2014 marks a busy, important year for Kia. It adds a new model in the flagship Cadenza sedan and gives several other vehicles complete redesigns and updates.
The subcompact Rio, offered in four-door and five-door hatchback models, is now two years removed from its redesign. It offers good interior space for a car in its class and a low base price.
One of two models completely redesigned by Kia is the 2014 Forte compact. The two-door Forte Koup was also redesigned and will arrive later in the year. Exterior styling now matches the rest of the Kia lineup and the Forte also gets a brand new interior that features improved materials and a driver-centric design.
The attractive Optima midsize sedan also gets updates, including new front and rear fascias which both feature LED lighting, new squared off fog lights, and an optional 8-inch screen for the navigation/entertainment systems.
The new for 2014 Cadenza represents a big leap forward for Kia, becoming their first full-size sedan in four years. 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.
Back for 2014 is the Sedona minivan, which took a hiatus for 2013. It has an updated front bumper and grille, and tablet friendly storage.
The quirkiest member of the Kia lineup, the Soul, has also been redesigned this year. An updated suspension improves ride quality, and it comes back a little bit taller and wider which adds interior room. 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, offering seating for seven-passengers across three-rows. It also gets a redesign with plenty of updates for 2014 (Kia says 80-percent of the parts are new) including a new chassis and V-6 engine which improve handling and performance.