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.

Best Choices for a New Car - Gossett Kia - Memphis, TN

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!

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.

Kia Sells 5 Millionth Sportage - Gossett Kia - Memphis, TN

“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 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!

How to Choose the Best Vehicle for a Teen Driver

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!

Tech-Savvy

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.

Safety

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

2016 Kia Optima – In IIHS’ List of Best Vehicles for Teens

Kia Safety Technologies Win Top Safety Pick Plus on New Sportage

Kia is raking in the awards, including the prestigious safety award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). In fact, the 2017 Kia Sportage recently received the Top Safety Pick+ award, demonstrating that this model is among the safest on the highway.

2016 Kia Sportage

2016 Kia Sportage

This rating reflects top scores in each of the five crashworthiness tests, including driver assist technologies which aid in preventing crashes. According to the automaker, Kia safety technologies include features like Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB), Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS), Blind Spot Detection (BSD) with Lane Change Assist (LCA), Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA), and Bi-HID headlights with Dynamic Bending Light (DBL) technology, high-beam assist (HBA), and front and rear parking assist.

“The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is one of the most recognized and respected organizations in the industry when it comes to evaluating vehicle safety, and as such, the Top Safety Pick Plus designation is a significant achievement,” said Orth Hedrick, vice president of product planning for Kia.  “We are especially proud to have our all-new Sportage earn that TSP+ rating in light of IIHS’ new, more challenging standards, validating the efforts of our engineers and the priority we place on safety.”

The Sportage is available with all the latest technologies, as well as an intelligent design. The body is rigid, and it has been carefully engineered to protect passengers in the event of a crash. The new Sportage is ideal for families and drivers who always make safety a top priority.