Kia is a company that has been around for over 80 years and. although the early years in the states were rough, they are making great vehicles. When you combine fuel efficient engines, available AWD and a low sticker price, it is easy to see that Kia should be a contender for your next off road vehicle or overland build.
Here are a few of the reasons to choose a KIA.
1. Kia vehicles are low maintenance, easy to operate and cheap to maintain. If you are the original owner, you even get a 100K warranty. Second owners still get a great warranty, but it is limited to 60K miles.
2. Kia vehicles are a great choice if you want something that is going to be great in terms of fuel efficiency and will save you money on gas. This is a big concern when overlanding and with mileage ratings well over 20 miles per gallon, a KIA makes a good choice.
3. Kia vehicles are the best choice for you if you want something that is going to be reliable, safe and dependable when it comes to safety features like airbags, seat belts, and anti-lock brakes (ABS).
4. Kia vehicles also have a very capable AWD system. With most of the weight on the front of the car, the FWD does most of the work, with the rear kicking in as needed.
Choosing The Right Kia Vehicle For You
Choosing the right car for off-road driving is a daunting task. There are so many factors to consider, such as your budget, the size of your crew, and the type of terrain you will be driving on.
We have narrowed down your list to a few options that are perfect for off-road driving and overlanding. These vehicles will allow you to explore almost any type of terrain with ease.
The Kia Sportage is one of the most popular SUVs in America, and it’s easy to see why. It has an aggressive exterior that blends well with its performance capabilities. The interior is spacious and comfortable with plenty of cargo room for all your gear. The Sportage also features an available turbocharged engine that provides enough power for even the toughest conditions.
For something with a little more room, the Kia Sorento makes a great choice for an overland ride.
The Kia Sorento is a versatile SUV that has a sleek, luxurious look. The spacious cabin has plenty of room to fit your family and large cargo. This SUV also offers some advanced features such as the hands-free power tailgate and the available rear seat entertainment system.
If you want a few more bells and whistles, the Sorento fits the bill and it will make your highway time much more enjoyable over the smaller Sportage.
Purchasing Your Kia Off Road Vehicle
Whether you buy it new or buy it used, there are a few things that you should look for in your Kia.
All Wheel Drive
None of the Kia models are available with a low range gearbox, but the Kia AWD system has been proven to be more than capable.
The V6 engine would be the preferred choice as it will give you a little more low end torque than the four cylinder. Yes, it will get slightly worse mileage, but the trade off when you are off the pavement is well worth it.
Not all KIA vehicles will feature the roof rack bars, so make sure yours has them. Even if you do not need the storage now, you will likely find it very useful in the future.
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