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Kia Motors is one automaker that is quick to bounce back after the shutdown from the COVID-19 pandemic. Although the world is still bracing the virus, Kia Motors is doing its best to aid local communities. Its MoceanLab experiment kicked things into high gear, and it’s already proving how effective purpose-built vehicles (PBVs) may be. While Kia Motors and the Hyundai Motor Group continue to expand, organizations and publications are starting to put together their Best Of lists now that we’re well into the second half of the year. The latest accolade for Kia Motors comes from WardsAuto, landing on the Wards 10 Best UX list for 2020.
That “UX” is short for User Experience, and Kia Motors is definitely known for giving its consumers a taste of luxury in a non-luxury brand vehicle. The Kia Stinger was a fine example of this, able to give consumers performance, style, and technology for a fraction of the price. It’s one of the reasons the Kia Stinger won so many awards during its first year of release. Now, a fresh face has come out of the gates, a compact SUV that goes by the name of the Kia Seltos. This is a compact SUV with so much to love.
It’s not hard to keep the 2020 Kia Telluride, the largest SUV in the Kia Motors lineup, in the spotlight. Just about every automotive journalist, media outlet, and news source is drooling over this one-of-a-kind, all-powerful and adventurous SUV. Recently named the 2020 New England Motor Press Association Winter SUV of the Year during its annual Winter Vehicle Driving Event, the Kia Telluride has also been celebrated by well-known name Autotrader. Having popped on two lists, Autotrader has placed the Kia Telluride on its Best New Cars of 2020 List and put the Kia Telluride on its Best Interiors Under $50k List. Now, another well-known name amongst automotive journalists just sank its teeth into the Kia Telluride and also found that it has a really nice interior cabin. WardsAuto placed the Kia Telluride on its “10 Best Interiors List”.
The 2020 Kia Telluride is definitely not alone. Also riding with this large SUV are the 2018 Stinger, 2015 Sedona, 2014 Soul, 2013 Forte, and 2011 Optima – all of which have also landed on WardsAuto “10 Best Interiors List” for their respective model year. The exterior of the Kia Telluride is stylish and screams adventure with all the accessories one can add on. Powered by a 291-hp 3.8-liter V6 and able to offer active on-demand all-wheel drive, the only thing that makes the Telluride better is everything the cabin offers. A perfect combination of aesthetics, comfort, ergonomics, material use, fit-and-finish and user-friendly technology, the WardsAuto accolade holds the Telluride in high regard for the large SUV segment in leadership, innovation, design, safety, driver satisfaction, and overall value.
The Kia Stinger sports car just can’t be beat. Winning award after award, the Kia Stinger will be forever etched into our minds as the Kia Motors vehicle that stole hearts all through 2017 and 2018. It’s not just performance that the Kia Stinger has, although U.S. News & World Report named the Kia Stinger as the Best Four-door Sports Car. WardsAuto also named the 2018 Kia Stinger for Best Interior. Most recently, the Kia Stinger won a Digital Ad Campaign Award for Kia Motors, and there’s even more good news to share. Sharing the spotlight with the Kia Stinger are four affordable Kia models.
Business Insider and the Kia Stinger
Boy, if you want an in-depth look at a vehicle, the Business Insider Car of the Year is the review to look at. Taking home the big trophy for 2018, the Kia Stinger is Business Insider’s Car of the Year for 2018. Having only presented the trophy four times before, Kia Stinger is officially the fifth car to receive the trophy and the award. This sports car follows the Corvette Stingray in 2014, the Volvo XC90 in 2015, the Acura NSX in 2016, and the Porsche Panamera in 2017.
“In the half-decade we’ve been giving out our Car of the Year award, there had never been a vehicle that established itself as an early front-runner only to maintain its perch all year. But as soon as Senior Correspondent Matt DeBord drove the Kia Stinger in the Bay Area at the beginning of 2018, he knew it was something special. On return to Business Insider’s New York office from the West Coast, he could barely contain his enthusiasm.” – Business Insider
Once again, for 2018, Kia Motors is the leading non-luxury brand in the automarket according to the 2018 J.D. Power Initial Quality Study. 2018 marks the third year-in-a-row that Kia Motors nabs that spot. This put Kia Motors in the spotlight once again, and has many news organizations examining the lineup for what makes the auto brand so great. Recently, WardsAuto and U.S. News & World Report tackled Kia Motors venture into alternative fuel and their new electric vehicles.
To put it simply, WardsAuto paid Kia Motors kudos for not only receiving the second-highest score during the J.D. Initial Quality Study ever, but with an advanced powertrain field, the automaker has been aggressively moving onto greener pastures with hybrids, plug-in hybrids, and electric vehicles. One of the snags many automakers hit with alternative fuel is driving range, but Kia Motors tackles that too.
“It is a huge step for many buyers to go all the way from a gas car to 100% electric…It involves how much confidence they feel. As range increases, anxiety will be reduced. So we think the hybrid and specifically the plug-in hybrid is a nice evolution to get people on the way to full electric.” – Orth Hedrick, vice president-product planning at Kia Motors America.
Is there really anything else we can say about the 2018 Kia Stinger that hasn’t been said already? The 2018 Kia Stinger Continues to Win Awards from all sorts of big names in the industry, most recently the interior of the Kia Stinger Won the 10 Best Interiors Trophy from WardsAuto and was named by the U.S. News & World Report for “Best Four-Door Sports Cars”. The 2018 Kia Stinger is also an affordable sports car that beats the competition of expensive and “fast” vehicles. Is there really anything else? Well, sometimes it takes a keen eye and a little curiosity to notice the smaller things that make this sports car something unique.
Let’s talk about style. The 2018 Kia Stinger is one sexy-looking machine, mechanophilia’s rejoice! Not only is the Kia Stinger immediately recognizable, but it can attract car enthusiasts and sports car lovers within a 50-foot radius (this actually happened, no joke). But there is something quite obvious about the Kia Stinger that we’d like to mention. The 2018 Kia Stinger is a sports car – not an SUV, not a crossover, not a truck. Thank the Automotive Gods we don’t have to deal with another SUV or crossover. Sure, the auto market is shifting towards crossovers, but we don’t all want a big car. So it’s nice to see a change by a well-known and loved automotive brand, Kia Motors.
And do you know why the 2018 Kia Stinger won the “10 Best Interiors Trophy from WardsAuto”? It could be because every trim of the Kia Stinger features leather upholstery; or because the Stinger, yet elegant, roomy, and athletic, takes some cues from the popular Kia Optima for a roomy and comfortable cabin; or because the interior is designed intuitively, giving drivers a sense of a second skin or an extension of themselves. Now that is something you won’t hear about most automobiles.
The 2018 Kia Stinger is by far one of the best Kia models to come out for the 2018 model year. Next to their luxury sedan, the K900, the Stinger sports car set the new standard for Kia Motors. It’s style, it’s technology, and the fact that almost every trim in the lineup is the same aside from few luxury items saved for top-tier trims, it’s impossible to get a bad Kia Stinger. Consumers can get the base trim and still have an amazing vehicle on their hands. Maybe that’s why WardsAuto named the Stinger on their “10 Best Interiors” list. No matter the Kia Stinger, consumers can expect one of the best interior cabins for a sports car.
WardsAuto is an organization that covers the latest news, data, and analysis for today’s auto industry. To compile the “10 Best Interiors” list, 40 car interiors were evaluated by WardsAuto editors and judges. To make it to the finals, only the car interiors that were all new or significantly improved for the new model year went on to the final round. The changes jurors looked for included simple things like various color choices, aesthetics like interior accents and stitching, the style and comfort of the interior itself, and convenience features, and the 2018 Kia Stinger has all of that and more.