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Kia Motors has been busy in recent months, reworking and releasing new versions of some of its popular vehicles, like the Kia Stinger refresh and new generation Kia Sorento. The automaker also recently revealed its Carnival Multipurpose Vehicle (or MPV), following the talk of purpose-built vehicles (PBV). The Kia Stinger received a mid-cycle refresh, and the Sorento is all new. Recently, Car and Driver magazine put together its Editors’ Choice Awards list, and one of the vehicles here made it – along with several other vehicles from Kia Motors – the Telluride, Sorento, Soul, K5, and Rio were all named as “2021 Editors’ Choice Award” winners.
Car and Driver 2021 Editors’ Choice Awards
Most consumers should know the name “Car and Driver”. Founded back in 1955, Car and Driver is one of the top names in the auto industry when it comes to reviews, news, and advice for new car shoppers in the market. Always able to provide expert content and leading-edge insights on all things automotive, Car and Driver has earned its right to be called the “definitive voice for in-market car shoppers, enthusiasts, and industry leaders”. With over 12 million unique visitors to the website every month, and plenty of readers, when Car and Driver puts a vehicle on the Editors’ Choice Award, you know it’s a big deal.
In a year where just about everything has been undependable, it’s nice to know that consumers can still get where they need to go. Automobiles have really changed the world, in many ways, and in one way that many may not think about – shopping. When shopping for a car for purchase or lease, consumers are in a whole different scenario. This isn’t just a computer to do business on, or a product that you can return if it turns out you didn’t need it. It’s an important investment, and when investing thousands of dollars into something, people usually want to make sure they’re going to walk away for the better. When it comes to automobiles, a little assurance of its long-standing quality is always nice, and Vincentric did just that with its “Best Certified Pre-Owned Value in America” award, going to the Kia Rio.
“The Kia Rio had a best-in-class performance in the 2021 Vincentric Best CPO Value in America Awards, helped by its low maintenance and repair costs…The Rio proved its strong CPO value by outperforming its competitors in the Subcompact segment, making it a smart choice for consumers.” – David Wurster, President of Vincentric
As we get closer to the end of a very long year, many organizations, publications, and businesses are also bringing to a close their studies, reviews, and guides that help the consumer of tomorrow make an informed and confident purchase when scouring through the auto market. One of these many publications is “Consumer Guide”. Having recently put together its “Automotive Best Buy” list for 2021, some choice names have popped up on the list, and we’re always so proud to see some of our favorites. Time and again, Kia Motors grabs several awards, with some models making a second or seventh return to the list. We’re of course talking about the legendary Kia Telluride SUV and funky Kia Soul hatchback.
2021 Consumer Guide® Automotive Best Buy Awards
Consumer Guide may not be a well-known name to all, but what this organization does is right in the name. One of the leading publications in the automotive industry with a team of editors that collectively have over 100 years of experience when it comes to making professional, unbiased evaluations of new and used vehicles. Consumers in the market trust guides like Consumer Guide to help them make informed choices, and when it comes to the Best Buy awards, consumers can know these vehicles are the crème de la crème of automobiles.
Kia Motors is working on a lot of different things as the automaker comes swinging back after pausing production during what could have been called a global lockdown during the Coronavirus pandemic. Looking to produce all sorts of new vehicles, like purpose-built vehicles, new sedans, and maybe even micro electric vehicles (EVs), the automaker is getting busy with new concepts and ideas. Nevertheless, Kia Motors still has a strong lineup, and the 2021 Kia Rio was recently revealed, showing off a new fresh style and a mild-hybrid powertrain. Could this be the diesel 48v mild-hybrid powertrain discussed back in May 2018?
It’s been some time since we heard about the diesel 48v mild-hybrid powertrain. Also known as the EcoDynamics+ powertrain, Kia Motors was supposed to put this into the Kia Sportage but it doesn’t seem like the powertrain made it into the model. We thought the idea was scrapped, but the news about the new Kia Rio coming with a mild-hybrid powertrain definitely shines some hope on more hybrid options coming to the Kia Motors lineup, as well as sedans.
After all the talk about Kia Motors turning into a GT automotive brand, there was a lot of speculation about which vehicles could benefit from a GT. They had to be real winners of the Kia Motors lineup. After all, it would seem that the already popular Kia Stinger sports car started the GT theme with its three “GT” trims. It didn’t take too much time for Kia to name a few winners – the 2020 Kia Soul GT, the 2019/20 Kia Forte GT, and the Kia Rio GT. We all know the Kia Soul will always be funky, and the Forte holds a bit of class. Although the Kia Rio has been around for a bit, it’s still one of those models that fly under the radar. Let’s take a look at what makes this sedan so great, and why Kia chose it for their first round of GT models.
When it comes to the U.S. market, small cars are all but dead. Big name Ford pulled all of their sedans from American shores, except for their beloved Mustang, practically giving up the game. Still, in the midst of what seems like a dying age for sedans, with a quickly saturating SUV and crossover market, Kia Motors is willing to back their Kia Rio.
It’s just the week of good news isn’t it? Consumer Guide® Automotive finished their “Best Buy” awards list, naming the vehicles that deserve it the most for their respective segments and why. We just finished talking about how the 2019 Chrysler Pacifica and 2019 Ram 1500 won 2019 Best Buy for their classes. Now we have two more vehicles to congratulate, and this time from Kia Motors – say hello to two new Best Buys, the 2019 Kia Rio and 2019 Kia Soul.
Consumer Guide Automotive
For four decades, Consumer Guide has been one of the leading publications when it comes to reviewing automobiles while offering an authoritative and objective outlook. Their team of editors has more than 100 years of automotive experience combined, and that makes them a formidable team to make professional, unbiased evaluations of new and used vehicles. Many consumers today seek out Consumer Guide today for shopping advice and getting a transparent look at a vehicle they may have in mind. For the Best Buy awards, the editors at Consumer Guide Automotive analyze, compare and evaluate vehicles by putting them through a variety of tests that help distinguish themselves amongst others in their class.
Woo, Kia Motors is gaining all sorts of recognition these days. Just back in September, J.D. Power named the Kia Stinger and Kia Optima during their 2018 Tech Experience Index Study. Apparently, they’re still collecting and analyzing the results of other studies, because two vehicles from Kia Motors have been named again. This time, J.D. Power is taking a good look at multimedia systems, their quality, and customer satisfaction.
J.D. Power U.S. Multimedia Quality and Satisfaction Study
Bit of a long name there, but this study is another one for the books. The J.D. Power U.S. Multimedia Quality and Satisfaction Study is conducted every year to correctly analyze vehicle owner experiences with the quality, design, and features of their automotive sound system, including the hands-free features we love to use, although they may not always hear us correctly. “No, Alexa. Shut up, Alexa.”
This study allows J.D. Power, and the survey itself, to hone in on audio/multimedia system quality and when things go right, or things go wrong. Automakers must love these studies – in a not so ironic way. It’s a great way for them to learn about their technology and how their consumers feel about them. Plus, it’s a useful tool for consumers who are set on getting top-notch quality and technology when car shopping.
If the auto industry was a game of billiards, and the balls were safety features, Kia Motors would win, because they’ve been racking up awards from various automotive safety organizations for the past few months. In May 2018, eight models from Kia Motors were awarded a Top Safety Pick or Top Safety Pick+ from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Later in May, two organizations named several Kia vehicles for their safety on their safe car lists, and again in June, there were two more reports of Kia vehicles being named for their safety. Now we’re in July, and to keep the pattern going, we’ve got one more Kia models with some notable safety features for the 2018 model year.
The eight Kia models that got in the good graces of the IIHS were the 2019 Kia Sorento SUV, 2018 Kia Forte sedan, 2018 Kia Optima sedan, and 2018 Soul compact car for a Top Safety Pick+ rating. The other four vehicles, the 2018 Kia Cadenza sedan, 2018 Kia Sedona minivan, 2018 Kia Sorento SUV, and 2018 Kia Sportage crossover all received a Top Safety Pick from the IIHS. It wasn’t the first time either – Kia models have been winning safety awards since 2016.
For the past few years, Kia Motors has increasingly met and exceeded consumers expectations. Ever since their “The Curve Ahead” promo for the Kia Stinger, the automaker has been doubling up on their improvements to push the brand forward. Now, for the fourth consecutive year, Kia Motors is the highest ranked non-luxury brand according to the J.D. Power 2018 U.S. Initial Quality Study (IQS) results. Along with Genesis, Kia Motors is leading the brand, and four Kia models ranked highest in their respective segments.
J.D. Power 2018 U.S. Initial Quality Study
Every year, J.D. Power and Associates conduct the Initial Quality Study, a survey-based study that focuses on vehicle quality reported by drivers after 90 days of ownership. The study is conducted each year, with the survey period lasting from February to May, and the 2018 IQS is based on responses from 75,712 purchasers and lessees of new 2018 model-year vehicles. Survey participants answer 233-questions organized into eight vehicle categories designed to provide manufacturers with information to facilitate the identification of problems and drive product improvement.
Kia Motors has been doing exceptionally well as of late. With sale numbers on the rise and many vehicles being awarded every week, the auto industry may soon have a new set of standards to meet. Recently, Kia Motors was named as the most highly safety rated brand by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), with eight models in total receiving either a Top Safety Pick or Top Safety Pick + rating. A new mild-hybrid powertrain system is going to be released later into 2018 for the 2018 Kia Sportage, known as EcoDynamics. And now, the Kia Rio has won two awards from Auto Trader during the New Car Awards 2018.
Auto Trader New Car Awards and Kia Rio
During the Auto Trader New Car Awards, a survey of more than 43,000 car owners, all of which help owners rate their car in 16 key areas, collect answers and feedback that is then analyzed to make up a score. The score would tell Auto Trader which model car buyers had found most satisfying to own. For these awards, the new Kia Rio came out on top for a total of two awards.
With a starting MSRP of $13,900* and a price range that barely scratches past $20k, the 2018 Kia Rio is as affordable as it is fun, available with UVO eServices on a 7-inch touchscreen and six speaker sound system. Moreover, for the “Best Value New Car”, the Kia Rio was commended for its low running costs and equipment available at affordable prices. The editors themselves commented on why the Kia Rio received the award.
“It’s important to stress that ‘value’ doesn’t mean ‘cheap’, and there are plenty of similar cars out there that cost less than the Rio. What the Rio gives you, though, is a vast amount of ability for a very affordable outlay, and most of the time, that’s far more appealing to buyers than a bargain-basement price tag. It’s good to drive, practical, nice inside, well equipped and comes with a fantastic warranty to make owning it even better value.” – Ivan Aistrop, Auto Trader’s Road Test Editor.