5 Alternative Fuel Vehicles Made by Kia


Kia Motors has been changing up the auto industry and the brand shows no signs of slowing down. Kia Motors has been the Highest Ranked Brand in Initial Quality in the J.D. Power IQS for two years, and they keep introducing new models, that perform well and provide exceptional fuel efficiency. Kia has taken gas mileage technology to a new level with their line up of 2018 vehicles and with their industry leading warranty, all customers can feel confident with their purchase for years to come.

2018 Kia Niro

The 2018 Kia Niro is one of the newest crossovers hybrids on the market and its a versatile the vehicle for consumers that want to get the most out of their money. More gas mileage than you’d expect with its 1.6-liter, four-cylinder engine that is connected to a electric motor to get drivers up to 139 horsepower with 192 lb-ft of torque. The 2018 Kia Niro provides drivers with 52 city and 49 highway MPG, which is amazing! Stylish and ready to provide seating up to five people, there’s no denying this vehicle gets consumers everything they want in a new car.

2018 Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid

Though the Kia Niro is a fuel efficient crossover, the all-new Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid is an even more fuel efficient option because it is a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle PHEV). The 2018 Kia Niro Plug-In has a 6-speed dual clutch transmission, a 1.6-liter engine with electric motor. Drivers will love the Niro Plug-In Hybrid’s sleek look, the futuristic cabin and best of all, the 110 MPGe in the city and 99 MPGe on the highway, and an all-electric range AER) of 26 miles and it’s combined range with gasoline and electric is 560 miles.

The 2018 Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid has clean technology making the world less smog filled and power sources to charge your vehicle can be set up at home and public charging stations. There’s over 32,000 Level 2 (240V) public outlets in the United States and more are being installed all the time! Drivers can conveniently use the available Voice-Command Navigation System that’s built into the 2018 Kia Niro PHEV to find the location of the closest charging station.

The 2018 Kia Soul EV

With the best MPGe (electric MPG equivalent) of any Kia, is the all-electric Kia Soul EV. The 2018 Kia Soul EV gets up to 92 MPGe on the highway and 120 MPGe in the city. While not available in every state (not currently available in Florida as a new model), there’s no mistaking that around the world drivers love the 2018 Kia Soul EV for its remarkable smooth ride. Nothing in 2018 will top the remarkable fuel efficiency this vehicle provides, either.

2018 Kia Optima Hybrid

Not a fan of driving a compact SUV? Kia has the 2018 Kia Optima Hybrid, a mid-size sedan that has an excellent fuel economy and a modern look. Providing owners with a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine that is connected to a 38-kWu electric motor that provides owners with remarkable fuel economy. Producing up to 192 horsepower, this powerful hybrid gets drivers a stunning 46 highway MPG with up to 39 city MPG. Think about how far you’ll be able to go on a single gallon of gas.

2018 Kia Optima Plug-In Hybrid

Consumers that like the look and size of the Kia Optima Hybrid, but want something even more fuel efficient have the option of  the 2018 Kia Optima Plug-In Hybrid. With a battery that gets drivers up to 27 miles on a single charge, there’s not denying how good it feels for a car owner to not have to add a single drop of gas into their vehicle. However, you can get up to 600 miles before needing another charge with the 2018 Kia Optima Plug-In. Ask us today about how you can get your own 2018 Kia Optima Plug-In electric car.

Where to Find Your Fuel Efficient Kia?

Among the Kia vehicles in the market today, so many are built to provide drivers with unmatched fuel efficiency. And we want to help you find the right one for you. At Miami Lakes Automall, our experienced team of sales professionals and service technicians have the patience to help you buy, sell, trade or service any vehicle. We’re ready to help you jump into the 21st century with a Kia vehicle, so stop by and test drive one of our fuel saving Kia models and we’ll take care of all of your questions.


Kia Upgrading 2019 Kia Sorento and 2019 Kia K900

2019 Sorento

Just because Kia has been busy introducing new models like the Kia Stinger, Kia Niro and Niro Plug-In Hybrid, doesn’t mean they are letting their other models fall by the wayside. In fact, Kia has just recently introduced a sketch of the official new design of the Kia K900 as well as announced new changes to the 2019 Kia Sorento.

2019 Kia Sorento Upgrades

Ranked Highest in Initial Quality in the midsize SUV class in the 2017 J.D. Power Initial Quality Study and rated number one in its class by the U.S. News and World Report, there’s not much doubt about the quality of the Kia Sorento, but Kia has recently announced they have plans to make 2019 Kia Sorento models even better.

There have been several changes made to the interior and exterior of the SUV. New for 2019, all Kia Sorento models will come standard with three rows of seats and seating for seven passengers. There are new added Driver Assistance Systems, a new available Harman Kardon-audio system with QuantumLogic as well as new wireless charging capabilities.

Drivers will benefit from the redesigned dashboard including a new steering wheel design, new shifter knob and a redesigned instrument cluster, and all passengers will benefit from the new air conditioning and heating options that will help to ensure everyone stays comfortable in their own zone.

Exterior changes include a facelift to the front end of the vehicle completed with a new headlamp and grille design. The exterior features a new bumper, a more refined tail lamp design  and a revised liftgate. The Sorento will also have three new wheel designs.

All-new Kia K900

The Kia K900 is a high-end luxury full-size sedan made by one of the most trusted and dependable automakers in the industry. Aside from the information that can be gathered from the released sketch, there aren’t too many details known about the features or qualities of the new K900, but Autoguide.com has suggested that the new model will be unveiled at the 2018 New York International Auto Show.

The sketch of the new model shows an updated front fascia and grille that is a lot more elongated than the front end of the current model. According to Kia, the new front end design include the ‘Quadric pattern’ grille, which it says has 176 jewel-shaped cells, along with the ‘Duplex comet’ headlamps and various chrome trim. According to Autoguide.com, the new model is expected to go on sale in the second quarter of 2018.

Kia has not announced when 2019 Kia Sorento models will be available. Until then, the award-winning 2018 Kia Sorento is available at Miami Lakes Automall. We are open seven days a week, so come test drive a Kia today!


2018 Kia Stinger Limited Editions

Miami Lakes Automall 2019 Kia Stinger GT Atlantica

The Kia Stinger was the first of many wonderful cars that have recently come from Kia Motors. Dating back to January 2017 when Kia started “The Curve Ahead” promotion, subsequently followed by the 2018 Kia Stinger making its first debut at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show, many were blown away by the new Kia sports car. Since then, the Kia Stinger has been all over the world, making statements and turning heads with its revolutionary looks and performance. Following its late-2017 early-2018 release, the 2018 Kia Stinger has won awards, filmed plenty of promos, and now, a new custom limited edition pops up every month. Check out what’s new today for the Kia Stinger.


First off, let’s do a little recap since the 2018 Kia Stinger was unveiled to the world. Before the Kia Stinger was released, there were many promotions for it popping up. The first was “The Curve Ahead”, but following its debut was the Stinger Runway Racing Challenge during New York Fashion Week in September 2017. During this time, a chunk of New York City was turned into a fully functioning race track to test and display the true power of the Kia Stinger. The drivers behind the wheel were some of the biggest names in fashion, music, sports, and entertainment.

Following its release, award after award was, well, awarded to the 2018 Kia Stinger. AutoGuide.com was judging a selection of cars in early 2018 with the Stinger being one of them. When it came time to survey and test vehicles for their 2018 “Car of the Year” Award, the Kia Stinger not only won the “2018 Car of the Year” award from AutoGuide.com but also the “2018 AutoGuide.com Reader’s Choice Car of the Year Award.” The fancy sports car also went on to win MotorWeek’s 2018 “Best of the Year” award, a “2018 iF Design Award” for its striking and original appearance, and during its stay at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show, the 2018 Kia Stinger won “Best Production Car of the Year” and the2018 Shift Award Vehicle of the Year” during the latest award ceremony hosted by Roadshow by CNET.

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Kia Soul Sales Record + a Closer Look at the 2018 Kia Soul

Let the Celebration Begin!

Kia Motors America has proudly announced this week that the Kia Soul, their widely popular boxy looking urban passenger vehicle, has surpassed the one million mark! Over one million Kia Souls have been purchased since inception of this vehicle back in 2009. In less than a decade, literally over a million people have experienced its wonderful and unique design, the beauty of a great product and a comfortable interior ride with a premium powertrain.

Kia Soul Background

From early into the Kia Soul product launch, the marketing showed the car with digital hamsters promoting how cool it was to drive one. And cool it was- over a million times over. While the Kia Soul is known for its colorful exterior design and outrageous advertising campaigns in the past decade, the Kia Soul has become a staple for the brand for more than just flashy ads and a unique cube look.

What’s in a 2018 Kia Soul?

Inside the 2018 Kia Soul, drivers immediately notice its tailored, comfy ride for all. Ventilated driver and passenger seats circulate air and if it’s cold out, the heated front and rear seats are a great way to stay warm. From cloth to available leather seating, there’s something for everyone. The Kia Soul also features a push button start, LED mood lighting and dynamic color changing options, plus a wide panoramic sunroof showcase the beautiful interior.

Smartest and Safest KIA Soul Ever

Kia is proud to give drivers industry leading technology like the driver-assistance technology that provides Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) which works independently of the driver in case the driver is distracted during critical situations, stopping the vehicle and preventing an accident. This works hand and hand with the Forward Collision Warning System that provides a warning message and alert to drivers of a slower or stopped vehicle ahead. If the driver doesn’t apply the brakes, the AEB system should ensure your safety.

Lane Departure Warning System is a camera based system that helps to keep drivers in sync with the lanes of the road they are traveling on because an alert sounds to notify drivers if they are not staying in their lane. The Blind Spot Detection system uses radar-based technology to warn drivers when there’s another vehicle in their blind spot and Rear Cross Traffic Alert lets drivers know if something is in their path when backing up.

What’s the 2018 Kia Performance Like?

We’re glad you asked. The base trim, the 2018 Kia Soul, produces 130 horsepower and it gets 24 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway. Pricing begins at $16,200 (plus destination fees). The next trim, the 2018 Kia Soul +, provides drivers with 161 horsepower with 25 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway and costs $20,400 (plus destination fees). The highest tier trim, the 2018 Kia Soul ! has the strongest engine performance with 201 horsepower and it averages 26 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway.

Where to Find Your Kia Soul

Find your new 2018 Kia Soul with the professionals at Miami Lakes Automall today. We look forward to helping you with your purchase; regardless if want to trade-in, lease or buy a vehicle, we can help you out. Stop in for a test drive and experience the new 2018 Kia Soul!


Future Vehicles Coming from Kia Motors

Miami Lakes Automall Kia Motors Upcoming

Kia Motors is really turning the tables on the auto industry these days. It’s almost not fair, but hey, the auto industry is practically a war. Nothing is fair. We don’t mind though, because the more concepts and vehicles that come from the Kia Motors lineup, the more we have to love. After all, Kia vehicles are award winning models. Kia Motors earned strong marks from the J.D. Power Dependability Study, two models were named “Best Vehicle for the Money”, and the award-winning 2018 Kia Stinger is, well, award-winning.

Hybrids and Electric

Kia Motors is well known for making alternative fuel vehicles. They came out with the groovy Kia Soul hatchback in 2009 and quickly turned it into an all-electric vehicle. A similar pattern formed with the Kia Optima. First it came with the standard internal combustion engine, then a hybrid version came out, and then again with a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) variation. The release of alternative fuel vehicles by Kia Motors is just becoming the norm.

Recently, more so mid-to-late 2017, Kia released the Kia Niro, a hybrid crossover and the first of its kind. It wasn’t long after its release that Kia started talking about making a plug-in hybrid variant of the crossover, having gained popularity sooner than expected. Before the end of 2017, that’s exactly what they did – the Kia Niro Plug-in Hybrid was officially added to the lineup.

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2018 Kia Stinger User and Driver Settings

Miami Lakes Automall 2018 Kia-Stinger

Now that the 2018 Kia Stinger is out, we’re all trying to get our hands on one, whether it’s for a test drive, a first drive review, or just to feel the glory of the new Kia sports car. Well, if you are looking for one in South Florida, head to Miami Lakes Automall because we have several Kia Stinger models available. One of our writers took a ride in the Kia Stinger GT2 to learn a little more about the car and what drivers can expect, like a configurable LCD display and a multitude of user settings.

Navigating the Display

It may not seem intuitive to everyone, but these days, many automakers put a button on the steering wheel that makes it possible for users to adjust some settings, such as turning off the chime notification of the Lane Departure Warning system. Such settings will be displayed on the LCD monitor behind the steering wheel. To get to the main menu, press the steering-wheel mounted button that looks like two sheets of paper. The driver can press it multiple times to cycle through several menus, including fuel economy, driving range, G-force, and User Settings.

Upon arriving at the User Settings menu, another button right underneath the aforementioned button is used to move the selection on screen up or down, and pressing it acts as an “enter” or “okay” button. Use these directions to find the User Settings display. There’s plenty to cover.

User Settings

Upon reaching the User Settings screen, it may be a bit daunting at first. There’s multiple menus there, each with their own set of options. The list consists of:

  • Heads-Up Display
  • Driver Assistance
  • Door
  • Lights
  • Sound
  • Convenience
  • Service Interval
  • Reset

Here’s what each one covers.

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Modified Kia Stinger at 2018 Chicago Auto Show

Miami Lakes 2018 Kia Stinger Chicago Auto Show

The 2018 Kia Stinger first debuted at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show, and we waited an entire year to see it available on the Kia Motors website. That isn’t to say of course that the Kia Stinger didn’t have select promotional gigs to get the crowd boiling with anticipation, one of which was a drag race between fashion models and celebrities during Fashion Week in New York. Now, it’s all come full circle, and just as soon as the 2018 Kia Stinger was made available, a special one-off custom Kia Stinger was developed and presented at the 2018 Chicago Auto Show.

The 2018 Kia Stinger

Before we talk about this one-time custom-made 2018 Kia Stinger, let’s talk about what makes the vehicle so great in the first place. Both powertrain options for the Kia Stinger are incredible, whether driving in a low-tier trim or one of the three high-tier GT trims. Found on the base (2.0L) and Premium trims is a twin turbocharged 2.0-liter DOHC 4-cylinder engine with continuously variable valve timing (CVVT), idle stop and go (ISG), and gasoline direct injection (GDI). The 2018 Kia Stinger 2.0L and Premium trims can generate up to 255 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque, and can get 22 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway if paired with a rear-wheel drivetrain. If driving with an all-wheel drivetrain, the combined fuel economy of each is 24 mpg.

The 2018 Kia Stinger GT trims, GT, GT1, and GT2, are all powered by the same engine, a twin turbocharged 3.3-liter DOHC V6 engine with the same add-on designs as the 2.0-liter DOHC 4-cylinder engine. This twin turbocharged V6 engine can generate up to 365 horsepower and 376 lb-ft of torque. Regardless of drivetrain, the Kia Stinger GT trims have a fuel economy of 19/25 mpg city/highway.

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Kia and Kia Rio Earn Good Rankings in J.D. Power Dependability Study

J.D. Power recently released the results of the annual dependability study and Kia Motors did great. Overall Kia Motors ranked fifth in the dependability study, and the Kia Rio ranked highest in the small car segment.

J.D. Power Dependability Study

The J.D. Power Dependability Study examines the number of problems owners have reported in the last year of ownership of their three-year-old vehicle (2015 model year) and overall dependability is determined by the number of problems experienced per 100 vehicles. This year 31 brands were included in the study.

Kia Motors

In the last two years, the Kia brand has been doing really great. For two years in a row, Kia has been named Highest in Initial Quality in the J.D. Power Study, which is something that a non-luxury brand hadn’t accomplished in decades. In the 2018 dependability study, 2018 Kia models had an overall score of 122 problems per 100 vehicles, which was the fifth best score. Kia was one of only two non-luxury brands among the highest ranking brands and excluding luxury brands, Kia ranked the second highest.

Kia Rio

The 2015 Kia Rio had 103 problems per 100 vehicles, which was the best out of any small car. The Rio is available in two body styles, the Rio 5-Door, which is a hatchback, and the Rio, which is a sedan. The Kia Rio is a versatile small car because it is extremely fuel efficient, but the small cabin feels fairly spacious and it has a lot of modern amenities. 2015 and 2018 Kia Rio models are both equipped with a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine that gives the Rio an average fuel economy of 28 mpg in the city, 37 mpg on the highway and a combined city/highway fuel economy of 32 mpg.

The 2018 Kia Rio and Kia Rio 5-Door are both available in three different trims, the LX, S and EX. The Rio LX and S trims are fitted with a five-inch touchscreen, and the Rio EX has a seven-inch touchscreen. The Rio comes standard with a USB charging port, auxiliary jack  and a 12-volt outlet.

Safety and Warranty

When it comes to safety and warranty, Kia shines. Kia is one of the few brands that makes all safety features the same on all trims. Kia also back all of their vehicles with a 10-year or 100,000-mile limited powertrain warranty and a five-year or 60,000-mile limited basic warranty.

Shop the Kia Rio and Other Kia Models at Miami Lakes Automall


Want to take a look at the highest ranked small car in the 2018 J.D. Power Dependability Study? Come to Miami Lakes Kia and check out our selection of Kia Rio models. If you are looking for something a little bigger, we have all Kia models available for you to test drive.



2018 Kia Stinger vs 2018 Porsche Panamera vs BMW 640i


See for yourself what makes the 2018 Kia Stinger such an exciting vehicle, right from inception. Take a closer look at the comparison in the video below between the Kia Stinger GT, the BMW 640i and Porsche Panamera. Testing was done by AMCI Testing, an independent company, and it included four tests (0-60 mph acceleration test, cornering test, a closed-course lap, and the slalom) designed to showcase the unique abilities of these vehicles.

Did you think this would be a fair race between the comparison of a Kia and a Porsche. Yes, yes. Yes, indeed! Most readers would be surprised to know the 2018 Kia Stinger is as fast (yes, it is) reliable (yes, it is.) and stunningly cheaper than the Porsche Paramera. (Yes, of course!)

Price Point

What really makes this competition unique is the price difference between both models. The Kia Stinger and the Porsche Panamera are both performance sportscars, but there’s a huge price difference between the two models. The 2018 Kia Stinger GT with Limited Slip Differential package is $41,250 (plus destination fees) and the 2018 Porsche Panamera with a 3.0-liter V6 engine has a starting MSRP of $89,600, which is more than double the cost of the Kia Stinger!!


The 2018 Kia Stinger GT produces 365 horsepower with 376-lb-ft of torque with a gusty twin turbo 3.3-liter V6 engine. The 2018 Kia Stinger also has a 2.0-liter turbo-four engine as well. The Porsche Panamera 3.0-liter V6 engine.


The 2018 Kia Stinger has wicked fast speed and gets up 168 MPH, and it accelerates from 0-60 MPH in 4.6 seconds, which was faster than the Porsche Panamera. The Porsche Panamera accelerates from 0-60 mph in more than 5.1 seconds, hitting 192 MPH as a top speed. Remarkable speed and acceleration from the 2018 Kia Stinger to beat the competition.

Corner Steering and Turning Comparison

While the Kia Stinger is faster than the Porsche, it didn’t grip quite as well as the Porsche Panamera during the corner G-Force test, but it performed better than the 2018 BMW 640i Gran Coupe M Sport. Unless you’re traveling at very high speeds while turning, that’s not important enough to make any driver want a Porsche over the 2018 Kia Stinger.


Moving through a straight line while curving around cones presented no problem for the Kia Stinger as it was only 0.2 seconds slower than the the time the Porsche Panamera 3.0-liter V6 achieved. Moving fluidly, showing the ultimate response speed that owners of the 2018 Kia Stinger can expect fast performance that’s exactly what makes the ride so exciting.

Closed-Course Lap Performance

In the closed-course lap, the 2018 Kia Stinger was able to showcase that it’s more than just a sporty looking vehicle. In the test, the Stinger proved to be a fast vehicle with impressive speed and performance as it completed the closed-course lap ahead of both the Porsche Panamera and BMW 640i Gran Coupe M Sport with a time of 45.70 seconds. Yeah, that’s right, the Kia Stinger beat the BMW 640i Gran Coupe M Sport in all four tests.

See For Yourself

Has the 2018 Kia Stinger impressed you yet? It has impressed us a great deal. From the low price, the edgy speed and remarkable handling, the Kia Stinger is truly something new and exciting.

Visit us at Miami Lakes Automall to experience the all-new 2018 Kia Stinger for yourself. Our professional staff can’t wait to show off this brand new vehicle to you for a test-drive (we love to ride in this vehicle as much as you will). We’re open seven days a week and every day is a great day to test out this fast-moving, super exciting 2018 Kia Stinger.


2018 Kia Stinger Continues to Win Awards

Miami Lakes Automall Kia Stinger Awards

IF you thought the 2018 Kia Stinger was done winning awards, then you are mistaken, friend. Having first debuted in 2017 at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show, the sporty sedan from Kia Motors continued to win hearts and awards from all over. The 2018 Kia Stinger is a revolutionary vehicle for Kia Motors and it has set the bar pretty high for the future of sports cars. The amount of power, control and convenience offered in all 2018 Kia Stinger trims is second-to-none.

Back when the 2018 Kia Stinger was first released, every auto blog wanted to get their hands on a new model for a first-drive review. Organizations like AutoGuide.com also made a leap for the Stinger when it came time to survey and test vehicles for their 2018 “Car of the Year” Award. Although going up against several competitors, the Kia Stinger not only won the 2018 Car of the Year award from AutoGuide.com but also the “2018 AutoGuide.com Reader’s Choice Car of the Year Award.”

“It’s the kind of disruptive car that will send its competitors kind of scrambling to keep up. Once you drive it, it really becomes obvious that this [the Kia Stinger] is something special. And this will change things for Kia as a brand and might even change things for the whole industry”. – Jodi Lai, Editor-in-Chief at AutoGuide.com.

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