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2018 Kia Stinger GT2 AWD V6

2018 Kia Stinger GT2 AWD V6 in Silky Silver

2015 Audi Q52018 Kia Stinger GT2 AWD V6

Class: Premium Midsize Car

Miles driven: 501

Fuel used: 28.2 gallons

2018 Kia Niro PHEV EX Premium in Gravity Blue

2018 Kia Niro PHEV EX Premium in Gravity Blue

2015 Audi Q52018 Kia Niro PHEV EX Premium

Class: Compact Crossover

Miles driven: 990

Fuel used: 22.4 gallons

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2018 Toyota Yaris iA

The following article, written by Consumer Guide Publisher Tom Appel, first appeared in the “2018 Chicago Auto Show Official Show Guide.” Thanks to the Chicago Automobile Trade Association, producers of the Chicago Auto Show, for allowing us to share the text again here. 

Thanks to easy access to ridesharing services such as Uber, Lyft, and Wingz, many urban dwellers have found that they can live free of the complications and costs of car ownership. On the occasion that short-hop transportation is needed, these car-free bon vivants turn to a smartphone app and order up a quick ride. Other times, public transportation suffices.

2019 Kia Forte

2019 Kia Forte

2018 Detroit Auto Show, NAIASDETROIT—Kia kicked off the fourth generation of its mainstream compact car with the unveiling of the 2019 Forte at the 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The new Forte gets fresh styling on a slightly larger platform, an all-new powertrain, new driver assistance features, and estimated fuel economy of up to 35 mpg combined.


Kia Soul EV, Living With an Electric Car

To wrap up our 14-month evaluation of the all-electric Kia Soul EV, each member of the Consumer Guide vehicle-evaluation team has shared their thoughts on their experiences with our long-term test vehicle. Be sure to explore our monthly updates on the Soul EV for a more detailed look at the pros and cons of living with an electric vehicle.


2015 Soul EV

“We’re baaaaaack.”

It was the 90s calling.

No, not the 1990s, with its mullet haircuts, punk-rock videos, and 50 shades of teal. Rather, it was the 90-mile range estimates on our Kia Soul EV.

2017 Kia Niro Touring

2017 Kia Niro Touring in Deep Cerulean

2017 Kia Niro Touring  2015 Audi Q5

Class: Compact Crossover

Miles Driven: 307

Fuel Used: 6.7 gallons

2015 Kia Soul EV

Our long-term Kia Soul EV on the charger. Can you tell it’s cold outside but warm inside? Probably not.

One of the downsides of electric cars — as noted in our previous Kia Soul EV long-term update — is that cold weather really cuts into the driving range. That’s likely due in part to the battery being less efficient in cold temperatures, and certainly to the fact that creating heat from electricity is an extremely inefficient endeavor.

Kia Soul EV charging, Impact on Range

Cold weather takes a significant toll on our long-term Kia Soul EV’s driving range.

According to the calendar, spring has officially arrived, and we can consign the winter of 2016-17 to the history books. Aside from one early March blast of snowy weather, our Chicagoland stomping grounds got off pretty easy in terms of frozen precipitation this season—but we still had our fair share of days where the thermometer didn’t get above single digits. Since the bone-chilling temperatures and snowstorms are (hopefully) in our rearview mirror now, it’s a good time to review our winter testing experience with our long-term Kia Soul EV. 

2017 Kia Soul Exclaim

2017 Kia Soul ! (Exclaim) in Clear White

2017 Kia Soul ! (Exclaim)      Consumer Guide Test Drive

Class: Subcompact Car

Miles Driven: 511

Fuel Used: 19.0 gallons

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