A Guide to Saving Fuel – Eco-Driving Tips

Guide to Saving FuelThe combination of global warming, economic recession, increased traffic loads, and current gas prices have created a unique situation in which people are suddenly finding themselves seek for ways to improve their vehicle’s economy and save cash on gas. Some may be concerned about global warming; others may need the extra cash. It doesn’t matter what the reason, but improving your car’s fuel economy and MPG is a good step towards going GREEN. It also shows that you are a responsible individual. Are you looking for ways to improve the fuel-efficiency of your ride?  Take the time out to read these fuel-saving habits and eco-driving tips below:

Habits to Adopt to Save Gas

Be Rational – Purchase an Eco-Friendly Vehicle

If you own a gas-guzzler, you can’t expect to save fuel – that’s a given. Therefore, consider ditching that old ride for a new and improved vehicle that boasts the latest fuel-efficient technologies. You can contact Turnersville KIA to buy a new ride for less or consider leasing. From the Kia Sorento, Sedona, K900, Rio, Forte, to the Cadenza, you have plenty of eco-friendly vehicle options available.

Assuming you exchange your vehicle that gives 20 miles per gallon with gas prices at $2.19 (currently) for one that gives 30 MPG, you can easily save up to $900 per year. You will also begin noticing that you are making fewer stops at petrol pumps. Subsequently, the first step to saving gas is to purchase in a fuel-efficient vehicle.

Get a Tune Up – Maintain Your Vehicle’s Engine

As time passes, the engine and mechanical components of your vehicle may experience wear and tear. This results in poor gas mileage. Maybe the air filter is clogged with dust, the spark plugs are not passing current properly, or the fuel-injection system is giving trouble. All of these issues, although small can drastically impact fuel economy. Get your vehicle tuned up by heading to the nearest car workshop. A simple tune up has the capability of boosting gas mileage up to 4%.


Go Light – Don’t Carry Round Unnecessary Weight

Just as if your body requires more energy to move more weight, your car needs the same. Why put your car through so much? Consider travelling a little light instead to improve the fuel-efficiency of your vehicle. So, get that useless clutter out from your car and dispose of anything that may be increasing the weight of your vehicle. You will undoubtedly notice a significant improvement in fuel economy.

Check Your Tires – Underinflated Tires Create Drag

Before driving your vehicle, always make it a habit to check your tires. Underinflated tires can create a drag, which can decrease gas mileage up to 3% or even more. One of the best ways to monitor tire pressure is to purchase a tire gauge. Read the owner’s manual and find out the accurate tire pressure to maintain. Most tires should be inflated around 30 to 35 PSI. However, make sure not to overinflate the tires, as it may result in significant wear and tear.

Turn the Air-Conditioning Off

Most car owners have the silly habit of leaving the air-conditioning on even when it isn’t needed. While there is no harm in running the air-conditioning, it does make your vehicle consume more petrol. Yes, it is tempting to leave the AC on year round, as it stops the windows from misting up in the winters. However, it is advisable to turn it off, when it isn’t that hot.

How to Save Gas While Driving

The Best Way to Save Gas: Hypermiling

Hypermiling is the usage of simple driving techniques that enable drivers to leverage more mileage from their vehicle. If you are looking for ways to improve the fuel-efficiency of your vehicle, consider following these powerful gas-saving Hypermiling techniques:

  • Drive close or draft behind other vehicles to reduce wind drag and resistance.
  • Speed your car on an open road and coast with the engine turned off
  • Inflate your tires properly to improve fuel-efficiency and reduce drag
  • Don’t keep the engine running at stoplights.
  • Stick to 55 MPH when driving on the highway.

Drive Sensibly and Responsibly

Most people nowadays give into the road rage of driving a vehicle. You must resist the temptation of speed and avoid aggressive driving behaviors like hard shifting, accelerating, and sudden braking. All of these acts can lower your vehicle’s fuel efficiency by up to 20% or more. You don’t need to race every guy speeding next to you and neither is it necessary to show off when people are commuting with you.

Always keep a calm and relaxed nature when driving. Gradually accelerate and enjoy the drive. Keep in mind that you’re paying out the rear end for you vehicle, so might as well savor it. Maintain a safe distance, drive sensibly, and anticipate traffic conditions to save fuel and keep you and other road users safe and secure.

Practice Eco-Driving

Every time you accelerate rapidly or brake suddenly, your car burns more petrol. Get the most of your by following these simple eco-driving practices.

  • Streamline or customize your ride for improving its aerodynamics. This will result in overall improved fuel-efficiency and reduced drag. The easier your vehicle cuts through air, the more chances of saving petrol.
  • Switch to cruise control or Eco-Driving mode when going for a cruise or driving on the highway. Both of these techniques may reduce the speed of your vehicle, but it results in greater and better fuel-efficiency.
  • When travelling downhill, always take your foot of the gas. This sudden drag results in the fuel being sent to the engine, which can hinder petrol consumption.
  • To reduce wear and tear on your vehicle’s transmission, try skipping gears in possible circumstances. The higher the gear (regardless of speed), the more your car saves petrol.

Therefore, now that you are familiar with the habits and tips mentioned above, saving petrol while driving won’t be a problem.

The Best Kia Models for College Students

studentWhen you are going off to college is the perfect time to buy a new car. This car will follow you through your college experience and make it much easier to get around your new town. With a car comes freedom, and especially if you are going to school somewhere far away from your home, having a car makes it much easier to travel back and forth and to get where you need to go, even if you are unfamiliar with the city or town where your university is.

While we know that any of our Kia models will be great for a new college student, there are some cars in our showroom that are going to be better for younger drivers. Whether you are going off to college for the first time or you are in between semesters right now, now is the perfect time to buy. We’ve picked these five vehicles specifically because they are fun to drive, stylish, and safe. They are also affordable, which makes them ideal for college students who might be strapped for cash. Here are the best Kia models for college students:

1. The Kia Soul This vehicle is perfect for the college student that loves to stand out. There are simply no other vehicles on the market right now that look like the Kia Soul. This vehicle is all about attitude, with unique styling that makes it perfect for your unique student. While it’s true that style is important, safety and functionality are just as important, especially to your parents. On these fronts, the Kia Soul still succeeds. It has some of the best safety features in the industry and an interior that is focused on the driver. This means that everything you need is within reach and that you can easily tune the radio or adjust your settings, without taking your eyes off of the road. It is one of the most affordable models in our showroom, despite the angular, unique styling and the range of great safety features and it also boasts up to 31 mpg. It is inexpensive to purchase and it is also inexpensive to drive. While it is a compact care, you will never feel claustrophobic in this vehicle!

2. The Kia Forte This is the smallest vehicle in our showroom, but it definitely does not lack the power that most young drivers are looking for. It prides itself on being zippy, and with up to 37 mpg, it is going to be a very economical choice. It is also one of the least expensive options, which, especially when buying your first car, can be a huge bonus. It’s a great starter car that can easily adapt to your life after graduation. The Forte comes in a number of different varieties, including the standard four door design and a hatchback variety, which gives you just a little bit more storage room and a different look to the vehicle overall. This can be the ideal choice for anyone who wants a high quality sedan or hatchback, but doesn’t want to pay the high prices other brands are demanding even for their cheapest options.


3. The Kia Sorento A sedan might feel like the most obvious option for a young driver, but sometimes they just do not provide enough room for the student that often needs or wants to drive around large groups or haul gear. This is where the Kia Sorento comes in. Still much less expensive than your average SUV, the Kia Sorento provides much more seating (up to eight people) and also provides you with much more power. If you are a student who also likes to get away from the university on the weekends, either to hike or camp or just explore, this could be the very best option for you.

4. The Kia Sportage An SUV, especially one as economical as the Sportage, can be the perfect vehicle for a college student. You’ll have a little bit more room, which is always appreciated when driving around friends and roommates, and the bold styling of this vehicle is certain to turn heads. As great for hauling skis as it is for toting art supplies, you cannot go wrong when you choose this vehicle. It starts at just over $20,000 for the most basic trim, which comes with all of the safety features and infotainment features that you need. Higher trim levels will give you more features. While it does not get as stellar gas mileage as one of the sedans might, it still gets up to 30 mpg, which could still help you save at the pump.

5. The Kia Optima The Optima is one of the most popular cars on our lot and across all Kia dealerships. Why? Because the Optima is so versatile. It is styled to be both bold and sleek, without losing any of the practicality of a traditional sedan. It is bigger than the Forte, so those who need a little bit more cargo space and leg room might want to choose the Optima over something smaller like the Forte or the Rio. You’ll find luxury accents and plenty of safety features, so that you always feel like you are safe on the road, in addition to having fun while driving. It gets up to 37 miles per gallon, so you do not have to worry about paying through the nose for gas as you go on weekend adventures.

What You Get with the 2016 Sorento Trim Levels

Some of the biggest changes in all of Kia’s lineup were made to the 2016 Kia Sorento. This vehicle is the perfect mix of extra seating and sport, so it’s as great for families as it is for those that like adventures. It’s the ideal choice for many buyers who find that sedans are too small but minivans are too big. And while there is always the Sportage, the Sorento offers a little more space and a few more features.

What the Sorento really has over vehicles of the same size from other brands is the price. Most crossovers of the same size start at $30,000 and above, while the Sorento starts at around $25,000, depending on the trim level. That makes it just as affordable as most sedans on the market. But what exactly does the Sorento have to offer and what can you do with it? Here is a brief overview of the 2016 Kia Sorento trim levels and why you should pick this vehicle.

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2016 Kia Sorento L

This is the lowest trim level that Kia offers, but that doesn’t mean that you aren’t going to get your money’s worth. Unlike lots of other brands, you still have features like durable wheels, cruise control, and air conditioning with this trim level. Let’s take a look at the features:


  • Cruise control – It’s still surprising to most people when they look at vehicles from other brands and find out that the basic trim level does not come with cruise control. They can add it—but aftermarket solutions are rarely as functional as preinstalled ones. That’s why Kia always offers even the lowest trim level with cruise control standard.

  • Split second row – This means that if you are hauling something that just won’t fit in the Sorento’s ample trunk space, you can fold down the seats in a variety of wats in order to make room for it.

  • Bluetooth connectivity – This is another feature that you’ll mostly find only in the higher trim levels with other brands. Kia, however, has it standard for the Sorento. This means that you can play music from your phone and that you can answer the phone and talk directly to car, instead of having to deal with trying to answer to phone and drive one-handed.

  • Stain-resistant fabric seating – Higher trim levels will offer your luxurious leather. That doesn’t mean, however, that you are going to be missing out if you choose the Sorento L. The fabric seating is just as luxurious, and will actually resist stains, no matter what is spilled on them.

2016 Kia Sorento LX

The next trim level includes everything from the basic level, as well as:

  • Automatic headlights – These make it easier to remember to turn on and turn off your headlights—the vehicle does it for you. No more draining your battery or driving dangerously because you forgot to turn your lights off or on.

  • Rearview camera – While backing out of a space does not have to be difficult, it can be, especially if you are new to driving a big vehicle like the Sorento. A rearview camera makes it really, really easy to see what is going on around you.

  • A touchscreen – Interacting with your radio and the car’s systems has never been easier or more stylish than with this great touchscreen control center.

  • A windshield that reduces road noise – Reducing road noise is a big deal for some drivers, who like to feel contained in their vehicles and do not want to be able to hear the road underneath the car or the air whipping past. The windshield in this trim level will actually prevent a lot of that noise from getting inside the car.

  • Options – This trim level has a number of options that can be added to it, some for an additional charge, but others for not additional charge. These might include parking sensors, heated seats, and power seats, among others.

2016 Kia Sorento EX

This level comes with everything listed in the two above trim levels, along with:

  • Upgraded wheels – The other trim levels have 17 inch wheels. The EX trim level has 18 inch wheels, to give you even more grip and maneuverability on the road.

  • Front side glass that reduces sound – If you want an even quieter ride, this is the trim for you. Along with the other features, it also includes front side glass that reduces sound from outside of the vehicle.

  • Leather seats – This is the first trim level out of all five levels that includes this feature.

  • Options – In addition to the features that come standard with this trim level, there is the option to add a Premium Package, which includes keyless entry and ignition, power mirrors, and blind spot detection.

2016 Kia Sorento SX

In addition to what is listen above, this trim level includes:

  • Memory settings for the driver’s seat – This feature enables you to program your seat to remember your preferences, so even if someone else drives your car, you can always find the right position again.

  • Power driver’s seat – So that’s it’s easy to adjust your seat, even if you are already on the road.

2016 Kia Sorento SX Limited

This is the highest trim level available for this vehicle. It’s biggest feature is the 19 inch chrome wheels, along with more impressive leather upholstery, ventilated seats, and heating for the second row of seats, along with a technology package that upgrades your headlights, parking cameras, brakes, cruise control, and safety features.

Kia’s Recent News and Awards

Kia is growing. We’re not only one of the fastest-growing automotive brands—we’re also one of the U.S.’s biggest brands. The reason? We don’t have to look any further than our vehicle line-up. It’s an exciting line-up that continues to evolve. Our new vehicles have impressed the auto industry and, most importantly, thrilled drivers.


2016 Kia Sorento Receives NHTSA 5-Star Safety Rating
CBS News: 5 of the Safest Cars on the Road

Autobytel: 10 Best New Sleeper Cars for 2015

Las Vegas Review Journal: Top 5 Vehicles for Long Road Trips
KBB: 10 Most Affordable 3-Row Vehicles

Kelly Blue Book’s KBB.com: 10 Coolest New Cars Under $18,000
MotorTrend: 15 Cars With Small Exteriors Yet Surprisingly Large Interiors


2015 Kia Sedona earns NHTSA 5-star Safety Rating
Ward’s: 2015 Kia Sedona Named to 10 Best Interiors list

Chicago Tribune: Top 14 Vehicles of the 2015 New York Auto Show

Autobytel: Best Small Cars For 2015


Autobytel: Ten Cheap Cars that Look Good

Other Recent Awards









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.

Why Buy the 2015 Kia Sorento

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The 2015 Kia Sorento is a mid-size crossover SUV that features a roomy interior, very competitive MPG for its class and tech features like Bluetooth and steering wheel mounted controls.

Options with Five Trim Levels 

The new Kia Sorento comes in five trims to meet your needs. The 2015 Kia Sorento lineup features the LX, LX V6 as well as the EX, SX, and Limited. The LX gets the best fuel economy in the bunch from a 2.4 liter engine that still manages to get 191 horsepower. The LX gets 20 miles per gallon (MPG) in the city and 27 MPG on the highway.

For power, though, the LX V6, EX, SX and Limited are the way to go – each of these vehicles gets 290 horsepower from a 3.3 liter, V6 engine. 

Bluetooth and Keyless Remote Entry 

The 2015 Kia Sorento LX features everything from Bluetooth and keyless remote entry to steering wheel mounted controls and heated outside mirrors.

The heated exterior mirrors feature integrated LED turn signals as well. On the exterior, the LX features 17-inch alloy wheels, privacy glass and heated rear window standard.

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Entertainment Features 

On the interior, the LX offers Sirius satellite radio, Bluetooth hands-free connectivity, and a USB auxiliary jack standard.

Although all the trim levels in the 2015 Kia Sorento offer MP3 compatibility and Sirius satellite radio as standard options, the EX offers a UVO infotainment system standard. The UVO infotainment system is a optional feature on the LX and LX V6.

Voice command navigation with an eight-inch screen is an optional feature on the Kia Sorento EX and standard feature on the SX and Limited. In addition, the 10-speaker, Infinity surround sound system is offered as a standard feature on the Kia Sorento SX and Limited trims.

Wireless bluetooth, steering wheel mounted controls and a USB auxiliary jack to upload your favorite music are all standard features across the five trims in the new Kia Sorento. The trip computer and EcoMinder fuel-efficiency indicator are also offered at all trim levels.

Dual-zone Climate Control and Interior Illumination 

Dual-zone climate control, which allows front passengers and rear passengers to set the temperatures that feel most comfortable to them, is standard on the EX, SX and Limited. A center console with an armrest, though, is a standard feature on all five trims of the new, 2015 Kia Sorento.


Interior lighting with a delay comes standard on all trims and interior accent illumination is standard on the EX, SX and Limited. Delay in the interior lighting ensures that the lights gradually get dimmer after you get into or leave you Kia Sorento. Interior accent illumination, on the other hand, gives you very stylish illuminated accents all throughout the interior of the vehicle.

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Remote Keyless Entry and Push-button Start 

Remote keyless entry is a standard feature on the LX and LX V6 whereas push-button start with a smart key and immobilizer is the standard for the EX, SX and Limited.

Leather-trimmed Seating and Interior Space 

Some additional features are leather-trimmed seats standard on the upper three trims of the 2015 Kia Sorento as well as a 115-volt power inverter standard on the EX, SX and Limited.

The Kia Sorento gets ample headroom from the LX to Limited – 39 inches up front and 39 inches in the second row is standard. With around 60 inches of shoulder room and 40 inches of rear legroom there’s no shortage of space in the 2015 Kia Sorento.

Check out Burlington Kia today for a huge selection of new 2015 Kia sedans and crossovers, including the 2015 Kia Sorento.

Package Options on 2015 Kia Sorento

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Kia’s newest Sorento is available in four different trims: LX, EX, SX, or SXL.

The LX Trim Option


This package comes loaded with a 191-horsepower, 4-cylinder engine and a six-speed automatic transmission with overdrive and sportmatic. Other standard options include Bluetooth, USB phone/audio connectivity, cruise control, and conveniently-located stereo controls on the steering wheel. Standard equipment also includes front wheel drive, 17 inch alloy wheels, body-colored side mirrors, and cool rear LED lights.

The EX Trim Option

This option comes with the V6 engine, automatic six-speed transmission with overdrive and sportmatic, front wheel drive, automatic dimming rear view mirror, a programmable garage door opener, floor mats, and 18 inch alloy wheels.

The SX Trim Option

This Sorento package includes the V6, automatic six-speed transmission with overdrive and sportmatic, front wheel drive, scuff plates, floor mats, and 19 inch alloy wheels.

The SXL Trim Option

With this option, you’ll get the V6, front wheel drive, automatic six-speed transmission with overdrive and sportmatic, rear bumper protector, scuff plates, floor mats, and 19 inch alloy wheels.

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There are also a number of available options in all trims that make the Kia Sorento truly stand out in a crowd. They can include leather, heated and cooled front seats, a 3rd row for seating up to seven, remote start, mud guards, scuff plates, running boards, cargo net, cargo mat, cargo cover, roof rack, trailer hitch, and locking lug nuts. There’s also the option of combining the peppy 4 cylinder motor with a Torque Vectoring Cornering Control All Wheel Drive system, upgrading to a 3.3 liter, 290 horsepower V6 with front wheel drive, or you can go all the way by combining the powerful V6 engine with the same AWD system. The 4 cylinder gets an estimated EPA 20 mpg city, 27 mpg highway with front wheel drive, and 19 city/25 highway with all-wheel drive. The V6 is rated at 18 city/25 hwy with front wheel drive, or 18 mpg city/24 hwy with AWD.

All 2015 Sorentos come standard with driver, passenger, and side airbags in both the front and backseats, child-proof safety locks, and a phenomenal 5 yr/60,000 mile bumper to bumper, 10 yr/100,000 mile power  train, (first owner only) as well as a 5 yr/100,000 corrosion/rust through warranty. Want more? You also get 5 yr/60,000 mile roadside assistance at no additional cost.

The 2015 Kia Sorento is available in eight exterior and three interior colors:

Exterior: Bright Silver, Dark Cherry, Ebony Black, Remington Red, Satin Metal, Snow White Pearl, Titanium Silver, and Wave Blue.

Interior: Beige, Black, or Gray.

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With dynamic styling, low cost maintenance, excellent warranties, and options that are second to none in the industry, it may be a wise choice to take a closer look at the Kia Sorento, and maybe even wiser to take one out for a test drive. You and your family will love the smooth ride, quality workmanship, and the fact that the Sorento is made right here in the USA. It has received rave reviews and top honors in the small SUV class, and the Kia has grown in popularity over the years, so stop by and find out why!

Burlington Kia’s inventory is unmatched, and really is the only place to go for your new or pre-owned automotive needs. Remember: what’s sold here is serviced here! So stop by Burlington Kia! 2014’s Kia Dealer of the Year for New Jersey. Conveniently located on 7 West Route 130 South in Burlington. Open from 9am to 9pm Monday through Friday, and 9am to 6pm on Saturdays. Or give us a call toll-free at (888) 784-7639.

What Changed Between the 2014 Kia Sorento & 2015 Kia Sorento

In 2014, Kia introduced a Sorento that was “80 percent new.” It boasted a new chassis, a more explosive V-6 engine, updated interior features and materials, and new infotainment options. While it wasn’t an “overhaul,” the updated Sorento boasted bold changes that made it one of the top-selling SUVs in the country. 

It came standard with powerful acceleration, a six-speed automatic transmission and 20 miles per gallon in the city, 26 on the highway. The 2014 Sorento had a comfortable interior with plenty of room for cargo. Its straightforward audio and climate controls were intuitive and simple to use. And it was available with all the creature comforts drivers have come to expect – heated second-row seats, a panoramic sunroof, on-board navigation, a blind spot warning system, key-less entry and a push-button start. 

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2014 Kia Sorento

Yes, it’s easy to see why the 2014 Kia Sorento is hailed as an amazingly good value. It’s also easy to see why Kia decided to limit the number of changes it made to the top-selling SUV for the 2015 model – when an SUV gets it right, and drivers and reviews shower it with Kudos, there’s really no need to make dramatic changes. 

But that doesn’t mean an SUV – even one with the long list of accolades like the Kia Sorento – can’t be honed and refined. 


The 2015 Kia Sorento maintains the momentum built by its previous-year predecessor. The wheelbase remains the same. It boasts the same four and six-cylinder engine, a comfortable interior from the two front seats to the second row to the fold-down third row, and the full array of safety features – a plethora of airbags, a blind spot warning system precision handling. 

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2015 Kia Sorento

No, Kia knew it didn’t have to reinvent the wheel when it came to the Sorento, so the company decided instead to make a few subtle but effective changes to enhance the SUV’s look and the driving experience. 

First, Kia reconfigured and mildly revised the front and rear fascias, modestly changing the SUV’s look. In addition, the track has been widened a little, giving the Sorento a more “action-ready,” masculine look. Second, Kia popped open the hood and gave the Sorento a little more pop and power. The 175-horsepower, 2.4-liter engine in the 2014 model has been replaced by a 191-horsepower, 2.4-liter engine. Once again, the Sorento is available in both the V4 and V6, with both delivering highly competitive gas mileage in the city as well as on the highway. Finally, the Sorento’s infotainment and audio systems have been upgraded, delivering booming sound, better navigation and best-in-class connectivity. 

What’s different about the 2015 Kia Sorento? Not a lot – and in the case of this superior SUV, that’s a very good thing for drivers. New or used, the Kia delivers an exceptional SUV in the Sorento. 

Is the Kia Sorento or Kia Sportage the SUV for you?

There is no doubt that the Kia Sorento and the Kia Sportage are both great vehicles—the only question is, which one is right for you? We often see companies comparing their vehicles to other automakers, but sometimes it’s beneficial to look at different models within one company. Here is what happens when the 2014 Sorento and Sportage are placed side-by-side.

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2014 Kia Sorento


The nice part about two Kia’s is you can bypass warranty and safety comparisons. Kia has one of the best warranties in the industry, and it’s the same on both SUVs. Kia also believes that safety is not to be compromised, so you will find the same features throughout their entire lineup. The Sportage did, however, receive an overall 5-star safety award from the NHTSA.

The 2014 Sorento and Sportage are both popular models, but the main difference you’ll find is in the price—although it’s not much—the Sportage starts around $21,000 and the Sorento starts around $24,000. Another contrast is the Sportage seats five while the Sorento seats up to seven. 

Kia has maintained a fluidity in style, and both models boast sleek lines, eye-catching colors, and aesthetically-pleasing interiors. In the end, it’s hard to go wrong with either the Sportage or the Sorento—it all comes down to needs.

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2014 Kia Sportage

Trims and Features

The 2014 Sportage is just like its name—a sporty vehicle that supports an active lifestyle. While you might not be able to haul around seven people, there is more than enough room to transport everything you need to have a little fun. The Sportage comes in three models, the LX, EX, and SX. The LX and EX both get 21 City/28 Highway MPG, while the supercharged SX gets 20 City/26 Highway MPG. Unlike its more family-oriented comparison, the features on the Sportage will appeal to those constantly on the go—usually to the mountains, desert, or ocean. Here are some of the Sportage’s key features and options:

  • HID Projector Beam Headlights
  • Fold-AwayRearCenter Armrest
  • Aluminum Scuff Plates
  • Sport-oriented accessories: mud guards, side steps, tow equipment, bike, kayak, ski, or cargo attachments.

The 2014 Kia Sorento is geared more towards family. It hints at kids, carpools, and making the drive more convenient and comfortable. You’re looking at three rows of seating with a second and third row that folds down for extra cargo space. MPG comes in at 20 City/26 Highway. There are four models, the LX, EX, SX, and the luxurious Limited. Here are some of the Sorento’s key features and options:

  • Second row sunshades
  • Premium Nappa Leather seat trim
  • Dual-Zone climate control
  • Privacy glass
  • Power liftgate with programmable height adjustment
  • Flexsteer and heated steering wheel

Both the Sorento and the Sportage have common features and options as well. You can expect choices like panoramic sunroof, heated and ventilated seats, push button start, rear camera display, EcoMinder, UVO, Infinity audio systems with surround sound, navigation system with LCD display, power driver’s seat, and much more.

The Kia Sorento and Sportage both have incredible perks—so which one would you choose? The best way to find the right Kia SUV for you is to go look and test drive one in person. There are no wrong choices in this comparison.

5 Reasons College Grads will Love the 2014 Kia Sorento

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Whether you are a soon to be college grad (or recent grad) who is looking to buy your first car or a parent who wants to reward your child for graduating college with a new car, choosing the right vehicle can be difficult. From evaluating the overall safety features to picking a car that has the features and design you want, there are numerous factors that go into the decision of which car you should buy. Fortunately, the new 2014 Kia Sorento has made it easier to make this decision, as it has a large number of features that make it ideal for any car buyer. In particular, college grads are sure to love the 2014 Kia Sorento with its sleek design, innovative features, and versatility.

5 Reasons College Grads will Love the 2014 Kia Sorento

Though there are numerous reasons anyone, college graduates in particular, will love the 2014 Kia Sorento, there are five that tend to stand out above the rest. These five top reasons why you or your college grad is sure to love this outstanding vehicle are:

  1. It is perfect for taking long road trips – it is extremely common for young graduates to take long trips right after graduating and before they settle down into a job, graduate school, or whatever other responsibilities they have after graduating. The 2014 Kia Sorento is perfect for those looking to take a long road trip across the U.S., particularly if a group of friends wants to come along. The vehicle is built with a three row option, making it easy to fit a lot of people (or luggage and gear) in it.
  2. It has a sleek design – as a crossover vehicle, the 2014 Kia Sorento is the perfect choice for those looking for something bigger than a small car but something that is also agile and easy to maneuver. The Kia Sorento’s compact design, with sleek lines, chrome finishes, and more makes it the perfect choice for many new grads. Some models even include a sunroof for those who like to feel as if they are driving in an open space.2014 Kia Sorento Interior
  3. It is filled with innovative, technologically advanced features – the 2014 Kia Sorento features a center touch screen and expansive entertainment center that includes an XM radio, Bluetooth connectivity, a rear display for reversing, and more. This makes it perfect for those recent grads who are always on the go and expect to be connected wherever they go.
  4. There is the option to get all-wheel drive – even if you plan to only drive the Kia Sorento on the road, having all-wheel drive is a great plus. Not only does it allow for you to drive off-road and get places many other vehicles cannot, it also makes it safer to drive in inclement weather.   
  5. Can save you time and money – when you need a car that is slightly bigger, but gets great gas mileage (and thus, saves you money!), the 2014 Kia Sorento is a great option. With an average of 22 combined highway and city miles per gallon, you can get further on less gas and money. Furthermore, the car has several features that make it easy for you to save time getting places. For example, the rear window is heated, allowing you to easily defrost ice and snow and get you going quicker.

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Although these are some of the reasons a recent college grad is likely to love a 2014 Kia Sorento, there are many more! Schedule a test drive today to see what else it has to offer.