Recall Alert: 2014 Kia Forte

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Vehicles Affected: Approximately 87,000 model-year 2014 Kia Forte vehicles manufactured from Dec. 5, 2012, through April 17, 2014

The Problem: In these vehicles, the cooling fan resistor may overheat and melt; this could cause a fire. Several consumer reports of engine fires prompted the safety investigation but Kia says no related accidents or injuries have been reported.

The Fix: For vehicles produced from Dec. 5, 2012, through Jan. 27, 2014, dealers will replace the cooling fan resistor and multifuse unit for free; for vehicles produced from Jan. 28 to April 17, 2014, dealers will replace the multifuse unit only. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, owners of vehicles with a 1.8-liter engine will also have the engine control unit software updated.

What Owners Should Do: Kia will being notifying owners Feb. 24. Owners can call Kia at 800-333-4542 or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration at 888-327-4236 for more information.

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

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By Jennifer Geiger | January 26, 2015 | Comments (0)

What You Need to Know About the 2016 Kia Sorento

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Kia has redesigned its midsize crossover in hopes of swaying more families to the brand. Here are some vitals:

 

Snapshot

  • Starting price: $25,795, including a destination fee
  • Competes with: Ford Explorer, Honda Pilot, Nissan Pathfinder
  • On sale: Now

 

What We Like

  • Grown-up interior refinement
  • Seating comfort
  • 8-inch touch-screen
  • Cargo room
  • Access to third row

 

What We Don't

  • Second row too low
  • Styling still conservative

 

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By David Thomas | January 26, 2015 | Comments (0)

2015 Kia Soul EV: Car Seat Check

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Kia's quirky box probably doesn't immediately jump to mind when you think of a family vehicle, but the Kia Soul has more room for kids and cargo than its compact dimensions suggest. The gas-powered Kia Soul, which was redesigned for the 2014 model year, performed admirably in our Car Seat Check, but what about the new-for-2015 electric version? Although the 2015 Kia Soul EV gives up some interior space to make room for the battery and has unique seats, small families won't have any problems installing two child-safety seats in the backseat.

How many car seats fit in the second row? Two

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By Jennifer Geiger | January 8, 2015 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 2010-13 Kia Soul

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Vehicles Affected: Approximately 95,000 model-year 2010-13 versions of the Kia Soul built between Jan. 8, 2009, and Oct. 2, 2013; only models equipped with a sunroof are affected.

The Problem: A headliner plate may detach during side curtain airbag deployment and possibly injure the vehicle occupants. 

The Fix: Dealers will install industrial adhesive strips to secure the headliner plates for free.

What Owners Should Do: Kia will begin notifying owners on Feb. 2. Owners can call Kia at 800-333-4542 or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration at 888-327-4236 for more information.

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

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Editor's note: The model year in this post was updated on Jan. 5.

By Jennifer Geiger | January 5, 2015 | Comments (0)

2015 Kia Sedona: Car Seat Check

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After years as one of the most uncompetitive and underwhelming minivans in the class, Kia's Sedona is completely revised for 2015 as a boldly styled, comfortable, capable family hauler. By definition, minivans are purpose-built family vehicles, so they should have no problem accommodating a slew of child-safety seats. The 2015 Sedona isn't an exception except when it comes to the third row, where space is tight and the seat belt buckle worked against our booster seat.

How many car seats fit in the second row? Two

How many car seats fit in the third row? Two

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By Jennifer Geiger | December 30, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Kia Sedona Real-World Cargo Space

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The minivan segment hasn't received much love in recent years; image-conscious consumers who'd rather buy SUVs mean many minivans in the segment haven't been redesigned in some time. That hasn't stopped Kia from reviving its Sedona for 2015, now with crossover-SUV-infused styling and that hard-to-beat cargo functionality of a minivan. Inside the Sedona's 142 cubic feet of maximum cargo volume are some trick features.

Related: Five Things That Might Make You Spend $40K on a Kia Sedona Minivan

Cars.com reviewer Kristen Varela writes in her first drive of the Sedona, "Kia's Slide-N-Stow second-row seats do a nifty jig to fold, slide up and lock against the front seats when more cargo space or third-row access is needed; this process is easy and can be done single-handed, though I still think Chrysler's Stow 'n Go seats take the cake."

Then there's the Sedona's nifty power liftgate that brings a new twist to the hands-free power tailgate.

"With Kia's power liftgate (standard on the upper three trims), you stand within the 1-foot detection-range around the minivan's rear with the key fob in your pocket or purse. The Sedona will beep for 3 seconds, letting you know you're within range, and then it will beep faster to alert you that the liftgate is opening. You step out of the way, load up all your stuff and then once your hands are free, press a button to close the liftgate. The height of the open liftgate is easily programmable by simply pulling it down manually," Varela said.

See how well common cargo items fit in the Sedona below.

By Joe Bruzek | December 26, 2014 | Comments (4)

2016 Kia Sorento Grows Up For Families

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Kia seems to be growing up in front of our eyes even faster than my tween daughters. I was happily surprised by my recent test-drive of the new 2015 Kia Sedona minivan, and that growth in maturity is clearly going to be a theme for Kia based upon the all-new 2016 Sorento shown at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show.

Related: More 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show Coverage

Sure, its dimensions have stretched a bit to create a slightly roomier feel inside, but the real story is its upscale fit and finish and attention to usable features in this three-row crossover.

By Kristin Varela | November 21, 2014 | Comments (1)

2016 Kia Sorento Photo Gallery (46 Photos)

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Kia's redesigned three-row crossover grows in size, gets fresh interior styling and a new turbocharged four-cylinder engine for 2016. The new Sorento debuted at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show.

Related: More 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show News

Outside, the Sorento adopts a new, clean look thanks to a larger wraparound grille, upswept headlights and quad-pattern fog lights. Inside, there's a new control panel layout and cargo room grows by about 20 percent.

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

By Jennifer Geiger | November 20, 2014 | Comments (0)

2016 Kia Sorento Video

Showcased at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show, Kia's three-row crossover is updated for 2016 with a clean look outside thanks to a wraparound grille, upswept headlights and quad-pattern fog lights. Inside the 2016 Sorento, Cars.com reviewer Kelsey Mays says families will be happy with the cabin's additional storage spaces and roomy first and second rows. 

Related: More 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show Coverage

In the way back, things are pretty tight, however. Third-row headroom is lacking and although cargo room behind the third row is up by around 20 percent this year, Mays says "20 percent of terrible is still terrible." Check out the video for more.

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By Jennifer Geiger | November 20, 2014 | Comments (0)

2016 Kia Sorento: First Look

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Competes with: Honda Pilot, Ford Explorer, Nissan Pathfinder

Looks like: Kia Sedona minivan meets the Toyota Venza

Drivetrain: 185-hp, 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine, 240-hp, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder or 290-hp, 3.3-liter V-6 with six-speed automatic transmission; front- or all-wheel drive

Hits dealerships: First quarter of 2015

The redesigned 2016 Kia Sorento grows in size, has all-new interior styling and is offered with a new turbocharged four-cylinder engine. Like its predecessor, the 2016 Sorento is available with seating for five or seven. Pricing will be announced nearer to the crossover SUV's on-sale date early next year.

Related: More 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show Coverage

By Mike Hanley | November 20, 2014 | Comments (2)

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