2015 Kia Sedona Takes the Crown In Cars.com Ultimate Minivan Contest

2015 Kia Sedona
2015 Kia Sedona – Cars.com’s Ultimate Minivan Contest Winner!

They may be called sports utility vehicles but, as Cars.com suggests, minivans are really the most utilitarian vehicles. “No other vehicle uses space quite so well,” they say, and it’s hard not to agree.

With that in mind, the automotive product research firm went about determining which minivan released in 2015 was the “Ultimate Minivan.” The candidates were the 2015 Chrysler Town & Country, 2015 Dodge Grand Caravan, 2015 Honda Odyssey, 2015 Kia Sedona, and 2015 Toyota Sienna.

A few editors from Cars.com, a producer for PBS’ MotorWeek, and a regular American family all tested the minivans. The tests included a long drive in and around the city of Milwaukee as well as a test that saw the judges driving each minivan on the exact same pavement back-to-back.

In light of the scoring criteria—which took into account the judges’ experience, safety scores, and fuel economy—the 2015 Kia Sedona emerged as the victor of the Cars.com Ultimate Minivan challenge.

Where the Sedona particularly stood out was performance and interior. In the Acceleration and Braking category, the Sedona scored significantly higher than its competitors. One judge noted a lack of engine and wind noise while another remarked that the “steering feels great.”

The best part of the Kia Sedona? We agree with Cars.com: “You will almost look cool driving this minivan.”

Kia Cadenza Takes Home AutoPacific Ideal Vehicle Award

2015 Kia Cadenza
2015 Kia Cadenza

AutoPacific, an automotive marketing research company, is known for publishing a large variety of studies on a yearly basis focusing on the auto industry. One of the studies it conducts is a survey of over 66,000 new car owners to see which cars effectively met buyers’ needs and expectations. Using this data, the company awards certain cars with the AutoPacific Ideal Vehicle Award.

The winner this year in AutoPacific’s Large Car category was the 2015 Kia Cadenza. The Cadenza was initially introduced in order to fulfill customer demand for a larger vehicle in Kia’s lineup. Orth Hedrick, the Vice President in Product Planning for Kia Motor America, graciously responded to the presentation of the award: “AutoPacific’s Ideal Vehicle Award is important because it represents the voice of the customer and offers confirmation that the Cadenza’s blend of world-class design, quality and features is hitting the mark with Kia owners.”

The AutoPacific Ideal Vehicle Award is presented to the Cadenza in addition to the Vehicle Satisfaction Award which was also presented to the vehicle earlier this summer.

Kia European Sales Setting New Records

KiaEurope is eating up the Kia brand, making history and setting new sales records. Already a popular brand in its home market of South Korea and across Asia, Kia’s sales have also made major leaps forward here in the US. Now, the automaker is taking Europe by storm.

According to wardsauto.com, Kia European sales saw the best six month period ever recorded with a 7.6% year-over-year increase, reaching 200,038 units sold in the January-June period. The second quarter of 2015 also broke records, with sales topping 100,000 for the first time ever in a three month span.

“2015 to date has been a great period for Kia in Europe, with sales records tumbling and new highs reached,” said Michael Cole, Chief Operating Officer for Kia Motors Europe. “We’re delighted that Kia continues to grow, consistently and sustainably, and that an increasing number of motorists are drawn to our range of high quality, high value cars.”

While the Kia Sportage CUV and Cee’d family of compact vehicles led the momentum, Kia’s entire lineup continues to stand out from the competition worldwide thanks to its value-oriented models.

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Kia Earns Its Best-Ever Ranking in J.D. Power Initial Quality Study

The improvement in quality for Kia vehicles over the last ten years has been notable, to say the least. Today, Kia ranks among the highest-quality vehicles available, and the nameplate’s score in this year’s J.D. Power Initial Quality Study proves it. Kia earned the second spot on this year’s list of automakers, and the top spot among mass-market brands, setting a new record for the company.

2016 Kia Sportage
2016 Kia Sportage – Available at Gossett Kia South!

The J.D. Power Initial Quality Study surveys new vehicle owners regarding their first 90 days of ownership. The survey asks owners to evaluate a number of categories, including engine performance, driving experience, and transmission performance. Kia’s score jumped a full 20 points over its score from last year, launching the brand up four positions on the list.

“We believe the J.D. Power report leaves no doubt that Kia builds world-class vehicles, and the results are especially gratifying as the IQS study truly reflects the voice of our customers,” said Michael Sprague, Chief Operating Officer and EVP of Kia Motors America, in a statement.  “Kia’s rise is one of the industry’s greatest success stories and is driven by the hard work of thousands of team members around the world as well as our long-term strategy to concentrate on quality, strengthen the brand and elevate the ownership experience.”

Here at Gossett Kia South, we sell cars that we believe in. Stop by to see why Kia owners are so impressed with their new vehicles!