Kia

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. 

  • 5 / 5
2020 Kia Telluride front
Starting at
$33,060

With excellent style, a cavernous interior, and loads of tech, the 2020 Telluride is a well-executed three-row SUV.

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  • 4 / 5
2021 Kia Optima front
Starting at
$25,000 est.

Loaded with luxury options and looking gorgeous outside and in, the 2021 Kia Optima delivers a truly upscale experience at an accessible price.

  • 4 / 5
2021 Kia Seltos
Starting at
$23,110

The 2021 Seltos's spacious interior and spry handling make it a compelling SUV offering from Kia that effortlessly blends style, value, and desirability.


  • 4 / 5
2020 Kia Cadenza front
Starting at
$40,000 est.

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.


  • 4 / 5
2020 Kia Forte GT-Line
Starting at
$18,855

With exterior styling inspired by the Stinger sports sedan, the 2020 Kia Forte is a fashionable compact sedan with a high-value feature list.


  • 4 / 5
2020 Kia K900 front
Starting at
$60,935

Smooth and well-equipped, the K900 is a capable premium sedan with a price that undercuts rival luxury cars.

  • 4 / 5
2020 Kia Niro
Starting at
$24,000 est.

The Niro is efficient, affordable, and practical, but the entry-level models are a little stripped-down for our taste.



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  • 4 / 5
2020 Kia Optima front
Starting at
$24,355

Despite a handsome exterior and interior, the Kia Optima is a family-friendly sedan with multiple powertrains that doesn't really stand out.

  • 4 / 5
2020 Kia Rio front
Starting at
$16,815

With dapper styling and a charming interior, the 2020 Kia Rio is a simplistic and stylish subcompact car.


  • 3 / 5
2020 Kia Sedona front
Starting at
$28,720

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.


  • 3 / 5
2020 Kia Sorento front
Starting at
$28,110

With thrilling acceleration, deft handling, and a surprisingly compliant ride, the resurrected Supra was well worth the wait.


  • 4 / 5
2020 Kia Soul
Starting at
$18,610

When you think of automotive icons, images of the Porsche 911 or the Mercedes-Benz G-class might spring to mind, but the funky Kia Soul is worthy of iconic status as well.

2020 Kia Soul EV

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.



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  • 4 / 5
2020 Kia Sportage driving
Starting at
$25,110

With competent driving manners and impeccable cabin quality, the 2020 Kia Sportage is an engaging and sophisticated compact crossover.

  • 4 / 5
2020 Kia Stinger GTS front
Starting at
$34,125

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.


  • 4 / 5
2017 Kia Cadenza
Starting at
$34,135

Kia continues to redefine the meaning of "near luxury," and the Cadenza is another solid example of its success.


  • 3.5 / 5
2019 Kia Forte sedan
Starting at
$18,715

It’s styled like Kia's sporty Stinger, but the Forte's stock in trade is comfort and refinement.


  • 3.5 / 5
2019 Kia K900 Luxury
Starting at
$60,895

The 2019 Kia K900 is the Korean company's largest and fanciest model, but it's also probably the most overlooked.

  • 4 / 5
2018 Kia Niro
Starting at
$24,610

The 2019 Niro delivers up to 52 mpg in the city and is the perfect vehicle for budget-friendly driving without looking that way.



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  • 4 / 5
2019 Kia Optima
Starting at
$23,915

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.

  • 4 / 5
2018 Kia Rio hatchback
Starting at
$16,315

The Rio is an inexpensive small car that easily fulfills its modest ambitions—but that's not damning it with faint praise.


  • 3.5 / 5
2019 Kia Sedona
Starting at
$28,245

The Sedona boasts great marks from safety agencies, an abundance driver-assistance features, and a kid-friendly interior with plenty of space for friends.


  • 3.5 / 5
2019 Kia Sorento V–6 SXL AWD
Starting at
$27,335

If you're looking for a capable, convenient, and comfortable three-row-crossover conveyance, the Kia Sorento is a solid choice.


  • 4 / 5
2017 Kia Sportage
Starting at
$24,795

The 2019 Sportage is essentially a carryover model this year, with no visual or mechanical updates.

  • 4 / 5
2018 Kia Stinger
Starting at
$33,985

With serious straight-line speed and concept-car design, the 2019 Stinger is closing in on the class leaders for thousands less.



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  • 1 / 5
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Starting at
$26,795

This Korean Buick offsets Kia's youthful lineup with plush American-style luxury and an indulgent ride, all priced below a nicely equipped Camry.

  • 3 / 5
2010 Kia Borrego front

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 7500 pounds of towing capacity.


  • 2 / 5
2010 Kia Forte Koupe
Starting at
$20,740

The Forte coupe—or Koup, in Kia-speak—is sportier and more elegant than other Fortes; it’s also well equipped and surprisingly refined.


  • 3.5 / 5
2010 Kia Rondo front
Starting at
$19,890

Smartly styled and somewhat unusual, the Rondo has acceptable handling, optional seven-passenger seating, and tons of practicality.


  • 2 / 5
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Starting at
$14,245

Kia's subcompact sedan proves a fairly entertaining mix of agility and economy, especially in sporty SX trim.

  • 2 / 5
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Starting at
$17,390

With others like the Toyota Corolla wagon and Honda Civic hatchback long gone, the Spectra5 is one of the market's only wee wagons.