Which is Better: Kia vs. Hyundai?

2023 Kia Sportage On Top of Mountain

For Elk River, MN drivers looking at Kia vs. Hyundai, which brand is the better buy? The two companies have a lot in common: They are based in South Korea, and Hyundai actually owns 51% of Kia Motors! Many drivers are attracted to the affordable and well-reviewed sedans, SUVs, and hybrids in both lineups. That said, there are a few points to keep in mind as you make your decision, and this guide from Cornerstone Auto was written with the goal of helping you make the call. Check out car-buying tips from Cornerstone Auto, and read on for our Kia vs. Hyundai brand comparison. Which is a better car — Kia or Hyundai? Learn more today!

Kia vs. Hyundai: Brand Overview

Selection — Kia offers a lineup of 19 vehicles:

  • 6 SUV/Crossovers
  • 5 Sedans
  • 8 Hybrid/Electric Vehicles

Hyundai’s lineup includes 20 vehicles:

  • 7 SUV/Crossovers
  • 3 Sedans
  • 1 Fuel Cell
  • 9 Hybrid/Electric Vehicles
  • Warranty — Both the Kia warranty and the Hyundai warranty provide Elk River, MN drivers with a 10-year/100,000-mile limited powertrain warranty and a 5-year/60,000-mile Limited Basic Warranty.
  • Exterior Design — Kia vehicles have a sleek and sporty profile, designed to reflect the energetic driving experience that Kia is known for. This tends to appeal to drivers who prefer a vehicle with athletic styling. By contrast, the Hyundai lineup is designed to appeal to drivers who want a vehicle that’s more on the practical and conservative side.
  • Console System — Kia’s UVO system appeals to performance-minded drivers who are focused on the vehicle’s sporty handling and maintenance. Hyundai’s Blue Link interior console targets driver convenience.
  • Kia vs. Hyundai Reliability — According to the J.D. Power 2022 U.S. Vehicle Dependability Study, Kia was the highest-ranking manufacturer for reliability in the US, with the least amount of issues per 100 vehicles. Hyundai is close, winning the bronze, but for the current model year, Kia takes the gold medal!
Both Kia and Hyundai offer an impressive selection of SUVs to keep you going around the Elk River roads. See how each fares when the experts at Cornerstone Auto put them head-to-head in our Kia vs. Hyundai SUV comparisons!

2022 Kia Sorento parked by hiking trail

Kia Sorento vs. Hyundai Santa Fe


2023 Kia Sportage On Top of Mountain

Kia Sportage
Hyundai Tucson


2023 Kia Telluride

Kia Telluride
Hyundai Palisade

If you’re looking for a commuter vehicle around Monticello, MN, both Kia and Hyundai offer a selection of sedans that are fuel-efficient and comfortable. See Cornerstone Auto’s Kia vs. Hyundai sedan comparisons below to see which models come out on top!

2023 Kia K5 Front Grille

Kia K5
Hyundai Sonata


2023 Kia Forte Parked in Front of Building

Kia Forte
Hyundai Elantra


Which is a Better Car — Kia or Hyundai?

So which is a better car — the Kia or the Hyundai? Overall, while both brands offer a wide variety of affordable models, but they’ve built their lineups to appeal to different drivers. Hyundai’s focus is on providing the best value for drivers who want a smooth ride and conservative styling. However, drivers in the market for a performance-oriented vehicle with options to boost engine power to premium levels will want to go with a Kia. If you’re in the Elk River, MN area and considering a Kia, stop by the Cornerstone Auto showroom to browse our Kia inventory today!

Find Your New Kia at Cornerstone Auto!

If you have any more questions about Kia vs. Hyundai match-ups, feel free to contact us to learn more! Even if you’re curious about whether Kia and Hyundai are the same company, we’re happy to help. Check out our new Kia models and pre-owned vehicle specials, and then call to schedule a test drive when you’ve found your favorites!

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