Five New Vehicles Less Than $15K at Miami Lakes Automall

Five Cars Miami Lakes Auto Under 15k

When shopping for a new car, everyone wants to get a great deal, especially when shopping on a budget. Here at Miami Lakes Automall, we have a great selection of vehicles for those looking for something affordable as well as those looking for luxury. We looked through our inventory of cars and found many great vehicles for under $15K. Here’s five affordable cars that strike up a great deal!

2018 Kia Rio and 2018 Kia Rio 5-door

The all-new Kia Rio and Kia Rio 5-door have a lot in common, including a starting price under $15,000. The 2018 Kia Rio LX, the base trim, and the 2018 Kia Rio 5-door are powered by a 130-horsepower 1.6-liter DOHC I4 engine built with dual continuously variable valve timing (CVVT), that alters the frequency of cylinder valves opening and closing. The engine is also built with gasoline direct injection (GDI) for faster fuel delivery. The engine is paired to a 6-speed manual transmission, and the vehicle has a fuel economy of 29 mpg in the city and 37 mpg on the highway.

Both, the Kia Rio LX and Kia Rio 5-door LX are outfitted with solar control glass, auto on/off headlights, and ride on 15-inch wheels. Inside, consumers will find a 4-speaker system, steering wheel mounted audio controls, and a 5-inch touchscreen with AM/FM/MP3 compatibility and SiriusXM radio. For storage, the Kia Rio can offer 13.7 cubic-feet with the rear seats up, and the Kia Rio 5-door can get up to 32.8 cubic-feet free with the rear seats folded.

Starting MSRP for 2018 Kia Rio LX is $13,900 (plus destination fee), and the 2018 Kia Rio 5-door LX starts at $14,200 (plus destination fee). In addition to a great starting price, the Kia Rio is a great vehicle for buyers on a budget because it is covered by an industry-leading warranty that includes a basic limited warranty for five years or 60,000 miles and a powertrain limited warranty for 10 years or 100,000 miles.

2018 Chevrolet Spark

There are a couple Chevy Spark trims, and the Chevy Spark LS is has a starting price under $15,000 when it is equipped with a manual transmission. This vehicle has a starting price just over $15,000 ($15,025) when it is equipped with an automatic transmission. However, the two have exactly the same features, so we’re including both.

The 2018 Chevrolet Spark LS is the base trim on the Spark lineup, and like all of the Spark trims, it is powered by a 1.4-liter ECOTEC DOHC engine. The engine is built with continuously variable transmission and multiport fuel injection for optimized performance, and the Spark has a fuel economy of 29 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway.

The Spark is a mini car with seating for five passengers, and the exterior features solar absorbing glass and a rear spoiler. The Spark LS comes standard with Chevrolet MyLink Radio and that includes a 7-inch color touchscreen, Bluetooth streaming audio, and Google Android Auto and Apple CarPlay capability. Even as the base trim, the Spark LS is spoiled; it even gets an OnStar 4G LTE built-in WiFi hotspot (active OnStar subscription required).

Starting MSRP for the 2018 Chevrolet Spark LS with manual transmission is $13,925 (plus destination fee).

2018 Mitsubishi Mirage and Mirage G4

The Mitsubishi Mirage is a small hatchback that is available in three trims and the base trim, the Mirage ES, is priced under $15K. All Mirage trims are powered by the same 1.2-liter DOHC engine. Small and efficient, the Mirage ES not only has an affordable starting price, but it is also an affordable vehicle because it has an excellent fuel economy of 33 mpg in the city and 40 mpg on the highway. Inside, the Mirage has nice entertainment features, including a 4-speaker system, a 7-inch touchscreen, Digital HD Radio, Bluetooth wireless technology, steering wheel audio and phone controls, and a rearview camera.

Introduced in 2017, the Mirage G4 is a sedan version of the Mitsubishi Mirage. The Mirage G4 is available in two trims and both of them are equipped with the same 1.2L I3 engine that the Mirage has. The 2018 Mitsubishi Mirage G4 ES has a starting price under $15,000 when it is equipped with a manual transmission. Convenience and entertainment features consist of a 7-inch touchscreen with a rearview camera, a 4-speaker audio system, Bluetooth wireless technology, Digital HD Radio, and steering wheel audio and phone controls.

Starting MSRP for the 2018 Mitsubishi Mirage ES with a manual transmission is $13,395 (plus destination fee), and the starting MSRP for the 2018 Mitsubishi Mirage ES with an automatic transmission is $14,595 (plus destination fee). Starting MSRP for the 2018 Mitsubishi Mirage G4 ES with manual transmission is $14,395 (plus destination fee). Like Kia, Mitsubishi also backs its vehicles with the same industry-leading warranty.

Sound good? You can find the 2018 Kia Rio LX, 2018 Chevrolet Spark LS, 2018 Mitsubishi Mirage ES, and many more affordable cars at Miami Lakes Automall.

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2018 Sedans and Alternative Fuel Vehicles From Kia

Miami Lakes Kia Alternative Fuel

Ready for round two? Last week we covered several Kia models for the 2018 year, mainly Kia’s SUVs and crossovers and sole minivan. Next up is a large selection of sedans and alternative fuel vehicles. If there is anything Kia Motors is doing these days, it’s shaking up the auto market with a large lead in hybrids, plug-in hybrids, and electric vehicles.

Kia Optima Triplets

The Kia Optima is such a great car, Kia added two variations to the lineup. In addition to the Optima, there is also the Optima Hybrid and Optima Plug-in Hybrid. The original Kia Optima, available in five trims, has three engine options. There is a turbocharged 2.4-liter engine that generates 245 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque, a turbocharged 178hp 1.6-liter DOHC I4 engine, and a 185hp 2.0-liter DOHC I4 engine. The combined fuel economy of each, in order, is 28 mpg, 31 mpg, and 25 mpg. All trims come standard with UVO eServices, Apple CarPlay, and Google Android Auto, a rear camera display, and several advanced auto features. MSRP starting at $22,500 (plus destination fee).

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Kia Motors Crossovers, SUVs, and Minivan

Miami Lakes Auto Kia Model Crossovers

Kia Motors has been kicking butt recently, and with the 2018 model year well underway, we’re looking forward to some of their new vehicles fast approaching. Kia Stinger, we’re looking at you! Until then though, there are plenty of great vehicles to choose from. Possibly their largest lineup would be Kia crossovers, SUVs, and minivans. Give them a look.

Kia Soul

Although it feels like more of a compact car, the Kia Soul is a crossover by Kia Motors standards. Available in three trims, the Kia Soul (base), Kia Soul Plus (+), and Kia Soul Exclaim (!), it’s tough to not get a great vehicle. Each is powered by a different engine, ranging from 130-201 horsepower, and each engine is paired to a 6-speed manual, 6-speed automatic, or 7-speed dual clutch transmission. With standard features, the fuel economy of the Kia Soul is 24/30 city/highway mpg.

It goes without saying the Kia Soul has style, but without looking closer, consumers may not know that a panoramic sunroof with a sunshade is available, and that privacy glass and solar glass come standard. Inside, the Kia Soul + and Kia Soul ! come with UVO eServices on a 7-inch touchscreen, but can be updated to an 8-inch touchscreen with navigation; the base trim can also be upgraded with a 7-inch touchscreen and UVO eServices. All vehicles have Bluetooth wireless technology and steering wheel mounted audio controls. Many other features are left as an option for the Soul + and Soul !, such as heated and ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, automatic temperature control, and various advanced safety features. MSRP starting at $16,100.

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Kia Optima PHEV Highlights

Miami Lakes Auto Kia Optima Plug-in Hybrid

What makes the Kia Optima Plug-in Hybrid so great? Well, there’s a couple of things that make it stand out. For one, a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle, also known as a PHEV, does more than the standard hybrid vehicle due to its rechargeable battery, and that gives it a real advantage when it comes to fuel economy, tax credits, and greenhouse gas emissions.

Engine and Fuel Economy

With only one trim, the Kia Optima PHEV is powered by a 2.0-liter I4 Full Parallel Hybrid system made up of a 2.0-liter DOHC engine, with gasoline direct injection (GDI) and continuously variable valve timing (CVVT) technology, and an electric motor powered by a 9.8 kWh lithium polymer battery. Together, the engine and hybrid generate 202 horsepower and 276 lb-ft of torque. The majority of that torque actually comes from the electric motor!

Because the Kia Optima PHEV has an electric motor powered by a battery, the Optima PHEV can be driven on pure electricity for up to 30 miles. So that means the vehicle can travel 30 miles with little-to-no tailpipe emissions and without using a single drop of gas. When using the battery and engine together in hybrid mode, the Optima PHEV has a fuel economy of 103 MPGe (miles per gallon equivalent) and it has a total driving range of 610 miles when the vehicle starts out with a fully charged battery and full tank of gas.

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Kia Cadenza – For Those Legroom Requirements

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Sedans are super convenient because they can be easily maneuvered in crowded streets and parked in small spaces, and they are typically more fuel efficient than larger vehicles like SUVs and trucks. However, some people, including  professional athletes, feel like sedans aren’t large enough for them to be comfortable, but that’s not the case with the Kia Cadenza, it’s very large and has plenty of room for big and tall people.

The Kia Cadenza is a large sedan and it 45.5 inches of legroom in the front and 35.5 inches in the back. There’s over 107 cubic feet of passenger volume and 40 inches of headroom in the front, so it is a Miami-Lakes-Kia-Cadenzavery spacious vehicle. In addition to being large, the Kia Cadenza is also a luxury sedan, so it has all of the latest tech features as well as a sophisticated interior. The Kia Cadenza’s Harmon/Kardon audio system is just the beginning of the entertainment system. The Cadenza also has a large touchscreen in the dash, so all of your music and infotainment needs are met.

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New Upgrades for the Kia Sorento

Miami Lakes Kia Sorento Upgrades

Automobile vehicles go through several generations during their time out on the market. Sometimes it’s a few design changes; other times it’s a completely new vehicle. Take the new Kia Sorento as an example. Currently in its third generation, the Sorento received a lot of changes for the 2018 model year and though it is still in the same generation it almost feels like a completely new vehicle.


With three engines available, a 2.0-liter I4, a 2.2-liter I4, and a 2.4-liter engine with GDI, the main change to the Sorento’s powertrain will be lower emissions and Kia’s in-house eight-speed automatic transmission. The design of this transmission allows the unit to use less control valves, allowing for a more direct link to the engine when switching gears. Moreover, gears may change faster and enable faster acceleration while still reducing carbon emissions. This transmission also offers four different driving modes that a driver can select based on their preference for vehicle response. The modes include Eco for better fuel economy, Comfort and Sport for driving style, and Smart, an automatic feature that adapts to the driver’s driving behavior and style as road conditions change.


The exterior has received many more changes, including revised front and rear bumpers, new LED head- and tail-lamps, and a new dark metallic finish to the ‘tiger-nose’ grille for a more sophisticated look. Two new paint jobs have been added as well, Rich Espresso and Gravity Blue. The Kia Sorento still does ride on 17-, 18-, and 19-inch aluminum alloy wheels. Inside, the cabin and console are covered in soft touch materials, and leather upholstery is available for more comfortable seating. The interior may be a single-tone black or two-tone black/beige, and the upholstery may be either brown or a light grey.

A new GT trim has also been added to the Kia Sorento lineup. With a range of upgrades for added style and presence, the Sorento GT comes with four-lamp LED fog lights, red brake callipers, a more prominent sill step, and subtle GT Line badging designed to distinguish it from other Sorento models. The interior has quilted seats, finished in black leather with grey stitching, GT Line embroidered emblems, unique gear shift paddles, and a series of satin chrome highlights throughout the interior.


For technology, the new Kia Sorento gets an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Kia connected services powered by TomTom. The new Sorento will now have full smartphone integration with Apple CarPlay and Google Android Auto and a wireless smartphone charger. If looking to upgrade the sound system, the new Harman/Kardon sound system will be available with Clari-Fi music restoration technology and QuantumLogic surround sound technology.

Now here’s the catch. A lot of this is said to be on the European line, but the main change we can see are diesel engine options that the Sorento has yet to feature. Other than that, it’s a safe bet most of these changes will make it into American models. We’ll know more come the Frankfurt International Motor Show this month, September 2017.

Want to compare the new Sorento to the old? You can check out our inventory or read more about the 2017 Kia Sorento here.

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Kia and Hyundai Create Self-Driving Communication System

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Autonomous self-driving and semi-autonomous vehicles have been picking up speed in technology, popularity, and practicality these last few years. Every auto maker seems to have a concept or even prototype out, and the basic setup is pretty clear-cut. Making use of sensors, GPS devices, and cameras seem to be the norm for self-driving vehicles. Hyundai and Kia Motors are changing up the autonomous car game with a new self-driving system.

This month, Hyundai and Kia announced their new advanced vehicle-road communication system that they will integrate into their current autonomous driving technology. Unlike today’s tech setup for self-driving vehicles, where on board cameras, radars, and sensors are used, the new tech from Hyundai and Kia will work a little differently. Cameras, radars, and sensors are a great start, but they don’t create a comprehensive enough picture of a car’s surroundings. They may be good for getting around, but when it comes to weather, pedestrians, and other road obstacles only humans are used to navigating around, such devices fall a bit short.

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Kia Motors Getting Voice-Recognition Technology

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Kia Motors and the Hyundai Motor Group are going to be bringing some pretty interesting vehicles and technology to the road in the coming years. In 2020, Kia Motors will get its very own hydrogen fuel cell vehicle, and soon enough, Kia vehicles will also have artificial intelligence (A.I.) technology, too. Partnered with Kakao, a well-known technology firm in Korea, the Hyundai Motor Group (which includes Kia Motors) and Kakao are working together to bring A.I. tech to cars.

Kakao, best known for its messaging app “Kakao Talk”, is a business built around communication, media and content, entertainment, transportation, and really anything that makes one’s lifestyle a little better and a little easier. These days, many auto brands are hooking up with outside sources to improve their lineup with state-of-the-art technology. Lately, it would seem Mitsubishi Motors and Kia Motors are racing to see who will bring out A.I. self-driving vehicles first, with the technology in the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross already pushing the envelope.

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Why 5 Kia Models Are Highest in Initial Quality in Their Class


When the J.D. Power Initial Quality Study ratings were revealed, Kia Motors earned the top spot on the list. Several of their vehicles won awards in their respective car class segments, too. These were the Kia Cadenza in the large sedan segment; the Kia Forte in the compact car category; the new Kia Niro in the small SUV segment; the Kia Sorento in the midsize SUV segment; and the hip Kia Soul in the small multi-purpose vehicle segment.

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Kia Motors Taking Over Green Market with Kia Optima and Niro

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Kia Motors is one automotive brand that has fully embraced the green market. There are several hybrid vehicles in their lineup, including the popular Kia Optima and brand spankin’ new Kia Niro crossover. Wouldn’t you know, with how well Kia has been doing so well in the past two years, showered with awards and earning the top spot in the JD Power Initial Quality Study, Kia has recently outpaced Ford to take the number two spot for hybrid vehicles in the US market.

Part of the Hyundai Motor Group, both Hyundai and Kia sold 4,796 hybrid vehicles in July alone. That’s a large number for sales for a single month, a 9 percent increase from June, and twice that of July 2016. In addition, the two automakers make up a whole 17.1 percent of the hybrid market. To think about a decade ago barely anyone wanted to drive a vehicle that made use of both, an internal combustion engine and electric motor. The high fuel mileage is finally popular enough that more and more consumers are going green.

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