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.

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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.