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Kia vs Hyundai: Why Choose Kia?

Kia vs Hyundai: Why Choose Kia?

When you're shopping for a new car that's both budget-friendly and reliable, two automakers stand out: Kia and Hyundai. Both brands top the list of JD Power's Initial Quality Study, so you know you can count on them. These Korean manufacturers even have the same parent company, bringing the two brands closer together in terms of hardware and technology. So, what exactly is the difference between models made my Kia and Hyundai? And which should you choose?

What Kia Has that Hyundai Doesn't

Are you shopping for a minivan to bolster your parenting skills? Hyundai doesn't even make a minivan. But you're in luck, because Kia does: the Sedona, a budget-friendly, modern take on family-friendly driving. Or maybe you're more the big sedan type. But Hyundai doesn't offer a big sedan! Once again, Kia is your main automaker. Check out the Kia Cadenza for a smooth-riding, roomy ride.

Kia Stinger

Believe it or not, Kia is also the most luxurious of the pair. When you want upscale digs-think supple leather upholstery and supreme power-check out the Kia Stinger and K900. Later this year, when Kia rolls out the 2020 Telluride, to match the Hyundai's upcoming Palisade. The Telluride is an upcoming mid-size crossover SUV that's taking Kia comfort and capabilities to entirely new levels.

Everyman's Automaker

Kia literally has a car, crossover, or minivan for every kind of driver. Whether you're looking to spend a lot or a little, wrap yourself in luxury, or just gather enough head- and legroom for a family of seven, there's a Kia model that's ready for action.

Kia Optima

If you're shopping for your first car, but don't have much money for a down payment, check out the Kia Rio, which starts at just $15,390. If you're looking for more luxury and off-road capability, check out the Telluride. (Did we mention Hyundai doesn't have anything like it?) Want a more budget-friendly take on family travel and sporty performance? We highly recommend the Kia Sorento, which now comes standard with three rows of seating.

Stellar Safety

In addition to Kia's stellar rep for reliability, the automaker puts a serious emphasis on safety. (And who doesn't love a crashworthy car?) Kia offers all the usual driver aids. You know the usual suspects: forward collision mitigation to help you avoid fender benders, blind-spot warning to alert you to cars lurking in your shadow.

However, Kia is moving forward with the kind of safety features usually only found on high-end luxury cars. Some Kias offer a rear-seat occupancy system. When it's time to exit the cabin, the system alerts you to any passengers (kids or dogs) that might still be in the rear seats, so you don't leave them in a dangerously hot cabin. Then there's the safe exit assist system, which keeps passengers from exiting when the car senses a nearby vehicle in motion. If you've got kids, this is an especially great feature for your peace of mind.