. However, we can expect it to not stray very far from the original 2017 Kia Niro. With the power to go fully electric, consumers will love “fueling” up for chump change. With cloth and leather seat upholstery available, along with heated and ventilated front seats, there’s plenty of options in the expected three trims for the Niro PHEV. A reduced lineup always makes it easier to choose. That’s all the news there is on the Niro plug-in thus far though. MSRP to be determined.
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