What Features Your New Car Needs to Have

car featuresIf you’ve never bought a car before, you might not know what features you want your new car to have. How do you determine what you really need in a car if you’ve never owned one before? When you visit
our Kia dealership (or our sister dealerships in Burlington and Allentown), you will find helpful salespeople that are just waiting to answer your questions and help you find the right car for you. Still, having a good idea of what you are looking for in a vehicle even before you come to our showrooms can be helpful. Here are some of the most important features for your new car:

1. Cruise control – Are there still vehicles on the market that do not come with cruise control? While every model will boast cruise control, some brands’ lower trim levels will not include it standard. They may offer you the ability to add it aftermarket, but, from our experience, this is never a good option. It will be buggy and neigh unto useless from the moment it is installed. Luckily, when you shop with Kia, you will be able to find cruise control even on the lower trims of all of our models. This is just a small bit of software that controls your electronic throttle to give you a little more speed or ease off the speed to keep you going a constant speed on the road. Kia also has a system called adaptive cruise control, that actually sense if there are obstacles (like cars going at a slower speed than you are) in front of you and automatically slows your speed to match that obstacle’s.

2. Four wheel drive – This is a situational feature. If you are an avid outdoorsman who wants to be able to handle any kind of terrain, four wheel drive is probably a necessary feature for you. Even if you just live at the end of a dirt road, you might find that you need four wheel drive to get to work on a rainy morning. There are lots of uses for four wheel drive, but the average commuter will not encounter them on a daily or even yearly basis. That said, if you know that you are frequently in situations where you need four wheel drive, it can definitely be a great feature to look for as you shop for vehicles. Even just cities that get lots of rain and occasionally have flooding might require four wheel drive, allowing you to get around, even when the streets are slick or packed with debris.

3. Heated seats – Do you live somewhere where it gets cold? If so, then you probably want to have heated seats. This might be considered a luxury by some, but it is a necessity for others, especially those who are easily chilled and find that a car’s heaters do not necessarily bring the cabin up to an acceptable temperature fast enough. Seat heaters might not be at the top of your list, but if you get cold and you want to be able to get warm as quickly as possible, this is a great feature.

4. Towing hitch – Do you ever need to tow anything? If so, you might want to look out for a vehicle that has a towing hitch. Even sedans can tow things nowadays, but if you are going to be doing a lot of towing (if you have a trailer, for example, that you take out every weekend to go camping), you probably will want a sturdier vehicle that is designed for towing. Just about every brand will have a vehicle that has the wherewithal to tow. On the other hand, if you can’t imagine a situation wherein you would need to tow something, you might want to mention this to your salesperson and let them know you don’t want to pay the little bit extra that these tow hitches add to the price of a vehicle.

5. Automatic transmission – Just about the only brand that offers manual transmission standard these days is Jeep. Every other brand is probably going to offer just automatic transmissions or manual transmissions only on special order form the factory. Automatic transmissions are more fuel efficient and are easier to drive. While some people prefer shifting their gears manually, it’s almost always better to let the car take care of the shifting. Unless you are shopping at a brand that still offers plentiful manual transmissions options, the automatic transmission is probably going to be your only option and you won’t have to worry about requesting it specifically.

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6. A third row of seats – Do you have a large family (or children that often need to be separate from one another) or lots of friends that you like to drive around? If so, you might want to look for vehicles that have an extra row of seats. Some models will have this option available, depending on which trim level you are looking at. A third row of seats can be a great way to get more people into your car safely or to separate squabbling children and given them all their very own space.

7. Navigational system – Just about every brand is now offering a navigational system in their vehicles, which can be extremely useful for finding your way around unfamiliar neighborhoods or in states and cities you’ve never been to before. While you might have an app on your smartphone that does this, too, a navigational system built right into your vehicle is the best way to get that vehicle where you want to go.

The Best Kia Models for College Students

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9 Great Things about Owning a Kia Vehicle

There are lots of different car brands to buy from. When you’re searching for a vehicle to buy, they might all start to blend together. What really makes on brand different from another brand? Does it really matter which brand you ultimately buy from? It does matter. What each brand has to offer you is going to vary based on that brand and its commitment to making quality products. Here are nine of the best things about buying a Kia:

1. Good value for the price – Looking at Kia’s lineup of vehicles, one of the first things you will notice is that most of them are less expensive than comparable vehicles from other brands. You get everything you get when you buy from another brand, but you get it a lower price. This goes for our higher-end, luxury vehicles too. This provides you with two options, you can either buy a lower priced vehicle and save your money or you can spend the same amount you would have spent at another brand, but you will get a better car, with more features, than you would have gotten had you chosen a different brand.

2. Better warranties – There is just about no other brand in the industry right now that can offer you a better warranty than what you get when you choose Kia. Kia had one of the very first ten-year, 100,000 mile warranties and is still offering great warranties to their buyers. The length of these warranties proves how much Kia believes in their vehicles, especially when you consider that most vehicles, at most, have a five year warranty, with some brands offering as few as three years for a warranty.

kia optima hybrid3. Environmentally friendly options – If you want to buy an environmentally friendly vehicle, Kia is a great brand to purchase from. Not only do our sedans and SUVs have some of the best gas mileage in their classes, we also offer a Kia Optima Hybrid and a Soul EV that are both actually affordable and will save you gas—or make it possible to never buy gas again. If you’re interested in something a little more environmentally friendly, whether you just want to save at the pump or you want to do your part to protect the environment, we have a great option for you.

4. Premium styling and design – When you buy a less expensive car, you might think that you are going to buy something that looks and feels cheap. The opposite is actually true when you own a Kia vehicle. Just as much time has gone into perfecting the design and styling on our least expensive sedan as goes into perfecting our most expensive, premium vehicle. There are also options like the Soul, which have no rivals on the market. If you’re looking for something that looks totally unique, a Kia vehicle can provide you with exactly that.

5. Lots of options – When you buy a Kia vehicle, you do not just have a wide variety of different models to choose from, you also have a huge variety of individual options on those vehicles. If you want better material on your seats, you can usually get it. If you want a particular color, you can get that, too. One of the jobs of our Kia dealership is to make sure that you get exactly the vehicle you want, with all of the features you need, right down to the perfect color.

6. Futuristic styling – We’ve all seen cars that are only a few years old and already look outdated. Instead of following trends, Kia opts to choose clean, modern styling that is sure to look just as great on the first day you purchase your car as it does ten years later. We use the very best technology and the very best styling, both inside and out, so that your vehicle stands the test of time.

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7. Better quality – There are lots of brands that cut corners to save money, but continue charging high prices for their vehicles. Kia does the opposite. Instead of cutting corners, they perfect each aspect of each vehicle, and then cut the price so that the driver gets the very best possible value of their car, without having to sacrifice quality. Over the years, Kia has won award after award, praising this company for their high quality vehicles. If you’re looking for something that is going to be able to grow with you as your life changes, Kia is a great option.

8. Versatile – Whether you need a car for summer road trips or you need something for commuting or you need something for running errands around town, there is a Kia vehicle that is right for you. In fact, the same vehicle could be perfect for all three of these uses. Instead of playing only a single role, instead of only being useful for families and having no function for single professionals, Kia strives to be as versatile as possible, offering as much as possible to as many different drivers as possible.

9. Safer – Kia has worked hard to make sure that their vehicles adhere to the very best safety standards and that they have the most modern and technologically-advanced safety features in the business. From features that help you stay in lane, to those that actually slow down or stop your car for you if you are approaching an obstacle too quickly, you will be safer driving one of these vehicles than driving anything else!

Why buy the 2017 Kia Sportage?

kia sportageThe all new Kia Sportage is about to roll into our showroom (it might already be here!), and it’s no secret that we are excited about what this new Sportage has to offer our buyers. Since the early days of its inception, lots has changed about its design and functionality, and we think this is the best Sportage ever. We know that our buyers are going to love this SUV as much as we do. Just in case you’re still on the fence, here are ten reasons to buy the Kia Sportage:

1. The cockpit is all new. During the design of this new version of the Sportage, special time and attention was given to making sure that the driver has everything he needs easily within reach. This includes a newly designed steering wheel with a flat bottom, as well as a center console that has been tilted so it is easier for the driver to see. There is more room for the legs and it’s going to much easier to control your infotainment system from the driver’s seat, especially because of the call and radio control buttons located right on the steering wheel.

2. The engine has been fully turbo charged. What does this mean? It means that this year’s Sportage is going to be much more fun to drive than any other previous incarnation. It features more than 240 horsepower and 260 pounds of torque, making it one of the most powerful four cylinder SUVs on the market. There are even more powerful engine options available for those who want something with even more get up and go.

3. The cargo space has been expanded. The longer body of the Sportage means that there is not just more leg room for passengers (with nearly five inches added over previous models), but also that there is much more room for hauling items. The cargo capacity is over fifty cubic feet, which makes it easy to help your friends move, tote around large items, gear up for camping, and more. You can fold down the rear seats to really get the most out of your Sportage’s storage area.

4. Every Sportage has three driving modes. If you are interested in occasionally optimizing your drive for power and occasionally optimizing it to help protect the planet, you are in luck. The Sportage, no matter which trim level you choose, has three driving modes. These are Normal, Sport, and Eco. The Eco mode will provide you better fuel economy while the Sport mode will give you more powerful acceleration. This gives you more control than ever before over how you drive.

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5. The body is stronger. When it comes to safety features, especially with SUVs, you want a body that is made of high strength steel. This is exactly what the Kia Sportage’s body is made from. The 2016 model was only 18% steel, while the 2017 model is 51% steel, the highest rating in Sportage history, making it the strongest, too.

6. You’ll have a better ride and better handling. During the redesign leading up to the 2017 model, emphasis was put on improving both the quality of the ride and how the vehicle handles. There are more and better shock absorbers on the rear suspension. The front struts have been reworked so that they are more adaptable to how to road changes and shifts underneath the wheels. You cannot go wrong with this vehicle. It is going to be more fun to drive and the ride for your passengers is going to be much, much smoother.

7. The fog lights have been improved. Complete with new LED fog lights, seeing in low visibility driving conditions is going to be easier than ever before. The introduction of the ice cube set up, with four LED lights in a square shape on either side of the vehicle doesn’t just provide the Sportage with a unique appearance. It also makes it much more effective at cutting through fog, snow, and heavy rain, so you’ll be safer on the road, even if you have to drive during bad weather conditions.

8. This is one of the first models with the brand new infotainment system. The 2017 Sportage is one of the first vehicles on showroom floors to have the UVO3, which is Kia’s new and improved infotainment system that comes with a high quality touch screen, navigation, USB ports, and the ability to store music right in your car, completely eliminating the need for external MP3 players plugged or synced to yur car.

9. The exterior has been totally redesigned. In order to make sure that the Sportage keeps up with the Optima and the rest of Kia’s streamlined designs, the exterior of the 2017 Sportage has undergone a redesign. It’s one of the most unique-looking vehicles in our lineup and on the road. It still looks sharp and powerful on the road, while also being made to look even sleeker. You’re going to love how this vehicle looks as you drive it.

10. You can actually afford it. SUVs are traditionally some of the most expensive vehicles on a dealership’s lot. They’re often at least ten thousand dollars more expensive than the average sedan. This is not true of the Kia Sportage. Despite all of the improvements and the streamlined features, the Sportage starts at just under $23,000, which is about what you can buy a mid-sized sedan for from other brands. If you want something bigger and with a little bit more power, this is definitely the better choice.

10 Best East Coast Road Trip Destinations

road tripIf you’re thinking about taking a road trip this summer, you have essentially two options when it comes to planning. You could either not plan your trip at all and just go wherever the road takes you or you could plan the entire trip, including each stop you want to make. There is middle ground, too. You could simply decide where you want to end up, and make your way there without any set of plan of when you want to get there or how you are going to get there. If you’re interested in some of the very best destinations on the east coast, here are ten of them:

1. Shelter Island, New York – New York isn’t that far away, but when most people visit this state, they do so to visit New York City. Why not branch out and see what else this state has to offer. Shelter Island is located somewhere between the Hamptons and North Fork, and it gets none of the touristy attention that either of those two locations get. There are lots of places to stay, miles of beach to hang out on, and plenty of delicious places to eat, all tucked away on a small island.

2. Nantucket, Massachusetts – This is one of the lesser known beach destinations for the rich and famous. That, of course, doesn’t mean that you have to be rich and famous to visit. Besides being fun to say, there’s lots to do in Nantucket and it makes an ideal beach destination. After a long drive, there will be nothing better than feeling the sand between your toes. Famous for its swanky bars and upscale eateries, you’ll never go hungry or thirsty. Though there are plenty of accommodations and amenities, this place also has a serious small-town vibe that makes it a great destination for your east coast road trip.

3. Kennebunkport, Maine – Have you ever heard of Kennebunkport? If not, you’re not alone. This is a village in Maine, complete with antique stores and little mom and pop boutiques. If you’re interested in seeing lighthouses, there is probably no better seaside destination than this one. There are even tours that you can go on, to see where local osprey and eagles make their nests along the shoreline.

4. Montauk, New York – Another destination that is not exactly that far away, Montauk makes a great road trip for those who might be short on time. It’s essentially the last place you can drive to on Long Island, and has been made famous for hosting the likes of Paul Simon. This is a surfing beach area, but there’s lots of sand to go around, even if you are not interested in catching a few waves. There are places to dive, as well as places to find great food and drink before you head back home.

5. Outer Banks, North Carolina – This area is reportedly the last home of Blackbeard, the pirate. Today, there are some pirate-themed restaurants, but the real draw is, of course, the beach, the swimming, the diving, and the lighthouse. There’s lots to see and do if you choose this as the final destination for your road trip, including diving around the barrier islands, where many people believe there are ancient shipwrecks still teeming with gold.

6. Brewster, Massachusetts – If you are interested in having a truly east coast experience, Brewster is a great choice of destination. Though it is technically part of Cape Cod, it is not as busy as the rest of the area, despite there being just as much to do and just as many great places to eat. Nickerson State Park, for example, is located in Brewster, where you will find acres of thick woods and ponds that were formed by the glaciers that were once in this area. Of course, there is also a sandy beach that is ideal for swimming or just getting a tan.

7. Long Beach, New York – You’re probably familiar with Long Beach as a beach in California, but what about the one on the east coast? It’s not too far from New York City, so if you want to make NYC the final destination of your trip, you could always just make a road trip out to Long Beach on a day when you have nothing else planned. The historical boardwalk and clean beaches definitely make this worth a visit.

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8. St. Michael’s, Maryland – If you’re going to be taking the American history route on your road trip (visiting Philadelphia, Baltimore, and D.C.), St. Michael’s is a logical destination—not because it has anything to do with American history, but because it’s close to these three locations and boasts a wide variety of activities, including a beach. There is a great Frederic Douglass walking tour that does make this destination on-theme.

9. North Fork, New York – This is another great destination if you only have a few days for your road trip. You literally cannot find a more quaint New England town, right down the roads lined with fruit stands and the sprawling country farms that neighbor the area.

10. Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts – If you’ve never been, summer is the perfect time to go. You’ll enjoy your drive getting there, too, which would take you through some of the prettiest parts of the east coast. Touring the island by bike is a favorite of all who visit, and there are plenty of trails and side streets to explore if you do pick this as the destination for your east coast road trip.

9 Tips for Driving with Kids in the Car

One of the biggest distractions on the road is not your cellphone or trying to tune your radio, but the children in your car. Whether they are screaming their heads off about nothing in particular or are distraught because one is poking the other, kids in your car can be a big distraction, especially if you are the only adult in the car. Here nine tips to help you make driving with kids in the car a little bit easier:

1. If you need to discipline a child, pull over first. You do not want to be trying to pull two children apart or discipline a child while also trying to focus on the road and pilot a car. If you have kids in the car and you need to talk to them or do something in the backseat to keep them call, pull off to the side of the road before doing anything. Especially if your child is demanding immediate attention, do not try to argue or reason with them while driving. They do not understand what is required of a person while they are driving and will not understand why they cannot talk to you or get your full attention right now.

2. Keep your eyes on the road. One of the worst things you can do while driving is to try to keep one eye in your rearview mirror and keep the other eye on the road in front of you. While driving, actually driving should be your primary focus. You might feel likely you need to repeatedly check on your child in the backseat, but the best thing you can be doing to keep them safe is to keep your eyes on the road and pay attention to the most demanding thing on your plate: driving forward.

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family car3. Tell your child to wait. If they are trying to demand your attention right now, while you are trying to drive, it is time for you tell them to wait. While they might not understand how demanding driving is, they should understand what you mean when you say that you need them to wait until you have gotten where you are going before you can pay attention to what they are saying or what they are doing. This might incur a tantrum. You might just have to listen to the tantrum while you finish your drive. They might actually tire themselves out by the time you get to your destination and they will be much more pleasant to be around.

4. Distract them with something. A vehicle that has a built in DVD player and a headphone jack is a great opportunity to distract your children while driving. If they are too engrossed in their favorite television show, you will not have to worry about them fighting with one another or throwing a fit while trying to get your attention. If you can find something to distract them, even just a tablet or a book or a toy, you will have a much more pleasant driving experience.

5. Bring lots of toys. If you can pile their favorite toys in the seat next to them, they will probably be distracted for long enough for you to get to your destination. Especially if you have more than one child and they like to play with certain toys together, now is the ideal time to make sure that they are have plenty of things to distract themselves with. When they are not paying attention to your or what is going on beyond the window, you will probably have a much more pleasant driving experience.

6. Set some rules. If your child is old enough, it is worth your time to sit that child down and to talk about some rules of the road. This will keep both of you safer. When they understand that you cannot pay attention to them while you are driving, they are less likely to expect that you are going to. Setting ground rules before getting into the car for the first time and reminding them of the rules at each subsequent trip will make driving better for all involved.

7. Don’t talk on the phone and drive. This is important for every driver, but especially for drivers with kids in the car. The cellphone is a major distraction, even if the car is coming through your car’s infotainment system. Your primary goal right now should be to get your child to the destination safely. Talking on the phone, even if you are not holding that phone up to your ear only adds another distraction, making driving even more dangerous.

8. Use mirrors. If you need to check on your child, do it by looking in your rearview mirrors. If you have put your child in a rear-facing seat, you might want to put a mirror on the headrest of the seat that they are strapped into, so you can monitor them without having to turn around in your seat and look at them. Even during the calmest drives, on the calmest days, turning in your seat to look into the back of your car is extremely dangerous.

9. Keep a car kit just for your kids. This might be a collection of snacks that they can eat if they are starting to get hungry a fussy, along with an emergency toy and some water or juice. These are simply things to keep your kid happy when they are on the verge of a tantrum.

 

For more great tips or to look at some of the best vehicles for families, come visit our Kia dealership, at any of our three locations!

How to Get Your Car Ready for Summer

summer vehicle tipsYou likely already know that you need to take steps to get your vehicle ready for seasons like winter, when the cold temperatures and harsher weather can take a toll on your vehicle. But what about season like summer? Like winter, there are extreme temperatures and harsh weather, both of which can damage your vehicle or make driving dangerous is your car is not properly prepared. Here are some tips for getting your Kia ready for summer:

1. Take off the snow tires or prep your all-weather tires. Most people do not spend very much time thinking about their tires—but they should. The tires are one of the most important parts of your vehicle. They impact its safety and how well it performs. Right now, before summer gets here and you hit the road for your summer road trips, is the perfect time to make sure that your tires are ready to go. Check to make sure they are inflated properly. If you have snow tires, switch them out for normal tires. Rotate your tires to make sure that all four wear evenly. And take a little extra time to make sure your spare is still in proper working condition.

2. Have your brakes checked. When was the last time you went in and had your brakes checked? Many shops will do this service while your oil is being changed, but if they don’t, make sure to make a special appointment to have them checked. The water and cold that comes along with winter could wreak havoc on your brakes, cracking them, wearing them, and making them prime for failure. Don’t wait until you start to hear your brakes squeal or feel them shudder and slip. Check them before you start to experience any serious problems with them.

3. Time for a car wash. During the winter, and even during the spring, it can be difficult to find the time to have your car washed. If you still have deicer and road grime on your car from the winter, give your car a thorough washing, both inside and out. While the automatic car wash might do some good, a hand wash is usually a better option, as it will ensure that you really do get all of the dirt and grime off of your vehicle. Pay special attention to your wheels and to the underbody of your vehicle.

4. Have your oil checked. Depending on how often you drive your vehicle, you might need to have your oil checked every three months or every six. Your vehicle will likely tell you when it needs an oil change, but it’s still a good idea to check. Check not just its level, but the color, too. If the oil is black and grimy, it’s time for it to be changed. If it is amber, it is still good. Make sure your oil is filled to the right fill marks.

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5. Check your coolant levels. While your vehicle uses coolant all year round, it is most important during the hotter months of the year. Low coolant during the summer months could make it impossible for you to drive your vehicle. You should be able to see the container when you lift the hood of your car and there should be marks on the container that show you what level your coolant should be. Refill the coolant or take your car to a shop where they will refill it for you. This will probably need to be done at least once a year, for most vehicles.

6. Check your power steering fluid. Are you starting to feel that your vehicle is a little less responsive to your navigation? Is it starting to groan when you turn the wheel? Even if it is not doing either of these things, don’t be afraid to take a look at your power steering fluid. This is one of the most important fluids in your vehicle. Look in your owner’s manual to make sure you are using the right type of fluid or, alternatively, take your vehicle in to your dealership or a maintenance shop to top it off for you.

7. Test your battery. Batteries might be more likely to fail during the winter, but that doesn’t mean you won’t have any trouble with them once temperatures start to rise. If you are familiar with the composition and construction of your battery, you might want to open its lid and check its fluid level. At the very least, look at your battery and make sure that is no discharge or any kind of leakage from the battery’s top. Many vehicles, especially new Kia vehicles, will have sealed batteries, which means you cannot open them up. In this case, you can take your vehicle to our maintenance department and ask them to test your battery to make sure it is still in prime working condition.

8. Change your windshield wipers. This small, very simple piece of maintenance is one of the most overlooked. Your windshield wipers should be changed at least once a year. After the harsh conditions of winter, it is likely that the rubber on your wipers is cracked or has become rigid, making it difficult for the wipers to adequately clean your windshield. Most summers bring heavy rainfall, which means you are going to want to have wipers that work properly to clear water, road grime, and mud from your windshield.

7 Things You Don’t Want in a New Car

When looking for a new car, there are lots of things that you do want. For example, you should be looking for a vehicle that has great safety features and gas mileage. You already likely have a long list of things that you are looking for in a vehicle. But do you have a list of things that you absolutely do not want in a new car? Here are some of the things you should be aware of:

1. Too much room ­– You can’t have too much room in a vehicle, can you? The truth is that, especially if you are used to driving a sedan, a huge SUV might not be the ideal choice for you. If you do not actually need that much room for any reason, there is no reason to by a gigantic car. Keep in mind that the bigger the vehicle is, the lower the gas mileage is going to be and ultimately, the more expensive that vehicle is going to be to maintain. Make sure that you consider your lifestyle and what you need in a vehicle before you buy the biggest one on the lot.

2. Not enough safety features – Today, the average vehicle comes with plenty of safety features, ranging from seat belts to air bags. Again, it is important to consider your lifestyle when buying a car. If you never plan of having anyone in the backseat of your vehicle while you are driving, you might not care about side curtain air bags. If you have little kids sitting back there, however, you should be very concerned with what safety features are included on the trim level you are purchasing. Don’t skimp on safety features just because it saves you money.

thinking to buy a car3. Manual transmission – Many of us grew up driving manual vehicles. Today, you might be able to find manual transmissions as an added feature on otherwise automatic vehicles, but it is likely very difficult to find a vehicle that strictly has a manual transmission. There is nothing wrong with manual, but it is unlikely that this is a feature that you are going to be specifically looking for in a new car, simply because automatic transmissions are easier to drive and have been streamlined to be more efficient than your average manual transmission vehicle.

4. Cut corners – When you get into a vehicle, you do not want to feel like the interior of that vehicle is cheaply designed or cheaply made. Most people spend hours a week in their vehicle. Those who have an hour long commute on either end of the workday might spend as much time in their car as they do awake at home. This means that you should only buy a vehicle that feels very high quality. When you look at your vehicle, from the outside or the inside, you should not feel like any corners were cut during the design and construction process. If you do, it’s time to look at a different model or a different brand.

 

5. A bad warranty – When buying a new car, you should be just as concerned about your warranty as you are about the power and design of the vehicles you are looking at. A bad warranty, one that only covers certain parts of the car or only for two years, should send you running for the hills. Cars break down. They start to develop problems. This is not something that you should have to pay for in the early years of owning your vehicle. Only buy from a brand like Kia that offers the very best warranties on the very best vehicles. We can afford to offer better warranties on our vehicles, because we know that our vehicles are going to last longer than vehicles from other brands.

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6. A high price – Obviously, you do not want to pay more than you have to for a vehicle. There are some brands that overprice their cars or that offer a very cheap car with a basic trim level that actually does not even provide you with power windows. This can make it very difficult to take these brands seriously and to want to purchase a car from them. You’ll see that their models start at just over $15,000, but you cannot find a vehicle on their lot that you would purchase that is less than $20,000. This can be some serious sticker shock, but you might still feel obligated to purchase, just because you have been on their lot for so long. Luckily, there are still brands, like Kia, that offer vehicles at low prices, that come with the standard features that you actually need, including advanced safety features and power windows.

7. Weedy driving – The biggest thing you should avoid when buying a new car? Buying a car that is not actually fun to drive. If you buy a vehicle that puts along the road, you are going to dread your commute. While you might still dread a long commute even when you have a vehicle that is fun to drive, you will, at least, enjoy driving a vehicle that you love. Don’t buy a car that you do not look forward to driving. It should be powerful, with enough pep to get you where you need to go, without making you feel like you are not in control.

 

Avoid these seven things when you are buying a car and you are sure to purchase a vehicle that you absolutely love!

Why You Should Consider Buying a SUV instead of a Sedan

The sedan used to be the most popular car for families and commuters, and for good reason. They were the cheapest, the most fuel efficient, and the most versatile vehicles on the market. If you didn’t want to drive a minivan (and many people didn’t), you would probably buy a sedan instead. They were and still are a very sensible choice when it comes to family vehicles. But they are no longer the only option, even for those that want something inexpensive and fuel efficient. When you buy from Kia, there are a range of vehicles available that fall into the SUV or crossover category that are just as affordable as a sedan. But is a SUV a better choice than a sedan?

1. More rugged styling – When you choose an SUV over a sedan, you are probably going to get a more rugged vehicle, with a little bit more rugged styling. It is very difficult to find a sedan that can be called “rugged.” Some may be labeled “aggressive” or “stylish,” but if you are specifically looking for something with a little bit of an edge to it, a SUV is probably your best bet. This class of vehicle is more likely to have chiseled features and rugged design than any other vehicle class on the market.

2. More visibility – Buying an SUV generally means that you are going to be buying a vehicle that gets you a little bit higher off the ground. What’s so great about that? The higher you are off the ground, the fewer blind spots you have to deal with. This is actually a great safety feature, and one that you just can’t feel in vehicles that are lower to the ground. You actually get to see over most of the traffic, instead of being stuck in it like you are when you are in a lower vehicle. You simply get to see more of the road, which means fewer complications for you as a driver.

3. Safer in accidents – While there are plenty of sedans, especially from Kia, that have great crash safety ratings, you are simply going to be safer in an SUV. Larger vehicles are just statistically safer than smaller vehicles when you are in a crash. Not only are you higher off the ground and therefore less likely to slid under larger vehicles in your smaller car, you have more vehicle in between you and the crash, which means more surface area for the vehicle to absorb the impact of the crash.

kia suv4. Better seating for more people – Just because you can cram four people into the back of your sedan doesn’t mean that you should. If you routinely find yourself needing to drive around more people than there are seat belts for, you are better off buying a SUV that has more than two rows of seats than you are sticking with a smaller vehicle. Depending on which model of Kia you purchase, you might find yourself with a third row of seats that has plenty of room to accommodate children as well as adults.

5. More cargo space – Just like those who often find themselves needing to transport more than five people in total, those who often find that they have more cargo than they have space for even in the most spacious of sedan trunks, will find many of their problems solved when they buy an SUV. Not only will the bigger vehicle automatically give them more cargo space in the back, most SUVs give you the capability to fold down not just the third row, but also the second row of seats. This could mean a huge amount of storage and transporting space, no matter what you need to schlep around.

6. Tow more – If you find yourself towing anything, you will probably want to buy an SUV. While some sedans can tow, most people will never utilize this capability, simply because no sedan is actually designed to tow anything. While they might be able to do it, their engines are just not designed to drive anything other than the car and its passengers. So, whether you have a small boat or a camper or a trailer, if you even tow it, a SUV is a much better choice than your standard mid-sized sedan.

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7. More clearance – Do you ever find yourself driving on a road and you can constantly hear the underside of your sedan scraping across the rocks and ridges? For those that ever leave the paved roads and venture out onto dirt ones, a vehicle with more clearance than your average sedan is going to pay off. Not only will you not have to worry about damage to the undercarriage of your vehicle, the larger tires and more rugged design means that traversing heartier terrain is usually no problem. Even if you just want to get over speed bumps easier, a SUV is the right option for you.

8. Better in nasty weather – Why? Because SUVs are larger than sedans, which also means they are going to be heavier. The heavier your vehicle is, the less susceptible it is to slipper roads. The larger wheels also mean it is less likely to get stuck in a muddy spot or a snow bank, as it has more grip and more torque. Extra ground clearance and more weight means that a washed out road is really not that big of a deal.

Which Kia Vehicles Are Best for Families?

Vehicles from Kia’s lineup are routinely being chosen as great cars for families. Many families choose Kia specifically because of the perks that this brand offers to buyers with families. Not only are there advanced safety features that come standard on every single vehicle, most vehicles are equipped with both plenty of seating and infotainment systems that make driving around more than one person simple and easy.

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What defines a family vehicle? You could, theoretically, put your family in any vehicle. When I was growing up, my father drove a little blue hatchback that barely had seating for four people; even when we were kids, we simply did not fit in the vehicle and going anywhere was a difficult and uncomfortable process. But what makes a great family vehicle?

The first criteria is seating. How important this criteria is will fluctuate depending on how many people there are in your family. Larger families usually prefer minivans because they provide up to seven seats. There are also large SUVs that could provide a third row of seating, making it easy to transport more than just four people in comfort. However, for a family of between two and four, you might have plenty of seating with just a standard sedan.

The second criteria you will want to consider is storage space. Even if you are just driving the kids to school and picking them up, if the vehicle you choose does not even have enough storage space for three normal backpacks, you might be looking at a car that is simply too small. Because families usually need more groceries and carry more luggage when they travel, the more storage space you can get, the more comfortable you will be in that vehicle.

Fuel economy is another important factor. Having more people in a car means that the car will consume more gas to get where you want to go. It could also mean that the vehicle is driven more than a vehicle would if it was driven by just a single person or by a couple. The better the vehicle’s fuel economy is, the less it will cost to drive, and in a situation where you will probably have to be buying more gas than a single person does, it is always nice to know that your car makes the most out of every gallon of fuel that you put into it.

The last and most important criteria is safety. Everyone wants to drive a safe car, but if you are driving around your family, you are likely more concerned with safety than the average person. A car that has had thorough child and passenger safety testing, that has airbags not just in the front seat, but all around the interior of the vehicle, and that has preventative features in the interior of the vehicle is going to be a much better option for most families.

Which Kia Vehicles Are Best for Families?

If you are looking for a vehicle specifically for your family, Kia has a wide variety of option. There are two however that stand out, even from the excellent selection this brand offers. The first is the 2016 Kia Optima. It was chosen by Kelley Blue Book as being one of the Best Family Cars and it was also awarded the KBB Best Buy Award. What makes this sedan so perfect for families? It succeeds in all four criteria.

While it does only have two rows of seating, it has ample leg room and comfortable padding, making it a great option for families that have felt crammed into other sedans. It is one of the larger sedans in Kia’s lineup, which means there is plenty of room both side to side and in the leg areas for even the tallest individuals. It also has a great trunk with more than sixteen cubic feet of space, so there will always be enough storage space for your family.

For fuel economy, the Kia Optima cannot be beat. It gets 39 highway mpg, and if you buy the hybrid option, it will get even better gas mileage, so you make the most out of every tank. And for safety, KBB liked the rearview camera, the alerts for both lane departure and front end collision, and that there was a surround view camera that helped keep drivers apprised of their surroundings. All in all, it more than succeeds in being a perfect family car.

The second standout option is the 2016 Kia Sedona. What has really earned this minivan the KBB’s attention are the seating options. It has three rows of seating, making it great for larger families or for families that often find they have more than four people to drive around. It actually has seating for up to eight! There is also ample cargo room, and the additional rows of seats can be used for even more cargo space, should you require it.

Like the Optima, the Sedona has a wide variety of safety features, all of which are designed to both prevent a crash from happening and from making a crash less catastrophic if it does happen. It has the same surround-view camera, lane assist, and adaptive cruise control that you will find on the Optima.

Which vehicle is right for you and your family? The only way to know for sure is to come down to Burlington Kia and test drive both of them! Keep in mind that there are different trim levels that will provide even more comfort and even more safety features.