Both the 2017 Kia Soul and Cadenza receive Best Cars for Families awards from the prestigious U.S. News & World Report. The Soul was crowned the winner of the Compact Cars category which featured over 20 different competitors, while the Cadenza was picked out of a field of 11 fierce rivals, making it the Large Car category winner.
Kia is especially pleased to receive the awards, as they offer recognition of the tremendous work and effort they’ve been putting into their cars recently. Orth Hedrick, the company’s vice present, was quoted saying that Kia is thrilled to have two of its models announced winners by the U.S. News & World Report. Such an accomplishment couldn’t have come at a better time for the company, with the year just starting and Kia unveiling their updated models at the Geneva Motor Show.
The guys over at U.S. News & World report judged the vehicles based on their safety, seating and cargo volume, family-friendly features, reliability and of course, affordability. The compact Soul was crowned winner thanks to its perfect ride height, excellent onboard technologies, and unique styling. It’s a real breath of fresh air in the otherwise dull and uninspiring compact segment, where manufacturers just seem to be copying each other’s, models. With Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and the UVO1 system making teenager monitoring easy, the Soul is excellent for parents, kids and even the elderly.
The Cadenza received similar praises. The excellent qualities which make it such a great luxury vehicle make it an amazing family car too. The rear sunshades keep passengers cool and protected from harmful UV rays, while the same UVO1 system with teen-friendly driver controls makes handing the keys over to your son or daughter a stress-free process. Its best-in-class cabin space and boot space certainly help too.
The 2017 Kia Soul comes in three different trim levels, one of which offers a 201 horsepower turbocharged engine in the form of the Exclaim4. Prices start at $16,100, go up to $35,950, and you can even buy an EV Soul if you want a hybrid. The brand-new, redesigned for 2017 Kia Cadenza starts at $31,900, and prices go up to $44,390 for the flagship model.