5 Stars for the 2016 Kia Optima

Have you ever been in an accident?  We hope not but we do know life happens.  Even the smallest fender benders can send a shock to your system.  Each years cars are getting bigger and many drivers are getting faster.  This is why having a car you feel safe in is so important.  This is why the IIHS safety picks are so important.  Having a car that can take on a head on collision is a huge factor for some folks.  That why today I want to talk about one of our safest cars in the Kia lineup, the Optima.  Optima scored an impressive 5 star crash rating.

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Engine, Electric, Regenerative brakes

Hybrid Maintenance

Right now in our Jim Shorkey Kia showroom we have $7,000 dollars off on our Kia Optima Hybrids.  This is crazy if you think about how premium a hybrid is.  The stereotype that a hybrid cost more is a lie when you have deals that can save you $7000 on one.  But we have noticed one glaring issue.  The public seems to love the fuel economy and the extra cash in their pocket, but are unsure of the vehicle because of the maintenance.  Today, we will talk about the difference of servicing a Kia Optima Hybrid compared to the average car.

2015 Kia Optima, Kia Optima, oil change, North Huntingdon

Before I go any further lets explain how the Kia Optima Hybrid works.  It has two power sources to make the vehicle go.  The first being a classical gas engine and the second being an electric engine hence the name hybrid.  They work together to give you the best fuel efficient ride.  The electric motor is used in mostly city driving situations.  This is smart because while your car is idle it isn’t losing gas each minute your vehicle is in traffic.  The Kia Optima Hybrid can get 40 miles per gallon in those situation making it a great car for commuter driving from and to Pittsburgh.  Once on the highway the Kia Optima picks up speed and the gas engine kicks in.  The combination of two engines goes seamless when accelerating or slowing down.

Engine, Electric, Regenerative brakes

Now that you know about how the machine works you might have some questions.  One of the major questions is “what is the waiting time for a part if I need it fixed?”.  When hybrids were introduced into the market many mechanics didn’t know where to get the parts or how to fix them.  This gave hybrids a bad stereotype of waiting in the early years.  Now, Hybrids became a decent chunk of automotive sales in the last 10 years and most service center should be equipped for these vehicles.   At our dealership in North Huntingdon and Uniontown, we have most of the parts at our locations and our certified technicians are well trained for hybrid vehicles.

Another question customer ask about hybrids is “doesn’t the maintenance cost more?”.  Actually, many hybrid parts cost less.  Each engine in the hybrid works at different times and each engine is used less.  The wear and tear is divided by two in a hybrid where a conventional car the one engine would take the brunt of it.  This means the routine maintenance costs on a hybrid may be lower than on a regular car.  The hybrids’ regenerative braking system lowers heat while restoring battery power, insuring that brake pads and brakes last much longer.  Some brake pads last for 100,000 miles.  You can also get more mileage on your oil and have to change it less (every 7,000 miles).

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The last major question is “what if my engine battery dies?”.  While talking to our Kia Service Manager Vic he told me that he has never had a hybrid customer request for a new battery to be replaced.  This really comes to no shock for us because the batteries are tested to last.  Even if that isn’t insurance enough car manufactures give long warranties for their batteries to let the consumer feel at ease.  Even when the batteries are done in the automobiles they are still used for energy storage in industrial settings.

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So is a hybrid worth it?  For service completely!  If you want to save money buy a hybrid and save on your brakes and oil.  To save even more register for a brand new oil change program that can save you money.

Kia Commercials of 2015

We here at Jim Shorkey Kia always love when Kia makes a commercial.  They are a great way to show a different side of our brands.  Today, We have some Kia commercials that we really love!  This year Kia focused on the brand new Kia Sorento, Kia Optima and the K 900


2015 Kia Optima TV Spot, ‘Happy Birthday’

Sep 23, 2015


2016 Kia K900 TV Spot, ‘Ten Mil’ Featuring LeBron James

Dec 3, 2015


2016 Kia Sorento TV Spot, ‘Participation’

Oct 1, 2015


2016 Kia Optima TV Spot, ‘PB&J’ Featuring Blake Griffin

Dec 18, 2015


2016 Kia Optima Blake Griffin Commercial | “Newspaper” | Official NBA Partner

Oct 25, 2015


2015 Kia K900 TV Spot, ‘Special Place’ Featuring LeBron James

Feb 5, 2015


2015 Kia Optima TV Spot, ‘Speech’ Featuring Blake Griffin

Apr 3, 2015


2016 Kia Sorento Super Bowl 2015 TV Spot, ‘The Perfect Getaway’

Jan 29,2015


2015 Kia Optima LX TV Spot, ‘A Son’s Plan’

Sep 14, 2015


The 2015 Kia Optima: Battle Ready?!

There’s no finer ride than the 2015 Kia Optima. With an interior fit for Caesar and an aggressive, sporty design, the Optima will bring out your inner warrior. Just ask Blake Griffin—err, Cornelius—as he tries to ride into battle on his chariot—err, Kia Optima.

Where’s the most adventurous place you’ve driven your Kia Optima?! Let us know! Interested in this warrior car? Browse our inventory here, or stop by our Jim Shorkey Kia showroom and take an Optima on a test drive today!

Refined. Redesigned. Obsessively Crafted: The Kia Optima

Refined. Redesigned. Obsessively crafted. These are just a few of the glowing adjectives used to describe the stunning, all-new 2016 Kia Optima, which recently made its debut at the 2015 New York Auto Show. While the Optima has always had a sense of elegance and athleticism, the 2016 version takes the sedan to the next level. Check out the video below, and let us know what you think!

Of course it’ll be a while until the 2016 Optima shows up at our dealership, so in the meantime be sure to explore our available 2014 and 2015 editions. Stop by and visit us at Jim Shorkey Kia today!

Kia Is Jumping on the Bandwagon with Their New Concept Design

Kia has reveled their new concept car that will debut at the Geneva motor show – the Sportspace. This concept is meant to preview a next-generation Kia Optima.

Kia Wagon

The Sportspace concept is a midsize station wagon with a dramatically styled D-pillar, meant to sever as a grand tourer. Of course, the Sportspace will be sporting the signature “tiger nose” grille, while the rear section has a distinctly Italian look to it. The new concept was developed at Kia’s Frankfurt design studio, previewing a body style still very popular in Europe.

Kia Wagon 2

Gregory Guillaume, chief designer of Kia Europe stated: “We set out to design a car that is a totally new breed of grand tourer – one for active people who need reasonable cargo space on the weekend, but don’t want to compromise moving around in style, comfort and with an element of sportiness,”

What do you think of this station wagon concept?

Why Ride a Horse When You Could Drive a Kia Optima

Basketball player? Superhero? Blake Griffin does it all, and now he’s back behind the wheel of the highly capable and desirable Kia Optima. In this short comedy sketch, Griffin ponders why ride only one horse when you could drive the new 2015 Kia Optima, which has 274 horsepower.

Watch the commercial below, and let us know what you’d rather drive! In the meantime, check out our Optima inventory here!