Road Test Review – 2018 Kia Stinger AWD 2.0T – By Carl Malek

It’s no secret that Kia has undergone a transformation the past few years. Once known for making products that were cheap and not much else, the Korean car brand has now embraced a fresh new wave of substance, thanks to models such as the Optima, and the flagship K900 sedans. The newest member of the family is the 2018 Kia Stinger, which aims to compete with the best that Europe has to offer. But can the Stinger hold its own against benchmarks like the BMW 3-Series and the Mercedes C-Class? or does it lack the venom needed to make a statement in one of the few segments not affected by the rise in crossover demand? At first glance, it appears that the Stinger has the aesthetic goods to backup its ambitious goals. This is a bold Kia, and while our four cylinder equipped tester is NOT a range topping GT …

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Road Test Review – 2017 Kia Forte S – By Carl Malek

With the 2019 Kia Forte embracing some of the successful DNA that has turned the Stinger into a compelling BMW fighter, the current generation Kia Forte has the unenviable task of staying fresh and relevant against a relatively fresh crop of contenders. The Forte offers tweaked styling and versatile feature content for a new generation of buyers, but can these wholesome charms keep the Forte in winning form until its replacement arrives? or will the 2019 version be forced to regain lost ground when it eventually arrives in dealer lots. The exterior styling of our Currant Red “S” grade tester does not have Stinger DNA, but it does have alot of cues from another solid Kia offering, the Optima mid-size sedan. The front fascia of the Forte is somewhat generic, but we will give Kia designers credit for adding slick looking headlights, as well as a sharp looking front grille. …

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