Kia Questions

2016 Kia Sorrento Display Doesn’t Work

The display in my Sorrento stopped working. Back up camera, radio, phone.... nothing. Screen is black. Help! I’m not mechanically the inclined and do not know where things are located that may fix...

90 Days On Car Gurus—7 Days At Dealership?

I’m looking at a Kia Sportage. The advertisement says the car has been on Car Gurus 90 days, but only 7 days at the specific dealership. Why has the car switched dealerships? The price is also $1...

Broken Contact In Fuse Box For A/C - A/C Not Working!

I have a 2017 Kia Optima. My A/C is not working and I went to check the fuse and it appears that the metal contact has broken off and is sitting at the bottom of the chamber. What can I do?

Has Anyone Dealt With Lemon Law In Florida? Or Anywhere In The USA?

Hey everyone, I’m looking for some advice and to see if anyone else has faced similar issues with their Kia vehicles. Problem Description: I bought a 2024 Kia Telluride last year, and I've been ex...


Will Not Start. (2004 Kia Amanti)

I replaced the spark plugs, wires, vacuum tubes. Now the engine will not start. I do not hear any hissing so not a vacuum leak. When I turn the key I get cranking action (rrrrrrrr noise) but no ...

Kia Overview

"Arise from Asia," the translation of Kia's name, is exactly what Kia did in the early 1990s, seemingly out of nowhere. But the South Korean automaker has been in existence since 1994, as a bicycle and later truck manufacturer. In the 1970s, it was the first Korean automaker to produce the internal combustion engine, and the first to produce a passenger car.

Second only to Korean rival Hyundai, Kia's motto was quality cars, with a strong emphasis on safety and low-cost affordability. Its first appearance in the U.S. was as the Ford Festiva in 1987, essentially a rebadged Kia Pride. With a growing Korean economy, Kia decided to launch its first car in the U.S., the Sephia sedan. Its marketing strategy was to introduce the car gradually, starting in the West Coast and moving across the country. Word of mouth about the economy cars quickly enhanced Kia's reputation and the carmaker soon introduced its compact Sportage SUV, which went on to win several awards and a spot on many top ten lists.

Kia was looking to take over Japan's slot in the compact economy car segment, and in some markets the Sephia even outsold the Protege. However, labor problems, Korea's new openness to foreign imports, and the Asian financial crisis in the 1990s led to Kia declaring bankruptcy. It was acquired by Hyundai in 1998, with a renewed emphasis on quality and reliability.

With Hyundai's guidance, Kia introduced more sedans, including the mid-sized Optima and subcompact Rio. The Spectra was a small, but sporty little hatchback and sedan. The Sportage continues to be a popular SUV choice, especially now that it's moved into the crossover segment, and the Sedona minivan was rated as one of the safest minivans by the Insurance Institute. In 2003, Kia had sold over one million vehicles in the U.S., and it is continuing to expand its lineup today, with the recent Sorento SUV and the new 2007 Rondo, a small crossover with three rows of seating.