Shopper’s Guide: 2019 Kia Crossovers

When it comes to crossovers, Kia has the field covered with a wide variety of vehicles. From the economical Soul to the three-row Sorento, there’s vehicles to fit multiple needs and lifestyles. Today we’ll explore the full 2019 Kia crossover lineup and cover pros, cons, competitors, pricing and safety score. Let’s get started!

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2018 Kia Soul

The 2018 Kia Soul is a sub-compact crossover/tall hatchback with a starting MSRP of $16,200. The Kia Soul slots below the sub-compact hybrid Kia Niro in the brand’s crossover lineup. Its upright styling lends the interior an open and airy feel. Pros: Low Starting Price, Safety Score, Roomy Interior, Available Manual Transmission Cons: Lacks All-Wheel-Drive, Less Fuel-Efficient Than Competitors, Ride Quality Lacks Polish Looks Best In: Alien 2 exterior/Black interior   Competition: Mazda CX-3, Subaru Crosstrek, Nissan Rogue Sport, Honda Fit, Chevrolet Trax, Hyundai Kona,…

2018 Kia Forte

The 2018 Kia Forte is a mainstream compact sedan, also available in hatchback  that slots above the sub-compact Kia Rio and below the mid-size Kia Optima in the brand’s car lineup. Pros: Compliant Ride, Quiet Cabin, Available With Manual Transmission, Safety Score Cons: Outdated Cabin Design, Less Fuel-Efficient Than Competitors Looks Best In: Garnet Red exterior/Black interior   Competition: Honda Civic, Toyota Corolla, Hyundai Elantra, Chevrolet Cruze, Volkswagen Jetta, Nissan Sentra Safety Score: The 2018 Kia Forte was awarded the Insurance Institute For Highway Safety’s Top Safety Pick distinction. Summary: The…

2018 Kia Rio

The 2018 Kia Rio is a sub-compact available in sedan and hatchback configurations. It serves as the entry-level model in Kia’s lineup, slotted below the compact Forte. Like most vehicles in this class the Rio’s interior has lots of hard plastic and comfort features are basic, so it’s not ideally suited to long road trips. Sub-compact cars are best suited to short commutes. Prices start at a very affordable MSRP of $13,900 and the Rio gets up to 32 MPG combined.

2018 Kia Sorento

The 2018 Kia Sorento is a mainstream midsize SUV with a starting MSRP of $25,900. Within Kia’s lineup the Sorento is positioned above the compact Sportage. Overall, the Sorento is a very solid choice within the segment, offering a high value quotient. 

2018 Kia Optima

The 2018 Kia Optima is the brand’s bread and butter midsize sedan, positioned above the compact Forte sedan and below the fullsize Cadenza and sporty rear-wheel-drive Stinger. The Optima has a high value quotient, coming very well-equipped and pricing out lower than many of its top competitors with starting MSRP of $22,600. Especially interesting is the top-tier SX Limited trim, which comes with quilted Nappa leather, premium audio, and a heated steering wheel, among another niceties. These are luxury car…

Who Will Kia’s Stinger Hurt The Most?

As Kia continues its ascent into the premium category with the flashy 2018 Stinger, questions arise over what models it will compete most closely with. On one hand, its RWD layout and performance focus mean it could conquest muscle car fans in need of more space than what’s offered in a Camaro or Mustang. In terms of brand identity, Kia is more traditionally aligned with Ford and Chevrolet. However, now that features once exclusive to luxury cars like heated leather…