2021 Kia Seltos orange driving through snowy pass

Kia Models for First Time Car Buyers

The first time you buy a car doesn’t have to be as stressful and complicated as many people seem to think it is. At Cranbrook Kia, our friendly staff is ready to help car buyers of every level of experience. If you are planning to buy your first car, Kia is one of the best automakers to trust.

There are three entry level vehicles all first time buyers should explore. Those are the Kia Seltos, the Kia Rio, and the Kia Soul. The Kia Seltos is a subcompact SUV in every sense, combining functionality and cargo space with a smaller price tag than larger SUVs. The Kia Rio is a sedan, also in the subcompact class, and it is ideal for those who want to save as much money as possible when fueling up. The Kia Soul is another subcompact SUV, but its boxy shape makes people consider it a body style all its own. The following chart uses specifications for new 2020 and 2021 models and should be used for comparison purposes only after new models have been released.

Kia Seltos

Kia Rio

Kia Soul

$22,995 Starting MSRP $18,045 Starting MSRP $21,195 Starting MSRP
8.2L City, 7.1L Highway, 7.6L Combined (/100km) 7.2L City, 5.9L Highway, 6.6L Combined (/100km) 9.4L City, 7.6L Highway, 8.7L Combined (/100km)
2.0L I4 Engine with 147 Horsepower 1.6L I4 Engine with 120 Horsepower 2.0L I4 Engine with 147 Horsepower
Android Auto™, Apple CarPlay®, and Bluetooth® Connectivity Android Auto™, Apple CarPlay®, and Bluetooth® Connectivity Android Auto™, Apple CarPlay®, and Bluetooth® Connectivity

Vehicle Comparison

Although the Kia Rio carries the lowest price tag, young families coming in to buy a vehicle for the first time might prefer something like the Seltos for its greater appeal as a family car and cargo capacity. College students could use any of the models, but they might prefer something trendy like the Soul to drive around town in. The best of the Kia Rio comes out when it is used as a gas saver on long commutes.

Other Models Sold at Cranbrook Kia

As great as these three models are, some may find they need a bigger vehicle, or may want a hybrid as their first car. At Cranbrook Kia, we keep a regular stock of the following models:

  • Kia Forte (Sedan)
  • Kia Forte5 (Hatchback)
  • Kia Niro
  • Kia Rio 5-Door (Hatchback)
  • Kia Sedona
  • Kia Sorento
2020 Kia Rio interior high view of front cabin
2021 Kia Seltos parked back end open seats folded down
2020 Kia Seltos yellow parked in front of green doors