New Year’s Resolutions for Becoming a Better Driver in 2019

At the end of each year, many of us think of ways we could improve our lives, whether that is saving more money, getting more active, or quitting some bad habits. If you aren’t sure what you want to improve, we suggest making some resolutions to become a better driver.

New Year’s resolutions for becoming a better driver - Gossett Kia - Memphis, TN

Buckle Up

Create a seatbelt rule in your car. Don’t start driving until everyone has buckled up, no matter how close your destination is.

Calm Down

If you have a hair trigger when it comes to road rage, it is time to calm down. Do some deep breathing before you start driving and consider counting to 10 when you feel the urge to honk or yell at another driver.

Drive Defensively

You cannot control what other drivers do, but you can be on the lookout. Stay vigilant and be aware of what other drivers are doing. Always expect the unexpected.

Keep Up with Maintenance

A poorly maintained car can be a potential road hazard. Follow the recommended maintenance schedule in your owner’s manual to make sure your car doesn’t break down in the middle of the highway.

Put Down Your Phone

If you are constantly reaching for your phone, put it someplace you can’t reach, like the glovebox. You can even put your phone on “silent” so you aren’t tempted by every ding you hear.

If you need some tips or advice for becoming a better driver, the folks here at Gossett Kia would be happy to offer up some pointers the next time you stop in for service.

2019 Kia Forte Named Car of the Year Contender

The 2019 Kia Forte, all-new and all-improved, has been racking up acclaim from customers and critics alike. Just this month, it earned the title of Best Value at the Southwest Lifestyle Vehicle of the Year awards, adding to its ever-growing trophy case. It now stands poised to add Motor Trend 2019 Car of the Year to its mantle, having been named a Car of the Year Contender.

2019 Kia Forte Named Car of the Year Contender - Gossett Kia - Memphis, TN

Earning the Forte attention is its fit and finish. Judge Angus MacKenzie described the Forte as having a “mature and upscale design, cleverly riffing on established Kia design cues without looking like a cookie-cutter car.” On the inside, judges Frank Markus and Mark Rechtin compared the style and design of the Forte to that of luxury vehicles of a far higher price.

The 2019 Kia Forte will be up against stiff competition, but it has more than enough chops to bear out a win. The Forte is powered by a 147-horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine paired with your choice of a six-speed automatic transmission or Kia’s first designed-and-built-in-house Intelligent Variable Transmission.

To see the exceptionally styled, fun-to-drive, and award-winning 2019 Kia Forte up close, stop into Gossett Kia.

Five Kia Models Make List of Best Choices for a New Car

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.

Best Choices for a New Car - Gossett Kia - Memphis, TN

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!

All-New 2020 Kia Telluride Revealed

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.

2020 Kia Telluride

“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.

Having the Best Fall Bonfire Party

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.

fall bonfire party

Provide blankets

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.


Hand wipes

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.

2018 Kia Niro Earns IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK+

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.

2018 Kia Niro Earns IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK+

“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.

Summer Festivals in Memphis

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!

Summer festivals

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.

Summer Road Trip Prep

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.

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.

Queensland Police Enlist 50 Kia Stinger GTs

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.

Queensland Police Kia Stinger

“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 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.

Kia Soul Named to 10 Best Family Cars List for Second Year in a Row

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.

Kia Soul Named to 10 Best Family Cars List - Gossett Kia - Memphis, TN

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.

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