Why Buy 2014 Kia Optima over the Dodge Dart

Car shopping includes comparing one model with another. When comparing other cars to the Kia Optima, the Dodge Dart is always brought up as an option. When you compare the two, you will see why the Optima is the better choice.

The Kia Optima

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Kia Optima

This mid-sized sedan comes in four trim packages: LX, EX, SX, and Limited.

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The 2014 Kia Optima LX comes with a standard package that includes 16-inch alloy wheels, full power accessories, and cruise control. The driver and passengers enjoy the six-speaker sound system complete with CD player, satellite radio, and an iPod/USB interface. Every Kia comes with front-wheel drive. The LX comes with a 2.4-liter engine capable of producing 192 horsepower and 181 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed automatic transmission comes standard.

With the optional Convenience package, the driver gets an eight-way adjusting seat, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, and a rearview camera. Everyone will enjoy the quieter front windows, Bluetooth audio connectivity, and the UVO voice command system.

The Dodge Dart

Dodge Dart

Dodge Dart

This four-door sedan offers five trim packages: SE, SXT, Aero, GT, and Limited.

The 2014 Dodge Dart SE comes standard with 16-inch steel wheels, cloth seats, power windows, and rear window defogger. The sound system offers a four-speaker system with CD player and MP3 player standard. The Dart SE has front-wheel drive like the Kia. It comes with a 2.0-liter engine capable of producing 160 horsepower and 148 pound-feet of torque. This Dodge comes with a six-speed manual transmission with overdrive available.

With the optional Convenience package, the car gets upgrades including air conditioning, keyless entry, remote USB port, speed control, steering wheel-mounted audio controls, and hands-free communication with Bluetooth-enabled phones.

Comparing the Two

The Kia Optima and the Dodge Dart are both four-door sedans, but in distinctly different classes. The Kia offers standard features that even the upgraded Dart cannot touch.

The power train and standard features of the two show the difference. The engine in the Optima offers 32 more horsepower compared to the Dart, as well as an additional 33 lb-ft of torque. The Kia offers a six-speed automatic transmission standard while the Dodge comes with a manual transmission instead. The basic Dodge model does not offer air conditioning, cruise control, or power locks. The Kia offers all those standard along with keyless entry, illuminated vanity mirrors, powered adjustable driver seat, and steering wheel-mounted audio controls.

The upgrades available in the Dodge’s Convenience package bring the Dart some of the features already standard in the Kia like air conditioning and wheel-mounted audio controls. The upgrades in the Kia’s Convenience package takes the Optima to an entirely new level with rearview camera and eight-way adjusting seat for the driver.

Conclusion

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Kia Optima

The 2014 Kia Optima is definitely the better choice when compared to the 2014 Dodge Dart. Give yourself the chance to experience the Kia difference yourself at Burlington Kia in Burlington, NJ!

 

 

2014 Kia Sorento & Hyundai Santa Fe Vehicle Comparison in NJ

Usually one of the hardest purchase decisions in a person’s life will be a vehicle. There are hundreds of different options at any given time, and there are many factors to consider such as looks, safety, size, and gas mileage. If you are looking for something in the mid-size SUV range, there are two vehicles to keep in mind during your car search – the Kia Sorento and the Hyundai Santa Fe. Two vehicles very similar to each other but with notable differences.

2014 Hyundai Santa Fe

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2014 Hyundai Santa Fe

Hyundai has been rising the ranks in reliability for many years now. When the Santa Fe hit the auto market in 2001 it was not remarkable for a mid-sized SUV. The 2014 differs incredibly from the first debut. The 2014 Hyundai Santa Fe offers an upgraded towing capacity with a decently sized engine. It has a 3.3 liter V6 cylinder engine and front-wheel drive. It comes with a 6-speed automatic transmission with SHIFTRONIC that allows drivers to change gears on demand, and plenty of horsepower under the hood to tow almost anything.
As far as safety features go, the Santa Fe offers 4-wheel ABS system with front, rear, and even third-row head airbags. It has plenty of seat anchors for child seat safety and has stability and traction control.

2014 Kia Sorento

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2014 Kia Sorento

In comparison, the Kia Sorento first debuted their mid-sized SUV in 2002, but it had already been perfected in the fine lines and aerodynamics found in Europe. Its entrance into the American car market struck many car buyers with envy. While American mid-sized SUV’s were more expensive and had poor fuel economy, the Kia Sorento offered an incredibly low price and a great fuel economy.
This brings us to the 2014 Kia Sorento that still has all of the great standard and optional features. It has a very similar engine to that of the Hyundai Santa Fe with the V6 6-speed automatic transmission that can also be manually shifted. It has a 191 horsepower engine, but it does not have all of the power that the Hyundai Santa Fe has to offer.

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2014 Kia Sorento Interior NJ

2014 Kia Sorento Interior

What it lacks in power it more than makes up for in fuel economy and room. With an estimated 26 miles per gallon, the little 2014 Kia Sorento can take you and your entire family anywhere you want to go, and still have enough gas for the return. If you choose the upgraded Sport version, you still have great fuel economy, but you also gain far more power at your fingertips to use when you need it.
The Kia Sorento features industry-wide safety features such as anti-lock brakes, airbags located in the front, side, and rear seating areas, as well as, stability control, and an electronic breaking mechanism. The best part? The Kia Sorento a lot cheaper than the Hyundai Santa Fe.

Conclusion

When it comes to shopping for a new vehicle, you do have to keep many factors and features in mind. Do you want Bluetooth enabled? Do you want pre-installed SiriusXM? Do you want options between the standard model and the Sport model? If you answered yes to any of these questions, the Kia Sorento would definitely be the choice for you. If you find yourself looking to shop around for a new 2014 Kia Sorento, head on down to the Kia dealership in Burlington to give one a test drive. We promise you will not be disappointed.

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.

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.

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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!

2014 Kia Optima & Ford Fusion Vehicle Comparsion NJ

On the surface, the Kia Optima and the Ford Fusion are fairly similar vehicles. Even though they have different manufacturers and countries of origin, both of these vehicles are popular midsize sedans with comparable aesthetics and price ranges at the base level. However, a closer look reveals that the difference between these two mainstays of the contemporary sedan market differ in some fairly significant ways.

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2014 Kia Optima

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2014 Ford Fusion

2014 Ford Fusion

Environmental Friendliness

These days the concern for an ecologically sound vehicle transcends the market for hybrid or electric cars. Many buyers of more traditional vehicles, like the Optima or the Fusion, are also interested in the environmental impact of their driving. For pure environmental impact, the Optima is the winner with 2.3 times less nitrogen oxide and carbon monoxide emitted per mile of driving. What this means is that Kia Optima drivers produce less smog and acid rain with their vehicles. Many environmental concerns are also economic concerns, and the Optima triumphs in this category as well. With a range of 629 miles for highway driving and 561 miles of city driving, the Kia wins out handily when compared to the Fusion’s 407 miles or 363 miles respectively.

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The Driving Experience

Even if you have the most efficient car in the world, it is not a good investment if you do not actually enjoy driving it. For power, the Kia Optima edges out the Ford Fusion with 274 horses compared with the Ford’s 175.

As far as handling is concerned, there are some subtle, yet notable differences, including a slightly lower turning radius on the Optima at 35.8 feet versus 37.6. The Optima also has about an inch less height, length, and width than the Fusion, with a curb weight that is lighter by 42 pounds. The Kia also has the distinction of coming with a rear spoiler and more room for the driver and front seat passenger. While these divergences are admittedly understated, they are significant when it comes to handling. Here again, the Kia provides a noticeably more responsive and agile handling experience.

Features

The Kia Optima and the Ford Fusion offer a similar set of features with a few distinctions that give the Optima the edge. Both sedans come standard with cruise control, front air conditioning, keyless entry, and power locks, mirrors, steering, and windows. However, while the Kia also comes with passenger side air conditioning and a keyless ignition, these are not even options for Ford Fusion buyers. Both the Ford and the Kia offer a set of safety features including anti-lock brakes, electronic stability control, traction control, and child door locks, but only the Optima includes active head restraints – a potentially lifesaving feature.

Conclusion

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Kia Optima

When comparing the Ford Fusion and the Kia Optima, it is easy to see that the Optima offers countless advantages both large and small. If you’re interested in a new Kia Optima in NJ, stop by Burlington Kia in Burlington, NJ, to ask any Kia Optima related questions you may have, as well as get behind the wheel for a test drive.

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