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Hyundai gets the hint, focuses on battery-powered electric cars, not fuel cells
Hyundai gets the hint, focuses on battery-powered electric cars, not fuel cells

Today, you'd be hard pressed to find an major automaker that's still in denial about electrification. Even vocal skeptics like Volkswagen and Mazda have come around to the idea that tomorrow's cars, trucks, vans, and SUVs will run on electricity, not gasoline or diesel. But the electrification...Read More»

J.D. Power 2017 Initial Quality Study
Kia, Genesis, Porsche dominate J.D. Power's 2017 Initial Quality Study. (Fiat, not so much.)

Kia has done it again: for a second year in a row, the South Korean brand has come out on top of J.D. Power's Initial Quality Study. The Initial Quality Study is a great one for new-car buyers to watch. Unlike Power's equally well-known Dependability Study, which evaluates new cars based on the...Read More»

2014 Kia Forte Koup
Kia Forte Koup officially killed off

Another compact coupe has bitten the dust, narrowing the field of inexpensive coupes to just two. Next year, the Kia Forte Koup will be but a distant memory. The slow-selling compact two-door that accompanies the Forte sedan and Forte5 hatchback wasn't renewed for the 2017 model year and is...Read More»

2017 Kia Niro
2017 Kia Niro priced from $23,785

The 2017 Kia Niro hybrid will considerably undercut the Toyota Prius when it goes on sale soon. At $23,785, the Niro starts at almost $2,000 less than the entry-level Prius. That price is for the Niro FE, the thriftiest version of Kia's new dedicated hybrid vehicle. The Niro will be offered in five...Read More»

2017 Kia Niro
What's New for 2017: Kia

Kia's lineup grows for the 2017 model year with the addition of a new hybrid model: the Kia Niro. Unlike the automaker's other hybrid—the Optima—the Niro isn't available with a gas-only powertrain. That's a big step for Kia and one that should help the brand prepare for increasingly...Read More»

2017 Ford Explorer XLT Sport Appearance Package
Why do people buy SUVs, and why do 76% of shoppers avoid them?

Here's an interesting irony: according to J.D. Power's 2017 Auto Avoider Study, just 24 percent of U.S. consumers shopped for SUVs last year, and yet SUVs accounted for 42 percent of all vehicles sold, up from 34 percent in 2012. Why are SUVs so popular now? And why have 76 percent of consumers...Read More»

2017 Kia Sorento
2016-2017 Kia Sorento, 2016 Sportage recalled for brake light glitch

Last week, Hyundai recalled some 5,600 crossovers due a wiring glitch that could cause trouble when the vehicles were towing trailers. Now, Hyundai's sister, Kia, is recalling more than 10,000 vehicles for the very same problem. At Kia, the issue affects 2016 and 2017 models of the Kia Sorento and...Read More»

2017 Kia Soul
2017 Kia Soul vs. 2017 Honda Fit: Compare Cars

The Kia Soul and Honda Fit are both boxy small cars with remarkable interior space. The Soul is a style-first urban warrior whose attraction lies in its practicality and cheeky character. The smaller Fit sits at the top of the economy car segment, with a supremely flexible interior and combined EPA...Read More»

2009 Kia Sportage
2008-2009 Kia Sportage recalled: nearly 72,000 U.S. vehicles affected

Kia has announced a recall of the 2008 and 2009 Kia Sportage crossover. According to documents from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, some of those vehicles may suffer from an electrical problem that could create a fire hazard. The problem is rooted in the Sportage's hydraulic...Read More»

2017 Toyota RAV4
2017 Kia Soul vs. 2017 Toyota RAV4: Compare Cars

Crossover SUV, or tall wagon—which suits you best? Both the Toyota RAV4 and Kia Soul offer great packaging and cargo versatility. But that's about where the similarities end. They might not be two you'd typically cross-shop, but they're both great alternatives to basic sedans for...Read More»

2016 Kia Sorento
2016 Kia Sorento recalled to fix problem with driver's seats

Kia is recalling the 2016 Sorento crossover to fix a manufacturing flaw associated with its driver's seat. The problem stems from dodgy weld joints on the seatback frame, which could increase the risk of injury to occupants in the event of a crash. This is the second welding-related recall for the...Read More»

2017 Kia Sorento
2017 Kia Sorento vs. 2017 Ford Edge: Compare Cars

Two very popular crossover SUVs on the road today have roots as more rugged off-road machines. Today they're among the most popular vehicles in the family-utility niche—but which one's better for you? The 2017 Kia Sorento and the 2017 Ford Edge are both five-seat, mid-size crossover SUVs. The...Read More»

Downey 5 Min. Car Wash (Los Angeles, California)
Today's high-tech safety systems can't quite handle car washes

Modern cars come with a huge array of safety systems to keep drivers and passengers safe. These systems are good at spotting obstacles like pedestrians and other vehicles, but some things confuse them--things like car washes, for example. That might sound like an absurd shortcoming, but if you look...Read More»

2017 Kia Optima Hybrid
2017 Kia Optima Hybrid priced from $26,845

Kia dealers will soon stock the automaker's revamped Optima Hybrid mid-size sedan, and although its base price is the same as it was last year, the story isn't quite as simple once you start adding options.. All told, the cheapest 2017 Kia Optima Hybrid stickers for $26,845 including a mandatory...Read More»

2017 Kia Cadenza
2017 Kia Cadenza: Best Car to Buy Nominee

The 2017 Kia Cadenza isn't by any means the brand's first outing into the luxury car world, but it's certainly the brand's best effort yet. A near facsimile of what Lexus used to offer, the Cadenza doesn't necessarily advance the luxury game—but it does prove that the Korean automaker's push...Read More»

2016 Kia Optima
2016 Kia Optima recalled to fix fractured driveshafts

Kia is recalling select 2016 Kia Optima sedans to replace a faulty driveshaft. More than 12,000 vehicles in the U.S. are affected. DON'T MISS: 5 unethical tricks car dealerships will play on you The problematic part is the right front axle driveshaft, which was manufactured in South Korea by Seo...Read More»

2016 Kia Sedona
2017 Kia Sedona minivan earns Top Safety Pick+ from IIHS

In the market for a minivan? If so, may we suggest you turn your attention to the 2017 Kia Sedona? It's been rated a Top Safety Pick+ by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. To earn that coveted ranking, the Sedona had to perform well in six separate IIHS crash tests. Four of those have been...Read More»

2017 Honda CR-V
2017 Kia Sorento vs. 2017 Honda CR-V: Compare Cars

Crossover SUVs come in many sizes, and shoppers don't always compare vehicles with exactly the same attributes. So we weren't too surprised when research showed two of the most-often-compared crossovers on The Car Connection are the Kia Sorento and the Honda CR-V. After all, both are aimed right at...Read More»

New Kia Rio
2017 Kia Rio is all new, now with actual style

Kia has taken the wraps off of its new Rio ahead of its debut later this month at the Paris Motor Show. The updated Rio is expected to go on sale in North America as a 2017 or 2018 model. While Kia hasn't released many details about the new Rio, but it promises that the subcompact will finally have...Read More»

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