Kia Takes Home Best Buy Awards for the Rio and Soul
Kia was recently awarded two 2019 Consumer Guide Automotive Best Buy Awards for the Rio and Soul. These two subcompact vehicles offer superior pricing for the features and tech options that you don’t often see on affordable vehicles. They also make smart use of limited space, and Kia’s famous seven-year warranty adds an extra blanket of security.
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The Soul won for its roomy cabin and use of space in a small package, as well as its affordable price. Higher trim levels see a few upscale features, like heated and ventilated seats and a panoramic sunroof. Kia offers the Soul EV — an all-electric version — in California and other states.
The Rio won in part thanks to its pleasant driving experience as well as a few available features that you wouldn’t normally find on a budget vehicle, such as forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking. It went through an overhaul in 2018 and gained a new, larger platform along with more convenience features. It’s also touted as one of the quietest, best-riding cars in its segment.
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The Consumer Guide editors spend more than 100,000 miles every year judging cars based on price, features, performance, and other qualities to find the best value cars on the market. Kia seems to have found a winning formula as the Rio and Soul didn’t experience many significant changes to the 2019 models from the previous year.