New Thanksgiving Traditions to Add to Your Celebration

Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving from Gossett KIA

As Thanksgiving approaches, you are probably planning your menu and inviting guests. But, if you’re also looking for ways to enhance your Thanksgiving feast, try adding one of these new Thanksgiving traditions to your family meal.

  • Create a Thankful Journal. Buy a special notebook just for Thanksgiving. Each year, have your family members share the things they were thankful for over the past year. Write their thoughts in the journal. Nothing is too small. Over the years, looking over family milestones will make you feel happy and thankful.
  • Memory Tablecloth. For a truly Thanksgiving-worthy centerpiece, purchase a plain light-colored tablecloth and some fabric pens. Ask each guest to write down something special they are thankful for. You can trace the hands of children too young to write. It will quickly become your favorite Thanksgiving decoration.
  • Help those in need. To help you feel the true spirit of Thanksgiving, find a way to help those in need. Volunteer at a local food bank or soup kitchen to help serve those who are less fortunate than yourself.
  • Include the children. Plan an activity just for the children. This could be as simple as making Thanksgiving crafts to taking orders and serving the dessert.

What Thanksgiving traditions do you have in your family?

Updated 2017 Kia Soul Gets More Power with New Engine

Since its introduction in 2008, the Kia Soul has been a fan favorite. Since then, Kia has done a good job keeping the Soul updated with eye-catching style, lots of technology, and affordable pricing. Now, the updated 2017 Kia Soul gets a boost in power, one thing the Soul has always needed.

KIA Soul

KIA Soul – Available at Gossett KIA

Buyers will be able to choose a new 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that delivers 201 horsepower–a big improvement over the current engines that deliver only 164 or 130 horsepower. The new engine will also be paired with a new seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, which should improve both acceleration and fuel efficiency.

In addition to a new engine, the 2017 Soul will also get a few visual updates, especially on the Turbo model. The Turbo updates include a model-specific front bumper and grille, unique 18-inch wheels, and red-painted trim highlights. Inside, the Turbo model will include a flat-bottomed steering wheel and unique upholstery with orange contrast stitching.

The updated Soul also gets new technology. The UVO infotainment system gains both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay technology. On the safety side, the Soul will have available blind-spot assistance with rear cross traffic alert.

The 2017 Kia Soul will be coming to Gossett Kia by the end of the year.

November Events in Memphis, Tennessee

If you’re looking for something fun to do in Memphis next month, we’ve put together a list of November events in Memphis you’ll love no matter what you and your family are interested in. There’s something for everyone, so check it out!

One exciting event this month is the Indie Memphis Film Festival, which will take place the week of November 1st through 7th and features tons of locally-made films showing throughout the week. Named to lists such as The 25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World and The Top 50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee, the Indie Fest is one of the biggest events of the year.

lightsThe Memphis Comic and Fantasy Convention will also be held this month at the Hilton from November 18th to 20th and will feature artists, authors, and media guests involved in the entertainment industry, as well as vendors and panels.

Get into the holiday spirit with the Graceland Holiday Lighting Ceremony. Every year at Graceland—the former home of Elvis Presley—lights are strung around the entire grounds and lit up all at once during a lighting ceremony that features celebrity guests.

The Shelby Farms Park and Memphis Botanic Gardens start their Starry Nights and Snowy Nights events in November. Snowy Nights is especially fun for kids—how often do they get to play in the snow in Memphis?

Whatever you’re interested in and whether or not you have kids, you’re sure to find something fun to do in Memphis this November.

Preview: 2017 Kia Niro Fuel Efficiency

2016 KIA Niro

2016 KIA Niro SUV

The 2017 Kia Niro is an upcoming hybrid crossover vehicle currently available to preview at select Kia dealers. The Niro comes with a 1.6-liter GDI 4-cylinder engine and 6-speed transmission that offers exceptional ride quality without compromising its incredible fuel economy. At 50 mpg combined, the Niro will be at the top of its segment in efficiency.

The estimated Kia Niro fuel efficiency comes in part from its Full Parallel Hybrid System and partly from its lightweight build, which uses lighter materials and aerodynamic design to decrease drag and improve fuel economy while keeping the cabin quiet. It also has innovative driver-only ventilation, so when you’re driving alone you don’t waste gas cooling other seats.

The FPHS combines the power of the 4-cylinder engine with the 43-horsepower electric motor and a lithium-ion battery to deliver smooth, energetic ride. The Niro’s dashboard displays your vehicle’s stats, tell you how much you’ve maximized your fuel economy, and more.

With available driver assist technologies like Autonomous Emergency Braking as well as wireless charging, a variety of outlets, and an auto defog system, the Niro provides unbeatable convenience and safety. Its exceptionally comfortable interior offers heated and cooled front seats, a heated steering wheel, and flexible cargo space with extra under-tray storage.

Efficient, stylish, and innovative in every way, the 2017 Kia Niro is the hybrid SUV to beat.

The Redesigned 2017 Kia Sorento Makes a Bold Statement

2017 Kia Sorento

2017 Kia Sorento

Fresh off a brilliant redesign, the 2017 Kia Sorento emerges as a refreshing choice for your next family vehicle. Kia has added more cabin space this time around plus a newly-designed dashboard. These changes combine nicely with the Sorento’s overall design to make for a well-balanced SUV that is ready to rise to any occasion.

The intelligent design of the all-new Sorento is manifest in its practical and beautiful exterior design. Engineers gave the Sorento a wider stance and longer wheelbase. It’s a change that not only produces a more elegant shape and profile but also improves handling. The available Smart Power Liftgate allows you to open the liftgate when your hands are full using just your foot.

The Sorento proves more than capable in the performance department. There are three engines to choose from, including the 3.3-liter V6 that—combined with the available Dynamax AWD system—is capable of towing up to 5,000 pounds. Not to mention, the AWD system adds Torque Vectoring Cornering Control to your arsenal of features. The result is a vehicle that handles with unbelievable balance and response.

Looking for a reliable and family-friendly SUV that comfortably seats seven? The redesigned 2017 Kia Sorento was made for you.

Labor Day Activities in Memphis

Happy Labor DayA long weekend getaway is exactly what many Americans need, and Memphis, Tennessee is a hot destination thanks to its numerous attractions. We at Gossett KIA have some suggested Labor Day activities in Memphis to make your long weekend a memorable one.

  • Mud Island River Park – Learn about life on the Mississippi with a visit to Mud Island River Park, a five-block river model that depicts the entire length of the Mississippi River. Take in the scenic view of the river itself as well as downtown Memphis. Get a closer look at the history and culture that surrounds the Mississippi River. Be prepared to spend anywhere from four to 12 hours at Mud Island River Park. There’s a lot to learn!
  • Memphis Zoo – If you’re looking for a spot for families, look no further than the Memphis Zoo. Home to more than a thousand animals, the Memphis Zoo is renowned for its special events and exhibits as well as its animal shows and rides. Kids and adults alike will love seeing the rare and exotic animals housed at the Memphis Zoo!
  • Beale Street – Those interested in culture only need to make a stop by Beale Street for a full history lesson. The street’s history includes the location of Ulysses Grant’s headquarters during the American Civil as well as the birthplace of rock ‘n roll. Stop by any of the two dozen clubs and shops that give Memphis a unique feel to visitors!

REO Speedwagon to Play the 2016 Live at the Gardens Concert Series

concertWhat’s the best way to celebrate summer in Memphis? Now that’s a hard question. As we all know, this town is replete with summer treasures. A strong contender has to be the 2016 Live At The Gardens concert series.

If you’ve never been to one, you are truly missing out on a wonderful experience. The entertainment is top-notch. Past acts include Robert Plant, Little Big Town, Diana Ross, Styx, and Rob Thomas.

It’s the music but it’s also about the ambience. The venue is located at the Memphis Botanical Gardens. Taking in some of the best musical acts around as the sun sets, accompanied by the beautiful gardens…it makes for a memorable time.

So far, Heart and Billy Currington have graced the stage for the Live at the Garden concert series this year. Don’t worry, though, if you’ve missed them. The best is yet to come…

On August 25th, REO Speedwagon will be performing all of your favorite hits. There are certainly plenty of tunes for the band to choose from. They had thirteen Top 40 singles in their heyday. Get your tickets now before they sell out!

J.D. Power Names KIA Soul and Sportage Best in Their Segments for Initial Quality

Big news for KIA drivers and SUV lovers: the 2016 KIA Soul and Sportage were both ranked highest in their segments for Initial Quality by J.D. Power and Associates!

For the second year in a row, the KIA Soul has topped the Initial Quality Study in the 2016 KIA Soul in Memphis, TNCompact Multi-Purpose Vehicle segment. This year, the Soul beat out tough competition like the Ford C-Max and Toyota Prius v with just 72 problems per 100 vehicles. Similarly, the Sportage edged out the Hyundai Tucson and Buick Encore with just 85 problems per 100 vehicles, improving significantly in the Infotainment and Navigation areas.

As if that were not good enough news, KIA’s entire vehicle line leads all other brands in initial quality with an average of just 83 problems per 100 vehicles. That means you’re making a safe bet when you choose a Forte, Rio or Sorento as well!

2016 KIA Sportage SUV in Memphis, TNFor 30 years, the U.S. Initial Quality Study has been conducted by J.D. Power to evaluate problems new vehicle owners experience with their vehicles during the first 90 days of ownership. Each vehicle graded in the study is granted a score based on its reported consumer problems for every 100 vehicles tested. The study is designed to give new car shoppers an idea of how well-loved a brand new car is and inform potential buyers which cars are likely to impress in the areas of design, performance, comfort and ease of technology.

Want to experience the award-winning Soul and Sportage for yourself? Stop by Gossett KIA today to get behind the wheel of one of these great SUVs! Our friendly staff is happy to help you find the right car to fit your needs. You can also brose our used and Certified Pre-Owned cars for more great vehicles in a variety of makes and models near Millington, Cordova, Bartlett and Memphis, TN!

The Best Family Cars: Optima and Soul Make Top Picks

2016 Kia Soul

2016 Kia Soul

Kia is winning awards left and right, including multiple awards for having the some of the 10 Best Family Cars. The Optima won a “Best Sedan” award and the Soul won a “Best Budget Vehicle” award from Parents magazine and Edmunds.com. Kia was only one of two automakers to have two models on the Best Family Cars list.

According to Kia, the 10 Best Family Cars of 2016 list is determined by several judges from Edmunds and Parents, each of which identifies top picks for categories like safety, performance, family-friendly features, and more. The Optima won in its segment overall, while the Soul took home a special award for affordability.

“Kia places a priority on safety as well as packing our vehicles with innovative and easy-to-use features at an outstanding value, and the recognition from Parents magazine and Edmunds.com validates our efforts,” said Orth Hedrick, VP for KMA.  “The Optima and Soul have numerous features geared toward families who are looking for advanced driver assistance systems, cutting-edge technology, spacious passenger seating and ample cargo capacity.”

Being the ninth annual year for the list, Edmunds and Parents rated hundreds of vehicles in multiple areas. In addition to these awards, the Soul and Optima were also recognized for their exceptional style and driving dynamics, features which especially impressed the judges.

Experience the Open Road: Summer Road Trip Destinations

road tripRoad trips are an American tradition, letting you experience the sights and thrills of the open road. We’ve put together a list of the top summer road trip destinations in the US, each of which offers a unique experience you won’t find elsewhere.

According to Money Crashers, one of the most iconic road trips follows Route 66 across America. This historic road cuts across 2,500 miles, ultimately ending in Los Angeles. Although you might have to travel a day from Memphis to reach some of the best stretches of this highway, it is well worth it.

Want to stay a little closer to home? Check out the Arkansas Highway 7 Scenic Byway. This 290-mile stretch covers pine forests, rolling hills, and parts of the Ozarks. Though it takes about two days to really explore the entire road, you can also spend time at hot springs or camping along the way.

For those who want to explore the region, take an hour drive north from Memphis to Holly Springs, MS. This short trip is great for seeing the hill country, and it is also packed full of historic landmarks and museums. Check out the Kate Freeman Clark Museum, Marshall Country Historical Museum, and the Ida B. Wells-Barnett Museum.

Whether you want to drive across the country or you simply want to explore your local area, road trips are great for virtually everyone. Just be sure to pack light, drive safe, and enjoy your ride!

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