Kia's design studio deserves more credit than it gets from the broad public for drawing up attractive, interesting sheet metal and well-considered cabins. The interior thankfully keeps a lid on stylistic excess without feeling Spartan, focusing instead on a control layout that is both easy to use and easy on the eyes. Materials feel substantial, and the front seats remain supportive and comfortable over long distances. This pleasant environment is complemented by Kia's UVO infotainment system (optional on the LX, standard on the EX and SX Turbo) which remains one of the best in the industry.
If the interior is thoughtful and rational, the sheet metal displays a more playful attitude. Friendly curves and a few well-placed character lines are a welcome change from the multiple creases and glowering demeanor of many competitors (looking at you, Toyota). Those chunky sides and solid rear pillars do limit outward visibility, though.
Space is adequate up front, with comfortable, supportive seats that would be pleasant on a road trip. The second row is tight, but with just under 31 cubic feet of cargo space, we're willing to overlook it.