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The Highlights of Awards for Kia Corp in 2021

Kia Corp has been through many changes as of late, going from an automaker with many SUVs to an automaker starting to shine in the sports car category. The name change was announced in May 2021, from Kia Motors to Kia Corp, with a fancy new logo. To help break in the new name, Kia also revealed its 2022 Kia Carnival MPV, a new multi-purpose van meant to take Kia beyond the mass market and land in the luxury part of the industry. This year has been big for Kia, and right at the beginning, the awards and accolades kept coming.


Early on and then again later in the year, Kia climbed the ranks during a study by J.D. Power. The first this year would be the Kia Niro EV, ranked as the highest in the battery electric vehicle (BEV) segment during the J.D. Power 2021 Electric Vehicle Experience (EVX) Ownership Study. Kia has been working on electric vehicle (EV) and BEV technology for years, and it finally paid off with the Kia EV6 all-electric hatchback. This EV has become so popular, TopGear recently named the EV6 the Crossover of the Year. Another J.D. Power Study Kia Corp got high marks in was the 2021 J.D. Power Initial Quality Study (IQS). The automaker took home the title of “highest-ranked” model in several vehicle segments.

What list of prestige would be complete with a little something from Car and Driver? The Kia Telluride, Sorento, Soul, K5, and Rio all received a Car and Driver “2021 Editors’ Choice Award”. This definitely wouldn’t be the first time a Kia model lands on a Car and Driver list either, with the Kia Telluride landing on the 10Best list in 2021 to complete the “Triple Crown” of Automotive Awards last year in 2020. The Telluride just landed on the Car and Driver’s 10Best list for 2022.

Best for This

Many automotive publications will put together “Best of Lists”, sometimes for the whole year and sometimes for specific categories. Kia Corp is all over that. Three Kia vehicles won “Best Car for the Money” Awards from U.S. News & World Report – the Kia Forte, Soul, and the All-New Sorento. That’s also the fifth year-in-a-row for the Sorento and Soul to land on the list. Looking for a family car? The PARENTS Best Family Cars 2021 list covers a wide selection of new-model vehicles including minivans, three-row SUVs, two-row SUVs, and family sedans, and out of 50 vehicles, the Kia Sedona won Best Value and the Kia Sorento won “Best Redesign” from PARENTS magazine.

Although we wouldn’t call Kia Corp a fleet automaker, there’s still room for surprises. After all, in the spring of 2021, Kia won during the Vincentric 2021 Best Fleet Value in America Awards, held to recognize vehicles with the lowest total cost of ownership over its lifetime. The Kia Forte GT-Line won the award for the compact car segment, the Kia Soul won the award for the compact hatchback segment, and the Kia Sedona won for the minivan segment.


Kia models also know how to treat their drivers and consumers. Winning a place on the list for the 2021 AutoPacific Vehicle Satisfaction Awards (VSAs), the Kia K5 sports car and the Kia Telluride were named for their respective categories. The new and improved Kia Optima, the K5 was named the most satisfying premium midsize car. Winning awards since its release, the Kia Telluride won the award for the most satisfying Large Crossover SUV. Adding onto the high rankings and awards, the 2022 Edmunds Top Rated Awards recently concluded, and two Kia models, the Telluride and the Kia Seltos won out over 300 vehicles for this competition. It’s clear when shopping for a car by Kia Corp, it’s an award-winning vehicle. You can find your new Kia at Miami Lakes Automall today.

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Kia Sorento, Most Affordable 3-Row Crossover

Miami Lakes 2017 Kia Sorento Performance

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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Improved All-New 2017 Kia Cadenza


The Kia Cadenza is mid-sized sedan designed with comfort in mind. For the 2017 model year, the all-new Kia Cadenza was completely redesigned and it has luxury features and a comfortable cabin, while looking a bit sporty. From the engine to the interior, there are a variety of  new features on the all-new 2017 Cadenza.

New Styling

Perhaps the most noticeable change on the all-new 2017 Kia Cadenza is its styling. The redesigned Cadenza looks more expressive and sportier than previous models.  An interesting new exterior feature for the 2017 model is the option of two different grilles. Additionally, exterior features like the LED “piano key” taillights, a wider and lower body, and chrome accents help to give it a more athletic appearance style.

The Cadenza’s new interior is where luxury comes into play. The interior features soft materials and shear surfaces and a wraparound dash that flows into the door panels. The vehicle features a 360-degree surround view display of the vehicle, which is seen on the touchscreen on the dashboard.  Additionally, for the 2017 model year, there are more interior color combinations available and buyers now have the option of upgrading to Nappa leather seating. Read the rest of this entry >>

2016 Kia Sedans: Optima, Cadenza, and K900

Kia Sedans: Kia Optima, Cadenza and K900

2016 Kia Sedans: Optima, Cadenza, and K900For an award winning car, drivers know to look towards Kia. For several years in a row, many  Kia models have received Top Safety Picks from the IIHS, and this year Kia ranked highest out of 33 car brands during the J.D. Power Initial Quality Study. The Kia Optima is one of the more well-known cars by Kia, but we’re going to review two lesser-known sedans to put them in the spotlight.

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How to Prepare for Your Fall Road Trip


The fall is a great time to take a road trip. The kids will soon have a break from school, and a vacation will give them and you some time to recharge for school and work. A road trip also gives you the opportunity to spend some time together before the holiday rush.

As one of the top Miami South Kia dealerships, we’ve got you covered for the best vehicles in which to take your road trip. A roomy Kia Sorento, Kia Sportage or Kia Soul will all offer you a comfortable ride and exceptional fuel efficiency, ensuring that you have an enjoyable trip and an affordable one.

Here are a few other things you can do to get ready for your fall road trip:

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How to Put Together a Down Payment for Your Car


When you’re ready to buy a new car, putting together a down payment can help you get better financing terms, such as a lower interest rate and a lower overall monthly payment. When you buy from a dealership like Miami Lakes Kia, one of the top Miami South Kia dealerships, you will have your pick of quality vehicles with low prices, as well as flexible financing options to ensure that you can find a car you need to fit your budget — whether you have a down payment or not.

If you do want to put together a down payment to bring your monthly payment and the amount you’ll pay in interest over time, here are a few things you can do to make it easier:

Sell Your Old Car

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How to Protect Your Car from Your Pets

As one of the top Miami South Kia dealerships, we can sell you a car that will give you top performance for years to come. We can help you get a vehicle with some of the latest features and innovations in automotive technology. We can even help you get a great deal to fit your budget.

What we can’t do is protect your car from your pets and the damage they can cause. But we can tell you how to do so yourself.

Take a Potty Break

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What to Look for When You Test Drive

When you are ready to buy a new car, you can learn a lot from reading customer reviews, talking to the sale person and reading about the car’s features and stats. Yet you still won’t be able to learn what the car is really like when driving it every day. The only way to do that before you buy is to take a thorough test drive.

When you shop at Miami Lakes Kia, one of the top Miami South Kia dealerships, you can test drive any vehicle and talk with our friendly and knowledgeable sales representatives about your questions. We’ll help you find the vehicle that is right for you.

Here are a few things you should look for when you test drive a car to ensure that you are making the right choice:

Features and Systems

When you first sit down in the car, take a look at the dash. Can you see all the gauges easily? Can you reach all Read the rest of this entry >>

Why You Should Always Sell Your Car to the Dealership

Selling your car can help you raise a lot of money fast. You can use it to purchase your next vehicle, to pay off debts, or to take care of other personal expenses, such as upgrades to your home or taking that vacation you’ve been dreaming of for years.

You have many options for where to sell your car, but there’s only one place where you should sell your car: Your local dealership. Here are a few reasons why you should always sell your car at your local dealership, such as top Miami South Kia dealership, Miami Lakes Kia:

Instant Cash Offer

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