Looking for a family car, isn’t easy. There are so many choices, on the road and on the lot, and it can become pretty challenging to reach a decision. That’s why blogs like ours cut through the mess and present some of the best cars available so family-oriented drivers can get the facts about several cars on a single page. Today, we’d like to take a look at some great options for the family from the Kia lineup.
2016 Kia Optima
We’re looking at the second-level trims for several models, and to start, we’re going with a sedan, the Kia Optima. The LX 1.6T is powered by a 1.6L DOHC 16-valve I-4 engine with a Turbocharger. In other words, the Optima outperforms many other cars due to its DOHC, and in conjunction with the turbocharger, the engine’s efficiency and power output is further increased. With that in mind, the engine generates 178-horsepower and 195 lb-ft of torque. Its fuel economy is a whopping 28/39 MPG city/highway – WOW. Looking for a better fuel economy? There’s also a hybrid version that gets 36/40 MPGe.
The good news just doesn’t stop there, though. The Kia Optima LX 1.6T also has a 6-speaker audio system with AM/FM/CD/MP3 and SiriusXM capability. For the driver, Bluetooth wireless hands-free connectivity is installed, as well as a rear-camera that displays on a 4.3-inch screen.
The Kia Optima was not only a top safety pick by IIHS, but it also received a 5 out of 5 stars in all crash rating categories by the NHTSA. Rear parking assist and a blind-spot detection system are both options one can add on for extra safety measures. If the driver has any young children in the car, they may also be happy to know the seating is LATCH ready. You can view our selection of Kia Optima and Kia Optima hybrids here.
2016 Kia Soul
Next up is the Kia Soul +, with a 2.6L Inline 4-cylinder engine under the hood. The engine generates up to 130-horsepower with 118 lb-ft of torque. It comes standard with 6-speed automatic with Sportmatic (or paddle-shift) transmission which means it operates like automatic transmission, but has the fuel saving qualities of manual. All of that gives the Soul a fuel economy of 24 MPG in the city and 31 MPG on the highway. The Soul also has a hybrid option, the Soul EV, which gets 120/92 MPGe city/highway.
On the inside of the vehicle is a 6-speaker audio system, also with AM/FM/CD/MP3 and SiriusXM capability, a 4.3-inch screen with rear camera display, and the option of UVO eServices. You can’t go wrong opting in for UVO, which comes with voice-command navigation, infotainment, and an 8-inch screen vs the 4.3-inch.
The Soul also comes LATCH ready and was a top safety pick by IIHS for the last eight years. You can view our Kia Soul inventory here.
2017 Kia Sportage
Now into the compact crossover and SUV category. The Sportage EX is a two-row SUV powered by a 2.4L DOHC 16-valve I4 engine, generating 181-horsepower and 175 lb-ft of torque. It’s available in front-wheel drive (FWD) or all-wheel drive (AWD), with the horsepower and torque is the same in either. Fuel economy does differ however, with 22/29 MPG city/highway FWD and 21/25 MPG city/highway AWD.
The interior has some neat features, such as UVO eServices with a 7-inch color touchscreen with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Bluetooth wireless technology has been implemented so the driver can keep their eyes on the road, and the steering wheel has audio and hands-free phone controls so there’s no fiddling with the sound system while driving.
Like many other cars in the Kia lineup, the Kia Sportage recently received top safety pick from the IIHS. The Sportage EX also comes with a rear-camera display, and the option of adding on several key safety features such as autonomous emergency braking and blind spot detection with lane-change assist. You can shop our selection of Kia Sportages here.
2017 Kia Sorento
A slightly larger SUV than the Kia Sportage, is the three-row Kia Sorento. The Kia Sorento L and LX has a 2.4L DOHC 16-valve I4 under the hood with CVVT. That stands for “Dual Continuously Variable Valve Timing”, which is a long-term for saying the engine has a system that works in conjunction with the DOHC to optimize engine power and improve emission levels.
The engine reaches a horsepower of 185-hp with 178 lb-ft of torque. The Sorento is also available in FWD or AWD, with little-to-no effect on fuel economy, 21/28 MPG city/highway FWD and 21/25 MPG city/highway AWD.
The vehicle’s standard sound system features a 4.3-inch color touchscreen, and like the Kia Sportage, the Sorento has the option of UVO eServices with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. It comes standard with rear-camera display, as the rest of the models do on our list, and has the same safety options as the Sportage with the addition of front collision warning. The seating is LATCH ready for children seats, and the Sorento received top safety pick from the IIHS for the last two years. Our online Kia Sorento inventory is available here.
2016 Kia Sedona
Last on the list is Kia’s minivan, the Kia Sedona. The Sedona LX is powered by a 3.3L V6 engine, that generates up to 276-horsepower and 248 lb-ft of torque. The Sedona has a fuel economy of 18 MPG in the city and 24 MPG on the highway.
The LX series comes standard with a 4-speaker audio system with AM/FM/CD/MP3 and SiriusXM capability in addition to a 4.3-inch touchscreen display. It also has a rear camera display, the option for a backup warning system, Bluetooth wireless hands-free technology, and the option for UVO eServices Infotainment. Like the rest of the Kia vehicles on the list, the Sedona is LATCH ready. The Kia Sedona was an IIHS Top Safety Pick and is has an overall rating of 4.75 out of 5 from the NHTSA. You can view our Kia Sedona inventory online here.