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.
The new-and-improved 2017 Kia Soul.
Everyone’s favorite vehicle, the Kia Soul, recently earned a spot on Car and Driver’s 10Best Trucks and SUVs list. This award is given out to the best 2017 models on the market right now. The Soul was chosen because of its spunky personality, excellent features, and great overall value.
“We are honored that Car and Driver has named the Soul to its ‘10Best Trucks and SUVs’ list,” said Orth Hedrick, vice president, product planning KMA. “The Soul has been an extraordinary success story for the Kia brand, and earning this award is a testament to our continued commitment to world-class quality and top-notch design that can be – in the Soul’s case – as funky as it is functional.”
In the 10Best Trucks and SUVs list, awards are given to vehicles in numerous segments, including the subcompact SUV category, which is where the Kia Soul took home its prize. To be eligible for this award, a vehicle must be all-new or significantly updated.
This year, the 2017 Soul arrives with some significant updates, including a new turbocharged 1.6-liter engine paired with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. This engine will be available on the new SX model, which also comes with some dynamic visual cues including an aggressive front bumper, twin exhaust pipes, sporty side sills, and exclusive 18-inch wheels.
The exciting, updated 2017 Kia Soul is available now at Gossett Kia.
Since its introduction in 2008, the Kia Soul has been a fan favorite. Since then, Kia has done a good job keeping the Soul updated with eye-catching style, lots of technology, and affordable pricing. Now, the updated 2017 Kia Soul gets a boost in power, one thing the Soul has always needed.
KIA Soul – Available at Gossett KIA
Buyers will be able to choose a new 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that delivers 201 horsepower–a big improvement over the current engines that deliver only 164 or 130 horsepower. The new engine will also be paired with a new seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, which should improve both acceleration and fuel efficiency.
In addition to a new engine, the 2017 Soul will also get a few visual updates, especially on the Turbo model. The Turbo updates include a model-specific front bumper and grille, unique 18-inch wheels, and red-painted trim highlights. Inside, the Turbo model will include a flat-bottomed steering wheel and unique upholstery with orange contrast stitching.
The updated Soul also gets new technology. The UVO infotainment system gains both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay technology. On the safety side, the Soul will have available blind-spot assistance with rear cross traffic alert.
The 2017 Kia Soul will be coming to Gossett Kia by the end of the year.
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.
In the competitive, turbulent, and unpredictable auto industry, it can be tough to stay on top–but Kia Motors America seems to be managing. Kia Motors’s record August sales show the company continues to gain momentum in the US.
Current Kia Sorento Available at Gossett Kia!
Buyers appear to be most attracted to the Kia Soul. The nameplate exploded in popularity and sold an all-time monthly sales high of 17,108 units. Other popular vehicles in Kia’s repertoire in the month of August included the Optima, at 13,980 units sold, and the Sorento, which came in at 10,211 units. In total, Kia sold 58,897 vehicles this August–a staggering 7.7% increase over the same sales period last year. Year-to-date, Kia’s sales are up 5.4%.
“Kia has outpaced the industry all year, and that trend continued in August as we set our fourth consecutive monthly sales record despite significant turbulence in the stock market and not having the benefit of Labor Day weekend sales,” said Chief Operating Officer and EVP of Kia Motors America Michael Sprague. He went on to praise the ever-popular Kia Soul for its success in the industry.
The 2016 Kia Soul is expected to go on sale sometime mid-2016, if you’d like to see what all the fuss is about.
Kia’s June sales numbers have officially been released and the automaker broke another record! Coming off a strong month in May where Kia set an all-time monthly sales record, June sales maintained the momentum and set another monthly record. In addition, Kia recorded the best-ever sales for the first half of the year in the company’s history.
June sales were individually led by the Kia Soul and Optima, and in total, Kia notched 54,137 units sold. Overall, Kia year-date sales are up 4.6%.
Current Kia Optima Available at Gossett Kia!
Michael Sprague, Chief Operating Officers and EVP of Kia Motors America, said, Customers continue to turn to Kia in increasing numbers for our world-class design, technology, value and, of course, our quality, which was recently reaffirmed in J.D. Power’s annual Initial Quality Study in which Kia finished second overall and first among non-premium brands.”
Kia continues to see tremendous success and we couldn’t be happier to be a part of that! Visit us at Gossett Kia Covington Pike to check out all of the new and award-winning models in Kia’s lineup.