Kia Motors has been kicking butt recently, and with the 2018 model year well underway, we’re looking forward to some of their new vehicles fast approaching. Kia Stinger, we’re looking at you! Until then though, there are plenty of great vehicles to choose from. Possibly their largest lineup would be Kia crossovers, SUVs, and minivans. Give them a look.
Although it feels like more of a compact car, the Kia Soul is a crossover by Kia Motors standards. Available in three trims, the Kia Soul (base), Kia Soul Plus (+), and Kia Soul Exclaim (!), it’s tough to not get a great vehicle. Each is powered by a different engine, ranging from 130-201 horsepower, and each engine is paired to a 6-speed manual, 6-speed automatic, or 7-speed dual clutch transmission. With standard features, the fuel economy of the Kia Soul is 24/30 city/highway mpg.
It goes without saying the Kia Soul has style, but without looking closer, consumers may not know that a panoramic sunroof with a sunshade is available, and that privacy glass and solar glass come standard. Inside, the Kia Soul + and Kia Soul ! come with UVO eServices on a 7-inch touchscreen, but can be updated to an 8-inch touchscreen with navigation; the base trim can also be upgraded with a 7-inch touchscreen and UVO eServices. All vehicles have Bluetooth wireless technology and steering wheel mounted audio controls. Many other features are left as an option for the Soul + and Soul !, such as heated and ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, automatic temperature control, and various advanced safety features. MSRP starting at $16,100.
Possibly the newest vehicle on the Kia Motors website to date, the Kia Niro is a hybrid crossover and the first of its kind. Available in five trims, the Niro has a hybrid system that helps the vehicle travel nearly 600 miles without needing to be refueled. The Niro is equipped with an internal combustion engine, a 1.6-liter engine with gasoline direct injection (GDI) for faster combustion cycles, and a 1.56 kWh lithium ion polymer battery to power the electric motor. Remember, hybrids don’t need to be plugged in and are recharged with regenerative braking. Although all trims run on the same engine, combined fuel economy ranges from 43- 50 mpg.
The Kia Niro is what some would call a compact crossover – it looks almost like a large sports car due to its sharp lines and low-center of gravity. There are advanced exterior features on every trim, but for features like heated mirrors and a power sunroof, consumers will want to look at the higher end trims. All trims also come with passive entry, auto on/off headlights, solar control glass, and privacy glass.
The interior mirrors the pattern with leather seating saved for the highest-end trim, the Touring, and heated front seats available starting in the middle of the lineup. Dual-zone automatic temperature control is a lineup standard however, along with Bluetooth wireless technology and steering wheel mounted audio and phone controls. All trims come with UVO eServices, either on a 7-inch touch screen or an 8-inch touchscreen with navigation and Android Auto and Apple Carplay functionality standard. MSRP starting at $22,890.
A compact SUV, the Kia Sportage comes in three trims and packs a little more power to get the job done. Consumers will find either a 181-hp 2.4-liter DOHC I4 engine under the hood or a 240-hp 2.0-liter turbocharged DOHC engine, both with dual continuously variable valve timing (CVVT) technology and GDI for optimal performance. Each trim is also paired to an electronic 6-speed automatic transmission (with overdrive), but the fuel economy, in order goes as follows – 23/30 mpg, 22/29 mpg, and 21/26 mpg city/highway.
Each trim has its own style on the Kia Sportage, but for heated outside mirrors and an available sunroof, consumers will find those options on the Sportage EX and SX Turbo. As usual, solar control glass and privacy glass is a lineup standard, along with auto on/off headlights. The interior is nice with YES Essentials fabric for the base trim and leather seating for the Sportage EX and SX Turbo. The Sportage is also one of the vehicles that offer heated front seats on the base trim and includes them as a standard feature on the Sportage EX and SX Turbo. Technology features on the Sportage consist of automatic temperature control, a rear-camera display, Apple CarPlay and Google Android Auto, and of course UVO eServices on either a 7-inch touchscreen or 8-inch touchscreen with navigation, SiriusXM Traffic, and HD Radio. Several advanced safety features are also available. MSRP starting at $23,500.
With seven trims to choose from, consumers find a variety of features available throughout the lineup. For starters, the first two Sorento trims are powered by a 185-hp 2.4-liter engine with DOHC, CVVT, and GDI; the Sorento LX V6, EX V6, SX, and SX Limited trims are powered by a 290-hp 3.3-liter DOHC V6 engine with GDI and CVVT. The Sorento EX is the only trim powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged DOHC engine, also with GDI and CVVT. All trims have an electronic 6-speed automatic transmission, but the fuel economy of course varies from a combined city/highway fuel economy of 20-24 mpg depending on the engine and trim.
The Kia Sorento is a true SUV and it can seat five or seven passengers depending on the trim. There’s definitely a list of great features, such as solar control glass, a sound-absorbing windshield (all trims but the base), privacy glass, and automatic on/off headlights, and heated mirrors with LED turn signal indicators as lineup standards. With so many trims to choose from, interior options vary more, with high end trims getting leather seating trim, the highest (Sorento SX Limited) getting premium Nappa leather. Heated seating becomes available on the second trim (Sorento LX) forward, but ventilated front seats can only be found on the Sorento SX and SX Limited. Many advanced safety features are available on trims past the base, but all trims have a rear-camera display. The Sorento SX and SX Limited come with UVO eServices and an 8-inch touchscreen with navigation, SiriusXM Traffic, and HD Radio; UVO eServices on a 7-inch touchscreen is available on the Sorento LX and LX V6 and standard on the Sorento EX 2.0T and EX V6; Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality follow the same pattern for those trims. MSRP starting at $25,800.
The only minivan in the Kia Motors lineup to date, the Kia Sedona is available in five trims. All five trims are powered by a 3.3-liter V6 engine though, with GDI and CVVT, able to generate 276 horsepower. The fuel economy does vary though, with 18/25 mpg city/highway as the most and 17/22 mpg city/highway as the least.
Interestingly, all trims come with LED turn signal indicators on the mirrors, but only trims after the base, Sedona L, come with heated mirrors. Solar control glass is a lineup standard, privacy glass comes standard on the Sedona LX going forward, and a sunroof is only available on the high-end trim, Sedona SXL. As per usual, the base trim comes with a standard radio with a 5-inch touchscreen whereas the a 7-inch touchscreen with UVO eServices, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay is available on the Sedona LX, standard on the Sedona EX, and an 8-inch touchscreen with the same aforementioned services plus navigation, SiriusXM Traffic, and HD Radio comes standard on the Sedona SX and SXL. Bluetooth wireless, steering wheel mounted audio and phone controls, and a rear-camera display are still a lineup standard. Leather, heated front and second row seats become available on trims beginning with the Sedona EX and going forward, triple-zone automatic a/c also starts with the Sedona EX, but all trims have passive entry. Various advanced safety features are also available, beginning with the Sedona LX trim and going forward. MSRP starting at $26,900.
All of these great Kia models are available at Miami Lakes Automall now. Check out our inventory for the Kia Soul, Kia Niro, Kia Sportage, Kia Sorento, or Kia Sedona.