Kia Wraps Up 2022 With Many Awards Under Their Belt, Many Due to New Hybrid Models
2022 has been a great year for Kia! From J.D. Power to Top Gear, Kia has been awarded many accolades. Let’s look at what they have accomplished in the past year.
Kia Wins 2023 Vincentric Best CPO Value In America Award For Passenger Cars
Four models have been awarded by the Vincentric Best Value In America Awards; Kia Rio, Kia Rio Five-Door, Kia Soul, and Kia Sorento Hybrid for having the highest Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) Values in their respective categories. Vincentric also recognized the Kia Niro and the Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid for having the Lowest CPO Cost to Own in America in their respective categories.
The Kia Rio has been named Best CPO Value in America in the Subcompact segment for the last three years, and the Kia Soul has been named Best CPO Value in America in the Compact Hatchback segment for the second year in a row.
TopGear.com named Kia ‘Manufacturer of the Year’ at the 2022 Awards.
Kia was named ‘Manufacturer of the Year by TopGear.com. Top Gear editor Jack Rix said Kia “impressed us with the consistency of its cars, but has also taken a few risks along that way.”¹ attributing the newest Sportage Model, the Niro-EV, the EV6, and the EV6 GT to Kia’s success this past year.
Kia’s electric cars have proven to be quite important to the recent perception of the brand. Other brands have introduced electric cars to their lineups, but Kia has started to stand out because of their ‘Plan S’ strategy. They plan to release 14-fully electric models by 2027, which is quite impressive. The newest model will be the Kia EV9, a fully electric SUV due to release during the first quarter of 2023.
2022 Kia EV6 And 2023 Telluride Win Hispanic Motor Press Awards
Hispanic Motor Press has named the Kia EV6 as the Best EV of the Year and the 2023 Telluride as the SUV of the Year for Hispanic consumers. The jury panel looks at design elements, technology, pricing, performance, safety, and more in order to make the decision, including comfort, price, safety, driver satisfaction, etc.
Kia Receives The Most Model Awards In The J.D. Power 2023 U.S. Alg Residual Value Awards
In November 2022, Kia received five awards from J.D. Power 2023 U.S. ALG Residual Value Awards. These awards look at the resale value of each car. The award winners are Telluride in the Midsize SUVs with 3-row seating category, Sportage in the Compact SUVs category, K5 in the Midsize Cars category, Soul in the Micro SUVs category, and Rio in the Small Cars category.
J.D Power awards are highly researched and considered highly respected. Receiving five of them is a great honor, and it really shows that Kia makes great cars that last a long time. Once you buy a Kia, you’ll be a Kia owner for life. Eric Lyman, vice president of ALG, a division of J.D. Power, said, “The marketplace is acknowledging that Kia has a very strong product lineup in terms of design, quality and residual values. Kia has become a force to be reckoned with.”²
2023 Kia EV6 Earns 2022 IIHS Top Safety Pick+ Award
This December, the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS) awarded Kia’s EV6 with the 2022 TOP SAFETY PICK+. The EV6 is the 10th Kia vehicle to get this award. The IIHS has six crashworthiness evaluations, and the EV6 rated “good” on all six of them. The vehicle also ranked “superior” in the Front Crash Prevention tests.
Steven Center, COO & EVP of Kia America, said “We are proud that the 2023 EV6 received a 2022 TOP SAFETY PICK+ award, reflecting Kia’s commitment to innovative products that prioritize safety and performance.”³
Some might worry that Kia focused on technology over safety in the EV6, but this award proves that nothing was pushed aside when making this car.
Kia Sportage Hybrid Named by Motor1.Com as the Best SUV in the 2022 Star Awards
Motor1.com has named the Kia Sportage Hybrid as the best SUV of 2022. The 2023 Sportage has been praised for the improvements in space and performance compared to the 2022 Sportage. The Sportage beat out other models that are well into the six figures. Mortor1.com highlighted the car’s styling as a major winning point, pointing out that the “boomerang-shaped LED running lights, tapered Tiger Nose grille, and the elegant rear end”⁴ as major pluses.
Motor1.com tracks data for the vehicles over a year and then brings the highest ranking models into “Test Week”, where each model is tested against each other in the field.
Kia Telluride, Seltos And Sportage PHEV Win 2023 Kelley Blue Book Best Buy Awards
Kelley Blue Book announced their 2023 Best Buy awards, naming the Kia Telluride as the best 3-Row Midsize SUV, the Sportage PHEV as the best Plug-in Hybrid Vehicle and the Seltos as the best Subcompact SUV. The Telluride and Seltos have dominated in their categories for multiple years; the Telluride has won for four years in a row and the Seltos for three years in a row. The Sportage PHEV only started production this year but was awarded this year by Kelly Blue Book.
Kelley Blue Book tests vehicles throughout the year, and the finalists are tested head to head in September, with the last year’s winner being tested against new competitors. They thoroughly test each feature of a car to make their decisions.
Moving Towards the Future
From the release of the EV6 to groundbreaking sales, Kia has undoubtedly made big leaps in 2022. According to Kia, in November, the Kia Sportage led sales, having increased by 144% since last year. They also claimed to have sold 56,703 units during November, the most sales in a single month.
Investing in a Kia is investing in your future. When you look at each of all of these awards together, it paints a very pretty picture. Kias are built well, safe, and made to last. Whether you’re looking for your first car or a family vehicle, choose Kia.
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