Category Archives: Kia

2013 Kia Forte Koup SX (946)

Overview: This week we’re looking at the 2013 Kia Forte Koup SX Midsize coupe that is simply a nice car at any price, albeit the price is good. It is stylish like Audi, BMW and other high end badges. It handles well and is sporty. Kia is clearly looking at the...
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2013 Kia Optima SX (944)

Overview: This week we’re looking at the 2012 Kia Optima SX midsize 4-door sedan. The thing I find when testing cars that is most telling is how others react to the car. This Kia drew a lot of positive attention from all those who saw and rode with me in the...
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2012 Kia Sportage EX FWD (942)

Overview: This week we’re looking at the 2012 Kia Sportage EX Front Wheel Drive mid size Crossover SUV. It has been around since 1995 and just gets better every year. Today the Korean automaker has earned its reputation for an impressive product in both design and technology. Honda CR-V and Toyota...
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2012 Kia Rio SX Sedan (941)

Overview: This week we’re looking at the 2012 Kia Rio SX Sedan. Although I had only tested the Rio 5 in past years I was pleasantly surprised that it was larger than I had expected. My recall of those earlier models was that they were small, and then I drove cars...
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2012 Kia Optima Hybrid (935)

Overview: This week we’re looking at the 2012 Kia Optima Hybrid sedan that was introduced in 2011 and there are no significant changes for 2012. This Hybrid can operate in full electric / battery mode up to 62 mph or gas / electric mode at any speed. It seats 5 and...
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2012 Kia Soul FWD (932)

Overview:   This week we’re looking at the 2012 Kia Soul. Of course although anyone who needs a small station wagon or SUV will find this a good option that is reasonably priced and low operating cost. My first impression was “this is a kids car” as to style but the second thing...
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2012 Kia Sorento EX FWD (924)

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This week we’re looking at the 2012 Kia Sorento EX FWD. Well, if you read my column often you will know that I’m impressed with Korean cars, but apparently I’m not the only one since they have grown from the early 1960s to a high of over a million...

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2012 Kia Rio SX (908)

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This week we’re looking at the 2012 Kia Rio SX that is longer, lower and wider. It is powered by a new gasoline-direct injection 1.6-liter 4-cylinder engine with great fuel economy that is much needed today. It is mated to a standard 6-speed automatic transmission. It is a ‘big’...

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2011 Kia Forte Koup (893)

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This week we’re looking at the 2011 Kia Forte Koup as seen by staff associate Vince Bodiford. Vince says Kia spells “coupe” differently to make a statement – it’s their way of saying that the Koup is different and apart from other coupes. It’s youthful and hip...

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2011 Kia Optima SX Turbo (883)

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This week we’re looking at the 2011 Kia Optima SX Turbo. This Optima may be a little Extreme for those who value fuel economy more than speed and acceleration you get from a Turbo.

But on the whole even this speed demon gets as much...

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