JD Power 2018 APEAL Study Calls Out Kia Rio and Stinger as Segment Winners
Kia has two more reasons to brag thanks to J.D. Power. The recent Automotive Performance, Execution, and Layout study deemed two Kia models, the powerhouse Stinger and the mighty Rio, as winners in their respective segments. These two awards add to Kia Motors’ four-year run of being honored by the J.D. Power Initial Quality Study as the highest ranked mass market brand.
The APEAL study evaluates owners’ opinions and their satisfaction level regarding their vehicles in 10 categories — interior, exterior, audio, storage, heating and ventilation, seats, fuel economy, powertrain, driving dynamics, and visibility — after owning the vehicle for 90 days.
“Whether it be a practical commuter car for people just looking to get from point A to B, or a sports sedan with up to 365-horsepower for enthusiasts, we design every Kia with the customer in mind,” said Orth Hedrick, vice president, product planning, KMA. “Earning a J.D. Power APEAL award for both the Rio and Stinger demonstrates the level of dedication we put on delivering a superior combination of the desirable features and attributes today’s savvy car buyers want from their vehicles.”
The 2018 Kia Rio sports a redesign, three trim levels, and a 1.6-liter inline four-cylinder engine paired to a six-speed manual or automatic transmission with Sportmatic to churn out 130 horsepower and 119 lb-ft of torque.
The 2018 Kia Stinger is available at five trim levels: Stinger, Premium, GT, GT1, and GT2. It comes standard with a twin scroll turbocharged 2.0-liter four cylinder and eight-speed automatic transmission to create a powertrain that generates 255 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque.