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.

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.

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.

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.

Preview: 2017 KIA Niro Hybrid Vehicle

2017 KIA Niro
2017 KIA Niro

The automotive industry has made major advances when it comes to fuel-efficient vehicles that currently operate around the globe. Hybrid and electric cars aren’t uncommon but no automaker has created a similar crossover until now. The 2017 Kia Niro is set to be the first fully-hybrid model of its kind.

The 2017 Kia Niro hybrid is expected to deliver a utility-driven ride with sporty performance while earning high fuel economy. This new hybrid crossover is set to redefine what it means to be a utility-focused hybrid.

Like one would expect from any crossover, the Kia Niro will boast versatile cargo space, like 60/40 split-folding rear seats and an available hidden cargo area with storage compartments.

The seats themselves will offer full support for the driver thanks to the available Integrated Memory Seat that can remember the settings for two drivers. The available heated steering wheel and front seats keeps drivers comfortable on the coldest of days as well.

The upcoming Kia Niro will boast a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine paired with an electric motor. Together, they’ll produce an estimated 146 hp and 195 lb-ft of torque. Kia expects the Niro to earn up to 50 mpg combined.

We at Gossett KIA South can’t wait to see the new 2017 Niro officially hit public roadways!

What Does a Car’s Torque Mean?

shifterDrivers generally know that horsepower determines how fast a car can go, but it isn’t the only determining factor when it comes to performance. Those who take the time to check out the specifications may find themselves asking “What does a car’s torque mean?” That’s a good question, and it turns out that torque is just as important as horsepower when it comes to power. Here’s a quick explanation of what torque does in a car.

At its very essence, torque is the ability to do work while power determines how quickly a certain point can be reached. Those two values hold true when it comes to modern engines. The math can be pretty complicated once you get into it. Don’t worry! We’ll be skipping the math and jump straight to the answers.

The number listed on a vehicle’s specifications page is how much torque the car’s engine can produce. As you may have guessed, larger engines produce more torque just as they produce more horsepower. The increase in torque is largely determined by how much air flows through the engine to be compressed with fuel to produce power.

Torque is what causes the car to accelerate, which means that the more torque, the faster the car. When checking out a performance car, make sure to look at both the torque and horsepower before making a decision!

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.