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Kia Telluride Lands on CarandDriver 10Best for 2022

The Kia Telluride SUV is at it again. Said to be the largest SUV in the Kia Corp lineup, maybe even the industry, as soon as the Telluride was released, just about every automotive journalist was salivating over it. Initially designed to be a high-tech vehicle, the concept changed over time as Kia decided to put all the super futuristic features in its all-electric vehicles (EVs). Makes sense, and that’s why the Telluride became more of a lifestyle piece. Kia Corp demonstrated this with five Telluride concepts during the 2018 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show. Still going strong, the Telluride won the “Triple Crown” of Automotive Awards last year in 2020. Could it win the crown again this year, with its latest accolade, landing on the Car and Driver’s 10Best list for 2022.

“The Kia Telluride remains one of our favorite SUVs on the market…It is a well-rounded top choice in its segment and is a benchmark family vehicle that never lets us down.” – Sharon Silke Carty, Car and Driver editor in chief

Everyone should know the name, Car and Driver, but in case now, the 10 Best List is one of the biggest lists for consumers to find the best of the best. Only the smartest, most entertaining cars, trucks, SUVs, and vans available today make the list. They also need to be brand-spanking new or refreshed enough to be new. For 2022, the Telluride received minor design enhancements, such as new Kia badging, a slightly redesigned radiator grille, and more tech and safety features to the lineup.

Like last year, the competition was fierce. With 67 other vehicles – cars, trucks, SUVs, and vans – in the mix, and only 10 spots, it was going to be a massacre sooner or later. Expert judges from Car and Driver selected the ten winners based on value, mission fulfillment, and…road manners? Okay. Oh, and for those trying to work out a budget, the pricing for these winners has a starting price below $90,000.

When the Kia Telluride was first released in March 2019, it completely spearheaded sales. Selling over 5000 Telluride units, making a tenth of the automaker’s total sales for that month (nearly 56k units), and by the end of 2019, sold over 56,000 Kia Telluride units. It was a Grand Slam for the model, and instantly caught fire, named a segment winner of the 2020 J.D. Power Automotive Performance Execution and Layout (APPEAL) Study™ in 2020. This year, 2021, the Telluride fever hasn’t stopped, with an upsurge of 39-percent in year-to-date sales for 2021. Given the problems of 2020, that may not sound like a huge victory, but it goes to show consumers are still frolicking happily with this super large SUV.We’re sure this will be just the first of many awards the Kia Telluride or any vehicle in the Kia lineup will receive. There is still the better part of a month left, plus December, and that’s when we really start to round up all the winnings. Be sure to check back with us, and if you need a last-minute Thanksgiving Recipe, we’ve got you covered. Follow us on Miami Lakes Automall social media for more.

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Kia Motors Vehicles Named “2021 Editors’ Choice Award” Winners

Kia Motors has been busy in recent months, reworking and releasing new versions of some of its popular vehicles, like the Kia Stinger refresh and new generation Kia Sorento. The automaker also recently revealed its Carnival Multipurpose Vehicle (or MPV), following the talk of purpose-built vehicles (PBV). The Kia Stinger received a mid-cycle refresh, and the Sorento is all new. Recently, Car and Driver magazine put together its Editors’ Choice Awards list, and one of the vehicles here made it – along with several other vehicles from Kia Motors – the Telluride, Sorento, Soul, K5, and Rio were all named as “2021 Editors’ Choice Award” winners.

Car and Driver 2021 Editors’ Choice Awards

Most consumers should know the name “Car and Driver”. Founded back in 1955, Car and Driver is one of the top names in the auto industry when it comes to reviews, news, and advice for new car shoppers in the market. Always able to provide expert content and leading-edge insights on all things automotive, Car and Driver has earned its right to be called the “definitive voice for in-market car shoppers, enthusiasts, and industry leaders”. With over 12 million unique visitors to the website every month, and plenty of readers, when Car and Driver puts a vehicle on the Editors’ Choice Award, you know it’s a big deal.

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The 2020 Kia Telluride Lands on Car and Driver 10 Best for 2021

The 2020 Kia Telluride was something special, wasn’t it? Far from just being the largest SUV in the Kia Motors lineup, the Telluride was quickly viewed as a lifestyle SUV, able to be personalized in many different ways. During the 2018 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show, Kia had five Telluride concepts on display, each modified for a different kind of adventure. After its release, the 2020 Kia Telluride went on to win many awards. It quickly rounded up the 2020 North American Utility Vehicle of the Year from North American Car of the Year (NACTOY); MotorTrend SUV of the Year; and found its way onto a Car and Driver 10 Best list. The Telluride did the unthinkable, winning what automakers call the three most illustrious awards in the industry, and in the same year as its release no doubt! That little stunt earned the Telluride the “Triple Crown” of automotive awards, and back in 2020, the Telluride returns, landing on the Car and Driver 10 Best for 2021.

“We’re excited to include the Kia Telluride in Car and Driver’s 10Best for the second year in a row…We remain impressed with how many features you get for Telluride’s base price of $33,160, that it is a pleasure to drive and even how adept it is off road. We find ourselves recommending the Telluride over and over to friends shopping for large SUVs, which is a sign of how much we like it.” – Sharon Carty, editor-in-chief of Car and Driver

The Car and Driver 10 Best List is one of the big ones, as we previously mentioned, and every automaker hopes to land on it. Recognizing the smartest, most entertaining cars, trucks, SUVs, and vans on sale today, landing on the list for a second year just shows how amazing the Kia Telluride SUV is. Seriously, the Telluride was competing against 57 other vehicles, including cars, trucks, SUVs, and vans to grab a spot as one of the ten best, and the SUV certainly earned its stripes as it were. Experts from Car and Driver made up the judging panel when it came to marking the competitors. Each vehicle was scored based on value, mission fulfillment, and road manners – yes, they were most likely driven as well, this isn’t a popularity contest. Eligible competitors included all-new or significantly updated vehicles with a starting MSRP below $90,000.

We can’t say we’re surprised by this. The Kia Telluride was a beloved vehicle the moment it was made available. Released in March 2019, Kia sold over 5000 Telluride units, making a tenth of the automaker’s total sales for that month (nearly 56k units sold), By the end of 2019, over 56,000 Kia Telluride units went home to happy consumers. When it comes to long-lasting quality, Kia Motors ranked as the highest non-luxury brand in the 2020 J.D. Power Initial Quality Study (IQS), and the Telluride was a segment winner of the 2020 J.D. Power Automotive Performance Execution and Layout (APEAL) Study™, alongside the Kia Stinger, another award-winning fan favorite.

Year-after-year, Kia Motors vehicles continue to outrank the rest. Come find your new Kia at Miami Lakes Automall or ask us about at-home test drives.

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2020 Kia Telluride Wins Automobile All-Stars Award


Is there anyone out there that doesn’t know how great the 2020 Kia Telluride SUV is by now? The largest SUV in the Kia Motors lineup, the Telluride wins awards every month it seems. Since its release in 2019, the Kia Telluride has become known as a hot SUV to own. Most recently in February 2020, the Kia Telluride won the 2020 MAMA Family Vehicle Award from the Midwest Automotive Media Association (MAMA). Moreover, the 2020 Kia Telluride is best known for winning the “Triple Crown” of Automotive Awards, getting in the good graces of MotorTrend, Car and Driver, and winning a category in the North American Car, Utility and Truck of the Year Awards. Even with the troubled times, the Kia Telluride will continue to be a winner, with its latest from leading publication Automobile.

“The fact the 2020 Kia Telluride impressed our test drivers so much is a testament to Kia’s execution of style, practicality and value…In an Automobile All-Stars field of contenders that included some of the best sports cars, luxury GTs and supercars on the market today, this three-row SUV still stood out easily as one of the best new cars of the year. Whether you’re talking about its exterior appearance, interior appointments, or the experience from behind the wheel or in one of the cushy passenger seats, it’s a winner in every way.” – Automobile editor-in-chief Mac Morrison

Another well-known publication in the world of automobiles, Automobile is an American automobile magazine, but has a twist. Unlike many other auto magazines and publications that post objective reviews about new vehicles, usually put through a series of instrumented tests to obtain all of their technical data, Automobile is written as if the consumers were behind the publication. Reviews of vehicles are subjective reports of how the cars operated in their naturally intended, real world environment, i.e. if a truck is meant to handle off-road conditions, then it’s going to be tested on some rocky roads.

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Kia Telluride May Get a New Off-Road Trim Level


Just last week we were discussing how the 2020 Kia Telluride has won the “Triple Crown” of prestigious Automotive Awards. It’s not often that an automobile wins the kind of honor to heralded by MotorTrend, Car and Driver, and the North American Car, Utility and Truck of the Year Awards. Yet, the 2020 Kia Telluride was named the 2020 North American Utility Vehicle of the Year from North American Car of the Year (NACTOY); MotorTrend SUV of the Year; and landed on a Car and Driver 10 Best list. With all that already under its belt, we wonder if the large SUV can get any better…and it can! Coming soon to the auto market is a new trim level that makes the Kia Telluride even more luxurious than previously thought possible.

Yeah, it sounds too good to be true. The 2020 Kia Telluride already has great amenities – the high-end trim level offers features many consumers won’t find available on competitor SUVs, like second-row ventilated seats, and those SUVs cost twice as much as the Telluride. Is it really possible to get even better while still keeping the Telluride an affordable option? According to an internet rumor from AutoSpies, there could already be something in development. You know what they say about internet rumors.

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2020 Kia Telluride Wins the “Triple Crown” of Automotive Awards


By the end of 2019, we couldn’t get enough of the 2020 Kia Telluride, Kia Motors’ largest SUV in the total lineup. It seemed like every week the Kia Telluride was winning another award, and some were highly coveted. It takes a lot for a vehicle to end up on the “Best of” vehicle lists. Reviewers and automotive publications around the world all have their say, so when it comes to big names like MotorTrend and Car and Driver, we know that the vehicle is making a statement. That’s especially so when capturing one of the awards from the North American Car, Utility and Truck of the Year Awards. The 2020 Kia Telluride made it on all three lists and won its awards. They call this feat the “Triple Crown” of Prestigious Automotive Awards.

Yes, the 2020 Kia Telluride is the first sport-utility vehicle (SUV) to win the “Triple Crown” of the automotive industry’s most prestigious awards – the 2020 North American Utility Vehicle of the Year from North American Car of the Year (NACTOY); MotorTrend SUV of the Year; and landing on a Car and Driver 10 Best list. Capturing the three most illustrious awards in the automotive industry in the same year as its release is unheard of, but the Telluride was popular from day one. When the Kia Telluride was announced as a NACTOY finalist in December, we didn’t want to get our hopes up, but once again it smashes the competition.

MotorTrend heralded the 2020 Kia Telluride for its undeniable success, spearheading Kia Motors sales in March 2019 when it was first released, and selling more than 45,000 units by the end of the year. A judging panel evaluated vehicles on six key criteria – safety, efficiency, value, advancement in design, engineering excellence and performance of the intended function. The Kia Telluride won them all with its sharp style, a great starting price ($31,690 plus destination fee), and an assortment of advanced automatic safety features that come standard.

Landing on the Car and Driver 10 Best Trucks and SUVs list is no easy feat. After getting a good look at the Kia Telluride, its design, equipment, performance, and road manners, Car and Driver put it up against the rest of the competition. Winning vehicles were judged on their value, driving dynamics, and mission fulfillment. If the mission was to crush the competition, then the 2020 Kia Telluride nailed it.

Finally, the 2020 North American Utility Vehicle of the Year award. Just as much as an honor as any other, the NACTOY award is pretty high up there. Winning an award for 2020 is a first-time honor for the Kia brand but is one drop in the bucket of the amount of awards has received from major consumer and enthusiast publications since the three-row SUV appeared in dealerships. Still, after months of deliberation, test drives, comparisons, and other evaluations the Telluride was victorious over a selection of 12 semi-finalists and three finalists in the utility vehicle category. Offering the smooth ride and the rich interior of a luxury vehicle without the luxury price, it’s no wonder nearly 60,000 Tellurides have been sold-to-date (January 15, 2020), and dealerships can’t keep with the increasing demand.

“We are immensely proud of Telluride capturing North American Utility of the Year…It solidifies years of effort on behalf of every Kia employee to build vehicles consumers desire and industry experts value. Winning the North American Utility Vehicle of the Year is an honor that marks Kia’s arrival in the top tier of the world’s automotive manufacturers.” – Sean Yoon, CEO of Kia Motors North America

What are you waiting for? Supplies are limited. Contact us at Miami Lakes Automall Kia for a test drive about the 2020 Kia Telluride today.

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2020 Kia Telluride Named on Car and Driver 10Best Trucks and SUVs list


This month is just so amazing for the 2020 Kia Telluride, we feel like we could cry tears of joy – oh jeez, call the Wahmbulance, because our little big SUV just won another top honor in the industry. Right on the heels of being named SUV of the Year by MotorTrend and winning two awards during the 2019 Texas Auto Writers Association (TAWA) Texas Truck Rodeo, the 2020 Kia Telluride SUV also landed on one of Car and Driver’s 10Best lists. Yowza.

For those not in the know, let’s do a run-down of why this is important news. Car and Driver is a very well-known auto industry publication held in the highest regard by car enthusiasts and automotive manufacturers alike. Known for its expert editorial team, over the years they have displayed integrity, engineering insights, and high standards. Absolutely a leading online source of information, when reviewing the auto market, Car and Driver holds the largest audience of any monthly automotive magazine and every year puts together a number of 10Best lists.

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Find Out What Makes the Kia Cadenza So Great

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Compared to the rest of the lineup, the 2018 Kia Cadenza is the definition of “flying under the radar”. The Kia Cadenza is often left in the shadows due to the Optima’s boost in sales and the latest breakout star, the Kia Stinger. However, once consumers sit inside, they will be pleasantly surprised. Ranked by Car and Driver as the second best full-size sedan and also the best car interior available under $40,000 (plus destination fee), lets see why consumers should consider the Kia Cadenza for the 2018 model year.

The 2018 Kia Cadenza is a perfect example as to why the Kia brand continues to redefine the meaning of “near luxury”. Offered in three different trim levels, Premium, Technology, and Limited, the biggest surprise to most consumers is how spacious the interior cabin is. After taking a seat inside, the cabin’s “visual flare” is immediately evident. The interior of the Cadenza is outfitted with quality standard materials like a power driver’s seat, power front-passenger seat, and heated front seats. For consumers who want additional luxury, some optional interior features include power-adjustable pedals, heated steering wheel, memory driver’s seat, heated rear seats, cooled front seats, and a head-up display.

As previously mentioned before, the interior cabin of the 2018 Kia Cadenza is incredibly spacious. The long roofline delivers plenty of rear-seat head room for those taller passengers. The legroom is spacious and “limo-like”, and for additional small-item storage, the center console and door pockets offer added cargo space. Included on the Technology and Limited trims, the driver seat has a power leg bolster that slides out for better support to taller drivers. The wide doors, tall door openings, narrow side sills and unobtrusive seat bolster make it easy to get in and out of the front seats.    

The interior cabin of the Kia Cadenza also offers an exceptional infotainment system. A 7-inch screen display powered by UVO features AM/FM/MP3/SiriusXM audio system and Apple CarPlay and Google Android Auto capabilities, all standard features. In addition, steering-wheel with manual tilt and telescoping and motor driven power steering (MDPS) also come standard. The Technology and Limited trim levels include an 8.0-inch display with the above features, an  electronic parking brake (EPB) with auto hold, an auto-dimming rearview mirror with homelink and compass, a power rear window sunshade, and rear side window sunshades.

According to IIHS, the Kia Cadenza is a Top Safety Pick for 2018. All three trim levels share numerous safety features like dual front advanced airbags, dual front and rear seat-mounted side airbags, driver’s knee airbag, anti-lock braking system (ABS), vehicle stability management, electronic stability control, traction control system, electronic brake-force distribution (EBD), and high-line tire-pressure monitoring system (TPMS). Another safety feature that may attract parents is how easy the Cadenza’s child-seat LATCH anchors are to use. Once the car seat in installed, there is still sufficient room for either the drive or front-seat passenger to sit comfortably.

In the end, the 2018 Kia Cadenza is not only captivating, but surprisingly efficient. Consumers are given to opportunity to enjoy luxury without breaking the bank. Interested in test-driving a 2018 Kia Cadenza? Stop by the Miami Lakes Automall located in Miami Lakes, FL or visit our website to check out the rest of our new car inventory selection.

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Kia Soul – The Best of Everything

Miami Lakes Automall 2018 Kia Soul Best

Kia Motors does it again. We hear a lot about Kia vehicles lately, when it comes to their safety (Quickly Becoming the Safest Car Brand in America), or their style (2018 Kia Stinger Wins 10 Best Interiors Trophy from WardsAuto), or their technology (Kia Motors EcoDynamics). In 2017, many Kia vehicles received all kinds of awards, and 2018 is no different. Recently named one of the “Coolest Cars for Under $20,000” by Kelley Blue Book, the Kia Soul still gets to shine once again when it comes to the family car.

Kia Soul – The Best Budget Vehicle

About a year ago, exactly June 2017, the 2017 Kia Soul was selected by Edmunds and Parents magazine to be their “Best Budget Vehicle”. A lot of this can be attested to three things – value, performance, and safety.

  • One, the value of the Kia Soul, currently at a starting MSRP of $16,200* for the 2018 Kia Soul base trim.
  • Two, its performance; yeah, a 1.6-liter DOHC inline 4-cylinder engine may not win any track records, but the combined fuel economy of 27 mpg makes the 2018 Kia Soul hatchback a very fuel efficient vehicle.
  • And three, the Kia Soul is known for its technology for safety and family-friendly features. If the available UVO eServices infotainment system on a 7-inch or 8-inch touchscreen with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay capabilities doesn’t impress, then maybe the available advanced safety features will. These include autonomous emergency braking, forward collision warning, lane departure warning, smart cruise control, a blind-spot detection system, and a rear cross-traffic alert.

That was the tenth year that Parents magazine and Edmunds have partnered up together to share the Best Budget award. Not everyone has heard of either unless you’re a parent or work in the auto industry. So working together not only raises awareness of these two publications, but also helps to provide a reliable source for families looking to purchase cars for their new drivers.

“The Kia Soul offers more than just unique styling at a reasonable price … It’s also a practical hatchback that packs plenty of useful features into a surprisingly spacious cabin.” – Ed Hellwig, Edmunds senior editor.

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