Posts from ‘Kia’
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.
Perhaps because it’s the first major auto show of the season (and perhaps because it’s set, of course, in California – the tail that wags the fashion dog), the Los Angeles Auto Show often establishes trends later followed at the other major shows.
2017 Kia Forte S
Class: Compact Car
Miles Driven: 628
Fuel Used: 20.5 gallons
Driving mix: 35% city, 65% highway
Yeah, I know. You’ve hated math ever since you figured out that every part of it you learned after basic algebra would never, ever be used again in your lifetime.
Chicago radio legends Steve and Johnnie take the 2016 Kia Optima SX-L for a video test drive. What did they think of their test vehicle? Watch and find out.
We’re now about three months into our long-term test of the Kia Soul EV, and right in the middle of some seriously sweltering summer temperatures. As we mentioned in our previous update, the hot, humid weather hasn’t hurt our driving range quite as much as we were expecting.
Class: Compact Crossover
Miles Driven: 1580
Fuel Used: 63.7 gallons
Driving mix: 20% city, 80% highway
With warmer weather comes more air-conditioning use. And since the Kia Soul EV’s air conditioning is electric (as opposed to a conventional gas car, which uses an engine-driven compressor pump) and thus is powered by the same battery that the motor uses to propel the car, hitting the A/C button reduces the overall driving range.
Right after our 2015 Kia Soul EV long-term test vehicle arrived in April, Chicago experienced a sustained stretch of mild weather, with temps hovering in the mid-60s–somewhat of an anomaly in these parts. And for those of us on the Consumer Guide Automotive® staff, it was appreciated for more than just the obvious reason.