2023 Award Season

February 15th, 2023 by

The Golden Globes, the Grammys, SAG, the Oscars… it’s the 2023 award season. Awards are not just for celebrities. The major automotive awards are also bestowed this time of year. Manufacturers and dealers hope for brand, model, and dealership awards. The most important automotive awards carry weight with consumers and translate into a definitive sales advantage. It’s one thing for us to tout Kia and quite another when a trusted and independent source does.


Both Kia and Kia Country are claiming wins.


J.D. Power Awards

Kia America is ranked the number one mass-market brand in the J.D. Power 2023 U.S. Vehicle Dependability Study for the third consecutive year.  These achievements continue to strengthen Kia’s reputation for dependability and reliability. Adding to this substantial award are three segment wins for

  • Forte Compact Car
  • Optima Midsize Car
  • Sportage Compact SUV


  • 2023 Kia Niro Best Car of 2023
  • 2023 Kia Carnival Best Family Car of 2023

World Car Awards

Now in its 19th year, the World Car Awards is an annual journey that follows 100 international jurors from 32 countries as they test-drive and vote on a field of eligible vehicles.  Kia has a trio of models that are finalists in three categories. This is a huge win for the brand. The winners will be announced on April 5th.

  • Niro—World Car of the Year Finalist
  • Niro EV—World Electric Vehicle Finalist
  • EV6GT—World Performance Car Finalist

Vincentric Best Value in America Awards

Kia’s 2023 Sorento PHEV and 2023 Rio have been named the winners of the 2023 Vincentric Best Value in America award in the Mid-Size SUV and Subcompact categories, respectively.


  • The 2022 Kia EV6 was named “Best of the Year” in the 41st annual MotorWeek Drivers’ Choice Awards. The EV6 was also awarded “Best EV” alongside three other top electric vehicles.
  • 2023 Car and Driver 10BEST Trucks and SUVs

Kia Telluride

  • 2023 Car and Driver 10BEST Trucks and SUVs

The 2023 Kia Sportage has been named the Utility Vehicle of the Year in the 2023 AutoGuide Awards, in which AutoGuide editors recognize the best vehicles on the market today.

Kia Country

  • 2022 DealerRater.com SC Dealer of the Year
  • CARFAX 2022 Top-Rated Dealer