Kia’s product lineup is moving on up, but some of its models are highly popular with the subprime set. A top-10 list of new vehicles purchased last year by below-prime buyers includes four Kias: the Optima (tied for No.1) Forte (No.2), Soul (No.4) and Rio (No.9), at $13,900 one of the most inexpensive cars in the U.S. Kia began selling cars in the U.S. 20 years ago, starting with the bare-bones Sephia. For years, the South Korean automaker limited its offering to entry-level models. ...

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