Miami Lakes Kia Model Year

What is a Model Year and When to Buy a Car

Miami Lakes Kia Model Year

If you’ve ever worked in the auto industry, or even did the research for buying a car, then you may have once heard the term model year. However, it’s an odd term that sometimes seems a little unnecessary. Aren’t all 2015 cars released in the year 2015? Well, yes and no. The Chrysler Pacifica was released as a 2017 model sometime early-mid 2016. So a model year is a little different.

What is a Model Year?

Unlike a regular calendar year where an event in 2017 will always be known as 2017, a model year simply relates to when a car is the most available. This is because auto production for many vehicles today takes place in the late summer, and sometimes as early as July. Following its production, a vehicle is usually released soon thereafter, as early as the following fall season.

So, a 2018 model could be made available in the fall of 2017, like the 2018 Kia Stinger we’re still waiting on. In fact, several Kia models have already been released as a 2018 model year, including the Kia Sportage and Kia Sorento. Like the Kia Stinger, the 2018 Kia Optima is on the horizon, as is the Kia Niro PHEV and Kia Stonic. Don’t be surprised if you see either of these in show rooms by October. Regardless, a 2018 model year vehicle is typically available all of the 2018 calendar year and onward, even if the next model year vehicle technically replaces it. It’s not like dealerships pull a lever and empty 2016 inventory when 2017 rolls around — but they are looking to get as many new vehicles in stock as they can, and that’s wherein the trick lies for the “best time to buy a car”.

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Miami Lakes Certified Pre-owned Vehicles

What’s Good About Certified Pre-owned Vehicles?

Miami Lakes Certified Pre-owned Vehicles

Some car buyers are a little cautious about used cars, and for good reason. We’ve all purchased something used before, only to find out it has more problems than we were previously led to believe. However, when it comes to a certified pre-owned vehicle, consumers can rest easy that their used vehicle has been tested and put through heavy evaluation before being released back into the automotive world.

What is a Certified Pre-Owned Vehicle?

Unlike a used car, or pre-owned car, a Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) vehicle is a pre-owned vehicle that has checked off several points on an auto manufacturer’s list of what constitutes as the “best of the best” pre-owned vehicles. It’s not going to be new, but it does come with the benefits of both a new and used car.

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The Kia Motors Philosophy

Miami Lakes Kia Philosophy Design

Kia Motors has  been getting a lot of good press in the last year. The Kia Soul was rated as one of the coolest cars by Kelley Blue Book, and Best Budget Vehicle by two publications. KBB also awarded the 2016 Kia Optima with the Best Buy Award for midsize cars, and the 2017 Sportage won the Red Dot Award for Product Design in 2016. Most recently, for the second-year in a row, Kia Motors nabbed the top spot in the J.D. Power Initial Quality Study. With all of this and more going on, one has to wonder what’s their secret.

Upon visiting Kia.com, one can learn a little more about Kia Motors. They have philosophies and missions all over the world, in the corporate world and in education. When it comes to the automotive industry however, Kia Motors stands for designing, engineering, and building – or, “World-class design and engineering.” With all the awards and recognition their vehicles receive, it’s no secret. Even the much sought after 2018 Kia Stinger, pushed back sadly, upon its unveiling at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show was said to be a new standard – a car that drives as well as it looks.

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Miami Lakes Going Green Kia Motors

Going Green with Help from Kia Motors

Miami Lakes Going Green Kia Motors

When going green for your next car, take a look at Kia Motors. They have many hybrid and electric vehicles, and more are on the way. No other automotive company has expanded their lineup with green cars as much as Kia Motors, unless they’re purely a hybrid and/or EV automaker. Kia has the Kia Optima in three different variations, the Kia Soul as an electric vehicle, the recent Kia Niro hybrid crossover, and the Kia Stonic is due by the year’s end. There are many choices, but how do you know which one to pick?

The Kia Optima – Gas, EV, and PHEV

Let’s look at the Kia Optima, the first of the bunch. The Kia Optima lineup has three gasoline-powered engine options of varying power. The smallest engine option is a 1.6-liter DOHC I4 engine with a turbocharger that generates 178-horsepower and 195 lb-ft of torque. Turbocharged, it has a little more bang, and with the implementation of a double overhead camshaft (DOHC), there is less stress on the engine, leading to a commendable fuel economy of 28 mpg in the city and 37 mpg on the highway. The strongest engine option is a turbocharged 2.0-liter DOHC I4, generating 245 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. This engine helps the Optima achieve a fuel economy of 22/32 mpg city/highway.

Gasoline cars are pretty easy to take care of. There’s a gas station every mile or so on the road as long as you’re not on the interstate, so filling up is easy. However, as with all cars, a gasoline car has long-term expenses. Most consumers will be looking at a cost between $1,000 and $2,000 a year for fuel.

The Kia Optima Hybrid is surprisingly strong. The Optima Hybrid has a 2.0-liter engine with gasoline direct injection and continuously variable valve timing technology. Made with an I4 Full Parallel Hybrid System, the hybrid has been optimized as much as possible for the best performance. It can generate up to 193 horsepower, and gets 39 mpg in the city and 46 mpg on the highway. That’s a 10 percent increase from a year ago, and Kia will continue to increase the fuel efficiency of its vehicles going forward.

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