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.

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.

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 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.

Soul and Sportage Named Best in Initial Quality

This just in: J.D. Power and Associates just acknowledged the KIA Sportage and Soul as the highest ranking vehicles in their classes in the U.S. Initial Quality Study!

New 2016 KIA SoulThe unique and stylish 2016 Soul SUV took home the Initial Quality award in the Compact Multi-Purpose Vehicle category, which includes popular small SUVs like the Toyota Prius v and the Ford C-Max. The Soul had just 72 problems reported during the first 90 days of ownership for every 100 vehicles sold, which was well below its segment’s average.

The 2016 KIA Sportage also topped its segment in the Initial Quality Study, making it the most initially pleasing of all the small SUVs on the market. With only 83 problems for every 100 Sportage SUVs sold, the vehicle beat out tough competition from the Buick Encore and Chevrolet Trax.New KIA Sportage in Memphis, TN

KIA’s entire line was notable in the Initial Quality Study: the brand ranked best in initial quality on average for the entire auto market. Following a steady decline in problems over the past 5 years, KIA cars and SUVs reported just 83 problems per 100 vehicles for the 2016 model year. You can’t go wrong with a new KIA!

The J.D Power U.S. Initial Quality Study has examined customer satisfaction within the first 90 days of vehicle ownership for 30 years. By analyzing reported parts per vehicle for every 100 vehicles sold, the study determines the cars that are most satisfying for drivers just after they leave the low. Multiple factors are considered, including technology, exterior and interior features and performance.

Check out the KIA Soul and Sportage today at Gossett KIA South, along with the rest of the high quality KIA vehicle lineup! Our dealership is happy to help customers find exactly what they need in a relaxed, comfortable environment. We proudly serve Southern Memphis, Germantown, Collierville & Olive Branch.

Kia Vehicle Satisfaction Earns Awards from AutoPacific

Kia recently received an award from AutoPacific for unparalleled vehicle satisfaction. The 2016 AutoPacific Vehicle Satisfaction awards are given every year to the top automakers in the industry, a rating determined by a series of surveys to customers and vehicle owners. Ranking fifth overall and winning in three segments, Kia does all it can to make customers happy.

According to Kia, the brand received awards for the Soul, Optima, and Sedona. Customers who owned these three vehicles were the most satisfied overall, beating out every single competitor in these segments—including brands like Audi, BMW, Porsche, and Mercedes. AutoPacific determined that Kia customers had high levels of satisfaction for everything from overall purchases to interior styling and fuel economy.

“AutoPacific’s Vehicle Satisfaction Awards have become an industry benchmark for measuring how satisfied owners are with their new vehicle, and we are thrilled to see the incredibly high level of satisfaction our customers are experiencing with our vehicles,” said Orth Hedrick, vice president of product planning, Kia Motors America.  “The Soul, Optima and Sedona are all expertly crafted vehicles and represent just how far the Kia brand has come.”

2016 Kia Sedona
2016 Kia Sedona – Winner of AutoPacific’s Vehicle Satisfaction Award

Kia vehicle satisfaction was measured by surveying over 65,000 individuals, measuring a range of segments and categories. The Soul took the urban passenger segment, while the Optima won the mid-size car category. The Sedona swept the minivan category as well. With unparalleled design, performance, and quality, it’s easy to see why so many are satisfied with their Kia models.

Federal 2017 Kia Sorento Safety Ratings Declare It an Industry Best

The new Kia Sorento promises to be one of the most balanced SUVs on the market, offering excellent fuel efficiency, powerful performance, and high-tech features–all for a low price tag.

And according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), it’s also one of the safest vehicles that you can buy.

The 2017 Kia Sorento safety ratings are in, and the model has scored a perfect overall five-star safety rating from the NHTSA. Specifically, the model received five stars in both the front and side crash tests, as well as four stars in the rollover crash test.

2016 Kia Sorento
2016 Kia Sorento

These safety ratings are the same for both the front-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive variants of the new model, which comes standard with six airbags, antilock brakes, electronic stability control, and vehicle stability management.

Additionally, optional safety programs like forward collision warning make the 2017 Kia Sorento an even safer bet.

To learn more about the 2017 Kia Sorento or to check one out in person, visit us at Gossett Kia South.

2017 Kia Sportage Earns IIHS Top Safety Pick Plus Status

2017 Kia Sportage
2017 Kia Sportage

The 2017 Kia Sportage has been named an IIHS Top Safety Pick Plus, the highest designation given by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, which performs crash tests on new vehicles each year to determine how well they perform in collision situations.

The IIHS updated its testing requirements this year and made it more difficult to earn a Top Safety Pick or Top Safety Pick Plus award. The 2017 Sportage is one of just a few cars that have managed to perform at this high of a level.

Top Safety Pick and Top Safety Pick Plus are both distinguished honors, but the Plus designation indicates the vehicle has extra technology meant to prevent crashes that works exceptionally well when tested. The Kia Sportage’s wide range of driver assist features, from autonomous emergency braking to parking assist, help keep drivers from making small mistakes like drifting into another lane.

The Sportage is significantly improved from last year—it now moves less in overlap crashes and earned superior ratings in the front crash prevention category, as well as good ratings for side impact, roof strength, and more.

Kia Sedona Awarded Title of “Must Test-Drive Vehicle for 2016”

The Kia Sedona isn’t just your average minivan. It has more to offer than others in its class and is a surprisingly fun drive, as evidenced by AutoTrader’s recent award to the Kia Sedona: a “Must-Test Drive Vehicle for 2016.”

2016 Kia Sedona
2016 Kia Sedona

AutoTrader’s “Must-Test Drive” awards go out to a small number of vehicles that you simply must test drive. Basically, it’s a “don’t judge a book by its cover” list of vehicles that you should test drive before passing them up.

So why was the Kia Sedona awarded a spot on this list? It has an ample list of standard safety features to keep everyone safe, plus plenty of technology and convenience features to make every drive more enjoyable. And it doesn’t lack quality or style, either.

“Even though the Kia Sedona is an ultra-functional minivan, it manages to be quite stylish as well, and to our eyes, it’s the best looking minivan available,” said Brian Moody, executive editor of AutoTrader.

So what are you waiting for? Go test drive the Kia Sedona today to see what all the talk is about!

Yet Again Three Kia Models Earn 2015 Good Design Awards

It seems as if Kia models are being praised more and more each year, with 2015 being no exception. Just recently, three Kia models earned 2015 GOOD DESIGN awards for–you guessed it–really good designs.

The models honored were the 2016 Kia Sorento, 2016 Optima, and Soul-based Trail’ster concept car, thanks to a jury that included design professionals, industry specialists, and design media.

2016 Kia Sorento
2016 Kia Sorento

Plus, this is the second year in a row in which three Kia models earned the GOOD DESIGN awards, with the Kia K900, Soul EV, and GT4 Stinger concept car being honored last year. It’s truly a testament to Kia’s top-notch design to have six distinct vehicles honored in such a small period of time.

Interested in checking out the 2016 Sorento or 2016 Optima? Want to chat about the Trail’ster concept? Give us a call or visit us anytime at Gossett Kia Mt. Moriah for more information.