Introducing the Kia Seltos

The subcompact crossover market does not lack for a healthy number of offerings. However, the Seltos is a welcome addition for this model year. Riverside Kia in Riverside, CA will be impressed with its smooth yet aggressive-looking exterior profile and lots of tech for its class, thus guaranteeing a long and enjoyable ownership. Five trim levels are available on the Seltos; they are the LX, EX, S, S Turbo, and SX Turbo.

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If you don't want to be limited to just one engine, you will appreciate the Kia Seltos. Although the standard engine is a 2.0-liter inline 4-cylinder (I4) engine with 147 horsepower, you can go with either of the two "Turbo" variants, which are powered by a leaner but more powerful 1.6-liter I4, which provides 28 more horsepower. To the 2.0-liter is a continuously variable transmission, which eschews traditional gear shifting for a more energy-efficient change through a continuous range of effective gear ratios. The 1.6-liter is hitched to a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission, which has two clutches: one for controlling the even gears and the other for controlling the odd ones.

As a result of these drivetrain components, fuel economy is especially great on the Kia Seltos. With the standard all-wheel drive, the vehicle provides 27 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway during your commute from Corona to San Bernardino. For even better efficiency, the S trim offers a front-wheel-drive choice to improve fuel economy to 29 mpg and 34 mpg, respectively.

Seating and Interior Space

The Kia Seltos is a five-seater, with two cloth-trimmed seats that can accommodate up to five occupants. Front seating consists of a 6-way manually adjustable driver's seat and a 4-way manually adjustable passenger seat, and the 60/40 split-folding rear seat enables you to expand cargo space from 26.6 cubic feet to 62.8 cubic feet.

To enhance the Seltos experience, upgrade from the base-level model to get any of the following features:

  • Power adjustability with power lumbar support on the driver's seat
  • Combined leatherette-and-cloth or synthetic leather seat trim
  • Front-seat heating
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob
  • Front-seat storage

Comfort and Convenience

For entertainment, the Kia Seltos comes with a six-speaker stereo system, which comes with an AM/FM radio tuner and is hooked up to an 8-inch touchscreen display for Fontana and Montclair drivers. There's a USB port and an audio auxiliary jack to hook up and play music and other types of media from your portable devices. Upper-level trims are more likely to have the following:

  • Power sunroof
  • 7-inch LCD color instrument cluster
  • Smart keyless entry with push-button engine start
  • Automatic temperature control
  • Wireless phone charging ability
  • UVO infotainment integration
  • 10.25-inch touchscreen navigation
  • Auto-dimming ability on the rearview mirror
  • Bose premium stereo system (in place of the six-speaker system)


Two frontal impact airbags, two front seat-mounted side impact airbags, and two roof-mounted side curtain airbags provide restraint and cushioning when there's an impact to the Kia Seltos. A rear camera flashes a video image when you drive in reverse to monitor what or who is behind you. Electronic stability and traction control combine to always keep you on your intended driving path. Daytime running lights make pedestrians and fellow drivers aware of your presence on the roads of Moreno Valley. Four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes provide quick stopping power and prevent lockup. And security is provided with the combination of remote keyless access and a panic alarm.

Upgrading from the base-level LX trim introduces the following enhancements or additions:

  • Lane departure warning
  • Smart cruise control with stop-and-go technology
  • Safe exit assist
  • Auto emergency braking
  • Rear cross-traffic alert
  • Pre-collision safety system
  • Blind-spot detection
  • Engine immobilization to bolster the security system

Exploring the Unique and Stand-Out Features and Characteristics that Make the New Kia Seltos a Must-See SUV

There are plenty of things to love about the Kia Seltos, from the available turbocharged engine and intelligent all-wheel drive system to the power-adjustable seats and dual-zone climate control. However, if you're interested in learning about the features that make the Seltos a true stand-out model in the compact SUV category, Riverside Kia has you covered. Here are five more reasons to consider the Kia Seltos for your next vehicle.

  • 1. Available BOSE® Premium Audio

    The BOSE® name is legendary in the world of audio, and for good reason. For generations they have been producing the most high-end in-home stereo equipment and headphones that money can buy, and now you can have that crystal clear, deep sound quality on your daily commute from Fontana to San Bernardino. With eight strategically placed speakers, not only will you enjoy your favorite playlists, podcasts, and even phone calls with crisp clarity, but every seating position will be treated to a symphony of deep, fulfilling sounds. Whether it's bass-heavy modern music or the lilt of a classic piano piece, the BOSE® Premium audio system available on the Kia Seltos will transform your listening experience in a way you never thought possible.

  • 2. An Auto-Dimming Rearview Mirror

    This is one of those features that you can't truly appreciate until you've experienced it and then lost it again, but the auto-dimming rearview mirror on the New Kia Seltos is a unique touch for this class of SUV. Think about all the times you've had a truck with LED headlights behind you, and the glare from your mirror was at best a distraction, and at worst downright painful. With the electrochromatic rearview mirror in the Seltos it will automatically dim when those harsh lights hit it, allowing you to easily stay focused on the road ahead even with those bright lights behind you.

  • 3. A Cavernous Cargo Compartment

    Sure, the New Kia Seltos may fit into the compact SUV category, but it isn't short on the interior space you need to make the most of your weekend road trip through the Moreno Valley. The steep slope of the sides means that the interior space doesn't close in too much toward the roof, affording both taller passengers and your largest cargo extra space to work with. You can even lower the floor of the rear cargo area for an extra bit of volume when you really need it. In pure numbers, the Kia Seltos gives you up to 26.6 cubic feet of cargo space, and with the rear seats folded it expands to nearly 63 cubic feet. For perspective, that's enough for five full-size suitcases with the seats up, and approximately 12 when they're folded flat.

  • 4. Stretch Your Fuel Further

    One of the biggest knocks against compact SUVs is that compared to similarly-sized sedans, they lack the fuel efficiency that would make them truly versatile as daily commuter vehicles as well as off-road adventure machines. However, the New Kia Seltos bucks that trend with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that will give you up to 34 mpg on the highway with the front-wheel drive model. If you still wanted all-wheel drive, you'd still enjoy up to 32 mpg for your highway miles, and those electing to bring home the turbocharged model would net about 30 mpg - a trade-off that may be worth making if you appreciate the extra punch of a turbo when getting up to speed.

  • 5. Off-Road Mode

    Most compact SUVs would shudder at the concept of a truly off-road adventure, but the Kia Seltos was built with your most ambitious trips in mind. With 7.3 inches of ground clearance, approach and departure angles of 28 degrees, and an all-wheel drive system with a center locking differential like you'd find on a rugged, utilitarian off-roader, the Kia Seltos is uniquely able to handle rocky trails, slippery surfaces, and uneven terrain like it's competition never could.

How Does the 2021 Kia Seltos Compare to Other New Compact SUVs in Riverside, CA?

As an all-new model, the Kia Seltos for sale in Riverside enters a competitive compact SUV class with something to prove. More drivers are buying smaller SUVs, and the Kia Seltos can go toe-to-toe with any other model that you'll find. Below, we compare various aspects of the Kia Seltos with compact SUVs from brands like Buick, Mazda, and Subaru.


A compact SUV offers Corona drivers a capable, roomy model that provides value with its pricing and efficiency. Well, when looking at the Subaru Crosstrek, Mazda CX-3, and the Buick Encore, the Kia Seltos is the only one that starts under $22,000 when equipped with all-wheel drive. Plus, we make the auto financing application process as easy as possible!

Cabin Space

These new compact SUVs fit spacious cabins in compact exteriors, but the 2021 Kia Seltos near Fontana provides a bit more than the competition. It has more headroom in each row than the Subaru Crosstrek and Buick Encore as well as the largest cargo area of the bunch. These SUVs are for getting a lot of people around, which is why having a lot of second-row legroom is important, and the Kia Seltos has more second-row legroom than the SUVs from Mazda, Buick, and Subaru that we've mentioned.


Getting value on your vehicle means looking at both the price and the features, and the 2021 Kia Seltos highlights its innovation in many ways. It has a 10.25-inch touchscreen for the infotainment system, larger than the screens of the Crosstrek, Encore, and CX-3, and it has standard reclining rear seats for added comfort. Those buying a Kia Seltos near Moreno Valley will also enjoy more available driver-assist technologies than any of the other compact SUVs that we've mentioned!

So, the new Kia Seltos offers San Bernardino drivers a package that few other SUVs can match, and we'd love to tell you more about why it may be the right new SUV for your needs.

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