Awards

AutoPacific Ideal Vehicle Award

AutoPacific’s IVA is based on over 54,000 responses from owners of new model year 2016 and 2017 vehicles following the first 90 days of ownership. The national survey focuses on 15 key categories owners would prefer to change in their vehicle, including ride and handling, interior storage, safety features, power and acceleration, and technology. Vehicles that received the fewest requested changes were named winners of the IVA.

KBB.com Most Awarded Vehicle of 2017

With a slew of rave reviews, KBB.com Most Awarded Vehicles of 2017, solidifies Kia's standard of producing award winning vehicles. These Kia models are decorated with awards ranging from safety to best vehicle lists to design and technology.

2017 Kelley Blue Book's 10 Coolest Car Under $18,000

Applauded by the KBB.com editorial staff for its "unmatched mix of bold style, versatile practicality, and surprising affordability," the 2017 Kia Soul continues to live up to its fun-to-drive and fun-to-own reputation. In fact, 2017 marks the sixth year in a row the Kia Soul has made the esteemed "10 Coolest Cars Under $18,000" list—thanks to its design, technology, and excellent value.

Edmunds 12 Best Small AWD SUVs Under $35,000

Here are a dozen small, compact and subcompact AWD SUVs that rate highly with us. All have a starting manufacturer's suggested retail price of less than $35,000 (before destination charges), and some are well below that figure. Additionally, each has an EPA-rated combined fuel economy of 23 to 29 mpg, which can hold down ownership costs and benefit the environment as well. We've listed the cars alphabetically and numbered them for convenience, not for rank.

2017 Kelley Blue Book's Best Buy

Kelley Blue Book studies what you'll pay for your new car, truck, van or SUV at the outset, what it'll cost to run, and how much of your initial investment you can expect to get back when you sell it. Their experts run these numbers for virtually every vehicle on the road, and nobody has more experience. Drawing from decades of expertise, Kelley Blue Book’s editors also spend 365 days of driving everything out there and six weeks of intense back-to-back testing to crown its Best Buy Award Winners.

2017 Autotrader Must Test Drive Vehicle

Kia is proud to announce that the 2017 Sportage is one of the select few to be named among Autotrader’s 2017 Must Test Drive vehicles. The prestigious program showcases the best new vehicles that car shoppers must experience before making a purchase. Chosen by Autotrader's editorial experts, these award winners have the potential to change the way drivers view an entire segment or brand.

Kelley Blue Book's 12 Best Family Cars

Kelley Blue Book’s testing focused on safety, value, reputation, driving manners, comfort and convenience, cargo versatility, technology, and fit of child safety car seats. The result is a diverse group of new vehicles that best meet the needs of today’s families.

5 Best Plug-In Hybrid Car Under $40,000 by KBB.com

Kelley Blue Book’s KBB.com editors researched the very best in 2017 plug-in hybrid vehicles at a smart price, and rounded up their favorites. The 2017 Kia Optima Plug-In Hybrid makes the Top 5, recognized for its “good looks,” “elegant exterior,” and impressive fuel economy.

2016 IIHS Top Safety Pick+

To qualify for a 2016 TOP SAFETY PICK+, vehicles must earn good ratings in the small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraint tests and must have an available front crash prevention system that earns an advanced or superior rating when equipped with front crash prevention.

2017 IIHS Top Safety Pick

To qualify for a 2017 TOP SAFETY PICK, models must earn good ratings in the Institute’s small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraint tests, as well as an advanced or superior rating for front crash prevention when equipped with optional front crash prevention. Headlight ratings are factored in only for the top award.

Kelley Blue Book's 10 Best Hybrid Car Under $40,000

Kelley Blue Book’s KBB.com staff members rounded up the standout hybrids of 2017 and, after extensive testing, picked their 10 Best Hybrid Cars Under $40,000. The standouts offer exceptional amenities, smart tech, and an enjoyable drive—all at a handsome price point.

2017 Best Large Car For Families By US News

The award methodology combines professional automotive reviews, safety and reliability ratings, seating and cargo volume and the availability of family-friendly features. Within each of 18 categories, the vehicle with the highest composite score is named the Best Car for Families in that category.

2017 IIHS Top Safety Pick+

IIHS Top Safety Pick Plus winning models must earn good ratings in the Institute’s small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraint tests, as well as an advanced or superior rating when equipped with optional front crash prevention and LED headlights with High Beam Assist.

2017 US News & World Report Best Cars for the Money

Vehicles are ranked on the basis of safety, reliability and expert opinions, along with value — which is measured by a combination of the vehicle’s five-year cost of ownership and the average price paid for the vehicle when purchased.

Red Dot Design Award Winner

The Red Dot is the prestigious distinction for high design quality. The international Red Dot jury awards this coveted quality seal exclusively to products that stand out due to their good design or innovative character.

2016 Best Crossover for the Price

The freshly redesigned 2017 Kia Sportage makes the cut for best crossovers for the money. Kia had to rely on an industry-best warranty and low-end pricing to attract customers before, the brand has improved their products considerably and the new Sportage is a great example of that progress. A striking physique, generous interior space, and great convenience features are all included in this compact crossover.

5 Star Crash Safety Rating

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) created the 5-Star Safety Ratings Program to provide consumers with information about the crash protection and rollover safety of new vehicles beyond what is required by Federal law. One star is the lowest rating; five stars is the highest. More stars equal safer cars. This is a program that provides safety ratings to consumers so they can compare vehicles when shopping for a new car. The program also encourages manufacturers to voluntarily design safer vehicles.

Parents & Edmunds Best Family Car 2016

Americans parked a record 17.5 million new vehicles in their driveways last year. Looking to join them? Parents is here to help.The standouts in their class, blessed with style, substance, driver-and kid-friendly features, and lots of bang for the buck. Whether you have a new baby or a carload of grade-schoolers to chauffeur to soccer practice, you’ll find a model with the size, capabilities, and price you need to keep your family on the move—and the ride fun.

J.D. Power Highest Ranked Multi-Purpose Vehicle in Initial Quality

For a second year in a row, the Kia Soul, is the brand's highest-performing model in the IQS. With a score of 72 PP10, an improvement of 5 PP100 from last year, the Soul ranks the highest in the Compact MPV segment and is among the 10 highest-scoring models industry-wide. The Kia Soul has the fewest number of design-related problems compared to other Compact MPVs. It has improved significantly over the year in the Audio / Communication / Entertainment / Navigation category with a 6.1 PP100 improvement.

Auto Pacific Vehicle Satisfaction Award for Compact Car

AutoPacific’s VSAs identify the most satisfying vehicles for sale in the U.S. market and assist new-car buyers in making informed vehicle purchase decisions. The results are based on responses to over 65,000 surveys completed by owners of new, model year 2015 and 2016 vehicles. The survey measures owner satisfaction through numerous attributes ranging from interior comfort and convenience to fuel economy and performance.

Active Lifestyle Vehicle of the Year

The Active Lifestyle Vehicle of the Year program recognizes vehicles which best meet the needs of buyers with active lifestyles through its awards, and gives the automakers opportunities to interact with elite and area athletes at an annual ride-and-drive program. The Kia Soul has won Urban Lifestyle Vehicle of the Year three consecutive years speaks to how strong the product is. The Soul’s cargo area is versatile enough to meet the needs of triathletes, cyclists, skiers and kayakers yet the car is compact for easy maneuverability and very stylish; something that’s especially important to buyers in this segment.

2016 IIHS Top Safety Pick

To qualify for 2016 TOP SAFETY PICK, a vehicle must earn good ratings in five crashworthiness tests — small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraints — as well as a basic rating for front crash prevention.

2016 Best Car For Familes By US News

The 2016 Kia Soul has a roomy, comfortable and nicely equipped cabin, according to critics, which helps make it a stylish and versatile hatchback. The 2016 Kia Soul has the best combination of interior space, safety and reliability ratings, and available family-friendly features in its class, making it our 2016 Best Compact Car for Families and Best Hatchback for Families.

2016 J.D. Power Initial Quality Award

The J.D Power Initial Quality Study serves as the industry benchmark for new-vehicle quality measured at 90 days of ownership and has proven to be an excellent predictor of longterm reliability, which may significantly impact new-vehicle purchase decisions. The focus of the study is model-level performance and comparison of individual models to similar models in respective segments, which helps manufacturers worldwide to design and produce higher-quality vehicles that exceed owners’ expectations.

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