Price Range (MSRP): $14,165 (Rio) to $54,500 (K900)
For 2015, Kia introduces a new flagship, the K900 and also offers significant updates to the Sedona minivan.
Kia's smallest car, the subcompact Rio, is offered in four-door and five-door hatchback models. It offers good interior space for a car in its class and plenty of standard kit for its low base price including satellite radio and a USB port.
The Forte was one of two models completely redesigned by Kia last year. The two-door Forte Koup was also redesigned and got similar changes. Exterior styling now matches the rest of the Kia lineup and the Forte also added a improved materials and a driver-centric cockpit design.
The attractive Optima midsize sedan got a slew of styling updates last year, including new front and rear fascias which both feature LED lighting, and squared off fog lights. Both the navigation and UVO infotainment systems get updates for 2015. Those seeking midsize a midsize sedan with more fuel economy can opt for the Optima Hybrid.
Debuting just last year, the full-size Cadenza enjoyed just one year atop the totem pole before the luxurious K900 debuted for 2015. The Cadenza was Kia’s first full-size sedan in four years but is now joined by the K900. Like most of Kia’s models, the Cadenza offers great value/features for its price point including Kia’s UVO entertainment system, dual-zone automatic climate control, and Bluetooth connectivity standard.
The K900 debuted as an alternative to full-size luxury sedans, promising the same luxury for a much smaller price tag. It offers the first V-8 and eight-speed automatic transmission to be found in a Kia, along with an interior full of high-quality materials and other amenities.
Back with significant updates is the Sedona minivan, which seats a family-friendly seven or eight passengers. The Sedona’s new styling drags it into the modern age and a stretched out wheelbase adds more interior space for passengers.
The quirkiest member of the Kia lineup, the Soul, was redesigned last year receiving an updated suspension that improves ride quality, and added interior room thanks to extra length/width. The Soul is also one of the best values on the road, combining utility, fuel economy, features, and a low base price to give buyers maximum car for their money.
Kia also offers up a pair of crossover SUVs in the Sportage and Sorento. The Sportage comes with a four-cylinder engine standard and if more power is needed a turbocharged four-cylinder is optional, as is all-wheel drive. It also features extra insulation in the floor, which makes the cabin quieter and it retains its sharp looks that make it out stand out amongst the many compact crossovers on the market.
The Sorento is a step-up from the Sportage in size, offering seating for seven-passengers across three-rows. Last year, the Sorento got plenty of updates (Kia says 80-percent of the parts are new) including a new chassis and V-6 engine which improve handling and performance.