Five Kia Models Make List of Best Choices for a New Car

U.S. News & World Report released its Best Choices for a New Car list not long ago. Five Kia models stand among the top 28 new cars of 2018. The editors made their choices based on the car’s price, cost of ownership, and predictability rating as determined by J.D. Power.

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Of the 28 cars on the list, the 2018 Kia Soul stole the show and secured the number one spot. The Kia Soul earned a reliability score of 5/5 and an overall score of 9.1/10. The family model earned an IIHS Top Safety Pick+ and boasts an affordable starting price.

The Kia Sportage boasts supportive seats and high safety scores. Those two factors netted it the top spot on the Best New Cars for Teens list. Those same features landed it a spot among the top 28 choices for a new car too!

The 2018 Kia Niro earned recognition for its high fuel economy, and the spacious cabin makes it ideal for family vacations. Plus, its nimble handling and exhilarating performance prove the Kia Niro can be great for daily commutes.

The Kia Rio came in second on the Best Choices for a New Car list. The editors noted its smooth performance, affordability, and intuitive technology as winning factors.

When it comes to compact cars, the Kia Forte holds its own. Excellent fuel economy and a quiet cabin put it a touch above competitors, netting the Forte a spot on the list.

You can learn more about all of these Kia models here at Gossett Kia!

2018 Kia Niro Earns IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK+

Not only is the Kia Niro versatile and efficient, but it’s quite safe, too. Proof positive: The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has awarded the 2018 Kia Niro its TOP SAFETY PICK+ after the crossover aced the agency’s crashworthiness and collision mitigation tests.

2018 Kia Niro Earns IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK+

“The Niro is one of our most popular models,” said Orth Hedrick, vice president, product planning, KMA, “and receiving the highest possible safety rating from IIHS provides yet another reason why it should be the top choice for anyone shopping for a small hybrid SUV.”

In order to earn the IIHS’ TSP, a vehicle must score ratings of “Good” in five crashworthiness tests — driver-side small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side impact, roof strength, and head restraints and seats — and a rating of “Acceptable” or “Good” in the passenger-side small overlap front crash test. It must also earn a score of “Advanced” or “Superior” in terms of front crash prevention and a rating of “Good” in headlights.

The 2018 Kia Rio’s TOP SAFETY PICK+ status brings the number of Kia vehicles to earn TOP SAFETY PICK or TOP SAFETY PICK+ awards from IIHS to nine. To see Kia’s lineup of safe, stylish, and smart vehicles in person, stop into Gossett Kia for a test drive.

A Milestone Achievement: Kia Sells 5 Millionth Sportage

The Kia Sportage hit a major sales milestone in March, achieving the sale of 5 million units around the globe since its launch in 1993. The Sportage is the best-selling model in the Kia lineup, offering a compact SUV to drivers who desire SUV capabilities without sacrificing easy handling and maneuverability on the city streets. This sleek, urban SUV offers a dynamic driving experience that drivers are sure to love.

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“We are extremely proud to have achieved this milestone production figure for our global best-seller. The continued and accelerating popularity of the Sportage demonstrates the breadth of the car’s abilities and the strength of its appeal to buyers in markets all around the world,” said Ho Sung Song, Executive Vice President of Global Operations Division. “Since 1993, the Sportage has become a benchmark car in the compact SUV segment, and its success has also led to the creation of a diverse and comprehensive range of SUVs and crossovers from Kia—with other new models to follow in future.”

2017 marked the beginning of the fourth-generation of the Sportage, with the 2018 model making further improvements and advancements. The 2018 Sportage is engineered to be both powerful and capable, offering a standard 2.4-liter engine that delivers 181 horsepower and an available Dynamax™ All-Wheel Drive system to improve traction on rough terrain and slippery roads. Its sleek, fun exterior is sure to turn heads.

The Sportage’s exterior also matches its refined interior, offering an available 7- or 8-inch infotainment system with smart features like Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ compatibility. You can also elevate the Sportage’s safety by adding on available Kia Drive Wise technology, which includes smart features like Blind-Spot Detection, Autonomous Emergency Braking, and Front- and Rear- Parking Assist to make parking a breeze. The 2018 Kia Sportage was named an IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK, so you can rest assured that you’ve made a good choice for you and your family with the Sportage.

The best-selling Kia Sportage is a sure thing if you want a capable family vehicle that makes driving plenty fun. To experience the Sportage firsthand, stop into Gossett Kia for a test drive.

2017 Kia Optima Awards

There is no denying that the 2017 Kia Optima is an excellent car. Once you experience its sleek handling and sophisticated style, you won’t want to drive anything else. But, for a bit more convincing, here are some of the top Optima awards.

  • 2017 IIHS Top Safety Pick+. The 2017 Kia Optima is an IIHS Top Safety Pick+ when equipped with optional front crash prevention and LED headlights (vehicles built after March 2017). To earn this award, a vehicle must earn the top “good” rating in all crash tests, offer superior or advanced front crash prevention, and offer better-than-average headlights.
  • Most Awarded Cars. 2017 Kia Optima was named one of the “10 Most Awarded Cars of 2017” from Kelley Blue Book’s KBB.com. To earn this award, a vehicle has to be recognized numerous times throughout the year for its superb features, reliability, and other qualities.
  • Five-Star Crash Rating. The NHTSA awarded an overall five-star crash safety rating to the 2017 Optima thanks to its superb results in the front crash, side crash, and rollover tests.

Test drive the award-winning 2017 Kia Optima available now at Gossett Kia. It comes with plenty of features for the money, lots of trim levels and options to choose from, and delivers easy-to-use technology within reach of the driver.2017 Kia Optima awards

Kia Sportage Earns 2017 Ideal Vehicle Award

The all-new 2017 Kia Sportage has earned a second distinction from AutoPacific, after first winning one of AutoPacific’s Vehicle Satisfaction Awards earlier in the year. This new distinction is the 2017 Ideal Vehicle Award in the compact crossover SUV category.

How did AutoPacific determine the winner of this prestigious award? It went straight to the consumers. The Ideal Vehicle Awards are based on more than 54,000 responses from drivers who purchased either a 2016 or a 2017 model; their responses are made after 90 days of ownership and focus on 15 categories and what things the drivers would want to change.

Categories include technology, safety features, power and acceleration, ride and handling, and interior storage.

“We’re honored to hear that the Sportage has earned AutoPacific’s Ideal Vehicle Award and that we are succeeding in our mission to provide our customers with world-class products,” remarked Orth Hedrick, vice president of product planning at Kia Motors America.  “The fourth-generation Sportage is the best iteration of our esteemed nameplate, now with a stellar combination of sharp design, clever utility and advanced safety features.”

Want to see if the Sportage is the ideal vehicle for you? Test drive the 2017 Kia Sportage today at Gossett Kia2017 Ideal Vehicle Award - Kia Sportage.

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 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.

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!

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