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.
“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.
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 Compact 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!
For 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!
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.
2014 Kia Sorento
Buying a pre-owned car is a smart choice. You get to skip out on that initial depreciation and still drive a great car. But if you’re looking for a pre-owned car that will give you the most bang for your buck, check out the Kia Sorento.
The Sorento just earned the Best Pre-Owned Value Award from TrueCar. This award tracked 2014 model year vehicles for sale this year that are expected to retain more of their value than the competition. The Sorento came away with the best projected value in the midsize utility segment.
“Kia is honored that the Sorento is being recognized by TrueCar for its value in the pre-owned midsize-utility segment,” said Orth Hedrick, vice president, product planning KMA, in a statement. “With its extensive list of features backed by an industry-leading warranty, Sorento offers world-class design, technology and quality combined with the peace of mind that comes with making a smart purchasing decision.”
If you’re in the market for a pre-owned car, come check out our inventory at Gossett Kia. We frequently have the 2014 Kia Sorento in stock, but our supply is constantly changing.
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.
Current Kia Sedona Available at Gossett Kia North!
The 2015 Kia Sedona is changing the game in the minivan segment. Designed to crush the negative reputation of minivans, the new 2015 Sedona is attracting a new generation of families back to the segment. In recognition of the Sedona’s advanced style and modern design, J.D. Power has awarded the 2015 Kia Sedona with its Automotive Performance, Execution, and Layout (APEAL) award for the minivan segment.
The J.D. Power APEAL award is granted to vehicles whose owners are most satisfied with their new vehicles based on 10 categories. The study weights the following categories: audio, driving dynamics, exterior, fuel economy, heating and ventilation, interior, powertrain, seats, storage, and visibility.
“Customers want vehicles they’re proud to drive, and Sedona’s superior combination of a strong, confident design, advanced safety features, and premium amenities, is revolutionizing the minivan segment. Earning top honors in the J.D. Power APEAL study is affirmation from our customers of the new Sedona’s appeal and desirability,” commented Orth Hedrick, vice president of product planning for Kia Motors America, in a statement.
Stop by Gosset Kia to check out the game-changing Kia Sedona for yourself. Packed with family-friendly technology and amenities, it’s a vehicle you’ll wonder how you ever lived without.