Which Kia Sedan Is Right for You?

Kia has a wider variety of sedans and compacts than most other brands. When step on to the lots of other brand’s dealerships, you’ll find two, maybe three different kinds of sedans. Kia has nine different kinds of sedans and compacts, making it easy for someone looking for something very specific to find that thing, but more difficult for someone who is not yet quite sure what they are looking for to find the right vehicle for their needs. Out of the wide variety of sedans and compacts, which one is right for you? Here is a brief overview of all the sedans you can find at our New Jersey Kia dealership:

Optima

The Optima is often considered to be the flagship of Kia’s offerings. It’s one of the most popular and definitely one of the most versatile vehicles on the road. Starting at just over $21,000, there are lots of options for those that both want a great car and want to save on monthly payments. With a combined MPG of thirty, it is gets you where you need or want to go, efficiently. The Optima is the third most efficient vehicle in Kia’s entire lineup, and there are plenty of colors to choose from, too.

Cadenza

The Cadenza is a jump in price, but it’s also a jump in quality. Starting at around $33,000, this is one of two luxury offerings that Kia provides. The Cadenza has a sharp, clean look, and is perfect for young professionals or small families that want something truly stylish to get around it. At twenty-two miles to the gallon, it is still very efficient, and has great safety ratings.

K900kia sedan

At the very top of Kia’s lineup is the K900. This vehicle is packed to the brim with luxurious touches. It has the best technology and styling, and plenty of legroom in both the front and back seats. It is designed to be perfectly aerodynamic and to have one of the quietest rides of all cars on the road. Sleek, there are few vehicles on the road that can rival it. It starts at $49,000, and for good reason. The advanced safety features and stunning design make it a great prestige vehicle for anyone looking for something with both style and power.

Forte

Moving on from the sedans, we have the compacts. The Forte is the first and perhaps most popular of the compacts, starting at around $16,000. At thirty-one miles per gallon, it is also the second most efficient of Kia’s sedan and compact line, beat out only by the Optima Hybrid. The Forte has sporty styling, with the modern, aggressive Kia grill. While it may be less expensive than the Optima, Cadenza, and K900, it definitely doesn’t lack when it comes to luxury. This vehicle has plenty of great features standards, and a variety of trim levels that make it even more attractive.

Forte5

If you prefer a five-door vehicle, this variation on the Forte provides just that. It is a little bit larger, which makes it a little bit more expensive and reduces its gas mileage a little. It starts at just over $18,000 and has a combined miles per gallon of twenty-eight. The five door design gives you a little more cargo room, but it’s the styling that most people are after. It has the look of a hatchback, without sacrificing two doors as most designs do.

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Forte Coup

The Forte Coup starts at $18,590 (2016), and definitely kicks things up a notch when it comes to style and power. If you want the sports car experience, without having to pay the sports car price, this is an excellent alternative. It boasts a turbo-charged engine and a two-door design that makes it sleeker and more stylish than just about anything else Kia has to offer. It does all of this without losing the high safety ratings that it shares with the other Fortes.

Rio

The Rio may be the least expensive vehicle in most Kia dealerships, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t have anything to offer. It starts at just $14,165 (2016), and, like the Forte, gets thirty-one combined miles per gallon. That makes it extremely efficient, while also having plenty of power. The small size is perfect for first-time car buyers, small families, and commuters, and it looks great on the road. There are three trim levels to choose from, if you want extra technology. All safety features come standard!

Rio 5-Door

There is also a five-door version of the Rio. The differences between the Rio and the Rio 5-Door are largely cosmetic—they share the same direct injection engine that gives these little cars some zip, and they have all of the same safety features. And come in all the same colors. What the five door does have, however, is that fifth door, which gives the vehicle the hatchback appearance that some might be willing to pay a little extra for.

Optima Hybrid

Last, but not least, is the Optima Hybrid. It has everything that the Optima does, except that it is a hybrid. At thirty-eight combined miles per gallon, it is the most efficient of the sedan and compact options, while still being extremely affordable. It starts at just under $26,000, and comes with all of the same technology and luxury that the original Optima does. If you want a vehicle that is as affordable as it is environmentally friendly, this is probably the one you want.

10 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Buying a New Car

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Buying a new car is exciting! The entire car shopping experience can be a whirlwind, and unlike other purchases that can be returned after fourteen days if you changed your mind about the item, you usually cannot simply return your car to the dealership if you change your mind about that vehicle. This means that you want to be very, very sure that you are making the right decision when you buy your car. Here are the ten questions you should ask yourself before you buy your new car:

1. What am I willing to pay for a car? Before you even step foot in a dealership, you should already have an idea of what you can afford. Knowing what your budget is can help the salespeople in that dealership show you the right vehicles and help you pick a financing plan that is right for you. You can think about this both in the terms of monthly payments and the overall price of the car. Can you afford a $400 per month car payment? Would you prefer to stay under $300? Again, make these decisions before you start test driving.

 

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2. What is the most I can pay for a car? This question is slightly different from the previous question. There is often a difference between the prices displayed on a manufacturer’s website and the prices posted in the windows of the actual vehicles on the lot. You might think you would be paying around $20,000 for a vehicle and then show up and find the vehicle you want to buy is actually $25,000. Are you willing to pay more in order to get the vehicle that you really want, even if it means a longer loan term or a higher per month payment?

3. Where am I going to be able to get this car serviced? Like most people, you probably want to take your car back to the dealership in order to get it serviced. Is there a dealership near your home? Is there a service station conveniently located? While this may seem trivial when you are first purchasing your car, it can be a huge inconvenience when you actually need to have your vehicle repaired. Buying from a brand that doesn’t have a dealership near you might not always be a great idea.

4. Am I willing to pay these fees? Most cars purchases come along with a number of fees. If you look at the sticker on the window, you will see a long list of fees that you will have to pay, on top of the price of the car. If you pay attention to what these fees are, you might find some that the dealership is willing to remove (along with the service related to those fees).

5. Is this the car I want to be driving in five years? You might be buying a car with the full intention of trading it in on a new vehicle three years from now. It is more likely, however, that you are buying this vehicle in order to drive it until it no longer works. It can be tempting to buy a trendy vehicle in a bright color, but you will want to think critically about whether or not that car is going to stand the test of time. You might love it now, but will you still love it in five years?

6. Does this car make me happy? Can a car make you happy? Of course it can! When you find the right car, you will fall in love. It has all of the features you need, at a price you can afford. Before jumping in and buying anything, make sure that the car you have selected makes you happy. When making a big purchase like this, you shouldn’t settle.

7. Am I going to negotiate? There is absolutely nothing wrong with asking the dealership if this is the very best price that they can offer you. Most salespeople are more than willing to haggle with you a little bit. You want to buy the car, they want to sell you the car—most of the time, they are willing to compromise in order to get you to make a purchase. If they aren’t willing to negotiate, however, you need to decide whether you are going to walk away or just meet their terms.

8. Am I going to test drive? The answer to this question should always be yes. Do not buy a vehicle until you have test driven it. How else are you going to know if it drives how you want it to drive?

9. Does this warranty work for me? When you buy from brands like Kia, you are probably getting a stellar warranty that makes it possible for you to get just about any issue fixed, free of charge, for years down the road. However, other brands do not offer warranties that are as comprehensive. Ask yourself whether or not this warranty really covers what you need it to cover, before you put any money down on that vehicle.

10. Does this car need any aftermarket add-ons? Back in the day before cruise control came standard on just about every vehicle, my little sister paid to have it adding on after she purchased the car. In hindsight, it might have been better to go up a trim level and not have to deal with a quirk aftermarket cruise control system. Carefully consider what you are willing to deal with and whether paying a little more to have it standard on the vehicle is worth your money and time.

Kia Buying Checklist

Buying a car and making sure it’s the right car can feel like a daunting task. When you buy a Kia from our lot, you’re guaranteed to get a great vehicle, but that doesn’t mean you’ll always get the right car for you every time. Here is a checklist to help you ensure you’re picking the perfect Kia for your needs:

1. Make a list of your car needs and wants. Needs are things that the vehicle absolutely must have. If you have four kids, you’ll need seating for four kids. Wants are the things that it would be nice for the vehicle to have, like a DVD player or advanced infotainment system. The wants can be further split into deal-breakers and non-deal-breakers.

kia for sale2. Bring your license and insurance information. We won’t be able to let you test drive any of our vehicles if we can’t see your driver’s license or insurance info. If you’re driving here in the car you already own, you’ll probably have both of these things already. If not, make sure to just slip them into your pocket before leaving.

3. Look at the brand models online. This is by no means necessary, but it can be a great way to narrow down your choices before you even come to our lot. If you look at the models online, you’ll be able to eliminate vehicles that don’t meet your needs and you’ll be left just with finding one that fits your wants. If you don’t have a good idea of what you want or need, coming to the lot and looking at every model is a good way to find out.

4. Ask to see the car’s features. You don’t have to be car-savvy to understand most of what makes a car good. Any of our salespeople will be able to tell you which mechanical features are important. Inside the car, even before you set out on a test drive, have the salesperson show you the radio, the infotainment system, and any other features that the car has. Some of our higher trim models will have unique features like lane alerts and automatic braking. Hearing about these features and any others the car has before you get out on the road enables you to give them more attention.

5. Only drive models you are actually interested in buying. Some buyers come to our lot and want to test drive every single model. That’s great! We’re happy to oblige. However, we don’t want buyer to get frustrated because they’ve given themselves too many choices or overwhelmed because they’ve looked at too many vehicles. If you know that you want an SUV, there’s no point in test driving every single sedan on the lot, unless you realize that what you actually really need is a sedan, not an SUV.

6. Inspect the trunk. Looking at cargo space is vitally important, even if you don’t think you’re going to end up need to pack your car full very often. At some point you might want to move or help someone else move, and having the trunk space to do this can be great. If you regularly have to tote around large items, it is best to look for a Kia that has seats that fold down to give yourself more room or for one of our vehicles that is specifically designed to allow you to haul all your gear.

7. Sit in every seat. While you’ll probably do most of the driving, you’ll probably also have people sitting in the passenger and back seats. The comfort in those seats might not be nearly as important to you as the comfort of the driver’s seat, but it will be important to the people who have to regularly sit there. Is there enough leg room? Are the seats themselves comfortable? Are you able to move the seats? Are there enough seats for your family?

8. Get in and out of the car a few times. You want to make sure that you have enough clearance to get in and out of the car without banging your head and enough room to get your knees in without banging them on the steering wheel or on the dashboard. While you might fit in the car perfectly fine once you’re in, is getting in and out easy enough?

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9. Check to see if the steering wheel and driver’s seat positions work for you. Most Kia vehicles come with plenty of adjustments, so it’s not difficult to find a position for the seat and steering wheel that works for you. You will want to make sure, before buying a car, that it is easy to get the seat into a position that allows you to see, reach the pedals, and reach the steering wheel, while sitting in the position that is most comfortable for you. Some people like to be closer to the wheel, while others like to have legs and arms fully extended.

10. Ask to try all different types of roads. You’ll want to see how the car handles on surface streets and on the highway. Every driver is different—some like more get-up-and-go, while others prefer a vehicle that eases to a stop and into motion again. Driving around just surface streets is usually not enough to really feel how a car drives.

Using this checklist as you drive is a great way to make sure that you find a vehicle that meets your needs. Don’t feel rushed or that you have to hurry through the process. You can always come back more than once if you need more time to decide or want to test drive more Kia vehicles!