Price Range (MSRP): $14,165 (Rio) to $49,900 (K900)
For 2017, Kia is rolling out their updated UVO3 infotainment system with Apple CarPlay/Android Auto as well as more optional safety features to its lineup. Kia is also introducing a new compact hybrid, the Niro.
Kia's smallest car, the subcompact Rio, is offered in 4-door and 5-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 compact Forte has three bodystyles: a coupe, a sedan, and a hatchback. They all receive newly revised styling that is cleaner and sportier than the previous model year. It has also swapped out the old 1.8-liter 4-cylinder for a new standard 147-hp, 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine mated to a 6-speed automatic or manual. Active safety features such as automatic emergency braking, lane keep assist, forward collision warning, and a blindspot monitoring system are newly available as well. A new S trim comes with sport-tuned suspension for better handling.
The compact Soul crossover that has been given a mid-cycle refresh. Aside from a minor facelift, the base model gains a standard 130-hp, turbocharged 1.6-liter 4-cylinder engine mated to a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic. Inside, the updated UVO3 infotainment system is now optional. The Soul EV is the pure-electric version that has an EPA-estimated range of 93 miles.
The Optima midsize sedan is joined by the new Optima Hybrid and Optima Plug-In Hybrid. The Optima Hybrid’s powertrain combines a 193-hp, 2.0-liter 4-cylinder with a lithium polymer battery powered electric motor found behind the rear seats. The Optima Plug-In model has a larger battery for an impressive driving range of 20-miles on pure electricity.
The all-new Niro hybrid is a wagon that looks like an SUV. It is powered by a standard 146-hp, 1.6-liter 4-cylinder and an electric motor mated to a 6-speed dual-clutch automatic. Fuel economy for the Niro is an EPA-estimated 50 mpg combined rating.
The redesigned Cadenza is an upscale full-size sedan. It has a new 8-speed automatic transmission as well as a slew of active safety technologies, which include adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go. Quilted Nappa leather upholstery, a heads-up display, LED headlights, and hands-free power trunk lid will be available.
The K900 continues to compete in the full-size luxury sedan segment. It has two engine options available: a 311-hp, 3.8-liter V-6 and a 420-hp, 5.0-liter V-8. Both engines are mated to an 8-speed automatic.
Kia also offers up a pair of substantial SUVs in the Sportage and Sorento.
The Sportage compact crossover has been redesigned. It comes with a standard 4-cylinder engine, but if more power is needed, a turbocharged 4-cylinder is optional, as is all-wheel drive. It also features extra insulation in the floor, which makes the cabin quieter. The Sportage retains its sharp looks that make it out stand out amongst the many compact crossovers on the market.
The midsize Sorento is a step-up from the Sportage in size, offering seating for seven passengers across three rows. For LX and high trim levels, a more powerful 290-hp, 3.3-liter V-6 mated to a 6-speed automatic and all-wheel drive is available.
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