The Kia Soul debuted as a 2010 model, and for 2014 it was redesigned. The Soul is one of Kia’s best-selling models and also it is Kia’s first exclusive model, not a version of an existing model from parent company Hyundai. The 2014 Kia Soul comes with a roomy cabin, a fantastic amount of cargo space for its class, comfortable and supportive seats, and high-quality materials.
The 2014 Kia Soul is a front-wheel drive four-door hatchback with seating for five, that is offered in three trim levels: base, + (Plus) and ! (Exclaim). The base model comes standard with 16-inch wheels, rear privacy glass, hill-start assist, power-heated side mirrors, air conditioning, full power accessories, cloth upholstery, a height-adjustable driver seat, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, a 60/40-split-folding rear seats, Bluetooth connectivity and a 6-speaker audio system with a CD player, iPod/USB interface and steering wheel-mounted controls.
The Soul + (Plus) adds 17-inch alloy wheels, cruise control, keyless entry, front seat center console armrest and a fold-down rear seat armrest. A navigation system with an 8-inch touchscreen display, a panoramic sunroof, automatic headlights, foglights, keyless ignition, heated and ventilated front seats, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, leather upholstery and 10-way power driver seat are all available as options.
The Lia Soul ! (Exclaim) adds to the Soul+ model with standard equipment foglights, 18-inch wheels, LED daytime running lights, the leather-wrapped steering wheel, the 10-way power driver seats, a cooled glavebox and power-folding side mirrors. A navigation system, an automatic climate control, xenon headlights, heated steering wheel, heated rear seats, an upgraded instrument panel and an updated Infinity sound system are available as options.
The 2014 Kia Soul base comes with a 1.6-liter four-cylinder DOHC 16-valve engine that produces 130 hp and 118 lb-ft of torque. A 6-speed manual transmission is standard while a 6-speed automatic transmission is optional. The Soul+ and Soul! models are offered with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 164 hp and 151 lb-ft torque. The six-speed aotomatic is the only available transmission.
Standard safety features of the 2014 Kia Soul include four-wheel ABS, traction control, stability control, hill-start assist, active front head restraints, front-seat side airbags and side curtain airbags. A rearview camera is available as an option.
The 2012 Kia Sedona minivan offers style, comfort, convenience and performance at a great price. The Kia Sedona is only Korean-brand minivan on the market and it has generous dimensions and unibody construction that offers impressive and functional luggage and passenger space and sophisticated ride and handling. The competitors of 2012 Kia Sedona include the Honda Odyssey, Toyota Sienna, Dodge Grand Caravan and Chrysler Town&Country.
The seven-passenger minivan Kia Sedona is offered in LX (MSRP from $ 24,900) and EX (starting at $ 29,190) trim levels.The standard 2012 Kia Sedona LX comes with 16-inch wheels, keyless entry, rear parking sensors, roof rails, full power accesories, front and rear air conditioning, a fold-down table between the front seats, 60/40-split fold-flat third-row bench seats, a tilt steering wheel with audio controls, cloth upholstery, cruise control and a six-speaker CD/MP3 stereo with USB/auxiliary input jack. A DVD entertainment system for rear seat is available.
The EX trim adds 17-inch alloy wheels, heated outside mirrors, foglamps, a power tailgate, power-adjustable front seats, a trip computer, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, wood interior trim, chrome exterior trim, a rearview camera, an auto-dimming rearview mirror and dual power-sliding doors. The Luxury package adds to EX a sunroof, tri-zone automatic climate control, power-adjustable pedals, heated front seats and leather upholstery.
All 2012 Kia Sedona models come with a 3.5-liter V6 engine that produces an impressive 271 horsepower and 248 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed automatic with Sportmatic clutchless shifting is the only available transmission. The EPA estimates fuel economy at 18 mpg city and 25 mpg highway.
The 2012 Kia Sedona offers an extensive list of standard safety features including six standard airbags (dual advanced front and front seat-mounted side airbags, full-length side curtain airbags for all three seating rows), active front headrests and a four-channel, four sensor ABS with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD). Additional standard safety equipment for 2012 Kia Sedona includes a Traction Control System (TCS), Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS).
The experts of thecarconnection.com website say about 2012 Kia Sedona:
The aging Kia Sedona still offers the usual minivan virtues of people-carrying and cargo-toting, but there are newer, more flexible, safer choices.
The 2012 Kia Forte is a line of compact cars fitting between the subcompact Kia Rio and the mid-size Kia Optima in Kia’s lineup and it is available with a choice of four-cylinder engines and comes with numerous safety features. It is sold a sedan, a 5-door hatchback and a coupe (named Kia Koup). Competitors of Kia Forte include Honda Civic, Toyota Corolla, Nisan Sentra, Mazda3, Mitsubishi Lancer, Ford Focus and Chevrolet Cobalt.
The 2012 Kia Forte sedan is offered in three trim levels including the entry-level LX (at $15.200 MSRP), mid-level EX (starting at $17.600 MSRP) and sporty SX (at $19.100 MSRP). The 2012 Kia Forte hatchback and coupe are available in EX and SX trims only.
Standard equipment on the Kia Forte base LX model includes 15-inch steel-wheels, a six-way-adjustable driver seat, a tilt steering column, a 60/40-split-folding rear seat, four-speaker sound system with CD player, a USB/iPod interface and Bluetooth. The 2012 Kia Forte EX models come with keyless entry, air- conditioning, trip computer, iluminated vanity-mirrors, cruise control, full power accesories and a six-speaker sound system.
The Kia Forte SX comes equipped with a sport-tuned suspension, 17-inch alloy wheels, more powerful 2.4-liter engine and a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob.
The 2012 Kia Forte LX and EX are powered by a 2.0-liter four cylinder inline engine that makes 156 horse power at 6200 rpm and 144 lb-ft of torque at 4300 rpm. The sporter SX comes with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder DOHC-CVVT engine that produces 173 hp at 6000 rpm and 168 lb-ft of torque at 4.000 rpm. A six-speed manual transmission is standard on LX models while EX and SX model come equipped with a 6-speed Electronically Controlled Sportmatic automatic transmission.
Keeping a relatively small footprint without sacrificing comfort for up to five passengers, Forte sedan and Forte 5-door come with a wheelbase of 104.3 inches, an overall width of 69.9 inches and overall height of 57.5 inches. The Kia-engineered body achieves high torsional stiffness and gives the Forte sedan and Forte 5-door taut, responsive handling, a smoother ride quality and greater refinement than its competitors.
2012 Kia Forte offers an impressive array of standard safety equipment, featuring front active headrests, dual advanced front airbags, front seat-mounted and side curtain airbags, full-length side curtain airbags, side-impact door beams, front and rear crumple zones, four-wheel disc brakes with an Antilock Brake System (ABS), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) and a Brake Assist System (BAS), Electronic Stability Control (ESC), a Traction Control System (TCS) and a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS).
Like all Kia models, the 2012 Forte and Forte 5-door are covered by a comprehensive warranty program10, which offers consumer protection at an exceptional value. Included in this program are a 10-year or 100,000-mile limited powertrain warranty, a five-year or 60,000-mile limited basic warranty, and a five-year or 100,000-mile anti-perforation warranty. A five-year/60,000-mile roadside assistance plan is also part of the comprehensive coverage program.
The 2012 Kia Sorento is a car-based crossover platform with seating for up to seven in three rows. In Kia’s lineup, the 2012 Sorento sits above the compact Sportage crossover. It competes roughly with smaller crossovers that also offer a third row like Dodge Journey, Toyota RAV4 and Mitsubishi Outlander.
The 2012 Kia Sorento is a SUV offered in a four trim levels: base (starting at $21.250 MSRP), LX (starting at $23.130), EX (starting at $25.950) and the sporty SX (starting at $33.150 MSRP). A third row 50/50-split folding seat with room for two is optional on the LX and EX, and standard on the EX V6 and SX.
The base model of 2012 Kia Sorento comes standard with a six-speed manual transmission, 17-inch alloy wheels, full power accesories, air conditioning, cruise control, a tilt-and-telescoping multifunctioning steering wheel, a trip computer, Bluetooth connectivity and a CD sound system with satellite radio, an iPod adapter and an auxiliary audio jack. Moving up to the LX nets a six-speed automatic transmission, body-colored heated outside mirrors with integrated LED turn signals and a second row armrest. Optional for the Kia Sorento LX is the Convenience Package which includes the more powerful four-cylinder engine for front-wheel-drive models, foglamps, rear parking sensors, back-up camera, heated front seats and roof rails.
The EX starts with the LX’s equipment and adds 18-inch alloy wheels, rear parking sensors, a power driver seat, dual-zone automatic climate control, keyless ignition/entry and a leather-wrapped steering wheel.
The SX model of 2012 Kia Sorento is similar to the EX V6 fitted with the Premium packages. It comes with more aggressive exterior styling details, a sport-tuned suspension and unique metallic interior trim. The panoramic sunroof is optional.
A new more powerful 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine is available on 2012 Kia Sorento. This new direct-injected engine is rated at 191 hp and 181 lb-ft of torque. This engine is standard on EX model and optional on LX. The old 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine, rated at 175 hp and 169 lb-ft of torque comes standard on base and LX trim levels. EPA-estimated fuel economy for the base four-cylinder is 21 mpg city/ 29 mpg highway with the front-wheel-drive automatic. Fuel economy for the direct-injected four-cylinder is rated at 22 mpg city/ 32 mpg highway with front-wheel drive and 21/28 with all-wheel drive.
Optional on LX and EX models and standard on the SX is a 3.5-liter V6 engine rated at 276 hp and 248 lb-ft of torque. It is offered only with the six-speed automatic transmission and gets the Kia Sorento from zero to 60 mph in 7.4 seconds. Fuel economy with front-wheel drive is 20 mpg city/ 26 mpg highway and 18/24 mpg with all-wheel drive.
The 2012 Kia Sorento provides a feeling of spaciousness with both five- and seven-passenger seating configurations (third row optional) making the Sorento more versatile than most of its compact CUV competitors. With 142.5 cubic feet of interior volume when equipped with five seats or 149.4 cubic feet with seven, 2012 Sorento is spacious with generous head and legroom for optimal occupant comfort.
Like all Kia vehicles, the 2012 Kia Sorento is equipped with a plethora of standard safety equipment. All trims come outfitted with driver and passenger advanced front airbags, front seat-mounted side airbags, first and second row side curtain airbags and front active headrests, four-wheel Antilock Brake System (ABS), Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD).
Starting at $18.295 MSRP and available in 7 trims, Sportage 2011 is a 4-door, 5-passenger sport-utilityvehicle. The competitors of 2011 Kia Sportage are Honda CR-V, Nissan Rogue and Ford Escape.
The interior of Kia Sportage 2011 is a big improvement compared with the dowdy trappings of its predecessor. Although most surfaces are rendered in the hard plastics that are unavoidable in anything at this price point, the low-gloss finishes and beveled, masculine shapes help give the materials an upscale look. Feature content ranges from relatively low frills in Base trim to more confortable in the mid-grade LX trim. The lineup is topped by the EX model, which loads on interior extras while dressing up the exterior with chrome trim and rear spoiler.
Compared to the 2010 model, the Kia Sportage 2011 model is 3.5 inches longer, adds 10 percent more cargo space and with its 2.4 liter four-cylinder engine, makes more power than the outgoing V.6 power plant and also achieves better fuel economy.
The New Kia Sportage 2011 has room for five people and it has a 60/40 split folding back seats. Standard features include air conditioning, a CD stereo with auxiliary and USB ports, Bluetooth connectivity, a tilt steering wheel and height-adjustable front seats. EX trims gain a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, keyless entry, dual-zone air conditioning, a cooled glove box and a power driver’s seat. Available EX feature include leather-trimmed upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, push-button start, rear parking sensors and a panoramic roof.
The standard engine for the Kia Sportage 2011 Base, LX and EX models is a 2.4 liter, 4-cylinder, aluminium Block and Heads with 176 horsepower and 168 ft.lbs of torque. The SX model of Sportage 2011 comes with an 2.0 liter 4-cylinder turbo charged engine what produced 260 hp and 264 ft.lbs of torque.
The transmission is a 6-speed manual for Base trim and 6-speed automatic electronically controled overdrive Sportmatic transmission for LX, EX and SX models. Fuel tank capacity is 14.5 gallons.
The estimated MPG is 21 city/29 highway for Base with 2.4 liter engine, manual transmission and Front Wheel Drive. For 2.0 liter engine with 6-speed automatic and all -wheel drive milleage is 21 mpg city/25 mpg highway.
Standard safety features on all new Kia Sportage models include front side airbags, full-length side curtain airbags, active front headrests, antilock disc brakes with brake assist, traction control and stability control as well as hill descent and hill start control. A rear view camera is optional.
Kia’s new Sportage offers plenty of style and substance for drivers seeking a competitively priced compact sport ute. Lighter, more powerful and thriftier on gas than its predecessor, Sportage combines an updated interior with more available amenities and a responsive chassis.