What's the Most Affordable Car in 2014?

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Shoppers may face legitimate sticker shock when they're shopping for a new car. TV and radio advertisements may lead them to believe that new cars all get at least 35 mpg for less than $15,000, but the price of entry for even a modestly equipped new car is well above that.

Related: What's the Most Affordable Compact SUV for 2014?

That's why we've taken the cars with the lowest sticker prices and added a dose of reality. A vast majority of buyers never consider buying a car with a manual transmission (often the standard equipment on inexpensive new cars), so right out of the gate the car they're shopping for costs significantly more than they thought it would. Opting for an automatic transmission can cost $1,000 or more.

By David Thomas | July 21, 2014 | Comments (4)

Recall Alert: 2014 Kia Soul

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Vehicles Affected: More than 51,600 model-year 2014 Kia Soul cars manufactured between July 21, 2013, and Jan. 17, 2014

The Problem: The plug that secures the pinion gear to the steering gear assembly may loosen due to an improper application of thread-locking adhesive during the assembly process. This could cause the pinion gear to separate from the steering gear assembly, causing a loss of steering and increasing the risk of a crash.

The Fix: Kia will begin notifying owners this month, and dealers will replace the pinion plug with a new one that has properly applied adhesive, for free.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Kia at 800-333-4542 or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236, or go to www.safercar.gov, for more info.

Need to Find a Dealer for Service? Go to Cars.com Service & Repair to find your local dealer.

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By Matt Schmitz | July 18, 2014 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 2014 Kia Cadenza

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Vehicles Affected: About 3,107 model-year 2014 Kia Cadenza sedans manufactured between Feb. 1, 2013, and Aug. 27, 2013, and equipped with 19-inch, non-chrome aluminum wheels

The Problem: The wheels may fracture from impacts such as those caused by large, deep potholes; this could cause the circular rim to separate, resulting in a loss of tire pressure and increasing the risk of a crash.

The Fix: Kia will begin notifying owners this month, and dealers will replace the wheels with new ones for free.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Kia at 800-333-4542, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236 or visit www.safercar.gov for more info.

Need to Find a Dealer for Service? Go to Cars.com Service & Repair to find your local dealer.

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By Matt Schmitz | June 18, 2014 | Comments (0)

Can the 2014 Kia Soul be a Family Car?

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Based on this urban hatchback's size and styling, it's common for many families to dismiss the idea of a Kia Soul as a family car; all the moms at my daughter's dance class certainly did after I rolled up in one recently. Don't laugh the idea off just yet, Mom and Dad — the Soul can be a competent, comfortable and cool family car.

2014 Kia Soul: Real-World Mileage

From the outside, the Soul looks small, but its high roofline and a low floor make for the ultimate family-friendly configuration. The height inside gives the cabin an airy, uncrowded feel, and the boxy shape allows for a few inches of wiggle room. Everyone in the family — from toddlers to parents to grandparents — will get in and out of this car with ease.

By Carrie Kim | May 2, 2014 | Comments (1)

2015 Kia Sedona: Up Close

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With its upright grille and angular headlights, the redesigned Sedona looks tougher than the average minivan. The crossover-like styling is on purpose, and it's immediately apparent in that front end and also the hood lines. Overall, the execution is more successful than when GM tried the same thing with its Chevrolet Uplander van.

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The avoidance of traditional minivan cues continues in the cabin as the Sedona gets a large center console between the front seats that houses the gear selector — just like any number of crossovers. This may seem like a small thing, but it significantly changes your perception of the interior; it doesn't feel like you're sitting in the driver's seat of a minivan.

By Mike Hanley | April 23, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Kia Sedona Photo Gallery (48 Photos)

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Kia's minivan has always been a bit player in the class, but that could change with the redesigned-for-2015 Sedona. Its bold grille with LED accent lights will be sure to turn shoppers' heads.

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Inside, the Sedona is available in seven- and eight-seat configurations, and new Slide-n-Stow second-row seats should appeal to parents; they stack vertically against the front seatbacks to quickly convert the minivan from people-mover to stuff-hauler.

Check out the gallery below; Cars.com photos by Evan Sears.

By Jennifer Geiger | April 20, 2014 | Comments (2)

2015 Kia Sedona Video

Cars.com's Kelsey Mays is tough to impress, but Kia's redesigned minivan earned his praise at the 2014 New York International Auto Show. The 2015 Sedona's comfortable interior boasts pop-out ottomans for the second-row seats, integrated window shades and pillowlike head restraints. Check out the video above and get cozy with Mays in the back of the Sedona.

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By Jennifer Geiger | April 19, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Kia Sedona: First Look

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Competes with: Dodge Grand Caravan, Honda Odyssey, Toyota Sienna

Looks like: A minivan doing its hardest to look like a crossover

Drivetrain: 276-hp, 3.3-liter V-6 with a six-speed automatic transmission; front-wheel drive

Hits dealerships: Fall 2014

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Kia's redesigned Sedona minivan features bolder styling that takes after crossover SUVs, new seats that offer greater passenger- and cargo-hauling flexibility, a new V-6 engine and a new high-end SXL trim level with Nappa leather upholstery. Kia says pricing will be announced closer to the Sedona's on-sale date this fall.

By Mike Hanley | April 14, 2014 | Comments (21)

Kia Eight-Passenger Mystery Machine: It's a Minivan!

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A week after releasing a teaser image and cryptic description of an "all-new midsize multi-purpose vehicle" with seating for eight, Kia today came clean about the mystery vehicle. It's the 2015 Kia Sedona, and it's set to make its public debut next week at the 2014 New York International Auto Show. The announcement confirmed widespread suspicion that it was a minivan, though some of us at Cars.com admittedly saw an aggressive-looking crossover when we first laid eyes on the shadow-obscured image. But of course there's no mistaking it now from the image above.

Kia to Debut New Eight-Passenger Vehicle at 2014 New York Auto Show

According to Kia, the minivan will be powered by a 3.3-liter direct-injected V-6, and offer a host of tech and safety features, including the next-gen UVO Infotaintment & Telematics system. "With several new eServices features, the 2015 Sedona is designed to be the perfect companion for any lifestyle and accommodate any adventure on the road," the Korean automaker said in a statement.

Check back with Kicking Tires as we cover the 2015 Sedona's unveiling at the New York Auto Show. Our on-site coverage begins Wednesday.

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By Matt Schmitz | April 10, 2014 | Comments (2)

Kia to Debut New Eight-Passenger Vehicle at 2014 New York Auto Show

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Kia announced today that it will unleash an "all-new midsize multi-purpose vehicle" later this month at the 2014 New York International Auto Show. The Korean automaker shared few details about the vehicle, but judging by a teaser photo, it looks like a crossover SUV with a bit of an evil attitude courtesy of a sinister-smiling front grille and large, angry-looking headlights.

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"This global debut will challenge the segment and will offer the functionality to transport as many as eight passengers and their belongings while also serving as a purposeful offering for adventure seekers," Kia said in a statement.

The 2014 New York International Auto Show runs April 18-27 at the city's Jacob Javits Convention Center. Cars.com will be there to cover the Kia unveiling, as well as all the other action, so be sure to check back in with us.

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By Matt Schmitz | April 3, 2014 | Comments (10)

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