The Least Reliable Kia Models Still Recommended by Consumer Reports

In the market for a new Kia? Chances are, you’re after one that’s among the most reliable new cars on the road today, which means steering clear of the least reliable new Kia models. While that train of thought certainly makes sense, there’s one thing worth keeping in mind. Although new cars like the 2021 Kia Sorento, Kia K5, and even the Kia Stinger are among the least reliable Kia models, Consumer Reports still recommends them. Let’s find out why.

The 2021 Kia Sorento is one of the least reliable Kia models

Unfortunately for the 2021 Kia Sorento, it’s not one of the most reliable new cars on the road today. In fact, it’s one of the least reliable Kia models of the year. Consumer Reports gave this year’s new Kia Sorento a three out of five predicted reliability rating. Such a low score isn’t unusual either. In fact, last year’s model was given a much lower, one out of five reliability rating. 

Despite the Kia Sorento’s reliability ratings, Consumer Reports does recommend the 2021 model. It even gave it a four out of five predicted owner satisfaction rating, adding that 71% of current Kia Sorento owners would consider rebuying the midsize SUV. If you ask us, that makes for a decent enough endorsement.

And if it doesn’t? You’ll be pleased to know that Consumer Reports gave the 2021 Kia Sorento an 83/100 in its road tests. While the organization says that this year’s model isn’t “particularly sporty to drive,” it comes equipped with much more tech and active safety features than previous Kia Sorento model years.

A 2022 Kia Stinger parked in the wilderness, the 2022 Kia Stinger is one of the least reliable new kia models
2022 Kia Stinger | Kia

If you’re a fan of the Kia Stinger, you’ll be pleased to know that Consumer Reports recommends both the 2021 and the 2022 models. Unfortunately, despite being recommended by Consumer Reports, the organization did give both model years a three out of five predicted reliability rating. Unfortunately, such a reliability rating isn’t all that unusual for the Kia Stinger. In fact, the organization has given most model years a similarly low rating.

As for why Consumer Reports recommends both the 2021 and the 2022 Kia Stinger? Presumably, it’s because the luxury compact car did well in road tests. The organization gave both model years a 75/100 in its road tests, adding that, the “Stinger proved to be a nimble car that combines performance, style, and practicality.”

Consumer Reports predicts that owners will be equally impressed with the new Kia Stinger. In fact, it gave both model years a four out of five predicted owner satisfaction rating. The organization added that 80% of 2021 Kia Stinger owners surveyed said they would consider buying the vehicle again.

The 2021 Kia K5’s reliability ratings might leave you wondering

The 2021 Kia K5 is also one of the least reliable Kia models still recommended by Consumer Reports. The organization gave this year’s model a three out of five predicted reliability rating. It also noted that this year’s Kia K5 has been recalled three times by the NHTSA. The Kia K5 recalls include problems with the midsize car’s fuel system, lane-departure system, and airbags.

However, much like the Kia Sorento and the Kia Stinger, the 2021 Kia K5 is still recommended by Consumer Reports. As a matter of fact, the organization gave this year’s model some pretty high ratings. After taking it out for a spin, Consumer Reports gave the midsize sedan an 82/100 overall score. “We found this competitively priced midsized sedan to be roomy, fuel-efficient, and user friendly,” Consumer Reports added.

The organization gave the 2021 Kia K5 a four out of five predicted owner satisfaction rating too. Though, that’s not too much of a surprise. The midsize car is competitively priced at under $25,000. It also comes stock full of standard features. And when it comes to safety? The IIHS tapped this year’s model as a Top Safety Pick+.

Is Kia a reliable car brand?

While these models are among the least reliable Kia models, they are still recommended by Consumer Reports. And if you’re a stickler for reliability? You can rest assured knowing that Kia’s lineup does feature several more reliable models. In fact, models like the 2021 Kia Sportage and the 2021 Kia Telluride are among the most reliable new Kia models recommended by Consumer Reports.

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