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In Korean, Kia essentially means "to rise from Asia." The first syllable, "Ki," means "to rise from," and the "A" is used to represent Asia.
Kia is owned by Hyundai and has been since 1998, when the automaker purchased a 51% stake in Kia Motors.
While Kia does offer a minivan (the Kia Sedona), the largest vehicle offered by this car brand is actually the Kia Telluride—a full-size, three-row SUV that's new for the 2020 model year and offers seating for up to eight people.
Kia itself is not considered to be a luxury brand, but the car maker has begun to offer some luxury models in recent years. This includes the Kia K900, which includes such standard equipment as a turbocharged V6 engine, sunroof, leather upholstery, and tri-zone automatic climate control in its 2019 model year.
Established in 1944, Kia is a car brand with headquarters located in Seoul, South Korea. Today, Kia is known for their lineup that includes a wide range of cars, crossovers, SUVs, and even a minivan. The automaker also offers hybrid, plug-in-hybrid, and electric versions of several of their vehicles, including the Optima and Niro.
The Kia Optima has been a staple of the Kia brand since its initial release in 2000; this midsize sedan offers comfortable seating for up to five people, as well as a standard 2.4L four-cylinder engine at 185 hp in its base LX trim (2018 model year). Other standard features for the 2018 model year include a seven-inch touchscreen display, HD/satellite radio, a rearview camera with parking sensors, and heated mirrors.
Those looking for a Kia with more seating capacity and storage space may want to check out the Kia Sedona or Kia Telluride. The Sedona is a minivan with seating for up to eight passengers, as well as such standard features as a 3.3L V6 engine (2018 model year), Slide-N-Stow seating, stain-resistant upholstery, and maximum cargo storage space of 142 cubic feet. Meanwhile, the Kia Telluride is an all-new full-size SUV model for the 2020 model year that also features seating for up to eight people and boasts an even larger profile than the Sedona. It comes with a 3.8L V6 engine at 291 hp and up to 87 cubic feet of cargo storage space.
Those interested in an electric vehicle may want to check out the 2019 Kia Niro EV, which is equipped with a 64 kWh lithium battery and electric motor rated at 201 hp—and gets an EPA-estimated 112 MPGe.1
In recent years, Kia has also begun to offer luxury vehicle options, including the K900 sedan. The 2019 K900, for example, includes a standard turbocharged V6 engine, leather upholstery, tri-zone climate control, a 12.3-inch touchscreen interface, and a premium 17-speaker sound system.
From sedans, wagons, SUVs, and minivans to hybrids, electric cars, and luxury vehicles—Kia has a little something to offer for every driver's tastes.
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RepairPal reports that the average total annual cost for repairs and maintenance on all Kia models is $406, compared to an average of $591 across all the models RepairPal considered in its dataset. This includes both scheduled maintenance and unscheduled repairs.
According to RepairPal, Kia owners bring their vehicles into a repair shop for unscheduled repairs an average of 0.8 times per year, compared to an average of 1.2 times across all the models RepairPal considered in its dataset.
RepairPal reported that the probability of a repair being a severe or major issue is 9% across all Kia models, compared to an average of 11% for all the models RepairPal considered in its dataset.