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.
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.
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.
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.
Do you have a child who is approaching driving age? If so, you might be asking yourself, “What’s the best vehicle for a teen driver?” We have the answer…
No High Performance
A performance vehicle with lots of quickness–and we are talking more than 300 horsepower–is probably not a good idea for a teen driver. Performance vehicles normally have touchier throttles and this can be unwieldy for a teen. On the other hand, an old beater that can’t get out of its own way can actually be a safety liability. Find a happy medium when it comes to performance!
Though it may seem like a tech-savvy vehicle would prove to be more distracting, this may not be the case. Hands-free calling and voice commands for entertainment help teens keep their hands on the wheel.
Of course, the most important feature when it comes to deciding the best vehicle for a teen driver is safety. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is one of the organizations responsible for testing the overall and crashworthiness of vehicles. Based their ratings, they’ve created a list of vehicles that have passed with a Good rating here. It’s the best place to begin your search!
2016 Kia Optima – In IIHS’ List of Best Vehicles for Teens
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.