Kia reviews

Kia reviews

April 7, 2010

Kia Forte gets ticket to Hollywood

When I'm watching "American Idol," I often wonder how many potential contestants who try out for the show are good, but not great. If you heard them singing at your school or church you'd probably think, "Dang, they're good!" In Hollywood, however, they're not impressive enough to stand out in the crowd.

Cute, cost-conscious Kia Forte Koup

March 18, 2010

Test Drive: 2010 Kia Forte Koup SX review

Jim Mateja: Cute, cost-conscious Kia Forte Koup

With a nip here, a tuck there, Kia transformed its staid Spectra into a larger sedan catering to older motorists looking for fashionable styling and a roomy, comfortable cabin that they can slip into without taking a deep breath.

Kia Sorento of the future coming soon

December 20, 2009

Test Drive: 2011 Kia Sorento EX AWD review

Jim Mateja: Kia Sorento of the future coming soon

Call it the United Nations of crossovers.

August 30, 2009

Steven Cole Smith: 2010 Kia Forte is strong offering

Kia has spent the past few years phasing out competent but mediocre products and phasing in class-competitive vehicles. The latest has just arrived: The 2010 Kia Forte replaces the nothing-special Spectra, which was built on the last-generation Hyundai Elantra platform.

Bigger and better is Kia's Forte

August 9, 2009

Test Drive: 2010 Kia Forte EX

Jim Mateja: Bigger and better is Kia's Forte

A wave of the magic wand, and the compact Spectra sedan is replaced by the longer, wider, beefier Forte.

Kia baring its Soul before youthful carbuyers

April 19, 2009

Test Drive: 2010 Kia Soul

Jim Mateja: Kia baring its Soul before youthful carbuyers

When piloting the 2010 Chevy Camaro sport coupe through the Detroit 'burbs, jaws dropped, eyes popped and one loyalist was so moved he broke into a gallop to try to catch up with it for a closer look.

Kia goes truckin' with V-8 Borrego

November 16, 2008

Test Drive: 2009 Kia Borrego

Jim Mateja: Kia goes truckin' with V-8 Borrego

Another in the growing list of nameplates offering three rows of seats to hold Dad and Mom, their kids plus someone else's.

After a nice stretch, Kia comes up short

May 31, 2006

DAN NEIL RUMBLE SEAT

After a nice stretch, Kia comes up short

THE Kia Sedona minivan is a huge steaming pile of who cares, and I for one couldn't be more relieved. I was beginning to worry that the Korean carmakers — Kia and its corporate parent Hyundai — could disgorge vast quantities of handsome and precision-engineered vehicles pretty much at will, and sell them for the price of gum. Consider, for example, the absurdly overachieving Hyundai Sonata and Azera sedans, and even Kia's indecently decent Optima. For those considering holy orders, there's even the nifty Kia Rio — if poverty and obedience are giving you trouble, at least you'll have chastity locked up.

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