Type: Mid Sized SUV
Drive: Front and optional All Wheel Drive (AWD)
The midsize Kia Sorento was originally a traditional, trucklike body-on-frame design that provided a level of ruggedness not typically found on crossover SUVs. It had with above-average off-roading and towing abilities, the V6-powered first-generation Sorento won our respect for its practical nature. It also boasted impressive value, offering the dimensions of a midsize SUV at a compact-crossover price point.
For the second generation Sorento, Kia decided to convert to a uni-body based vehicle to better meet the needs of the buyers of that segment. The present model also offers a usable third-row seat, standard four-cylinder power with a V6 option. Even more so than its predecessor, the current Sorento offers midsize functionality and refinement at an extraordinarily reasonable price. In reviews, the optional V6 pulls hard and sounds good doing it. Seating is comfortable, and the available third-row bench can even accommodate adults on short trips, making the Sorento an affordable alternative to full-size three-row crossovers. And with all those available luxuries, the Sorento should have something to offer every shopper in this competitive segment.
Type: Compact / Economy Sedan
Drive: Front Wheel Drive
The most recent Kia Spectra was sold from midway through the 2004 model year through 2009. It was a compact sedan or (as of 2005) a hatchback that could seat four comfortably and five in a pinch. Both body styles featured a 138-horsepower, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that provided spirited performance around town.
In reviews, the Kia Spectra earns praise for its lengthy list of standard equipment, user-friendly cabin design, decent build and materials quality, smooth ride and competent handling. Because of its lesser known moniker, prospective Spectra buyers should note that resale values are quite low, so good deals will likely be easy to find.
Type: Compact / SUV
Drive: Front Wheel Drive and available All Wheel Drive
The Kia Sportage draws small families and active singles to its appealing styling, versatility, and overall value. Sportage combines good gas mileage, solid build quality, and a choice of either front or four wheel drive. Sportage is normally priced much lower than competitors from Toyota (RAV4),