Kia Awards & Accolades

Kia's commitment to design, quality and value have been recognized with awards and accolades from all over the automotive industry. The Kia K900, Cadenza, Forte, Optima, Optima Hybrid, Soul, Rio, Sorento, Sedona and Sportage are all award winning vehicles.

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Kia Niro 2017 JD Power IQS Award

Highest Ranked Small SUV in Initial Quality

The Kia Niro is one of three all-new or redesigned models to receive a segment award in the 2017 IQS (Kia Cadenza and Chrysler Pacifica). The Niro (76 PP100) outperforms the Small SUV segment average (106 PP100) by a significant 30 PP100.

Kia 2017 Forte JD Power IQS Award

Highest Ranked Compact Car in Initial Quality

The Forte, Kia’s small car entry, receives its first-ever IQS award in 2017 in the Compact Car segment with a score of 75 PP100. The Forte improves by 11 PP100 from 2016, with its largest gains coming from the Exterior and Features/ Controls/Displays (FCD) categories.

Kia 2017 Soul JD Power IQS Award

Highest Ranked Compact Multi-Purpose Vehicle in Initial Quality, 3 Years In a Row

For a third consecutive year, the Soul, Kia’s unique multi-purpose vehicle, receives a segment award. With a score of 68 PP100 (problems per 100 vehicles)—an improvement of 4 PP100 from last year—the 2017 Kia Soul ranks highest in the Compact MPV segment. The Soul has also received an IQS segment award five times since 2012, and for a third consecutive year in 2017.

Kia 2017 Sorento JD Power IQS Award

Highest Ranked Midsize SUV in Initial Quality, 2 out of 3 Years in a Row

The Sorento (65 PP100) receives its second IQS segment award in three years. It outperforms the Midsize SUV average (95 PP100) in all eight problem categories. The Sorento has the fewest problems within the segment in all four major problem types: Squeaks/Rattles/Abnormal Noises, Difficult to Use (DTU), Broken/Not Working (NW), and Worn/Damaged.

Kia 2017 Cadenza JD Power IQS Award

Highest Ranked Large Car In Initial Quality

The Cadenza, redesigned for 2017, leads all models across the industry in initial quality in 2017 with a score of 51 PP100. Design problems are a major strength for the Cadenza, with 14 fewer PP100 than the next closest competitor in the Large Car segment. Additionally, the Cadenza outperforms the Large Car segment average (91 PP100) by a significant 40 PP100.

Kia 2015 NHTSA Safety Rating

nhtsa overall 5-star crash safety rating for 6 kia models

  • 2015 FORTE
  • 2015 Optima
  • 2015 Optima Hybrid
  • 2015 Sorento
  • 2015 Soul
  • 2015 Sportage

Starting with 2011 models, NHTSA has introduced tougher tests and rigorous new 5-Star Safety Ratings that provide more information about safety feature performance and crash avoidance technologies.

Kia 2015 IIHS Top Safety Pick

3 kia models earn iihs top safety pick for 2015

  • 2016 Sorento
  • 2015 Sedona
  • 2015 Soul

To qualify for 2015 TOP SAFETY PICK, a vehicle must earn good ratings in the moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraint tests, as well as a good or acceptable rating in the small overlap front test.

Kia K900 - 2015 International Car of the Year

2015 kia k900 wins 2015 international car of the year award, presented by road & travel magazine

In 1996, the ICOTY Awards pioneered the 'emotional connection' (theme) as it related to cars and consumers to help raise awareness that people have strong feelings about their vehicles throughout the purchasing process and ownership. It's not, nor has ever been, just about camshafts and chrome. It's about how cars reflect our personalities and status in life.

Kia Optima – Consumer Digest Best Buy

a consumers digest best buy for the 2015 optima

"Best Buy" recipients are based on what vehicles Consumers Digest believes offers the most value for the money in their respective vehicle classes. The concept of "value," according to Consumers Digest, is based on a vehicle's purchase price and ownership costs relative to subjective factors like comfort, performance, styling and utility.

Kia Soul – 2015 Most Popular on

kia soul - 2015 most popular on

The 2015 Most Popular on vehicle list was derived by finding the three models in each vehicle segment with the highest "car-shopper consideration." "Car-shopper consideration" means the total of the monthly unique desktop website visitors (measured by unique cookies) during January 1, 2014 and October 31, 2014 to the research and inventory pages, including model year detail pages (core pages), reviews, build and price tools and new car inventory, on for each new model from January 1, 2014 to October 31, 2014. A list of all winners is available at

Kia Cadenza – Highest Ranked Large Car in Initial Quality

kia cadenza highest ranked large car in initial quality

Taken from the Initial Quality Study (IQS), which looks at owner-reported problems in the first 90 days of new- vehicle ownership, this award is based on problems that have caused a complete breakdown or malfunction, or where controls or features may work as designed, but are difficult to use or understand.