Posts from ‘Kia’

Oct
07
2017 Kia Forte S

2017 Kia Forte S

2017 Kia Forte S     2017 Kia Forte S

Class: Compact Car

Miles Driven: 628

Fuel Used: 20.5 gallons

Driving mix: 35% city, 65% highway

Oct
05
EV tools
Tools used: Kill A Watt meter (which measures the amount of volts, amps, or watts running through it — one of my favorite toys), electric bill, and calculator.

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.

Aug
23
2016 Kia Optima SX-L

2016 Kia Optima SX-L

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.

Aug
02
2015 Kia Soul EV

2015 Kia Soul EV

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.

Jul
21
2017 Kia Sportage SX

2017 Kia Sportage SX

2017 Kia Sportage SX FWD    2015 Audi Q5

Class: Compact Crossover

Miles Driven: 1580

Fuel Used: 63.7 gallons

Driving mix: 20% city, 80% highway

Jul
07
Kia Soul EV

After a full battery charge, the range estimate for the Soul EV was listed as 103 miles with the A/C off …

Kia Soul EV

… but that dropped to 95 miles after turning the A/C on. Note that the car’s EPA-estimated range is 93 miles.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

Jun
01
Kia Soul EV

During mild weather, we saw as much as a 105-mile range estimate from our Soul EV’s computer. That significantly beats the official EPA range estimate of 93 miles.

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.

May
20
2017 Kia Sportage SX

2017 Kia Sportage SX

2017 Kia Sportage SX AWD    Consumer Guide Quick Spin

Class: Compact Crossover

Miles Driven: 534

Fuel Used: 25.6 gallons

Driving mix: 65% city, 35% highway

May
05
2016 Kia K900

2016 Kia K900

2016 Kia K900 Luxury V6   2015 Audi Q5

Class: Premium Premium Large Car

Miles Driven: 347

Fuel Used: 19.9 gallons

Apr
30
2015 Kia Soul EV, front

Our extended-use 2015 Kia Soul EV lists for $36,625 including floor mats ($125) and destination ($800); various federal and state incentives can bring that down considerably. EPA range estimate is 93 miles on a charge.

According to a recent report from the Consumer Federation of America, 54 percent of Americans surveyed had a positive view of electric vehicles (EVs), and nearly a third said they would consider buying one as their next car. Yet electric vehicles currently make up only about one percent of overall sales.

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