Kia Tops J.D. Power List of Highest Quality Brands

2017 KIA Lineup

J.D. Power is known far and wide, especially in the auto industry, for ranking brands based on the quality of their products. Recently, when J.D. Power released its list of highest quality brands around the world, the number one spot wasn’t occupied by some prohibitively-priced luxo-marque. Instead, the list was headed by Kia. Beating out fellow Korean brands Hyundai and Genesis, Kia was crowned king of the industry when it comes to quality.

This isn’t the first time this has happened. In fact, 2017 is actually the second year in a row that the Korean auto brand, known for their cute and cheerful cars like the Kia Soul, has claimed the winning spot on the list. Another big surprise was Toyota’s fall; sitting in spot #13, the once-winning brand for 15 years straight has toppled from its throne.

The quality of vehicles in the study was determined by how many problems per year were reported by participants in the study. If you want to see what put Kia at the top of the list of highest quality brands from J.D. Power, head over to us here at Gossett Kia South to test them out in person.

Kia Soul Hamsters Get a New Addition

Kia Soul hamsters

You might remember the Kia Soul hamsters — a collection of fuzzy, cute mascots dedicated to representing the Soul’s quirky, fun-loving image. Now, however, with the unveiling of the Kia Soul Turbo, the Kia hamster family has a brand-new bundle of joy. Revealed in a new commercial for the model, little Turbo is faster and wilier than the rest, speaking to the Kia Soul Turbo’s more athletic build and need for speed.

The commercial opens with a nurse tending to newborn babies in the maternity ward. As she makes the round, she notices one crib is empty – Turbo’s. As she looks around, the nurse realizes Turbo has escaped and is speeding through the hospital hallways to freedom. What ensues is a long chase scene in which Turbo continually outwits and outruns the hospital staff, eventually leaping off the roof and falling right through his family’s sunroof, into their car. They drive off in – what else? – a 2017 Kia Soul Turbo

Turbo’s quick getaway is representative of his automobile namesake’s penchant for smooth steering and handling and athletic performance, despite being the “baby” of the Kia Soul hamsters. Want to know more about the new 2017 Kia Soul Turbo? Come out to Gossett Kia South and we can introduce you to the new model.

Kia Soul is the Best Family Car

When you’re trying to buy a new car, it’s hard to know where to start. One great resource is to use trusted lists by sources like Car and Driver or Edmunds to find vehicles that are built to fit your needs. For a decade now, Edmunds has paired with Parents magazine to compose one such list: Best Family Car. And guess who earned an award for “Best Family Cars of 2017?” Why, none other than the Kia Soul, one of our favorite, versatile SUVs.

Kia Soul best family car

But what do Edmunds and Parents magazine use to determine the best family car? According to Parents Editor-in-Chief Liz Vaccariello, the best family car is one that caters to both parents and children in things like safety and comfort. The Kia Soul has both of these things covered, and much more.

The vehicle’s spacious cabin is made even more comfortable knowing that safety features like the standard Hill Start Assist and the available Lane Departure Warning are present to help drivers stay in control and to keep families protected. The Kia Soul is also well-equipped for in-cabin entertainment, an important amenity to have for family trips of any length. The 2017 Kia Soul features things like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, plus Steering-Wheel-Mounted Controls which make the inevitable multitasking easier.

With a very affordable price tag and an engine that sips gas, the Kia Soul is also family-friendly from a financial standpoint. We’re happy to have our own inventory of Kia Soul SUVs on the lot at Gossett Kia South, so if you’re looking for the best car for your family, stop in and give the Kia Soul a try today.

Kia’s “A Good Vibe” Commercial Goes Viral

When you turn on this spring’s two-and-a-half minute ad spot for the Kia brand, the first thing you’ll hear is “I don’t wanna go.” It’s the catchphrase and title of a catchy, charming song by artists Kate Kim and Lee Radde. You’re practically guaranteed to get the tune stuck in your head, but you’re liable to sound conflicted. You’re singing “I don’t want to go,” yet all you do want to do is go and drive one of the recently redesigned Kia Rio and Kia Picanto that are advertised in the commercial.

The upbeat and memorable Kia commercial follows around Kate Kim and Lee Radde as they each climb into their own Kia vehicles. The all-new Kia Picanto—a super efficient, five-door hatchback—and the compact Kia Rio sedan both prove to serve as the perfect city cars for the musical artists. The “good vibe” association seems to promise that only the best journeys can be had in these updated Kia vehicles. Meanwhile, the fun, split-screen video and the perfect pop song have kept viewers wanting more, making this Kia commercial a viral hit.

If you do want to go in the Kia Rio or Kia Picanto, don’t worry—we have plenty on the lot at Gossett Kia, and we won’t mind if you sing “I Don’t Want to Go” by Kate Kim and Lee Radde while you shop.

2017 Kia Sorento Named Most Affordable SUV

The Kia Sorento has long been one of the most affordable SUVs in its class, and the 2017 model year is turning out to be no different. The mid-size model packs in plenty of space and a vast array of standard features while maintaining a competitive price. A powerful engine and extensive warranties make it a hard model to pass on.

The 2017 Kia Sorento boasts seating for up to seven people or as much as 73 cubic feet of cargo space. It’s also available with three engine choices.2017 Kia Sorento

The standard four-cylinder engine delivers a healthy 178 hp while the available V6 engine delivered a massive 252 lb-ft of torque. The new Sorento can even tow up to 5,000 pounds when properly equipped.

Few automakers can match Kia’s long-lasting warranty. The 2017 Sorento comes backed by a 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty as well as a five-year/60,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty.

The new 2017 Kia Sorento starts at an affordable MSRP of $25,600.* It further reinforces its family-oriented design with a spot on the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s Top Safety Pick+ list.

We here at Gossett Kia South are pumped to see the new Sorento offering one of the best values in its class!

*Use for comparison only. EPA estimates. Actual mileage will vary.

Memphis Summer Festivals

Attending a summer festival is a great way to make some memories and have some fun under the sun. Memphis is home to a number of fantastic festivals, many of which draw in visitors from throughout the state. We here at Gossett Kia South have a few recommended Memphis summer festivals that you won’t want to miss!

Memphis Summer Festivals

Memphis Caribbean Jerk Festival

The Memphis Caribbean Jerk Festival will be held for the second year in a row. The family-friendly festival features a variety of Caribbean foods and jerk. Live entertainment, including local Caribbean musicians, will play throughout the day. The event takes place at Tiger Lane on Saturday, July 15th, beginning at 12pm. The event runs until 10pm, so feel free to attend throughout the day!

Oh, and did we mention there will be a domino tournament and exotic car show?

Memphis Eats Food Festival

The Memphis Eats Food Festival is the official gathering of some of the best chefs in the area. The two-day event takes place on July 15th and 16th in Robert R. Church Park. Family, food and friends will gather for a summer celebration unlike any other!

Mid-South Renaissance Faire

The Mid-South Renaissance Faire takes place on the final two weekends of August. Located at the US Baseball Stadium in Millington, jousters, musicians, and more will be in full costume to celebrate the Renaissance Faire. Pay the festival a visit to see what it’s all about!

Kia Sportage Is Utility Vehicle of the Year Contender

AutoGuide announced its Utility Vehicle of the Year award last month, and while the Kia Sportage wasn’t the winner, it made an impressive showing against vehicles like the Honda CR-V, the GMC Acadia, and even luxury vehicles from Audi and Jaguar.

AutoGuide noted the Sportage’s updated styling, which gives it a sportier look, as well as the major improvements to its ride quality and the refreshed interior. Credit was also given to the consistent, significant improvements to the Sportage with every passing generation, which is what has helped it maintain its presence as one of the most popular and impressive vehicles in the compact SUV market.

2017 Kia Sportage Utility Vehicle of the Year

The Sportage comes with two engine options that AutoGuide praised for their power, especially the energetic turbocharged option. The interior is refined at every trim level, with convenience and comfort features like the heated steering wheel and front seats, as well as infotainment options like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. AutoGuide was impressed with the superior ride quality and options even at the base trim, making the Sportage not only an excellent vehicle but also an affordable one for any driver.

To find out more about the new Kia Sportage, give us a call today at Gossett Kia South!

2017 Kia Niro Design Features Make It One of the Smartest Cars Around

The 2017 Kia Niro is a crossover hybrid with some of the most innovative design features you’ll see in the segment. From its materials to its storage options, the Kia Niro design features make it a fantastic buy for any driver.

The Niro is made to be lightweight, not only further improving fuel economy but making it more fun to drive as well. It’s the most fuel-efficient crossover on the market thanks in part to the light aluminum in the hood and tailgate and advanced strength steel that supports the core.

2017 Kia Niro design features

It also boosts fuel economy with smart aerodynamics. Air vents placed in front of the front wheels help redirect air around the wheels to let the air glide through easily instead of causing resistance. The Niro even has a flap on the grille that closes to reduce drag at highway speeds.

The Niro gets size and space perfect. It’s not so big as to make it difficult to drive and less agile on the road like some other compact crossovers, but it’s bigger than subcompacts that might not have enough cargo or passenger space. As if that wasn’t enough, you get even more cargo space with a concealed storage compartment underneath the cargo floor.

If you’re interested in the Kia Niro or just want to learn more, give us a call today at Gossett Kia South!

Kia Models Earn “Best Cars for Families” Awards

Best Cars for Families
We here at Gossett Kia South are happy to offer some of the best cars for families to the Memphis area, including the Soul and Cadenza.

Picking out the best car for your family can be difficult, especially if you’re on a tight budget and can’t afford to go a penny over. Fortunately, Kia makes some of the best cars for families, some of which have recently been recognized by U.S. News & World Report. The 2017 Kia Soul and Cadenza continue to uphold a reputation as affordable, stylish cars that are perfect for families!

2017 Kia Soul

The new Soul took the award for the Best Compact Car for Families for the second year running. The latest model boasts a stylish, unique design that makes it stand out on the road. A roomy interior and ride height make it a must-have for families on the move. As an added bonus, Kia’s UVO infotainment system can keep track of teen driver’s habits on the road.

2017 Kia Cadenza

Arguably the most luxurious model on Kia’s lineup, the 2017 Cadenza nabbed the Best Large Car for Families award. A spacious back seat and sunshade make it perfect for putting the kids down for a nap while on the road. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility make it a perfect car for younger drivers as well!

We here at Gossett Kia South are happy to offer some of the best cars for families to the Memphis area!

2017 Kia Niro Review

2017 Kia Niro
Available in five trims, the 2017 Kia Niro offers a strong set of excellent premium features at a price few competitors can match.

The 2017 Niro is the latest model to arrive in Kia’s lineup and it’s performing wonderfully when it comes to reviews. The all-new hybrid SUV is the most affordable model on the market and earns up to an EPA-estimated 50 mpg combined*. Available in five trims, the 2017 Kia Niro offers a strong set of premium features at a price few competitors can match.

The all-new Kia Niro starts at $23,875 MSRP and comes equipped with seating for up to five passengers. A four-cylinder engine paired to an electric motor and paired with an automatic transmission produces a total of 139 hp and 195 lb-ft of torque. Drivers will also see a standard 7-inch touchscreen, keyless entry, a rearview camera, steering-wheel-mounted audio controls and much more for that price.

The Niro easily undercuts many premium SUVs with a full offering of luxury features at an affordable price. Adding a premium sound system, navigation system, heated steering wheel, and leather-trimmed seats won’t put the Niro’s price over $31,000.

The new Kia Niro lands under the Sportage, making it the South Korean brand’s smallest SUV. Even so, it offers plenty of space and is comparable to the Honda HR-V.

We here at Gossett Kia South are pumped to see the 2017 Niro doing so well!

*EPA fuel economy estimates. Actual mileage will vary with options, driving conditions, driving habits, and your vehicle’s condition.