A Look Back at the Best Kia Models of 2014
As 2014 draws to a close, it’s time for us to reflect back on the year that’s about to leave us. 2014 was a great year in many ways—especially when it comes to Kia vehicles. As a tribute to the past year, we came up with this list of the best Kia models of 2014. Do you agree with our selections, or would you pick another model for your list? Let us know in the comments!
The Optima had a pretty impressive 2014 as far as sales figures go. By the end of November 2014, Kia had sold 147,193 Optimas,compared to 146,419 by the end of November 2013. These figures make the Optima Kia’s best-selling model hands-down in 2014. Additionally, we got to see a Kia Optima T-Hybrid at the Paris Auto Show this year—an impressive vehicle that combines the turbo-diesel engine from the European Optima with a mild-hybrid system that would likely come with a fuel economy rating of around 50 mpg. No plans are in place for mass production of the Optima T-Hybrid, but it was sure cool to look at!
While the Optima might be Kia’s best-selling vehicle to date in 2014, it’s the Soul that’s the up-and-comer in Kia’s lineup. Kia reported that it had sold 135,410 from January – November 2014, compared with just 111,734 in the same period of 2014. Here at Carriage Kia, we’ve always loved the Soul’s quirky styling—especially after the debut of the new generation in the 2014 model. The Soul manages to keep its compact multi-purpose vehicle vibe, while offering some serious and unexpected space on the inside.
The next-generation Sorento doesn’t go on sale until 2015, but 2014 was the year we first set eyes on the redesigned model, making it one of our cars of the year. The 2016 Sorento begins the model’s third generation. It’ll come with a choice between three engines—a 185-hp four-cylinder, a 240-hp four cylinder, and a 290-hp V6—and plenty of space for either five or seven people. Other features include a power liftgate, comfortable fabric seats with the option of upgrading to Nappa leather, and LED fog lamps. Optional extras will include a power sunroof and a 12-speaker Infinity sound system. We can’t wait to see it in person next year!