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.