The popular Kia Soul and versatile Kia Sorento have both been recognized by U.S. News & World Report as “2017 Best Cars for the Money” winners. Judges examined vehicles across twenty categories that measured the best combination of quality and value. The 2017 Kia Soul was selected as the Best Compact Car for the Money and the 2017 Kia Sorento was chosen as the Best 3-Row SUV for the Money.
Award winning vehicles are selected by U.S. News and World Report judges based on a consensus of industry expert’s opinions on reliability and safety as well as the vehicle’s five-year total cost of ownership and current price.
Winning features for the 2017 Kia Soul (Exclaim model) were the 1.6-liter turbocharged, 201 horsepower engine that delivers remarkable fuel efficiency. The new 7-speed Dual Clutch Transmission on this model was also noted to provide a more engaging driving experience. Additional convenience features such as Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Blind Spot Detection were also among driver friendly features that set this model apart from the crowd.
The new 2017 Kia Sorento was elevated to award-winning status for its newly available driver assistance features. Of these, Autonomous Emergency Braking and Dynamic Bending Lights were identified as “best features”. This model was also recognized for its optional front-crash prevention system which also earned the Sorento a Top Safety Pick Plus award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).
“The Kia Soul and Kia Sorento were both named as winners in our Best Cars for the Money Awards because both present excellent long-term value in their respective classes. The Soul stands out among compact cars for its abundance of cargo and passenger space and modern interior design, all for an excellent price,” said Colin Aylesworth, U.S. News Senior Editor. “Like the Soul, the Sorento presents a great value to shoppers in the midsize SUV class. In addition to a great starting price, the Sorento offers user-friendly tech features, great fuel economy with its base engine, and available third-row seating.”
Our Kia Dealership in Odessa, Texas has a selection of new Kia Soul and Sorento models in stock now. Why not stop by, take a test drive and see how far you can stretch your money with one of these award-winning vehicles?