2017 Kia Sportage is a Contender for AutoGuide.com Utility Vehicle of the Year Vehicle

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.

2017 Kia Sportage - AutoGuide.com Utility Vehicle of the Year

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!

Kia NBA MVP Rankings

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.

Kia NBA MVP

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.

Kia Soul and Kia Cadenza Both Named 2017 Best Family Cars

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.

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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.

Kia Sorento - 2017 Best Family Cars

 

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 Fuel-Efficient 2017 Kia Niro May Just Be the Perfect Hybrid

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.

Fuel-Efficient 2017 Kia Niro

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.

 

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!

Kia Earns Two Best Cars for the Money Awards

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.2017 Kia Sorento Earns Award Of Best Cars For The Money

“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.

Kia Showcased Three Autonomous Vehicles at the Chicago Auto Show

Kia at the Chicago Auto Show with the Kia Niro Triathlon

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.

Kia at the Chicago Auto Show with the Kia Niro Triathlon

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.

All New Kia Stinger Coming Soon

2018 Kia Stinger | Memphis, TNNew cars don’t appear out of the ether. Every new design starts as a car designer’s dream, his or her idea of the perfect vehicle. Sometimes these ideas get made into concept cars and make appearances at auto shows. And sometimes these concept cars go into production and onto the market.

Six years ago, Kia showed one of these concept cars, the Kia GT, at the 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show. This sporty, sleek sedan was rear-drive and featured rear-hinged suicide doors plus loads of other applauded details. But the cool Kia GT never made it to production.

Until now. The Kia GT went through tweaks and redesigns over the last several years and evolved into something even more desirable: the Kia Stinger. The 2018 Kia Stinger recently debuted at Detroit’s North American International Auto Show and is set to be on sale next fall.

There are no suicide doors on the Stinger and no more side-view cameras. However, the Kia Stinger offers up much of the desirable elements of the GT and more. A stylish, fastback design will be accompanied by one of two engine options. A standard 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder offers up 255 horsepower while an available 3.3-liter twin-turbo V6 is said to reach 365 horsepower. With specs like these, drivers everywhere can’t wait to settle into the luxurious interior of the Kia Stinger and taking it for its first test drives.

10 Reasons To Buy a Kia

2017 Kia Rio | Memphis, TNIt’s no mystery that we love Kia cars and SUVs. There are so many good reasons to buy a Kia that you can’t even count them on both hands! We’ve gone so far as to give you ten of our favorites.

  1. Great Value

Kia vehicles may have started as modest cars, but today they’re packed full of features and gadgets that offer a lot of bang for the buck.

  1. Warranties

Kia models offer generous warranties that prove that they stand by their lineup’s quality and durability.

  1. Hybrid Options

Kia offers capable and affordable hybrid models, all of which offer great mileage plus a fun, dynamic ride.

  1. Stylish

The Kia lineup competes with the best when it comes to style. Thanks to Peter Schreyer, the famous Audi designer, Kia has been graced with a fresh spin on its exterior design.

  1. Personality

From the Kia Soul to the Kia Forte5, this manufacturer’s lineup is full of unique styles and designs loaded with personality.

  1. Tons of Options

Speaking of personality, no matter which vehicle you choose you’ll find plenty of trims, add-ons and colors that can make your Kia truly yours.

  1. Quality

Many Kia cars are made in America and composed of the highest quality materials and the strongest design.

  1. Luxury

The Kia Cadenza is one example of how the Kia brand offers luxurious options for affordable price tags.

  1. Family Friendly

Kia isn’t just about compact cars. They specialize in family vehicles, too, like the Sedona minivan, a perfect fit for both parents and kids.

  1. They Just Keep Growing

Sure, Kia started small. It took the brand some time to shake off any negative stereotypes related to foreign car companies. But they’re gradually proving themselves as a great option in all sorts of car markets. Kia is not done impressing us yet.

Car and Driver 10Best Trucks and SUVs Award Goes to Kia Soul

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The new-and-improved 2017 Kia Soul.

Everyone’s favorite vehicle, the Kia Soul, recently earned a spot on Car and Driver’s 10Best Trucks and SUVs list. This award is given out to the best 2017 models on the market right now. The Soul was chosen because of its spunky personality, excellent features, and great overall value.

“We are honored that Car and Driver has named the Soul to its ‘10Best Trucks and SUVs’ list,” said Orth Hedrick, vice president, product planning KMA. “The Soul has been an extraordinary success story for the Kia brand, and earning this award is a testament to our continued commitment to world-class quality and top-notch design that can be – in the Soul’s case – as funky as it is functional.”

In the 10Best Trucks and SUVs list, awards are given to vehicles in numerous segments, including the subcompact SUV category, which is where the Kia Soul took home its prize. To be eligible for this award, a vehicle must be all-new or significantly updated.

This year, the 2017 Soul arrives with some significant updates, including a new turbocharged 1.6-liter engine paired with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. This engine will be available on the new SX model, which also comes with some dynamic visual cues including an aggressive front bumper, twin exhaust pipes, sporty side sills, and exclusive 18-inch wheels.

The exciting, updated 2017 Kia Soul is available now at Gossett Kia.

5 New Year’s Resolutions for a Safer Year

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Become a safer driver is possible with these easy-to-follow tips!

Now that 2017 is here, it’s not too late to make a resolution. If you’re at a loss as to what you want to do this year, here are five resolutions for a safer year that will help make you a better driver.

  1. Enforce a seatbelt rule. Have everyone in your car buckle up, no matter their age. Don’t start driving until all passengers are secure. You can even extend this rule to the family pets.
  2. Put away your distractions. Everyone knows that texting while driving is dangerous, but so is talking on the phone, even while using a hands-free device. Put your phone away and commit to stopping other distracting activities, such as eating or putting on makeup, behind the wheel.
  3. Slow down. Speeding can be dangerous and it’s also detrimental to your fuel efficiency, too. Commit to driving the speed limit this year.
  4. Stay up-to-date with vehicle maintenance. By getting your oil changed regularly and getting your other routine maintenance done on time, your car will run better than ever and you can potentially prevent a more serious breakdown.
  5. Watch for pedestrians. Be on the lookout for pedestrians and bicyclists, especially when driving through neighborhoods and busy city streets.

If you can master these five resolutions, you will be well on your way to being one of the safest drivers on the road.

Do you have any additional tips? Let Gossett Kia of North Covington Pike know!

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