Updated 2017 Kia Soul Gets More Power with New Engine

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

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.

J.D. Power Names KIA Soul and Sportage Best in Their Segments for Initial Quality

Big news for KIA drivers and SUV lovers: the 2016 KIA Soul and Sportage were both ranked highest in their segments for Initial Quality by J.D. Power and Associates!

For the second year in a row, the KIA Soul has topped the Initial Quality Study in the 2016 KIA Soul in Memphis, TNCompact Multi-Purpose Vehicle segment. This year, the Soul beat out tough competition like the Ford C-Max and Toyota Prius v with just 72 problems per 100 vehicles. Similarly, the Sportage edged out the Hyundai Tucson and Buick Encore with just 85 problems per 100 vehicles, improving significantly in the Infotainment and Navigation areas.

As if that were not good enough news, KIA’s entire vehicle line leads all other brands in initial quality with an average of just 83 problems per 100 vehicles. That means you’re making a safe bet when you choose a Forte, Rio or Sorento as well!

2016 KIA Sportage SUV in Memphis, TNFor 30 years, the U.S. Initial Quality Study has been conducted by J.D. Power to evaluate problems new vehicle owners experience with their vehicles during the first 90 days of ownership. Each vehicle graded in the study is granted a score based on its reported consumer problems for every 100 vehicles tested. The study is designed to give new car shoppers an idea of how well-loved a brand new car is and inform potential buyers which cars are likely to impress in the areas of design, performance, comfort and ease of technology.

Want to experience the award-winning Soul and Sportage for yourself? Stop by Gossett KIA today to get behind the wheel of one of these great SUVs! Our friendly staff is happy to help you find the right car to fit your needs. You can also brose our used and Certified Pre-Owned cars for more great vehicles in a variety of makes and models near Millington, Cordova, Bartlett and Memphis, TN!

The Best Family Cars: Optima and Soul Make Top Picks

2016 Kia Soul

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.

Celebrating Kia Motors’s Record August Sales

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.

2015 Kia Sorento

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 Broke Records

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%.

2015 Kia Optima

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.