EcoDynamic Kia Lineup Gets a Fantastic Addition in the 2017 Niro

One of the hottest cars to roll across the stage at the recent Chicago Auto Show was the 2017 Kia Niro. Kia calls it a hybrid utility vehicle. A sharp-looking crossover with roof rails and rear skid plate, the Niro certainly exudes a utility vibe.

The 2017 Kia Niro also looks distinctly like a Kia and this is a very good thing. Kia’s signature honeycomb mesh grille adorns the front end while clean lines and economy of design complete the picture.

2017 Kia Niro

2017 Kia Niro

The 2017 Kia Niro offers Prius-like economy. But in a number of ways, it outdoes the popular Toyota model. It has a nicer cargo area, plus tons of torque—195 lb-ft in fact. That’s considerably more than the Prius.

The 2017 Kia Niro is the latest entry among the EcoDynamic Kia lineup that the automaker has committed to making. In fact, Kia has plans to roll out 20 EcoDynamic models by 2020. If they all have as much spirit and appeal as the Niro, the automotive market is in for a treat.

Daily Driving: Tips for Improving Your Commute

commuteDoes daily drive to and from work have you feeling down? If you changed your perspective and saw it as an opportunity instead of wasted time, you could even start to look forward to it. Sound crazy? Check out these tips for improving your commute.

# 1 – Are you a music aficionado? Use your time in the car to discover new music! Pandora is great for exposing you to music you might like.

# 2 – Collect your thoughts! Instead of letting traffic stir you up and stress you out, use your time in the car to think through a current problem or brainstorm for work. Make voice memos on your phone as you come up with ideas.

# 3 – Audio books can revolutionize your commute. It’s especially useful to choose non-fiction books. If you feel like the time you spend on your commute is wasted, why not turn it into an educational experience?

# 4 – Make it the ultimate “me-time.” Turn your phone off, roll the windows down, and just enjoy the fact that for the next minutes, all you have to do is drive.

DIY Maintenance: How to Rotate Tires on a Car

tire rotationTire rotation is one of those things that are easy to do at home if you have the right tools—in this case, a jack and a socket wrench. Plus, it makes your tires last a lot longer. You could take your car to a mechanic to do it, but why drop the cash if you don’t have to? Follow these tips on how to rotate tires and you’ll have the task done in no time.

When you rotate your tires, you first have to determine whether you have directional or non-directional tires. Directional tires have a tread pattern that has to go a certain direction, while non-directional tires can go either way. If the tires are directional, they’ll be marked with an arrow on the sidewall.

If you have directional tires, just switch them front to back; front right switches with back right, while front left switches with back left. With non-directional, you can cross them over—put the front left on the back right and the front right on the back left (and vice versa).

From here, you just need to know how to change a tire, and make sure you keep careful track of which tire is which!

Kia Sedona and Optima Named to KBB Top 16 Family Cars List

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

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.

Stop Warming Up Your Car This Winter and Just Drive

cleaning car windowsDo 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.

First 2017 Kia Picanto Spy Photos Captured While Testing

Kia LogoIf 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.

Winter Money Saving Tips and Tricks for the Coldest Months

winterLooking 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.

LeBron James Kia Ad Aims to Prove Basketball Star Drives K900

Kia K900

Kia K900

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 Travel Time: Tips for Traveling with Food

ThanksgivingThanksgiving 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.

Introducing the Kia A1A Optima: Built for Fun Driving

2016 Kia Optima

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.

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