U.S. News & World Report has named the 2017 Kia Soul and Cadenza the best cars for families.
This is the second year in a row the Soul had been recognized in this category. Both vehicles were judged based on their safety, seating and cargo volume, as well as their reliability and the availability of family-friendly features.
The Soul was selected out of 20 competitors in the Compact Cars category, and the Cadenza was chosen from a field of 11 competitors in the Large Car category.
The Soul was recognized mostly for its outstanding ergonomics and technology features that make it a convenient choice for families. The ride height makes it easy for both children and grandparents to climb in, according a Ancira Kia news release. In addition, the Soul’s UVO system allows for a connected drive and limited distractions, so parents don’t have to worry about their teen drivers.
The Cadenza received accolades for its and luxurious amenities, like rear sunshades that are convenient for naps, teen driver controls and its smartphone connection functions.
Both cars feature Apple CarPlay 2 and Android Auto 3, ensuring easy smartphone connection and use. The systems also allow drivers to hook up any phone without having to learn a new operating system.
The Soul, available in three trim levels, ranges in price from $16,100 to $35,950. The Cadenza ranges in price from $31,990 to $44,390.