How Can I Know I’m Buying the Right Kia for Me?

right-decisionBuying a car is one of the biggest decisions that most people make and because most brands do not have return policies (at least not return policies like most other industries provide), many people put off buying a vehicle simply because they are not sure that they are making the right choice for their needs. How can you be sure, after just a little bit of research and a few test drives that you are making the right choice for you and your needs? The key is to work with a dealership that you can trust to have your best interests at heart. Instead of worrying about making a buck, they are concerned with helping get you into the right vehicle. Here’s what you need to do:

1. Figure out what you want a car for. Most people just want a car because it is the best way to get around, especially if you do not live in a big city. This might be your case, too. But in order to make sure that you are buying the right vehicle for your needs, you need to know what exactly you want that vehicle for. Are you going to drive around a lot of people (friends or family)? Are you going to be toting a lot of gear for sports or art projects? Or do you plan just on using your car for long distance trips and running errands? While many Kia vehicles can serve a number of different purposes, a sedan might work better for some buyers who just need a car to do grocery shopping or go on road trips, while an SUV is the better option for drivers that routinely need more space.

2. Get a good idea of your budget. Nothing conjures up buyer’s remorse faster than buying a car that you cannot ultimately afford. When deciding to buy a car, you will want to take a look at your finances, to make sure that you are capable of making the requested down payment and making your monthly payments. Whether you decide to buy or lease, there will still probably need to be some money put down for the vehicle and there will definitely be monthly payments that you need to make. You can talk to a salesman at our dealership to get a better idea of what you can afford or you can look on Kia’s website and use their payment calculator to determine how much the vehicles you are looking at are likely to cost you every month. This is also a good way to reduce the number of vehicles that you actually want to look at. You can eliminate the vehicles that you know are absolutely out of your price range.

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3. Choose a color. While you probably spend more time looking at the interior of your vehicle than the exterior, you are probably going to regret buying a car with an exterior color you hate, just to get an interior that you like. The color of the vehicle you choose says a lot about you and the vehicle itself. White is professional and stylish, while black is sleek and classic. Red and blue are a little bit more fun, while colors like green or yellow are a little more quirky. One of the reasons many people buy a vehicle they do not love the color of is because the color they do want is not on the dealership’s lot when they arrive to buy a vehicle. Don’t let a salesman talk you into buying a vehicle that is not the exact color you want it to be. Most dealerships have the capability to find that car at a neighboring dealership and get it for you within a couple of days, if not hours.

4. Consider your neighborhood and your environment. One of the biggest mistakes you can make is buying a sedan when you live in a rural area that is often plagued by muddy roads. While a sedan might look great in your driveway, if it is always going to be difficult to get out of your driveway and out onto a paved road, you are probably going to regret that decision eventually. Considering where you live and its environment is an important part of buying a vehicle. If you cannot use that vehicle for half of the year because of the terrain and its conditions, it is probably a good idea to buy a different vehicle that is more rugged. This goes the other way, too. While an SUV might be the style you are looking for, if you live in the city, you might never have an opportunity to utilize all of the expensive features you have paid for and you might eventually regret paying for them.

5. Consider your future. Are you planning on getting married or having kids in the near future? If so, a small sedan with a cramped backseat might not be the best option. On the other hand, if you are not planning on expanding your family any time soon, a minivan or an SUV might providing you with too much room, room that you simply do not need. Taking a little bit of time to think about how this vehicle will serve you as your life changes over the next few years is a good way to make sure you are buying a vehicle that is really going to fit your needs not just now, but in the future, too.

Top 10 Car Buying Myths

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There are a lot of misconceptions about the car buying process and what you can expect when you show up on a lot like ours to buy a car. If you’re thinking about buying a new car, knowing what these car buying myths are and why they’re myths can help you have a much smoother, much faster car buying experience. Here are the top 10 myths about car buying that everyone believes but are totally bogus:

1. Extended warranties are just one more way for the dealership to make money.

Many people who come to our Kia dealership believe that we’re trying to milk every single dollar out of them that we can. In reality, all we’re trying to do is make sure they get the best deal on a car that is properly protected. Kia already has an amazing warranty program, but when we’re offering you an extension or promotion, this isn’t just to get more of your money. A warranty can save you from having to pay for some of the most expensive repairs (like for a new transmission). Paying for a new or longer warranty should ultimately save you money in the long run.

2. Kelley Blue Book knows all the most accurate prices.

KBB is a good place to start, there’s no doubt about that. However, Kelley, unfortunately, isn’t the be-all, end-all when it comes to car prices, especially if you’re not looking at an updated prices list and new models have been sent out to lots. The best way to find the average price of cars in your area is to look at dealerships and talk to salespeople to see what they are offering their cars at. Our dealership and other dealerships in the area do extensive pricing research before tacking any price onto our cars.

3. You should never buy a car if this is its first model year.

This is advice often dispensed to people who are looking for new cars, and it’s just not true. Today’s car manufacturers would not send a car out to lots if it wasn’t fit to drive and wasn’t just as valuable as the other cars on that lot. This isn’t the age of the Ford Pinto any longer—every model goes through extensive safety, reliability, and performance testing before they are sent out to be sold, and if there’s ever a problem, recalls are always issued.

4. Online reviews are always to be trusted.

Here’s a secret about online reviews: the only people who leave online reviews without being prompted to are those who either love the car more than anything else they’ve ever driven or those who have problems with the car. That is why you’ll usually see a swath of extremely good reviews, and another swath of very bad reviews, with very few middle of the road reviews in between. Don’t just trust the rabble of reviewers. You need to look at official car reviewing websites (where cars are evaluated and reviewed by professionals).

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5. You don’t need to test drive.

More and more often, we find people coming onto our lot who have done their homework and know what car they want to buy. That’s great! Some of them, however, don’t even want to test drive the car before they purchase it. They’ve read about how it drives, and they think they’re ready to make a purchase. You won’t truly know if you’re ready to buy a particular make or model until you’ve actually taken it out on the road, that’s just a fact.

6. If you pay in cash, you’ll get a better deal than if you finance.

If you have cash on hand to pay for your new Kia, you might as well just pay for it outright. However, if you don’t have cash on hand to pay for that new car and you have to finance, that doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re going to pay thousands more for that car than if you bought it with cash. Most of the time, a dealer will be more willing to negotiate if you are financing than if you are just flat-out going to pay for the car right then and there.

7. There’s a secret lower price that you can pay if you just ask for it.

Some people arrive on a lot to buy a car believing that all of the cars have been grievously marked up—much higher than their actual price—and that if you just ask for the secret lower price, you’ll be able to get that same car for an astounding deal. The truth is that there is no secret lower price. Car salespeople are ready to negotiate, but they’re not going to be able to sell you a car for lower than the invoice.

8. You can get a better deal online than in person.

While we might occasionally run a special on our website, you still have to come into the dealership in person to get that deal. Plus, there are usually many more promotions and deals available than are listed on the website.

9. You should secure your own financing.

There’s nothing inherently wrong with bringing your own financing, but as a dealership, there are financiers that we prefer working with because they give our buyers better rates, which allow us to offer better discounts. If you are buying a car on financing, it’s probably better to come in and check out our financing options.

10. The end of the month is the best time to buy a car.

Many “car buying tip” listicles with include a point about waiting until the last weekend of the month to purchase a car because the salesperson will be more desperate to make their quota. However, in general what you’ll find is a lot with fewer choices and that the best deals have already passed you by.

Benefits of Buying New over Buying Used

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It’s very tempting to buy a used car. We have a great used lot that has lots of excellent vehicles on it—some are Kia vehicles, others aren’t. There’s no doubt that in many situations, the right thing to do is to buy the used the car. However, in the long run, there are plenty of reasons to opt for a new vehicle, rather than to pay nearly the same price for a car that has already been driven by someone else. Here are just some of the benefits of buying a new car over a used car:

No Shady History

While there are websites that both you and your dealership can use to check on a used car’s history, those websites will only show you the information that has been reported on that VIN. There are many situations in which accidents and repairs are not reported on that vehicle, meaning that neither you nor your dealership will know about them. While this is usually not a huge a problem (it’s relatively rare that a serious problem does not get reported one way or another), it is possible for a used to car to come with a shady history.

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One of my best friends posted of Facebook just last week about how excited she was for the used Toyota Corolla she’d just purchased. The next day, she was posting about how she had to turn the car over to the police and get her money back because they’d discovered the car had been stolen and the VIN changed. There is a much smaller chance of that happening when you buy new than when you buy used.

Longer Life

If a car only has twenty years of to live (this is a generalization, many cars, when properly maintained, will run perfectly for far longer than twenty years), and you buy a five-year-old used car, you may only have fifteen years with that car. However, if you bought a new car, you’d have the full twenty years. While the lower price may sometimes justify this trade-off, because you can never really know everything that happened to or was done to that car while it was owned by someone else, in general, the new car is the more cost-effective investment.

Better Features

Even in just the last two years, car technology has advanced so quickly that the difference between a Kia you could buy in 2013 and a Kia you can buy on our lot today is staggering. There are cars with parking assist, with backup cameras, cars that will actually break for you or avoid danger, that will warn you when you’re leaving a lane, that have advanced entertainment features, etc., etc. Many of these features were available on a car two years ago, but you would have had to pay through the nose for them.

Today, many of the features that were considered luxury are now the standard. This means that if you buy a car that is two years old, you probably will be lacking most of the newer features. For some, this may be a bonus. Maybe you don’t want a touch-screen infotainment system. If you do, however, you’ll still have to pay the higher prices to get the higher trim model on the used lot. Or, you could just buy the new car that has all of those features standard.

Reliability

Today’s cars are also more reliable than they were even five years ago. You have far higher likelihood of having to deal with a serious car issue sooner when you buy used than when you buy new. New cars are unlikely to give you any trouble at all in their first four years, and only minor issues after that, if you keep them well-maintained. Older cars are more prone to breaking down, draining batteries, having engine issues, etc. It’s a difference in how cars are made and in how much that car has been used before it gets to you.

Long Term Savings vs. Upfront Savings

The most basic difference between a new car and a used car is this: long term savings or upfront savings. When you buy a used car, you do get a cheaper initial cost. You will probably also spend more on repairs, gas, insurance, maintenance, etc. over the time that you own that car. Gas mileage and reliability both start to drop off as the car ages, so if you buy an older car, you are already much closer to that drop-off date than if you buy a new car.

On the other hand, new cars cost more initially, but they will also save you money on insurance, gas, and maintenance, especially in the first five years. Because you are the one and only owner of that car, you have control over what kind of care it gets, which can seriously elongate the vehicle’s life. If you buy a car that has already been through someone else’s hands, you have no control over what has already been done to that car.

If you’re set on buying a used car, either to save money or simply because you would prefer an order car without all of the bells and whistles, make sure to shop around, test drive, and learn about the individual and model histories of the cars you are thinking about purchasing. If you’re not sure which is a better option for you, come into our Kia dealership and let us discuss the costs and benefits of each for your specific situation.

Why Spring Is the Perfect Time to Buy a Kia

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The groundhog might have said six more weeks of winter, and though we just had our “Snowmageddon 2015,” spring is right around the corner. Here at Kia Dealers NJ, we are getting ready to open up a new facility for the Burlington Kia Store and are starting our spring cleaning process, just like most of you are. Spring is a great time to buy a new car, especially at our New Jersey Kia dealership. If you are looking for a new car, here are eight reasons you should buy a Kia this spring.

1. Easier to get the model you want.

The new 2016 models will start rolling onto our lots in late summer, and early fall. If there is a 2015 that you are in love with, spring is the perfect time to buy one, before they start to be pushed out by newer models. Each model year brings slight changes to the style, color options, and technology available in our Kia vehicles, so if you want a 2015 model, spring is the perfect time to buy.

2. You’ll have your tax refund in hand.

Having a little bit of extra cash in the bank can make it easier to get the vehicle that you want. Once you find the car that you love, you won’t have to worry about whether or not you can make the down payment. Your tax refund may be more than enough to cover that down payment, or at least offset it. And because we have great financing options, after-tax season is a great time to make a car purchase.

3. A Kia makes a great graduation present.

With financing options and individualized payment plans, buying a Kia vehicle is now more affordable than ever. Many parents at least want to help their graduate buy a car, as a reward for completing either high school, university, or a post graduate degree. A car can help that child move into the next stage of his or her life, and a Kia is a great investment in that future. Kia offers the best warranties and protection programs out of any other manufacturer, and all of the models are built to last. It’s the most worry-free car purchase you can make. You’ll be secure knowing that even if something does go wrong, that car is covered.

4. Shopping early has its advantages.

Most people save their car buying for the summer or fall, as those new models hit the lot. While this is great if you want one of those new models, shopping early in the year does have its advantages. Kia vehicles are loaded with new technology ever year, but if you’re not interested in having a touch screen navigation system in your vehicle, shopping early in the year will mean being able to find a more basic model, before all of the older models are cleared off the lots to make room for the newer ones.

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5. More attention from our salespeople.

Because more people shop during the summer and fall months, for those who hate shopping on a crowded lot or have lots of questions and need lots of help when picking a Kia, shopping during the spring definitely has its benefits. Fewer people on the lot means less competition for you—you don’t have to worry about that other couple who’s looking at the same Optima. While we always try to give each person our undivided attention, with fewer shoppers, the entire buying process will be faster and more convenient for you during the summer.

6. Break in the car before winter.

One of the disadvantages of buying a car in winter is having to spend those first months driving in the year’s most dangerous conditions. When you buy in spring, you have almost a full year before any snow falls, which gives you plenty of time to learn your Kia’s quirks and get used to how your particular model behaves, before you have to deal with any real inclement weather.

7. Great time to buy used.

The winter usually brings an influx of used vehicles onto our lot, as individuals trade in their old cars to offset the cost of buying a new car for the Christmas season. That means, come spring, our used showroom will be ripe for the picking. Especially when you shop at our New Jersey Kia dealership, you’ll find high-quality used vehicles—all year long, yes, but especially in the spring. If you want to buy a new car, but don’t want a “new” car, spring is great for shopping used.

8. Less expensive.

If you buy a car at the beginning of winter, you will also usually have to buy a set of snow tires and make sure that your vehicle is fully outfitted for the onset of winter—which can be expensive. On the other hand, if you buy during the spring, you usually don’t have to buy any extra accessories, until the end of the year. You’ll already have brand new windshield wipers (because the car is brand new) and you won’t need snow tires for at least eight months.

Buying a car is a big decision, whether you can pay cash, or whether you choose our most flexible payment plans. Kia endeavors to make the decision as easy as possible, by making sure that their cars have the guarantees and warranties to cover just about everything. Spring should be a time of new things and new experiences; buying a Kia is a great way to gain mobility in your life, without the worry that usually comes along with car buying.

Why Coming to the Dealership is Better than Shopping for Your Kia Online

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Most people start their car buying process online, looking at the Kia website in order to find their new car. While the internet is a great place to start, especially if you want to narrow down the list of cars you want to see to ones in your price range and that have the features that you want, coming to the Kia dealership is always the best way to really get a good idea of which Kia is right for you. Here’s why:

1. Test drives

Test driving is really the only way you can be sure you’ve found the right car for you. Looking at the car online is one thing, but you won’t really know how it looks and feels until you’re actually sitting in the car. You may love how a car looks, but if you’re not a fan of how it drives, it’s not the right car for you. And the only way you can really make this determination is by driving it. Additionally, the models on the Kia website are not always the same models that we have on the lot. Each car on our lot comes with unique features and trims.

2. In-person consultations

One of the biggest benefits of coming into our dealership is talking to one of our staff. While you might have a good idea in your head about what kind of Kia you want, our salesmen are trained to listen to what you want in a car and present the make and model that best fits your needs. On occasion, we’ll have someone come onto the floor who is sure that they want an SUV, but ends up walking away with a sedan. Because our staff have intimate knowledge of our cars, they’re more able than a website to help you find the exact right vehicle.

3. Find cars in your price range

The price that’s listed on Kia’s website is rarely the price that you’ll find at the dealership. We often have our own sales and specials that can make finding the right car even more affordable. And you can’t haggle with a website. You can haggle with us (though we don’t think you will need to). We know that your goal is to find a great car that’s well within your budget, whether you’re looking to buy or lease. While both the main Kia website and our website can give you a good idea of what a vehicle might cost, only when you come to the dealership can we give you a firm number.

4. See what’s feasible

We’re lucky in New Jersey, to never be too far from the things that we need or want. In some places, the cars that they have on the lot are the only cars that the customers can choose from. If we don’t have the right car, in the right trim or in the right color, we will find it for you. We can usually find just about any color and trim and get it to our dealership in a couple of days.

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5. More relevant information

While the website will give you plenty of great information about the gas mileage and the engine, when actually looking at cars, one of our staff can tell you about all the other features of that particular make and model. For example, if you want a car with a great stereo system or a quiet ride, actually seeing the car in person and talking to a salesman that really knows those cars is the only way to find one that really fits your criteria.

6. Fewer compromises

The Kia website can only show you a very narrow set of vehicles. In reality, the range of vehicles that come to our showroom and to our lot are diverse and are designed to appeal to a wide variety of buyers. This huge variety to choose from means you don’t have to compromise a great sound system for a quiet ride or more trunk space for a roomier cabin. While we do list all of our cars online, the only way to really see what we have in our showroom and on the lot is to visit us in person.

7. Pictures rarely do the car justice

Even if you’ve already honed in on the exact vehicle or vehicles you want to drive, coming to our Kia dealership can seal the deal. We love working both with customers who aren’t sure what they want and with those that know exactly what they want. If you’ve spent a little bit of time looking at the cars online, it’s still a good idea to come and sit in and test drive them. You won’t get to see all of the little features and quirks of a car until you’re talking with a knowledgeable salesman and physically sitting in the car.

8. Financing and payment plans

Again, there are online calculators that will help you estimate your monthly costs for a specific vehicle, but only when you’re ready to buy, sitting in our showroom can we tell you what your financing options and payment schedule could look like. There are many factors that go into your financing options and payment schedule, and discussing them in person is always the best policy, especially if you want to get a great price and a reasonable payment schedule.

Some people like to do as much car shopping online as they can before coming into our dealership. Others try to cut the dealership out altogether! We still believe that actually coming to our showroom is the best way to get the right car at the right price.

Breakdown of 2015 Kia Sedans

Although Kia has five new sedans out for 2015, the full-size luxury sedan that is really turning heads is the 2015 Kia K900. This car is such a thrill to drive that Kelley Blue Book recently named the Kia K900 the best value in its class.

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Kia K900

2015 Kia K900 New JerseyTo start with the K900, this is Kia’s most committed effort to producing a luxury sedan that rivals the likes of Lexus and BMW.

The 2015 Kia K900 gets an astounding 420 horsepower from a 5.0 liter, V8 engine. The K900 starts at under $60,000 and includes ventilated seats, Kia’s smart key, and rear seat controls. Kia’s smart key is approximately the dimensions of an ATM card and allows you to start the Kia K900 remotely.

A multimedia control system, SiriusXM satellite radio, and park assist are a few of the features that make the Kia K900 really special.

Kia Optima

2015 Kia Optima New JerseyThe 2015 Kia Optima has a starting MSRP of under $22,000 and gets excellent fuel economy. The Kia Optima gets 34 miles per gallon (MPG) on the highway and 23 MPG in the city.

An updated metallic grille and a sculpted rear heighten the Kia Optima’s sleek aesthetic. The Kia Optima features the best Kia has to offer in the way of audio – the 2015 Kia Optima offers a Bose surround sound audio system with a subwoofer and SiriusXM radio compatibility.

Bluetooth wireless connectivity, steering-wheel mounted controls, and remote keyless entry all make the 2015 Kia Optima a real pleasure to drive.

Kia Forte

2015 Kia Forte New JerseyThe 2015 Kia Forte is known for being an incredibly versatile and affordable compact car that gets excellent fuel economy.

The Forte gets an astounding 39 miles per gallon on the highway and 26 miles per gallon in the city.

With features like Kia’s UVO infotainment center, cruise control integrated into the steering-wheel mounted controls, push-button start, and Bluetooth wireless, the 2015 Kia Forte gives you a ton of tech features at a fantastic price.

Leather seat trim and a ten-way adjustable, power driver’s seat are two available features on the new Kia Forte.

Kia Rio

 2015 Kia Rio New JerseyThe Kia Rio comes in a four-door sedan and five-door hatchback styling for 2015. Both the 2015 Kia Rio and Kia Rio five-door are priced under $14,000 and feature phenomenal gas mileage. The Kia Rio gets a combined 31 MPG.

The Kia Rio features a push-button and smart key as an available option and features a fuel-saving ECO system as well as steering-wheel mounted controls as standard options across all three Kia Rio trims.

Kia Cadenza

2015 Kia Cadenza New JerseyThe 2015 Kia Cadenza gives you 28 highway MPG and 19 city MPG along with luxury appointments like Nappa leather seat trim, heated front seats and even a heated steering wheel.

Power-folding outside mirrors and a sound-absorbing windshield that reduces road noise in the cabin are some of the unique features that make the Kia Cadenza such a great full-size sedan.

Voice-command navigation integrated into an eight-inch display, let alone the 12-speaker Infinity Surround Sound audio system, are part of the reason Kia Cadenza owners are so pleased with their purchase.

In fact, the Kia Cadenza was recently rated the top large car in initial quality by J.D. Power and Associates.

2015 Kia Optima vs Ford Fusion

Vehicle comparisons are very helpful when you are in the process of buying a new car. Comparisons give you another level of knowledge to use during your decision-making process. They are especially helpful when you have narrowed your decision down to just a few cars. This comparison will help you as you look at the 2015 Kia Optima and the 2015 Ford Fusion. Both vehicles are considered to be mid-sized sedans with some wonderful features that will increase your driving pleasure. Let’s take a look.

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The 2015 Kia Optima is a sharp-looking sedan that is wonderfully aerodynamic. This sleek four-door vehicle was manufactured with technological advances that will create an entirely different driving experience for its owner. The advance technology not only extends to interior mechanisms such warning systems, it also encompasses technologies associated with performance and safety.

The 2015 Ford Fusion is a car that is built to be efficient in every aspect. Like the 2015 Kia Optima, the Fusion also has technological advances because of which you can enjoy a ride that is all your own. Its advances in performance and design create a vehicle that is comparable to the 2015 Kia Optima. The numbers, however, reveal the better of the two.

The 2015 Kia Optima and the 2015 Ford Fusion have similar mechanical features. These four-wheel drive vehicles have similar engine size and base engine. The Kia Optima fuel capacity and fuel economy are better than that of the Ford Fusion. Bluetooth is standard on both vehicles. Power seats are standard on the Kia Optima, but not on the Ford Fusion.

2015 Kia Optima Interior NJ

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As far as safety is concerned these two vehicles both provide the same safety features with the exception of emergency road service. This is optional on the 2015 Kia Optima, it is not offered for the 2015 Ford Fusion. The warranties for these vehicles are also quite different. You receive much more from the basic warranty and the drivetrain warranty of the Kia Optima than you do with the Ford Fusion. This is one feature that can make or break a purchasing decision.

Overall, even though these two cars are very similar in style and performance and in technology and safety, the numbers insist that the 2015 Kia Optima is the better vehicle when compared to the 2015 Ford Fusion. It has a better fuel economy which is very important because of the high and fluctuating gas prices. The technology and safety features are better and the security of the warranties trump that of the 2015 Ford Fusion. The 2015 Kia Optima is certainly the better vehicle overall.

If you want to test drive a new 2015 Kia Optima, visit your local Kia dealer in Burlington Township, NJ today!

2014 Kia Soul vs Nissan Cube Vehicle Comparison

The 2014 Kia Soul comes in the Base model as well as the Plus and Exclaim. The 2014 Nissan Cube comes in two models – the 2014 Nissan Cube S and Cube SL.

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2014 Kia Soul vs. Nissan Cube

Engine Comparison 

The Kia Soul Base has a 1.6 liter engine that cranks out 130 horsepower whereas the Nissan Cube S’s 1.8 liter engine only gets 122 horsepower. The Kia Soul features a six-speed automatic engine with overdrive. The Soul’s engine is gasoline direct injected.

The Nissan Cube’s engine, on the other hand, features a Nissan direct injection system with a six-speed manual transmission and a continuously variable valve timing control system. The Kia Soul has a similar, dual continuously variable valve timing (CVVT) system under its hood.

Both the Kia Soul and Nissan Cube feature 16 valve, 4 cylinder engines. The Kia Soul Base gets great fuel economy at 30 miles per gallon (MPG) on the highway and 22 MPG in the city. The Nissan Cube’s fuel economy amounts to 30 MPG on the highway and 25 MPG in the city.

Tech Features 

The Kia Soul features XM radio across all three models as well as a six speaker audio system with mounted tweeters standard. Speaker lights, voice command navigation and a Bose audio system upgrade are all optional features on the Kia Soul Plus and Exclaim.

That said, Bluetooth wireless connectivity, a USB port, auxiliary jack and steering wheel mounted controls are all standard features across all three models of the 2014 Kia Soul. A trip computer, remote keyless entry and FlexSteer are also standard features.

The updated key fob on the 2014 Kia Soul allows you to open and secure the Soul with the push of a single button; additionally, you can now tuck the key into the key fob for easy transportation and convenience.

The Nissan Cube offers similar, illuminated steering wheel mounted controls and a six speaker audio system with 1.5-inch tweeters. A speed sensitive volume control and auxiliary input for your audio devices is standard on the 2014 Nissan Cube.

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2014 Kia Soul Interior Dash Philadelphia

Safety Features 

The 2014 Nissan Cube offers a dual-stage front airbag system as well as side supplemental airbags for the driver and front passenger. Three-point seat belts for all seating positions are standard on the 2014 Nissan Cube S and Cube SL.

Buckling creases in the hood ensure that the Nissan Cube takes the brunt of the impact upfront without endangering any passengers. An innovative traction control system on the 2014 Nissan Cube in addition to child safety locks in the rear and a tire pressure monitoring system ensure that your drive is a safe one.

The 2014 Kia Soul, alternatively, provides dual-stage advanced airbags in the front and full-length side curtain airbags. Three-point seat belts for all seating positions is also a safety asset on the 2014 Kia Soul.

Kia’s four-wheel antilock breaking, a stability control system, side-impact door beams and hill start assist control all translate to more safety. The hill start assist control system, in particular, ensures that the car doesn’t backslide while negotiating a steep incline.

Interior Dimensions 

In terms of front and rear headroom, the Kia Soul matches up well to the Nissan Cube. The 2014 Kia Soul features 39 inches of front and rear headroom whereas the Nissan Cube features around 42 inches of front headroom and 40 inches of rear headroom.

The larger issue when deciding between these two vehicles is how much importance you place on features like remote keyless entry and Bluetooth.

Come visit Burlington Kia today to test drive the new 2014 Kia Soul.

2015 Kia Optima & 2014 Kia Optima Model Comparison

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

2014 Kia Optima vs. 2015 Kia Optima 

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

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

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

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

Performance and Structural Differences in 2015 Kia Optima 

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

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

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

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

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

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. 

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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.