Kia News

In this section of Torque News you can find the latest news from Kia and news about Kia vehicles. Keith Griffin is the Hyundai/Kia news reporter at Torque News and can be followed on Twitter at IndepthAuto.

Kia became a company in the 1940s but didn’t sell its first car in the U.S. until 1992. It now sells in over 180 countries. Since joining forces with its Korean rival Hyundai in 1998, Kia models have come a long way from what they used to be and are now well-designed vehicles with the latest the industry has to offer.

The combined Hyundai – Kia operation is the fifth largest automaker in the United States. Kia has a manufacturing facility in West Point, Georgia where it produces three models: the top-selling Telluride CUV, Sorento CUV, and the new K5 midsize sedan. It also ships vehicles for sale in Canada, Mexico, and Caribbean and Pacific nations.

Here’s a little bit of trivia for you. The word “Kia” is derived from the Chinese characters Ki, meaning to “arise or come up out of” and a, referring to Asia. So when put together, Kia means to “arise or come up out of Asia.”

Kia’s extensive lineup includes sedans and SUVs of all sizes, hatchbacks, a minivan, an all-electric model, hybrids and plug-in hybrids, a quick and sporty four-door hatchback, and a large and very luxurious sedan.

Unlike Hyundai’s more conservative lineup, Kia offers sportier designs and driving dynamics. The quick Stinger GT and Forte GT are fun-to-drive examples while models like the Optima, Sportage, and Telluride offer sleek and sporty looks.

The Telluride, K5 and Forte models are some of the brand’s top sellers. Other models include the Soul hatchback, the Niro hybrid SUV, the Rio, the Sedona minivan, and the Niro EV. The Stinger is Kia’s rear-drive sports car and the Cadenza and K900 big sedans are the brand’s luxurious offerings but have some of the poorest sales in the lineup.

New models include the big three-row Telluride SUV, the compact Seltos SUV, the the Soul EV, and the sporty K5 that replaces the Optima for 2021.

Below is a list of Kia’s models with starting prices (excludes delivery charges):

  • 2021 Kia Seltos – $21,990
  • 2021 Kia Soul – $17,490
  • 2020 Kia Niro – $24,590
  • 2020 Kia Niro Plug-in Hybrid – $29,400
  • 2021 Kia Sportage – $23,990
  • 2021 Kia Sorento – $29,390
  • 2021 Kia Telluride – $31,990
  • 2020 Kia Rio – $15,850
  • 2021 Kia Forte – $17,890
  • 2021 Kia K5 – $23,390
  • 2021 Kia Stinger – $33,090
  • 2020 Kia Cadenza – $37,850
  • 2020 Kia K900 – $59,900
  • 2020 Kia Niro EV – $39,090
  • 2021 Kia Soul EV – Discontinued?
  • 2021 Kia Sedona – $30,400
2022 Kia Sorento PHEV

Kia Expands Recall Of Hybrid and Plug-In Hybrid Sorentos For Seat Belt Safety Issue

In March this year, Kia recalled a small number of Sorento Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrids manufactured between July 12th and July 28th, 2021 for a potentially dangerous issue with their seat belts. Now the recall is expanding with new VIN numbers being included in the recall as of today.
2023 Kia Sportage PHEV

Kia Sportage Plug-In Hybrid Driven: First European Review

The first reviews of Kia’s newest plug-in hybrid, the 2023 Sportage PHEV, have come out in European media. Unsurprisingly, the reviews tend to be similar to what I and others in the U.S. have said about the larger Sorento PHEV which came out last year. For the sake of U.S. shoppers interested in Kia’s slightly smaller 2 row PHEV, coming sometime in Q3, I have pulled together a few new details from the first European driving reviews.
Kia Sorento PHEV with roof racks

Kia Sorento Plug-In Hybrid Battery Range Stands Up To Heavier Acceleration

The other day I revisited a battery only driving range test in my 2022 Kia Sorento plug-in hybrid (PHEV). This time through the test, I drove as hard as I could without forcing the Sorento out of its battery-only EV mode and compared my range to my previous test in which I drove as gently as possible to try and achieve maximum EV range.
2023 Kia Carnival and Kia Seltos

Kia Raises Prices On Some 2023 Models But Not Electrified Models, Yet

Earlier this week, Kia announced small price increases on two of its non-electrified models for the 2023 model year in the U.S. market, the Seltos subcompact SUV and Carnival minivan. These price increases are all less than $1,000, due to inflation and increased shipping costs, and don’t necessarily affect all trim levels of these models. But it begs the question: Will Kia be raising prices on its other models soon too?
VW ID.4, Tesla Model Y, Hyundai Ioniq 5, Hyundai Kona EV, Kia Niro EV, Kia EV6

Kia And Hyundai Oddly Absent From Bloomberg EV Sales Leadership Report For 2025

Conspicuously, Bloomberg Intelligence has completely ignored one of the largest and fastest growing electric vehicle (EV) producers in the world in its recent business intelligence piece on global battery-electric vehicles sales. More accurately, I should say they ignored two of the largest and fastest growing companies, Kia and Hyundai, which are so closely tied we can justifiably consider them as one company.
2022 Kia Sorento PHEV in front of trees

How Far A Full Battery Charge Can Take You In A 2022 Kia Sorento Plug-In Hybrid

I was scrolling through social media, reading about people’s experience with battery-only range in their Kia Sorento Plug-In Hybrids (PHEV), as well as other PHEVS like the Chevy Volt, Kia Niro, and Rav 4 Prime. And then I realized, I have yet to do a test where I see just how far I can go on a full charge, intentionally trying to maximize every mile I can get.
Kia Sorento X-Line SX Prestige AWD 2022 review

Kia Sorento X-Line SX Prestige AWD 2022: Harmonious Design for Family Life

Today the midsize SUV market is one of the most competitive and one of the vehicles that really stands out in this segment is the Kia Sorento, a very good option offered by the Korean automaker. This week Torque news is reviewing the top X-Line SX-Prestige AWD trim of the 2022 Sorento SUV.
Kia Niro PHEV, Kia Sorento PHEV, Kia Sportage PHEV, Kia EV6

When Kia May Start To Lose Federal Tax Incentives For It's Plug-In Vehicles

Someone on social media asked me whether I might know when Kia would lose its eligibility for the U.S. federal Qualified Plug-in Electric Vehicle (PEV) Tax Credit of up to $7,500 on its plug-in vehicles. This incentive automatically begins phasing out in the second quarter following the calendar quarter in which 200,000 qualified plug-in electric vehicles have been sold by the manufacturer, cumulatively.
2022 Kia Sorento plug-in hybrid with surf board on roof

Kia Sorento Plug-in Hybrid Fuel Cost Per Mile Revised: After Road Trips

Back in March, before I got a busted window replaced in my Kia Sorento plug-in hybrid (PHEV), I hadn’t taken many long drives and as a result had a stellar per mile fuel cost for the first 1,000 or so miles I drove. That cost was 5 cents per mile combined (gas and electric). But now I have taken multiple long road trips and it's time to update my figures.
Kia EV9 next to Kia Sorento PHEV

Theoretical road trip: Kia EV9 vs Kia Sorento Plug-in Hybrid

I recently saw some spy shots of a camouflaged Kia EV9 out and about in the real world, which is exciting news. It made me think: what if I had the opportunity to take a road trip in an all electric EV9? How would it be different from the same road trip in a 2022 Kia Sorento Plug-in Hybrid (PHEV), the closest electrified vehicle Kia currently sells to the EV9?
2022 Kia Sorento with Stand Up Paddle Board on roof

Touring Oregon Pinot Country in the 2022 Kia Sorento Plug-in Hybrid

After wrapping up roughly a week of vacation on the Oregon Coast, we head out from Rockaway Beach with a full battery charge and just over ¼ tank of gasoline. A few miles later, at our first gas stop so far, our Kia Sorento Plug-in Hybrid (PHEV) has achieved about the same fuel efficiency as a Toyota Prius even at 1,500 pounds heavier and with a significantly larger footprint.

Day Tripping on the Oregon Coast with the Kia Sorento Plug-in Hybrid

My family and I are spending a week on the Oregon coast. Our Airbnb host gave us the okay to plug in our Kia Sorento PHEV and we also made use of public charging options, when convenient. By charging up at least once every day so far, we have stretched a single tank of gas (12.4 gallons) to over 600 miles of total range.
Sunset on Rockaway Beach, OR

Kia Sorento PHEV Road Trip: Beers and Beaches on the Oregon Coast

Today I drove a skosh over 223 miles in my 2022 Kia Sorento plug-in hybrid (PHEV), from the Seattle area to Rockaway Beach, Oregon, with about 750 pounds of people and cargo on board plus a 12.5 ft stand up paddle board strapped to my roof racks. My fuel efficiency was about 37.2 miles per gallon (factoring in the miles I drove solely on electric), which is, in short, impressive.
Future Kia Purpose Built Vehicle Designs

Kia to Build its First Electric Purpose Built Vehicle Plant in South Korea

Kia has announced plans to begin construction of its first electric Purpose Built Vehicle (PBV) plant in South Korea in 2023. This plant is part of their Plan S strategy and will be located within their existing Hwaseong plant. Kia’s goal in Plan S is to become a global leader in sustainable mobility solutions.
Kia Niro, Sorento, Sportage and EV6

Why some Kia Shoppers Would be Better off Buying a Hybrid vs. an EV

So, you have decided you want to buy a Kia SUV or crossover (or for the sake of argument I’ll pretend you did). You also want this purchase to be electrified, because you care about air quality, climate change, the bottom line, or just efficiency. So which of Kia’s electrified options might suit you the best?
2022 Kia Niro PHEV and 2022 Kia Sorento PHEV, multiple angles

Kia PHEV Q1 Deliveries for the North American Market (Estimated)

The Korea Herald recently reported Q1 “eco-friendly” car exports for Kia and Hyundai. As far as I can tell most (but not all) of Kia’s new plug-in vehicles exported outside of South Korea are destined for either Europe or North America. At least some percentage goes to other parts of the world (Australia, for example). What I want to know is: how many plug-in hybrids (PHEVs) is Kia delivering in North America?
2022 Kia Sorento PHEV and Telluride models side by side

Comparing Kia ADAS systems in the 2022 Sorento and Telluride, flaws and all

Kia, via its sister company Hyundai, is ranked among the best automotive brands for its Lane Keep Assist features according to Consumer Reports. Kia uses the same or similar systems as Hyundai. Two of Kia’s best selling family vehicles, the Sorento and Telluride, offer a suite of Advanced Driver-Assistance Systems (ADAS), but there are differences in feature availability between them. These models are often cross-shopped and safety feature availability/performance may be a key decision factor for some.

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