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Not too long ago, J.D. Power released the results of the 2018 U.S. Initial Quality Study, and Kia Motors was leading the auto brand with several vehicles ranking highest in their respective segments. Now, J.D. Power is releasing the results of their 2018 Tech Experience Index (TXI) Study, and Kia has two more vehicles ranking high. It’s not just Kia though – all automakers are waking up to smartphone integration and technology in vehicles today.
Are you aware of Uconnect 4, the next generation of the popular Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) infotainment system? J.D. Power talks about the features of Uconnect 4 specifically when reviewing the results of the TXI Study. Uconnect 4 is an infotainment system that can literally mirror the display of one’s smartphone onto their touchscreen. It’s a whole new ball game compared to Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and the numbers are practically yelling.
So, we talked about the pros and cons of factory-installed systems, but it seems that most consumers aren’t so thrilled about them. Our bad. According to the study, 19% of new-vehicle owners who have factory-installed navigation don’t use it, and 70% of these consumers rather use another device instead, like their smartphone.
“This rapid adoption of smartphone mirroring is the unavoidable outcome of consumers thinking that automakers are being outperformed by smartphone software providers in certain areas…Most consumers consider phone systems better for navigation and voice recognition—and they’re free. ‘Better and free’ are hard to compete with, so automakers will inevitably have to cede this territory and will be much better served by focusing on areas where they are the exclusive provider—like driver assistance and collision avoidance—and continue to hone those systems.” – Kristin Kolodge, Executive Director of Driver Interaction & HMI Research at J.D. Power.
The study, now in its third year, is based on a survey of 20,000 vehicle owners and lessees, 14,800 of which responded, who purchased or leased a new 2018 model-year vehicle in the previous 90 days that is an all-new or redesigned model within the past three years. Conducted from February to July 2018, the TXI Study measures owners’ experiences, utilization, and interaction with 38 driver-centric vehicle technologies at 90 days of ownership. The major technology categories analyzed in the study are entertainment and connectivity; comfort and convenience; driving assistance; collision protection; navigation; and smartphone mirroring.
There were some nice key findings in the results of the study:
– Consumer satisfaction has improved across all categories, with scores in comfort and convenience improving the most.
– Most consumers learn more about apps like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto on their own, versus what sales people at dealerships teach them.
– Consumers are aggravated by intrusive safety technologies, such as lane-keeping i.e. Lane Keep Assist.
– It should be obvious, but the more satisfaction a consumer gets out of their vehicle, the more likely they are to recommend it to others, about 94% of them.
For 2018, the Kia Stinger was ranked highest in the compact premium vehicle segment, and the Kia Optima ranked highest in the midsize vehicle segment. Oh yeah, represent! Luckily for you, we did a comparison of the Kia Stinger and Kia Optima not too long ago, and they’re both amazing vehicles. Check it out!
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As the year winds down and news organizations round up their final lists, U.S. News & World Report has one more, this time for teens. When it comes to inexperienced drivers, it’s better to go with a used vehicle, or a new vehicle that helps them stay safe and focused while staying connected. These days, it’s nearly impossible to separate some people from their phones – at least with modern technology like infotainment systems, people don’t need to have their phone in their hands or be looking down all the time. Whether looking for a car on a budget, or interested in the tech, there are two vehicles that make the list that you can find at Miami Lakes Automall – the Kia Sportage and Chevrolet Traverse.
U.S. News & World Report – Best New and Used Cars for Teens
The thought of letting the same person they changed diapers for less than two decades ago get behind the wheel is a hard concept for a parent to grasp, and understandably so. In South Florida, it feels like there’s some kind of car crash every day, some small and some severe. When it comes to drivers who are inexperienced, and even worse when they have poor driving habits, young drivers are more likely to find themselves in an incident. It takes a lot of discipline for a first car to not become a clunker in several years.
The Best New Cars for Teens need to have the utmost combination of overall quality, predicted reliability, high safety ratings, and accident-avoidance technologies. With crossovers on the rise, U.S. News has mostly large vehicles on their list; it’s also in case a parent wants a new vehicle but lets their new teen driver borrow it now and then. There are many new vehicles on the list, and that’s because a new vehicle will most likely have updated safety features, such as forward collision warning, lane keep assist, rear cross traffic alert, and automatic emergency braking. The Chevrolet automotive brand even has “Teen Driver” tech in some of their vehicles to allows parents to set speed and audio volume restrictions when their teen is behind the wheel.
Well, after all the talk about the 2019 Kia Telluride hybrid SUV, we’re finally getting spy footage of a prototype. It feels like not too long ago, the Kia Telluride got the greenlight to go into production, and we received updates about the Kia Telluride since then. Now, it’s good to see that Kia Motors isn’t just getting our hopes up. A new SUV is definitely hitting the roads in the future, and it will be wearing the Kia badge. Whether it’s the promised Kia Telluride is a whole other story.
The original spy shots were the usual stuff, a mystery car wrapped up to keep it camouflaged while testing. Even the badge is covered up, and one would need a keen eye and a good memory for automotive concept art to claim the image below is the Kia Telluride. Looks like any other SUV.
When the 2018 Kia Stinger was first unveiled at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show, many people were impressed by the sports car. “Sporting” a couple of firsts for Kia, the Stinger was the first vehicle to resurrect the Lambda engine (first having popped up in the 2005 Sorento), was the first Kia sedan to come with all-wheel drive (optional), and introduced Kia’s Driver Attention Alert (DAA) system to help combat distracted/drowsy driving. With that in mind, the Kia Stinger was also one of, if not the first Kia vehicle, to receive the Kia Drive Wise Package. Filled with an assortment of advanced safety features, for a driver that wants eyes in the back of their head and a little clairvoyance, this is the package to get when shopping with Kia Motors. Here’s what the Drive Wise Package includes.
Forward Collision Warning (FCW) and Forward Collision Avoidance (FCA) – A system designed to alert the driver of an impending collision with a slower moving or stationary vehicle/object via a sensor-operated chime. If an FCA, the system will also apply pressure to the brakes if driver input is not detected following the primary alert.
Blind Spot Collision Warning (BCW) with Lane Change Assist – A sensor that detects other vehicles located to the side and rear of a vehicle, and displays a graphic or turns on a small light in the side mirror if a vehicle is detected. The system also assists the driver by letting them know of approaching traffic in their blind spot so they can make a safe merge into the other lane via Lane Change Assist.
Rear-Cross Traffic Collision Warning (RCCW) – Like blind-spot detection, RCCW alerts the driver when backing out of a parking space where traffic is present or approaching from either side.
Kia Motors will always be showing the automotive industry a new trick it seems. They either boast the title of the safest automotive brand, have the most hybrid vehicles in an automotive brand, or basically change the way the auto industry looks at Kia Motors with vehicles like the Kia Stinger. Recently, AMCI Global put the Kia Stinger up against luxury car automaker BMW. We’ve pit the Kia Stinger against a Porsche Panamera before, and we’ve challenged the Kia Stinger with fast and expensive sports cars. Time and again, the Kia Stinger comes out on top. AMCI Global decided to see for themselves – are the results the same? Read on to find out.
AMCI is a company that aims to change the way consumers interact with automotive brands by publishing opinion-based experiences and educating the common public with tests and studies that evaluate car brands and specific models. AMCI wants to provide consumers with brands they can trust and products that are as reliable as they are operational. Performing studies such as the “Trusted Automotive Brand Study”, AMCI talks to thousands of real-life consumers to get the gritty details about vehicles and brands they like and don’t like to find out what brands and vehicles consumers trust the most.
Kia Stinger vs BMW
Beyond what AMCI actually does, from time-to-time, they’ll do a comparison of sorts. Pitting the Kia Stinger GT (with limited slip differential) against, what a coincidence(!), the 2018 Porsche Panamera (powered by a 3.0-liter V6 engine), and a 2018 BMW 640i Gran Coupe with the M Sport package. AMCI decided to test the Kia Stinger GT against these two vehicles in four categories:
– 0-60 Acceleration
– The “Slalom”
– Closed course lap
With Kia Motors working on new technology for their up and coming alternative fuel vehicles, we wonder if they’ll ever stop surprising us. First, the automaker came out with the world’s first hybrid crossover, the Kia Niro. Shortly after, a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) variant of the crossover came out, the Kia Niro Plug-in Hybrid. Now, Kia is working hard on getting the Kia Niro electric vehicle out onto the streets, but still has several bullets in the chamber. Up next is the world’s first hybrid SUV, the Kia Telluride, and a whole new sound system that will change vehicle cabins forever.
Back when the Kia Telluride concept got the green light, we were ecstatic. This is the most futuristic vehicle headed for the auto market, designed with an LED Light-Emitted Rejuvenation (LER) therapeutic system, Smart Sensors that can monitor and display configurable health information of the first and second-row passengers, and a Swipe Command touch-sensitive second-row media-control band that allows the second-row passengers to access multimedia via a touchscreen of their own. That third feature is a technology that Kia Motors, in conjunction with the Hyundai Motor Group, is intent to expand on.
Introducing “Separated Zone Technology” into the auto market, Kia Motors will release what it calls a Separated Sound Zone (SSZ) audio system in future vehicles. Like noise-canceling headphones that drown out ambient noise (using a small microphone), SSZ technology isolates acoustic fields around the cabin of a vehicle and then allows speakers around the cabin to increase or reduce audio levels individually. No longer will all speakers be tied to the center console and the main audio system alone. In a five-passenger vehicle, the driver and front passenger can listen to their tunes in the front, while passengers listen to their own in the back. Kia Motors even discusses the possibility of making private phone calls private by isolating them to a single speaker in the cabin.
It’s crazy how the automarket is suddenly shifting into alternative fuel vehicles. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles have finally turned over to making hybrids and electric vehicles, whereas Chevrolet and Kia Motors are only improving upon their current vehicles. Just like when Chrysler made the first plug-in hybrid minivan with the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid, Kia Motors made the first hybrid crossover, the Kia Niro. Soon after, in late 2017, Kia released a plug-in hybrid variant of the Niro, and soon, we’ll be getting an electric vehicle (EV) variant of the crossover, as updates about the Kia Niro EV continue to pour in.
The first of its kind, the Kia Niro crossover is a hybrid vehicle. Powered by a 1.6-liter 4-cylinder and Full Parallel Hybrid System, the powertrain is made up of a 1.6-liter DOHC 4-cylinder engine optimized with Dual Continuously Variable Valve Timing (CVVT) and Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI) for improved performance and fuel efficiency. Coupled with the engine is an AC Synchronous Permanent Magnet Motor, powered by a 1.56 kWh lithium-ion polymer battery. Combined, the powertrain can generate 139 horsepower and 196 lb-ft of torque. All trims are paired to a dual-clutch six-speed automatic transmission with Sportmatic.
It’s happening. Automakers are finally hitting the alternative fuel market in full force. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is joining the EV market, but automakers like Kia Motors have been on the upswing of hybrids and electric vehicles for years. As more companies join the new gold rush, there will be more variety and choices for the consumer, and less pollution for the environment. It’s a win-win, with plenty of benefits for both parties. Recently, AutoGuide took a look at the many electric vehicles out there, and named the Kia Soul EV and Chevrolet Bolt EV as two of the vehicles consumers should consider if looking into an all-electric vehicle.
Kia Motors has many hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and electric vehicle (EV) choices, and the lineup of such vehicles is growing. Just the other day, WardsAuto heralded Kia Motors for EV technology and hybrid options. The 2018 Kia Soul EV comes in two trims, EV and EV+, and both are run by a permanent magnet AC synchronous electric motor with regenerative braking, powered by a 30 kWh lithium-ion polymer battery system with a 6.6kW on-board charger. With the ability to seat five people, and an all-electric range of 0-111 miles (emissions free), this is the perfect carpool vehicle.
When it comes to finding an SUV that isn’t just powerful but also serves as a family or passenger-vehicle, it may be a little tough for consumers to wade through the waters of a saturated auto market. Some vehicles do stand out, but when they all look alike, it’s a little tough to spot the differences. With the 2019 model year coming up, some automakers, like Kia Motors, are coming out with their usual models, but some are getting a little refresh to highlight what makes them great and get a little of the spotlight shining their way. The 2019 Kia Sorento is one of those vehicles.
Let’s put it all out there! No secrets between us. The new 2019 Kia Sorento has a starting MSRP of $25,990 (plus destination fee) with a range of six trims that barely touch $50k. There’s plenty of options between trims for consumers to get what they’re looking for, and it’s all possible on a decent salary. Consumers won’t have to penny-pinch to get a little luxury in their life in the Kia Sorento.
When the auto market gets competitive, pricing isn’t the only thing fiddled around with. The second-best way to win over new consumers is to offer them more for less. So why not make more features standard instead of optional add-ons? The 2019 Kia Sorento comes with automatic headlights, heated exterior mirrors with integrated turn signals, solar control and privacy glass, and seven-inch touchscreen with UVO Play, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay capabilities all standard.
Well, it seems like Fiat Chrysler Automobiles aren’t the only automotive group making ads for this summer’s advertising campaign. FCA may have just kicked off its 2018 Edition with Apple Music, but Kia Motors is also joining the fray with their newly refreshed 2019 Kia Sorento SUV. Couldn’t pick a better vehicle, really.
What’s Good About the 2019 Kia Sorento?
We think the refreshed 2019 Kia Sorento is the perfect choice to get some air time for Kia Motors for a number of reasons. For one, it’s a perfect chance to show off the SUVs safety features, having received a Top Safety Pick+ from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). A vehicle only receives this award if it passes all five crash tests with a “good” rating, the highest rating the IIHS uses for their crashworthiness and crash avoidance/mitigation tests. The Kia Sorento was also ranked highest for the Midsize SUV segment during the 2018 J.D. Power Initial Quality Study, just saying.
Kia Sorento Marketing Campaign
To make a point of showing off the versatility, advanced technology, and comfort of Kia Motors best-selling and most capable SUV, the automaker has produced a series of videos for various multimedia channels in both English and Spanish. These videos will be placing a focus on the available all-wheel drive system, standard three-row seven-passenger seating, and the more upscale cabin with new technology. One of these we’ve actually already seen, when the Kia Sorento tackled Hell’s Gate in Moab, Utah.
“This campaign mirrors Kia’s mindset as a challenger brand, as Kia and the Sorento have overcome roadblocks, both real and perceived. From off-roading up a mountain to commuting back and forth to work, or a weekend full of running errands, these are the hurdles that drivers conquer every day…As a brand, Kia has conquered our own mountains, especially over the past four years by ranking as the ‘Highest Mass Market Brand in Initial Quality’ in J.D. Power’s Initial Quality Study. And the Sorento, assembled in West Point, Georgia, has played a major role in our success by being named the top Midsize SUV in initial quality the last two years.” – said Saad Chehab, vice president, marketing communications, Kia Motors America.
The other two advertising spots can be viewed below:
Conquer Your Mountain
This video shows off the all-wheel drive capabilities of the 2019 Kia Sorento while driving through rocky terrain. A voice over talks about mountains and highlights the versatility of the SUV.
Ready to Be Conquered
Nearly the same video with additional footage, the narrator in this spot highlights the passenger space and technology of the 2019 Kia Sorento SUV.
A little on the tame side, but that’s alright. Kia Sorento owners may never take their own SUVs to Moab, Utah to scale mountains, or even go off-roading, although the new Sorento is fully capable of doing so. It’s just interesting to see the 2019 Kia Sorento go “to Hell and back” literally and figuratively. It has been refreshed after all.
Interested in your own capable and comfortable SUV? Check out the Kia Sorento at Miami Lakes Automall today.