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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.
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.
The summer isn’t over, and that means big names in the auto industry are continuing to round up the numbers and finish their lists. One of those was recently J.D. Power, with Kia Motors leading the Initial Quality Study for non-luxury car brands. Another name that popped up was U.S. News & World Report, naming Kia Motors hybrid cars, SUVs, and the Kia Stinger on a variety of lists. Now, U.S. News pops up again, naming the quietest SUVs on the market. Yes, there’s a niche for that, especially for those of us with little ones in the car who need their nappies.
2018 Chevrolet Tahoe
It’s hard to believe that this behemoth of an SUV can be called “quiet”, but U.S. News & World Report named the Chevy Tahoe on their list for a reason – well, a couple of reasons. Namely, U.S. News is quick to point out that the large SUV is a cushioned, quiet ride powered by a 355hp 5.3-liter V8 engine (standard) that provides enough power for most buyers on the market. They also mention the optional 420hp 6.2-liter V8 for its torque and towing capabilities; if it’s as quiet as the standard engine, it’s a win-win.
Because these quiet vehicles may have a focus on family-minded drivers, U.S. News also covers the stylish cabin of the 2018 Chevrolet Tahoe and some of the amenities offered. Built with noise-deadening insulation, the cabin is kept quiet from outside noise, and passengers will have plenty of leg space to relax without feeling cramped and they’ll keep cool with tri-zone climate control. For entertainment, every trim comes with Chevrolet MyLink on an 8-inch touchscreen display that features AM/FM stereo, Bluetooth streaming Audio, and Android Auto and Apple CarPlay capabilities. Oh, and a built-in 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot also comes standard.
We didn’t forget about Kia Motors. They were in the intro, right? Another vehicle named by U.S. News & World Report for quiet vehicles is the 2018 Kia Sorento SUV. Named the least expensive on the list with a starting MSRP of $25,900 (plus destination fee), the 2018 Kia Sorento has a number of powertrains available, all as quiet as the other for a smooth ride. Consumers can get the fuel-efficient 185hp 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine, get a power boost with the 240hp turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, or go for gold with the optional 290hp V6 engine.
Again, what family vehicle stops the review at the powertrain? The 2018 Kia Sorento features premium materials for a comfortable ride as it is quiet, able to sit up to seven passengers depending on the trim. With so many trims in the lineup, features are sprinkled around a bit, but if simply looking to take kids to school and run errands with a little entertainment, then the Sorento is a great choice, offering 73.5 cubic-feet of space for groceries, after-school equipment, etc.
Looking for these quiet vehicles and others for driving with the family? We have plenty of safe and powerful SUVs at Miami Lakes Automall.
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Three brands at Miami Lakes Automall were named on the 2017 Ward’s 10 Best Engines list, and we’re proud to say the Chevrolet Bolt EV, the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid, and the Kia Stinger are both on the lot.
Ward’s is an American organization that discusses news happening in the auto industry, ranging from the industry itself to notable engines, vehicle interiors, technology, and more. For more than 80 years, Ward’s has been covering such news and holds its own awards, in the form of lists, where an auto brand, vehicle, or piece of tech may be named as one of Ward’s “10 Best.” Every year there’s a list for several different categories, and recently, Ward’s published its “10 Best Engines” list.
For the “10 Best Engines” list, WardsAuto editors chose the winners from 32 engines and electric hybrid systems, and the 2018 Chevrolet Bolt EV, 2018 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid, and the 2018 Kia Stinger were all included on the list.
When shopping for a new car, everyone wants to get a great deal, especially when shopping on a budget. Here at Miami Lakes Automall, we have a great selection of vehicles for those looking for something affordable as well as those looking for luxury. We looked through our inventory of cars and found many great vehicles for under $15K. Here’s five affordable cars that strike up a great deal!
2018 Kia Rio and 2018 Kia Rio 5-door
The all-new Kia Rio and Kia Rio 5-door have a lot in common, including a starting price under $15,000. The 2018 Kia Rio LX, the base trim, and the 2018 Kia Rio 5-door are powered by a 130-horsepower 1.6-liter DOHC I4 engine built with dual continuously variable valve timing (CVVT), that alters the frequency of cylinder valves opening and closing. The engine is also built with gasoline direct injection (GDI) for faster fuel delivery. The engine is paired to a 6-speed manual transmission, and the vehicle has a fuel economy of 29 mpg in the city and 37 mpg on the highway.
Both, the Kia Rio LX and Kia Rio 5-door LX are outfitted with solar control glass, auto on/off headlights, and ride on 15-inch wheels. Inside, consumers will find a 4-speaker system, steering wheel mounted audio controls, and a 5-inch touchscreen with AM/FM/MP3 compatibility and SiriusXM radio. For storage, the Kia Rio can offer 13.7 cubic-feet with the rear seats up, and the Kia Rio 5-door can get up to 32.8 cubic-feet free with the rear seats folded.
Starting MSRP for 2018 Kia Rio LX is $13,900 (plus destination fee), and the 2018 Kia Rio 5-door LX starts at $14,200 (plus destination fee). In addition to a great starting price, the Kia Rio is a great vehicle for buyers on a budget because it is covered by an industry-leading warranty that includes a basic limited warranty for five years or 60,000 miles and a powertrain limited warranty for 10 years or 100,000 miles.
2018 Chevrolet Spark
There are a couple Chevy Spark trims, and the Chevy Spark LS is has a starting price under $15,000 when it is equipped with a manual transmission. This vehicle has a starting price just over $15,000 ($15,025) when it is equipped with an automatic transmission. However, the two have exactly the same features, so we’re including both.
The 2018 Chevrolet Spark LS is the base trim on the Spark lineup, and like all of the Spark trims, it is powered by a 1.4-liter ECOTEC DOHC engine. The engine is built with continuously variable transmission and multiport fuel injection for optimized performance, and the Spark has a fuel economy of 29 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway.
The Spark is a mini car with seating for five passengers, and the exterior features solar absorbing glass and a rear spoiler. The Spark LS comes standard with Chevrolet MyLink Radio and that includes a 7-inch color touchscreen, Bluetooth streaming audio, and Google Android Auto and Apple CarPlay capability. Even as the base trim, the Spark LS is spoiled; it even gets an OnStar 4G LTE built-in WiFi hotspot (active OnStar subscription required).
Starting MSRP for the 2018 Chevrolet Spark LS with manual transmission is $13,925 (plus destination fee).
2018 Mitsubishi Mirage and Mirage G4
The Mitsubishi Mirage is a small hatchback that is available in three trims and the base trim, the Mirage ES, is priced under $15K. All Mirage trims are powered by the same 1.2-liter DOHC engine. Small and efficient, the Mirage ES not only has an affordable starting price, but it is also an affordable vehicle because it has an excellent fuel economy of 33 mpg in the city and 40 mpg on the highway. Inside, the Mirage has nice entertainment features, including a 4-speaker system, a 7-inch touchscreen, Digital HD Radio, Bluetooth wireless technology, steering wheel audio and phone controls, and a rearview camera.
Introduced in 2017, the Mirage G4 is a sedan version of the Mitsubishi Mirage. The Mirage G4 is available in two trims and both of them are equipped with the same 1.2L I3 engine that the Mirage has. The 2018 Mitsubishi Mirage G4 ES has a starting price under $15,000 when it is equipped with a manual transmission. Convenience and entertainment features consist of a 7-inch touchscreen with a rearview camera, a 4-speaker audio system, Bluetooth wireless technology, Digital HD Radio, and steering wheel audio and phone controls.
Starting MSRP for the 2018 Mitsubishi Mirage ES with a manual transmission is $13,395 (plus destination fee), and the starting MSRP for the 2018 Mitsubishi Mirage ES with an automatic transmission is $14,595 (plus destination fee). Starting MSRP for the 2018 Mitsubishi Mirage G4 ES with manual transmission is $14,395 (plus destination fee). Like Kia, Mitsubishi also backs its vehicles with the same industry-leading warranty.
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Consumer Reports recently released its “10 Top Picks of 2017: Best Cars of the Year” list, and we’re happy to see some of our vehicles made the list. The 2017 Kia Optima, Chevrolet Cruze, and Chevrolet Impala all earned great ratings, and they are all available at Miami Lakes Automall.
So, what makes a car worthy of the top 10 list? Consumer Reports judged vehicles in four categories (road test, reliability, owner satisfaction, and safety) and then factored all scores into one overall score.
Here’s how three of our cars matched up.
2017 Kia Optima – Midsize Sedan
Anyone who owns a Kia finds themselves satisfied with a reliable and fun car to drive (they were the highest ranking brand in Customer Satisfaction in the 2016 J.D. Power Study). Rocking an 86 on the road test, the Kia Optima is a great sedan. It is the perfect blend of family car and performance sedan that’s user-friendly and spacious.
Stylish and filled with value, it’s surprising to find features such as music streaming, Apple CarPlay and Google Android Auto compatibility, and others one would expect to only find in a luxury vehicle. Powered by an available 2.0-liter turbo GDI engine with 37 mpg on the highway, and protected by several safety features such as autonomous emergency braking, advanced smart cruise control, a surround view monitor, and a forward-collision warning system, it’s no surprise the Kia Optima made the list.
Starting MSRP at $22,200.
Every year, the Initial Quality Study by J.D. Power and Associates sends out thousands of surveys to vehicle owners and lessees of the current model year vehicles across 33 brands. This year, Kia received the lowest number of problems making it the highest ranked brand on the 2016 Initial Quality Study by J.D. Power.
The Initial Quality Study has been around for 30 years, and only once before 2016 has a non-luxury brand been ranked the highest. The study is designed to evaluate a vehicle’s quality 90 days after ownership, and along with Kia, 21 out of the 33 brands had shown a 6% improvement of quality in comparison to their previous year.