Capable of 4.5 L/100km in the city, the new 2017 Kia Niro should be high on Canadians’ shopping lists, especially considering most of us are now paying similar fuel prices to what we endured prior to…

2017 Kia Niro Road Test

For decades, the Korean brand Kia was an enigma in the North American markets. During its early history, Kia supplied engines and transmissions to Ford for use in North American and European models. When I first married, I bought my then wife a 1988 Ford Festiva, a Kia-powered tiny affair. We drove the Festiva for 87,000 km with the only problem being a faulty driver-side, rear wheel bearing. The Festiva featured decent performance-it actually was fun to drive-and was roomy inside. I wish YouTube had been established in 1988, as watching me unfold my 6-foot-9, 300-pound body from the Festiva would've probably made for a viral hit. But I fit just fine inside the tiny car, and its reliability endeared me to the Kia brand.

Fast forward to the late '90s when Kia established its first dealerships here in Canada. Due to the Asian financial crisis of the same era, Kia filed for bankruptcy and after a bidding war with Ford was acquired by fellow Korean brand Hyundai. Under Hyundai's tutelage Read Full Story
Most financial analysts aren’t predicting a rosy short-term future for Canada’s economy despite what PM Trudeau, FM Morneau and the rest of the Liberal establishment tell us, so will automakers start…

Kia releases photos of new Picanto city car

The Picanto has long been a great looking little city car that sells very well in global markets. Canadian world travelers that happen to love cars may have noticed them roaming the streets in Europe, Asia, or most anywhere else, although diehard automotive fans will likely be aware of the car's existence. Given its popularity elsewhere and our burgeoning small car market, wouldn't it make sense for Kia, a growing albeit still less popular brand, to offer it here?

Kia has just released photos of its third-generation Picanto, a stylish little runabout that boasts a 15-mm longer wheelbase than its predecessor at 2,400 mm, and wheels that have been pushed farther out towards each corner for "a more confident appearance," says Kia. Along with more sculpted bodywork the new Picanto's exterior colour palette will be even more vibrant than previous generations, with 11 bright paint options designed to make passersby take notice.

The Picanto's redesigned interior will include Read Full Story
Before you buy another Camry or Accord, take a moment to consider the new Kia Optima. For similar money you’ll get a lot more car, with a more advanced turbo powertrain, paddle-shift performance and…

2016 Kia Optima SXL Road Test Review

I can't say the new Optima is better looking, but it's certainly different. Let's face it. Improving upon the previous third-generation design would've been difficult. That car changed wholesale perceptions of Kia as a brand.

With the 2011 Optima, Kia immediately became synonymous with cool and cutting edge, not unlike the way the sixth-gen Sonata wowed the mid-size class when it debuted in 2009, and thus caused us all to look at Hyundai in a different light. Still, while the new 2016 Optima design is sleeker and seemingly more aerodynamic, it's lost some of the previous version's unique character, and that may hurt sales, but Kia had to do something.

After all, over the past four years the Optima went from a respectable sixth in the mid-size family sedan segment with 11,992 sales in 2012 to eighth with 6,210 sales in 2015. But an all-new model should boost sales up again, right? Normally that's the case, but after 10 months of 2016 the Optima has only sold 4,157 units, Read Full Story
Like many mainstream volume brands, Kia has been moving upmarket in an effort to grow brand image and profits, the result being some very nice luxury models for modest prices. Enter the new second-generation…

2017 Kia Cadenza Road Test Review

Cadence is defined by Merriam-Webster as the beat, time, or measure of rhythmical motion of activity. Likewise, the 2017 Kia Cadenza is defined by the beat of its 290 horsepower V6, and the rhythmic motion produced by galloping along country roads.

So what better place to introduce a vehicle that combines power and motion than an equestrian themed resort in Loudon County, Virginia? Yes, the Salamander Resort served as a first-class launching pad for Kia's first-class mid-size luxury sedan.

Mercedes-Benz E-Class, BMW 5 Series, Lexus ES/GS, Audi A6, Lincoln MKZ/MKS, Tesla Model S, (Hyundai) Genesis G80, Cadillac CTS/CT6, Jaguar XF, Infiniti Q70, Acura RLX, and Volvo S90: There's a ton of competition in the class of luxury vehicles base priced between $40-70k. All have qualities that endear them to followers and conquest owners. The Germans sell you on driving dynamics and safety, the Japanese sell you on luxury without second mortgages to pay for it, the American brands Read Full Story
Compare the new 2017 Kia Sportage SX to any premium brand compact SUV and you’ll walk away wondering why you should pay more, or possibly you’ll drive away happy that you didn’t. The features are…

2017 Kia Sportage SX Road Test Review

I can never figure out why some Kia models don't lead their respective segments in sales. Obviously the brand has an image issue, something it's been working hard to overcome with stunning new designs, impressive quality, features galore, and competitive driving dynamics, but even if these attributes weren't shining as brightly as they do, the value offered in vehicles like this Sportage should have buyers queuing up in front of Kia showrooms just so they don't miss getting one.

In an effort to win yet more customers to the brand, that compact SUV has been totally redesigned for 2017, and I tested a top-line Sportage SX to see how it measures up. Opting for the SX means Kia's trademark black mesh grille gets flanked by auto on/off directionally adaptive projector HID headlamps with integrated LEDs and auto high beams, two quads of LED fog lights at each corner, an aluminum-look skid plate below, 19-inch machine-finished alloys with black painted pockets down each side, LED turn Read Full Story