The Review Garage

Rating the best and worst in cars, SUVs, trucks, motorcycles, and more.



2020 Kia Soul: A DriveWays Review…

by Frank A. Aukofer Not that anyone could have predicted it a decade ago, but the Kia Soul not only survived, it thrived. Competitors fell by the wayside. Now, as a new 2020 model, it is poised for a growth... Continue Reading →

Musings on the Detroit Auto Show

by Jason Fogelson The 2019 North American International Auto Show press days are in the books. Some of my colleagues are calling it “The Last Detroit Auto Show,” because in 2020, NAIAS will move to June, avoiding the Michigan winter.... Continue Reading →

2019 Kia Forte EX: A DriveWays Review…

by Frank A. Aukofer The Forte was not suffering. But Kia nevertheless injected it with juice from the Stinger -- though not the venom. That’s the opening loud note signaling the 2019 Kia Forte, which competes in the compact sedan... Continue Reading →

2019 Kia Sorento SXL AWD: A DriveWays Review…

by Frank A. Aukofer Sometimes, as with the 2019 Kia Sorento SXL, it’s good to resist too much change. It remains essentially as it was in 2016: a midsize crossover sport utility vehicle that is handsome, quiet, safe, comfortable and... Continue Reading →

2018 Kia Stinger GT AWD: A DriveWays Review

by Frank A. Aukofer It is rare, but occasionally something like the 2018 Kia Stinger appears and rides through a process of imprinting itself on the public consciousness — first with insiders and enthusiasts, and eventually with everyone else. Think... Continue Reading →

2018 Kia Rio EX: A DriveWays Review…

by Frank A. Aukofer Translated from Spanish, the 2018 Kia Rio means “Kia River.” A better name would be Kia Alegre, which translates into frisky, merry or joyful. It even could qualify as a Kia Perrito, or puppy. That’s the... Continue Reading →

2017 Kia Soul Exclaim: A DriveWays Review…

by Frank A. Aukofer  Always a good and faithful servant, the 2017 Kia Soul gets some fire in the belly. It comes in the guise of a 201-horsepower, 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that makes 195 pound-feet of torque. It is... Continue Reading →

2017 Kia Niro Touring: A DriveWays Review…

by Frank A. Aukofer Though not quite like the Big Bang, the all-new 2017 Kia Niro, a gasoline-electric hybrid, expands the idea of what it means to be a crossover sport utility vehicle in this modern era. It enters the... Continue Reading →

2017 North American International Auto Show: A DriveWays Review…

by Frank A. Aukofer Detroit, Mich.—Bucking the tide of compact crossover sport utility vehicles, three new sedans from Japan’s Toyota and South Korea’s Kia captured onlookers’ attention here at the 2017 North American International Auto Show, which runs through Jan.... Continue Reading →

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