Which Kia Models Are AWD?

November 20th, 2020 by

A red 2021 Kia Stinger is parked on asphalt after leaving a Kia Dealership in NJ.

If you are looking for a well-rounded vehicle with great traction no matter what the road conditions are, then you are going to want a model with all-wheel drive (AWD). Contrary to popular belief, AWD is not limited to crossovers and SUVs, especially when looking at Kia’s model lineup. Sedans can be equipped with it, too, for enhanced traction and performance in all climates. So, which Kia models are AWD? The Kia Seltos, Sportage, Sorento, Telluride, Stinger, and K900 all have AWD capabilities. If you are searching for a Kia dealership in NJ, we are your one-stop-shop! Here at Raceway Kia, we have a wide selection of vehicles that are perfect for your daily driving needs.

Kia SUVs and Crossover with AWD

The most affordable AWD model in this category is the 2021 Kia Seltos. Starting at $21,990, this compact crossover comes standard with a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine that generates 146 hp. Equipped with AWD, torque vectoring, and center lock, you won’t have to worry about under-steering during sharp cornering. This system also provides optimized stability during poor road conditions. Plus, it gets very good gas mileage with an average fuel economy rated at 29 MPG combined (27 MPG city/31 MPG highway). Even the sporty S Turbo and SX Turbo trims come with AWD. However, they get a stronger 1.6-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine that produces 175 hp. This engine also gets a surprising 27 MPG combined (25 MPG city/30 MPG highway).

Next on the list of AWD Kia models is the 2021 Sportage. Starting at $23,990, this petite ride comes with a standard 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine that produces 181 hp. While FWD is standard, you can opt for AWD at any trim level. Equipped with the Dynamax AWD system with locking center differential, this system uses a series of sensors to monitor the road and send power to the appropriate wheels when needed. The fuel economy is around 23 MPG combined (21 MPG city/25 MPG highway) for the standard powertrain with AWD. It is also available on the SX Turbo trim, which is equipped with a 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder motor that pushes out 240 hp. However, the gas mileage drops down to an average of 21 MPG combined (19 MPG city/24 MPG highway).

Moving into the mid-to full-size classes, the 2020 Kia Sorento also comes with AWD. Starting at $26,990, this seven-seater is equipped with a 2.4-liter I-4 engine that generates 185 hp. While the base model is FWD, the LX trim may be fitted with the Dynamax AWD system. The fuel economy rating is set at 23 MPG combined (21 MPG city/26 MPG highway). If you choose the S V6 trim or higher, you will get a stronger 3.3-liter V6 engine that puts out 290 hp. These models also come with Dynamax AWD, torque vectoring cornering control, and locking center differential. The towing limit is also about 5,000 pounds with the AWD system in place, and it gets about 22 MPG combined (19 MPG city/26 MPG highway).

The last Kia SUV that comes with AWD is the 2021 Telluride. Starting at $31,990, this eight-seater comes with a slightly different AWD system. Every trim level is powered by a 3.8-liter V6 that produces 291 hp. With this powertrain is the Active On-Demand AWD system with AWD Lock and Snow Mode. This advanced system not only monitors the road conditions, but it also allows you to drive safely over snow with enhanced traction performance. Torque vectoring cornering control is also included for better stability in turns. With an average fuel economy of 21 MPG combined (19 MPG city/24 MPG highway), you can go anywhere you want all year long.

The close up of a wheel on a 2021 Kia Seltos is spinning in the snow.

Kia Sedans with AWD

Moving on to sedans, there are only two Kia models in this class that come with AWD. First is the 2021 Kia Stinger. Starting at $33,090, this sporty ride can accelerate from zero to 60 mph in just 4.7 seconds. The base GT-Line model is equipped with a turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine that produces 255 hp. While it does come standard with RWD, you can opt for AWD with an electronically controlled transfer case. This unique system analyzes the conditions of the roads and adjusts the power transfer between the front and back axles for optimized stability.

The average fuel economy is measured at 24 MPG combined (21 MPG city/29 MPG highway). The GT, GT1, and GT2 trims are powered by a 3.3-liter twin-turbo V6 engine that pushes out 365 hp. The same AWD system is carried over with this powertrain along with dynamic torque vectoring control. The average fuel economy is about 20 MPG combined (17 MPG city/25 MPG highway).

Finally, the last AWD Kia model is the luxurious 2020 K900. Starting at $59,900, this magnanimous ride is only available in one trim known as the Luxury. Powered by a 3.3-liter twin-turbo V6 engine, it generates 365 hp. Dynamic Torque Vectoring AWD is the standard system, so you don’t have to add anything to the powertrain. With a fuel economy rated at 21 MPG combined (18 MPG city/25 MPG highway), you will enjoy cruising the roads no matter what condition they are in.

What Are the Benefits to AWD?

Besides better traction control and stability, AWD will enable you to go off-road. While sedans may be a bit more limited in their off-roading capacities due to the lower ground clearance, it’s still an option. You can drive off the beaten path and enjoy nature. A sedan will do just fine for hiking adventures. However, we don’t recommend trying to climb over rocks!

If you like to go fishing or deep-woods camping, your best bet would be to get a Kia SUV or crossover with AWD. Any of the aforementioned models will do just fine. For hauling a trailer or boat, we suggest the largest model of the group – the Telluride. As we touched on before, it can tow up to 5,000 pounds with the AWD system. You can easily bring along an ATV, jet ski, or even a boat.

A blue 2021 Kia Sportage is parked at the beach with a man and a surfboard behind it.

What Are the Limits to AWD?

Just because a vehicle is equipped with AWD that doesn’t mean that you can climb a mountain with it. There are many factors that should be considered before you take your vehicle off-road. First, you should consider the engine and the output of power. Acceleration and ground clearance should also be considered, and you should never hook a trailer up to a sedan or even compact crossover without checking the towing limits in your owner’s manual. Furthermore, you should also check out the maximum payload for your vehicle. Exceeding the weight limit can cause increased wear on your tires, and it can even drastically lower the vehicle’s fuel economy.

Wrapping Up AWD Kia Models

At the end of the day, AWD is meant best for maintaining control of the vehicle in slippery conditions like ice and snow. Is AWD something that also helps with off-roading? Yes! However, there are many features that go into making a vehicle optimized for exploring the wild. However, if you do want the capability of an AWD drive vehicle, definitely check out the Kia AWD lineup. Kia’s AWD vehicles are ready to take you wherever you need to go in any weather conditions. If you are in the Freehold, NJ area and would like to test drive any of the Kia models with AWD, get in touch with our experts here at Raceway Kia. We will be happy to show you our inventory of AWD Kia’s and get you on the road in a Kia you will love.

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