Pretty Tease: Kia Proceed Concept Is Yet Another Shapely Wagon

Even if Kia won’t admit it, it just rolled out one of the hottest station wagons in recent memory. It’s called the Proceed concept, and it will be making its debut at the 2017 Frankfurt auto show. Tagged as an “elongated hot hatch,” it’s billed as a possible preview to the next-generation Kia Cee’d and […]

2018 Kia Sportage In-Depth Test: A Little Bit Quirky, A Little Bit Fun

Kia puts the fun in funky with the wonderfully appointed Sportage. This quirky compact crossover has a charming Audi-like interior and a long list of premium options. These include heated and cooled seats, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a panoramic sunroof, and a host of high-tech safety assists such as automated emergency braking. Although it’s […]

2017 Kia Optima Plug-In Hybrid Tested: A Minor Boost from Electrons

The 2017 Kia Optima PHEV adds plug-in capability and EV-only operation to the Optima hybrid’s already well-rounded attributes and agreeable personality. That said, its familiar shape does get a few touches shared with the Optima hybrid that are aimed at reducing drag: a slightly redesigned, model-specific front fascia with active grille shutters that close at […]

2017 Kia Forte5 SX 1.6L Turbo Manual: Getting Warmer

There is a red pinstripe across the middle of the lower grille. The seat bolsters are accented with wide orange stripes, and the contrast stitching on the seats, center armrest, and doors pops against the black leather interior. There’s a third pedal that meets the left foot, and the shift-knob graphic displays numbers, not letters. […]

2017 Kia Forte / Forte5: The In-Depth, Everything-You-Need-to-Know Review

With so many competitors jostling for position in the compact class, the Kia Forte and its hatchback variant, the Forte5, fade into the background—but not because they’re bad cars. Both offer acceptable driving dynamics and mature exterior designs. The Forte5 can be pumped up with an optional, spunky 201-hp turbocharged powertrain that outruns all of […]

A Whole Lotta Soul: We Embark on a 40,000-Mile Adventure in a Kia Soul Turbo

More than one highly regarded philosopher has claimed that everybody’s got a soul. Which, with a sly wink about capital letters and capitalization, Kia is bent on twisting into everybody drives a Soul. Kia’s execs sometimes seem as surprised as anyone else to see its simple shoebox of a transportation appliance multiplying like so many […]