Rear view of green 2021 Kia Sorento

Kia Takes Home Trifecta of 2021 “Best Car for the Money” Awards

Are Kia Vehicles Worth the Money? 

Three members of the star-studded Kia lineup have taken home “Best Car for the Money” titles from U.S. News & World Report. The 2021 Kia Forte Sedan, 2021 Kia Soul Compact SUV, and 2021 Kia Sorento SUV took top honors in their respective categories during this year’s rankings.  

This trifecta of awards makes the answer to the question, “Are Kia vehicles worth the money?” a resounding yes. We are diving into what helped these three top Kia models earn recognition for their affordability and value below. Continue reading to see why buying your next Kia will be more than worth the money.  

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U.S. News & World Report Awards Kia Sorento, Soul, Forte 

Blue 2021 Kia Forte Profile

During this year’s “Best Car for the Money” awards, U.S. News & World Report editors looked at the quality and value of examined vehicles. The quality of a vehicle was determined by the vehicle’s performance in the previous U.S. News & World Report “Best Car” Rankings. The value of a vehicle was determined by a combination of five-year total ownership costs and transaction prices.  

The Kia Soul and Sorento took home their fifth consecutive “Best Car for the Money” awards during their years rankings.  

“The Kia Sorento’s low price and operating costs make it a great value, and that value comes without compromises on features, comfort or performance,” said Jamie Page Deaton, executive editor, U.S. News & World Report. “Car reviewers love the Forte for its roomy passenger cabin and long list of standard features. Its low price and long-term ownership costs make it a great value. This is a car that buyers – and their budgets – will enjoy owning for the long haul. And the Kia Soul has plenty of interior space and an excellent infotainment system. Its long warranty keeps repair costs low, making it an excellent long-term value.” 

How Much is a Kia? 

The Kia brand is known for its affordable pricing and in-demand features. Kia keeps its vehicles within consumers’ budgets, without ever skimping out on features or amenities. To answer the question of “How much is a Kia?”, we have laid out the base pricing ranges for each model in the Kia brand’s lineup. Get a look at how affordable Kia vehicles from Friendly Kia are below. 

Rear view of red 2021 Kia Soul
  • 2021 Kia Rio – $16,050 – $16,690 starting MSRP 
  • 2021 Kia Rio 5-Door – $16,990 starting MSRP 
  • 2021 Kia Soul – $17,590 – $27,650 starting MSRP 
  • 2021 Kia Forte – $17,890 – $23,390 starting MSRP 
  • 2021 Kia Seltos – $21,990 – $27,990 starting MSRP 
  • 2021 Kia K5 – $23,590 – $30,590 starting MSRP 
  • 2021 Kia Sportage – $24,090 – $33,750 starting MSRP 
  • 2020 Kia Niro – $24,590 – $32,790 starting MSRP 
  • 2021 Kia Sorento – $29,390 – $40,590 starting MSRP 
  • 2021 Kia Sedona – $30,400 – $41,500 starting MSRP 
  • 2021 Kia Telluride – $32,190 – $42,490 starting MSRP  
  • 2021 Kia Stinger – $33,090 – $50,390 starting MSRP 
  • 2020 Kia Cadenza – $37,850 – $43,550 starting MSRP 

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When you shop for a budget-minded Kia vehicle here at Friendly Kia you can shop with confidence knowing your purchase will be more than worth the money. Head over to our online inventory to get a look at our current range of affordable Kia models in the Tampa Bay area. Contact a member of our team with any questions about the Kia lineup or our available vehicles.