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 and 2018 TEsla Model 3

Daily driving comparison: Kia Sorento PHEV vs Tesla Model 3

I own both a 2022 Kia Sorento PHEV and a 2018 Tesla Model 3 RWD LR EV. Besides the obvious form factor, performance and handling differences between the Tesla sports sedan and the upmarket, 6 passenger Kia SUV, what differences are worth pointing out between these two vehicles in their day to day driving experience?
Silver 2022 Kia Sorento PHEV

Tesla Owner Buys A Kia PHEV SUV, And Loves It

I drive both an electric car (Tesla Model 3) and a plug-in hybrid (Kia Sorento) and I love them both. I know there are many others that also own multiple plug-in vehicles, but people often ask me: “why choose an EV and a PHEV, why not two EVs and why those particular vehicles?” Those are a good set of questions worth elaborating on.
2023 Kia Sportage Hybrid Electric Vehicle (HEV)

Kia Sportage PHEV coming soon, for Europe, TBD for North America

The new Kia Sportage PHEV is coming to North America sometime next year, we might assume, after it goes on sale in Europe in early 2022. Its looks are striking after Kia redesigned it. The new hybrid and non-hybrid versions of the 2023 model should be available in the U.S. in the first-half of 2022, but it will likely be late 2022 at the earliest before we see the 2023 Sportage PHEV in the U.S.
2022 Kia Sorento PHEV driving modes

Testing Plugin Hybrid Drive Modes in 2022 Kia Sorento PHEV

I recently purchased a 2022 Kia Sorento PHEV and I find the Plug-in Hybrid Drive modes puzzling. I previously owned another PHEV, a 2017 Chevrolet Volt, and that may be why; its drive modes operated differently that the Kia’s. I am both embarrassed, because it seems too obvious, and a little frustrated because it also seems more complicated than it should be to get a definitive answer. What does the “Auto” mode really do?
New 2023 Kia Niro

Next Generation Kia Niro Impresses at The Seoul Mobility Show: EV, PHEV and Self-Charging Hybrid

Kia revealed unobscured images and more information about its next generation Kia Niro at the November 25th Seoul Mobility Show. Kia confirmed that again all three powertrain options will be offered the same as they are in the current 2022 model, for 2023: full electric, plug-in hybrid (PHEV) and “self-charging” hybrid i.e. regular or non plug-in hybrid powertrains.
2022 Kia Sorento PHEV Review

2022 Kia Sorento PHEV Owner Review: Bought Sight Unseen

Recently a new owner of a 2022 Kia Sorento PHEV offered us to write an owner review for Torque News readers. In this review Justin Hart says he bought his 2022 Kia Sorento PHEV without test-driving it and without even seeing it. His excitement was about the 2022 Sorento PHEV's all-electric range, equipment and safety. In this review Justin Hart explains his experience with the 2022 Sorento PHEV from an owner's point of view.
2021 Kia Niro Hybrid Red Color Exterior, image by Kia newsroom

2021 KIA Niro Hybrid's Performance and Sustainability Specs

The 2021 KIA Niro SUV model, produced at the Hwaseong plant, South Korea, integrates a hybrid powertrain that contributes to optimizing its performance and comfort, as well as contributing to environmental care through its aerodynamic configuration that reduces air resistance, which is translates into lower fuel consumption.
2021 KIA6 EV

KIA EV6 Forms The Basis for Future Performance Electric Vehicles

With the first photos of the KIA EV6, the South Korean carmaker KIA released a preview of the brand's first vehicle designed exclusively for battery operation (BEV). In the future, this EV will not only set the direction for the brand's regular EVs in terms of design and performance, but also for future performance electric vehicles from KIA.
2021 Kia Sorento X Line

The 2021 Kia Sorento Has So Many Changes Only The Name Has Remained The Same

The fourth generation 2021 Kia Sorento has arrived at a higher price than the previous generation, but the extent of transformation is huge. The 2021 Kia Sorento has a completely redesigned design, a new platform, two new mechanics, a stiffened structure, and a completely revised cabin. In short, only the name has remained the same.

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