Miami Lakes Auto Kia Optima Plug-in Hybrid

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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Miami Lakes Kia Sorento Upgrades

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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Miami Lakes Auto Kia Self-Driving

Kia and Hyundai Create Self-Driving Communication System

Miami Lakes Auto Kia Self-Driving

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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