Which Kia Is Right for Me?

Kia Soul EVWith so many different models to choose from, it can be difficult, especially for first time buyers, to find the Kia that is perfectly right for their needs and life. While coming to the dealership and sitting in and test driving the different vehicles is the best way to figure out which vehicle is for you, getting an idea of each model beforehand can help you narrow down your choices. Here are Kia’s models and some basic information about each to help you decide which you want to test drive.

Kia Optima

Starting at $21,690, the Kia Optima is definitely one of the more popular choices among buyers. It has the right features, at the right price point to make it a common pick. With 27 combined miles per gallon, it can help a buyer save money on gas. Available in a range of colors, with a range of different trim packages, a very basic model still looks expensive, while a tricked-out Optima can rival vehicles from luxury manufacturers.

Kia Cadenza

Starting out at $34,900, this sedan has a combined miles per gallon of 22. This car’s draw is power and style. Available in a range of deep luxurious colors and with premium interior materials, the Cadenza is a great pick for anyone look for a mid-priced luxury sedan.

Kia K900

The $54,500 K900 is Kia’s answer to the luxury sedan. Solidly built to be responsive and safe to drive, the K900 is a great option for anyone looking for a vehicle that is as great for running errands as it is for picking up your boss for a client dinner.

Kia Sorento

What’s great about the Kia Sorento is not just its price, but its style and excellent MPG. Buyers with family or friends that often find themselves driving around like the Sorento because it has plenty of leg room and storage space, so even long road trips are comfortable. It’s somewhere in between a minivan and a crossover, so it can get you where you need to go, without everyone feeling crammed into a small space. This vehicle is perfect for anyone who needs more space than a sedan can offer.

Kia Sedona

Though the Sedona is the only minivan in Kia’s lineup, it’s definitely one of the best minivans on the road today. Affordable, with plenty of storage space and seating for the whole family and all of their book bags or luggage, the Sedona goes where you need it to go and does what you need it to do.

Kia Soul

One of Kia’s most unique offerings, this crossover starts at just $15,190. While it is not the least expensive vehicle on the list, it does have 26 combined mpg, and the shape and colors available for this vehicle make it one of a kind. Anyone looking for something truly unique will love the Kia Soul.

Kia Sportage

The Sportage, starting at just $21,900, is popular amongst buyers who want a rugged, inexpensive, but still luxurious vehicle that is as reliable as it is sporty. The trim options make it possible to transform this vehicle into the ultimate camping machine or into a useful and elegant commuting car.

Kia Rio

Kia is one of the only car manufacturers to have both a complete line of sedans and a complete line of compacts. The Rio is available in both the four and five door models, and because it is starting at just $13,990 and has 31 combined mpg, this is a popular pick for first-time buyers or just someone that wants an inexpensive, reliable, stylish car that gest them where they need to go. Most drivers report both the four and five door models as being responsive, zippy cars, with great maneuverability. Smaller than the sedans, this Rio might not be ideal for buyers who often need to drive around more than three other people.

Kia Forte

The Kia Forte rivals the Rio for gas mileage, but is a little bit bigger and has a few more features. There are two other versions of the Forte available, including the Forte5, and the Forte Koup, both of which have even more features than just the base model. These cars are designed to turn on a dime, follow instruction, and have lots of safety features that make them perfect for young and old drivers alike.

Kia Optima Hybrid

While most manufacturers are now offering a hybrid model, none are offering a hybrid starting at just $26,000. The hybrid version of the Optima gets up to 38 combined mpg and comes with all the same features as the non-hybrid Optima. It’s an ideal pick for anyone looking to save money on gas and lessen their impact on the environment.

Kia Soul EV

Kia is one of the only manufacturers to have a commercially available, completely electricity powered vehicle. The Soul EV looks and acts just like a Soul, but because it is powered just by electricity, not by gas, it is the most environmentally friendly choice.

Which One Is Right for Me?

It’s easy to get caught up in the design and flash of buying a new car. Having too many choices can leave you stymied. In order to narrow down your choices, think about what you are going to use this vehicle for. Are you going to use it just to commute to and from work? To errands around town? To road trip during the summer? To drive around your friends and family? The more space you need, the larger the vehicle should be, like a SUV or crossover.


However, if you just want something small and manageable, at a great price, a sedan or compact is likely going to be a better choice.

5 Exterior Features we Love on the 2015 Kia Optima

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The Kia Optima is an award-winning vehicle that has been designed and manufactured to create a satisfying, quality experience for the owner. The quality of the owner’s experience with this vehicle reflects the quality of its performance, design and build. The word ‘optimais the plural of optimum which is defined as something that is the most favorable or desirable of all other things – it is the best. The designers, engineers, and factory workers at Kia all work hard to produce the quality that you look for in the vehicle that you choose for yourself and your family. The Kia dealers, like Burlington Kia, have highly qualified people available to introduce you to the quality car for your life. 


Once you have been introduced to the 2015 Kia Optima, you will wonder why you considered any other vehicle. The exterior of this vehicle is one of its greatest assets. There are several exterior items that you will enjoy. It has been updated to a sharper and more aggressive front end with a dynamically sculpted back end. The front end is where you will find one of the fabulous features of this vehicle. The High-Intensity Discharge (HID) headlights, that are standard on the Kia Optima SX Turbo and the Kia Optima Limited, help you to have an optimum driving experience at night. These bright lights give you a crisp, clean view of the road as you venture along in the darkness.

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The 2015 Kia Optima gives you more unique ways to view your surroundings and experience the road. The HID headlights will light your path. The panoramic sunroof with power sunshade lets you see and feel more of your surroundings. The panoramic sunroof is great for seeing the stars as you drive along during the evening. Opening the sunshade during the day lets you feel the breeze as your vehicle moves you comfortably to your destination. The panoramic sunroof is optional on the 2015 Optima EX and SX Turbo. It is standard on the 2015 Kia Optima Limited. 

Although you will experience your surroundings in an optimum way when you drive the 2015 Kia Optima, there are some environmental elements from which your Kia will protect you. The heat of the day is one of them. The 2015 Kia Optima comes standard with solar control glass. This type of glass is coated in such a way that it lowers the amount of heat that enters your vehicle. This provides you with a cool and comfortable riding experience. 

A few additional exterior features of the 2015 Kia Optima will delight you and enhance your driving experience. The sound-absorbing front windshield works similar to the solar control glass by protecting you from certain elements found in your surroundings. The sound-absorbing windshield will make your ride nice and quiet. This feature is also part of the front door windows and is standard on every 2015 Kia Optima model except the LX.

Finally, all models of this car come standard with LED Turn Signal Indicators that are mounted to the side-view mirrors. The mirror-mounted turn signals help to provide a safer ride for you. They give an extra alert to those driving around you of your intended maneuvers.

The 2015 Kia Optima is a wonderfully design vehicle that will give you a safe, comfortable driving experience. Come out to Burlington Kia to experience the optimum sedan-class vehicle.

2015 Kia Optima & 2014 Kia Optima Model Comparison

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The 2014 Kia Optima is billed as “not your average sedan” and with a very competitive MPG profile, a 274-horsepower direct injection engine, and roomy, luxurious interior, it’s obvious that the Kia Optima is indeed not your average sedan. Since the Kia Optima’s introduction about a decade ago, the Kia Optima has dominated the competition in terms of safety features, aesthetics, accessories and performance.

2014 Kia Optima vs. 2015 Kia Optima 

The 2014 Kia Optima improved the front-end and tail and added LED fog lamps and LED lighting to its trim. Nappa leather interior was added to the EX-L 2014 Kia Optima and, subsequently, the 2015 Kia Optima adds an aesthetically-pleasing dark-toned cloth interior design. 

Both the 2014 and 2015 versions of the Kia Optima offer five trim levels from the affordable LX and EX to the more high-end SX Turbo and Limited Kia Optima sedans. Many of the changes that the Kia Optima underwent vis-a-vis the 2014 Kia Optima and 2015 Kia Optima, though, involve technology upgrades. For instance, the 2014 Kia Optima featured a 4.3 inch screen as well as available an eight-inch navigation screen. The 2015 Kia Optima goes one step further by offering a UVO infotainment system that combines four innovative services. 

The four services offered on the UVO infotainment system (e.g., Driving Score) are available on the higher-end 2015 Kia Optima trim levels whereas 911 Connect, Parking Minder and other apps will continue to be available on the standard LX trim. Drivers and passengers alike taking the 2015 Kia Optima for a test-drive will also notice that the windshield is acoustic-laminated even in the entry-level LX versions of the 2015 Kia Optima.

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The cruise control switch on the 2015 Kia Optima is also located in a more convenient spot, which is a nod from Kia’s engineers that purchasers of the 2014 Kia Optima had their voices heard. The 2015 Kia Optima also offers a few new paint options, including platinum graphite. The 2015 Kia Optima, overall, mainly makes a series of technological and cosmetic touchups to the 2014 Kia Optima. New apps, on-board screens, and paint options are a few of the upgrades.

Performance and Structural Differences in 2015 Kia Optima 

There are, however, some structural and performance differences between the five trim levels of the 2014 Kia Optima and 2015 Kia Optima. Turbochargers and hybrids round out the five trim levels of the 2015 Kia Optima, yet for all of this power all five trim levels feature 4-cylinder engines. 

A 2.4 liter engine and 192 horsepower was standard on the LX, EX and SX 2014 Kia Optima sedans. On the 2015 Kia Optima sedans, however, the horsepower is upped to at least 200 horsepower on all but the LX trim 2015 Kia Optima. The 2015 SX Kia Optima manages to eke out 274 horsepower from a 4-cylinder, 2.4 liter engine. Shift points as well as steering weightings can be altered in real time with the 2015 Kia Optima SX’s direct select system.

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A windshield with noise-isolation technology has been added to all five trims of the 2015 Kia Optima to address cabin noise concerns over the 2014 Kia Optima. The 2015 Kia Optima is much quieter. To sweeten the deal even more, the 2015 Kia Optima features available heated (and cooled) front seats. Additional, Sirius radio and an eight-speaker surround sound system really enhance the interior features of the 2015 Kia Optima. 

The government gave the 2015 Kia Optima a five-star rating in all but one test. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety also gave the 2015 Kia Optima glowing safety reviews.


If you want to test drive a 2014 or 2015 Kia Optima, come visit Burlington Kia on Rt 130 in Burlington, NJ.

Why the Kia Optima is the Perfect Graduation Gift

If you are looking for a safe, reliable car for your college graduate then the Kia Optima makes the perfect gift. Here are some of the many reasons why it is a great buy.

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Dynamic design

The first thing that stands out about the Kia Optima is its striking exterior design. From its sculpted back, to its available rear end calipers and athletic lines, this car will attract the attention of envious onlookers. Moreover, with eight rich color choices to choose from you can select the best color to match your college graduate’s personality.

Elegant interior

The interior of the Kia Optima is the perfect blend of functionality and elegance. The fluid design of the instrument panel allows drivers to access controls with ease. Standard for seating is the cloth seat trim while you can upgrade it to leather trim or Nappa leather trim. The optional ten-way power-adjustable driver’s seat comes with lumbar support to give your driver the perfect customization tools to enjoy their ride in comfort. Another unique aspect of the interior is its spacious trunk. Additionally, with the 60/40 split folding rear seat drivers can create more cargo space to store bigger items.

2014 Kia Optima Interior NJ

Excellent performance and fuel efficiency

The Kia Optima is fun to drive and can save drivers money in fuel costs. Standard in the LX, EX and SX models is the 2.4L DOHC 16-valve engine. This engine delivers a respectable 192-horsepower while earning up to 34 miles per gallon on the highway. Meanwhile, the SX Turbo and the Limited models come with the 2.0L Turbocharged DOHC 16-valve engine that cranks out an exhilarating 274-horsepower. Along with excellent power, it receives great efficiency, as earns up to an estimated 31 miles per gallon on the highway. The Optima also comes available with paddle shifters which allow drivers to shift gears without a clutch.


Ample safety features

Kia designed the new Optima to have some of the most innovative safety features available. The Optima comes with great additions such as side-impact door beams, the brake assist system, electronic stability control, dual front advanced airbags and front and rear crumple zones. These additions make the new Optima a well-equipped vehicle.

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Practical technological additions

College graduates will love the technological features of the Kia Optima. The available UVO eServices infotainment system allows them to synchronize their smartphone with the car to play their music, make a phone call or schedule service. Parents and graduates alike will enjoy the available Blind-Spot Detection System and the Back-Up warning system. These systems give drivers a larger range of vision to help them make smart decisions on the road.

Ultimately, the Kia Optima is a great mix of contemporary styling, exceptional performance and practical offerings. Combined, this makes the Optima a great gift for your college graduates. If you are ready to check out the new Optima in person, feel free to visit Burlington Kia, as we have a great selection of Kia Optimas in South Jersey.

Why Kia’s are perfect for Music Lovers

Nothing is more natural when you are driving a car you love than to turn up the radio and play your favorite music. A Kia is the perfect vehicle if you are a music lover and want to enjoy both a comfortable exciting ride and a great sound system while you drive. The audio system in the Kia has many features that are sure to love. At Burlington Kia, we can help you choose the perfect model with the highest quality sound system that will give you the best experience of your favorite music while you are in the driver’s seat.

Kia has a partnership with Infinity, a manufacturer of high-end home, auto and marine sound systems. You can experience Infinity’s cutting edge audio technology in a Kia automobile. Their Logic 7 proprietary technology creates an amazing envelope of sound in the vehicle cabin by distributing the audio signal to seven or more different channels. This system is designed especially for surround sound systems in the enclosed environment of an automobile.

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Infinity’s Metal Matrix Diaphragm speakers employs a lightweight composite of ceramics and metals that delivers clear high tones and bold low sounds with minimal distortion. They are engineered for great sound and long life. The Dual Voice Coil subwoofer effectively handles deep bass sounds and is placed in the rear of the vehicle for minimal distortion. The Infinity sound system can be installed many Ikea models for an enhanced audio performance.

The Kia Optima features 12 speakers in eight different locations with an 11-channel DSP amplifier to create a harmonically rich sound for the entire cabin. The Kia Sorento features the 11-channel amplifier with 12 speakers in ten different locations to produce an incredible audio experience that is optimized for the interior acoustics of the vehicle.

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Pump up your music experience in the Kia Soul. Ten speakers, including a sub-woofer mounted in the rear quarter panel, deliver high quality sound to all the passengers in the vehicle. You will turn heads as you cruise around town playing your music.


For a high-end audio experience, check out the luxurious Kia Cadenza. The Infinity Logic 7 Surround Sound system offers 12 speakers placed around the vehicle. It also has speed dependent volume to compensate for ambient noise and provide high quality music. It also features clickless controls for the volume and tone of the sound.

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A Kia vehicle is set up to deliver amazing sound through the audio system like no other vehicle. So whether you want to race down the highway to loud rock music or cruise around the boulevard to techno and hip-hop, a Kia will deliver an incredible audio experience. If you love classical music, the Infinity sound system will make driving in your Kia feel having front row seats in a concert hall. Visit us at Burlington Kia to test drive one of our vehicles. Bring your portable music device to plug in so you can enjoy your favorite tunes while you drive.

2014 Kia Optima & Kia Forte Vehicle Comparison – Which Sedan is for you?

It’s wise to do your research before purchasing a new car. By knowing exactly what you want, you can save time and money when you get to the dealership. If you have your mind set on a Kia, you have several fine options to select from. Two of the most popular 2014 Kia sedans are the Optima and the Forte. Compare the top features of each to help you decide which one is right for you.

2014 Kia Optima

2014 Kia Optima NJ

2014 Kia Optima

The Kia Optima comes standard with a four-cylinder 192 horsepower engine capable of achieving 23/34 city/highway mpg. The optional turbocharged engine offers 274 horsepower and 20/31 city/highway mpg. The Optima’s athletic get up and go makes it very fun to drive, and the powerful brakes give the driver full control of the vehicle.

The driver and passenger seats are well-designed for tall riders, though the sloping roof is a little too close for comfort in the back seat for tall passengers. There’s plenty of trunk space for daily hauling needs. Standard features include satellite radio, Bluetooth, cooling glove box, auxiliary input and USB port. Several available upscale amenities make the Optima feel as luxurious as a more expensive sedan, such as the heated steering wheel, leather upholstery, cooled front seats, and heated front and rear seats. Other add-ons include power-folding mirrors, panoramic sunroof, Kia’s UVO infotainment system, HD radio, proximity key, push-button start, dual-zone climate controls, electronic parking brake and back-seat vents.

2014 Kia Optima Interior NJ

2014 Kia Optima Interior

The Optima boasts exceptional safety ratings, achieving five starts in rollover, side crash and frontal crash for an overall five-star rating. Standard safety features include four-wheel ABS, brake assist, traction control, child safety locks, electronic stability control and integrated turn signal mirrors. Optional safety add-ons include a rearview camera, rear parking sensors, cross traffic alert and blind spot detection.

2014 Kia Forte

2014 Kia Forte NJ

2014 Kia Forte

The Kia Forte features a standard four-cylinder 148 horsepower engine delivering 25/36 city/highway mpg. A six-speed manual transmission comes standard, though an automatic transmission is also available. A more powerful 173 horsepower engine with 24/36 city/highway mpg is another option. Both engines have enough power for daily driving needs, though driving the Forte doesn’t feel particularly athletic.

Some interior materials are hard to the touch, but they feel sturdy, not cheap. All five of the Forte’s seats are very comfortable on long drives, and the sedan boasts one of the largest trunks in its class. Bluetooth, auxiliary input and USB ports come standard. Optional upgrades include heated front and rear seats, ventilated driver’s seat, Kia’s UVO infotainment system, HD radio and dual climate control.

2014 Kia Forte Interior NJ

2014 Kia Forte Interior

The Forte’s safety ratings are average with an overall four-star rating. Along with the standard safety features – four-wheel ABS, brake assist, traction control, child safety locks, electronic stability control and integrated turn signal mirrors – there’s also the optional backup camera to further enhance safety.

How They Compare

The first major comparison you need to make is the price. The Kia Optima’s starting price is just under the cost for the highest trim available with the Kia Forte. With this in mind, the Optima offers far more luxury features and a more powerful engine, but the Forte still has plenty to offer. If you’re working with a tighter budget, the interior comfort, large trunk, intuitive dashboard controls and other features of the Forte are sure to please.

To experience both of these exceptional Kia sedans in person, please visit Burlington Kia and test drive them today.

Value in Buying a Used Kia Optima or Kia Sorento

An attractive brand-new Kia is always a welcome sight in any Burlington-area car shopper’s driveway. But for many shoppers interested in getting the most from their car shopping dollars, a pre-owned Kia Optima or pre-owned Kia Sorento represents one of the best values of any automotive make or model.

Pre-Owned Kia Optima

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Used Kia Optima

Intrepid car shoppers familiar with the brand already know that Kia provides great value when it comes to their new car offerings. The same also applies to every pre-owned offering as well. For many mid-size sedan shoppers, the Kia Optima offers an outstanding combination of space, performance and fuel economy in a package that is stylish both inside and out. From the value-focused LX model to the well-equipped Limited and sporty SX, the Optima is the perfect fit for families in search of a sedan that’s out of the ordinary yet comfortable, solid, and economical when it comes to day-to-day ownership.

Pre-Owned Kia Sorento

Used Kia Sorento

Used Kia Sorento

The Kia Sorento makes an outstanding choice for those looking for an SUV that ticks all the right boxes. The Sorento can easily handle up to seven passengers in three rows of comfortable seats, yet it’s small and agile enough to maneuver into tight parking spaces and athletic enough to weave through traffic with remarkable ease. Thanks to its direct-injected four-cylinder engine and amazing list of standard features and premium options, the Sorento brings an amazing amount of value to the table.

Certified Pre-Owned Kia

Certified Pre-Owned Kia

Certified Pre-Owned Kia

When you buy a pre-owned Kia Optima or Kia Sorento from Burlington Kia, you can save up to thousands of dollars off the retail price of a brand-new model. Unfortunately, many car buyers assume that any pre-owned purchase won’t be up to the standards of quality the manufacturer strives hard to maintain and surpass. Kia’s Certified Pre-Owned program readily puts those fears to rest with a 150-point quality assurance inspection and a CARFAX vehicle history report on every Kia Certified Pre-Owned vehicle.

Each Certified Pre-Owned Kia comes backed by a 10-year/100,000-mile Certified Pre-Owned Limited Powertrain Warranty, effective from the time of original purchase and first mileage, whichever comes first. The reassurance of the industry’s best warranty coverage plus travel breakdown coverage and roadside assistance adds an impressive amount of value to any Kia purchase whether you buy the affordable yet luxurious Optima or the capable and spacious Sorento.

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Burlington KIA Dealership

Burlington Kia Dealership

With an amazing number of pre-owned Kias in stock, it’s not hard finding the right Optima or Sorento with the right options for the right price. Just think of all of the things you could do with the money you save on your next car purchase. For any shopper on a tight budget, saving thousands with a pre-owned Kia in NJ is perhaps the best value one could ask for.


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5 Facts About the Kia Optima

With the sheer number of vehicles in the midsized sedan market, it’s easy to become overwhelmed. Let the choice become clear by taking a deep breath and reviewing a few things you might not know about the all-new 2014 Kia Optima

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2014 Kia Optima

  1. The 2014 Kia Optima offers styling comparable to European luxury brands, without the sticker shock.
    Created by European sports car designer Peter Schreyer, the 2014 Kia Optima is one of the most visually stunning midsize sedans available. Breaking the mold of boring family sedans, the sporty Optima looks like it’s in motion even when parked, visually outshining the competition.
  2. The Optima employs cutting edge engine technologies.
    • Power and fuel economy
      Fuel-efficient, powerful and fun to drive, the technology of the Optima’s standard 2.4 liter 4 cylinder engine offers 191 horsepower, providing the performance of a V6 with superior gas mileage – 23 city/34 highway mpg.
    • Turbocharged
      Want a little more oomph? SX and Limited Optima’s house a 2 liter turbocharged 4 cylinder that produces 274 horses of fuel efficient fun – 20 city/31 highway mpg.
    • Hybrid
      The Optima hybrid utilizes the standard 2.4 liter for cylinder, but with the added boost of an electric motor. Surprisingly quick, the Optima hybrid produces 166 horsepower from its gasoline engine and an additional 40 from its electric counterpart, helping it earn an impressive fuel economy rating of 35 city/40 highway mpg.
  3. The 2014 Kia Optima delivers far beyond its price point.
    2014 Kia Optima Interior

    2014 Kia Optima Interior

    The Optima surpasses competitors with standard features such as Bluetooth, iPod, and USB connectivity, tilt and telescoping steering wheel, steering wheel mounted audio controls, six-way power driver’s seat, heated side mirrors, fog lights, 16-inch wheels, and a cooling glove box that keeps drinks chilled. Looking for top-of-the-line options? A panoramic moonroof, heated and cooled front seats, heated rear seats, heated steering wheel, Nappa leather, Infinity sound system, HID headlights, LED fog lights, touch-screen navigation system, push-button start with Smart Key, UVO infotainment voice-active system, blind spot detection, and rearview camera are also available.

  4. The Kia Optima earns top crash safety scores.
    In government crash tests, the Kia Optima earned a top rating of five stars for overall safety performance, including overall frontal and side impact tests. It also earned a top score of “Good” in Insurance Institute for Highway Safety tests for moderate-overlap frontal-offset, side-impact and roof strength tests, as well as head restraints/seat whiplash protection in rear impacts.
  5. The Optima offers an unbeatable warranty.
    Every Kia that rolls off the assembly line comes with an industry-leading 10 year/100,000 mile factory warranty, offering you peace of mind in your investment against unexpected repair costs.
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Kia Optima NJ

Looking for more than the average family sedan? Don’t miss out on the all-new 2014 Kia Optima in NJ at your local Burlington Kia, New Jersey’s #1 Kia Dealer of the Year. Find out more about the Kia Optima.


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2014 Kia Optima & Volkswagen Passat Vehicle Comparison

There are certainly plenty of options available these days for anybody in the market for a new vehicle. In fact, there are more options than ever before, including sports utility vehicles, compact SUVs, hatchbacks, wagons, minivans, compacts, etc. There are so many modern vehicle options that it can be easy to overlook the classic, four door sedan. However, there are some popular, acclaimed sedans on the market for the 2014 model year, including the Kia Optima and the Volkswagen Passat.

These two similarly-priced vehicles vie for a similar segment of the market. For anybody trying to decide which of these sedans is worth the investment, this is a closer examination of the 2014 Kia Optima and the 2014 Volkswagen Passat, as well as a comparison between the two.

The 2014 VW Passat

2014 VW Passat

2014 VW Passat

Volkswagen has put some effort into making the Passat more appropriate for the American market: the new Passat is upgraded in size from previous model years, and the engine power has also evolved marginally.

However, as far as power is concerned the base model 2014 Passat still lags behind the competition with a mere 170 horses in the five-cylinder engine. This VW works fine for mild, slower driving, but when acceleration and power is needed, there is definitely something missing from the base-level Passat. Car buyers will have to shell out more if they want more power in their Passat.

For the substantial family car market the 2014 Passat does offer some plusses, including a fairly spacious backseat and no small amount of storage space in the trunk, as well as decent safety features. On the other hand, contemporary families often expect more in their vehicles, especially for longer trips: where is the satellite radio, the modern infotainment system, or even a USB port to charge or plug in an ancillary device? Not in the standard 2014 Passat. Just like a satisfactorily powerful engine, consumers have to pay extra if they want any of those features.

2014 VW Passat Interior

2014 VW Passat Interior

The exterior and interior design of the new Passat is unlike what Volkswagen fans may be used to. The understated does resemble other popular sedans from Honda and Toyota. Whether this is a good or bad thing depends on who you ask.


The 2014 Kia Optima 

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2014 Kia Optima

Over the past few years, the Optima has become a major player in the sedan world, and this is mostly thanks to Kia’s continuing optimization of the Optima’s design and features. The 2014 Optima is a continuation of this successful trend, with a subtle update of the sedan’s exterior that does well by the current generation of Optima design while adding a sharp, distinct element to the front-end and the exterior overall.

2014 Kia Optima Interior

2014 Kia Optima Interior

Drivers will be happy to find that the dash controls are simplified and intuitive while still providing plenty of options. The 4.3 inch infotainment and navigational display is also welcome. The seats have been improved to provide even more comfort and spaciousness in both the front and the back.

Like the Passat, the Optima has great safety features and ratings. However, the Kia also packs plenty of power even in the base model: a horsepower of 200 in the direct-injection engine with affordable upgrades available for those who wish for even more power.

The Verdict

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Kia Optima

While Volkswagen is working on adapting the Passat for the contemporary sedan marketplace, Kia is already there with the Optima, and the 2014 Optima is not only the best Kia Optima yet, it is among the best choices for sedan buyers on the market.

Stop by the Burlington Kia lots today to see the 2014 Kia Optima in person.

5 Ways to Winterize your Kia Optima or Kia Sorento in NJ

Frozen Windshield

Frozen Windshield

Winter has arrived in the Mid Atlantic. If you have not already done so, it is important to prepare your car for winter. Winterizing, as it is called, will keep your car working throughout the colder months and prolong the life of the engine and other working parts. It will also keep you and your family safe for when a problem occurs.


Here are five ways to winterize your Kia Optima or Kia Sorento:

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Kia Sorento

  1. Have the right equipment in your trunk. When a big winter storm arrives, you should prepare for when you get stuck or something breaks down. Make sure you have the following in the trunk:
    • extra windshield wiper fluid
    • extra antifreeze
    • extra oil
    • jumper cables
    • flares
    • tire chains
    • a spare tire
    • flashlight
    • blankets
    • boots
    • gloves
    • a change of warm clothes.
    • an ice scraper.
  2. Check your fluids. You need to keep an eye on your fluid levels throughout the winter. Check the following at least every couple of weeks:
    • Oil
    • Brake fluid
    • Transmission fluid
    • Antifreeze
  3. Check your wiper blades and fluid level. You need to see when you are out driving in the cold air. Make sure your windshield wiper blades are in good shape. Check that the defroster and heater are working properly. Check your windshield fluid levels at least once a week or after any major snow storm. All of these steps will make sure you can see out the window when that snow storm arrives.
  4. Think about snow tires.If you live in an area that is a bit hilly, snow tires can make a difference. They offer extra traction, especially in the deepest months of the year. You put them on at the beginning of winter and take them off at the end. You store them and repeat the cycle next winter.
Winter Tires at Burlington Kia

Winter Tires at Burlington Kia

  1. Bring the car in for a full service. The service department at Burlington Kia can determine if your oil needs changed to a lighter weight for the winter months. They can check that your antifreeze is at the right ratios and still in good shape. They can do a tune-up to keep the engine in optimal condition. They can check your battery to verify that it is ready to crank on the coldest winter day.
Kia Service

Kia Car Service

Before you drive your car too much this winter, take the time to winterize it. If you need help with winterizing your Kia Optima or Kia Sorento, contact us here at Burlington Kia. We have trained Kia mechanics who know how to keep your car running through the winter and for many years to come. Stop by today.