The new year is only two months in, but Kia Motors has already begun to blow us away with the 2019 Kia Niro EV, the electric vehicle (EV) variant of the original Kia Niro hybrid crossover, the debut of the 2020 Kia Telluride at the 2019 NAIAS, and autonomous technology concepts at the 2019 CES designed in conjunction with their parent group company, the Hyundai Motor Group. Speaking of which, both Hyundai and Kia Motors popped up on the “2019 Best Cars for the Money” list by U.S. News & World Report. As some may know, this accredited publication doesn’t mess around when it comes to their yearly lists, and the “Best Cars for the Money” is one to get attention.
SUVs and Minivans
Winning “Best 3-Row SUV” is the 2019 Kia Sorento, built with an upscale cabin, seating capacity of seven, and a low starting price of $26,290 (plus destination fee). Even the base trim, L, comes with UVO play on a 7-inch touch screen with a six-speaker system, and Android Auto and Apple CarPlay at that price. Runner-ups, or finalists in this category consisted of the Kia Sportage for “Best Compact SUV” and the Kia Sedona for “Best Minivan”.
The 2019 Kia Soul was named on the list and won the title of “Best Compact Car”. We can’t say we’re surprised, with the 2019 Kia Soul starting at a low $16,490 (plus destination fee), and the newest addition of a turbocharged powertrain option, this compact hatchback has won over many hearts. At the starting price, all 2019 Kia Soul trims come with a six-speaker system with an AM/FM/MP3/SiriusXM stereo, Bluetooth wireless technology with steering wheel-mounted buttons, Siri® Eyes Free, and voice recognition, but as we go up the lineup, more options become available, such as UVO an 8-inch touchscreen with premium navigation and HD Radio.
Our favorite sports car, the 2019 Kia Stinger, also found its way onto the list, as a winner no doubt, for the “Best Luxury Small Car”. Hot tamales, luxury small car? That’s so flattering, but it’s true. The 2019 Kia Stinger is one of the most upscale small cars in the Kia Motors lineup, and even though it has a starting MSRP of $32,000 (plus destination fee), it can tango with the best of them. In racing, the affordable Kia Stinger has whooped the butts of the Porsche Panamera, Audi A7, Mercedes-Benz CLS 550, BMW 540i, and a Jaguar F-Type. Fast and affordable is the Kia Stinger, and that’s why they’re on the U.S. News list.
There were some runner-ups for the cars as well. Surprisingly, the 2019 Kia Soul beat out the 2019 Kia Forte for “Best Compact Car”. The Finalist for the “Best Subcompact Car” was the 2019 Kia Rio.
U.S. News & World Report came to these findings based on measurements of quality and value. For quality, they collect and analyze every published and credible review of a given model, then combine that analysis with the latest safety and reliability data to provide an unbiased ranking for each individual car backed by data from automotive industry experts. When it comes to value, the consumer is taken into mind with not just how much they pay for the car at the dealership but also how much they pay to keep the car on the road a.k.a. maintenance. Partnered with TrueCar and Vincentric, U.S. News combined the Vincentric data on ownership costs with the TrueCar pricing data to measure a vehicle’s overall value.
It’s good to know automakers like Kia Motors are making quality affordable cars even with all of their ventures into a post-autonomous world. Find the Kia Stinger, Kia Soul, and Kia Sorento at Miami Lakes Automall. You know what? Come in for a test drive today!
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