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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Driving a 2017 Kia Sorento

From time to time being in the Marketing Department, I drive vehicles to promotions or to a film location.  In total, I have driven many brand and models. Getting in a car I always have the feeling of bracing myself because I never know how a vehicle will drive.  Will it accelerate well, will it turn in a sporty ways or be cumbersome, do I have to lower or raise the seat and questions like these swarm in my head.  The reality is these thoughts are the same thoughts customers looking for a new car have. I want to shed light on vehicles strength when I possess a first person perspective.  Recently, I had the chance to ride the brand new 2017 Kia Sorento and I have to admit that I was surprised by it.  The first thing I noticed was the styling.  It kept the 2016s body which is not a bad thing, each model cycle the Kia SUVs are getting more attractive (have you seen the 2017 Kia Sportage).  When I headed to the fair Fayette County fair last year the Sorento at our exhibit was the most frequent compliment vehicle we brought.   People loved its beautiful dark cherry color and the change of the grill.  Inside, the 2017 Kia Sorento I love the simplistic approach.  There is so much to this vehicle’s interior, but it seems to blend in so well, there are not a bunch of busy nobs or leavers on the dash.  The dash has a lovely Uvo Console and the 2017 Sorento added Android Auto to complete the experience.  Android Auto and Apple Car Play are apps that would seamlessly with your vehicle.  You don’t need GPS anymore with them.  Another thing I added to base 2017 Sorentos are back up cameras.  Having a backup camera on a SUV is a must to ensure you are drive at your safest.  Finally, I wanted to talk to you about the driving of the 2017 Sorento.  If you haven’t driven one you have too.  For being a big SUV this car drives like a car.  The suspension and accelerations give it a great balance on the road. A third row Sorento could have been like a Mini Van but this SUV isn’t your mom’s van.  Kia wanted to give you a complete ride experience and got there.  It’s a great car to take on trips or driving around town.  Long Live the Sorento!

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The New 2017 Kia Sportage

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The Kia Sportage evolution is in full motion with its release of the 2017 model.  When we first got them on the lot the Sportage became a highly talked about subject around the dealership.  0Some thought the Sportage was a bold change for Kia while others thought the changes added to the luxurious trend the Sportage has become.  One sales consultant even compared it to the hood of a Porche.  So, check out this video that shows the new Sportage.

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Hooking up your Bluetooth to your 2017 Kia Sportage.

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Kia as a car company always trying to better their customers’ driving experience.  With the 2017 Kia Sportage they advanced their infotaintment systems including systems like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.  These systems let you use apps from your smart phone to complete your car experience.  Even at base trims the Kia Sportage offers both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto (A first for Kia).  The Sportage also offers UVO eServices with 7 inch color touch screen display in the LX with an 8 inch color screen touchscreen with voice command navigation on the SX and EX.  Today, we will give you simple directions to connect your smartphone (Android)  to your Sportage.

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Pairing your phone with Android Auto is extremely easy. All you have to do is follow these two steps and set up guide.

First, Download the Android Auto app from the Google Play Store.

Once your phone is equipped with the Android Auto app, you’ll want to set up your Kia’s UVO system to work with your phone. Again, the process is really easy and straightforward.

  1. Push the SETUP key on your dash.
  2. On the touch screen press the CONNECTIVITY icon.
  3. Swipe to check the box enabling Android Auto.
  4. Connect your phone to your Kia with the USB cord provided with your phone.
  5. When you want to use Android Auto then, all you have to do is press the Android Auto icon on the car’s home screen.

For more information check out this video showing you step by step.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Introducing a New Old Friend: The 2016 Kia Sorento

Each year, Kia Motors is coming up with new ideas to improve quality and modern style. They may have outdone themselves with one of their most popular vehicles, the 2016 Kia Sorento! The 2016 Sorento increases in size and aims to grow its premium appeal in its latest iteration, positioning itself as a top competitor to other three-row crossovers like the Toyota Highlander, Honda Pilot, and Chevrolet Traverse.

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Teaser images show the 2016 Kia Sorento is longer and wider than before. Kia increased the Sorento’s wheelbase by 3.1 inches and grew 3.7 inches in length. The Sorentos style has also improved with a softer and more swept-back look as a result of the higher beltine and 0.6 – inch reduced height. Additional space for passengers and cargo is not yet revealed, but we have a feeling it will be a big improvement!

Earlier images of the Sorento’s interior show a much cleaner and more attractive interior. Kia states that the 2016 Sorento will use soft-touch materials to a much greater extent, while also implementing the Korean automaker’s latest infotainment system.

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Don’t worry, you will still be able to recognize the Kia Sorento, but the updated crossover now looks decidedly more premium and suited to Kia’s modernized lineup. Up front we see a totally overhauled front fascia including chrome and gloss black trim on the lower bumper, angular foglight housings, and Kia’s trademark “Tiger” grille opening. Around the rear, prominent changes include restyled taillights and a new bumper. The overall styling scheme draws from the Kia Cross GT concept from the 2013 Chicago auto show.

The 2016 Sorento will most likely use the familiar 3.3-liter direct-injection V-6 making about 290 hp, with a turbo-four another potential engine option. Front-wheel drive will come standard, with all-wheel drive available. Debuting later this month in Korea and then at the Paris auto show on October 2, the new Sorento will make its U.K. debut in the spring of 2015.

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What do you think of the new 2016 Kia Sorento?

How Would You Customize Your Kia Soul?

What could be better than a Kia Soul? A customizable Kia Soul! Korea’s top automotive technicians are competing to produce the best customized Kia Soul. Three automotive technician crews, Dex crew, Pico Sound, and Chang’s Custom, have been customizing the Kia Soul with specific design directions and specs in mind as part of the Turning King Korea competition.

Team D-Crew (Dexcrew) named their Kia Soul the “Smart Spider” with modifications based on a “smart car” concept. The Smart Spider Soul features high-quality audio speakers and used a 3D printer to produce some parts showcased in the interior. Team D-Crew used the latest and greatest technology to keep up with tastes and needs of the younger generation drivers.

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“Every young man’s dream car” was the inspiration for the modifications on Team Pick JK2’s (Pico Sound) Kia Soul. Their Kia Soul is a race car that combines speed and strength. Dressed up with race car trim, a racing steering wheel, race car tires, and bucket seats, Team Pico JK2’s Kia Soul is confident that it can hold its own on a race track.

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Team Chang Click (Chang’s Custom) modified its Kia Soul to show of its luxurious features – inside and out – for a true “street custom” car look. To complete the look, the team picked bold colors for the interior and exterior, decking out the soul in clean white and electric blue tones that highlight the charms of the original Kia Soul.

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Who do you think has the best customizable Soul? What would you do to customize your Soul?