2011 Kia Sportage EX FWD First Impression Review – The Sportage comes of age

Monday November 8th, 2010 at 11:1111 AM
Posted by: berrichondanny

2011 Kia Sportage
Pros:

  • Sharp styling
  • Good acceleration
  • Better than average MPG
  • Baby friendly access for moms and dads
  • Bluetooth® music streaming

Cons:

  • Temperamental power steering
  • Slightly harsh ride

Driving Impressions

The redesigned Kia Sportage makes a very good first impression, having inherited its handsome looks from the Kue concept of 2007. The sloping windshield makes this one of the most sporty looking crossovers on the road today. The Kia Sportage has a more distinctive design than any of the competition – the Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4, Ford Escape, even its close cousin Hyundai Tucson.

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2010 Kia Forte Koup SX Review – Kopious Kar for the Kash

Friday June 4th, 2010 at 12:66 PM
Posted by: Kurt Gensheimer

2010 Kia Koupe Forte

By Kurt Gensheimer

Blings:

  • Outstanding value
  • Head-turning exterior design
  • Performance on par with Civic Si
  • Class-leading rear seat legroom

Dings:

  • Rage-inducing drive-by-wire throttle
  • Vague clutch takeup
  • Cheeseball speaker LEDs
  • Rear seat headroom fit for the Headless Horseman

Ruling: Behold, the very first Kia that you’d actually want to be seen in.

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2011 Kia Sorento EX 3.5 Review – A Lot More Than Meets the Eye

Tuesday May 25th, 2010 at 3:55 PM
Posted by: berrichondanny

2011 Kia Sorento

By Danny Chang

Pros:

  • Third-row seating
  • Good power & decent MPG
  • Great backseat AC
  • Panoramic sunroof

Cons:

  • Narrow cabin
  • Temperamental iPod jack
  • Slightly harsh ride

After seeing Kia’s TV commercial for the Sorento that features the oversized stuffed animal monkey with freaky button eyes, an orange one-eyed monster, a teddy bear, and the robot daydreaming about cruising around town having a blast, I’ve been curious about this SUV. Is it really that much fun that toys dream about driving this thing around town and getting mom tattoos sewn onto their stuffed animal arms? I wondered. I thought about renting a monkey suit to drive the Sorento around town, but quickly realized that I don’t have the budget to do so.

Driving Impressions

Even without the monkey suit, the Kia Sorento EX has a 3.5L V6 that pumps out 276 horses and 248 lb-ft of torque which was actually very decent for this 3,896-lb. SUV. Get-up was good and I felt like a champ merging into traffic on the 280 in the morning. High-end acceleration was also good as I passed up those suckers on my way to the carpool lane. Life is good. Steering feel is solid and the SUV handled well at highway speeds as well as at 35 MPH down Main Street in Los Altos. The ride was smooth for the most part with an occasional creak from the rear of the vehicle. The view out of the side of the vehicle was less than ideal, since the C pillar is pretty darn thick.

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First Impressions: 2010 Kia Forte Koup

Thursday April 22nd, 2010 at 11:44 AM
Posted by: AKramer

2010 Kia Forte Koup

By Alex Kramer

Pros:

  • Gutsy 173 hp engine
  • Appropriately agile in the turns
  • Nicely finished interior for the money
  • Excellent value overall

Cons:

  • Manual tranny needs refinement
  • Suspension could be a bit firmer
  • Styling is somewhat bland

Ahhh, to be young again. Footloose and fancy free, and looking for that perfect set of wheels with which to cruise into summer. But what to buy? A nice little pocket rocket should fit the bill, and luckily there are quite a few sporty compact cars available. Unfortunately, a quick look at favorites like the GTI or Civic SI and you’re in for some sticker shock, with prices starting well over the $20k mark.

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2010 Kia Forte Review – The Forte shows off its strengths

Thursday December 10th, 2009 at 6:1212 PM
Posted by: berrichondanny

2010 Kia Forte

By Danny Chang

Pros

  • Stylish design inside and out for a compact
  • Rich features
  • Great steering feel
  • Good MPG

Cons

  • Underwhelming acceleration
  • Rear headroom a little tight

Kia has made great strides over the past few years on the design of their cars. While they have always looked better than their Hyundai cousins, the styling still left something to be desired, just look at the Amanti. Then came the Kia Sorento, a design inspired by (or copied from) the first Lexus RX. The Rio subcompact was a good effort as well, and then they launched the distinctive Soul. While the Forte sedan is not as dramatic as the Soul, it is very easy on the eye and is arguably one of the best looking compact cars on the market today.

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2010 Kia Soul Sport Review – I Heart Soul

Tuesday August 4th, 2009 at 9:88 AM
Posted by: mash

2010 Kia Soul
By Mary Ellen Ash

Yays:

  • Lots of style
  • Well equipped tech features
  • Bang-for-buck value
  • Super fun to drive

Nays:

  • Imprecise shifting
  • Limited cargo space
  • Petite engine power

The Soul is Kia’s foray into the youthful box-car market, currently dominated by the Scion xB, Nissan Cube and the Honda Element. The Soul will definitely be attractive to first time buyers, with its low cost, curious design, vibrant interior and multitude of techie gadgets. But it’ll also be enjoyed by older family oriented consumers with its versatile drive, good fuel economy, and ample passenger space. For this review, we tested the top of the line 2010 Kia Soul Sport featuring a sports-tuned suspension and other modifications yielding a more responsive ride.

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2009 Kia Rondo Review – Androgyny meets Practicality

Friday May 1st, 2009 at 9:55 AM
Posted by: Kurt Gensheimer

2009 Kia Rondo

By Kurt Gensheimer

Blings:

  • Seven passenger seating
  • Outstanding value
  • Super practical

Dings:

  • Hit with the ugly stick ten too many times
  • Gutless V6
  • Low-hanging tailgate devours foreheads

Ruling: Comfortable and practical, but as sexy as a pair of orthopedic shoes.

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2009 Kia Borrego Review – Kia goes B-I-G

Monday March 23rd, 2009 at 9:33 AM
Posted by: peter

2009 Kia Borrego
By Peter N.

Pros:

  • B I G
  • Powerful acceleration
  • Nice luxury details (dual zone climate, seat & mirror memory, heated seats)
  • Great stereo sound

Cons:

  • B I G
  • Rough ride
  • Fit and finish rivals Detroit, not Japan
  • Annoying telescoping steering wheel
  • Difficult access to third row

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Four New Cars From The Foreign 4 Knocking at the Door

Monday February 23rd, 2009 at 2:22 PM
Posted by: m35man

Acura-Mazda-Hyundai-Kia

Who would have dreamed a year ago that the big names at the 2009 Chicago Auto Show would be Acura, Hyundai, Kia, and Mazda? Who would have ever imagined that a U.S. auto show would be dominated by companies from Japan and Korea?

Everyone thought the Chicago Auto Show would be a great opportunity for the Big 3 to pull out the stops and put a positive spin on a bad situation. But, instead of a much-needed infusion of confidence, all the Big 3 got was an old-school whuppin’ at the hands of the Foreign 4.

While the Big 3 was busy taking private jets to Washington D.C., closing production facilities and laying off workers at an alarming rate, it seems that the Foreign 4 has been hard at work.

Sure, the Big 3 did unveil some great new cars. But, questions still remain. How quickly can they get these vehicles to market? Are they earmarking bailout money for these projects? (They must be.) But, while the Big 3 wonders, the Foreign 4 plunders, and that’s the name of that tune.

4 new cars from the Foreign 4: The 2010 Acura TSX V-6, the 2010 Hyundai Genesis coupe R-Spec, the 2010 Kia Forte, and the 2009 Mazda MX-5 were displayed at the Chicago Auto Show.

Read the article from Kirk Bell, contributing author to CarReview and Search Chicago, after the jump:

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