Kia Awards & Accolades

Kia is winning awards & accolades from automotive experts and consumers alike for its stunning designs, technological innovation, safety, performance and reliability.

Kia Country of Charleston

  • KDEP Certified Dealer 2016-2018
  • Dealer Rater, South Carolina Dealer of the Year 2013-2016, 2019
  • Dealer Rater, Customer Satisfaction Award 2015-2019

Kia Motors

  • Kia ranks highest in overall initial quality for a second consecutive year. J.D. Power
  • Strategic Vision Total Quality Index Study, J.D. Power:  Kia Motors Recognized as One of the Highest Quality Brands in the Auto Industry
  • 2016 AutoPacific Vehicle Satisfaction Awards:  Kia Motors Ranks Highest Among All Popular Brands
  • Kia Leads All Brands in 2016 J.D. Power Initial Quality Study
  • Super Bowl Kia’s commercial “Walken Closet”
    ABC 13: The Best Commercials From the 2016 Super Bowl
    ABC News: 10 Super Bowl Ads Everyone Will Be Talking About
    AdWeek: 10 Ads You Won’t Want to Miss During Super Bowl 50
    Bleacher Report: Super Bowl 50 Commercials: Best Ads From This Year; Best of the ‘Bowl:’s Favorite Super Bowl Ads
    ESPN: Top 10 Celebrity Super Bowl Ad Teasers
    Forbes: The Top 10 Super Bowl Commercials For 2016 – And What Makes Them Great
    Fortune: These Super Bowl 2016 Ads Already Are Getting Buzz
    New York Daily News: Top 5 Car Commercials From Super Bowl 50
  • The 8 Best CPO Warranties: AutoTrader
  • Top Mainstream Brand, Strategic Vision Total Quality Index Study, J.D. Power


  • EyesOn Design Award for Production Car Design Excellence, NAIAS, 2017


  • Highest Ranked Small SUV in Initial Quality, J.D. Power
  • iF Design Award 2017




  • 2016 AutoPacific Vehicle Satisfaction Awards: Midsize Sedan Segment Winner
  • Parents Magazine and  Best Family Cars of 2016
  • Kelley Blue Book: 16 Best Family Cars for 2016
  • Autobytel: 10 Best New Cars for 2016 Under 30K
  • Autobytel: The 9 Most Fuel-Efficient Mid-Size Sedans For 2016
  • International Car of the Year, Road and Travel Magazine
  • Hispanic Motor Press Award, Best Family Sedan
  • AutoTrader:  Top 6 Safest Used Cars – Sedans
  • Edmunds:  Top 10 Least Expensive Midsize Sedans for 2015
  • Best Mid-Size Car, Strategic Vision Total Quality Award, J.D. Power
  • NHTSA Overall 5-Star Crash Safety Rating
  • Optima Hybrid
  • IIHS Top Safety Pick


  • Highest Ranked Mid-size SUV in Initial Quality, 2 out of 3 Years in a Row, J.D. Power
  • Consumer Reports:  Best Memorial Day Sales on American-Made Cars
  • NHTSA:  2017 Sorento Receives 5-Star Safety Rating
  • Strategic Vision: Sorento achieves highest Total Quality Index score in mid-size CUV segment
  • ALG TrueCar: Pre-Owned Value Awards for Midsize Utility
  • Autobytel: 10 of the Best V6 Crossovers for Mainstream Customers
  • Edmunds: 7 Best Used 3-Row SUVs for $15,000
  • Consumer Reports: Top Picks for 2016
  • The Auto Channel: Kelley Blue Book Names 10 Best SUVs Under $25,000
  • Kia Sorento Receives TruCar Pre-Owned Value Award
  • Detroit Free Press: 10 Coolest Road Trip Vehicles at the Auto Show
  • Edmunds: 9 AWD Midsize and Large SUVs With Great Fuel Economy
  • International SUV of the Year, Road and Travel Magazine
  • Autobytel: 10 Mid-Size SUVs that Balance Form and Function
  • Highest Ranking Mid-Size SUV in Inital Quality Study, J.D. Power
  • 2016 Kia Sorento Receives NHTSA 5-Star Safety Rating
  • CBS News: 5 of the Safest Cars on the Road
  • #2 Affordable Mid-Size SUVs, U.S. News: Best Cars
  • 10 Best SUVs Under $25,000,
  • NHTSA Overall 5-Star Crash Safety Rating
  • IIHS Top Safety Pick



  • 2017 Best Family Car
  •  10 Great Road Trip Rides
  • 2016 AutoPacific Vehicle Satisfaction Awards: Minivan Segment Winner
  • AutoTrader: Must Test Drive Vehicles for 2016
  • Kelley Blue Book: 16 Best Family Cars for 2016
  • Consumer Automotive Guide Best Buy Award
  • Hispanic Motor Press Award, Best Minivan
  • New York Daily News: Classiest Rides for the New School Year
  • and Motorweek “Ultimate Minivan” 
  • J.D. Power Appeal Award
  • NHTSA, 5 Star Safety Rating
  • Las Vegas Review Journal: Top 5 Vehicles for Long Road Trips
  • KBB: 10 Most Affordable 3-Row Vehicles
  • Ward’s 10 Best Auto Interiors
  • National Highway and Safety Traffic Administration (NHSTA) 5-Star Safety Rating
  • CBS:  Most Family-Friendly Cars at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show
  • Autobytel: 2015 Van/Minivan of the Year
  • Autobytel: 6 Most comfortable Minivans for 2015
  • Best New Car Design, New York Auto Show
  • Kiplinger Best Car Values 2015 Best New/Redesigned Minivan



  • U.S. News Cars: Best Affordable Small Cars
  • NHTSA 5 Star Safety Rating
  • Autobytel: Fan Favorites: 10 Affordable Cars With Ventilated Seats
  • Safest Compact Cars, NHTSA 5-Star Safety Rating
  • 1O Fuel Efficient Cars that aren’t Hybrids,
  • Sub-Compact Car Award, Texas Auto Writers Association
  • Autobytel:  Top 10 Compact Sedans for 2015
  • Gayot: Top 10 Hatchbacks
  • Best New Compact Sedan:, USA Today, Motorweek
  • Compact Sedan of the Year,
  • Top Ten Least Expensive Coupes


  • Main Street: 10 Fuel-Efficient Hatchbacks Worth Having in 2016
  • U.S. News Cars: Best Affordable Small Cars
  • Autobytel:The Top 10 Cheap New Cars for 2016
  • Consumer Reports: 7 Most Sensational Small Cars of 2014
  • EPA Smartway Certification Mark


  • Forbes: 2016 Chicago Auto Show: 5 Favorite World Debuts in the Windy City
  • New York Daily News: Best of the 2016 Chicago Auto Show: Trucks and Hybrids Shine in the Windy City
  • Automobile Magazine: 2016 Chicago Auto Show Hits, Misses & Revelations


  • Bankrate: 5 Hot Concept Cars at the 2016 Detroit Auto Show
  • Kelley Blue Book: NAIAS: KBB Ones to Watch
  • Paste Magazine: The 5 Coolest Concept Cars From the Detroit Auto Show