Kia Models Earn J.D. Power Awards

Kia Soul JD Power

 

Every year, J.D. Power releases its Initial Quality Study (IQS). With this year’s results, Kia came away with five segment awards—the most of any brand in the study. The Soul, Forte, Cadenza, Niro, and Sorento all drove away with the top award in their respective segments. Additionally, both the Optima and Sportage finished second in their classes.

Kia’s crossover lineup performed exceptionally well in this study. The Soul is the “Highest Ranked Compact Multi-Purpose Vehicle in Initial Quality, 3 Years in a Row,”1 while the Sorento was named “Highest Ranked Midsize SUV in Initial Quality, 2 out of 3 Years in a Row”2. Even the all-new Niro hybrid was recognized as the “Highest Ranked Small SUV in Initial Quality”3.

 

As for Kia’s sedans, the Forte and Cadenza both were placed at the top of their segments. The Forte was named the “Highest Ranked Compact Car in Initial Quality”4 and the full-size Cadenza was the “Highest Ranked Large Car in Initial Quality”5.

In addition to these individual awards, the overall Kia brand performed very well in the study. Kia finished with a score of 72 problems per 100 vehicles, which is thelowest number of problems for the brand within the last 20 years.

If you would like to give any of these award-winning Kia models a try, stop by Bob Sight Kia for a test drive today.

1The Kia Soul received the lowest number of problems per 100 vehicles reflecting higher quality among compact multi-purpose vehicles in the J.D. Power 2015-2017 U.S. Initial Quality Studies. 2017 study based on 77,419 total responses, evaluating 189 models, and measures the opinions of new 2017 vehicle owners after 90 days of ownership, surveyed in February-May 2017. Your experiences may vary. Visit jdpower.com/cars.

2The Kia Sorento received the lowest number of problems per 100 vehicles reflecting higher quality among midsize SUVs in the J.D. Power 2015 and 2017 U.S. Initial Quality Studies. 2017 study based on 77,419 total responses, evaluating 189 models, and measures the opinions of new 2017 vehicle owners after 90 days of ownership, surveyed in February-May 2017. Your experiences may vary. Visit jdpower.com/cars.

3The Kia Niro received the lowest number of problems per 100 vehicles reflecting higher quality among small SUVs in the J.D. Power 2017 U.S. Initial Quality Study based on 77,419 total responses, evaluating 189 models, and measures the opinions of new 2017 vehicle owners after 90 days of ownership, surveyed in February-May 2017. Your experiences may vary. Visit jdpower.com/cars.

4The Kia Forte received the lowest number of problems per 100 vehicles reflecting higher quality among compact cars in the J.D. Power 2017 U.S. Initial Quality Study based on 77,419 total responses, evaluating 189 models, and measures the opinions of new 2017 vehicle owners after 90 days of ownership, surveyed in February-May 2017. Your experiences may vary. Visit jdpower.com/cars.

5The Kia Cadenza received the lowest number of problems per 100 vehicles reflecting higher quality among large cars in the J.D. Power 2017 U.S. Initial Quality Study based on 77,419 total responses, evaluating 189 models, and measures the opinions of new 2017 vehicle owners after 90 days of ownership, surveyed in February-May 2017. Your experiences may vary. Visit jdpower.com/cars.

2017 Kia Soul Turbo

2017 Kia Soul Turbo

The Kia Soul has made a name for itself as a major player in a segment where many have failed. The latest model continues to innovate and surprise enthusiasts, just as it has done year after year. This year, however, the new Kia Soul adds a powertrain designed to offer a more thrilling ride.

The 2017 Kia Soul Turbo brings a 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that delivers an impressive 201 hp and 195 lb-ft of torque. That’s a major increase of 40 hp and 45 lb-ft of torque compared to the previous model year.

While an increase in performance usually requires a tradeoff with decreased fuel economy, that isn’t the case in the 2017 Kia Soul Turbo. The new model boasts an EPA-estimated 26/31 mpg city/highway*.

Switching to the available sport mode adds quick, smooth shifting and stiffened steering. A flat-bottomed steering wheel offers easy maneuverability. Meanwhile, the open ergonomic cockpit offers a streamlined design that’s perfect for drivers on the move.

Drivers can opt for the available technology package to upgrade to a navigation system, low-beam projector lights, and a premium audio system. Additionally, if the airbags are deployed while a smartphone is connected via Bluetooth, the car will automatically place a call to emergency responders.

We here at Bob Sight Kia are happy to see the 2017 Soul Turbo making driving more fun!

 

*MPG: Based on EPA estimates. Actual mileage will vary with options, driving conditions, driving habits and your vehicle’s condition.