Miami Lakes Kia Optima Hybrid PHEV

Kia Optima Lineup is More Fuel Efficient with Hybrid and PHEV Options

Miami Lakes Kia Optima Hybrid PHEV

The Kia Optima has been steadily earning awards over the years and in 2016, the Kia Optima was ranked highest in vehicle appeal among midsize cars by J.D. Power, so for the 2017 model year, Kia expanded its lineup. New for 2017 are two new Kia Optima models, the Kia Optima Hybrid and the Kia Optima PHEV.

When a vehicle gets a hybrid version things tend to change, though most of it takes place under the hood. So what exactly is powering the three 2017 Kia Optima models – the 2017 Kia Optima, 2017 Kia Optima Hybrid, and 2017 Kia Optima PHEV?

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Kia Sorento, Most Affordable 3-Row Crossover

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2016 made it official that the auto market is starting to shift. SUVS and crossovers (CUVs) are starting to dominate, and although some of us still love sedans and sports cars, the focus is also turning towards the big metal cages. In December, AutoGuide took a look at midsize three-row crossovers and the results may surprise you.

Five CUVs were measured and tested on a variety of specs, from mechanical engine specs and horsepower to cargo space and price. How each would hold up when pitted against the other four would clearly define which one stood out. The vehicles consisted of the 2016 Mazda CX-9, the 2016 Honda Pilot, the 2017 GMC Acadia, the 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe, and the 2016 Kia Sorento, and the rating of each crossover is in AutoGuide’s ranking of worst to best.

Wouldn’t you know, AutoGuide rated the Kia Sorento as the most affordable three-row mid-size crossover that is also fairly comparable to its more expensive competitors. Many of its specs were similar or a few digits shy of competitors, but given that some specs (wheelbase for one) don’t really say much when it comes to a customer’s comfort and feelings towards a vehicle, let’s look at engine, fuel economy, cargo space, towing capacity, and of course, the price.

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Miami Lakes Kia Stinger Badge

Kia Unveils the 2018 Kia Stinger at Detroit Auto Show

Miami Lakes Kia Stinger Badge

Totally called it. This past Sunday Kia finally unveiled its surprise vehicle for their The Curve Ahead promotion at the Detroit Auto Show. Given all the spy footage and teaser videos, a lot of speculation was pointing towards one car in particular, and now we know the truth. The Kia Stinger is finally here!

Woo, what a relief. When an automaker says they’ve got a concept in the sketchbook, many of us feel the reflexive need to hold our breath. Like the proverbial drum roll, you never really know if that concept will see the light of day. When Kia started their The Curve Ahead promotion, it was a small torture. It was never clear what we were seeing exactly.

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Kia’s The Curve Ahead Promotion

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Less than a month ago, we talked about the long-awaited reveal of Kia’s The Curve Ahead. The wait is nearly over! In a few days, January 8th, The Curve Ahead promotion will finally come to fruition. Until then however, there’s still plenty of speculation to be had. So let’s get to it.

We placed most of our bets on the Kia GT to finally be released with this promotion, and there’s plenty of reasons why. First, recent spy photos from one of Kia’s recent test drives of an unknown model have certainly piqued an interest. Second, Kia announced that they will be debuting a new sedan at the 2017 North American International Auto Show, and the GT is a sedan. Third, “GT” stands for “Gran Turismo” or high-performance and long-distance driving in comfort and style. Could anything better describe the concepts we’ve seen of the Kia GT?

That all brings us to the media being leaked on Kia’s The Curve Ahead promotional website, thecurveahead.net. Four episodes have been released thus far, and two sections are bound to be updated on January 8th -a  gallery with plenty of car pictures and a live webcast most likely taking place during the reveal (don’t quote us on that). Here’s a little run-down of each episode.

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