Several Kia models recognized as top performers in their respective segments

  • Kia took first place and top honors in MotorTrend’s Ultimate Car Rankings for the second half of 2022
  • Nine different Kia models in various categories were recognized, including the award-winning 2022 EV6 and 2023 Telluride, along with several other electrified vehicles
  • MotorTrend updates the Ultimate Car Rankings list twice a year; award criteria based on more than 70 years of testing expertise and scores on safety, value and more

IRVINE, California., September 2, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Nine Kia models were recognized in MotorTrend’s Ultimate Car Rankings for the second half of 2022. More than half of the podium winners are electric vehicles, including the crowd favorite 2022 EV6, which took first place in the electric SUV category .

“With so many hybrids or EVs from Kia’s podium winners, electric vehicles are clearly going to be a strong suit for the brand,” said Buyer’s Guide Director. Zach Gale. “From the sublime Sportage Hybrid to the sporty EV6, Kia has demonstrated its presence in MotorTrend’s Ultimate Car Rankings.”

The 2023 Telluride, 2022 Rio Sedan and Rio Hatchback took first place in the 3-row SUV, subcompact sedan and subcompact hatchback respectively. Reinforcing Kia’s stable of electrified vehicles, the 2022 Niro1Sportage Hybrid and Sorento Hybrid took second place in the Compact Hybrid Hatch, Compact Hybrid SUV and 3-Row Hybrid SUV segments, respectively.

“We are honored that so many of our vehicles have been recognized, especially the EV6, which continues to confirm its leadership status among an impressive field of electrified competitors,” said Steve Center, COO and EVP, Kia America. “While these rankings bolster our progress in electrification so far, we will only become more formidable as our ‘Plan S’ strategy continues to unfold.”

MotorTrend’s Ultimate Car Rankings launched in 2020 to help the average car buyer better understand their options. Based on the long-running Car, Truck and SUV of the Year award programs, the rating system evaluates how a car drives, long-term value, safety, efficiency, range, technology and more. For more information on MotorTrend’s Ultimate Car Rankings, please visit:

Kia America – about us

headquarters in Irvine, California, Kia America remains at the top of automotive quality surveys and is recognized as one of the top 100 global brands. Kia serves as the NBA’s “Official Automotive Partner” offering a range of gasoline, hybrid, plug-in hybrid and electric vehicles sold through a network of more than 750 dealers across the U.S., including several cars and SUVs sold with proudly assembled in America.

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1 Niro came in second in a two-vehicle segment

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