Kia’s Telluride SUV Brings Bold Styling and Rugged Capability To Kia SUV Lineup

Kia has been on a roll as of late, and it had a very strong 2018 with the unveiling of the redesigned Kia Forte, as well as the recent unveiling of the redesigned Soul lineup. But amid the vibes generated by these models, as well as the ongoing success of the Kia Stinger sport sedan, a notable void existed in its SUV lineup with the Sorento being the biggest offering that Kia offered. The Korean car brand decided to change that today, and has unveiled the biggest SUV it has ever produced, the 2020 Kia Telluride. Before we get into what makes the Telluride such an important vehicle for Kia, we might as well focus on the origins of its odd name. Instead of originating from the bowels of the marketing department, or a clever buzz word at the advertising department, the Telluride moniker is derived from Telluride, Colorado a …

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2019 Kia Forte S – Road Test Review – By Ben Lewis

It pays to have a good-looking sibling in the family. Especially an automotive family. Let’s say you’re drawn to your friendly neighborhood Kia dealer to see the hot ‘n sexy Stinger sedan. And it’s more than a looker – the 6-cylinder rear wheel drive Stinger we tested was a great performance sedan, with the credentials, capabilities and feel-good pricing to keep the European brands looking over their shoulders. So, when it came time to redesign the company’s small sedan, the Forte, Kia was clever enough to make it’s reasonably-priced, fuel-sipping, value player look like its handsome big brother. So, we have a question – Is the new Forte a baby Stinger…or just stingy? Well, the looks say…hello baby! The previous model was nice looking, blending in the with the crowd of compact sedans. But the new model has picked up the cues of the handsome Stinger, with a long hood, …

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2020 Kia Soul Teaser Shows Familiar Shape Ahead of L.A. Debut

Kia is keen on getting into the spirit of things ahead of the L.A. Auto Show later this month, and with Hyundai preparing a big reveal of their own, the youthful Korean car brand wanted to make sure the revamped Soul did not get lost in the all the glitz and glamour that the L.A. Auto Show is expected to bring when it kicks off later this month.   The lone teaser that Kia released earlier today may not reveal very much at first glance, but the image does reveal that the Soul’s trademark boxy shape will largely be retained, but updated with tweaked taillights, as well as a slick piece of silver trim at the top of the fore-mentioned lights that is embossed with the Soul moniker (a very neat touch.) A new bodyline also peeks into view, and could hint at perhaps some added curves and creases into …

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2018 Kia Soul EV+ Road Test Review – By Ben Lewis

You may have heard the term “Range Anxiety” when it comes to Electric Vehicles. (EV to you and me). It describes the nervousness you have over not having enough range to get where you’re going. With a gas car, it’s a stop at the local sip ‘n go. But with an EV, if you can find a place to plug in, it’s still between 45 minutes to a couple hours to get a meaningful charge. But now we have a new term. EV Anxiety? This is different. For many of us enthusiasts, we look at the EV as the death knell of the gas-powered machines we love. Fully autonomous, electric vehicles – even without a steering wheel – look to be our ultimate future. And while that may be decades away, that can be enough to make many of us give the stink-eye to any EV that glides by us. …

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Hyundai and Kia Unveil Solar Panel Boosted EV Charging Solution, Expected To Appear In 2020

Once limited to experimental vehicles and ultra luxury hybrids, roof mounted solar panels are seeing a resurgence as EVs slowly become a more focal piece of the automotive landscape. Hyundai and Kia aim to take them to production reality by unveiling their plans to put them on production cars in a move that could have big ramifications for the broader automotive market as a whole.   Of course, a key caveat is that they will not be on all production vehicles, with Hyundai and Kia claiming that only “selected vehicles” will be able to be outfitted with them. When the panels eventually arrive on the scene, they will play two key roles depending on the vehicle they are equipped to. For example when outfitted to an electric vehicle like the Ioniq, they will help charge the battery during driving in a fashion that is similar to a cell phone being …

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Kia Unveils 201 Horsepower 2020 Forte GT, At Last Our Prayers Have Been Answered

When we last met the 2019 Kia Forte, it was navigating the twist and turns of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The mountain roads that dotted our route highlighted the Forte’s new chassis, as well as the spirited character that defined its exterior and interior design. Sadly, a lack of power was also evident, and it had us wondering “Where’s the Beef?” Well it appears Kia has been listening to this persistent criticism, and has at last given the Forte a proper engine to formally tango with its reworked bones, as well as a new trim the Forte GT, Living up to its sporting name, the GT brings more zest to the Forte’s DNA, starting with several visual enhancements to help separate it from the standard EX model. Like the Soul Turbo, revisions here are relatively minor, with a model exclusive body kit, a rear spoiler, two tone wheels, and a black and …

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Road Test Review – 2018 Kia Niro Touring – By Carl Malek

When we last met the Kia Niro in Metro Detroit, it was back in 2017, in its base EX trim which aimed to not only deliver buyers a compelling CUV in a rapidly growing segment of the marketplace, but also the hybrid fueled efficency that is a key draw for green minded buyers. While it certainly suceeded in delivering on both of these fronts, it lacked the style and aesthetic flair to truly stand out against segment rivals. Kia aims to solve this problem with the Touring model, but does the Touring have what it takes to inject some much needed freshness to the decidedly functional Niro? Or is it about as fresh as a pair of 90’s era parachute pants? Unlike other models that joyfully embrace the Touring moniker, the Niro’s interpretation of the subject is not as flashy, with the Niro retaining much of its functionality and buisness …

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2019 Kia Sorento SXL AWD – Road Test Review – By Ben Lewis

We’re suckers for a good ad campaign. And when we saw the new Kia Sorento ad, with it climbing a heinous off-road course at Hell’s Gate, Moab, Utah, we thought – “hey, we haven’t been in a Sorento in a while”. Time to make that right. Well, it’s a perfect time to test the ’19 Sorento, as it features some significant upgrades that take this likable 3-row crossover a step up in the desirability department. Devilishly Handsome. The Sorento has always been a good-looking piece, with an upscale-vibe and a rugged square-shouldered look. Its last complete redesign was in 2016.  For 2019, it’s even more attractive with a revised front end with new headlamp configuration bracketing a new grille. On SX models like ours, you get added bling with full LED lighting, and the “ice-cube” style fog lights that are shared with other models, including the Sportage we recently reviewed. …

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