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.

Best Kia Vehicles for Young Professionals

professionalBeing a young professional can be exciting, but it can also mean long hours and late nights while you are trying to establish yourself in your chosen profession. Buying a car is often part of just starting out in life, but deciding which one specifically to purchase, especially if your life is still in flux, can be difficult. How do you know what vehicle is going to function just as well for you in three years as it does right now? The key is to buy a vehicle that is versatile. Luckily, Kia has a wide variety of those in its lineup. Here are the best Kia vehicles for young professionals:

The Kia Optima

The Optima is probably Kia’s most versatile vehicle and one of its most popular. It is designed to be both stylish and fun to drive, which makes it a great option for younger drivers. It’s also armed to the teeth with the best technology optima has to offer, as well as a number of great safety features, which could be a selling point for those who have long commutes and spend a lot of time on the road. This is a mid-sized sedan, which makes it larger than some of Kia’s other sedans, for more storage space and leg room. You certainly won’t sacrifice sportiness, however, if you choose the Optima.

The Kia Soul

The Soul is, without a doubt, the most unique vehicle in Kia’s lineup, which should make it the perfect choice for anyone who wants a car that marches to the beat of its own drum. It has everything that makes a sedan great, while being extremely unique-looking. On a less-aesthetic level, it is a fun-to-drive, engaging vehicle with plenty of technology and advanced handling. If you want to turn heads and to drive a vehicle that no one else at the office is going to be driving, this is the one for you.

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The Kia Sportage

If you are looking for a vehicle that is as stylish as it is versatile, the Kia Sportage is a great option. Not only is the Sportage getting a few incredible updates this year (including being the first to get Kia’s updated UVO3 infotainment system), this vehicle is affordably priced, starting at just over $22,000. This makes it comparable to many entry-level sedans for most other brands, but gives you the functionality and look of a SUV.

If you find yourself often needing to haul stuff or people around, this is the vehicle for you. While some brands might opt for a more utilitarian design, the Sportage is sporty without being drab, and is still tons of fun to drive.

The Kia Forte

The Kia Forte is routinely among the cars listed as being the best for those just starting out in their careers—and for good reason. It’s stylish, there are plenty of different color options, which makes it customizable, and it gets great gas mileage. It is also less expensive than most other vehicles, starting at just under $16,000, which makes it much more accessible than even the cheapest sedans from most other brands.

The Forte has a lot going for it. Despite its relatively small size, it still has a roomy interior, a high quality infotainment system, and a sporty design that makes it a great choice for someone who does not want a sedan that looks like something their mother would drive. One of the best reason to pick a vehicle like this is to be able to get more vehicle for a lower price. The low entry price makes it possible to upgrade to a higher trim level and get more features, while still paying less than you would for other vehicles.

The Kia Rio

The smallest and least expensive vehicle in Kia’s lineup, the Rio still has plenty to offer. Not only does it have a combined MPG of thirty-one, it starts at just over $14,000. You cannot find a sedan, even a sub-compact, from any other brand, at that price. They just don’t exist. If you need a car and you want to buy a new car, but you can’t find anything that is affordably priced, this is a great alternative. You will be looking at very low monthly payments, or a shorter payment track, giving you the flexibility to pay off your vehicle quickly.

The Rio comes in two different configurations. There is the standard Rio, which has four doors, and the Rio 5-door, which is essentially the same as its four-doored alternative, except that it is a hatchback. This gives the Rio an even sportier appearance.

The Optima Hybrid

Last, but not least is the Optima Hybrid. It looks almost exactly like the Optima, but it has one important improvement: gets a combined MPG of thirty-eight. This means that if you have a long commute or you just want to protect the environment, you could seriously reduce your impact on the environment, simply by buying this vehicle.

What is especially impressive about this option, is that, despite being a Hybrid, it is still reasonable priced, starting at just under $26,000. This is not a price point you are going to be able to find from most other brands. If you want to purchase a vehicle that protects the environment or allows you to use less gas, you are probably going to see yourself with few options that start under $30,000. Kia does it and provides with a stylish, eco-friendly option that any young professional would be proud to drive.

What You Need to Know about the Kia Niro

Have you heard about the newest model entering Kia’s lineup? It’s called the Niro, and is the very first hybrid SUV. Kia announced this vehicle as a part of its Green Car Roadmap, which is slated to increase the number of green vehicles Kia sells by a factor of three by 2020. If you are looking forward to seeing more environmentally-friendly vehicles on the road, you are probably excited about this announcement, when it was made at the Chicago Auto Show a few weeks ago. So, what can we expect from this first of its kind vehicle?

Sharper Design

When most people think of hybrid vehicles, they think first of Toyota’s Prius. That vehicle has a very unique look, and the appearance was part of what drew people to it. It was designed to stand out, to be obviously different from strictly gas-powered vehicles. Instead of obviously proclaiming itself as a hybrid vehicle, the goal of the Niro is just to stand out. Instead of favoring the rounder design that many hybrids in many other brands have, Kia has opted instead for something sharper and a little more aggressive. It’s sleep, with a long roofline and an almost athletic stance.

Kia did not want the Niro to stray too far from its sport utility roots or to look out of place alongside the rest of the vehicles that Kia offers. It will still have the same tiger grille and flanked headlights that most Kia models share.

Inside the Niro, you’ll find roomier, more comfortable seating than is offered in other hybrid models, largely because the vast majority of other hybrids are sedans. Because it is a SUV, it can provide better seating and more leg room. And because it has a wheelbase of more than 106 inches, this vehicle actually has a fairly wide stance, giving you more room to spread out. Specific attention was obviously paid to ensuring there was enough leg room, headspace, and shoulder room.

Across the board, this vehicle is being praised for it’s distinctly non-hybrid design. It looks clean and rides wide and low, giving you great grip while driving. It looks and, most importantly, drives like, just about any other vehicle on the road. While some brands are shouting their green-friendliness to the rooftops by making their hybrids look clunky and almost toy-ish in design, Kia knows that it is important to make their cars, whether they are gas-powered, hybrids, or straight electric, still look like cars.

Better Gas Mileage

One of the biggest reasons people stay away from SUVs and opt, instead for a sedan is the huge decrease in gas mileage between these two types of vehicles. Most SUVs are lucky to get twenty miles to the gallon, while the average sedan could get more than thirty. The Niro gets fifty combined MPG, featuring an Atkinson Cycle 1.6-liter four-cylinder and a 1.56-kilowatt hour lithium ion polymer battery, both of which have been specifically designed for this vehicle.

This makes the Niro much better than even the Optima Hybrid, which currently gets only a comparatively low thirty-eight miles to the gallon. For those who are looking to spend less on gas (even though gas prices have been extremely low lately), or who simply want to decrease their carbon footprint, this is an ideal option. The kind of gas mileage just is not being rivaled by any other hybrid and certainly not by any gas-powered vehicle.

Other Updates

Along with the Niro, Kia has announced a range of other features and updates, some of which related directly to the Niro, and others which are related to other vehicles or to their lineup as a whole. For example, the Niro is equipped with a six-speed, dual clutch transmission, which is designed to make shifting smoother and faster, enhancing the performance of this vehicle and simply making it more responsive and more fun to drive than just about any other vehicle, and certainly more fun that other hybrids, which have long suffered from jumpy throttles and weird braking behavior.

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One of the biggest talking points at the Chicago Auto Show was the cushiness of the interior of this vehicle, which is likely to be mirrored in improvement of the interiors in vehicles across the lineup. There was also better sound insulation, a high-class acoustic windshield, and even special mounts on the engines that dampened the sound and vibration of the vehicle.

Other advancements that are likely to be seen across the whole of the lineup include advanced blind-spot mirroring, better traffic alerts, cruise control that adapts to how you are driving, more streamlined systems for detecting and alerting drivers if they are departing lanes, and even improved emergency brake systems.

The last major introduction from Kia was the UVO3, which is going to be bringing some big changes to Kia’s infotainment system, and which is going to be available on the 2017 Kia Sportage. The new system will have three notable changes: more telematics systems, the integration of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and music storage, on the vehicle’s own system. This means that drivers will have more information about their vehicle, will be able to control their smartphones from the UVO3 (for more than just texting and calling), and will actually be able to download music onto their vehicle and store it there, completely eliminated the necessity of syncing or plugging an mp3 player into the system!

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.

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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.

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!

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.

How to Keep Your Pets Safe in Your Kia

dog on carIf you like to travel with your dog or cat, they need just as much protection as a child does—sometimes more. Children often understand, especially as they get older, that while in the car, they are supposed to sit down and stay still. Dogs and cats on the other hand, may try to roam. You may be lucky; maybe your dog will sit on his seat and stay still and quiet while in the car. My dog will pace back and forth on the backseat before trying to first, lick the face of whoever is driving, and then climb into their lap (she is a fifty-pound collie mix).

If you want to keep a dog or cat safe during a car ride, whether you are taking them on a road trip or you are just driving to the vet, here are some tips and items that will help:

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  1. A pet restraint – Just like a child, a dog or cat can benefit from being restrained while in the car. While this isn’t a law yet, it soon may be. Unlike a person who may be able to brace themselves in the event of an impact, a pet will have no concept of preserving himself during an accident. Luckily, there are lots of different types of restraints, including ones that still allow them some degree of freedom to move around the seat and others that keep them buckled down.

 

  1. Barrier between back and front seats – If you have a dog, small or large, that wants to ride in the front seat, even if both of those seats are occupied, you might want to consider getting a barrier that makes it impossible for him to climb into the front seat. These partitions are usually secured to the front two seats, and are high enough that even large dogs will not be able to climb over them. Dogs often try to climb into your seat because they are nervous in the car, but this means that you are likely to become distracted while trying to either keep them in the back seat or find room for them in the front seat.

 

  1. Travel in the crate – If your dog or cat is crate trained, this can be a great way to safely transport your pet. Not only are they less likely to feel nervous when they are in a familiar crate, they are also less likely to be hurt if there is an accident. A crate is much easier to secure, especially in the cargo space of your vehicle, than a dog or a cat in your backseat or in the copilot seat. If your pet is not familiar with a crate, but you know that they are going to need to travel in one, if you are moving, for example, start a few months before hand to acclimatize them to the idea of a crate. This won’t work for every pet, but it can provide some safety for some pets.

 

  1. Child lock your windows and doors – If your pet likes to stand on the armrests in order to see out the windows while you are driving, it is probably a good idea to use the child locks on those windows and doors. That way, they won’t step or tug on the wrong button or handle and create a very dangerous situation. Just remember to turn those lock off when you are going to have people in your car again.

 

  1. Take more frequent breaks – This is especially true of you are on a road trip, but is true of any trip longer than three hours. Even if you can sit and drive for five or six hours without needing to take a break your dog or cat can’t. They will want to get out and stretch their legs every few hours. They also likely will need to go to the bathroom every few hours. Doing this, even if they are not asking to go to the bathroom, will prevent any messes from occurring inside your car.

 

  1. Consider sedation – Not every pet parent wants to resort to sedation, but for some, it may be the only way to keep your pet safe and happy on a long trip. If you have a dog that gets car sick or a cat with serious anxiety issues, riding in a car for a long time can be stressful—not just for your pet, but for you, too. There are lots of safe ways to mellow your pet out a little bit, if you know that they get nervous in the car. Our vet told us that half an antihistamine tablet (the medication our dog already took for his extreme allergies), would help to mellow him and his sister out when we were moving with those two dogs. Talk to your vet to make sure you are giving your pet the right dosage of the right medication.

 

  1. Bring plenty of water – Not just for you, but for your pet, too. Dogs pant and get thirsty more often when they are nervous. Cats may not exhibit the same behavior, but that doesn’t mean that they are getting dehydrated. Not only should you bring extra water for your pet, bring something that they are comfortable drinking out of. In a pinch, you can always pour some water into your hands and let them drink out of your hands, but a collapsible bowl or Tupperware is a great alternative.

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. 

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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.

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.

2015 Kia Sorento Interior Burlington NJ

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.

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