A lot of drivers can’t live without satellite radio. It’s no wonder, given all the amazing shows SiriusXM® satellite radio offers, that SiriusXM® is widely considered to be a must-have feature in cars.
If you’re looking for a 2019-20 Kia Optima, Sedona, or other model, you may have some questions about the satellite radio options that are offered with Kia vehicles. Do all Kia models come with SiriusXM® satellite radio? Is it possible to add SiriusXM® to a Kia that doesn’t have satellite radio built in? You’ll find all the answers you need in this guide.
Is SiriusXM® Satellite Radio Available on All Kia Models?
In a perfect world, all Kia models would come with SiriusXM®. Unfortunately, we don’t live in a perfect world. Satellite radio is available only on some of the higher end trim levels. Kia took advantage of the fact that a lot of drivers won’t settle for anything less than a car with satellite radio built in, so they made satellite radio a feature only on the more expensive trim levels. By doing so, they’re encouraging their customers to drop more money on a new Sportage, Forte, or Soul.
Can SiriusXM® Satellite Radio be Added to Kia Models That Don’t Come With it?
The answer is yes. You don’t have to spend thousands of dollars just to have SiriusXM® satellite radio in your Kia. You can save a lot of money on a quality aftermarket solution. You can consider the following popular aftermarket solutions:
- Stand-alone satellite radio unit: you can mount an inexpensive stand-alone satellite radio unit on the dash and then run some wires to the vehicle’s electrical system and the FM modulator.
- Satellite receiver unit: you can mount a satellite receiver unit to the dash and then get the signal to your stereo by running a wire to the AUX input.
- VAIS satellite radio adapter kit: the VAIS satellite radio adapter kit allows you to install SiriusXM® satellite radio right in your factory stereo.
For a more detailed description of each option, take a look at this post.
Does Kia Offer a Genuine OEM Satellite Radio Adapter?
No, Kia does not offer a genuine OEM satellite radio adapter for the same reason it does not offer satellite radio on all of its models. They don’t want to provide an easy solution for customers who are interested in adding satellite radio to their cars in order to persuade them to splurge more on the models that come with satellite radio built in.
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