What is the Difference Between Kia and Hyundai?

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Kia and Hyundai are both well-known Korean automakers, but all it takes is a comparison between two models -- like the Tucson and Sportage -- to see that they're different automakers.  What is the difference between Kia and Hyundai? The two brands are connected, but there's not a simple answer.

Are Kia and Hyundai the Same Company?

No. While there are some similarities between the two companies and their lineups, they are distinct entities making different cars -- but they are related. At one point, Kia was forced into bankruptcy, and Hyundai purchased a significant stake in the company so it could continue making cars, and now Kia has a stake in Hyundai Motor Group as well.

Despite the overlap between the two companies, their auto production continues to operate independently, with unique vehicles like the Hyundai Veloster or Kia Soul (to name two). It's more like a healthy sibling rivalry than any kind of competition.

Kia vs. Hyundai

Despite featuring some comparable models, Kia and Hyundai both boast their own lineups:

  • Model Types: The Kia Sedona minivan differentiates itself, as there's no minivan currently in the Hyundai lineup. Similarly, the Hyundai Veloster has nothing comparable in the Kia lineup.
  • Pricing: Whether shopping for bargains or aiming at the top of the lineup, Hyundai is committed to value; the range starts with the affordably priced Accent and tops out with the 2019 Ioniq Electric. Kia's base Rio and top-of-the-line K900 carry higher comparable price tags.
  • Different Features: While there will be some overlaps, like Apple CarPlay and Andriod Auto, both Kia and Hyundai have unique features. You won't find Hyundai Blue Link on a new Kia, for instance.

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