- Soul wins for second year in a row
- Cadenza wows with its accommodations for busy families
IRVINE, Calif., March 7, 2017 — The 2017 Soul and Cadenza have received 2017 Best Cars for Families awards from U.S. News & World Report. Vehicles were judged on their safety, seating and cargo volume, reliability and the availability of family-friendly features. U.S. News & World Report selected the Soul from 20 competitors in the Compact Cars category while the Cadenza was chosen from a field of 11 competitor vehicles in the Large Car category.
“We’re thrilled to receive these great awards,” said Orth Hedrick, vice president, product planning KMA, “because they speak to the effort we put into creating vehicles that families will love. It’s part of Kia’s global commitment to offer attractive, reliable and dynamic vehicles with tremendous value. Being awarded Best Cars for Families by U.S. News & World Report is testimony to those efforts and we couldn’t be more proud.”
The Kia Soul was noted for outstanding ergonomics and tech features that make it a great choice for families. “The ride height is neither too low nor too high, making it easy for both little kids and grandparents with limited mobility to get in,” said U.S News & World Report Autos managing editor Jamie Page Deaton. “Parents of teen drivers can get some peace of mind with the Soul's UVO1 system, while Apple CarPlay™2 and Android Auto™3 keep families connected with limited distraction on the road. Plus, its styling makes it a real standout in the school pickup lane.”
U.S. News & World Report similarly praised the Cadenza. “The same features that make the Kia Cadenza luxurious for adults make it a great choice for families,” said Page Deaton. “Rear sunshades keep backseat passengers cool so they can ride or nap in peace. UVO teen-driver controls make it easier to hand the keys over to new drivers, and Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ make it easier to access common smartphone functions without having to learn a new operating system.”
The hip and popular 2017 Kia Soul is available in three trim levels, including the new 201-horsepower turbocharged Exclaim4, and as a battery electric version, the Soul EV. Prices range from $16,100 to $35,950.5 Cadenza is all new for 2017 and is winning accolades for its elegant design and luxurious amenities. Offered in three trims, Cadenza prices range from $31,990 to $44,390.5
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J.D. Power KIA Ranks # 1
2016 U.S. Initial Quality Study (IQS)
U.S. New-Vehicle Quality Makes Largest Improvement in 7 Years, J.D. Power Study Finds
Kia Ranks Highest among Nameplates, Ending 27-Year Reign for Premium Brands
DETROIT: 22 June 2016 — New-vehicle quality improves 6%, double the 3% rate of improvement in 2015 and the largest increase since 2009, according to the J.D. Power 2016 U.S. Initial Quality StudySM (IQS), released today.
The study, now in its 30th year, examines problems experienced by vehicle owners during the first 90 days of ownership. Initial quality is determined by the number of problems experienced per 100 vehicles (PP100), with a lower score reflecting higher quality.
Quality improves across all eight problem categories measured in the study, with 21 of the 33 brands included in the study improving their quality in 2016 and one remaining the same.
“Manufacturers are currently making some of the highest quality products we’ve ever seen,” said Renee Stephens, vice president of U.S. automotive quality at J.D. Power. “Tracking our data over the past several years, it has become clear that automakers are listening to the customer, identifying pain points and are focused on continuous improvement. Even as they add more content, including advanced technologies that have had a reputation for causing problems, overall quality continues to improve.”
The best city car of 2016 is the KIA Soul.
Base price range: $16,515-$21,915.
It fits in tight parking spaces, flits through tangled traffic.
Lots of glass and a slightly elevated driving position make it easy to see out
a critical city-car asset. The tall build and chair-like seating help four adults –
five in a pinch – travel comfortably upright.
The hatchback body and folding seats give you the cargo versatility to go coo-coo at Ikea.
Appealing as well is joie de vivre styling and features seldom available at these prices: leather upholstery, imbedded navigation, panoramic moonroof, heated steering wheel, heated front and rear seats, cooled front seats, keyless entry with pushbutton ignition, even xenon headlamps. No Soul is luxury-sedan quiet or family-car cushy. And Kia’s cagey about whether an all-wheel-drive version will eventually join today’s front-drive-only Souls. The Base model’s 130 horsepower feels barely adequate with either manual or automatic transmission. Plus and top-line Exclaim models do fine with 164 horses. They come with the automatic transmission and beat the Base’s fuel economy, rating 27 mpg city-highway combined, versus 26.
Lots of content for relatively little money is a hallmark of this South Korean automaker and for ’16, all Souls have alloy wheels. The Base model’s $500 Convenience Package gains touchscreen audio with satellite radio and a rearview camera. Exclaims gain leather upholstery as standard and a $4,400 Premium Package option with every available feature, including new-to-Soul lane-departure and forward-collision alerts. Available in states with zero-emissions mandates, the all-electric Soul EV can travel 93 miles between plug-in charges and starts at $34,775.
The best car of 2016 for tall drivers is the KIA K900.
Base price range: $55,800-$61,200 (est).
Amid the tiny hatchbacks and midsize sedans and crossovers in Kia’s showrooms
you may be surprised to find this full-size luxury car.
Styled by Audi’s former head designer, it’s easy on the eyes, tastefully finished, and as large as a Lexus LS.
Open the door and you’ll experience a cabin of leather, wood, and aluminum accents, standard navigation,
multi-adjustable heated and cooled front seats, even available power-reclining rear backrests.
But the lankiest among us will focus on the front legroom, a full 45.9 inches of limb-stretching lavishness. No mainstream car provides more. Combined with a class-leading 40.2-inches of front headroom, the K900 is our tall-driver champ. A generously proportioned, deeply cushioned, memory-positioned 12-way power-adjustable driver’s seat is standard; a 16-way is optional. The standard power tilt/telescoping steering wheel fine tunes things. It’s a testament to this car’s space management that, even with the driver’s seat powered all the way back, rear passengers still have plenty of foot space and knee clearance.
The K900 outsells the similarly sized but uglier, costlier Equus flagship from Kia’s corporate sibling, Hyundai. It’s a lot of car for the money in a category defined by sedans from Audi, BMW, and Mercedes that can touch six-figures. The Cadillac XTS represents similar value, though with slightly less space for very tall drivers. The K900 in fact has attributes once found in lots of big American cars: rear-wheel drive, a smooth, strong V-8 engine, and, for better and worse, a ride worthy of a cabin cruiser.
Kelley Blue Book Best Buys of 2016: Midsize Car