Best Kia Vehicles for Young Professionals

professionalBeing a young professional can be exciting, but it can also mean long hours and late nights while you are trying to establish yourself in your chosen profession. Buying a car is often part of just starting out in life, but deciding which one specifically to purchase, especially if your life is still in flux, can be difficult. How do you know what vehicle is going to function just as well for you in three years as it does right now? The key is to buy a vehicle that is versatile. Luckily, Kia has a wide variety of those in its lineup. Here are the best Kia vehicles for young professionals:

The Kia Optima

The Optima is probably Kia’s most versatile vehicle and one of its most popular. It is designed to be both stylish and fun to drive, which makes it a great option for younger drivers. It’s also armed to the teeth with the best technology optima has to offer, as well as a number of great safety features, which could be a selling point for those who have long commutes and spend a lot of time on the road. This is a mid-sized sedan, which makes it larger than some of Kia’s other sedans, for more storage space and leg room. You certainly won’t sacrifice sportiness, however, if you choose the Optima.

The Kia Soul

The Soul is, without a doubt, the most unique vehicle in Kia’s lineup, which should make it the perfect choice for anyone who wants a car that marches to the beat of its own drum. It has everything that makes a sedan great, while being extremely unique-looking. On a less-aesthetic level, it is a fun-to-drive, engaging vehicle with plenty of technology and advanced handling. If you want to turn heads and to drive a vehicle that no one else at the office is going to be driving, this is the one for you.

The Kia Sportage

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If you are looking for a vehicle that is as stylish as it is versatile, the Kia Sportage is a great option. Not only is the Sportage getting a few incredible updates this year (including being the first to get Kia’s updated UVO3 infotainment system), this vehicle is affordably priced, starting at just over $22,000. This makes it comparable to many entry-level sedans for most other brands, but gives you the functionality and look of a SUV.

If you find yourself often needing to haul stuff or people around, this is the vehicle for you. While some brands might opt for a more utilitarian design, the Sportage is sporty without being drab, and is still tons of fun to drive.

The Kia Forte

The Kia Forte is routinely among the cars listed as being the best for those just starting out in their careers—and for good reason. It’s stylish, there are plenty of different color options, which makes it customizable, and it gets great gas mileage. It is also less expensive than most other vehicles, starting at just under $16,000, which makes it much more accessible than even the cheapest sedans from most other brands.

The Forte has a lot going for it. Despite its relatively small size, it still has a roomy interior, a high quality infotainment system, and a sporty design that makes it a great choice for someone who does not want a sedan that looks like something their mother would drive. One of the best reason to pick a vehicle like this is to be able to get more vehicle for a lower price. The low entry price makes it possible to upgrade to a higher trim level and get more features, while still paying less than you would for other vehicles.

The Kia Rio

The smallest and least expensive vehicle in Kia’s lineup, the Rio still has plenty to offer. Not only does it have a combined MPG of thirty-one, it starts at just over $14,000. You cannot find a sedan, even a sub-compact, from any other brand, at that price. They just don’t exist. If you need a car and you want to buy a new car, but you can’t find anything that is affordably priced, this is a great alternative. You will be looking at very low monthly payments, or a shorter payment track, giving you the flexibility to pay off your vehicle quickly.

The Rio comes in two different configurations. There is the standard Rio, which has four doors, and the Rio 5-door, which is essentially the same as its four-doored alternative, except that it is a hatchback. This gives the Rio an even sportier appearance.

The Optima Hybrid

Last, but not least is the Optima Hybrid. It looks almost exactly like the Optima, but it has one important improvement: gets a combined MPG of thirty-eight. This means that if you have a long commute or you just want to protect the environment, you could seriously reduce your impact on the environment, simply by buying this vehicle.

What is especially impressive about this option, is that, despite being a Hybrid, it is still reasonable priced, starting at just under $26,000. This is not a price point you are going to be able to find from most other brands. If you want to purchase a vehicle that protects the environment or allows you to use less gas, you are probably going to see yourself with few options that start under $30,000. Kia does it and provides with a stylish, eco-friendly option that any young professional would be proud to drive.

Which Kia Sedan Is Right for You?

Kia has a wider variety of sedans and compacts than most other brands. When step on to the lots of other brand’s dealerships, you’ll find two, maybe three different kinds of sedans. Kia has nine different kinds of sedans and compacts, making it easy for someone looking for something very specific to find that thing, but more difficult for someone who is not yet quite sure what they are looking for to find the right vehicle for their needs. Out of the wide variety of sedans and compacts, which one is right for you? Here is a brief overview of all the sedans you can find at our New Jersey Kia dealership:

Optima

The Optima is often considered to be the flagship of Kia’s offerings. It’s one of the most popular and definitely one of the most versatile vehicles on the road. Starting at just over $21,000, there are lots of options for those that both want a great car and want to save on monthly payments. With a combined MPG of thirty, it is gets you where you need or want to go, efficiently. The Optima is the third most efficient vehicle in Kia’s entire lineup, and there are plenty of colors to choose from, too.

Cadenza

The Cadenza is a jump in price, but it’s also a jump in quality. Starting at around $33,000, this is one of two luxury offerings that Kia provides. The Cadenza has a sharp, clean look, and is perfect for young professionals or small families that want something truly stylish to get around it. At twenty-two miles to the gallon, it is still very efficient, and has great safety ratings.

K900kia sedan

At the very top of Kia’s lineup is the K900. This vehicle is packed to the brim with luxurious touches. It has the best technology and styling, and plenty of legroom in both the front and back seats. It is designed to be perfectly aerodynamic and to have one of the quietest rides of all cars on the road. Sleek, there are few vehicles on the road that can rival it. It starts at $49,000, and for good reason. The advanced safety features and stunning design make it a great prestige vehicle for anyone looking for something with both style and power.

Forte

Moving on from the sedans, we have the compacts. The Forte is the first and perhaps most popular of the compacts, starting at around $16,000. At thirty-one miles per gallon, it is also the second most efficient of Kia’s sedan and compact line, beat out only by the Optima Hybrid. The Forte has sporty styling, with the modern, aggressive Kia grill. While it may be less expensive than the Optima, Cadenza, and K900, it definitely doesn’t lack when it comes to luxury. This vehicle has plenty of great features standards, and a variety of trim levels that make it even more attractive.

Forte5

If you prefer a five-door vehicle, this variation on the Forte provides just that. It is a little bit larger, which makes it a little bit more expensive and reduces its gas mileage a little. It starts at just over $18,000 and has a combined miles per gallon of twenty-eight. The five door design gives you a little more cargo room, but it’s the styling that most people are after. It has the look of a hatchback, without sacrificing two doors as most designs do.

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Forte Coup

The Forte Coup starts at $18,590 (2016), and definitely kicks things up a notch when it comes to style and power. If you want the sports car experience, without having to pay the sports car price, this is an excellent alternative. It boasts a turbo-charged engine and a two-door design that makes it sleeker and more stylish than just about anything else Kia has to offer. It does all of this without losing the high safety ratings that it shares with the other Fortes.

Rio

The Rio may be the least expensive vehicle in most Kia dealerships, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t have anything to offer. It starts at just $14,165 (2016), and, like the Forte, gets thirty-one combined miles per gallon. That makes it extremely efficient, while also having plenty of power. The small size is perfect for first-time car buyers, small families, and commuters, and it looks great on the road. There are three trim levels to choose from, if you want extra technology. All safety features come standard!

Rio 5-Door

There is also a five-door version of the Rio. The differences between the Rio and the Rio 5-Door are largely cosmetic—they share the same direct injection engine that gives these little cars some zip, and they have all of the same safety features. And come in all the same colors. What the five door does have, however, is that fifth door, which gives the vehicle the hatchback appearance that some might be willing to pay a little extra for.

Optima Hybrid

Last, but not least, is the Optima Hybrid. It has everything that the Optima does, except that it is a hybrid. At thirty-eight combined miles per gallon, it is the most efficient of the sedan and compact options, while still being extremely affordable. It starts at just under $26,000, and comes with all of the same technology and luxury that the original Optima does. If you want a vehicle that is as affordable as it is environmentally friendly, this is probably the one you want.

Kia’s Recent News and Awards

Kia is growing. We’re not only one of the fastest-growing automotive brands—we’re also one of the U.S.’s biggest brands. The reason? We don’t have to look any further than our vehicle line-up. It’s an exciting line-up that continues to evolve. Our new vehicles have impressed the auto industry and, most importantly, thrilled drivers.

June

Sorento
2016 Kia Sorento Receives NHTSA 5-Star Safety Rating
CBS News: 5 of the Safest Cars on the Road

K900
Autobytel: 10 Best New Sleeper Cars for 2015

Sedona
Las Vegas Review Journal: Top 5 Vehicles for Long Road Trips
KBB: 10 Most Affordable 3-Row Vehicles

Soul
Kelly Blue Book’s KBB.com: 10 Coolest New Cars Under $18,000
MotorTrend: 15 Cars With Small Exteriors Yet Surprisingly Large Interiors

May

Sedona
2015 Kia Sedona earns NHTSA 5-star Safety Rating
Ward’s: 2015 Kia Sedona Named to 10 Best Interiors list

Optima
Chicago Tribune: Top 14 Vehicles of the 2015 New York Auto Show

Soul
Autobytel: Best Small Cars For 2015

Rio
Autobytel: Ten Cheap Cars that Look Good

Other Recent Awards

KIA MOTORS EARNS BEST-EVER RANKING IN 2015 J.D. POWER INITIAL QUALITY STUDY

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2015 KIA SOUL EV NAMED “BEST VALUE IN AMERICA” AWARD WINNER BY VINCENTRIC

2015 KIA K900 AND SOUL NAMED AMONG BEST CARS FOR FAMILIES BY U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT

 

KIA SPORTAGE RANKS HIGHEST AMONG SMALL SUVS IN 2015 J.D. POWER VEHICLE DEPENDABILITY STUDY

KIA SOUL EV WINS 2015 MOTORWEEK DRIVERS’ CHOICE AWARD

KIA SOUL – WINNER OF A 2015 MOST POPULAR ON EDMUNDS.COM AWARD

K900 WINS 2015 URBAN CAR OF THE YEAR AWARD FROM DECISIVE MAGAZINE

Looking at a Chevy Cruze? Try a Kia Optima, Rio, or Forte

Kia Forte Vs Chevy Cruze

It would be ridiculous to say that Kia is the only company that makes high-quality cars. You already know that there are plenty of other manufacturers that put serious time and detail into their vehicles. If we didn’t believe other brands made great cars, we wouldn’t buy them off of our customers and sell them on our used lot. We also find, however, many buyers come to Burlington Kia and Turnersville Kia wanting to know how our vehicles compare to another brand’s and why they should choose ours instead of another brand’s.

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If you’ve stopped by Chevy’s webpage or their lot to look at their sedans and compacts, here is a detailed comparison of Kia’s models of the same size and in the same price range.

Kia Optima vs. Chevy Cruze

The Cruze does start off at a lower price point, though Chevy’s basic “LS” model does lack some of the features that Kia’s basic package on the Optima will offer. For example, cruise control is not available in the lowest trim options for the Cruze, but is standard on all Optima trims, even the most basic version. In order to get some of the more basic features with Chevy, you will have to bump up to the second or third trim, which puts the prices of this vehicle on par with the Optima.

There’s also something to be said, we think, for a company that offers its buyers a standard trim package that puts their vehicle in the 21st Century. Both Chevy and Ford remove cruise control and power windows from many of their lower trim packages and require the buyer to bump up to the next highest trim in order to get those necessary features.

The Optima also has more color choices to choose from, both for the exterior and interior of the vehicle. While Chevy is always expanding their color options, Kia now has more options for the buyer looking for a specific color, both inside and outside the vehicle.

Chevy does beat Kia when it comes to gas mileage, due to the Eco-Boost engines, but these engines are not standard in the Cruze, which means that the car you will likely be purchasing will not have the advertised 42 combined mpg, but will instead have fuel economy more in the low 30s. The Optima has a combined 27 mpg, which isn’t Kia’s best mileage, but will definitely help you save at the pump compared to many other vehicles.

Kia Rio vs. Chevy Cruze

Like the Optima, the Kia Rio has Cruze beat when it comes to what’s included in a standard package. While the Rio is technically a compact, which some people would think doesn’t necessarily put it in the same category, it is comparatively sized and priced, which makes it a great alternative for buyers who come to our lot looking for something similar to the Cruze.

Where the Rio has Chevy beat is both in price and combined MPG. The Rio starts at just under $14,000, which makes it the ideal option for someone looking for a functional little sedan for running errands or commuting. Because its starting price is so low, many buyers choose to spring for a higher trim package, which makes this car even more functional, including benefits like a backup camera and an even more powerful engine.

The Kia Rio also offers 37 highway mpg and incredible safety ratings, which makes it a great buy, despite what other vehicles you might be looking at. The Rio is definitely one of Kia’s best values, and especially for first-time car buyers who are wary of locking themselves into car payments for the long-term, this lower-priced option can be a great way to get a beautiful, reliable vehicle (with one of the best warranties on the market), without having to get financing for $25,000.

Kia Forte vs. Chevy Cruze

In between the Rio and the Optima in Kia’s lineup is the Forte. Starting just shy of $16,000, this compact car is often the first our salespeople will point out when someone tells us they’ve been over to Chevrolet and seen the Cruze. They start out at similar prices and have many of the same features. Of course, like all Kia cars, the basic trim package will have more of the most essential features than Chevy’s L or LS trim can provide for the Cruze.

A combined 31 mpg put the Forte nose to nose with the Cruze when it comes to gas mileage, and while there are limited color options for the Forte, most buyers find that they can find a paint color they like, especially if they choose the EX trim (which has far more options than the LX).

The Bottom Line

It’s important to shop around when you are looking for a car. If you’ve settled on a sedan, you are probably looking at all of the sedans that both we and our competitors offer. It’s important to remember that while shopping around is great, you shouldn’t let flashy deals blind you to the aspects of car buying that are actually important. For reliable, beautiful vehicles, Kia is definitely one of the best options. We have a wide variety of sedans and compacts to choose from that are competitively priced, so it’s easy to get the car you want.

Every brand’s selection of vehicles will have their own positive and negative aspects. We think that Kia is the best not only because of their high-quality cars, but also because of the excellent warranties they offer their drivers. So, if you’ve looked at the Chevy Cruze, it’s time to stop by our New Jersey Kia dealership and see the Optima, Rio, and Forte.