2017 Kia Soul – Release Date, Review and Specs

The new 2017 Kia Soul is a great choice for an urban commuter or as an alternative to a small crossover owing to its extensive feature content, fun-to-drive attitude, funky styling, and wagon-based practicality. Other strengths include excellent crash test scores, a long warranty, user-friendly controls, spacious passenger space, and an attractive cabin. Its release date should be expected sometime in August 2017.

2017 Kia Soul side view, exterior, taillights, green color

The boxy design of the 2017 Kia Soul affords more usable cargo space than some hatchbacks and small crossovers. As befitting of a car of its dimensions, practicality is Kia Soul’s greatest strengths. There is plenty of interior space that is well-distributed for ample head-and legroom. However, the same can’t be said about its cargo volume.

2017 Kia Soul side view, allow wheels and headlights

Another compelling feature about the Soul is the sheer number of options available, you can virtually customize it in any way. Throw in premium feature such as ventilated and heated front seats, and leather and you’ve got a serious vehicle unrivaled by very few cars in its segment.

The meteoric rise of compact and subcompact crossovers has sounded the death knell for tall, boxy wagons. It continues with the same tradition passed down to it by the Nissan Cube or the Scion xB. It is even proving hard to categorize it as it’s possess multiple attributes that traverses several segments.

2017 Kia Soul rear view, tailpipe and taillights

However, some have criticized its ride as being harsh especially with larger wheels. Also, its engines are fuel thrifty relative to what the competition offers. As such, you should consider its competition first. Some of them include the 2017 Mazda 3, 2017 Honda HR-V, the fun-to-drive 2017 Ford Focus, and the pricey 2017 Volkswagen SportWagen.

2017 Kia Soul side angle, green color, alloy wheels

Offered Trims – Kia Soul

Three trim levels are available for the five-passenger 2017 Kia Soul: base, + (Plus), and! (Exclaim).

Interior Colors & 2017 Kia Soul Exterior Review

The existing color palette, pending further additions during its release date, includes Clear White, Bright Silver, Shadow Black, and Alien II.

2017 Kia Soul interior, leather seats, dashboard

The base model features some of the following standard accessories and features: a height-adjustable driver seat, driver-selectable steering settings, 16” alloy wheels, auxiliary audio jack, a folding 60/40-split rear seatbacks, full power accessories, a 4.3” touchscreen interface, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, cloth upholstery, a rear privacy glass, keyless entry and ignition, a premium sound system, a tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, and satellite radio.

2017 Kia Soul interior, steering wheel, gear shift knob

The Soul + upgrades with a 12-V power outlet, a front rear center armrest, a cargo cover, 17” wheels, a more powerful engine, a fold-down rear-seat armrest, a gloss black grille, foglights, and adaptive cruise control.

2016 Kia Soul front angle, hedlights and grile

Optional features provided for the Soul Plus include a premium eight-speaker Infiniti audio system, upgraded interior accents, a leather-wrapped steering wheel,  automatic dual-zone climate control, Kia’s Uvo eServices infotainment service, 18-inch wheels, a leather upholstery, two-tone exterior trim, LED interior lighting, ventilated and heated front seats, a panoramic sunroof, xenon headlights, LED taillights and running lights, a steering heated wheel, outboard heated seats, an 8-inch touchscreen interface, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and  a navigation system.

2017 Kia Soul trunk

At the pinnacle of the trim ladder is the Soul! Which further ads an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a two-way power driver seat, power-folding side mirrors, chrome interior accents, a leather upholstery, integrated LED turn signals, and body-colored fascia bumpers and accents.

Specifications

Wheelbase: 101.2 in
Length: 163 in
Width: 70.9 in
Passenger volume: 101 ft³
Cargo volume: 24.2 ft³
Curb weight: 2744 lbs
Top Speed: 115 mph
0-60: 9,1 sec
MPG: 24/31 (city/highway)
Available Exterior Colors: Alien II, Bright Silver, Clear White and Shadow Black
Towing Capacity: N/A

2017 Kia Soul Engine Specs

Two different engines are offered under the hood of the 2017 Kia Soul: a four-cylinder 1.6L engine and a 2.0L four-cylinder engine.  The former is offered for the base Soul and generates 130 hp and 118 lbs. ft. of torque which is transferred to the front wheels via the standard six-speed manual transmission system. According to EPA estimates, we should expect 30/24/26 mpg on the highway/city/combined.

2017 Kia Soul engine

The four-cylinder 2.0L engine is offered with the Soul + model and is rated at 164 hp and 151 pounds-feet of torque. Similarly, it is offered with a six-cylinder engine which is responsible for routing the power to the AWD system. EPA says you should expect 31/24/27 mpg.

2017 Kia Soul engine view

It is rumored the 2.0L Soul is gutsier than the 1.6L version and will probably be the preferred choice for most buyers.

Price & 2017 Kia Soul Release Date

2017 Kia Soul release date

Credible sources allege the new 2017 Kia Soul will be offered with a sticker price of just $15,800. And as for its release date, most sources point to August 2017.

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2017 Kia Soul side view, green color, alloy wheels and headlights

2017 Kia Soul side angle, alloy wheels and headlights

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2017 Kia Soul side view, exterior, alloy wheels

2016 Kia Soul rear angle tailpipe and taillights

2017 Kia Optima Release Date & Info

The Kia Optima for 2017 combines a strong value proposition and a sporty styling resulting in a vehicle that is hard to beat. Additionally, with plenty of luxury and convenience features, serene cabin, a superb blend of performance and fuel efficiency, it will definitely be on the priority list of anyone shopping in the midsize sedan segment. Its release date should be expected in March 2017.

2017 Kia Optima exterior, white color, side view, alloy wheels

The entry of the Optima in the market will be met with a fierce rivalry staged by known bigwigs such as Honda Accord, Toyota Camry, and Ford Fusion. And despite being in the segment for over fifteen years now, it only elevated itself recently from the lower bargain segment to a serious rival.

2017 Kia Optima side angle, red color, alloy wheels

The Kia with its new looks and fresh appeal raises the bar a notch higher from the outgoing model that has helped shape its humble beginnings to a serious midsize vehicle. One notable thing that never changes in the Optima is its exterior design. Slightly taller, wider, and longer than its immediate predecessor but nothing much in terms of design and exterior cues. Although we expect new color additions to the existing color palette.

2017 Kia Optima SXL rear view, taillights, silver color

In order to notice the differences between the new and the outgoing model, you’ll need to either be hawk eyed or be a diehard Optima fan. The changes are subtle but are welcome nonetheless. The previous model offered was a success in the market and redesigning it significantly may result in unnecessary damages especially if buyers are still observing caution.

2017 Kia Optima front view, red color, headlights and alloy wheels

One thing is for sure though, the chassis comes with high-strength steel that underpins better high-speed stability, structural rigidity, and improved handling. There is nothing much to say when it comes to matters concerning under its hood as it carries over the previous engine entire lineup.

2017 Kia Optima exterior, front view, alloy wheels, headlights, grille

Even as we commend the efforts Kia has invested in the new 2017 Kia Optima, there are still some issues that could have been addressed better such as the numb steering and the limited rear headroom. As such, it would be wise to explore other options in the segment before ultimately making a decision. Some of its rivals include the stylish and fun-to drive 2017 Mazda 6, the well-appointed 2017 Toyota Camry, the refreshed and powerful 2017 Honda, and, last but certainly not least, is the well-rounded and closely-related cousin 2017 Hyundai Sonata.

Still the 2017 Kia Optima continues to offer the right mix of today’s elite sedans through its blend of value, performance and style.

Available Trims – Kia Optima

The 2017 Kia Optima is offered as a five-passenger sedan available in SXL, SX Turbo, EX, and LX trims. The hybrid model comes in a separate review.

Interior Review & Exterior Changes – 2017 Kia Optima

Standard features available for the base LX model includes a rearview camera, an auxiliary audio jack, a CD player, satellite radio, a 60/40/split rear seatback, a tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, air-conditioning, full power accessories, 16-inch alloy wheels, Bluetooth phone and audio controls, and a six-speaker audio system.

2017 Kia Optima dashboard, steering wheel, lcd screen, gear shift knob

Other optional features available for he trim include an auto-dimming rearview mirror, laminated front door window, an eight-way power driver seat, driver memory settings, rear-cross traffic alert, keyless entry and ignition, laminated front door windows, leather-wrapped steering wheel, rear parking sensors, and blind-spot monitor.

2017 Kia Optima interior, leather front and rear seats, steering wheel

Others include an 8” touchscreen interface, two charge-only USB ports, Kia’s Uvo infotainment system, a navigation system, rear air-conditioning systems, automatic climate control (dual-zone), LED taillights, and HD radio.

2017 Kia Optima EX exterior, side view, headlights and alloy wheels

Picking the EX trim gets you a heated steering wheel, 17-inch alloy wheels, rear parking sensors, blind-spot monitor, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, and a leather upholstery. The SX trims adds a rear spoiler, adaptive xenon headlights, 18-inch alloy wheels, rear side window sunshades, unique exterior styling details, dual exhaust tips, upgraded gauges, and ambient lighting.

2017 Kia Optima Engine Specs

All the models are front wheel drive. The 2.4L four-cylinder engine rated at 185 horsepower and 178 lbs. ft. of torque comes equipped under the hood of both the EX and LX models. This power gets transmitted to the front wheels via the standard six-speed automatic transmission.

2017 Kia Optima

Next up is a four-cylinder 1.6L engine rated at 178 horsepower and 195 lbs. ft. of torque. The power drives the front wheels via the seven-speed automated clutch transmission.

Finally, generating 245 horsepower and 260 lbs. ft. of torque is a four-cylinder 2.0L engine under the hood of both the SX and SXL models. Here, the front wheels receive the power through the standard six-speed automatic transmission system.

Specifications

Wheelbase: 9 ft. 2.4 in. (110.4 in.)
Length: 15 ft. 11.1 in. (191.1 in.)
Width: 6 ft. 1.2 in. (73.2 in.)
Passenger volume: 105 cu ft
Cargo volume: 16 cu ft
Curb weight: 3399 lb
Top Speed: 135 mph
0-60: 7.5 sec
MPG: 24/35 (city/highway)
Available Exterior Colors: Ebony Black, Horizon Blue, Moss Grey, Sangria, Snow White Pearl, Sparkling, Silver, Titanium Silver …
Towing Capacity: N/A

Price & Kia Optima For 2017 Release Date

March 2017 is the set date of release for the 2017 Kia Optima according to various sources privy of its operations. As for the window sticker, the Optima sedan will cost you a base MSRP starting from $21,840.

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2017 Kia Optima side view, white color, alloy wheels, headlights

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2017 Kia Optima rear view, red color, taillights and alloy wheels

2017 Kia Optima rear view, taillights, tailpipe, white color

2017 Kia Optima rear angle, talpipe and taillights

2017 Kia Optima trunk

2017 Kia Forte Release Date & Info

Given its broad appeal, the new 2017 Kia Forte offers a lot of value and a sharp appeal. And makes for a great choice with its superb features such as a lengthy warranty, easy-to-use controls, spacious interior for both coupe and sedan, and strong engines. Below you’ll get lots of info about the Forte in terms of its exterior and interior changes, engine specs, expected release, and price estimate.

2017 Kia Forte exterior, blue color

Whether you opt for the 2017 Kia Forte Sedan, two-door coupe (Koup) or four-door hatchback, you’ll enjoy a contemporary, handsome design. Impressive results were gotten from Forte’s redesign two years ago and even though the new model doesn’t offer any major overhauls, it offers laudable features such as a peppy acceleration, a fair price, and a generous list of standard features.

Even the base model is appealing with its quality materials and comfortable cabin. Kia has kept the ball rolling with several minor updates and tweaks on its packages and iterations as well. For example, the base model offers high-end options such as adaptive cruise control, upgraded cloth upholstery, and xenon headlights. Though the latter is offered as an option.

2017 Kia Forte rear angle, grille and headlights

The option sheet also includes additional features such as a selectable steering assist, keyless ignition and entry, ventilated heated seats, and rear heated seats. Carryover engines will bring with them the competitive power and acceleration they offered for the previous model.

And for those who prefer fuel economy over thrill, none of the engines offered will bowl you over. Hopefully though, the segment now offers a plethora of alternatives that meet anyone’s priority. For instance, the 2017 Mazda 3 offers an unrivaled mix of comfort, fuel economy, and athleticism.

2017 Kia Forte rear angle, taillights and tailpipe

And even with rivals such as the 2017 VW Jetta or Golf, 2017 Honda Civic, and 2017 Hyundai Elantra nipping at its heels, the 2017 Kia Forte remains an incredible choice when you’re shopping for an affordable coupe, sedan or hatchback.

Trims Offered – Kia Forte

The sedan is offered in LX and EX trims; the Koup in EX and SX models, and lastly, the Hatchback (Forte 5) is offered in LX, and EX, and SX trims.

Exterior Review & 2017 Kia Forte Interior Redesign

2017 Kia Forte exterior, rear angle, grille

The LS Sedan is offered with the following accessories and features; a 60/40-split folding rear seat, heated mirrors, 15” steel wheels, Bluetooth audio and phone connectivity, a USB port, a CD player, a four-speaker sound system, a trip computer, air-conditioning, full power accessories, a USB port, a height-adjustable driver seat, a telescopic-and-tilt steering wheel, automatic dual-zone climate control, upgraded cloth upholstery, adaptive cruise control, and satellite radio.

2017 Kia Forte gear shift knob, lcd screen and dashboard

The Popular package offered as an option for the base model packs a rearview camera, 16” alloy wheels, upgraded interior upholstery, automatic headlights, a 4.3-inch touchscreen display, and automatic headlights.

The EX steps you up with LED running lights, a cooling glovebox, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a more agile engine, adjustable steering effort, exterior power folding mirrors, and foglights.

2017 Kia Forte leather seats ans steering wheel

The Premium package available as an option bundles a navigation system, a leather upholstery, a sunroof, HD radio, Kia’s Uvo eServices telematics, a sunroof, keyless entry and ignition, and a rearview auto-dimming mirror.

The SX versions get extra 18-inch wheels, a larger front brake, unique rear and front styling, a turbocharged engine, and an automatic climate control.

2017 Kia Forte interior, backseats

Specifications

Wheelbase: 8 ft. 10.3 in. (106.3 in.)
Length: 14 ft. 11.5 in. (179.5 in.)
Width: 5 ft. 10.1 in. (70.1 in.)
Passenger volume: 96.2 ft³
Cargo volume: 14.9 cu.ft.
Curb weight: 2804 lbs.
Top Speed: 134 mph
0-60: 7.4 sec
MPG: 25/37 mpg
Available Exterior Colors: Aurora Black, Clear White, Crimson Red, Silky Silver, Steel Blue…
Towing Capacity: N/A

2017 Kia Forte Engine Specification

Several engine options are offered for the 2017 Kia Forte. A four-cylinder engine under the hood of the Forte LX provides about 145 hp and 130 lbs. ft. of torque. With an automatic transmission paired to this engine, EPA projects a fuel return of 39/26/31 mpg on the highway/city/combined, and about 37/25/30 mpg with the LX six-speed manual.

The EX gets a power bump of 173 horsepower and 154 pounds-feet of torque from its 2.0L four-cylinder engine. Forte EX sedan return 35/24/28 mpg.

2017 Kia Forte engine

For automatic-equipped EX and EX hatchbacks, expect about 28 mpg/combined but with slightly lower highway figure.

The Forte 5 SX and the Forte Koup SX are offered with a four-cylinder turbocharged 1.6L engine rated at 201 horsepower and 195 pounds-feet of torque. You have an option of either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic. Either transmission gets you 29/21/24 mpg with the Kia Forte SX trim model. The Koupe is estimated to return 29/22/25 mpg with the manual, and 30/22/25 mpg with the automatic.

Price & 2017 Kia Forte Release Date

2017 Kia Forte exterior, side view

It is expected to be released in MAY 2017 at least that’s according to media reports. As for the price, the Forte Sedan will likely set you back by 15,990 USD, and 18,090 USD with the Forte Hatchback.

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2017 Kia Forte alloy wheel

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2017 Kia Forte side view, alloy wheels

2017 Kia Forte steering wheel and gear shift knob