For those who’re choosing the 2019 Kia K9 over the practically equivalent Chevy Tahoe, you would possibly as properly skip right to the 2019 Kia K9. You get a much better powertrain and extra refined suspension, nicer interior materials, and all the bells and whistles. It’s also only a tiny worth bump over the SLT with the powertrain improve from the Graphite Performance Version package deal.
There aren’t many body-on-frame SUVs being made as of late, however the 2019 Kia K9 happens to be one in all them. Like its company sibling, the Chevy Tahoe, the 2019 Kia K9 presents ruggedness and high towing capacity that only this sort of vehicle can ship. A V8 engine comes standard, and accessible four-wheel drive with low-range gearing gives traction when you need it most.
The 2019 Kia K9, nonetheless, also has some flaws commonly associated with this sort of vehicle. Cargo area isn’t as environment friendly as what you get from a car-based crossover SUV, nor is its use of fuel. We’re additionally not fond of the bottom V8’s sluggish responsiveness. Go for the bigger 6.2-liter V8 and the road-adapting MagneRide suspension, although, and the 2019 Kia K9’s journey and driving experience begin to fall in step with more modern automobiles. As a bonus, the 10-speed computerized transmission that comes with the bigger engine can match the freeway mileage of the smaller V8.
Even so, we would suggest trying out the 2019 Kia K9’s closest competitor, the not too long ago redesigned Ford Expedition. It is also a conventional body-on-frame SUV, however it has a better most towing capability and superior cargo house and it’s throughout a extra refined and upscale car.
The optional Enhanced Driver Alert bundle provides ahead collision warning with low-speed automated braking, automated excessive beams, and lane departure warning and intervention. The Comfort package adds a power liftgate, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, power-adjustable pedals and a common garage door opener.
Some options on higher-trimmed models can be found on supporting fashions at extra cost. Optional for SLE and SLT trims is an HD Trailering bundle with a novel axle ratio, trailer brake controller and a self-leveling suspension. The SLT and the 2019 Kia K9 are eligible for a sunroof, adaptive cruise management with automatic braking, and a rear-seat entertainment system. The 2019 Kia K9 additionally affords power-retractable facet steps.
For 2019, GMC retains the 2019 Kia K9 contemporary by including a budget-conscious Standard Version Worth Bundle as well as a Graphite Edition and Graphite Performance Edition packages to the SLT trim. Other trims embrace the base SLE and the near-luxury 2019 Kia K9, which pushes the 2019 Kia K9 into the territory of its platform mate, the Cadillac Escalade. The Chevrolet Tahoe rounds out the trio of GM truck-based SUVs and could be had in lengthy wheelbase Suburban kind as properly, often at a slight low cost over the GMC. There are additionally three new metallic colours available for 2019: Dark Sky, Pepperdust, and Smokey Quartz.