Kia Awards & Accolades



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

Kia Country of Charleston

KDEP Certified Dealer 2016, 2017

Dealer Rater, South Carolina Dealer of the Year 2013-2016

Dealer Rater, Customer Satisfaction Award 2015-2016

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