How to Properly Test Drive a Kia

The only way you are really going to know if a vehicle is right for you is if you come down to our lot and test drive one or many of our Kia vehicles. Especially if you have not driven many different types of vehicles, you need to get a feel for how they drive, how they accelerate, their road noise, etc., in order to be able to determine which one you want to buy. Here are some things to look for when it comes to test driving your Kia:

1. Can you get into and out of the car without hitting your head? Does the vehicle have enough clearance for you to comfortably get in and out? You might not think that having to stoop to get in and out of your vehicle is that big of a deal, but if you are continuously hitting your head, it is going to become very annoying, very quickly. Once you have purchased the vehicle, you are stuck with it, you cannot change how tall the vehicle is and how easy it is to get in and out of, so carefully evaluate this aspect of the car when you first sit down inside of it.

2. Do you have enough leg room? Leg room is going to either be one of the biggest inconveniences or biggest conveniences of your new vehicle. If you have enough leg room, plenty of room to spread out, you do not have to worry about feeling cramped. If you or your passengers are constantly battling for leg room, on the other hand, your car is going to become a very uncomfortable place, where people do not want to be. The back of your vehicle is going to be one of the most important places to make sure you have enough leg room.

driving kia3. Is the steering wheel high enough? Nothing is more uncomfortable or makes a vehicle more difficult to drive than a steering wheel that does not have the proper alignment. While most vehicles make it easy to adjust your steering wheel so that you can put it higher or lower depending on your preferences, you will want to buy a car that will actually let you adjust your wheel as far as it needs to go in order to be comfortable for you to drive.

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4. Are the seats comfortable? This is why you should do a longer test drive than just circling the block to see how the vehicle handles. Sitting in the car for five minutes is not really going to give you a good idea of how comfortable or uncomfortable the seats are. You want to sit in the seats not just at low speeds, but at high speeds, too. Think about whether or not the seats provide you with enough room in the hips area, if their design seems like it will be comfortable for long car rides, and if they are high enough off of the ground that you will not have to bend your knees excessively when sitting.

5. Do you understand the gauges? If you have only ever driven one other car, you will likely have to get used to new gauges anyway, but that does not mean that you should not instantly be able to find your speedometer, gas level, and other relevant gauges on your dashboard. While driving, make sure that it is easy to find out all of the most important information, and that the gauges are easy to read. Most new cars come with digital speedometers that tell you exactly how fast you are going, but if your still uses an analog gauge, can you actually tell how fast you are going with just a quick glance?

6. What is the visibility like? How easy is it to see out of the car? Can you lift or lower the seat to give yourself better visibility? If the seat is too low in the car and you cannot lift it, you are probably going to have a harder time seeing if there are vehicles in your blind spot and, just in general, seeing road hazards around you. If this is the case, that car simply is not for you, no matter how much you love the other features. If you do have good visibility, however, that car could be perfect for you.

7. Can you reach the pedals easily? Stepping on the brake or the gas pedal should be second nature. It should be done automatically and you should not have to fumble in order to make sure that you are actually getting the right foot on the right pedal. Most vehicles come with adjustable pedals, so make sure that the vehicle you are test driving does, and that you are able to put those pedals in a position that is comfortable for you and matches your driving style.

8. Take a route similar to your driving needs. One piece of advice for getting the most out of your Kia test drive: make sure that on your test drive, you drive at speeds and in traffic conditions that are similar to how you typically drive. If, for example, you take a highway when you commute to your work, you will want to test potential vehicles out on the highway. A test drive that takes you in a wide variety of different road directions is always a good idea, but make sure you specifically take a test drive that matches your normal driving conditions.

How do I know what type of car I can afford?

buying a new carThere are many different factors that play into what type of vehicle you ultimately buy, only one of which is how much you are willing to pay. But how much you are willing to pay for a car can be the deciding factor between two brands or between two models in the same brand. Knowing how much you should spend or how much you can spend may also help you shape your car search, immediately eliminating the vehicles that you know you cannot afford before you have an opportunity to get attached to them. Here are some tips for helping you determine what type of car you can afford:

Understand the Different Types of Cars

Compacts, subcompacts, and sedans are going to be the least expensive type of car in just about every brand. That is definitely true of Kia, whose cheapest sedan is usually the Kia Rio, which starts at around $14,000 new (which is what you’ll pay for a used car from most other brands). These cars usually have two to four doors, are the smallest cars on the road, and come in a huge variety of styles of and models. They are also the most popular, simply because they are the least expensive and the most versatile.

The next section of vehicles are crossovers, SUVs, and minivans. These vehicles are usually lumped together because they all start at around the same price and often play the same role. Minivans and SUVs are great alternatives to the sedan for families that need a little bit more room or that need a vehicle with a little more grit. Minivans will provide the highest number of seats, while SUVs will provide more leg room and cargo capacity.

The third strata of vehicle is the truck. Some people put SUVs in with trucks, but a truck is normally defined as a vehicle with a cab and an open bed. Only a few brands still carry trucks, as SUVs usually perform the same function, without the cramped leg room and high price. Trucks ae not necessarily the most expensive vehicles on the lot, but they will be more expensive than the average sedan.

Most brands also have a collection of performance vehicles. For Kia, this includes the Cadenza and the K900. These are sedans with luxurious styling and more power and are the most expensive vehicles in the lineup.

The average sedan or compact starts at around $14,000 and ranges up to around $22,000, with some brands being more expensive and some less expensive. Most crossovers will be north of $20,000, as will most vans, and definitely all trucks. These strata of prices are not definite, but they do reflect the averages, across most car brands. Which brand you ultimately decide to purchase from will affect these prices. Kia, for example, strives to provide high-quality vehicles at a much lower price than other brands offer.

Understand Your Payments

Unless you have all of the cash on hand to buy the vehicle that you want to purchase, you probably will have to set up some kind of financing program with the dealership. This is how the average person buys a car and we have the system set up to provide you with the very best possible rates for your credit score.

We also have a tool that makes it easy, after building and pricing the vehicle you want to buy, to understand exactly what your monthly payments are likely to be. While the exact monthly payments will likely be slightly different from the number this tool gives you, you can get a general idea of what your payments would look like, based on your loan term, down payment, and credit score.

How Much of a Down Payment Do I Need to Make?

Your down payment will ultimately affect your monthly payments and how long you are paying for the car. While some brands do offer a no down payment option, if you want to pay your car off faster and see lower monthly payments, it is a good idea to make a sizeable down payment. The down payment itself is often an obstacle when it comes to purchasing a car—but it does not have to be. Putting down a large chunk of money when you actually purchase the car makes paying for that car cheaper in the long run.

You do not have to make a down payment, but if you do want to augment your monthly payments, being willing to put $1000 or $2000 down at the beginning of the process can certainly help.

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Take Other Expenses into Consideration

The car itself is not the only payment you have to make in order to be a legal driver. Some states have certifications fees, as well as fees for running emissions tests. Almost all states require you to be fully insured, which might be a monthly payment on top of the price of your vehicle. One of the largest monthly costs associated with buying a car is paying for gas for that car. It might be worth your time to pay a little bit more for a car with better gas mileage, in order to avoid having to buy as much gas over the life of that vehicle.

There will all be maintenance costs. While these are not immediate, it is a good idea to plan for these costs, so that you have a cushion of cash to fall back on if you get into an accident or need unexpected maintenance.

Buying from our New Jersey Kia dealership is a great way to make sure that you get an affordable vehicle that you love!

Is the Kia Sorento or Kia Sportage the SUV for you?

There is no doubt that the Kia Sorento and the Kia Sportage are both great vehicles—the only question is, which one is right for you? We often see companies comparing their vehicles to other automakers, but sometimes it’s beneficial to look at different models within one company. Here is what happens when the 2014 Sorento and Sportage are placed side-by-side.

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2014 Kia Sorento

Overview

The nice part about two Kia’s is you can bypass warranty and safety comparisons. Kia has one of the best warranties in the industry, and it’s the same on both SUVs. Kia also believes that safety is not to be compromised, so you will find the same features throughout their entire lineup. The Sportage did, however, receive an overall 5-star safety award from the NHTSA.

The 2014 Sorento and Sportage are both popular models, but the main difference you’ll find is in the price—although it’s not much—the Sportage starts around $21,000 and the Sorento starts around $24,000. Another contrast is the Sportage seats five while the Sorento seats up to seven. 

Kia has maintained a fluidity in style, and both models boast sleek lines, eye-catching colors, and aesthetically-pleasing interiors. In the end, it’s hard to go wrong with either the Sportage or the Sorento—it all comes down to needs.

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2014 Kia Sportage

Trims and Features

The 2014 Sportage is just like its name—a sporty vehicle that supports an active lifestyle. While you might not be able to haul around seven people, there is more than enough room to transport everything you need to have a little fun. The Sportage comes in three models, the LX, EX, and SX. The LX and EX both get 21 City/28 Highway MPG, while the supercharged SX gets 20 City/26 Highway MPG. Unlike its more family-oriented comparison, the features on the Sportage will appeal to those constantly on the go—usually to the mountains, desert, or ocean. Here are some of the Sportage’s key features and options:

  • HID Projector Beam Headlights
  • Fold-AwayRearCenter Armrest
  • Aluminum Scuff Plates
  • Sport-oriented accessories: mud guards, side steps, tow equipment, bike, kayak, ski, or cargo attachments.

The 2014 Kia Sorento is geared more towards family. It hints at kids, carpools, and making the drive more convenient and comfortable. You’re looking at three rows of seating with a second and third row that folds down for extra cargo space. MPG comes in at 20 City/26 Highway. There are four models, the LX, EX, SX, and the luxurious Limited. Here are some of the Sorento’s key features and options:

  • Second row sunshades
  • Premium Nappa Leather seat trim
  • Dual-Zone climate control
  • Privacy glass
  • Power liftgate with programmable height adjustment
  • Flexsteer and heated steering wheel

Both the Sorento and the Sportage have common features and options as well. You can expect choices like panoramic sunroof, heated and ventilated seats, push button start, rear camera display, EcoMinder, UVO, Infinity audio systems with surround sound, navigation system with LCD display, power driver’s seat, and much more.

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The Kia Sorento and Sportage both have incredible perks—so which one would you choose? The best way to find the right Kia SUV for you is to go look and test drive one in person. There are no wrong choices in this comparison.

Why the 2015 Kia Sorento is the SUV to Buy

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

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Choose it for the Size

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

Updated for the New Year

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

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

Combining Logic and Luxury

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

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The Amenities you’re looking For

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

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

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An Edge on Competitors

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

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