Kia Makes Cars That Make Us Smile

July 10th, 2020 by

A white 2020 Kia Optima, one of the hybrid Kia car models, is parked in front a white wall with art on it.

Looking for a new Kia? It’s the perfect time to browse the dynamic and fun line of Kia car models. Never before has Kia offered such a wide range of cars to meet the needs of so many different buyers. Today’s Kia holds its own against even the stiffest competition, with fantastic options that equip their vehicles with state-of-the-art infotainment features, convenience, comfort, and safety. In other words, Kia ticks all the boxes!

Kia places a lot of importance on value, and this is no more evident than the wallet-friendly Rio and the snazzy Forte. But value isn’t all you’ll find. What you may not know is Kia’s lineup also features some incredibly sophisticated premium vehicles for luxury buyers, including the breathtaking K900. As you will see, the dynamic and varied Kia line of cars leaves no stone unturned with its current model lineup. Let’s dig a little deeper and find the Kia vehicle that works best for you!

The Entry Level Rio: Tons of Standard Features

If you want the perfect blend of value and convenience, look no further than the adorable subcompact Kia Rio. Available in a sedan and hatchback, the Rio––with a starting MSRP of $15,850 (sedan)––this entry-level Kia offers quite a bang for the buck. Standard features include a 7.0-inch color touch-screen display with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, along with a rear camera. Safety abounds, with a cabin full of airbags located in the front, front seats, and side curtain, offering peace of mind for the driver and passengers. Other standard safety features include Anti-Lock brakes and Electronic Stability Control. Performance is enhanced by a 1.6-liter 4-cylinder engine, offering 120 horsepower and 112 lb-ft of torque, bringing Rio’s fuel economy in at an impressive 33 MPG highway/41 MPG city.

The next level up Kia Rio S lands at an MSRP of $16,490, adding Cruise Control, remote keyless entry, and a sliding center console with storage to the list of standard features. Also standard on the S is a 60/40 split-folding rear seat. The 5-door Kia Rio Hatchback is not to be overlooked. Adding the utility of a rear hatchback trunk entry and a standard 60/40 split-folding rear seat, this Rio answers the call for simpler cargo loading. Its standard features include all of those featured on its sister sedan, but in a sporty hatchback body style.

A silver 2020 Kia Rio is driving down a city street near Freehold, NJ.

Luxury Kia Car Models: Refined Style

We’ve taken a closer look at the fun entry end of the Kia car model lineup, but what if your tastes lean more toward luxury and making a big statement? It may surprise you to learn that Kia offers plenty of options for you to consider, and in fact, its upper-end sedans are some of the best-kept secrets in the luxury car segment.

At the top end of the Kia car models is the refined and classy K900. One look at the K900, and you’ll immediately appreciate its bold, thoughtful design. Kia poured on the features, loading this luxury sedan with a plethora of performance, safety, and luxury touches that will excite even the most selective luxury vehicle buyer. Starting with performance, Kia offers the K900 with a 365 horsepower twin-turbo 3.3-liter V6 engine for heart-stopping acceleration and couples it with Dynamic Torque Vectoring, Kia’s technologically advanced version of all-wheel drive. The benefit? Peace of mind on the road during those brutal New Jersey winters.

Kia wants its luxury car buyers to drive off the lot with more standard features and extravagant extras than they ever imagined, so it’s no surprise that the K900 delivers on this in spades. Let’s start with comfort and ambiance. The plush standard Nappa leather seats, heated and ventilated in the front, offer drivers unparalleled comfort. Kia also pays attention to ambiance, offering a cool Intelligent Lighting Control system that uses a sensor to detect when you’re nearby. A swipe of the hand triggers the display to light up. How about entertainment? Kia’s pro-grade 900-watt Lexicon Logic 7 Premium Sound System comes with 17 speakers and provides an immersive surround sound quality through innovative Clari-Fi technology, putting on a private concert every time.

In addition to many special touches, Kia fills the K900 with other standard equipment, such as a Head-Up Display, power everything, and a unique Premium Mood Lighting system, inspired by a partnership with Pantone, which gives drivers 64 configurable colors to control the cabin’s interior ambiance. Check out this video to see this amazing system and how the colors were chosen with nature in mind.

Kia takes connectivity to the next level on the K900, with a standard 1080p 12.3-inch touch screen display that also has a dial for drivers that prefer controlling their screens manually. Touch screen technology integrates Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and navigation. Charging ports are everywhere in the K900, including front and rear charging ports, two 12-volt power outlets, and two nifty wireless smartphone charging stations, one in the front and one in the back.

With a starting MSRP of $59,900, the Kia K900 has earned its spot on the top of even the most discerning luxury car buyer’s list.

Hybrid and Electric Kia Car Models: Good Environmental Stewardship

Got your heart set on a hybrid? Kia’s got you covered. The company has invested time, technology, and heart into its versatile Optima hybrid cars, giving buyers a few great choices within the model lineup if an alternative fuel vehicle is on the must-have list. First up, the Optima Hybrid, with a starting MSRP of $29,310, offers drivers an estimated 42 MPG combined via a 2.0 Liter Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI) engine and super lightweight lithium polymer battery which Kia estimates will provide 13% more energy and 19% more power than its predecessor. Rounding out the Optima’s powertrain is a 6-speed automatic transmission.

You’re sure to find the long list of standard features to be a little repetitive. After all, Kia’s entire lineup of cars generously includes a lot of goodies, and the Optima Hybrid is no exception! Check out the standard 10-way power driver’s seat with lumbar, push-button start, and Blind-Spot Collision Warning system that detects objects that might be outside your view and sends a warning to help you avoid a collision.

The Optima Plug-In Hybrid, with a starting MSRP of $36,090, offers all of the great features above, plus an all-electric option that delivers a whopping 101 MPGe and a 28-mile range, and when you need a charge, Kia made it simple! The included charger is compatible with your household outlets. In hybrid mode, this Optima relies on a 2.0-liter GDI engine for power.

Do you ever dread sliding into a freezing cold car in the morning before work, but you didn’t want to step outside to warm it up? What if we told you that you could heat or cool your car to the ideal temperature without having to leave the warmth of your home? All Kia models now come with a UVO link, an app-based comm center you can use to communicate with your vehicle. UVO link gives you plenty of tools to keep convenience at the forefront of your driving experience, including remote climate control. Other features of the UVO link include remote door lock and unlock, vehicle locator, and instant access to emergency services. This subscription-based service is offered in four tiers, from the complimentary Lite all the way up to the fully-equipped Ultimate package. Pricing is affordable and ranges from $9.99/month up to $29.79/month.

All-in-all, today’s Kia Car Models offer a broad range of options for your specific driving needs. Come visit Raceway Kia of Freehold today. Our team of friendly and knowledgeable sales specialists will guide you through the entire line of Kia car models and help you find the vehicle that checks all your boxes! We can’t wait to help you.

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