Kia Soul and Forte 5-door Named to Cars.Com’s "Top 10 Urban Cars" List


Kia Motors is Only Brand to Place Two Vehicles on List

  • Forte 5-door praised for offering ample cargo space, great fuel economy and numerous standard safety and technology features
  • Soul urban passenger vehicle recognized for modern design, standard amenities and attractive starting price

IRVINE, Calif., May 25, 2011 – Kia Motors America’s (KMA) lineup of stylish and fun-to-drive vehicles continues to receive praise from consumers and industry observers for offering a compelling combination of cutting-edge technology, world-class design and outstanding fuel efficiency at a tremendous value. The latest accolade comes from the editors at who placed the 2011 Kia Forte 5-door and Soul urban passenger vehicle on their recent list of the “Top 10 Urban Cars.” Both vehicles were identified as great choices for city dwellers due to their practical size, low starting price, excellent visibility and tight turning radius.

“Kia Motors’ design-led transformation has delivered a stylish lineup of vehicles that turn heads as they roll through urban city streets, and vehicles such as the Soul and Forte 5-door that offer cutting-edge technology and impressive fuel economy at a tremendous value are dramatically raising consumer perception and awareness of the Kia brand,” said Michael Sprague, vice president, marketing communications, KMA. “Being the only brand to place two vehicles on the ‘Top 10 Urban Cars’ list underscores the importance of flexible, versatile, and fuel efficient vehicles for on-the-go urban dwellers and other discriminating car buyers that expect more from their vehicles.”

Before selecting the “Top 10 Urban Cars,” editors at surveyed more than 50 vehicles for their urban-friendly characteristics, including vehicle length, turning circles, driving visibility, parking aids, availability of folding mirrors and the miles per gallon rating for city driving. All vehicles selected are designed to help make city living easier.

About Forte 5-door

Available in EX and SX trim levels, the Forte 5-door offers consumers a seamless blend of style, value, technology, safety features and comfort with a starting price of $16,8951 for the base trim. The Forte 5-door offers standard convenience features including air conditioning, SiriusXM Satellite Radio capabilities2, MP3 connectivity and Bluetooth® wireless technology3 and steering wheel-mounted audio controls4.

About Soul

Available in four trims, Soul, Soul+, Soul! (exclaim) and Soul sport, pricing for the dynamic compact CUV begins at $13,3001 for the base trim, offering standard convenience features, including air conditioning, power windows, door locks and mirrors, SiriusXMTM Satellite Radio capabilities with three months complimentary service2 and MP3 connectivity.

In 2012 Soul also will receive Kia’s first in-car hands-free communication and entertainment system, UVO powered by Microsoft®5 , which will allow drivers to safely and efficiently interact with the in-vehicle technologies while keeping their hands on the wheel and eyes on the road.

2011 Kia Motors America Product Line

Kia’s model year 2011 vehicle line includes the Sorento CUV, Sportage compact CUV, Optima midsize sedan, Soul urban passenger vehicle, Forte compact sedan, Forte 5-door compact hatchback, Forte Koup two-door coupe, Rio sub-compact sedan, Rio5 sub-compact hatchback and Sedona minivan.

About Kia Motors America

Kia Motors America (KMA) is the marketing and distribution arm of Kia Motors Corporation based in Seoul, South Korea. KMA offers a complete line of vehicles through more than 730 dealers throughout the United States and serves as the “Official Automotive Partner of the NBA.” In 2010, KMA recorded its best-ever U.S. sales and 16th consecutive year of increased U.S. market share. Kia is poised to continue its momentum and will continue to build the brand through design innovation, quality, value, safety features and new technologies.

Information about Kia Motors America and its full vehicle line-up is available at its Web site – For media information, including photography, visit

1 Starting price is manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) for lowest trim level. MSRPs exclude $695 destination and handling fee, title, taxes, license, options and dealer charges. Actual prices set by dealer and may vary.
2 SIRIUS, XM and all related marks and logos are trademarks of SIRIUS XM Radio Inc. and its subsidiaries. SIRIUS Radio requires a subscription, sold separately after 3-month trial subscription included with vehicle purchase. Prices and programming are provided by SIRIUS and are subject to change. Subscriptions governed by SIRIUS Terms Conditions available at SIRIUS Radio U.S. service available only to those at least 18 years of age in the 48 contiguous United States, D.C. and Puerto Rico (with coverage limitations).
3 A compatible Bluetooth® wireless technology-enabled cell phone is required to use Bluetooth® wireless technology. The Bluetooth® word mark and logos are registered trademarks owned by Bluetooth SIG, Inc. and any use of such marks by Kia is under license. Other trademarks and trade names are those of their respective owners
4 Driving while drowsy or distracted is dangerous and should be avoided. Drivers should remain attentive to driving and always exercise caution when using the steering wheel-mounted audio controls while driving.
5 Microsoft is a registered trademark of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries.

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