Posts Tagged ‘luxury’
Kia Corp has gone through some amazing changes in the last few months, and it seems like there is no stopping this automaker. Winning awards and topping the charts, Kia Corp is the highest ranked mass-market automaker, according to the 2020 J.D. Power Initial Quality Study. Keyword: mass-market. Well, that is until now. Kia Corp is growing and expanding its range, slowly entering the luxury segment and pushing competitors aside while still offering a better price. Kia Corp is everywhere these days. We’re not saying the automaker is going to dominate the auto industry, but I for one welcome our new automotive overlords.
It’s kind of like Google at this point – Kia Corp has its hands in a lot of pockets, and the luxury car segment is in its crosshairs. Earlier this year, in March 2021, Kia revealed the Kia K8, a luxury sport sedan. We got a look at the interior and the exterior of the Kia K8, and we’re pretty impressed. The new signature frameless ‘tiger nose’ grille of the front fascia gives Kia models a new look, and an astronomical theme has entered the design. The front lamp turn signals resemble a nebula dust cloud, and this theme finds its way into the interior cabin with ‘Star Cloud’ lighting that projects glittering and interactive ambient lighting.(more…)
Just last week we were discussing how the 2020 Kia Telluride has won the “Triple Crown” of prestigious Automotive Awards. It’s not often that an automobile wins the kind of honor to heralded by MotorTrend, Car and Driver, and the North American Car, Utility and Truck of the Year Awards. Yet, the 2020 Kia Telluride was named the 2020 North American Utility Vehicle of the Year from North American Car of the Year (NACTOY); MotorTrend SUV of the Year; and landed on a Car and Driver 10 Best list. With all that already under its belt, we wonder if the large SUV can get any better…and it can! Coming soon to the auto market is a new trim level that makes the Kia Telluride even more luxurious than previously thought possible.
Yeah, it sounds too good to be true. The 2020 Kia Telluride already has great amenities – the high-end trim level offers features many consumers won’t find available on competitor SUVs, like second-row ventilated seats, and those SUVs cost twice as much as the Telluride. Is it really possible to get even better while still keeping the Telluride an affordable option? According to an internet rumor from AutoSpies, there could already be something in development. You know what they say about internet rumors.
There are plenty of reasons to love the new large SUV from Kia Motors. We’ve already shown you why the 2020 Kia Telluride is better than the 2020 Hyundai Palisade (currently only sold overseas) and how easily the Kia Telluride beats the Ford Explorer – spoilers, the Telluride mops the floor with the Explorer. However, sometimes it’s easier to just spell it out, and we’d be happy to. It all comes down to luxury, power, and amenities. Check out all the 2020 Kia Telluride has to offer.
A Life of Luxury
The high-end style of the Kia Telluride can be seen inside and out. While the starting price of the 2020 Kia Telluride is $31,690 (plus destination fee) for a bare bones LX trim, the range doesn’t go much further than $40k until the high-end SX trim and all the extra bells and whistles that come with it. The Telluride has that large, aggressive look SUVs are known for and is ready to tackle some off-road terrain but its sharp lines and smooth design give it a sense of class.
Inside is just a lovely with enough room to seat eight passengers comfortably and has ease of access to the third-row with the push of a button. Soft-touch materials can be found throughout the cabin and if consumers high-end trim, the SX, rich Nappa leather upholstery further enhances the feeling of a luxury SUV without the luxury price tag. There are also many clever storage solutions in the Telluride to help keep valuables safe.
The Kia Stinger is one sports car that has made an impact on the auto industry. Shortly after its release, the Kia Stinger won many awards and showed a whole new path for Kia Motors to take. Comfortable cars that were also known for their performance was a niche in the auto market that was lacking – known as gran turismo cars, or “GT” cars. To capitalize on that, Kia Motors has started a GT Line with their Kia Forte GT. The Kia Stinger and its GT trims started this, and some would say it can be traced back to how comfortable the Kia Stinger is as well as how well it performs against some of the most notorious “fast” cars – including the Ford Mustang.
Kia Stinger vs Luxury
There are many luxury cars out there that tout a lot of speed with a price tag to match, but when put up against the Kia Stinger GT, many vehicles fell short. The 2018 Kia Stinger GT has a starting MSRP of $38,350 (plus destination fee). Powered by a twin turbocharged 3.3-liter DOHC V6 engine that can generate 365 horsepower and 376 lb-ft of torque, the 2018 Kia Stinger GT can accelerate from 0-60 mph in 4.7 seconds.
The Porsche Panamera, powered by a turbocharged 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 engine was nearly a whole second slower, able to accelerate up to 60 mph in 5.2 seconds. The Audi A7, powered by a supercharged 3.0-liter V6 engine, had the same record. A Mercedes-Benz CLS 550, a BMW 540i, and even the Jaguar F-Type – all of these vehicles easily cost more than $50k, and yet a consumer can get a vehicle that’s faster than all of them for less than $40k.
Compared to the rest of the lineup, the 2018 Kia Cadenza is the definition of “flying under the radar”. The Kia Cadenza is often left in the shadows due to the Optima’s boost in sales and the latest breakout star, the Kia Stinger. However, once consumers sit inside, they will be pleasantly surprised. Ranked by Car and Driver as the second best full-size sedan and also the best car interior available under $40,000 (plus destination fee), lets see why consumers should consider the Kia Cadenza for the 2018 model year.
The 2018 Kia Cadenza is a perfect example as to why the Kia brand continues to redefine the meaning of “near luxury”. Offered in three different trim levels, Premium, Technology, and Limited, the biggest surprise to most consumers is how spacious the interior cabin is. After taking a seat inside, the cabin’s “visual flare” is immediately evident. The interior of the Cadenza is outfitted with quality standard materials like a power driver’s seat, power front-passenger seat, and heated front seats. For consumers who want additional luxury, some optional interior features include power-adjustable pedals, heated steering wheel, memory driver’s seat, heated rear seats, cooled front seats, and a head-up display.
As previously mentioned before, the interior cabin of the 2018 Kia Cadenza is incredibly spacious. The long roofline delivers plenty of rear-seat head room for those taller passengers. The legroom is spacious and “limo-like”, and for additional small-item storage, the center console and door pockets offer added cargo space. Included on the Technology and Limited trims, the driver seat has a power leg bolster that slides out for better support to taller drivers. The wide doors, tall door openings, narrow side sills and unobtrusive seat bolster make it easy to get in and out of the front seats.
The interior cabin of the Kia Cadenza also offers an exceptional infotainment system. A 7-inch screen display powered by UVO features AM/FM/MP3/SiriusXM audio system and Apple CarPlay and Google Android Auto capabilities, all standard features. In addition, steering-wheel with manual tilt and telescoping and motor driven power steering (MDPS) also come standard. The Technology and Limited trim levels include an 8.0-inch display with the above features, an electronic parking brake (EPB) with auto hold, an auto-dimming rearview mirror with homelink and compass, a power rear window sunshade, and rear side window sunshades.
According to IIHS, the Kia Cadenza is a Top Safety Pick for 2018. All three trim levels share numerous safety features like dual front advanced airbags, dual front and rear seat-mounted side airbags, driver’s knee airbag, anti-lock braking system (ABS), vehicle stability management, electronic stability control, traction control system, electronic brake-force distribution (EBD), and high-line tire-pressure monitoring system (TPMS). Another safety feature that may attract parents is how easy the Cadenza’s child-seat LATCH anchors are to use. Once the car seat in installed, there is still sufficient room for either the drive or front-seat passenger to sit comfortably.
In the end, the 2018 Kia Cadenza is not only captivating, but surprisingly efficient. Consumers are given to opportunity to enjoy luxury without breaking the bank. Interested in test-driving a 2018 Kia Cadenza? Stop by the Miami Lakes Automall located in Miami Lakes, FL or visit our website to check out the rest of our new car inventory selection.
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).