ARTICLE_DETAIL

New for 2014: Kia

By: Jeff Youngs, 9/30/2013
2014 Kia Overview

Kia is moving upscale in 2014 with the launch of new products and features. The most obvious example of the brand's upward mobility can be seen in the all-new Cadenza sedan, which is equipped with standard amenities including a powerful V-6 engine, 550-watt surround-sound system, leather upholstery, and a rearview camera.

Not visible, yet likely to be appreciated by buyers, are items such as heated rear seats on Forte models, a blind-spot monitoring system for the Optima, premium interior trim for the 7-passenger Sedona minivan, higher quality materials in the Soul, and a new 4.2-inch display screen in the 2014 Sportage.


2014 Kia Cadenza
The 2014 Cadenza is an all-new large sedan that aims to put a genuine luxury face on the Kia brand. Features include a standard 293-horsepower V-6 engine capable of an EPA-estimated 28 mpg on the highway, standard navigation system, 550-watt surround-sound system, rearview camera, leather upholstery, and safety components including 8 air bags. Kia offers the 2014 Cadenza in a single Premium trim level that starts at about $35,000.

What's New:
  • All-new large sedan
  • 293-horsepower V-6 engine
  • EPA-rated 28 mpg on the highway
  • Optional HID headlights
  • LED taillights
  • Standard navigation system
  • Standard 550-watt surround-sound system
  • Rearview camera
  • Available lane-departure warning system
  • Standard leather upholstery
  • 8 air bags
  • Smartphone-linked infotainment system


2014 Kia Forte
Along with 2- and 5-door variants, the 4-door front-wheel-drive (FWD) Kia Forte has been updated for 2014, and now boasts a stretched platform, reengineered chassis, revised styling, and a host of uncommon options including a cooled driver's seat and heated rear seats. LX and EX trim levels are available, each powered by a different 4-cylinder engine mated to a 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic transmission.

What's New:
  • Longer and wider than previous model
  • Revised styling
  • Available heated and cooled driver's seat
  • Available start/stop assist system
  • Optional navigation system
  • Smartphone-linked infotainment system
  • Three available steering settings (normal, comfort, sport)
  • Optional heated rear seats
  • Available push-button start
  • Choice of 4-cylinder engines
  • Electric power steering


2014 Kia Forte Koup
Like the Forte, the 2-door Kia Forte Koup arrives for the 2014 model year with a new look. Behind the scenes is an updated chassis that now includes an electric power steering system with three driver-selectable settings: normal, comfort, and sport. A rearview camera is among the car's standard features, while HID headlights are optional. Buyers have the choice of SX and EX trim levels, the former equipped with a turbocharged, 201-horsepower 4-cylinder engine.

What's New:
  • Redesigned for 2014
  • Newly designed chassis
  • Revised styling
  • Available turbocharged 4-cylinder engine
  • Standard rearview camera
  • Normal, comfort, and sport steering settings
  • Smartphone-linked infotainment system
  • Optional HID headlights


2014 Kia Forte5
Rounding out the trio of updated FWD Kia Forte models is the 5-door variant, appropriately named the Forte5. For 2014, the most versatile of Fortes features revised styling, an upgraded chassis, available turbocharged engine, LED taillights, and push-button start. The 2014 Kia Forte5 is offered in SX and EX trim levels.

What's New:
  • Redesigned for 2014
  • Newly designed chassis
  • Revised styling
  • Smartphone-linked infotainment system
  • Available turbocharged 4-cylinder engine
  • Standard rearview camera
  • Optional heated rear seats
  • Available heated and cooled driver's seat
  • LED taillights
  • Push-button start


2014 Kia Optima
With the arrival of the all-new Cadenza, the Optima is now Kia's second-largest sedan, one that has been updated for 2014 with revised front and rear styling, new alloy wheels, and an upgraded interior sporting redesigned navigation and infotainment systems. Added safety features include rear park-assist sensors and a blind-spot monitoring system.

What's New:
  • Updated front and rear styling
  • Wheel designs
  • Larger 4.3-inch display screen
  • Updated interior trim
  • Redesigned navigation system
  • Updated infotainment system
  • Added available safety features
  • Push-button start


2014 Kia Optima Hybrid
As this article is written, Kia has not released details about the 2014 Optima Hybrid.

The 2013 model is available in LX and EX trim levels, both equipped with a 6-speed automatic transmission, 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine, electric motor, and a 47-kW Lithium polymer battery. Net output measures 199 horsepower and 235 lb.-ft. of torque. According to the EPA, the 2013 Kia Optima Hybrid averages up to 40 mpg on the highway.

What's New:
  • 2014 model-year information not yet available


2014 Kia Rio
As this article is written, Kia has not released details about the 2014 Rio.

For 2013, the FWD Kia Rio is available in three trim levels and is equipped with a 138-horsepower 4-cylinder engine paired with a 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic transmission. An available Eco package bumps EPA-rated fuel economy to 30/36/32 mpg (city/highway/combined).

What's New:
  • 2014 model-year information not yet available


2014 Kia Rio 5-Door
As this article is written, Kia has not released details about the 2014 Rio 5-Door.

For 2013, the Kia Rio 5-Door is available in LX, EX, and SX trim levels, and is equipped with a direct-injection, 1.6-liter 4-cylinder engine mated to a 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic transmission. An available Eco package bumps EPA-rated fuel economy to 30/36/32 mpg (city/highway/combined).

What's New:
  • 2014 model-year information not yet available


2014 Kia Sedona
Unlike its corporate stablemate, Hyundai, Kia continues to offer an apples-to-apples, non-crossover alternative to the current leaders in the minivan segment--Dodge Grand Caravan, Honda Odyssey, and Toyota Sienna. The 7-passenger Kia Sedona minivan hasn't seen a significant overhaul for the 2014 model year, though it does arrive with new rain-sensing wipers, front LED accent lights, updated grille, upgraded optional leather upholstery, and premium interior trim accents. Available in LX and EX trim levels, the 2014 Kia Sedona is equipped with a 269-horsepower V-6 engine.

What's New:
  • Rain-sensing wipers
  • Updated front LED marker lights
  • Wheel designs
  • Revised grille
  • Upgraded optional leather upholstery
  • Premium interior trim accents


2014 Kia Sorento
Behind the 2014 Kia Sorento's relatively mild styling tweaks are several significant updates. Among them are a new 290-horsepower, 3.3-liter V-6 engine that's optional on the LX trim level and standard on the EX, a height-adjustable power-operated liftgate, blind-spot monitoring system, efficient electric power steering, redesigned instrument panel, and other features including a redesigned panoramic sunroof and heated second-row seats. An optional third row extends seating capacity to seven.

What's New:
  • Freshened for 2014
  • Available more powerful V-6 engine
  • Electric power steering
  • Revised styling
  • Blind-spot monitoring system
  • Redesigned instrument panel with 7-inch display
  • Available cooled front seats
  • Available heated second-row seat
  • Redesigned panoramic roof
  • Power liftgate


2014 Kia Soul
Though it doesn't look drastically different from its predecessor, the 2014 Kia Soul has, in fact, been heavily updated. Changes include improved interior materials, optional leather upholstery, a revised infotainment system linked to an 8-inch touch screen, platform stretched to be wider and longer, retuned chassis, and added interior space. Kia offers the 2014 Soul with the choice of three trim levels and two engines.

What's New:
  • Redesigned for 2014
  • Improved interior materials
  • Optional leather upholstery
  • LCD gauge display
  • Updated infotainment system with a new 8-inch touch screen
  • Increased body rigidity
  • Longer and wider body
  • Added passenger and cargo room
  • Revised styling
  • Increased engine torque
  • Retuned chassis


2014 Kia Sportage
As is the case with most every other model in the Kia lineup, the 2014 Sportage crossover has been updated with revised styling and a bevy of new features. In addition to its upgraded navigation unit, the Sportage offers a smartphone-linked infotainment system with functionality that includes emergency assistance, maintenance alerts, vehicle locator, and more.

What's New:
  • Updated 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine
  • LED taillights
  • Revised headlights and grille
  • Available cooled front passenger seat
  • Larger 4.2-inch display screen
  • Updated navigation system
  • Smartphone-linked infotainment system

Additional Research: