U.S. News & World Report released its Best Choices for a New Car list not long ago. Five Kia models stand among the top 28 new cars of 2018. The editors made their choices based on the car’s price, cost of ownership, and predictability rating as determined by J.D. Power.
Of the 28 cars on the list, the 2018 Kia Soul stole the show and secured the number one spot. The Kia Soul earned a reliability score of 5/5 and an overall score of 9.1/10. The family model earned an IIHS Top Safety Pick+ and boasts an affordable starting price.
The Kia Sportage boasts supportive seats and high safety scores. Those two factors netted it the top spot on the Best New Cars for Teens list. Those same features landed it a spot among the top 28 choices for a new car too!
The 2018 Kia Niro earned recognition for its high fuel economy, and the spacious cabin makes it ideal for family vacations. Plus, its nimble handling and exhilarating performance prove the Kia Niro can be great for daily commutes.
The Kia Rio came in second on the Best Choices for a New Car list. The editors noted its smooth performance, affordability, and intuitive technology as winning factors.
When it comes to compact cars, the Kia Forte holds its own. Excellent fuel economy and a quiet cabin put it a touch above competitors, netting the Forte a spot on the list.
You can learn more about all of these Kia models here at Gossett Kia!
Kia has been teasing making a large, three-row SUV since it revealed the Telluride concept at the 2016 Detroit Auto Show. Now, the automaker is fulfilling that promise by revealing the all-new 2020 Kia Telluride at Brandon Maxwell’s New York Fashion Week show earlier this month.
“Telluride summits Kia’s SUV lineup and forged a surprising new path with its runway debut at New York Fashion Week,” said Saad Chehab, vice president of marketing communications, Kia Motors America. “Only a brand as forward-thinking as Kia could collaborate with Brandon Maxwell to launch the Telluride ahead of its official debut at the North American International Auto Show in January.”
Though it will not premiere officially until January, Kia has given us a lot to chew on with respect to the Telluride. This large, eight-passenger SUV will be several inches larger than the Sorento; will feature a new V6 engine; and will be built right here in the United States in West Point, Georgia.
The version that premiered at New York Fashion Week was a one-of-one version designed by Maxwell. It features custom bumpers, skid plates, and sidestep sills as well as a stylish wood and aluminum roof rack.
To learn more about this exciting development, watch this space. Then, when the 2020 Kia Telluride arrives sometime next year or in early 2020, be sure to stop into Gossett Kia for a test drive.
Fall is the best time to have a bonfire. The air is crisp and cool, the warmth of the fire feels nice against your skin, and wrapping yourself in a flannel blanket and roasting marshmallows feels seasonally appropriate. If you want to celebrate the season in style with your family and friends, consider these tips for putting on a great fall bonfire party.
You don’t have to buy a blanket for every person, but having a blanket stand full of cozy choices for guests will make all the difference.
Load up on bug spray
Nothing ruins the mood of a fun outdoor party quite like mosquito bites. Avoid the itch with insect repellent and citronella candles.
Marshmallows and s’mores are a tried-and-true staple of bonfires, as is roasting hot dogs. Mix it up a bit by making popcorn in tinfoil, or even just having snacking alternatives set up on an outdoor table.
Speaking of s’mores and snacks, prepare for the inevitable sticky fingers by having wipes on hand.
What separates a party from just a plain old get-together? Decorations! Don’t be afraid to go all-out with some tablecloths, paper lanterns, string lights, and anything else you can think of. Best part is, you can get a lot of party decor for cheap through DIY projects or from the dollar store.
Stop by Gossett Kia and check out our selection of new Kia vehicles, all perfect for taking a fall road trip.
Not only is the Kia Niro versatile and efficient, but it’s quite safe, too. Proof positive: The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has awarded the 2018 Kia Niro its TOP SAFETY PICK+ after the crossover aced the agency’s crashworthiness and collision mitigation tests.
“The Niro is one of our most popular models,” said Orth Hedrick, vice president, product planning, KMA, “and receiving the highest possible safety rating from IIHS provides yet another reason why it should be the top choice for anyone shopping for a small hybrid SUV.”
In order to earn the IIHS’ TSP, a vehicle must score ratings of “Good” in five crashworthiness tests — driver-side small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side impact, roof strength, and head restraints and seats — and a rating of “Acceptable” or “Good” in the passenger-side small overlap front crash test. It must also earn a score of “Advanced” or “Superior” in terms of front crash prevention and a rating of “Good” in headlights.
The 2018 Kia Rio’s TOP SAFETY PICK+ status brings the number of Kia vehicles to earn TOP SAFETY PICK or TOP SAFETY PICK+ awards from IIHS to nine. To see Kia’s lineup of safe, stylish, and smart vehicles in person, stop into Gossett Kia for a test drive.
Though the end is drawing nearer, the summer isn’t over quite yet. Get out and show your love for Memphis by attending these summer festivals — there’s something for everyone!
Memphis Chicken & Beer Festival – Aug. 11
What tastes better than fried chicken? Fried chicken washed down with an ice-cold beer — responsibly enjoyed, of course. 2018 marks the first Memphis Chicken & Beer Festival, and it’s likely to become an annual staple thanks to its simple, everything-it-says-on-the-tin approach. Held at the Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium, admission gets you a souvenir tasting glass and access to tons of beer samples and delicious chicken to try. If you plan on going, make absolutely sure that you have a designated driver in tow.
Elvis Week 2018 – Aug. 11-18
The name Memphis is synonymous with none other than the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll. That’s why, from August 11-18, Elvis Week brings together the King’s fans from the world over in a celebration. Whether you’re a fan of young Elvis, older Elvis, or somewhere in between, you’ll find plenty to do and see — including a veritable horde of Elvis impersonators.
Memphis Music & Heritage Festival – Aug. 31-Sept. 1
Celebrate the music and culture of Memphis on the last weekend of August with over 30,000 of your closest and newest friends. Over the course of two days, bands will be playing on five different stages downtown. There are booths with arts, crafts, food, and heritage storytellers that will give you insight into the historic stories that Memphis holds.
Summer may be on its way out, but there’s plenty of time to see it off with a bang. If you really want to send summer out in style, do it in a brand-new Kia from Gossett Kia.
Getting ready to take a road trip with the family can be quite stressful, even if you know that the payoff is well worth the hassle. To make your journey every bit as enjoyable as the destination, get yourself ready with this must-do summer road trip prep.
Pack some snacks
The occasional stop at a gas station or rest stop is pretty much unavoidable, but you can minimize the amount of times that your journey grinds to a halt by thinking ahead. Instead of stopping off every time someone complains of hunger, have a plethora of healthy snacks and drinks handy. This will keep everyone happy — or at least as happy as they can be on a long drive.
Have things to do
Want to avoid rounds of being asked “are we there yet?” Keep your kids otherwise occupied by bringing plenty of books, games, movies, and music. If you’ll be relying on smartphones or tablets to provide entertainment, make sure that you have the means to keep them fully charged. To help avoid conflict, enforce rules about sharing to make sure that everyone gets a turn.
There are plenty of things that you can do to ease the stress and make your next vacation a breeze. One surefire step is to bring your vehicle into Gossett Kia for a check-up before you take it out into the great wide open.
The Kia Stinger GT has made quite the impression since hitting the market, intimidating the competition with its aggressive looks and formidable performance. It’s now set to start intimidating criminals in Australia, where the Queensland Police Service is adding 50 Kia Stingers to its fleet.
“This is a very important day for us,” Commissioner Ian Stewart told Kia. “We needed a special product to do a job for us, and that is what we have here. A wonderful product.”
The process of bringing the Kia Stinger into the fold for the Queensland Police has been underway since late 2017, and the high-performance sedan has passed with flying colors at every turn.
“It started with the desktop evaluation, then a track performance evaluation and then the operational evaluation conducted in real-world conditions. The final overall evaluation and review included the very important aspect of maintenance and cost. The Stinger performed very well in all areas and we had nothing but top reports from all the field officers,” said Road Policing Command Assistant Commissioner Mike Keating. “The result is a road policing first for us, the first foreign car to perform these duties.”
Queensland Police Minister Mark Ryan said that the decision to opt for the Stinger was helped in part by the critical acclaim that has been heaped upon it since its debut. Already, the Kia Stinger has earned the AutoGuide.com 2018 Car of the Year Award, was named Best of the Year and Best Sport Sedan in MotorWeek’s 2018 Drivers’ Choice Awards, and was a finalist for the 2018 North American Car of the Year award.
All 50 Stingers are set to head into active duty by December. Meanwhile, other police agencies across Australia are evaluating the Stinger and other Kia vehicles for their own fleet needs.
You don’t need to be an officer of the law to get your very own 2018 Kia Stinger GT — you just have to have an appreciation for all the fun that driving can be. To experience this incredible sport car for yourself, stop into Gossett Kia for a test drive.
The Kia Soul has been chosen by Edmunds and Parents as one of the 10 Best Family Cars of 2018, making two straight years that the funky and stylish soul has made the list. In addition to its instantly recognizable personality, the Soul is spacious, affordable, and comfortable—qualities that make it ideal for families.
According to Kia, the Soul was selected from over 300 new 2018 models across the industry, which makes this award even more commendable. Parents helped to judge the competition, as this magazine is a leader in virtually anything and everything having to do with families and parenting. Edmunds, the renowned auto-shopping site and information network, helps to choose winners based on value, safety features, and convenience above all else.
“Being recognized as a top family car by Parents magazine and Edmunds for the second consecutive year is a tremendous honor for our Soul urban passenger vehicle,” said Orth Hedrick, VP of product planning for Kia Motors America. “This is yet another testament to the world-class quality, value, and packaging we deliver to our customers.”
There’s a lot to love about the 2018 Kia Soul, especially if you have a growing family. And while we could tell you all about what makes the Soul shine, we think the best way for you to figure that out is by coming into Gossett Kia and testing one out for yourself.
During the summer months, one hotly debated topic is whether it’s more efficient to keep the windows down or use the air conditioning. While the A/C typically makes the engine work harder, having your windows down can decrease aerodynamic efficiency. So which is better between the two? The answer, quite simply, is that it depends.
According to Business Insider, there is no easy answer to the A/C vs. windows down debate. While experts can agree that neither is great for gas mileage, there are several factors to keep in mind when determining which of the two is best. This includes the make and model of your car, weather, and the speed you’re travelling. For instance, having the windows down has little effect on fuel economy if you’re going 15 mph. At highway speeds, however, it’s a different story.
Researchers for the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) have performed multiple studies to find the answer. A 2004 study looked at sedans and SUVs at speeds of 31 mph, 50 mph, and 68 mph in 86-degree weather. While it was close, having the windows down was consistently better at all speeds than running the air conditional.
For an SUV, the results are starker. Having the windows down rather than using the air conditioning will save you a considerable amount on fuel costs. The team at the Mythbusters television series also tested this problem and found similar results.
Ultimately, if the Memphis weather gets hot enough, the correct answer to the debate between A/C or windows down is likely to be whatever keeps you feeling coolest. If you want to look cool, you’ll want to get behind the wheel of a new Kia, and you can start your journey in that direction by stopping into Gossett Kia for a test drive.
Hot summer weather puts its own set of demands on your vehicle, and you want to make sure that you prepare your vehicle so it can be ready to meet them. Here are a few suggestions on how to prepare your car for summer.
- Keep the heat down: In the summer, your cooling system is of the utmost importance. Before the hot weather hits, you should check the radiator for leaks or breakage, and make sure that you have adequate amounts of coolant. While driving in the heat, you’ll also want to keep an eye on the engine temperature gauge. If you force your car to drive while its engine is overheated, you can cause permanent damage.
- Check your air conditioning system: Inspect your air conditioning system’s belts, condenser, and fins. You’ll be happy to have this system working in tip-top shape when beastly hot weather hits.
- Swap out winter tires for summer tires: If you haven’t swapped out your winter tires yet, it’s essential to do before summer weather kicks into gear. Summer tires are the most efficient choice for the season, but all-season tires are perfectly fine, too—they just won’t perform quite as well as specialized summer tires.
- Check your vehicle’s towing equipment: Summer is the time of year that most families will tow their trailer, boat, or other outdoor gear, so you will want to check your vehicle’s towing equipment to make sure it’s in good shape and working as it should.
If you need help getting your ride ready for the road ahead this summer, stop into Gossett Kia. Our team of service experts has the tools and knowhow necessary to help you welcome summertime with arms open.