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Kia revamps 2014 lineup, adds more standard features, more luxury

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The 2014 Kia Cadenza is a well-equipped large sedan that offers a single trim level. The front-wheel-drive sedan is longer and wider than the Optima and it offers a 3.3-liter V6 with 293 horsepower mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission. A luxury cruiser at its core, Cadenza has a wealth of standard and optional high-end features, contemporary styling and an MSRP of $35,900 - $42,400.


The FWD Kia Forte gets a full redesign for 2014. In the compact car class, the Forte’s attractive low price (MSRP $16,700 - $21,900) and generous standard features make it a value. Forte has three body styles: sedan, 4-door hatchback and 2-door coupe. There are three different engines: 1.8- and 2.0-liter 4-cylinder and a turbocharged 1.6-liter engine.


The full-size luxury class gets a Kia model in 2014 with the introduction of the V8-powered 2015 Kia K900. This rear-wheel-drive sedan will be a sportier version of the luxury Equus from cousin Hyundai. The K900 will offer 311-hp 3.8-liter V6 and a 420-hp 5.0-liter V8, both mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission. Visual style is distinct and bold and the cabin is laden with technology.


The Kia Optima gets a few changes, from updated front and rear styling to cabin enhancements such as a restyled steering wheel and upgraded seating. New features, including keyless ignition/entry, a blind-spot monitoring system, rear parking sensors and new display screens give the base price (MSRP $22,300 - $35,300) a reason to shine. Optima’s bold styling makes it a standout in the crowded pack.


One of Kia’s best-selling models, the Kia Soul is redesigned for 2014. The boxy wagon’s unique styling and big standard equipment make the MSRP $15,695 - $20,500 an attention getter for budget-minded buyers. The base 1.6-liter engine is capable, but the more powerful 2.0-liter (164 hp) 4-cylinder gets some serious revisions.


For 2014, the Kia Sorento midsize crossover SUV gets a slight update to exterior styling with an additional upgraded cabin and a more powerful V6 engine. Last year’s base 4-cylinder engine is gone and a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder becomes the entry-level engine. The MSRP $24,995 - $40,100 gives Sorento plenty of appeal to a large buyer pool.


The Kia Sedona returns with slight styling changes inside and out. Not much has changed and this affordable minivan delivers a smooth ride with a roomy interior and that great 100,000-mile 10-year warranty. The 2014 Kia Sedona can seat seven passengers and it is available in two trim levels, LX and EX, MSRP $26,795 - $30,900.


The 2014 Kia Sportage has tremendous design flair and an exterior that suggests athletic mobility and handling. Kia has slightly revamped the Sportage with a new grille, wheel designs, HID headlamps and new LED rear taillamps. Sportage offers only 4-cylinder engines, with the base 2.4-liter direct-injection in-line four getting a power boost from 176 hp to 182 hp. Look for an impressing MSRP at $22,495 - $28,400.

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