I love the brand, I now own my 3rd Kia in 14 years. My first being the 05 spectra5. It had like 7 miles. All my car I have bought since then were new. I heard all the horror stories out there I was scared I bought a turd based on reputation alone. I drove that car for 10 years, giving her up for the 14 Optima sx turbo drove her until the release of the 18 stinger. Which i followed from it's very first concept. The spectra had 163k miles and never left me on the side of the road, the Optima was the same way, and now my stinger. Which i love love LOVE. I am also in love with the Telluride, may be a good reason to buy an SUV. Kia has come a long way since my little spectra 5. Don't buy into the horror stories, every brand has had their issues, Kia is one of the best ones when it comes to standing behind their product. You won't regret it, if you take care of it, it will take care of you. As with any car proper care and maintenance and you have a reliable, beautiful car. Happy shopping!
I have a vast experience with Kia. Started off with an 04 Spectra, had it until a friend totalled it when someone puled in front of him. Had 75K and just routine maintenance. Didn't have another kia until our 2012 Sorento SX and then my 2013 Sorento LX, both made it to 60K before trading them in on our now owned 2016 Sorento SX-L which is up to 60K with just routine maintenance. And now my 18 Kia Stinger GT2..only 6K no problems.
My family sons, daughters, DIL's have had 3 Souls, 2 Fortes and a Niro. All have been trouble free except for 1 Forte. We are from Ohio and my son drove his Forte(67K)to Florida to see his grandparents. On his way back in georgia the engine gave out. They gave him a loaner to get home with while they replaced his engine in Georgia. When they got it done, they shipped his forte to our local dealer and he turned in his loaner there. I would call that great service and all free of charge.
I came to KIA after years of owning German brands, VW Passat and Touareg, Audi A4 and BMW 535 and 535 w/M Sport Package. When the 535 (which I loved and wanted to keep forever) developed engine issues and stranded me a few times, I started to look at other brands that had a good ride/handling balance, was comfortable and reliable. Toyota and Honda didn't do it for me, Mazda had the driving goods but didn't quite click. Funny how I went in to KIA for an Optima SX and ended up with an Optima Hybrid, 3 hybrids ('12, '14 and '17) later led me to the Stinger (oh the 17 hybrid is still in the family on lowering springs, that's another story). No major issues on the hybrids, I just kept upgrading because I was chasing that luxury, quiet ride I had with the BMW, since the speed wasn't going to be there but at least the handling is good.
KIA has been listening to their customers and making running changes, sometimes yearly to address issues reported instead of waiting until the mid-cycle refresh. The first hybrid wouldn't activate the engine until the car reached 25mph and on battery, it wasn't all that quick to get there. A software update 5 or so months in, remedied that along with a tuning to the electronic power steering, made the car feel as though you got a new car, once the update was completed. While I have been changing mine a buddy of mine that bought his at the same time has his 2012 hybrid with over 130k miles on it. He said his heated steering wheel works randomly now, the front passenger seat has some issues with the adjustment, both issues was going on in warranty but he never took it in to be looked at. Bad dealer experience. Hit a pothole and broke one of the front springs at 110k miles, we replaced it with coilovers. Brakes was done at 115k if I remember correctly, other than that just regular maintenance. His hybrid does not drive like one. He is hard on that car and was surprised it held up as well as it did. He was also BMW driver and expected there would be more issues, based on past knowledge of the brand. He plans on driving it until it dies.
Me, I'm on my 2nd Stinger. Wanted to keep mine and bought out the lease, not even 5 months with the car, I wrecked it in a snowstorm. Looked at the other brands and came right back to KIA. I love their designs, the interior layout, amenities, options, ride/handling and just how great the cars have been. KIA/Hyundai design/build their own parts and warranty them for a long time because they know they will last. While the powertrain was great, they never had the looks. With the addition of Peter Schreyer, their designs got better, later Hyundai/KIA brought on a host of other designers and engineers from the European brands and just about everything they put out since 2016 nas been a marked improvement. The Sorento is as quiet and comfortable as an X5, the Cadenza is a luxury car that rivals a Lexus ES, the Optima stands above Acura's TLX (4 cylinder), the Stinger, well that beats the A5 and BMW 430. The new K900 is sized close to a S-Class or 7 Series, with similar level of luxury for E-Class or 5 Series money, oh that is 4 cylinder versions as getting a 6 cylinder version, similarly equipped, puts you above the K900's $65k top level price.
Will the Telluride be good? Yep. If there are issues, they will be minor and handled by the excellent 5 year/60k mile new car warranty and the 10 year/100k mile powertrain warranty. Only thing most of us interested in this vehicle on the Stinger side hoped for is, a RWD based AWD system and the 3.3T engine under the hood. Anyone on the fence on coming over to KIA, should really find out from owners how great the brand is and go take a few of the vehicles out for a drive. They will surprise you.
I had a KIA Secptra/Sorento/K900 and now the Stinger. I watched the brand grow to where it is now, no issues with any of them, I just follow the maintenance schedule. It’s funny, we’re in deep freeze in my city I seen mostly the brands that people consider “reliable” broken down on the side of the road.
Well I don't have a real lot to say because my Optima ownership wasn't very eventful. It went in for the usual scheduled maintenance and that was it. Customer service was fine but nothing to brag about. I didn't have any problems but my dealer was kind of old looking. But no complaints. And that's what matters. Right? I had a trouble free ownership experience.
My first KIA. Hyundai Corporation has built a reputation for reliability and quality that even I heard of over the years, and I am not a "car guy" in any sense of the term. My mother's Elantra was always a reliable, good riding sedan. KIA lagged behind in my estimation. But the Stinger changed all of that: first of all because it is such an impossible type of car for "a Kia": that alone made me do a double-take. I kept looking the Stinger over, until I drove one and that sealed my fate. In over ten months I have zero complaints: the various flaws and even fubars that some drivers have mentioned and even described in detail have all happened to other Stingers, not mine. My car is flawless, even in the winter (no extraneous noises have manifested).
I bought a 2012 Optima right as they started the second year of the turbo engine. I had it for seven years and overall it was a great car. It did need a new wastegate for the turbo about about 18 months, it was a common problem. Also right at seven years the oil line to the turbo started leaking a tiny bit. The dealer said it didn't fall under the 10 year warranty, I read the fine print and they were right, no hoses covered, lame. I called Kia corporate and talked to them about it as I was a bit disappointed, they ended up paying me back x4 for the repair costs, not bad! A few other minor things went wrong but overall it was one of the best cars I've ever owned over 25 years, only a few Mazdas were better (no rust for me in snow country btw).
My in-laws have a Kia as well, it has been flawless other than a minor oil leak when it was new that was fixed easily at the dealer. They are pretty happy with it.
The only real problem with Kia can be finding a good dealer, which isn't hard in a big city, but can be a problem in smaller cities sometimes, ymmv. The one by my house sucks sadly.