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Battle of the Brands: Kia vs Ford

Kia vs Ford Lineup Comparison 

While the opportunities to watch competitions these days are dwindling, we’re bringing one to you on the Friendly Kia Blog. The Kia brand continues to accelerate its position in the automotive world and after having introduced two more award-winning vehicles to its lineup, the Telluride and Seltos, it has only gained more popularity.  

In a classic head-to-head matchup, we’re bringing to you Friendly Kia’s Battle of the Brands. In this edition we’re putting the Kia and Ford lineups up against one another to see which one lands on top. Keep reading to see how these two auto manufacturers compare. 

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Kia vs Ford 

Kia has quickly gained even more popularity with its release of new crossover and SUV models, as well as its updates to the fan-favorite Sorento. The brand was once best known for its funky and boxy Soul models, and while this vehicle is still a brand champion, more and more shoppers are turning to Kia for its lineup of crossovers and SUVs.  

In regard to larger vehicles, one of the Kia brand’s top competitors is Ford, a brand known for its pickups and crossovers. Over the years the Ford brand has been slowly removing cars from its lineup and leaving behind solely its larger model options.  

We thought it was only fitting to put Kia up against one of its top competitors for this first round of Friendly Kia’s Battle of the Brands. Let’s see how the two brands compare below! 

 Kia Ford 
Number of cars in lineup 6 – Rio, Forte, Optima, Cadenza, K900, Rio 5-door 1 – Fusion  
Number of SUVs/crossovers/vans in lineup 6 – Soul, Seltos, Sportage, Sorento, Telluride, Sedona 5 – Ecosport, Escape, Edge, Explorer, Expedition  
Number of performance cars in lineup 1 – Stinger 1- Mustang 
Number of hybrid or alternative fuel vehicles in lineup 5 – Niro, Optima Hybrid, Niro Plug-In Hybrid, Optima Plug-In Hybrid, Niro EV 5 – Mustang Mach-e, Fusion Hybrid, Fusion Plug-In Hybrid, Explorer Limited, Escape SE Sport Hybrid 
Number of pickup trucks in lineup 3 – Ranger, F-150, Super Duty 
Number of IIHS Top Safety Pick/Top Safety Pick+ 2020 winners 
Models with Standard Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ Integration   18/18 models 8/15 models  
Engine/Powertrain Warranty 10 years/100,000 miles 5 years/60,000 miles 
Bumper-to-Bumper Warranty 5 years/60,000 miles 3 years/36,000 miles 
Roadside Assistance Warranty 5 years/60,000 miles 5 years/60,000 miles 

Kia Offers Better Features, Better Value, and More Options 

When looking at volume alone, the Kia brand’s 18-model lineup beats out the competing Ford lineup which features just 15 model options. Shoppers get a larger variety of options when they shop for a Kia vehicle, whereas Ford shoppers are limited to mainly crossover and truck options. If shoppers are interested in a small car, they’re limited to just one Ford model option while Kia offers six unique and stylish car models.  

The Kia brand has won numerous awards over the years and in 2020 alone it had six models rank as an IIHS Top Safety Pick or Top Safety Pick+. The Ford brand only managed to get two models on this IIHS list of top models. On top of the outstanding safety features found in every Kia model, all 18 of its models come standard with Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ connectivity, which has quickly become a necessity for many drivers. While the Ford brand offers this technology in many of its vehicles, only eight of its models offer these two systems as standard equipment.  

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Not only does the Kia brand outweigh Ford in terms of options and features, but it gives shoppers an overall better value. With low prices and noteworthy warranties, the Kia brand reigns supreme in this Battle of the Brands.  

For more information about the Kia brand’s lineup of vehicles or to learn more about the available models at Friendly Kia, contact a member of our team today!