Kia vehicles are known for their high quality, safety, and affordability. Whether you need a reliable commuter car or a family vehicle with plenty of cargo space, you can find a Kia model to suit your requirements without breaking the bank. Read on to learn about four of the most affordable Kia models on the market today and what you can expect to get with each one.
Starting at $13,900, the Kia Rio is ranked #2 in Subcompact Cars by U. S. News and World Report. It is available as a sedan or a hatchback, and each option has five seats. The adjustable driver’s seat has six different settings so you can find just the right position. The rear seat comes with a set of lower anchors and three tether anchors for child safety seats. Other standard features include a 5-inch touch-screen, satellite radio, and USB port. Also standard are power locks and air conditioning. The sedan has 13.7 cubic feet of trunk space; the hatchback has 17.4.
Let’s admit it — the Kia Soul is a fun drive. From its modern, funky look to an upscale cabin with tons of cargo space, and peppy, turbocharged engine, no matter how you approach it, you’re going to love the new Soul. Better than ever with its expansion of available tech, Kia’s highly rated Soul is a great value. To make it easier to narrow down your favorite trim, we’ve put together all the must-knows for each of the 2018 Soul’s three models.
The Base Trim 2018 Soul
Starting at $16,200
The award-winning 2018 Soul offers 101 cubic feet of airy cabin that touts generous headroom in both passenger rows. With seating for five, the Soul still has 61.3 cubic feet for cargo. Kia’s available UVO eServices feature a 7-inch touch screen loaded with connectivity from Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Pick your Soul from an outrageous color palette such as Inferno Red or Mysterious Blue.
When you’re shopping for a new Kia, you normally have one of two options: leasing or financing. It can be difficult to know which is best, especially because leasing often comes with lower monthly rates. There’s more you should consider, though, before you decide. Review these pros and cons of each option before heading to the lot to negotiate your contract.
What Is Leasing?
When you lease a vehicle, you aren’t actually buying it. Instead, your monthly payments are determined by the car’s residual value — i.e., what it will be worth at the end of the lease period. For example, if you sign a three-year lease, what you pay per month will be based on the vehicle’s expected value in three years. Monthly payments are assigned based on the residual value of the vehicle plus interest.
Vehicle technology has come a long way, and in 2018, drivers have lots to look forward to in terms of active and passive safety technologies when they get behind the wheel. This is especially true for the newest Kias, which come with updated UVO systems in addition to several other advanced technologies.
UVO Infotainment is Kia’s in-dash system, which uses voice- and touch-activated controls. There are three different UVO systems in Kia vehicles:
Each of these comes with certain features and services. Drivers can use the UVO system for voice-command navigation and emergency assistance, for example, and they can check diagnostic information and call for Roadside Assistance if needed. The newest iteration of this software also features Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. You can even download a UVO app on your phone for access to things like trip info, parking reminders, and remote engine start/stop control.
If you’re searching for a sedan to help you cruise around town, look no further than the 2018 Kia Forte. This feature-packed car comes loaded to the brim with modern updates that will make your commute that much smoother.
Kia has built the Forte with the latest trends in mind, keeping a stalwart competitor in the sedan market. You’ll enjoy updated technology like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, both of which help you connect your phone to the infotainment system for directions, music, hands-free calls, and more.
Additionally, you’ll enjoy heated and ventilated front seats which will keep you comfortable no matter what the outside temperature. While passengers in the back won’t get to enjoy this feature, they do benefit from dual-zone automatic temperature control, which should keep them just as cozy.
The Forte even offers a few features to improve your overall driving ability. For example, Blind Spot Detection will constantly monitor the lanes beside your car and let you know when there’s a vehicle beside you that you can’t see. Lane Change Assist is a similar feature that sends you an alert if a vehicle is approaching quickly behind you. And with the Rear-Camera Display, you’ll never get into a fender bender again when you’re trying to park.
The 2018 Kia Rio is packed with features that will turn heads and make driving more fun than ever before. These are some of the features we’re sure you’ll love.
Power and Performance
Under the hood of the new Kia Rio, you’ll find an enhanced 1.6-liter inline-four engine that gives you 130 horsepower and 119 pound-feet of torque. You can go for the standard 6-speed manual transmission that has been re-engineered for the 2018 model or for the available 6-speed automatic transmission with Sportmatic for added sports performance.
The new Rio has also been updated with 30% more advanced high-strength steel and high-quality insulating materials to offer drivers the quietest and smoothest ride yet.