At what mileage/kilometers on the odometer would you all deem EV is getting old? "Ultimately I am curious what the life expectancy is on one of these vehicles. I know you can continuously replace EV Battery Cells as they go bad rather than changing the entire battery pack," asks one Kia Soul EV owner in one of the popular electric car groups on Facebook, which actively discussed EV battery life expectancy.
I recently had a chance to spend a week behind the wheel of a 2017 Kia Niro Touring and I came away from the experience impressed with the driving dynamics and the loaded cabin of the roomy hybrid hatchback.
Finally someone thought to solve the problem of silent EVs. The 2018 Kia Niro EV has a simple feature that solves a huge safety problem with electric cars. This simple feature should be installed in Tesla Model S, Model X, Model 3, Nissan Leaf and all other EVs that silent powertrains.
The arrival of new cars in dealer showrooms this year range from your typical, run-of-the-mill Toyota Prius to something a little more extra, such as the newest model BMW M3. But with a $65,000 price tag, this may not be the most financially suitable option, unless you’re sleeping in a bed full of money. Therefore, I present to you the Underdog: The 2018 Kia Stinger.
Last week after spending a week in Hyundai’s outstanding 2018 Santa Fe Sport, sister brand’s 2018 Kia Rio was delivered for drive review. I felt a bit ego deflated until I drove Kia Rio, it’s fun! What makes Rio a top value in a segment dominated by $25,000 compact hatchbacks?
Kia’s second generation 2017 Cadenza has captured the interest of value conscious 4-door premium midsize sedan buyers. Cadenza is soon to become the most awarded offering in the segment. This week, Kia’s segment topping, upstart premium sedan earns a Top Safety Pick + rating from the Insurance Institute For Highway Safety.
Sitting at the airport in Los Angeles I caught Kia’s Cadenza ‘ blindfold’ touch test on a T.V. commercial, as parking valets guessed the brand of the car they were sitting in. BMW, Cadillac and Mercedes came to mind.
The 2017 Kia Sportage EX AWD is a great vehicle for daily driving on paved roads, but can this Korean compact SUV handle the rough dirt roads of rural America? I spent a week driving the new Sportage on my local unpaved roads to see how well – or how badly – the smallest Kia SUV performs on some of the worst public roads in the area.
With public acceptance and subsequent production momentum finally taking hold in the North America Hybrid, EV car and light truck segment, “electrification” dominates this year’s Green Car of the Year. A sign of the times? Perhaps.