Soul and Sorento Win Best Cars for the Money Awards

The 2018 Kia Soul and Sorento recently made the news as both of these models earned prestigious awards: US News & World Report gave both cars the “Best Cars for the Money” awards, recognizing the Soul and Sorento for the ideal combination of quality and affordability.

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According to Kia, the “Best Cars for the Money” awards are given after vehicles are judged on 14 categories. US News noted that the Soul won the compact car category for having UVO infotainment, HID and LED lighting, and innovative safety features such as Autonomous Emergency Braking, which optimize driving like never before.

“We are honored that Soul and Sorento were recognized as offering tremendous quality and value within their respective categories for the second consecutive year,” said Orth Hedrick, vice president of product planning at Kia Motors America.  “These awards are further proof that Kia vehicles are not only fun to drive, but also couple outstanding reliability with a low total cost of ownership.”

The Sorento won the award for the 3-Row SUV category. Notable features on this model included things like available driver assistance features and optional all-wheel drive. Plus, with a rugged exterior, the Sorento also tends to stand apart on the road.

Clearly, If you’re looking for the most bang for your buck, the new Soul and Sorento are for you—and you can see them in person at Gossett Kia South.

Bad Driving Habits and How to Correct Them

We all have bad habits behind the wheel, and we at Gossett Kia South have created a list of bad driving habits to correct. For example, speeding is something a majority of drivers admit to, yet it can significantly reduce your gas mileage and increase the risk of a collision.

Bad driving habits - Gossett Kia South - Memphis, TNSecond, never use your cell phone while driving. For many, this is easier said than done. Cell phones have been shown to cause distracted driving, which significantly increases the risk of an accident. One tip to reduce cell phone use is to turn off your phone and put it in your glove box while you’re driving to eliminate the temptation. You can also download apps (like DriveSafe Mode) which disable your phone while a car is in motion.

Next, cut back on aggressive driving, such as tailgating and speeding. According to I Drive Safely, aggressive driving serves little purpose other than venting your rage. Therefore, to cut back on speeding and tailgating, one solution may be to seek alternative forms of stress relief. A stress relief ball might do it for some, but others may need to take up yoga, meditation, or a new sport in order to really help with this one.

Avoid parking in illegal areas. Some drivers think it might be ok to park in a fire lane or in a spot labeled “No Parking” if they simply put their hazards on, but this too is still illegal. It doesn’t matter if it’s just for five minutes—parking in restricted areas is not only thoughtless, but also dangerous. Even if you have to walk a little more, try to make an effort to park legally every time.

If we can all make these changes, the road will be a much safer, calmer place to be.

Valentine’s Day Gift Idea Guide

The go-to gift ideas on Valentine’s Day seem to be either jewelry, flowers, or chocolate. Two of those don’t last forever, and one of them is a bit more expensive than some people are willing to pay. So, use this gift idea guide to come up with something a little more personalized for your Valentine.


Gift Idea Guide - Gossett Kia South - Memphis, TN

Floral Scented Candle

Instead of flowers that will die in a week, invest in a floral scented candle that will keep your love smelling roses for hours.


Tea Set

If your Valentine is a tea drinker, they’ll love an assorted set of different tea flavors from a specialty shop.



Another common Valentine’s Day present is lingerie, but you don’t have to go a sexual route with bedclothes. A nice, comfortable pajama set lets you cuddle in comfort.


Leather Journal and a Pen

Invest in some high-quality stationary and a good pen if your Valentine loves to write or record ideas.


Matching Mugs

Celebrate your love by buying matching coffee mugs that you can both use as you have breakfast in bed the morning of February 14th!


Hopefully this gift idea guide has given you some insight and ideas on what you can get your significant other for Valentine’s Day. Surprise them with a gift they won’t forget!

Where To Go Ice Skating in Memphis This Winter

Memphis isn’t necessarily known for being especially cold in the winter or getting lots of snow, but residents can still enjoy a favorite winter activity in Memphis – ice skating! Ice skating in Memphis is easy; you just have to look out for the right places or head to indoor skating rinks to get the full experience.


Mid South Ice House Public Skating

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Though generally used for hockey or figure-skating, the Mid South Ice House offers public skating sessionsfor walk-ins over the weekend and on certain days of the week. Just be sure to check the schedule ahead of time!


Fourth Bluff Ice Rink

Located in Mississippi River Park, Fourth Bluff Ice Rink is a newer feature in Memphis and features an outdoor rink. Hurry, though – the last day it’s open is January 29th! It will also feature several scheduled events throughout the month of January.


Or, if you’re not so good at ice-skating, why not try out a normal skating rink instead? Replace your skate’s blades with wheels as you enjoy an evening out somewhere like the Memphis Skating Center.


Whether you want to go ice skating in Memphis or you’re just looking for ways to get out of the house during the winter, check out these fun attractions and then stop in to Gossett Kia South today!

Show Your Car Some TLC with these Car Care New Year’s Resolutions

When you’re making your list of New Year’s resolutions this year, don’t forget that your vehicle deserve some attention, too. Here are some car care New Year’s resolutions from Gossett Kia South that will keep your car in top-notch condition.

 Car Care New Year’s Resolutions

Hit the car wash

Not only is it more fun to drive a car that looks the best it can, keeping your car clean can actually help you spot any problems on the body of your car more easily. This year, make a habit of visiting the car wash every once in a while—you’ll love the way your car looks and keeping an eye on its condition will be easier than ever.


Schedule regular oil changes

It’s easy to put off changing your vehicle’s oil, but it’s important to do so regularly throughout the year. Before this year is over, plan out exactly when you’ll change your oil and stick to your plan. It’s cheap, quick, and one of the best ways to extend your vehicle’s life.


Rotate tires

Most people probably never rotate their tires, which is unfortunate, because it’s an extremely easy way to extend your tire life, save money, and reduce excess strain on your vehicle.


And, of course, don’t forget the most important New Year’s resolution of all: to drive safely year round to protect your car and everyone inside of it.

Christmas Hacks That’ll Save You Time and Money This Year

There’s a lot to do to get ready for a great Christmas celebration. This time around, leave the stress behind and use these great Christmas hacks from Gossett Kia South to finish up all of your Christmas preparation with time and money to spare.

 Christmas hacks

Fill out your tree

If you just couldn’t find that perfect tree this year, you’re in luck. All you need is some green tinsel to turn a sad-looking evergreen into the perfectly shaped Christmas tree you hoped for. If you match the tinsel to the color of the tree just right, no one will even know you’re cheating.


Christmas hanger lights

This year, save yourself a headache and wind your Christmas lights around old clothes hangers after you’re done with them. It makes putting your decorations away a breeze and is even more useful when you’re unloading them next year.


Turn cookies into ornaments

If you accidentally made too many cookies, or if some of them came out a bit too burnt, there’s no need to throw them away. If you apply a coat or two of varnish to them, you’ll have easy-to-make Christmas ornaments that will last for years.


Christmas is all about coming together with family and friends to celebrate what matters most in life, not stressing and fretting over decorating your home. Save yourself some hassle this year with these great Christmas hacks.

New Kia Stinger at the 2017 SEMA Show

The 2018 Kia Stinger is rolling off the line and bears a resemblance to high-end sports cars well above its price point. As it turns out, aggressive styling isn’t enough for the 2017 SEMA Show. That’s why the new Kia Stinger featured a unique look, just for the audience at Las Vegas.New Kia Stinger

Kia and West Coast Customs teamed up to create a unique Stinger sports car that no attendee could ignore. The all-new fastback sedan boasted numerous enhancements on top of its already aggressive styling.

For starters, the SEMA Stinger GT rolled out on a lower front and rear suspension. A gloss black front grille and 21-inch forged wheels add a touch of athleticism unmatched by most performance cars, while widebody fender flares, a carbon fiber aero kit, and rear diffuser create the track-ready look that enthusiasts love. To top it all off, squared-off quad exhaust tips add the intimidation factor.

The interior featured quite a few performance-driven upgrades as well. That’s on top of the premium interior which already features standard leather upholstery.

The modified Kia Stinger GT debuted alongside two other customized Kia models on Tuesday, October 31st.

We here at Gossett Kia South can’t help but be amazed at the custom Stinger sports car!

Winter Car Care Tips

Fall is in full swing and winter is quickly approaching. Now is the time to properly prepare your vehicle for the colder weather. While Memphis doesn’t see the harshest winter weather, it still pays to be prepared. Here are some helpful winter car care tips to get you started from us here at Gossett Kia South.

Emergency Kit
Creating an emergency kit is the first step to being prepared for when winter conditions strike. A dead battery, loss of traction, or simply getting caught in the snow likely means you’ll be waiting for help to arrive.
In order to stay comfortable and pass the time, prepare an emergency kit that includes warm clothes and blankets, a flashlight with extra batteries, and nonperishable foods. Including cat litter or sand for traction to escape slippery conditions certainly wouldn’t hurt, either.

As the temperatures drop, so will your vehicle’s tire pressure. Check to make sure your vehicle’s tires are properly inflated on a weekly basis to maximize traction on the road. Don’t forget to check the tread levels before winter arrives in full force! Tires with low tread should be replaced prior to winter for your own safety.

Winter Car Care Tips
Keeping your engine up and running all year long means maintaining your coolant. Coolant is responsible for keeping the engine cool in summer and prevent it from freezing in winter. Have your vehicle inspected to ensure the coolant is suitable to weather this coming winter season.

2017 Kia Sportage Awards

Just take one look at the 2017 Kia Sportage and you can see it is a sophisticated vehicle; take a seat inside to enjoy its spacious, comfortable seating and attractive cabin design; and then, drive away and you will love its smooth, quiet ride. It is not wonder the Sportage is so recognized in the industry. Read below to learn more about the top Sportage awards.

  • Most Awarded Cars. 2017 Kia Sportage was named one of the “10 Most Awarded Cars of 2017” from Kelley Blue Book’s The vehicles included on this list represent the best of the best from the past year due to their great features and popularity.
  • Best Family Car. 2017 Kia Sportage was named a “Best Family Car of 2017” by Kelley Blue Book’s It is built to withstand all that a family can throw at it, from young toddlers to kids on their way to college.
  • Must Test Drive. The Kia Sportage was named a “2017 Must Test Drive Vehicle” by Autotrader, because it comes with features other don’t, such as the potent SX Turbo model and high-quality interior materials.

Stop by Gossett Kia South and test drive the 2017 Kia Sportage to see what all the fuss is about.2017 Kia Sportage Awards

Kia Sportage Is the 2017 Ideal Vehicle Award Winner for Compact Crossover SUVs

This just in: another win for the Kia Sportage. The all-new 2017 Kia Sportage has just earned the coveted title of the 2017 Ideal Vehicle Award winner in the compact crossover segment, courtesy of AutoPacific. This actually marks the second AutoPacific award that the 2017 Sportage has earned this year. Earlier in the summer, the Sportage also received a Vehicle Satisfaction Award.

2017 Ideal Vehicle Award

To determine ideal vehicles in each segment, AutoPacific surveyed more than 54,000 drivers who purchased a new 2016 or 2017 model. After 90 days of ownership, these drivers provide feedback on how they like their vehicles and what they would change. The survey covers 15 specific categories, which include interior storage, power and acceleration, technology, ride and handling, and safety features.

Orth Hedrick, vice president of product planning for Kia Motors America, stated, “We’re honored to hear that the Sportage has earned AutoPacific’s Ideal Vehicle Award and that we are succeeding in our mission to provide our customers with world-class products. The fourth-generation Sportage is the best iteration of our esteemed nameplate, now with a stellar combination of sharp design, clever utility and advanced safety features.”

Want to experience the all-new 2017 Kia Sportage for yourself? Plan a visit to Gossett Kia South for a test drive.