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U.S. News & World Report Names Soul and Forte Top Picks for Teens

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2020 Kia Soul GT-Line red exterior
The 2020 Kia Soul features a larger front grille and airplane-inspired C-pillars
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Now that school is back in session, parents are constantly worrying about their college-age kids driving around on campus or their teenagers going to and from extracurricular activities. Each year, U.S. News & World Report puts together a list of the top vehicle for teens, keeping safety at the forefront of its selections. Two Kia vehicles — the Soul and Forte — were named top picks by the organization in two separate categories.

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The 2019 Kia Forte was awarded the best car for teens in the “$25k to $30k” segment. While the starting MSRP of the 2019 Forte is $17,790, the vehicle is placed in the higher price category when it’s equipped with features like Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, an 8-inch touchscreen, and an Intelligent Variable Transmission that helps the Forte achieve 35 mpg combined (on the FE trim).

2019 Kia Forte
2019 Kia Forte
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In the “$25k to $30k” SUV segment, the redesigned 2020 Soul was lauded for its safety ratings and advanced driver assistance features. Having received a Top Safety Pick Plus rating from the IIHS, the new Soul is already supremely safe. But when you add in the available Kia Drive Wise technology, the quirky vehicle is perfect for a teenager. Not to mention, the Soul is also equipped with similar infotainment technology as the Forte as well as the UVO hands-free system to keep teens’ hands on the wheel.

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“We are honored that Forte and Soul took the top spot in their respective segments,” said Orth Hedrick, executive director of Car Planning & Technology at Kia Motors America. “These wins reflect Kia’s ‘Give It Everything’ spirit, the commitment to deliver world-class vehicles that stand out from the competition with a plethora of standard equipment, industry-leading warranty and outstanding craftsmanship.”