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 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.

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.

A/C or Windows Down: Which Gives Better MPG in the Summer?

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.

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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.

How to Prepare Your Car for Summer

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.

Prepare Your Car for Summer - Gossett Kia - Memphis, TN

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

 

A Milestone Achievement: Kia Sells 5 Millionth Sportage

The Kia Sportage hit a major sales milestone in March, achieving the sale of 5 million units around the globe since its launch in 1993. The Sportage is the best-selling model in the Kia lineup, offering a compact SUV to drivers who desire SUV capabilities without sacrificing easy handling and maneuverability on the city streets. This sleek, urban SUV offers a dynamic driving experience that drivers are sure to love.

Kia Sells 5 Millionth Sportage - Gossett Kia - Memphis, TN

“We are extremely proud to have achieved this milestone production figure for our global best-seller. The continued and accelerating popularity of the Sportage demonstrates the breadth of the car’s abilities and the strength of its appeal to buyers in markets all around the world,” said Ho Sung Song, Executive Vice President of Global Operations Division. “Since 1993, the Sportage has become a benchmark car in the compact SUV segment, and its success has also led to the creation of a diverse and comprehensive range of SUVs and crossovers from Kia—with other new models to follow in future.”

2017 marked the beginning of the fourth-generation of the Sportage, with the 2018 model making further improvements and advancements. The 2018 Sportage is engineered to be both powerful and capable, offering a standard 2.4-liter engine that delivers 181 horsepower and an available Dynamax™ All-Wheel Drive system to improve traction on rough terrain and slippery roads. Its sleek, fun exterior is sure to turn heads.

The Sportage’s exterior also matches its refined interior, offering an available 7- or 8-inch infotainment system with smart features like Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ compatibility. You can also elevate the Sportage’s safety by adding on available Kia Drive Wise technology, which includes smart features like Blind-Spot Detection, Autonomous Emergency Braking, and Front- and Rear- Parking Assist to make parking a breeze. The 2018 Kia Sportage was named an IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK, so you can rest assured that you’ve made a good choice for you and your family with the Sportage.

The best-selling Kia Sportage is a sure thing if you want a capable family vehicle that makes driving plenty fun. To experience the Sportage firsthand, stop into Gossett Kia for a test drive.

Best Large Car for Families Title Goes to Kia Cadenza

If you’re on the hunt for a large family sedan, you know you have no shortage of options at your disposal. To help cut through the crowd, the experts at U.S. News & World Report determine the best vehicles for families in each segment. For the second year in a row, the 2018 Kia Cadenza earned the title of Best Large Car for Families, cementing its place as the premier choice in its field.

Kia Cadenza

Competition

To earn this award, the Cadenza went up against eight other new large sedans currently offered by competitors. Each vehicle was evaluated based on its safety, seating and cargo volume, reliability, and the availability of family-friendly features. The Cadenza had the highest composite score in the Large Car category, earning it top honors once again.

Family Car

“Plenty of large cars can handle family duty, but none do it as well as the Kia Cadenza,” said Jamie Page Deaton, managing editor at U.S. News & World Report. “The Cadenza’s cabin has the space for car seats, but the kind of finishes that impress adults.”

Available Features

The 2018 Cadenza also left a lasting impression on the judges thanks to its available features like surround view camera, rear sunshades, heated rear seats, and a hands-free trunk.

Family-Friend Features

This large sedan was recently revamped for the 2018 model year and has a number of available family-friendly features. This includes driver assistance technologies like Advanced Smart Cruise Control, Forward Collision Warning, Autonomous Emergency Braking, and Lane Departure Warning.

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If you’re on the market for a spacious family sedan, there is no choice better than the 2018 Kia Cadenza. But don’t take our word for it—schedule your test drive at Gossett Kia and see for yourself.

Three New Kia Sedans to Test Drive This Spring

Spring is a time for a fresh start, and there may be no better way to kick off a new season with a new car. If you’ve been considering trading in your old clunker for a new Kia, these three new Kia sedans will make you feel like a completely new person.

Kia Optima

2018 Kia Optima

If you’re looking for several bells and whistles wrapped up in one good-looking package, then your hunt ends at the Kia Optima. The 2018 Kia Optima provides an upscale cabin and innovative tech at a competitive price. From a standard 7-inch touchscreen with an UVO infotainment center to smartphone integration available on every model, this mid-size sedan should be at the top of your list if you’re looking for a daily driver that will keep you connected.

2018 Kia Stinger

Though it’s only been on the market for a year, the 2018 Kia Stinger is making a lasting impression. This sports sedan boasts athletic lines, a punchy turbocharged four-cylinder engine, and either rear- or all-wheel drive, raising the bar for its segment. Add its incredible value and standard features like leather upholstery trim, a seven-inch touchscreen with UVO infotainment system, and the ability to select the drive mode you want, and this sporty car is ready to be let loose on the open road.

2018 Kia Cadenza

The 2018 Kia Cadenza is a sedan with near-luxury features no matter the trim you choose, boasting a well-built cabin that allows even tall adults to stretch out comfortably. It comes standard with several technologies, including Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™, while those who want to have a bit more confidence on the road can do so with available driver assistance technologies like Lane Departure Warning, and Adaptive Cruise Control.

 

The 2018 Kia Optima, Kia Stinger, and Kia Cadenza are just three of the best offerings in the current Kia lineup. To get the full breadth of what the brand has to offer, stop into Gossett Kia and peruse our showroom.

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