Articles tagged with: Kia

Compact Cars, Kia, Uncategorized »

20 Mar 2018 | No Comment | 954 views

By Don Hammonds

We all know the story.

Subcompact cars are ugly. They are no fun to drive. They’re slow. The interior is a prison sentence.

Well, Kia’s all-new 2018 Rio EX Five Door just took that story and tore it to shreds–and it’s one of this year’s biggest automotive surprises.

The Rio is an absolute blast to drive, and corners quite aggressively too.  Who knew? Way more fun to drive than just about any of its competitors in this market segment. It is …

Kia, Sports Utility Vehicles / Crossovers, Uncategorized »

31 Jan 2018 | No Comment | 914 views

By Don Hammonds

Prepare to be surprised by the 2018 Kia Niro.

First this small front wheel drive crossover is pretty roomy when you see how small it is on the outside.  It can hold an incredible number of boxes with the back seat folded down–ten of the standard boxes used by grocery stores for stocking. It’s economical beyond belief.  And the styling is just about the coolest you will find with a hybrid product.  And did we mention price?  The value …

Kia, Sports Utility Vehicles / Crossovers, Uncategorized »

23 Apr 2017 | No Comment | 886 views
2017 Kia Sportage: Competitors, be warned–it’s better than good

 

By Don Hammonds

 

Kia’s new 2017 Sportage, redesigned for this year, puts everyone competing in its market niche that the Korean brand means business.

[caption id="attachment_8888" align="alignnone" width="612"] 2017 Sportage SX Turbo[/caption]

The Sportage, first of all, outdoes just about everybody in the looks department, and the interior is plenty comfortable, non-threatening, and quite easy to get used to as you own it.

[caption id="attachment_8887" align="alignnone" width="612"] 2017 Sportage SX Turbo[/caption]

What’s so great about the Sportage?

Just about everything, really.

Start with the little stuff. We …

Auto Shows, BMW, Chevrolet, Family Sedans, Honda, Infiniti, Kia, Lexus, Luxury Cars, Sports Utility Vehicles / Crossovers, Toyota, Uncategorized »

14 Jan 2017 | No Comment | 1,500 views
2017 North American International Auto Show: Families–rich or otherwise—rule!

By Don Hammonds

Most of us car writers usually try to pick a main theme every year following the 2017 North American International Auto Show, now underway in Detroit.

Sometimes it’s sports cars. Sometimes it’s sport utility vehicles. Other times it’s hybrid or electric cars. Whatever.

Well,  this year, it’s clearly family cars. And that means a totally new affordable family sedan like the 2018 Toyota Camry. Or the livery for the well-heeled family–the also all new Lexus LS500. Or a dependable ride …

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9 Jan 2016 | No Comment | 1,141 views
2016 Kia Sorento: One word: Wow!

By Don Hammonds

Driving the 2016 Kia Sorento was a real shocker.

The good kind of shocker.

It is such a good product that we rank it among the best SUVs–of any size– on the market. No kidding.  The ride is solid and controlled in most settings.  You would have to hit quite the pothole or rocky road before things get unsettled a bit. The interior is sumptuous, tailored looking, with an excellent presentation that thankfully, at least in the SX-L model we …

Kia, Luxury Cars, Uncategorized »

12 Nov 2014 | No Comment | 1,418 views
2015 Kia K900: Swinging for the automotive luxury fence

By Don Hammonds

More’s the better for automakers when it comes to deciding whether to introduce their brand to a new market niche.

It seems these days whenever one brand goes after a new set of buyers,  here come all the others to hopefully get their share of the market pie, too.

     So it is that Kia.

 Better known as a maker of dependable, economical, sporty, good looking compacts and one  stunning family car, the Optima, it was only a matter of time …

Compact Cars, Family Sedans, Uncategorized »

5 Apr 2014 | No Comment | 1,793 views
2014 Kia Soul!

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By John Heilig
Model: 2014 Kia Soul !
Engine: 2.0-liter I4
Horsepower/Torque: 164 hp @ 6,200 rpm/151 lb.-ft. @ 4,000 rpm
Transmission: 6-speed automatic
Wheelbase: 101.2 in.
Length x Width x Height: 163.0 x 70.9 x 63.0 in.
Tires: P235/45R18
Cargo: 24.2/61.3 cu. ft. (rear seat up/down)
Economy: 23 mpg city/31 mpg highway/20.9 mpg test
Fuel capacity: 14.2 gal.
Curb Weight: 2,837 lbs.
Sticker: $26,195 (includes $795 delivery, $5,100 in options)
The Bottom Line: Of all the “box” cars, all useful in many ways, I think my favorite is the Kia …