Introducing the 2019 Kia Forte

The 2019 Kia Forte is the definition of taking a good thing and making it better. The third-generation Forte features a more dynamic look, better fuel economy, and more technology, making one of Kia’s best-selling cars more appealing than ever.

2019 Kia Forte

“The compact sedan segment is highly competitive, but with all the improvements the new Forte brings to market for the 2019 model year, it is more than prepared to take on the toughest the segment has to offer,” said Orth Hedrick, vice president, product planning, KMA. “As one of our top-selling models, the all-new Forte follows some large footsteps, but enhancements in styling, packaging, and content make it even more attractive to drivers seeking a compact sedan that can accommodate their versatile lifestyle.”

 

Set to begin arriving this fall, the 2019 Kia Forte is a feast for the eyes and a comfortable ride. Perhaps the most noticeable difference behind the wheel comes from its second-generation 2.0-liter Nu four-cylinder engine, which offers an EPA-estimated 41 mpg on the highway for the Forte FE and 40 mpg on the highway for the Forte LXS, S, and EX when equipped with the available Intelligent Variable Transmission.*

 

Speaking of tech, the Forte will be standard at all trims with Driver Attention Warning (DAW), Forward Collision Warning (FCW), and Lane Departure Warning (LDW), providing more peace of mind than ever.

 

Stop into Gossett Kia South this fall and experience the exciting new 2019 Kia Forte firsthand.

 

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

2019 Kia Niro EV Street Date Set for Winter 2018

We’ve all been patiently waiting to hear more information on the 2019 Kia Niro EV, the fully-electric variant of the new crossover. When will it arrive at Gossett Kia South? How efficient will it be? Wait no longer: The answers have been revealed.

2019 Kia Niro EV Street Date

Kia has revealed that it will launch the 2019 Niro EV in the United States by winter 2018, and that it will be initially available “in select markets in limited quantities.” Whether Memphis will be one of those select markets remains to be seen, but we can only hope it will be.

With respect to how it will perform, Kia estimates that its electric motor will generate output of around 201 horsepower and 291 lb-ft of torque, making it an impressive performer by any measure. With its cutting-edge, liquid-cooled battery, it’s expected to deliver all-electric driving range of up to 240 miles on a single charge.*

With the 2019 Kia Niro EV, the future of green driving looks as bright — and stylish — as ever. More information about this exceptional crossover will be available closer to its launch at the end of the year, so watch this space to learn when you can expect to see the Niro EV at Gossett Kia South.

*Final EPA estimates will be released closer to Niro EV’s on-sale date. Actual range will vary with options, driving conditions, driving habits, vehicle maintenance, charging practice, battery age, weather, temperature and your vehicle’s condition. Battery capacity will decrease with time and use. For more information on range, please see www.fueleconomy.gov.

2018 Kia Souls Named One of KBB.com’s 10 Coolest Cars List Under $20k

The 2018 Kia Soul is raking in awards left and right. The Soul was named one of the best family vehicles on the market by both Edmunds and Parents magazine, and it was also recently named to Kelley Blue Book’s list of the 10 Coolest Cars Under $20,000 for 2018.

10 Coolest Cars List Under $20k - Gossett Kia South - Memphis, TN

According to Kia, the editors at KBB.com website consider being fun to drive and fun to own among the main criteria in determining the awards. Each car to make the list should have impressive driving dynamics, great styling, and engaging tech gadgets. They should also cost less than $20,000, thereby making coolness more accessible to the masses.

“Soul’s fun and funky personality continues to shine as reflected by being named to Kelley Blue Book’s Coolest Cars list for the seventh consecutive year,” said Orth Hedrick, VP of product planning for Kia Motors America. “The versatile hatchback continues to provide consumers with a fun-to-own vehicle equipped with many convenience features.”

The Soul is currently in its fifth model year as a crossover, and it has some advanced features to select from for the 2018 year. This includes available UVO infotainment, a Plus Primo Package with driver assist technologies, and smart new HID and LED lighting as well.

To see for yourself why the 2018 Kia Soul is among the coolest of the cool, test drive one for yourself at Gossett Kia South.

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 KBB.com. 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 KBB.com. 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.

4 Reasons to Drive the Kia Optima

If you are in the market for a new sedan, Gossett Kia South has a compelling option: the all-new 2018 Kia Optima. Never considered an Optima before? Here are just a few reasons to drive one.

drive the Kia Optima

  1. Stunning design: Just one look at the face of the 2018 Optima and you’ll be won over. From the Optima’s signature tiger-nose grille to the available LED headlights and LED fog lights, the Optima has one fierce smile.
  2. A luxurious interior: The Optima treats its driver to a luxury experience you would expect to find only in a German luxury automobile. Included features are an available heated steering wheel, enhanced noise reduction, and heated and ventilated front seats—12-way power-adjustable for the driver with four-way power lumbar support and 10-way power-adjustable for the passenger with two-way lumbar support.
  3. Efficient engine options: You’ll have your choice between engines, between a 1.6-liter turbocharged engine and a 2.0-liter turbo with steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters. Either way, expect fewer trips to the gas station due to incredible fuel economy.
  4. Safety for the whole family: The 2018 Kia Optima offers a host of active driver-assistance technologies and standard safety technologies, all of which helped it earn a 5-Star Overall Safety Score from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

Test drive the 2018 Kia Optima at Gossett Kia South today.

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.