Over the past few years, trunk or treat events have been gaining in popularity. If you don’t know what that is, it is like trick-or-treating, only everyone gathers in a parking lot, decorates their cars, and the kids go from car to car instead of house to house.
If you want to try one out this year, many communities, schools, and churches host these events. Ask your friends, family, and neighbors if they know about any. The most important part of a successful trunk or treat is the decorations, which is essentially a costume for your car. Try out one of these trunk or treat themes.
- Mouth Car. Turn the trunk of your car into a mouth. Use a red blanket or towel as the tongue and create teeth out of felt to hang from the top opening.
- Graveyard. This works really well if you drive a pickup. Add tombstone decorations, spider webs, skeletons, and other spooky items.
- Christmas. Celebrate Christmas a couple months early by decking out your car with ribbons, bows, Christmas lights, and wrapping paper.
- Movie. Pick your favorite kids’ movie and decorate to your heart’s content.
Which of these trunk or treat ideas would you like to try? If you need a new car to decorate, come visit us at Gossett Kia today.
There is no denying that the 2017 Kia Optima is an excellent car. Once you experience its sleek handling and sophisticated style, you won’t want to drive anything else. But, for a bit more convincing, here are some of the top Optima awards.
- 2017 IIHS Top Safety Pick+. The 2017 Kia Optima is an IIHS Top Safety Pick+ when equipped with optional front crash prevention and LED headlights (vehicles built after March 2017). To earn this award, a vehicle must earn the top “good” rating in all crash tests, offer superior or advanced front crash prevention, and offer better-than-average headlights.
- Most Awarded Cars. 2017 Kia Optima was named one of the “10 Most Awarded Cars of 2017” from Kelley Blue Book’s KBB.com. To earn this award, a vehicle has to be recognized numerous times throughout the year for its superb features, reliability, and other qualities.
- Five-Star Crash Rating. The NHTSA awarded an overall five-star crash safety rating to the 2017 Optima thanks to its superb results in the front crash, side crash, and rollover tests.
Test drive the award-winning 2017 Kia Optima available now at Gossett Kia. It comes with plenty of features for the money, lots of trim levels and options to choose from, and delivers easy-to-use technology within reach of the driver.
The all-new 2017 Kia Sportage has earned a second distinction from AutoPacific, after first winning one of AutoPacific’s Vehicle Satisfaction Awards earlier in the year. This new distinction is the 2017 Ideal Vehicle Award in the compact crossover SUV category.
How did AutoPacific determine the winner of this prestigious award? It went straight to the consumers. The Ideal Vehicle Awards are based on more than 54,000 responses from drivers who purchased either a 2016 or a 2017 model; their responses are made after 90 days of ownership and focus on 15 categories and what things the drivers would want to change.
Categories include technology, safety features, power and acceleration, ride and handling, and interior storage.
“We’re honored to hear that the Sportage has earned AutoPacific’s Ideal Vehicle Award and that we are succeeding in our mission to provide our customers with world-class products,” remarked Orth Hedrick, vice president of product planning at Kia Motors America. “The fourth-generation Sportage is the best iteration of our esteemed nameplate, now with a stellar combination of sharp design, clever utility and advanced safety features.”
Want to see if the Sportage is the ideal vehicle for you? Test drive the 2017 Kia Sportage today at Gossett Kia.
Everyone remembers the Kia Soul for its unique style and the hilarious commercials starring dancing hamsters. But beyond the flash and laughs, the Kia Soul makes a compelling case for drivers, especially in 2018. Never considered the Soul before? Here are five reasons to drive it.
- Kia Drive Wise: This available driver-assistance technology works to prevent accidents from ever even happening, with features like Autonomous Emergency Braking, Forward Collision Warning System, Lane Departure Warning System, and Smart Cruise Control.
- Comfy seats: Front and rear passengers will always be comfortable with heated and ventilated seats: stay cool in the summer and toasty in the winter.
- Lights like no others: The Soul has available High-Intensity Discharge (HID) headlights and LED front fog lights to guide the way.
- The power you crave: The Soul! (Exclaim) model boasts a turbocharged engine that lays out 201 horsepower, mated to a quick-shifting seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.
- Electric power: If you’ve been looking for an electric vehicle with a little more interior space and a lot more personality, the Soul EV is the answer to your search.
The 2017 Kia Soul was even named J.D. Power’s “Highest Ranked Compact Multi-Purpose Vehicle in Initial Quality” for the third year in a row.*
Interested in the all-new Kia Soul? Visit Gossett Kia today for a test drive.
*The Kia Soul received the lowest number of problems per 100 vehicles reflecting higher quality among compact multi-purpose vehicles in the J.D. Power 2015-2017 U.S. Initial Quality Studies. 2017 study based on 77,419 total responses, evaluating 189 models, and measures the opinions of new 2017 vehicle owners after 90 days of ownership, surveyed in February-May 2017. Your experiences may vary. Visit jdpower.com/cars.
The AutoGuide.com Utility Vehicle of the Year contenders were announced last month, and one was the 2017 Kia Sportage, Kia’s family compact crossover. The Sportage was up against the Honda CR-V, the GMC Acadia, and luxury cars the Jaguar F-Pace and Audi Q7.
The AutoGuide.com Utility Vehicle of the Year award went to the Honda CR-V, but the Sportage was strongly considered thanks to its greatly improved performance, as well as its comfortable interior and abundant convenience and comfort features, like the heated front seats and heated steering wheel.
The Sportage was also recognized for its infotainment options, including an available touchscreen system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The comfortable seats and available leather upholstery make for a luxurious drive, and the legroom and cargo space are more than enough for a family and all their things.
The Kia Sportage offers a smooth, quiet ride and does great on bumps, making it a great option for road trips with the family. For all the utility you and your family need for your daily life, don’t miss the new 2017 Kia Sportage.
To find out more about the impressive 2017 Kia Sportage, call Gossett Kia today and schedule a test drive!
The Kia NBA MVP is a close race this year, with four contenders leading the pack who could all take the votes needed to win: Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder, James Harden of the Houston Rockets, LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers, and Kawhi Leonard of the San Antonio Spurs.
While Westbrook and Harden are considered the two most likely to be named MVP, there’s something to be said for Kawhi Leonard, who’s earning 25 points a game on average and getting plenty of rebounds and assists.
LeBron James, who’s having one of the best years of his career, averaging double-digit points and 8 rebounds and assists each every single game. He’s also the oldest by far of all the MVP possibilities this year, with the most career minutes.
At the time of writing James Harden is second in the rankings, with 29 points, 11 assists, and 8 rebounds per game. Westbrook is leading thanks to an incredible streak of triple-doubles, and as a number of NBA.com writers have noted, Westbrook is playing on the objectively worst team of all the MVP candidates but is still managing to rack up that many assists. Many writers think Westbrook will take the MVP title, but it’s still too close to call.
The Kia Optima is the official vehicle of the NBA, and at Gossett Kia we’re proud to be associated with such an incredible game.
Each year, U.S. News and World Report puts out their list of “Best Cars for Families,” and Kia tends to do remarkably well. This year was no different, as the 2017 Kia Soul and 2017 Kia Cadenza were chosen as the 2017 Best Family Cars in the compact and large categories.
The awards are chosen after harsh scrutiny, based on safety, cargo space, family-friendly features, and reliability, adding up to the ideal family car. Of course, this means the Kia Soul and Kia Cadenza were the perfect choices in their categories.
The new Kia Soul was chosen in part due to how well-matched it is to every kind of driver, with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as the UVO1 system that makes it easy to monitor teen drivers.
The new Kia Cadenza was praised for similar reasons, as well as rear sunshades that keep passengers cool while also protected from UV rays, because yes, you are still subject to serious UV damage from the sun while in the car.
If you would like to learn more about the 2017 Kia Soul or 2017 Kia Cadenza, come visit us anytime at Gossett Kia. Bring the whole family with you, and we’ll set you up on a test drive.
The 2017 Kia Niro is making headlines for its incredible fuel efficiency, challenging even the Toyota Prius to perhaps become the most impressive vehicle on the hybrid market. The Kia Niro, on the other hand, is much more understated.
Now that fuel-efficient vehicles have become the norm for Kia, there’s no reason for them to make the Niro boldly stand out as a hybrid car. In fact, a simple “ECO/hybrid” badge on the back of the Kia Niro is the only aspect that reveals its efficient identity.
The Kia Niro is also being praised for its excellent price point, starting at just $23,785. Between that low starting price and all money that you would otherwise have to waste at the pump, who knows how much money you could ultimately save.
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The EPA estimates that the 2017 Kia Niro gets up to 49 miles per gallon on the highway and up to 52 miles per gallon in the city – a truly impressive accomplishment that we are proud to support.
Want to learn more about the fuel-efficient 2017 Kia Niro or maybe even take model out on a test drive? Contact us or visit us anytime, here at Gossett Kia, and we’ll get you set up!
When you have a tight budget for a car, you might think that you won’t be able to get many features. However, cars today, even small ones, can come well-equipped and won’t cost you a fortune. To help you find the perfect balance between affordability and great features, U.S. News & World Report gives out its Best Cars for the Money awards each year.
This year, two Kia models came home with these great awards, the compact Soul and stylish Sorento. The Best Cars for the Money awards are given out based on a variety of criteria, including reliability, safety, industry experts’ opinions, and overall value. A vehicle’s value is measured by the average price paid by consumers along with its predicted five-year cost of ownership.
“We’re honored that U.S. News named the Soul and Sorento winners within their respective categories for 2017,” said Orth Hedrick, vice president, product planning KMA. “The entire Kia model line – including our iconic urban passenger vehicle and three-row SUV – offers a winning blend of sophisticated design and user-friendly technology with a consistent emphasis on value.”
Editors were impressed with the Soul because of its fun-to-drive nature, spacious interior, and great blend of power and efficiency. For the Sorento, it earned high marks thanks to its advanced technology and excellent design.
You can find both the Kia Soul and Sorento at Gossett Kia today.
For at least five years now, the automotive industry has really started exploring the limits of autonomous driving technology. Recently, at the Chicago Auto Show, Kia showed how autonomous driving technology can be more than just getting you from point A to point B.
The first vehicle on the list is the Kia Sorento Ski Gondola. This amazing concept opens up a whole new world of skiing or snowboarding for extreme enthusiasts. Instead of wheels, this concept comes equipped with tank-like snow tracks that can tackle nearly any slope. It will bring you to the top, you hope out and ski down, and then it will follow you down and even lend you a hand if you get stuck.
Next on the list is the impressive Kia Niro Triathlon. Training to be a triathlete can be an arduous task, but this Kia Niro makes it better than ever. The concept comes equipped to carry all of the necessary equipment. Then, the Niro can light up a path with laser LED lights that illuminate a bike lane behind the vehicle. When you reach the end of your training, climb aboard and relax in the Human Touch zero gravity reclining chair while the Nero drives you home.
These are just two of the three concepts Kia put on display in Chicago. Here at Gossett Kia, we think the Niro Triathlon is pretty incredible.