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2017 Kia Soul Turbo first drive and review – it’s invigoratingly hamstertastic

2017 Kia Soul Turbo first drive and review – it’s invigoratingly hamstertastic

In an age of homogenized design, the Soul is unmistakably a Kia and, internally, it’s known as the company’s most affordable “halo car”. It’s the heart and soul of the company - no pun intended - and in its eight years of production it has smoked the competition, leaving many in the dust and others out of production altogether. Yup, this car is that good – and per the company, the Soul has multi-generational reach across buying demographics.

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Kia’s vision of autonomous cars is a private jet on wheels

Kia’s vision of autonomous cars is a private jet on wheels

When the car drives itself, what do the occupants do? That's the question Kia is pondering with its latest concept, the Soul First Class, which not only does away with the steering wheel but turns both of its cosseted passengers away from the direction of travel. Prepared for this week's SEMA 2016, the one-off Soul is a long way from the nippy little production car.

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2017 Kia Cadenza First Drive: Big car, small market

2017 Kia Cadenza First Drive: Big car, small market

Lurking just below the surface of flashy ad campaigns and country club one-upmanship at the valet station there exists a world of comfortable, handsomely-styled automobiles that deliver 90 percent of the features found in traditional luxury cars almost completely under the radar. The 2017 Kia Cadenza is one such premium sleeper, joining the ranks of the Buick LaCrosse, the Toyota Avalon, and the Nissan Maxima as de facto upscale vehicles that ply the full-size sedan waters with silent dignity.

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KIA announces free CarPlay and Android Auto updates for select models

KIA announces free CarPlay and Android Auto updates for select models

KIA Motors of America has announced a new initiative that will help keep the automaker quite competitive in the world of connected driving. KIA says it will upgrade a number of models featuring either an eligible navigation system or its own UVO3 navigation platform to support Apple's CarPlay or Android Auto. Perhaps the most exciting part of this announcement is that the upgrades will be free to owners of these KIA models.

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Kia tops J.D. Power 2016 IQS, quality rises for brands across the board

Kia tops J.D. Power 2016 IQS, quality rises for brands across the board

After 21 years on the market as a car company, Kia Motors has topped this year's J.D. Power Initial Quality Study. This makes Kia the top company on the J.D. Power 2016 IQS study out of all 33 makes in the United States, marking the first time in 27 years that this list was topped by a non-premium vehicle brand. This year was also a good year for vehicle quality across the board. "Manufacturers are currently making some of the highest quality products we’ve ever seen," said vice president of U.S. automotive quality at J.D. Power, Renee Stephens.

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2017 Kia Cadenza boasts lighter body, first FWD 8-speed transmission

2017 Kia Cadenza boasts lighter body, first FWD 8-speed transmission

At the New York Auto Show 2016, Kia is unveiling the second generation Cadenza. Like its predecessor, it boasts of a spacious cabin and a strong aggressive exterior. Naturally, Kia isn't content with just keeping the status quo. The 2017 Cadenza builds on the success of its forebear, bringing a new, distinctive design, a new lighter yet stronger construction, and a lot more brains to the table. In addition, the new Cadenza showcases Kia's first FWD eight-speed automatic transmission, promising improved power and efficiency in Kia's latest large car model.

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2017 Kia Optima Hybrid brings fuel economy in a familiar body

2017 Kia Optima Hybrid brings fuel economy in a familiar body

These days, cars aren't just designed to be powerful or sleek. They're also designed to be eco-friendly from the ground up. Especially with Volkswagen's epic blunder, car makers are putting even more emphasis on fuel efficiency and environment friendliness. At the Chicago Auto Show, Kia is unveiling its own on the trend, blending new and old in one package. With the 2017 Optima Hybrid, the car maker is putting forward its newest fuel efficient powertrain, top of the line intelligent systems, all wrapped in a body inspired by last year's gas-powered Optima sedan.

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Kia unveils the 2017 Optima PHEV, its first plug-in hybrid

Kia unveils the 2017 Optima PHEV, its first plug-in hybrid

Kia is really serious about reaching its 25% fuel efficiency milestone by 2020. How serious, you ask? Serious enough to unveil three hybrids at this week's Chicago Auto Show, two of which come from the car maker's popular Optima lineage. While the 2017 Optima Hybrid already exemplifies Kia's vision of fuel economy, the 2017 Optima Plug-in Hybrid Elecric Vehicle, or PHEV, takes things even further, not only with a more powerful hybrid engine but also by adding an all-electric range, allowing drivers to enjoy as much as 27 miles on the electric motor alone.

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2017 Kia Niro HUV brings fuel economy to crossovers

2017 Kia Niro HUV brings fuel economy to crossovers

Who says only sedans can have all the environment friendly fun? At the Chicago Auto Show, Kia is definitely showing that hulking utility vehicles can also join the party. The 2017 Kia Niro, which was already teased November last year, is a first of many things for the car maker, but what sets this Hybrid Utility Vehicle or HUV apart is exactly that. The Niro combines the engaging driving experience and functionality of a crossover with the fuel economy of hybrid engines, packaged in a design that will make you think twice about how hybrids look.

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Kia Telluride concept is a health-conscious luxury SUV

Kia Telluride concept is a health-conscious luxury SUV

With the North American International Auto Show or NAIAS well on the way, car makers all over the globe are rolling out their latest and greatest, both for future models as well as ideas for the future. Kia, of course, is straddling both. The new Telluride concept might not ever become an actual production model itself, but it might serve as the blueprint, if not the inspiration, for Kia's future SUV's. Taking design cues from the Sorento crossover, the Telluride expands to accommodate not just one row of passengers but also some health-oriented technology inside the cabin.

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2017 Kia Forte5 hatchback gets sportier look, more digital content

2017 Kia Forte5 hatchback gets sportier look, more digital content

At NAIAS 2016, alongside the Telluride concept SUV, Kia has unveiled this year's two new Forte models. While the 2017 Forte refreshes the car maker's sedan, both inside and out, the 2017 Forte5 give the hatchback a new look and some new tech to boot. Kia has endowed the upcoming Forte5 with design details found in the all new 2016 Optima, which adds a sleeker and bolder design to its distinctly European personality. Inside, Kia has also added a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission and compatibility with both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, opening up new worlds of digital content.

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2017 Kia Forte sedan boasts more changes under the hood

2017 Kia Forte sedan boasts more changes under the hood

Kia has refreshed its Forte lineup, both the Forte sedan and the Forte5 hatchback, which it is now showing off at the Detroit Auto Show. Like its hatchback sibling, the 2017 Forte is also given a sleeker design inspired by Kia's new 2016 Optima. However, they say that looks can be deceiving and that is very much true here, with the 2017 Forte hiding far more changes and new features than the eye can see, as well as a new trim option to satisfy sportier drivers.

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