The Kia Sedona and Optima were named to the KBB Top 16 Family Cars List for 2016, which was released in early February.
2016 Kia Sedona Interior
A group of KBB.com editors came together to find the 16 most family-friendly cars of the year, taking into consideration factors such as safety, comfort, spaciousness, cargo area, convenience, and how child seats fit in the car seats.
KBB’s executive editorial director Jack R. Nerad said the two Kias had features families look for such as “a full list of features, a high level of build quality and low acquisition costs.”
Kelley Blue Book cited the Sedona minivan’s stylish appearance, available third row seating, safety features like its advanced airbag system, and great overall value.
The Optima, also the recipient of the 2016 Midsize Sedan Best Buy Award, was praised for its many standard and available features, including innovative safety tech like lane departure warning and automatic braking. Experts also appreciated the Optima’s excellent fuel economy, which helps families on the go save money and make fewer stops at the pump.
Do you like your car to be nice and toasty before you leave for the day? Do you hold the belief that your car needs some time to “warm up” if it’s less than 32 degrees Fahrenheit outside?
If so, you’re probably one of the many drivers guilty of idling their car in the winter to warm it up, which is widely considered a necessity for it to run properly.
But in truth, this practice is entirely unnecessary, harmful to your vehicle, and actually not even the fastest way to warm up your vehicle’s interior.
Unless your car was made more than 20 years ago, it barely needs any time for the engine and oil to be ready to go–about 30 seconds, in fact. Idling for longer than that can be damaging to both the engine and catalytic converter.
And if you’re thinking that you’d still selfishly like to warm up your car just to have a cozy interior–know that the inside actually heats up faster once you just start driving and are inside it.
For more winter weather tips, visit us anytime at Gossett Kia.
If you’re anything like us, you anticipate the release of every new Kia model, and that’s why we’re excited to report that spy photos have been captured of the upcoming 2017 Kia Picanto–the first images of the new car.
Of course, the vehicle has a camouflage tarp obscuring some of the finer details, but these images still reveal quite a bit about the new vehicle.
It’s easy to see that the new Kia Picanto will have some sort of new LED daytime running lights, as well as potentially-LED rear lights. And in general, the body seems to be redesigned but not to a wild degree. It will likely fit in with the other modern styling seen in its segment.
You can check out the 2017 Kia Picanto spy photos here, thanks to Autoevolution. The vehicle isn’t scheduled to hit the road until 2017, so it’s likely that we’ll start to get updates on its specific stats soon.
In the meantime, to check out a current, available Kia model, visit us anytime here at Gossett Kia.
Looking to save energy this season? As the temperatures drop, it’s more tempting than ever to bring up the heat – but that will have serious implications when you get your first energy bill!
Check out these winter money saving tips to monitor your spending this season:
- Turn your thermostat down to somewhere around 68 degrees.
- Reduce the length of those extra hot showers, and/or lower your shower temperature.
- Make sure there are no leaks in your home, likely around doors and windows, letting our precious warm air.
- Turn down your maximum water heat, so that your dishwasher won’t sneakily eat up your energy bill.
- And whenever you go on long weekends–or if there are times during the day when you know that no one will be home–turn the thermostat down even further!
For more winter tips, or to explore our wide variety of vehicles fully-equipped for winter roads, visit us at Gossett Kia.
Basketball player LeBron James is worth hundreds of millions of dollars, and he drives a 2016 Kia K900 family sedan. This is the claim that LeBron recently made, sponsoring Kia, but fans have been skeptical—understandably.
In fact, a few fans took to Twitter to make informal bets that LeBron doesn’t drive a Kia at all, but the man himself responded. Check out this new LeBron James Kia ad, in which LeBron proves that he does, indeed, drive a Kia.
And why not? Though the superstar really could drive any car he wants, the 2016 Kia K900 is stylish, fuel-efficient, and absolutely packed with modern features. It’s more than any driver needs, professional athlete or not.
If it’s fit for LeBron James–or as the ad says, “fit for a king”–surely, it’s good enough for you. To learn more about the Kia K900, visit us anytime at Gossett Kia. We’d love to set you up on a test drive!
Thanksgiving is right around the corner, which means many families will be traveling long distances to celebrate with family and friends. That also means that you’ll have to think of ways to keep your food at just the right temperature and freshness. We’ve put together a list of tips for traveling with food to make your life easier.
According to USA Today, you should transfer any hot meals to glass containers because they retain heat better. Consider wrapping bread, meatloaf, or sliced chicken in foil, as opposed to glass containers. For cold foods, plastic or glass will do just fine.
Use paper towels as insulation. Line the outside of food containers with paper towels to add a layer of insulation. They can also be used for easy cleanup, should any of the food spill during your commute.
Consider purchasing an insulated storage bag, hard cooler, or vacuum food flask. An insulated bag (similar to what the pizza delivery driver uses) is great for glass containers. Hard coolers are good for cold things, especially if you fill it with ice. Finally, the flask is great for liquids like hot soup.
If you have to travel further, you might consider a portable warmer/cooler. These devices are expensive compared to the other options, but they work the best. By plugging the device into the cigarette lighter, you can flip a switch to keep you food at the perfect temperature.
Current Kia Optima Available at Gossett Kia!
Kia pulled out all the stops for this year’s SEMA show. The 2015 Kia SEMA lineup will feature some of the sharpest and innovative designs on the market, including the Custom A1A Optima.
According to Kia, the new Kia A1A Optima is meant to shock car enthusiasts with its exclusive styling. It includes things like a roofless bodystyle, backwards-hinged doors (aka suicide doors), and bright teal paintwork. Twenty-inch bright chrome wheels and lowered coilovers are also included.
“The A1A Optima takes inspiration from the iconic Florida A1A highway by letting the sunshine in and taking the all-new 2016 Optima in a new direction with its sliced top, shortened windshield and room for four,” said Kia in a press release.
Under the hood of the A1A is a 242-hp turbocharged four-cylinder engine. This is paired with a high-performance exhaust, giving drivers incredible speed and acceleration. Although there is no news about Kia putting this custom model into production, we’ve got our fingers crossed that it will become more than just a concept model.
The official Nickname Your Car Day has already passed us by; however, that doesn’t mean it’s too late to celebrate. Naming your car is a tradition for auto enthusiasts everywhere, and the weirder, the better. We’ve put together a list of the best nicknames in pop culture to give you an idea of how it’s done.
NY Daily News has a great list of some of the most popular. We’ve put together our own, drawing from some of their insights.
- Batmobile – Any sleek black car can earn this title if it’s big enough and loaded with high-tech gadgets. Though the Batmobile has been around for years, some of the most popular include Michael Keaton’s in the 1992 Batman Returns, as well as the latest pics from the yet to be released Batman Vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice.
- Ecto-1 – Though you might not recognize the name of this model, you’d know it if you saw it. This famous retro model from the 1984 Ghostbusters film has remained one of the most iconic models in cinema.
- Herbie – Everyone loves this bizarre VW Beetle that has a mind of its own. Premiering in 1968 in The Love Bug, Herbie has made appearances again and again, known far and wide for its red and blue stripes, as well as its No. 53 badging.
- KITT – Knight Rider fans have no doubt monopolized this name for many years. This super-intelligent talking car helps Michael Knight (David Hasselhoff) fight crime. What’s not to love about it?
Now that you know some famous car names, it’s your turn to give it a try.
2016 Kia Sorento
Football is finally back, and Kia couldn’t be more excited. Partnering with NBC’s Sunday Night Football, Kia has started a new marketing campaign for the Sorento CUV. This football season is bound to be unlike anything ever before.
According to Kia, the Kia and Sunday Night Football partnership means there will be three new ad spots right away. These include “Participation,” “Great Game,” and “Pants.” Celebrating the qualities of the Sorento than make it great for hauling football gear, driving to games, and tailgating, this ad campaign couldn’t be more about the game.
“Sunday Night Football attracts the largest primetime audience and provides an excellent opportunity to connect with football fans and showcase the premium utility experience of Kia’s largest and most capable CUV ever,” said Tim Chaney, vice president of marketing communications, KMA.
These ads are made by David&Goliath, Kia’s advertising agency. Sorento spots will be appearing now, and last throughout the season.
Current Kia Sportage Available at Gossett Kia
Kia recently unveiled the first official images of the 2017 Sportage exterior. The compact SUV is entering its fourth generation and is slated to make its world debut at the Frankfurt International Motor Show in mid-September.
The new Sportage was designed with modern fighter jets in mind, and that source of inspiration shines through in the car’s slick lines and smooth angles. From the side, the Sportage looks very similar to previous models, but the angular headlights, wrap-around LED taillights, and tiger-nose grille all lend the SUV a more aggressive edge. Its wider nose and sleek, horizontal shapes aim to give the Sportage exterior a more stable stance.
The 2017 Sportage exterior was designed by Kia’s European studio in Frankfurt, Germany, though the team drew input from the company’s design studios in Korea and California. They worked together seamlessly to create a sportier, more muscular SUV while still retaining the Sportage’s overall shape and Kia’s signature look.