2021 Kia Models: Owners’ Favorites According to Consumer Reports

Kia has really stepped it up in the last decade or so. Ever since former Audi designer Peter Schreyer signed on with Kia in 2006, the Korean auto brand has made massive strides in the U.S. market. New models like the 2021 Kia Telluride and the 2021 Kia K5 disrupt popular segments by offering long lists of standard features, upscale interiors, and competitive prices. But when it comes to 2021 Kia models, these are the owner favorites according to Consumer Reports

An ice-colored 2021 Kia Telluride splashing through water.
2021 Kia Telluride | Kia

The 2021 Kia Stinger is one of the most satisfying Kia models according to Consumer Reports

The 2021 Kia Stinger is an owner favorite among 2021 Kia models. This is a stylish new 2021 Kia model that comes standard with a 255 hp, 2.0 liter turbo four-cylinder. Additionally, a punchy 365 hp, 3.3 liter turbo V6 is an option. 

The 2021 Kia Stinger starts at $33,090 and comes with blind-spot warning and a rear cross-traffic alert. It’s actually aimed to compete against comparable luxury cars from brands like Mercedes-Benz, Audi, and BMW. So the price is competitive considering the standard turbo and upscale interior. 

However, Consumer Reports does mention that it still feels “about half a notch below most luxury sport sedans.” Even so, the 2021 Kia Stinger receives a 4/5 for predicted consumer satisfaction. Despite stiff handling, it’s still a decent car and the stellar Kia warranty really sweetens the deal. 80 percent of Kia Stinger owners say they’d buy another if they had the chance. 

The 2021 Kia K5 is an owner favorite

2021 Kia K5
2021 Kia K5 | Kia

Remember the Kia Optima? Well, it’s gone from the lineup now and replaced by the Kia K5. This sedan is positioned against class leaders like the 2021 Honda Accord and the 2021 Toyota Camry. 

For a starting price range of $23,590 – $30,590 you get a standard 1.6-liter turbo four-cylinder engine that “punches above its weight class.” CR says that “it delivers robust power that’s impressive from such a small displacement powerplant. It also delivers a commendable 32 mpg overall.”

The 2021 Kia K5 also received a 4/5 for predicted owner satisfaction. It’s a strong contender with contemporary exterior design. Plus, 71 percent of owners say they’d buy another Kia K5 should the opportunity arise. 

The 2021 Kia Niro is an electric crossover SUV with high consumer satisfaction ratings

a silver 2021 kia Niro electric in a press photo against a concrete wall
2021 Kia Niro Electric | Kia

Electric cars, trucks, SUVs, and crossovers are growing in popularity each year. However, not all of them are created equal and owners are happier in some models than others. The 2021 Kia Niro Electric is an electric crossover SUV that actually has a very low predicted reliability score of 1/5.  

Still, it’s pleasing its owners with a well-appointed interior and roomy cargo area. It’s a comfortable ride and the 64 kWh battery motor has an EPA rated range of 239 miles. Consumer Reports prefers the electric Kia Niro to the hybrid and gas-powered versions, and the Niro has a predicted owner satisfaction rating of 4/5.

Starting at $39,090, the 2021 Kia Niro Electric aligns with the competition in terms of pricing. Plus, its comfort, quality, and features combine to give it a CR road test score of 81/100. 74 percent of owners would buy another Ka Niro Electric, but it’s not available in every state. 

What is the most satisfying Kia in the lineup? 


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The 2021 Kia Telluride is the most satisfying Kia model according to Consumer Reports. This popular new three-row midsize SUV is the only Kia that earned a perfect 5/5 for predicted owner satisfaction. It’s an acclaimed family option with a price range from $32,190-$44,390. 

The 2021 Kia Telluride has a long list of standard safety tech and features. With seating for up to eight, the Telluride made out with the No. 1 spot among other midsize three-row SUVs on Consumer Reports’ list. It’s one of the best SUVs with three rows on the market right now.

With a 291 hp, 3.8 liter V6 engine, the 2021 Kia Telluride does victory laps through the suburbs. It has a 5/5 predicted reliability score and a near-perfect road test score of 97/100. A whopping 91 percent of owners said they would buy another Telluride if given the chance.