Why the 2015 Kia Sorento is the SUV to Buy

The market for midsize SUVs is rapidly growing as more consumers are looking for vehicles that will meet their many needs. In the race to become the most popular SUV manufacturer, Kia is jumping into the lead with the 2015 Kia Sorento. Below, we’ll look at a few of the reasons that the Sorento might be the perfect vehicle for you.

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Choose it for the Size

Sporty sedans are fun to drive but aren’t especially practical. Mid-size SUVs are a great middle point between the fun of a small car and the practicality of a large SUV or minivan. With enough space to transport your groceries from the store or camping equipment for a long weekend, the Sorento works with you and your needs.

Updated for the New Year

Each year, Kia makes strides in improving the performance of the Sorento. 290 horsepower and 252 pound-feet of torque make the 2015 model more powerful than ever. The option of a four cylinder of V6 engine is new to the model as well.

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Power steering may be standard, but the Sorento takes it to a new level. The SUV has a speed sensitive electric power steering to make driving smooth. Driver controls offer the option of comfort, normal, or sport modes. Along with an improved suspension system, the ride has never been more comfortable for the driver or passengers.

Combining Logic and Luxury

While many of us search for SUVs for their extra space and durability, there is no reason to give up luxury amenities. The Kia team has put just as much effort into designing the new Sorento as updating the technical specs. The new design is the perfect mix of rugged and modern, moving away from the look of boxy SUVs to give car lovers a new option.

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The Amenities you’re looking For

With so many options on the market, it was time for Kia to step up the game for the 2015 Sorento. They came through by improving the interior of the SUV. Featuring a more comfortable and roomy interior, the materials used now offer a fresh look and feel. On the outside, Kia has made the switch to LED lights for 2015. 

Technology in vehicles is becoming the norm. Enjoy Bluetooth capabilities and satellite radio, as well as features like automated climate control to keep passengers comfortable.

An Edge on Competitors

As the demand for mid-sized SUVs grows, so does the competition. The 2015 Kia Sorento holds its own in the market. While the Sorento is small in stature, it is the only vehicle of its kind on the market that continually offers third row seating. While the seats can be concealed for extra storage space, the additional seating is a great asset for families. Improvements in appearance, power, and gas mileage keep Kia at the top of the list when it comes to choosing a model.

Are you ready to take on the challenge of choosing your next vehicle? Visit Burlington Kia to test drive the 2015 Kia Sorento 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.

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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 Sorento & VW Touareg Vehicle Comparison

If you’re in the market for a new SUV, you may be comparing the affordable 2014 Kia Sorento with the luxurious 2014 Volkswagen Touareg. How do you plan to make your final decision? Compare key features between the two and decide if affordability wins out over luxury.

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2014 Kia Sorento

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2014 Kia Sorento

The 2014 Kia Sorento is number nine on the US News list of Affordable Midsize SUVs. The ranking is based on the vehicle’s overall performance, reliability and safety. The Sorento offers excellent value overall. You get 20/26 city/highway mpg from the Sorento, which is average for midsize SUVs. It’s powered by a four-cylinder engine with the option to upgrade to a V6. The six-speed automatic transmission earns points for shifting smoothly and adding to the vehicle’s comfortable ride. The Sorento is also responsive when it comes to accelerating and handles somewhat athletically.

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2014 Kia Sorento Interior

When you take a seat in the Kia Sorento, the first thing you may notice is how comfortable the front seats are. Slip into the second row and the thought carries with you. While some midsize SUVs offer more space in the rear than the Sorento, this SUV certainly isn’t lacking in cargo room. The straightforward climate controls ensure a comfortable interior while the easy-to-use infotainment system keeps the music coming. Standard interior features include cloth seats, USB and auxiliary jacks, satellite radio, and Bluetooth. Plenty of add-ons are also available, including leather seating, heated and cooled seats, driver seat memory, panoramic sunroof, keyless entry, and much more.

2014 Volkswagen Touareg

2014 VW Touareg

2014 VW Touareg

Ranking number eight on the US News list of Luxury Midsize SUVs is the 2014 Volkswagen Touareg. While it’s certainly a luxury vehicle, the cost is quite high for a mainstream brand. The Volkswagen Touareg offers a six-cylinder engine with plenty of power. The optional diesel V6 offers even more torque and better fuel efficiency than the standard gas engine. The six-cylinder achieves 17/23 city/highway mpg while the diesel upgrade boasts 20/29 city/highway mpg. The steering is responsive and passengers experience less body lean through turns, making it a more comfortable ride than that offered by other SUVs.

2014 VW Touareg Interior

2014 VW Touareg Interior

The upscale cabin appearance is the first thing you notice when you step inside. Every seat in this five-passenger SUV is comfortable enough for a full day’s drive. The cargo space is average but roomy enough for most families. The climate controls are easy to use, but the optional navigation system complicates the process of making stereo adjustments. Standard features include dual-zone climate control, Bluetooth and eight-speaker stereo. In addition to the navigation system, other notable add-ons include a backup camera and ten-speaker stereo system.

How They Compare

If the vehicles had a closer price point, the decision between the 2014 Kia Sorento and the Volkswagen Touareg would be more difficult to make. However, with only a few extras going for it and a much higher base price, the Touareg simply isn’t a practical choice for many families that need a more affordable SUV. After all, even with all the extras that make the Sorento nearly as luxurious as the Touareg, the price is still lower than the Touareg’s bare bones package.

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Kia Sorento

To see the Kia Sorento in NJ, visit our NJ Kia Dealership in Burlington, Burlington Kia. Our educated and dedicated staff will be on hand to answer all Kia Sorento questions you have and to assist you in getting behind the wheel for a test-drive 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.

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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

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 Ways to Winterize your Kia Optima or Kia Sorento in NJ

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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.

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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.
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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.

2014 Kia Sorento Interior Review

The 2014 Kia Sorento is a 5-passenger SUV that’s available in four trim levels: LX, EX, SX and SX-L. While every trim has many standard and optional features, the specific interior features you’ll find will vary based on which trim you choose.

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Kia Sorento

The Flexibility Drivers Want

One of the biggest selling points of the Kia Sorento in NJ, is that so many of the features are offered as options. This may initially lead some folks to think that Kia’s trying to nickel and dime them for every feature they’re looking for, but the opposite is actually true. When you have so many options to add on exactly what you want, without paying to upgrade to a trim that includes features you don’t need, you have a lot more control over the price of your vehicle. Drivers are able to select exactly the bells and whistles they want without paying for those they don’t want.

Generous Standard Features

Kia was quite generous with the standard features on the base LX trim, which includes air conditioning, a full range of power accessories, a 40/20/40 folding back seat, Bluetooth connectivity, tilting and telescoping steering wheel, and a 6-speaker stereo with CD player, USB jack, and satellite radio.

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2014 Kia Sorento Trunk

The quality of the materials in the cabin is quite impressive, though some may be surprised to see so much hard plastic. The good news is that this plastic is incredibly easy to clean, which can keep this vehicle looking sharp for years to come. There is a new, larger touchscreen in the 2014 Kia Sorento, and said touchscreen utilizes a more intuitive menu structure, upgraded graphics, and a secondary control knob. Together, these features come together to create one of the more user-friendly tech interfaces not just in its class, but on the market altogether.

UVO Voice Activation System

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2014 Kia Sorento UVO

Many are familiar with Ford’s Sync system, and the Kia’s answer was the UVO voice activation system. It is incredibly adept at understanding voice commands for a variety of systems, including cell phones and the stereo. This system does indeed provide users with a truly hands-free experience, which is not just convenient – it also increases safety for drivers.

Spaciousness and Ride Quality

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2014 Kia Sorento Interior

The driver and front passenger can enjoy truly commanding views of the road and ahead, and the seats manage to perfectly balance comfort and support. Adult passengers have plenty of head and legroom in the second row, though the third row is best for children – not only because of less legroom, but because it can be somewhat difficult to access. There is a ton of cargo space – a full 36.9 cubic feet when the middle row of seats is upright. When you fold them down, the cargo space is expanded to a truly impressive 72.5 cubic feet.

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Materials and Gauges

The specific materials in your 2014 Kia Sorento will vary based on which trim you buy. The base line is upholstered in quality cloth, while the EX and above get quality leather upholstery. Upper level trims also add convenience and comfort features like two-zone auto climate control, heated seats for the front, power adjustable eight-way driver’s seat (including power lumbar), LCD gauges, automatically dimming rear mirror, rear camera, ambient interior lighting, and sunshades for the back seats.

High End and Optional Features

The EX and SX have tons of standard interior features, most of which can be added to lower trims as optional features. For example: panoramic sunroof, driver seat memory settings, upgraded eight-inch touchscreen display, ten-speaker Infinity surround-sound stereo, blind-spot monitoring system, navigation system, and ventilated front seats.

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2014 Kia Sorento & Subaru Forester Vehicle Comparsion NJ

As you consider your options in five-passenger SUVs, the Kia Sorento and Subaru Forester are top choices to consider. They’re both offered at around the same price point, and upon first glance, appear to be similar in many ways. A closer look reveals that one is the clear winner over the other. Read on to discover the many reasons why the Kia Sorento is topping critic’s lists.

The Kia Sorento

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2014 Kia Sorento

The style of the Kia Sorento is truck-ish looking, in the best possible ways. It looks strong, elegant, and rugged – and it is. The cockpit has been newly designed for 2014 to include more intuitive controls and the latest technology. Those who’ve test driven this vehicle in the past should give it another spin around the block, because these changes are significant and sure to impress.
Speaking of the latest technology, one of the most exciting features in the newest model is the standard blind spot detection system on every trim. The UVO eServices Infotainment System puts similar systems found in other vehicles to shame. Finally, consider that the first and second row seats are comfortable, roomy, and fully adjustable.

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The Subaru Forester

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2014 Subaru Forester

There are several features to recommend the Forester, but in the end it just isn’t enough. The cabin is tight and quiet, but there is no manual (Turbo) option, unlike with the Kia, and it doesn’t offer paddle shifters the way other similar models do. This is a simple vehicle that does OK for what it delivers, but it lacks the wow and pizazz that other similarly priced vehicles have that also include better standard features.
One of the biggest drawbacks of the Subaru Forester you’ll find is that the audio interfaces and electronic components are clumsy and not intuitively designed. You can get a much better equipped vehicle with the same budget, and you won’t have to deal with outdated technology.

Safety Scores Compared

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Both vehicles get a five out of five star rating in government crash tests, which may initially lead some to believe that they’re both equally safe. This is not true. The Kia scored a remarkable almost perfect score across the board: five out of five stars in 11 out of 12 testing categories. On the other hand, the Subaru came in well behind by earning perfect scores in only nine out of 12 categories. In both overall frontal barrier crash testing and frontal barrier crash testing for the front passenger, the Kia knocked the Subaru out of the park.

Standard and Optional Features

While it may initially look as though both vehicles are similarly priced, the reality is that the Kia comes in at a lower price point. The base Kia has more standard features, which means that to get the same features on a Subaru you’d have to spend more to add those as extra options. A great example is the blind spot detection system, which is standard on the Kia beginning at the SX level, but requires an upgrade on the Subaru.

Burlington Kia

Burlington Kia, one of the top New Jersey Kia dealers, is home to the 2014 Kia Sorento. Stop by and let the Kia experts answer all Sorento related questions you have and get behind the wheel for a test-drive, today!