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. 

2023 kia sportage
Starting at
$26,000 est

The Kia Sportage is about to commence a new generation, and the compact crossover has one of the most interesting designs in its highly competitive class.

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9 / 10
2022 kia carnival sx prestige front
Starting at
$33,275

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.

2022 kia ev6 us spec
2022 EV6
Starting at
$45,000 est

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.


8.5 / 10
2022 kia k5 front
2022 K5
Starting at
$24,685

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.


8 / 10
2022 kia seltos front
Starting at
$23,665

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.


8.5 / 10
2022 kia soul front
2022 Soul
Starting at
$20,365

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.

2022 kia sportage front
Starting at
$25,265

The Kia Sportage prioritizes stylishness and sportiness over the increased practicality and better fuel economy of many compact-crossover rivals.



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8.5 / 10
2022 kia stinger
Starting at
$37,135

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.

10 / 10
2022 kia telluride
Starting at
$34,015

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.


7.5 / 10
2021 kia forte front
Starting at
$18,885

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.


8.5 / 10
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2021 K5
Starting at
$24,585

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.


7.5 / 10
2021 kia niro suv front
2021 Niro
Starting at
$25,865

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.

8 / 10
2020 kia niro ev front
Starting at
$40,265

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.



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9 / 10
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2021 Rio
Starting at
$17,045

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.

6.5 / 10
2021 kia sedona front
Starting at
$31,575

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.


8 / 10
2021 kia seltos front
Starting at
$23,165

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


8.5 / 10
2021 kia sorento sx x line front
Starting at
$30,565

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.


8.5 / 10
2021 kia soul front
2021 Soul
Starting at
$18,765

With an unmistakable appearance and a spacious cabin, the Kia Soul provides funky style and practical space at an affordable price.

7.5 / 10
2021 kia sportage front
Starting at
$25,265

The Kia Sportage boasts an interesting design, refined driving manners, and a speedy turbocharged version that make it a compelling compact crossover.



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8.5 / 10
2021 kia stinger gt front
Starting at
$34,135

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.

10 / 10
2021 kia telluride front
Starting at
$33,415

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.


9 / 10
2020 kia cadenza front
Starting at
$38,885

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.


7.5 / 10
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.


7.5 / 10
2020 Kia K900 front
2020 K900
Starting at
$60,935

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

7.5 / 10
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2020 Niro
Starting at
$25,765

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



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8 / 10
2020 kia niro ev front
Starting at
$40,265

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.

8 / 10
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.


8.5 / 10
2020 Kia Rio front
2020 Rio
Starting at
$16,815

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


6.5 / 10
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.


6 / 10
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.

8.5 / 10
2020 kia soul front
2020 Soul
Starting at
$18,610

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.



2020 kia soul ev front
Starting at
$35,000 est

Under the 2021 Kia Soul's boxy façade is a modern all-electric powertrain with competitive real-world driving range, a nicely-crafted cabin, and plenty of practicality.

7.5 / 10
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.


8.5 / 10
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.


10 / 10
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.


8 / 10
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.

7 / 10
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.



7 / 10
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2019 K900
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.

8 / 10
2018 Kia Niro
2019 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.


8 / 10
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.


8 / 10
2018 Kia Rio hatchback
2019 Rio
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.


7 / 10
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.

7 / 10
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.



6 / 10
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Starting at
$34,945

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.

8 / 10
2017 Kia Sportage
Starting at
$24,795

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


8 / 10
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.


8 / 10
2018 kia cadenza
Starting at
$33,190

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.


7 / 10
2018 kia forte forte5
Starting at
$17,695

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.

8 / 10
2018 kia niro
2018 Niro
Starting at
$24,280

The 2018 Kia Niro is a budget-friendly hybrid crossover that delivers fuel efficiency in an attractive and versatile package.



8 / 10
2018 kia optima
Starting at
$23,495

The 2018 Kia Optima is attractive, versatile, and affordable, but it doesn't quite measure up to rivals in a highly competitive class.

8 / 10
2018 kia rio
2018 Rio
Starting at
$14,795

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.


7 / 10
2018 kia sorento
Starting at
$26,890

The 2018 Kia Sorento provides good value in a three-row crossover, with a comfortable interior and a long list of available equipment.


9 / 10
2018 kia soul
2018 Soul
Starting at
$17,095

The 2018 Kia Soul is stylish, roomy, well-equipped, and fun to drive, but spring for the turbo engine and tech options.


8 / 10
2018 kia sportage
Starting at
$24,590

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.

8 / 10
2018 kia stinger
Starting at
$32,800

The 2018 Kia Stinger may be the value player among premium sports sedans, but it requires few compromises.



4 / 10
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.

6 / 10
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 7500lbs of towing capacity.


7 / 10
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 / 10
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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.


4 / 10
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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.

4 / 10
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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.