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.

Best Large Car for Families Title Goes to Kia Cadenza

If you’re on the hunt for a large family sedan, you know you have no shortage of options at your disposal. To help cut through the crowd, the experts at U.S. News & World Report determine the best vehicles for families in each segment. For the second year in a row, the 2018 Kia Cadenza earned the title of Best Large Car for Families, cementing its place as the premier choice in its field.

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Competition

To earn this award, the Cadenza went up against eight other new large sedans currently offered by competitors. Each vehicle was evaluated based on its safety, seating and cargo volume, reliability, and the availability of family-friendly features. The Cadenza had the highest composite score in the Large Car category, earning it top honors once again.

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“Plenty of large cars can handle family duty, but none do it as well as the Kia Cadenza,” said Jamie Page Deaton, managing editor at U.S. News & World Report. “The Cadenza’s cabin has the space for car seats, but the kind of finishes that impress adults.”

Available Features

The 2018 Cadenza also left a lasting impression on the judges thanks to its available features like surround view camera, rear sunshades, heated rear seats, and a hands-free trunk.

Family-Friend Features

This large sedan was recently revamped for the 2018 model year and has a number of available family-friendly features. This includes driver assistance technologies like Advanced Smart Cruise Control, Forward Collision Warning, Autonomous Emergency Braking, and Lane Departure Warning.

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If you’re on the market for a spacious family sedan, there is no choice better than the 2018 Kia Cadenza. But don’t take our word for it—schedule your test drive at Gossett Kia and see for yourself.

Three New Kia Sedans to Test Drive This Spring

Spring is a time for a fresh start, and there may be no better way to kick off a new season with a new car. If you’ve been considering trading in your old clunker for a new Kia, these three new Kia sedans will make you feel like a completely new person.

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2018 Kia Optima

If you’re looking for several bells and whistles wrapped up in one good-looking package, then your hunt ends at the Kia Optima. The 2018 Kia Optima provides an upscale cabin and innovative tech at a competitive price. From a standard 7-inch touchscreen with an UVO infotainment center to smartphone integration available on every model, this mid-size sedan should be at the top of your list if you’re looking for a daily driver that will keep you connected.

2018 Kia Stinger

Though it’s only been on the market for a year, the 2018 Kia Stinger is making a lasting impression. This sports sedan boasts athletic lines, a punchy turbocharged four-cylinder engine, and either rear- or all-wheel drive, raising the bar for its segment. Add its incredible value and standard features like leather upholstery trim, a seven-inch touchscreen with UVO infotainment system, and the ability to select the drive mode you want, and this sporty car is ready to be let loose on the open road.

2018 Kia Cadenza

The 2018 Kia Cadenza is a sedan with near-luxury features no matter the trim you choose, boasting a well-built cabin that allows even tall adults to stretch out comfortably. It comes standard with several technologies, including Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™, while those who want to have a bit more confidence on the road can do so with available driver assistance technologies like Lane Departure Warning, and Adaptive Cruise Control.

 

The 2018 Kia Optima, Kia Stinger, and Kia Cadenza are just three of the best offerings in the current Kia lineup. To get the full breadth of what the brand has to offer, stop into Gossett Kia and peruse our showroom.

Kia Niro Powertrain Earns Award from Green Car Journal

For drivers looking for optimal fuel economy and lower emissions, the Kia Niro may be the car for you; in fact, the new Niro recently won the 2018 Green SUV of the Year™ award from the Green Car Journal. This innovative SUV offers plenty of space and impressive capabilities while also helping drivers get around more efficiently, so the Niro doesn’t ask you to sacrifice one quality for the other.

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The Niro earned attention from Green Car Journal for several reasons. First, the car has a massive range of styles and features to provide a truly one-of-the-kind driving experience. Second, the sophisticated powertrain is a great hybrid option that combines electric and gasoline power.

“We’re thrilled to have received this special distinction from Green Car Journal,” said Orth Hedrick, vice president, planning & strategy, Kia Motors America.  “The Niro represents years of hard work by Kia to provide a hybrid that is fun, versatile, economical and a pleasure to look at and drive.  It’s immensely gratifying to all of us that the Niro is recognized by Green Car Journal as the 2018 Green SUV of the Year.”

The Niro beat out the competition, including vehicles made by Chevy, Mini, Mazda, and Volvo, among others. The Kia Niro powertrain is impressive, as it has up to 139 horsepower and it also gets up to 52 mpg city.* Plus, with UVO infotainment and a suite of safety features, the Niro is unmatched.

You can experience the award-winning Kia Niro in person with us at Gossett Kia.

*EPA estimated fuel economy. Actual mileage may vary.

2017 Kia Niro Features

The 2017 Kia Niro is the latest hybrid utility vehicle to take to United States roadways. Designed to be the perfect combination of cargo space, style, and efficiency, the crossover clearly has a bright future, and since it will be available from an affordable price, the Kia Niro is a true force to be reckoned with.

 

Affordability

The 2017 Kia Niro easily undercuts its nearest competitors, the Nissan Rogue Hybrid and Toyota RAV4 Hybrid, by several thousand dollars. For the price, drivers will enjoy impressive efficiency, a vast array of standard features, and plenty of technology.

 

Technology

From infotainment to connectivity to safety, the Kia Niro does it all in style. For starters, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto come standard across the board. Then, drivers have the option of adding more active safety technologies to the Kia Niro as well. Top features, like Lane-Departure Warning, Blind-Spot Monitoring, and Adaptive Cruise Control ensure that the Niro is a leader in the hybrid crossover segment.

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Efficiency

The 2017 Kia Niro boasts a hybrid powertrain that produces 139 hp, but that is only half the story. When it comes to efficiency, the Niro rules the roost with an EPA-estimated 52 mpg city/49 mpg highway.* That puts it on par with smaller (and typically more efficient) hybrid cars, like the Toyota Prius.

We here at Gossett Kia can’t wait to see what the future holds for the Kia Niro!

*EPA fuel economy estimates. Actual mileage will vary with options, driving conditions, driving habits, and your vehicle’s condition.

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.

5 Reasons to Drive the Kia Soul

Everyone remembers the Kia Soul for its unique style and the hilarious commercials starring dancing hamsters. But beyond the flash and laughs, the Kia Soul makes a compelling case for drivers, especially in 2018. Never considered the Soul before? Here are five reasons to drive it.

  1. Kia Drive Wise: This available driver-assistance technology works to prevent accidents from ever even happening, with features like Autonomous Emergency Braking, Forward Collision Warning System, Lane Departure Warning System, and Smart Cruise Control.
  2. Comfy seats: Front and rear passengers will always be comfortable with heated and ventilated seats: stay cool in the summer and toasty in the winter.
  3. Lights like no others: The Soul has available High-Intensity Discharge (HID) headlights and LED front fog lights to guide the way.
  4. The power you crave: The Soul! (Exclaim) model boasts a turbocharged engine that lays out 201 horsepower, mated to a quick-shifting seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.
  5. Electric power: If you’ve been looking for an electric vehicle with a little more interior space and a lot more personality, the Soul EV is the answer to your search.

The 2017 Kia Soul was even named J.D. Power’s “Highest Ranked Compact Multi-Purpose Vehicle in Initial Quality” for the third year in a row.*

Interested in the all-new Kia Soul? Visit Gossett Kia today for a test drive.

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*The Kia Soul received the lowest number of problems per 100 vehicles reflecting higher quality among compact multi-purpose vehicles in the J.D. Power 2015-2017 U.S. Initial Quality Studies. 2017 study based on 77,419 total responses, evaluating 189 models, and measures the opinions of new 2017 vehicle owners after 90 days of ownership, surveyed in February-May 2017. Your experiences may vary. Visit jdpower.com/cars.

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.

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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.

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