What Were Kias Like Before They Got Good?

"Boy, Kia sure has come a long way!" - so starts just about every lazy Kia review you read today. Well, what were they like before their quality revolution?


MotorWeek tested a '95 Kia Sephia back when it was new. Judging by reviews of the current Kia Cadenza or Optima or whatever, you'd guess that this car would be such a steaming pile of shit that even John Davis would hate it.

Turns out the car doesn't seem to fall terribly below average in any areas. It's a little light on the highway and in hard cornering (doesn't sound so bad to me), but otherwise it's reportedly a solid-feeling 2,586 lbs car.


That said, John Davis can't say how well the car will hold up. Have any of y'all had Sephias? How are they doing now?

MotorWeek Theater is our showcase of some of our favorite classic reviews from public television's finest motoring program. How does this video only have 133 views on YouTube? It's an important piece of the imported car narrative in the American automotive market!

Vid thanks to Test Drive Junkie/Bajabusta!

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Raphael Orlove

Again, couldn't help myself.