While Kia was once synonymous with basic, bland transportation that happened to have stellar warranties, it now makes some of the most striking and competitive cars in the business—that still have stellar warranties. Despite being the corporate counterpart to Hyundai and sharing features such as platforms and engines, Kia's products are distinct and have unique characters. Carving out their own spaces in the market, the rear-drive Stinger sports sedan is engaging to drive, while the funky Soul hatchback is a standout in its class. The new three-row Telluride SUV immediately earned a spot on our 2020 10Best list thanks to its upscale feel and incredible value, and even more conventional models such as the Optima sedan and the Sportage crossover are compelling choices.
Kia is poised to stay in the minivan game with the all-new 2022 Carnival, and on our initial test drive it proved it's ready to compete.
The new Kia EV6, which looks more interesting than its name suggests, will be the first of many fully electrified Kia models that are set to enter the market.
The Kia K5 is one of the most extroverted family sedans and one of the most compelling, with lots of desirable features and a 290-hp engine option.
Based on the same platform as the Hyundai Kona, the 2022 Kia Seltos offers similarly sharp handling but teams it with a taller ride height and a roomier cabin.
Despite a small third row that can shrink the cargo area, the Kia Sorento is a dapper mid-size SUV that's comfy and nice to drive with myriad powertrain options.
The 2022 Kia Soul puts the fun in functional with its distinctly boxy design and remarkably roomy cabin, but it doesn't offer all-wheel drive like other SUVs.
The Kia Sportage prioritizes stylishness and sportiness over the increased practicality and better fuel economy of many compact-crossover rivals.
Despite the brand's blue-collar roots, the 2022 Kia Stinger has the features, design, and driving verve to take on sports sedans from luxury-branded rivals.
The three-row Kia Telluride isn't a typical mid-size SUV, it's a genuinely great value with gorgeous styling as well as generous interior space and features.
With exterior styling inspired by the Stinger sports sedan, the 2021 Kia Forte is a fashionable compact four-door, but most of the lineup lacks verve.
Along with a flashy appearance, the all-new Kia K5 sedan delivers an upscale experience at an accessible price, and there's even a sporty 290-hp GT variant.
The Kia Niro hybrid and plug-in hybrid offer stellar fuel economy in a subcompact-crossover package, but neither version is particularly exciting or innovative.
The Kia Niro EV isn't visually interesting nor as widely available as rivals, but it's a well-executed electric crossover that's packed with desirable features.
With a simple yet elegant cabin and driving manners that transcend its price point, the Kia Rio exceeds expectations that most people have for subcompact cars.
The 2021 Kia Sedona succeeds at blending crossover styling with the utility of a minivan, but it can't match its rivals in terms of interior flexibility or technology.
The 2021 Seltos's spacious interior and spry handling make it a compelling SUV offering from Kia that effortlessly blends style, value, and desirability.
With bolder-looking bodywork and a more attractive interior, the all-new 2021 Kia Sorento is an exciting evolution of the company's mid-size crossover.
With an unmistakable appearance and a spacious cabin, the Kia Soul provides funky style and practical space at an affordable price.
The Kia Sportage boasts an interesting design, refined driving manners, and a speedy turbocharged version that make it a compelling compact crossover.
The 2021 Kia Stinger has the gall to shoot above the brand's usual mainstream positioning to tackle sedans from Audi, BMW, and Mercedes—and largely succeeds.
With absolute bargain pricing, the three-row Kia Telluride is a terrific choice for hauling families and feeling richer than your bank account might suggest.
The Cadenza—like the larger K900 and smaller Stinger sports sedan—offers luxury-car comfort and features at a steep discount versus premium-badged rivals.
With exterior styling inspired by the Stinger sports sedan, the 2020 Kia Forte is a fashionable compact sedan with a high-value feature list.
Smooth and well-equipped, the K900 is a capable premium sedan with a price that undercuts rival luxury cars.
The Niro is efficient, affordable, and practical, but the entry-level models are a little stripped-down for our taste.
The well-designed Kia Niro EV has good driving range and comes equipped with features that many buyers would appreciate in an all-electric crossover.
Despite a handsome exterior and interior, the Kia Optima is a family-friendly sedan with multiple powertrains that doesn't really stand out.
With dapper styling and a charming interior, the 2020 Kia Rio is a simplistic and stylish subcompact car.
With excellent ratings and an effortless V-6, the Sedona isn't the best minivan in its class, but it's still an affordable and handsome alternative.
With thrilling acceleration, deft handling, and a surprisingly compliant ride, the resurrected Supra was well worth the wait.
Whether you think the boxy and bold 2020 Kia Soul is a looker or a toaster on wheels, its practicality and budget pricing are hard to ignore.
The now canceled 2021 Kia Soul EV would have made for a competitive EV with competitive real-world driving range, a nicely crafted cabin, and plenty of practicality.
With competent driving manners and impeccable cabin quality, the 2020 Kia Sportage is an engaging and sophisticated compact crossover.
With a gutsy optional V-6 engine, flashy exterior styling, and big-time bang for the buck, Kia makes a better BMW and charges less for it.
With excellent style, a cavernous interior, and loads of tech, the 2020 Telluride is a well-executed three-row SUV.
Kia continues to redefine the meaning of "near luxury," and the Cadenza is another solid example of its success.
It’s styled like Kia's sporty Stinger, but the Forte's stock in trade is comfort and refinement.
The 2019 Kia K900 is the Korean company's largest and fanciest model, but it's also probably the most overlooked.
The 2019 Niro delivers up to 52 mpg in the city and is the perfect vehicle for budget-friendly driving without looking that way.
While mid-size sedans are more commonly overlooked in favor of crossovers these days, the family-car segment is nonetheless filled with attractive and affordable options such as the Optima.
The Rio is an inexpensive small car that easily fulfills its modest ambitions—but that's not damning it with faint praise.
The Sedona boasts great marks from safety agencies, an abundance driver-assistance features, and a kid-friendly interior with plenty of space for friends.
If you're looking for a capable, convenient, and comfortable three-row-crossover conveyance, the Kia Sorento is a solid choice.
The funky 2019 Soul EV appeals to the eco-friendly, keeps the utility of the gas-powered Soul, and adds a host of tech features to please even the geekiest of hamsters.
The 2019 Sportage is essentially a carryover model this year, with no visual or mechanical updates.
With serious straight-line speed and concept-car design, the 2019 Stinger is closing in on the class leaders for thousands less.
The Kia Cadenza is a handsome, well-equipped large sedan with features and finishes approaching those of luxury cars—all at a significantly lower price point.
The 2018 Forte and Forte 5 hatchback are competent, livable, and well-priced small cars but the best of the competition is on a higher plane.
The 2018 Kia Niro is a budget-friendly hybrid crossover that delivers fuel efficiency in an attractive and versatile package.
The 2018 Kia Optima is attractive, versatile, and affordable, but it doesn't quite measure up to rivals in a highly competitive class.
The 2018 Kia Rio is nicely designed, surprisingly refined, and feels substantial on the road, but it's not as sporty or roomy as many rivals.
The 2018 Kia Sorento provides good value in a three-row crossover, with a comfortable interior and a long list of available equipment.
The 2018 Kia Soul is stylish, roomy, well-equipped, and fun to drive, but spring for the turbo engine and tech options.
The 2018 Kia Sportage is well-equipped and fun to drive, and although it has limited cargo space, it's a solid choice in a compact SUV.
The 2018 Kia Stinger may be the value player among premium sports sedans, but it requires few compromises.
The Cadenza provides full-size luxury-car ownership at a price that beats its premium-badged rivals.
The Forte beats its rivals on price while providing reasonable comfort and the most desirable features, but it falls short in several key areas.
The Niro is an affordable, fuel-efficient, practical hybrid crossover, but it's not especially fun to drive.
With good driving manners and impressive cabin quality, the Sportage is an engaging choice in a compact crossover.
Three rows of seats, good road manners, and a long list of features make the Sorento a compelling choice for a mid-size SUV.
The Kia Soul offers practicality, spacious accommodations, and a fun driving experience wrapped up in a funky package.
The Forte coupe—or Koup, in Kia-speak—is sportier and more elegant than other Fortes; it’s also well equipped and surprisingly refined.
A Ford Explorer alternative, the big, body-on-frame Borrego offers seven-passenger capacity, a choice of V-6 or DOHC V-8, and up to 7500lbs of towing capacity.
Smartly styled and somewhat unusual, the Rondo has acceptable handling, optional seven-passenger seating, and tons of practicality.
This Korean Buick offsets Kia's youthful lineup with plush American-style luxury and an indulgent ride, all priced below a nicely equipped Camry.
Kia's subcompact sedan proves a fairly entertaining mix of agility and economy, especially in sporty SX trim.
With others like the Toyota Corolla wagon and Honda Civic hatchback long gone, the Spectra5 is one of the market's only wee wagons.