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.

To Avoid Burns, Don’t Forget to Wear Sunscreen in the Car

2016 Kia Optima in the SunEveryone knows to wear sunscreen during a long day at the beach, but should you wear sunscreen in the car?

If your skin is going to be exposed by the sun’s UV rays for any amount of time, it’s always a good idea to stay protected. And unfortunately, most vehicles do not provide the protection necessary.

While windshields themselves are actually quite good at blocking UV rays–impeding about 100% of UVB rays and 98% of UVA rays–side and rearview windows cannot say the same, with some only blocking less than half of UV rays.

This means that, wherever you are sitting in a car, you are constantly exposed to a solid amount of UV rays, likely from the side. If you’re the driver during a long road trip, this can be particularly treacherous.

To solve the issue, simply apply a liberal amount of sunscreen to your exposed skin, and consider keeping a spare bottle in the car, just in case!

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.

A Guide on How Electric Cars Work

Kia Soul EV
Kia Soul EV

Have you ever wondered how electric cars work? Vehicles like the Kia Soul EV—the electric version of Kia’s popular crossover—run entirely on electric battery power rather than using combustion to convert fuel into energy. But how?

Electric cars are actually a lot simpler than gas-powered cars, which have more moving parts. Electric cars don’t have a transmission or engine, just a battery and an electric motor. You charge an electric car just like you charge other electronic devices: by plugging it into a wall socket, which feeds the battery.

When you drive an electric car, the motor, which is powered by the battery, doesn’t need extra torque to go faster or start again from being stopped, because there’s no combustion process happening. Electric cars actually feel smoother to drive because of this—there’s no gear shifting, and speeding up doesn’t cause the motor to get louder.

Electric cars aren’t perfect—their mileage limitations, charging times, and battery replacement costs can still be prohibitive—but their more simple mechanics and sustainability are definitely preferable.

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.

How to Deal with Road Rage

drivingWe’ve all experienced those brief moments of anger at somebody else’s bad driving, or experienced anger targeted at us. But it’s important to keep our road rage in check to avoid unnecessary accidents.

How to Deal with Your Own Road Rage:

  • If you get angry at someone else’s driving, deal with road rage by first recognizing that you’re getting angry. Take some deep breaths to try to calm down; if that doesn’t work, pull over. It might be best to distance yourself from that driver.
  • Don’t tailgate, even if you think the other driver “deserves” it. You might end up hitting them and would be at fault.
  • Listen to music, because it’s pretty hard to be angry when you’re belting out your favorite song.

How to Deal With Someone Else’s Road Rage:

  • If someone is trying to get your attention, avoid eye contact with them. Acknowledging them says to them that you want to “participate” in a fight.
  • Drive defensively because some people with bad road rage could try to hurt you or your car.
  • Note the car’s plate number because if they act very aggressively, you’ll want to report them later.
  • No matter what, try to get away from them, even if it means arriving to your destination late.

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!

Debunking Traffic Ticket Myths

police officerDebunking the many traffic ticket myths you have heard over the years could very well mean the difference between getting a $250 fine and being let off with a mere warning.

  • Never ask to see the radar! There is a certain myth that says you have a right to see the radar gun when pulled over for speeding. Not only is this completely untrue, asking to see it may even aggravate the officer.
  • You must pay a ticket issued in another state! States have agreements to share traffic information. Your home state will inevitably find out about your transgression and the next you’re stopped, it may not be very pretty.
  • Red cars don’t get pulled over more! If you think you can speed freely because you drive a black, blue, yellow or otherwise non-red car, you are dead wrong. com talked to the vice president of the Insurance Information Institute and Insurance Trade Association and she said it’s a bunch of baloney.

Let’s face it. Debunking these myths can go a long in way in helping you avoid a ticket, but the best way to do that is to obey the traffic laws!

The Walken Closet: Strange, Memorable Kia Super Bowl Spot Scores Big

2016 Kia Optima
2016 Kia Optima at the Chicago Auto Show

There is no one quite like Christopher Walken. The actor has been in some of the greatest films ever made like Annie Hall and Pulp Fiction. He also cut a rug in a popular music video for the Fatboy Slim. In other words, the man is an artistic genius.

If you didn’t catch it, Walken lent his image, voice, and star power to arguably one of the strangest spots during the Super Bowl. The commercial featured the Kia Optima—utilizing a play on Walken’s name—and scored as one of the most memorable moments in what amounted to, sadly, one of the most boring Super Bowl games ever.

In this Kia Super Bowl commercial, a man all dressed in beige looking for his socks, checks his walk-in closet. Inside, he discovers Christopher Walken. It’s a “Walken Closet.”

As Walken explains, there are apparently two types of socks, or people, or vehicles, in this world. Beige socks and the “ones that devour” beige socks. Clearly, the Kia Optima is the latter. Or as Walken puts it, “It’s like the world’s most exciting pair of socks.”

Watch the spot here and revel in the strangeness.

DIY Maintenance: How to Fix Car Door Dings

car doorIt’s not fun having dents or nicks in your car. They’re unsightly, and even if no one else notices them, you know they’re there, marring the perfection of your car’s well-maintained body. Rather than take your car to a professional and paying a bunch of money to fix it up, learn how to fix car door dings at home and take care of the problem in seconds!

There are a few ways you can do this, and they depend on the severity of the dent your car has. If there’s just a ding in your car that hasn’t caused the metal to crease, you can use a rubber plunger to try to pop it back out. Moisten the edges of the plunger and press down on the dent like you’re plunging a toilet.

If the dent is worse than this, try knocking the dent out from the inside of it with a hammer. Hold a sheet of metal wrapped in a towel over the outside of the dent and be careful to only hit the metal crease.

Small paint chips or extremely small dings can just be filled in with glazing putty. If damage to your car is too severe to solve on your own, bring your car to the service department at Gossett Kia Mt. Moriah.