Kia's Autonomous Vehicles at the Chicago Auto Show

Kia’s Autonomous Vehicles Show Some Excitement

Cars that can drive themselves aren’t too far off in the future. In fact, many of us may get to experience this within our lifetimes. While getting to sit back and relax while the car does all the driving sounds great, it is pretty boring if you think about it.

Kia’s autonomous vehicles, which it showed off at the Chicago Auto Show, however, are anything but boring. They take autonomous technology and use it in ways you likely never imagined.

One of the most impressive is the Kia Sorento Ski Gondola concept. With this vehicle as your partner, you’ll be able to ski or snowboard anywhere you want. Instead of wheels, this vehicle uses tracks that will enable it to scale some steep slopes and take you to the top. The spacious interior has plenty of room for passengers wearing bulky ski clothes. Once you reach the top, hop out, and head down the slope, and the Ski Gondola will follow.

Kia's Autonomous Vehicles at the Chicago Auto Show

Another incredible vehicle is the Kia Niro Triathlon. With this vehicle as part of your team, it will make rigorous training so much easier. It has been customized to fit all the necessary equipment and can lead the way while you ride behind in a laser LED-illuminated bike path. When you reach the end, climb into the Niro and relax in the Human Touch zero gravity chair while the Niro drives you home.

Which concept would you like to try out? Here at Gossett Kia South, we would love to go skiing with the Sorento Ski Gondola.

2017 Kia Sorento Awarded One Of The Best Cars For The Money

Kia Soul and Sorento Earn Best Cars for the Money Awards

Buying a new car is one of the most expensive things you will buy in your life. So, getting your money’s worth is a big deal. Every year, U.S. News & World Report gives out its Best Cars for the Money awards, which helps consumers narrow down their options for a great new car.

This year, both the Kia Soul and Sorento took home prizes in their segments. These awards are based on a vehicle’s reliability, safety, and automotive experts’ opinions, as well as overall value.

“We’re honored that U.S. News named the Soul and Sorento winners within their respective categories for 2017,” said Orth Hedrick, vice president, product planning KMA. “The entire Kia model line – including our iconic urban passenger vehicle and three-row SUV – offers a winning blend of sophisticated design and user-friendly technology with a consistent emphasis on value.”

2017 Kia Sorento Awarded One Of The Best Cars For The Money

The mid-size Sorento impressed the judges with its excellent, modern technology along with its great use of interior space and overall efficiency. As for the Soul, it delivers a roomy interior for both cargo and passenger and is always a favorite for its stellar styling.

Stop by Gossett Kia South today and take a test drive in both of these award-winning Kia models.

10 Reasons to Buy a Kia

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Kia is becoming the go-to brand for many new drivers.

Wondering whether there’s a Kia that will fit your needs? Well, the answer is almost certainly. There are plenty of reasons to buy a Kia no matter what type of vehicle you’re looking for.

  1. Value – Kia vehicles offer excellent value for car buyers. An agreeable price tag is accompanied by plenty of features and amenities.
  2. Warranties – Kia is not only generous on the features, but they’re generous with the warranties, too.
  3. Variety – The Kia lineup is full of award-winning options, from compact cars to SUVs.
  4. Personalization – There are loads of trim levels and customization options so that it’s easy to personalize your Kia. Models like the Soul or the Forte5 offer extra quirky personality.
  5. Family-Friendly – No matter what size your family is, you can find a Kia for them. This family friendly lineup offers great choices like the Sedona minivan or the Optima sedan.
  6. Hybrid Options – If you’re looking to go green, Kia has plenty of hybrid options in its lineup, too.
  7. Quality – You’ll find that no matter which Kia you choose, it will be made with quality materials and dedicated craftsmanship.
  8. Luxury – For something a little fancier, Kia offers the affordable Cadenza, a luxurious vehicle that the whole family can enjoy.
  9. Stylish – These cars just keep getting more and more stylish, especially since the company brought in ex-Audi designer Peter Schreyer.
  10. Promising Future – The Kia brand started out modest, but it just keeps growing. Buyers are always impressed by the durable, stylish, and practical Kia lineup. Chances are it will just keep getting better.

Introducing the 2018 Kia Stinger

Once upon a time, there was a concept car called the Kia GT. This rear-drive sedan made its first appearance at the 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show. People loved it. They loved its handsome design that called to mind the speedy style of a coupe and its unique touches like rear-hinged suicide doors and side-view cameras. They waited anxiously for the Kia GT to go into production. But alas, it did not.

That is, until now, when the GT evolved into something even better: the Kia Stinger. A rear-drive sports sedan just like its predecessor, the Kia Stinger is just as sleek and irresistible with its fastback design and its temptingly powerful engines. The Kia Stinger recently debuted at Detroit’s North American International Auto Show as a new Kia concept car. But here’s the good news for fans of these Kia sports sedans—the 2018 Kia Stinger has already been slated for production and is set to be on sale next fall.

The Kia Stinger won’t have the suicide doors or the side-view cameras. However, this fastback sedan will make up for those absences with its two powerful engines. A standard 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder is expected to get up to 255 horsepower, while an available 3.3-liter twin-turbo V6 should offer 365 horsepower. With a long wheelbase creating plenty of room in the luxurious interior, the Kia Stinger is sure to be a new favorite.

Safety Tips for Winter Driving

 

Wintertime is the most dangerous time of the year to be on the road because of a whole bunch of bad weather conditions, including snow and the scariest of all, freezing rain. There are ways to navigate winter weather safely, though, so follow these tips to keep your car on the road in any conditions.

Always drive slowly on bad roads, but don’t just drive slowly—do everything else slowly too. Give yourself enough room to coast to a stop and ease on the brakes instead of slamming them, and never tailgate. You want plenty of space between you and the vehicle in front of you in case you have to make a sudden stop, which doesn’t work too well on slick roads.

When it’s raining, foggy, or snowing, turn on your headlights. If other drivers can’t see your lights this means you’re putting yourself and others in serious danger. You should also avoid distractions like your phone and avoid driving when you’re very tired.

Always clear off all your windows so you have the best possible visibility before hitting the road. Keep track of traffic and weather instead of getting caught unawares in a storm or rush hour traffic. If you come across a flooded road, then turn around and find another way!

Finally, keep up with scheduled maintenance. Properly inflated, even tires, fresh engine oil, and good brakes are the best defense against crashing. Drive safely!

Kia Cadenza Named 2017 Large Sedan of the Year by Hispanic Motor Press Association

2017 Kia Cadenza

 

The 2017 Kia Cadenza has been named the Large Sedan of the Year by the Hispanic Motor Press Association, which holds annual awards for vehicles in each segment. The judges evaluate each vehicle for safety, quality, value, performance, design, style, environmental impact, and technology based on the needs and tastes of the Latino population.

The Cadenza, which starts its second generation with the 2017 model year, “injects a much-needed shot of excitement to the large car segment,” says Michael Sprague, chief operating officer of EVP, KMA. The Cadenza’s striking styling and refined interior set it apart from the rest of the crowded sedan segment and makes huge improvements over other sedans in terms of the cabin, technology, powertrain, and body structure. Prague says Kia is “honored to be named among the best choices for Latino families.”

The Hispanic Motor Press Association considers over 100 vehicles each year and selects three vehicles for each category before narrowing it down to each category’s winner. The judges take the cars on test drives as well as look at the affordability and mass market availability of each vehicle and how it relates to the average Latino family. This is the seventh year of the Hispanic Motor Press Awards.

New Turbocharged 2017 Kia Soul Offers 201 Horsepower

Turbocharged 2017 Kia Soul

The Kia Soul is continually coming out on top in its segment, and it looks like this isn’t going to change any time soon. Kia recently introduced a turbocharged 2017 Kia Soul that adds plenty of pep to the quirky car’s step, making it even more fun to drive.

Turbocharge

This new turbocharged 1.6-liter GDI engine offers 201 horsepower and 195 lb-ft of torque, which is a significant increase from the Soul’s standard 161-horsepower 2.0-liter engine. With this turbocharged engine, the 2017 Soul returns 26 mpg city and 31 mpg highway, giving it a combined mpg of 28.

Other Features

Along with this big pump of power, the sporty new Soul also comes with a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission and a plethora of special features. These include exclusive 18-inch wheels, a chrome grille surround, red-accented body trim, unique Soul tailgate badge, and a dual chrome twin-tip exhaust.

 

Other standard equipment includes the leather-wrapped steering wheel, a push-button start, and an UVO32 infotainment system. It even has integrated Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone systems and a 315-watt Harman Kardon audio system, making it both athletic and tech-savvy. There are more available features, including Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Blind Spot Detection.

 

To learn more about this athletic, fun-to-drive, and feature-loaded 2017 Kia Soul, stop into Gossett Kia South to see what this unique car has to offer.

How to Make Holiday Travel Less Stressful

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Stay safe on the roads if you’re traveling this holiday season!

If you are heading over the river and through the woods to Grandma’s house this holiday season, it’s probably best to be prepared. The holiday season is one of the most stressful times to travel with busy roads, bustling airports, and winter weather causing unexpected delays. To make the holidays more enjoyable, here are some tips on how to make holiday travel less stressful.

Travel on the holiday. On the actual holiday, flights and crowds are significantly less than on the days surrounding it. Book your flight or head off in your car on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day to make the experience less stressful. If you want to spend more time with the family, then leave early in the morning on the day for more time together.

Fly direct. When you have a layover, the chances of delays, cancellations, and lost luggage are higher than if you book a direct flight. Even if a connection saves you money, the extra cash you will spend on a non-stop flight will give you more peace of mind, making traveling significantly less stressful.

Plan ahead. Before you head out, especially if you’re driving, it’s important to think about any possible obstacles you might come in contact with. Check the weather, ship any extra gifts that won’t fit in your luggage, and plan your route out to make sure you get to your destination on time and stress-free.

Should you experience any car troubles, feel free to contact Gossett Kia South Mt. Moriah for help!

Thanksgiving Travel Tips for Your Family

Happy Thanksgiving
Happy Thanksgiving from Gossett KIA South!

Thanksgiving is one of the busiest times of the year, so whether you’re flying or driving to your destination, you’re probably going to encounter some mishaps and a whole lot of angry people. Follow these Thanksgiving travel tips to reduce your holiday stress as much as possible.

First of all, it’s important to do whatever you can to stay calm and understand that everyone is in the same position as you. Especially if you’re driving, getting mad at traffic doesn’t help—it just makes you more reckless and puts you in danger.

Get things to keep yourself and any passengers you’re traveling with occupied, especially kids. If you bring electronic devices, charge them beforehand. Boredom is just another source of stress.

If you’re driving, leave fairly early in the morning to beat the afternoon rush, but don’t go too early and make yourself drowsy. The worst Thanksgiving traffic is Wednesday afternoon the day before and Sunday afternoon, when everyone is going back home. If you can avoid driving during these times, do it.

Use apps to find routes with the least traffic and nearby gas stations with low prices. Lastly, take driving brakes, especially if you’re with kids or you’re the only one driving. Switch drivers every couple of hours so you can rest. Drive safely!

Reasons to Buy a Kia

If you’re in the market for a new car, you’re probably weighing your options about which car brand you should buy. We hope that brand is Kia, and we’ve put together some reasons why.

Value is the biggest reason you should buy a Kia. Kia vehicles are some of the least expensive on the market and still offer tons of standard and optional technology. Despite their low price, Kias are high-quality and packed with amenities.

Kia also offers a fantastic warranty of 10 years or 100,000 miles for the powertrain as well as 5 years or 60,000 miles of bumper-to-bumper coverage, 5 years of roadside assistance, and more. Every Kia buyer gets access to these awesome benefits.

Another great thing about Kia vehicles is their hybrids. As one of the first brands to hop on the hybrid bandwagon, Kia’s Optima hybrid has already found its footing in the power department with a turbocharged engine.

Unique design is another thing Kia brings to the table. The boxy Kia Soul is one of the most popular cars in America and is one of the biggest cars on the EV market thanks in large part to its interesting styling.

KIA Soul

Kia vehicles offer incredible style and advanced engineering for unbeatable prices, so what are you waiting for? Kia has something for every driver.