2015 Kia Sedona Takes the Crown In Cars.com Ultimate Minivan Contest

2015 Kia Sedona
2015 Kia Sedona – Cars.com’s Ultimate Minivan Contest Winner!

They may be called sports utility vehicles but, as Cars.com suggests, minivans are really the most utilitarian vehicles. “No other vehicle uses space quite so well,” they say, and it’s hard not to agree.

With that in mind, the automotive product research firm went about determining which minivan released in 2015 was the “Ultimate Minivan.” The candidates were the 2015 Chrysler Town & Country, 2015 Dodge Grand Caravan, 2015 Honda Odyssey, 2015 Kia Sedona, and 2015 Toyota Sienna.

A few editors from Cars.com, a producer for PBS’ MotorWeek, and a regular American family all tested the minivans. The tests included a long drive in and around the city of Milwaukee as well as a test that saw the judges driving each minivan on the exact same pavement back-to-back.

In light of the scoring criteria—which took into account the judges’ experience, safety scores, and fuel economy—the 2015 Kia Sedona emerged as the victor of the Cars.com Ultimate Minivan challenge.

Where the Sedona particularly stood out was performance and interior. In the Acceleration and Braking category, the Sedona scored significantly higher than its competitors. One judge noted a lack of engine and wind noise while another remarked that the “steering feels great.”

The best part of the Kia Sedona? We agree with Cars.com: “You will almost look cool driving this minivan.”

What Is Hypermiling?

gasolineEvery vehicle that hits the market comes with EPA-estimated fuel economy numbers. Most people will expect to meet—or at least come close to—these estimates. And yet for others, they accept these numbers only as a challenge to be bested. These people are hypermilers.

What is hypermiling? According to CleanMpg.com, it is “a variety of techniques to improve a vehicle’s fuel economy.” These techniques include:

No Idle

EPA tests include idling. Therefore, if you can avoid idling, this will help you beat the estimates. CleanMpg suggests turning off your engine if you are going to be motionless for more than 7 seconds.

Take It Easy, Man

Basically, if you want to save fuel and make the EPA look like a bunch of fools, drive like your grandmother. Avoid quick acceleration and heavy braking.

Slow Down

Try to avoid driving at high speeds, usually above 60 mph. High speeds introduce aerodynamic drag and mechanical friction.

Stay Warm

Stay away from mechanical and electrical accessories. Air conditioning is for your comfort but not for your fuel economy. Running the AC on max can reduce mileage by 5-30%. The same goes for your car’s heater.

It’s All a Game

A lot of people who get into hypermiling see it as a fun game. As long as you keep it safe, you can’t really lose.

Kia Cadenza Takes Home AutoPacific Ideal Vehicle Award

2015 Kia Cadenza
2015 Kia Cadenza

AutoPacific, an automotive marketing research company, is known for publishing a large variety of studies on a yearly basis focusing on the auto industry. One of the studies it conducts is a survey of over 66,000 new car owners to see which cars effectively met buyers’ needs and expectations. Using this data, the company awards certain cars with the AutoPacific Ideal Vehicle Award.

The winner this year in AutoPacific’s Large Car category was the 2015 Kia Cadenza. The Cadenza was initially introduced in order to fulfill customer demand for a larger vehicle in Kia’s lineup. Orth Hedrick, the Vice President in Product Planning for Kia Motor America, graciously responded to the presentation of the award: “AutoPacific’s Ideal Vehicle Award is important because it represents the voice of the customer and offers confirmation that the Cadenza’s blend of world-class design, quality and features is hitting the mark with Kia owners.”

The AutoPacific Ideal Vehicle Award is presented to the Cadenza in addition to the Vehicle Satisfaction Award which was also presented to the vehicle earlier this summer.

Kia Reveals 2017 Sportage Interior

2016 Kia Sportage
Current Kia Sportage Interior

A couple weeks ago, Kia revealed the 2017 Sportage’s more dynamic, fighter-jet-inspired exterior. Now, the brand is unveiling more details as a teaser ahead of the vehicle’s Frankfurt International Motor Show debut. The 2017 Sportage interior has been redesigned for the sake of both spaciousness and luxury.

The redesigned interior images feature contrasting white stitching on the black leather seats and steering wheel. The wheel itself is flat-bottomed and heated, the seats can be heated or cooled, and the Sportage has several rows of climate control. The new dashboard is made to look more upscale and luxurious. The tech is up-to-date with the infotainment system that seems to be becoming standard with most modern vehicles, and safety features include a new autonomous emergency braking system.

The cabin also is improved over the outgoing model in terms of being quieter and roomier. The wheelbase has been stretched by 1.18”, allowing a bit of extra leg space for everyone in the vehicle. The dashboard is more insulated and the doors soundproofed.

The 2017 Sportage interior will feature more high-quality materials and paves the way for Kia’s venture into more upscale vehicles and design. Kia has referred to the next-generation Sportage’s interior as being one of the more significant improvements over last year’s model.

Why Is My Check Engine Light On?

check engineThe mysterious “check engine” light can mean a whole host of different things. Unfortunately, because there isn’t always one, clear problem when the “check engine” light appears, many car owners choose to ignore it until the problem reveals itself in other ways. The check engine light can indicate everything from minor problems to severe ones, and should be addressed as soon as possible when illuminated.

If your check engine light is on, there is a good chance (but not guaranteed) that the problem is one of the following:

Your oxygen sensor needs to be replaced. Your oxygen sensor measures how much unburned oxygen is in vehicles exhaust system, and without replacing it, your car may burn more fuel than needed and cause damage to your spark plugs and catalytic converter.

Your gas cap is loose, damaged, or missing. Your gas cap helps maintain pressure within the fuel tank by sealing the fuel system. Without it, you’ll lose fuel through evaporation.

Your catalytic converter needs replaced. The catalytic converter can be damaged when you neglect replacing your oxygen sensor, your Mass Airflow Sensor, or spark plugs and wires. The catalytic converter turns carbon monoxide into carbon dioxide. Without replacing it, your car won’t pass an emissions test and will run at a higher temperature and less efficiently.

Your Mass Airflow Sensor needs to be replaced. The MAF measures the amount of air entering the engine and determines how much fuel is needed to run the engine. Besides reducing efficiency and performance, MAF sensors that need to be replaced can cause damage to the spark plugs, O2 sensors, and the catalytic converter.

Your spark plugs or wires need replacing. Just like the MAF, spark plugs and wires that need to be replaced cause the vehicle to run at a lower efficiency and can cause damage to the O2 sensor, catalytic converter, or ignition coils.

If your check engine light is on, don’t wait to make an appointment at Gossett Kia Mt Moriah!

Kia European Sales Setting New Records

KiaEurope is eating up the Kia brand, making history and setting new sales records. Already a popular brand in its home market of South Korea and across Asia, Kia’s sales have also made major leaps forward here in the US. Now, the automaker is taking Europe by storm.

According to wardsauto.com, Kia European sales saw the best six month period ever recorded with a 7.6% year-over-year increase, reaching 200,038 units sold in the January-June period. The second quarter of 2015 also broke records, with sales topping 100,000 for the first time ever in a three month span.

“2015 to date has been a great period for Kia in Europe, with sales records tumbling and new highs reached,” said Michael Cole, Chief Operating Officer for Kia Motors Europe. “We’re delighted that Kia continues to grow, consistently and sustainably, and that an increasing number of motorists are drawn to our range of high quality, high value cars.”

While the Kia Sportage CUV and Cee’d family of compact vehicles led the momentum, Kia’s entire lineup continues to stand out from the competition worldwide thanks to its value-oriented models.

Stop by Gossett Kia Mt Moriah to see for yourself why the world just can’t get enough Kia!

Kia Earns Its Best-Ever Ranking in J.D. Power Initial Quality Study

The improvement in quality for Kia vehicles over the last ten years has been notable, to say the least. Today, Kia ranks among the highest-quality vehicles available, and the nameplate’s score in this year’s J.D. Power Initial Quality Study proves it. Kia earned the second spot on this year’s list of automakers, and the top spot among mass-market brands, setting a new record for the company.

2016 Kia Sportage
2016 Kia Sportage – Available at Gossett Kia South!

The J.D. Power Initial Quality Study surveys new vehicle owners regarding their first 90 days of ownership. The survey asks owners to evaluate a number of categories, including engine performance, driving experience, and transmission performance. Kia’s score jumped a full 20 points over its score from last year, launching the brand up four positions on the list.

“We believe the J.D. Power report leaves no doubt that Kia builds world-class vehicles, and the results are especially gratifying as the IQS study truly reflects the voice of our customers,” said Michael Sprague, Chief Operating Officer and EVP of Kia Motors America, in a statement.  “Kia’s rise is one of the industry’s greatest success stories and is driven by the hard work of thousands of team members around the world as well as our long-term strategy to concentrate on quality, strengthen the brand and elevate the ownership experience.”

Here at Gossett Kia South, we sell cars that we believe in. Stop by to see why Kia owners are so impressed with their new vehicles!

Caring for Your Car’s Paint

2014 Kia Soul
Keep your new Soul looking fresh!

Whether your car is brand new or old news, protecting your car’s paint is integral to keeping it looking well-taken care of and new for as long as possible. Your car’s paint takes the brunt of the elements – from the salt associated with winter to the harmful UV rays of summer – so don’t skimp when it comes to caring for your car’s paint.

UV protection. Luckily, the paint on your new car is designed to take on the sun’s harsh UV rays. Modern cars are finished with a coating designed to resist the effects of UV rays, including dulling and cracking the paint – and they work. You don’t need to lose sleep at night over this one, unless you regularly park your car directly in the hot sunshine all day, every day. When you can, do yourself (and your car) a favor and park in the protection of shade – whether that’s a tree or a parking garage.

Wax. Find a wax you really like and make sure to take the time to wax your car twice a year (before and after the winter months, at a minimum). Wax acts as a protectant, creating a barrier between the elements and your car’s paint. It also helps to bring out the full richness and color of your car’s paint, revitalizing it to like-new quality.

Wash. Regular car washes are a must for anyone hoping to preserve their vehicle’s paint. The longer dirt, debris, salt, and bugs sit on your car, the more likely it is to begin eroding the paint. Make sure you use fresh water, clean rags, and mild soap to keep your car clean.

Avoid. Do your best to avoid situations that may lead to an unnecessary dent or scratch (duh, right?).  But seriously, you should park away from other cars in parking lots, don’t let your kids ride their tricycles around the car, and so forth.

For more information on car paint, visit drivetime.com.

Here at Gossett Kia, we hope this helpful guide offers peace-of-mind and a few helpful tips. Basic car care and common sense will help keep your car looking like new for years to come!