Posts from ‘Kia’

Jun
26

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.

May
22
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

Mar
30
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.

Mar
21
Kia Soul EV charging

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. 

Mar
15
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

Mar
13

Consumer Guide Fuel Economy Champions

At Consumer Guide®, we take pride in not simply reporting the fuel-economy number provided by a given test vehicle’s trip computer–and we don’t blindly accept the EPA’s numbers. Instead, we buy our own gas and do the math.

Jan
12
2017 Fiat 500L

Fiat 500L

The numbers are in, and 2016 was another banner year for light-vehicle sales in the U.S. All told, American consumers purchased more than 17.5 million new cars and trucks.

Jan
09
2018 Kia Stinger

2018 Kia Stinger

2017 Detroit Auto ShowDETROIT — Kia unveiled an all-new rear-wheel-drive fastback sports sedan in conjunction with the 2017 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The 2018 Kia Stinger is the production embodiment of the Kia GT concept car that was first shown in 2011.

Dec
14
2017 Kia Cadenza Technology

2017 Kia Cadenza Technology in Silky Silver

2017 Kia Cadenza Technology  2015 Audi Q5

Class: Large Car

Miles Driven: 462

Fuel Used: 21.8 gallons

Dec
05
Kia Soul EV

Kia Soul EV with its charging port “open for business.”

Ah, fall. When – here in the Midwest – it’s not too cold, not too hot, and not too rainy … for about three weeks.

Short as that utopian span is, it’s the closest we ever come to simulating the year-round climate of coastal California. Which, as it so happens, is where most EVs are sold.

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