2015 Kia Soul Nappa Leather Package Review

Kia Soul InteriorIt is no secret that Kia is one of the best types of car on the road today. For all budgets, all styles and at all price points you see Kia motors really taking it to the competition. AutoTrader.com reports that Kelly Blue Book awarded Kia as “most affordable” in their 5 year cost of ownership ranking. Kia also ranked as the “Greenest” auto maker in the United States. And the accolades just keep rolling in. This in no small part has to do with their amazing ingenuity and perpetual inventiveness. So it goes for the Kia Soul Umber Package which comes with Nappa Leather inside.

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Umber: The Kia Soul Nappa Leather offering is one of the nicest Kia’s ever to roll off the lines. Kia Soul Umber is where the Nappa Leather begins. This leather is a really nice touch; stylish and stunning. The car is available in Fantom Blue or Cloud White exterior colors.

Shebang: Another level up from Umber is the Shebang Package. This level has got everything that the Umber package has with the Nappa Leather but adds in all kinds of other features. Pushbutton start, HID headlights, heated and ventilated front seats, and so much more are what lie in store for customers who go for the whole Shebang!

Base: Of course while both of these packages have the Nappa Leather you may be wondering what else you get in the base Kia Soul model. For 2015 the Kia Soul comes standard with a 1.6 liter four cylinder engine and six-speed manual transmission. It’s interesting that Kia Soul comes with manual transmission standard. However, if driving stick shift isn’t your thing, that’s no problem. The automatic transmission is available for an upgrade. However many drivers who’ve tested out the 2015 Kia Soul anecdotally report that they could totally see novices learning how to drive manual on this car. Even for experienced manual transmission driver, the Kia Soul offers them a challenging and engaged ride. Whether your needs are functional and pavement based or you have loftier expectations of auto adventures, Kia Soul has something for you. Another new feature for the 2015 Kia Soul base model is the Kia Uvo software. This software allows drivers to integrate smartphones inside the car. You can also use voice commands, get emergency assistance, and for a small up–charge, add in fog lights, backup camera, and automatic headlights.

Whatever your needs and whatever your aspirations, the Kia Soul is a great car for all drivers. If you would like to test drive the Kia Soul or any Kia and you are in or around the Burlington New Jersey area, partner up with the team at Burlington Kia!

Kia Luxury Vehicles Reviewed

Recently, Kia has made a huge push into the luxury market with the introduction of the two luxury sedans: Kia Cadenza and the Kia K900. Historically known for their no-frills, economical commuter cars, Kia, along with its sister company Hyundai, have stepped up the game, having since evolved into an elite automotive brand able to compete head-to-head with industry, such as Toyota, Nissan, and Honda. 

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Kia’s popularity and sales have increased exponentially over the past decade with an impressive new vehicle line-up that includes the best-selling Optima and Sorento. If you are reading this, you – like many others – are obviously intrigued about what Kia brings to the luxury table. The good news is that Kia has a lot to offer you. The new Kia Cadenza and K900 are both luxurious, powerful, and flashy. But are you wondering which is right for you? The following is a brief review of these two premier Kia luxury reviews:

Kia Cadenza

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  • Performance and fuel economy. This full-size luxury sedan has a powerful 3.3-liter V6 engine capable of pushing out over 290 horsepower with little sacrifice to its fuel economy ratings. Its six-speed automatic transmission offers prompt and smooth shifting, with a suspension that gives the feeling of driving across clouds. The EPA gave this big body car an impressive 19 city mpg and 28 highway mpg.
  • Interior. The Cadenza interior has a style that competes and exceeds that of many more expensive Mercedes-Benz models. Seating is especially comfort with standard leather upholstery and heated and cooled front seats, with the option of heated and cooled rear seats as well. The Kia Cadenza keeps the noisy world outside with an effective noise insulation design. This sedan comes standard with the KIA UVO system, one of the best peer-reviewed infotainment systems in the industry due to its intuitive menus and user-friendly controls. Additionally, the Cadenza includes an 8-inch digital touch screen, keyless entry, navigation, back-up camera, rear parking sensors, and an impressive 12-speaker Infinity surround-sound system.
  • Safety. State-of-the-art safety features set this luxury sedan well apart from other models in its class. The Kia Cadenza received top scores in all of its Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s crash test results. Its standard safety features include front, side, and rear head airbags, traction control, four-wheel ABS featuring brake assist, traction control, and electronic stability control. Unique advanced features include blind spot detection technology designed to prevent drivers from shifting into an occupied lane, a front lighting system that adapts to ambient light, and a superior cruise control feature that can help avoid collisions.

Kia K900

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  • Performance and fuel economy. This top-of-the-line sedan comes equipped with a monster 5.0-liter V8 engine capable of pushing out a jaw-dropping 420 horsepower. Its eight-speed automatic transmission offers smooth and efficient rear-wheel drive. While the V8 offers a 15 city mpg and 23 highway mpg, drivers can opt for a more fuel-economy model with a V6 engine offering 331 horsepower.
  • Interior. The K900’s exceptionally comfortable interior makes it a luxury car like none other. This sedan features a stylish inside that outfitted with soft-touch wood and matte sliver metal. Drivers can choose between black or white Nappa leather seats that can be automatically heated and cooled. The K900 comes standard with duel-climate control, LED ambient lighting, and a large touchscreen display.
  • Safety. The K900 offers the same safety features as the Cadenza, plus some. Additional safety features include advanced collision warning system, last-minute automatic braking, rear cross-traffic alert, and a surround-view navigational system.

For more information about the Kia Cadenza and K900 or to test drive one today, visit us at Burlington Kia.

Kia Active & Passive Safety Explained

Kia demonstrates a thorough devotion to safety by instilling vehicle models it produces with both active and passive safety features. Using the most advanced technologies available, Kia does everything possible to keep both driver and passengers as safe as possible regardless of the situation. Safety features of new Kia models are tested at the Kia Motors R&D Center, which is a recognized leader around the world in testing vehicle technologies such as ABS, VDC, and EBD.

The active safety system of Kia vehicles consists of vehicle features that prevent accidents by allowing the driver maximum control over the vehicle. Passive features come into play in the event of an accident by protecting passengers through the design of airbags, head rests, seatbelts, and more. Below are some characteristics of both the active safety and passive safety systems of Kia vehicles.

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Active Safety

Active safety features are constantly in use by a vehicle as it is driven, and they help prevent accidents from occurring. Vehicles systems that contribute to active safety include anti-lock braking systems, traction control systems, and brake assist systems.

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While the anti-lock braking system allows the driver to reliably bring the vehicle to a quick halt when necessary, even on slippery driving surfaces; the electronic brake-force distribution feature allows for optimal distribution of the power associated with braking and stopping a moving vehicle. Through the traction control system, vehicle designs allow greater control in the wheels of a vehicle and maximize a vehicle’s ability to accelerate and climb. The vehicle’s brake assist system works to shorten braking distances, and vehicle dynamic control increases security and stability by using engine torque and brakes to execute immediate stops and rapid turns. 

Passive Safety

Passive safety features come into play when an accident occurs and work to minimize damage to the vehicle and injury to passengers. Passive safety features that Kia models feature include twin front, side, and curtain airbags. Additionally, headrests are made safer through adjustable features, and all-round three-point seatbelts are made adjustable to accommodate passenger height. Many automated features that kick in when an accident occurs help to keep passengers safe, including automatic door unlocking in the event of impact. 

For Kia, passenger protection is a major priority, and this car manufacturer endeavors to go above and beyond safety requirements in each of the countries in which its cars are sold to also receive top ratings by vehicle safety authorities around the world. Kia tests its vehicles’ passive safety features using both computer simulations and actual crash tests. Computer simulations can allow vehicle manufacturers to test vehicles even when they are still in early stages of development. Both actual crash tests and computer simulations can be used to test vehicle performance in a wide range of accident scenarios. 

Kia’s dedication to safety can be seen in each of its vehicle models. To learn more about the specifics of individual models, contact  a NJ Kia dealer in your area. 

Is the 2014 Kia Soul for You?

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If you decide to become an owner of the Kia Soulyou’ll be able to enjoy driving a vehicle of true distinction. Even auto market experts have trouble classifying the Kia Soul. The Kia Soul’s distinct design makes it like nothing else out on the road. Its interesting design produces a vehicle that’s somehow spacious without being bulky. In the Soul, Kia designers have pulled off the impressive feat of creating a car design that is undeniably boxy yet is still somehow startlingly stylish. 

The large body of the Kia Soul means that the vehicle’s center of gravity is high. Although a vehicle with such a body type doesn’t typically offer phenomenal handling, the Kia Soul offers better control and response than one would initially expect. The Kia Soul lets the driver feel secure and in control even around fast corners, and the vehicle’s body is able to minimize discomfort or disturbance caused by an uneven driving surface.

Buyers of the Kia Soul can choose between two possible engine options: the 1.6 liter petrol engine and the 1.6 liter diesel engine. Although the diesel version offers improved fuel economy, the 1.6 liter petrol gets the job done. Other options on the Soul include graphics packs and 18 inch alloys for the vehicle’s wheels. The dashboard and seat trims of the inside of the Soul can be customized; however, the interior design that comes standard is by itself attractively designed.

One of the major attractions of the Kia Soul is the spaciousness offered on the interior. The interior of this vehicle offers an impressive amount of headroom and legroom, and even the tallest passengers should feel comfortable. A highly valued strength of the Soul is the fact that it offers a large body with plenty of room while still achieving an impressive gas mileage of 57 MPG.

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2014 Kia Soul EV Burlington NJ

As spaciousness is one of the major strong points of the vehicle, those considering the Soul should think about how many people they will need to transport in their vehicle on a regular basis. The vehicle can very comfortably fit four adults, and three children can comfortably fit in the vehicle’s back seats. Those who regularly need to transport groups of people- and wish to transport them in the utmost comfort- will want to strongly consider purchasing the Soul.

Of course, the roominess of the vehicle’s interior is not the only strength of the Kia Soul. This vehicle model has received accolades for its safety features, and it was distinguished by earning a 5-star safety rating from NHTSA and by being declared a top safety pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Some of the key safety features of the vehicle include dual front, side, and curtain airbags and both front and rear crumple zones. Drivers maintain maximum control of the vehicle thanks to the four-wheel antilock braking system and an electronic stability control system. The Kia Soul can be considered not only a safe car but also a decent choice financially. The ALG gave the Kia Soul its Residual Value Award to recognize the fact that the Soul will be less susceptible to losing value over time than other vehicle models. 

Residents of the Burlington area of New Jersey who are looking for more information regarding the possible purchase of a Kia Soul can contact Burlington Kia on West Route 130 South to learn more. 

Package Options on 2014 Kia Optima

Car shoppers in the Burlington, New Jersey area will have a difficult time choosing between the 2014 Kia Optima trim lines, because each of the five packages offers appealing features. Strolling through Burlington Kia’s displays, prospective Kia Optima buyers will find five trim lines: the Optima LX, Optima EX, jazzy Optima SX, the sporty Optima SX Turbo, and the Optima Limited.

Common to All 2014 Kia Optima Vehicles

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Many important features are common across the five packages. Some are for safety and performance:

  • Active eco system
  • Brake assist system
  • Dual front advanced airbags
  • Dual front seat mounted side airbags
  • Electronic brake-force distribution
  • Electronic stability control
  • Four-wheel disc brakes with antilock braking system
  • Front and rear crumple zones
  • Full-length side curtain airbags
  • Impact-absorbing steering column
  • Internal emergency trunk release
  • Lower anchors and tethers for children
  • Power door locks
  • Rear child-safety door locks
  • Side-impact door beams
  • Vehicle stability management

Some common features for all 2014 Kia Optima vehicles are meant to make the interior environment enjoyable for driver and passengers:

  • AM/FM/CD/MP3/SiriusXM audio system
  • Automated headlight control
  • Bluetooth wireless technology
  • Chrome finish exterior door handles
  • Cooling glove box
  • Cruise control
  • Dual body-color heated power mirrors
  • Dual chrome exhaust tips
  • Dual map lights and vanity mirrors
  • Front and rear bottle holders
  • Front seat back pockets
  • Front seat-belt pre-tensioners
  • Heated rear glass with timer
  • Hill start assist control
  • Interior lighting with delay
  • Locking fuel filler door
  • Mirror-mounted led turn signal indicators
  • Sixty-Forty split rear seat
  • Solar control glass
  • Steering wheel mounted audio control
  • Three-point seat belts for all seating positions
  • Tilt and telescopic steering column
  • Tire-pressure monitoring system
  • Traction control system
  • Trip computer
  • USB/auxiliary input jack
  • Variable intermittent windshield wipers

Whether for safety or to improve the driving environment, these small touches enhance your 2014 Kia Optima experience.

Kia Optima LX Features

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The baseline LX offers a peppy six-speed transmission with overdrive, 16-inch silver aluminum wheels, and a 2.4-liter I-4 engine. In addition, the LX buyer gets front fog/driving lights, a remote keyless entry system for all doors, and manual front air conditioning.

Kia Optima EX and SX Appointments

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In addition to the LX features, the 2014 Kia Optima EX also includes driver and passenger cooled and heated front seats, dual zone automatic front air conditioning, auto-dimming with HomeLink and compass, plus an express open and close sliding and tilting glass sunroof. The SX differs from the EX by having 18-inch aluminum wheels to the EX’s 17-inch wheels, carbon-fiber film accents, steering wheel paddle shifters, LED taillights and sport-tuned suspension.

Kia Optima SX Turbo

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The two vehicles at the upper end of the lineup both feature high-intensity discharge headlamps and 274-horsepower 2.0-liter I-4 turbocharged, gasoline direct injection engines. The 2014 Optima SX Turbo has all the features seen in the SX plus drive mode select.

Kia Optima SX Limited

The Kia Optima SX Limited features Napa leather seat trim and chrome accent side sills and rear spoiler. The Kia Optima SX Limited also sports power-folding outside mirrors, back-up warning system, front LED fog lights, a rear camera display and a voice-activated navigation system. Gloss black film accents and an electronic parking brake with auto hold are also standard in the SX Limited.

To learn more about features and accessories available on the 2014 Kia Optima lineup, contact us at Burlington Kia.

5 Reasons College Grads will Love the 2014 Kia Sorento

2014 Kia Sorento SX

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.

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New & Used Car Dealer near Northeast Philadelphia

Kia Dealer Northeast PhiladelphiaAfter you’ve decided it’s time to buy a new or new-to-you vehicle, it is very important that you choose the best dealership for your purposes. You won’t, for instance, want to be talked down to by “experts” who dazzle you with technical terms you don’t understand, or try to upsell you on a vehicle that’s too big, or too thirsty, for yourunique needs.

Ideal Dealership

Reputation is very important, but Philadelphia is a big city. The next best thing to a personal recommendation is to assess how the industry regards any outlet you’re thinking of doing business with. Two signs of trustworthiness and professionalism are when a dealership:

  • Is an authorized factory distributor (these are typically the only places to get factory rebates and incentives)
  • Is licensed to inspect and sell Certified pre-owned vehicles on behalf of a manufacturer

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Educate Yourself

Next, consider whether that dealership offers a comprehensive raft of services and amenities. Once you’ve purchased your vehicle, will you be able to maintain an ongoing association with the people you’ve done business with? Does the dealership have workshops, oil change bays, and the ability to deal with everything from a replacement tire to a complete engine overhaul?

With all that in mind, when you need a new and used car dealer near northeast Philadelphia, you need look no further than Burlington Kia!

About Burlington Kia

Burlington Kia is less than five miles from Northeast Philadelphia, PA, less than ten miles from Delran, NJ, less than 15 miles from Mount Laurel, NJ and less than 20 miles from Trenton, NJ.

Your key contacts at the dealership are Marcus DeAngelis, General Manager, Dane DiPaolo, General Sales Manager, and Michael Morris, Service and Parts Manager. All can be reached on (609) 386-7600.

Burlington KIA Dealership

From Northeast Philadelphia

According to the National Historic Landmarks Program, there are 67 National Historic Landmarks within Philadelphia; perhaps the most famous in northeast Philly is the Friends Hospital at 4641 Roosevelt Boulevard. Burlington Kia is located at 7 West Route 130 South in Burlington, New Jersey. To find the forecourt from the FriendsHospital:

  • Head southeast on Roosevelt Boulevard, toward Langdon Street
  • In 1.4 miles, turn right then immediately left, remaining on East Roosevelt Blvd
  • After one-third of a mile, turn right onto Robbins Street
  • In 1.6 miles, turn left onto Keystone Street, then make a slight right onto Levick Street
  • Continue straight on, as the road becomes State Route 73, signed “TaconyPalmyraBridge”
  • Cross the Delaware River and, after entering New Jersey, take the ramp signed “NJ-73 N/Trenton/Tacony Bridge”
  • In another quarter mile, make a slight right, merging onto US-130 N/Burlington Pike (signed “Cinnaminson/Trenton”)
  • In 10.8 miles, turn left onto High Street, then take the first left onto County Route 543

The dealership is on your right, and the entire journey covers less than 18 miles.


Why Cross the River?

That short journey could save you a lot of money. Burlington Kia typically keeps an inventory of more than 120 brand new Kia cars, SUVs, crossovers and minivans for your inspection; everything from the thrifty Kia Soul to the sporty and luxurious top-of-the-range Kia K900. The entire stock is available to test drive.

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Also on the lot is a constantly changing inventory of pre-used cars, trucks and SUVs, many of them certified used Kias. Naturally, the stock changes day by day, determined by what deals Marcus DeAngelis and his staff has been able to work out for other customers. Checking in regularly is the only way to be sure you don’t miss out on the bargain that’s ideal for your budget and your driving patterns.

Celebrate Earth Day in an Environmentally Friendly Kia

April 22, 2014 marks the 44th anniversary of Earth Day worldwide. What started as optimistic hopes of a flower-power culture in the United States has grown into a mainstream sensibility that we are all mere passengers on this planet and have a responsibility to care for it. 

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Earth Day Then and Now

In 1970, Americans used leaded gasoline to fuel V-8 engines powering steel cars manufactured in automobile plants freely and legally belching pollutants into the air. Today, nothing from that list appears anywhere on our landscape.

Green Cities

The Earth Day Network has designated Earth Day 2014 to emphasize its Green Cities campaign. This multi-pronged approach includes focusing on improving transportation, to make it more environmentally friendly. The Network seeks to improve emission standards in all areas of transportation. Some 23 percent of greenhouse gas emissions come from transportation, with road vehicles responsible for roughly 75 percent of that. 

Another focus for Earth Day 2014 is increasing mileage standards for road vehicles. With a projected 1.3 billion cars worldwide by 2020, every increase in mileage reduces greenhouse gases and extends limited resources. 

Your Role

Improving emission standards and increasing miles-per-gallon (MPG) standards are easily obtainable goals if you consider the environmentally friendly choices Kia offers. When you use your economic power to shop wisely at Burlington Kia, you show your support for ecological sustainability. 

Kia Optima Hybrid

The Kia Optima Hybrid has been delivering 34 MPG in the city and 40 MPG on the highways around Burlington for a while now, with a lot of satisfied fans. Its 2.4-liter, 159 horsepower, four-cylinder gasoline engine squeezes every drop of energy out of a fill-up. But switching to the lithium polymer battery drops fuel consumption to zero and keeps you moving on down the road to greener tomorrows. 

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Burlington Kia usually has at least one low-mileage, high-quality previously owned Optima Hybrid available, or they can help you find the earth-friendly car of your dreams. 

Arriving this spring, the Kia Optima Hybrid 2014 will make your Burlington neighbors green with ecological envy. Switching effortlessly between its 2.4-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine and its lithium batteries, the car knows when to deliver environmentally friendly electric vehicle (EV) power and when to give you the get-up-and-go you want for highway merges and snappy acceleration. 

Kia Soul EV

Arriving this fall, the Kia Soul EV (electric vehicle) has a high-tech battery, motor and gear drive to give you the lively driving experience you want while bringing your greenhouse gas emissions on the road down to zero. Plug in, charge up, and drive away. No need for special electric charging stations either since the Kia Soul EV can plug in anywhere. 

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The Kia Soul EV has a motor delivering 109 horsepower in near silence. With 210 foot pounds of torque and the ability to pre-heat or pre-cool the interior while still plugged in, this earth-friendly car will get you where you want to go in style and comfort. Don’t think you can wait until the fall? Check out the current line of Kia Soul at Burlington Kia.

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Longevity

Extending the useful life of a purchase helps the earth, too. Are you getting the most out of everything you buy? Buy a Kia with its 10-year, 100,000-mile warranty and you know you are investing in an ecologically sound automobile. Any Kia, whether electric, hybrid, or conventionally powered, is built to last. Driving a Kia for 10 years or more saves thousands of pounds of raw materials over replacing an old car every two or three years. Fuel efficient Kia cars also reduce greenhouse gas emissions and lower your carbon footprint. 

To learn more about Kia’s role in a greener earth, contact us at Burlington Kia today. 

2014 Kia Soul & Nissan Juke Vehicle Comparison

If you are looking for a vehicle that is spacious, fun to drive and delivers great features, then the 2014 Kia Soul and the Nissan JUKE are great options to consider. Here is a look at what each vehicle offers in features and how they compare to each other.

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2014 Kia Soul

The 2014 Kia Soul delivers sleek styling and sophistication. The exterior design features bold additions such as the chrome grille, dual-colored power mirrors and side fenders. Step inside to discover a spacious interior full of great touches of styling and entertainment. The 4.3 inch LCD display houses your gauges and driver information display at eye-level. Further, with the UVO eServices system, you can synchronize your phone, play Pandora Radio or access emergency features through voice commands.

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Along with great styling and technological additions, the Kia Soul delivers great performance and safety features. The Soul comes standard with the 1.6L, four-cylinder engine that delivers 130-horsepower and earns up to 30 miles per gallon on the highway. Kia also offers an engine upgrade if you want more power. Their other offering is the 2.0L, four-cylinder engine that generates up to 164-horsepower while receiving up to 31-highway mpg. Meanwhile, Kia loaded the new Soul with excellent safety features such as electronic stability control, side-impact door beams and Hill-Start Assist Control. The Soul also performed well in safety tests, earning a five-star overall crash safety rating from the NHTSA.

In comparison, the Nissan JUKE delivers an aggressive exterior design with enhancements such as the sculpted hood and muscular lines. The interior offers you great customized options like the Sport-Motorcycle Inspired Center Console. To help you experience the JUKE’s sporty handling, the Sport Bucket Seats fit well against your body to provide you with comfort while your vehicle zips around curves. Meanwhile, with the Integrated Control System, you receive a beautifully-designed driver interface where you can control the cabin’s temperature and switch between four different driving modes.

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2014 Nissan Juke

The Nissan JUKE backs up its sporty styling with great performance. This vehicle comes equipped with the 1.6L engine, which delivers an exhilarating 197-horsepower. To compliment this powerful engine, Nissan lowered the suspension on the JUKE to give you a more responsive driving experience. The JUKE also comes with great safety features such as the electronic brake force distribution and brake assist and the Nissan Advanced Air Bag System. These offerings combine to make the JUKE fun and safe to drive.

Overall, these two vehicles deliver a handsome array of great features. With this in mind, there are differences between the two models. The first difference is in price, as the 2014 Kia Soul starts lower than the Nissan JUKE. Another difference is in the front crashtest ratings. The Soul received a five-star rating while the JUKE received a four-star rating. Lastly, Kia offers a better warranty, as the Soul comes with a 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty compared to the 5-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty Nissan offers for the JUKE. These factors combine to make the 2014 Kia Soul the better buy.

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

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.