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The auto industry is picking itself up by the bootstraps and automakers are starting to get back to work, with Kia Motors charging forward like a warrior into battle. Even with the economy and many industries taking a hit during the Coronavirus pandemic, Kia Motors, surprisingly, didn’t do half bad during May 2020. As far as we can see, the total sales year-to-date (YTD) in 2020 when compared with the YTD sales in 2019, Kia Motors is only about 30k off. The vehicles matching the closest with last year’s numbers are large vehicles, and those are the perfect vehicles for a road trip when practicing social distancing.
“With our expanded lineup of award-winning SUVs leading the way, Kia continues to defy expectations and outperform the industry. In fact, Sportage set a new retail sales record for the month of May…And with several exciting new products debuting in the months ahead and our dealers implementing touchless shopping and servicing practices, we continue to focus not only on exceeding the needs of our customers but also on their health and well-being.” – Bill Peffer, vice president, sales operations, Kia Motors America
In May 2020, Kia Motors sold 7,756 units of the Kia Sportage, with the Kia Sorento close behind with 7,262 units sold. Even the Kia Sedona minivan, a dying breed, sold more units in 2020 than it did in 2019 with 1482 units sold. Although vehicles with 5-8 passenger seating capacity may not be the best idea fully packed during a worldwide pandemic, even post-quarantine. However, all the space a 5-8 passenger vehicle can offer makes it easy for the driver and passengers to practice social distancing, if only three-feet-apart versus six.
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.
All the way back in May, 2019, springtime was fierce and so was the competition of new model year vehicles. Every year, many publications and organizations hold award shows and competitions between all kinds of vehicle categories. Some people just like their input heard whereas a lot of these competitions are about giving consumers the ability to make an informed decision when buying a car in the market. One of these organizations is the Texas Auto Writers Association (TAWA). Every year, once in the spring and again in autumn, they hold two large events – the Texas Auto Roundup and the Texas Truck Rodeo, respectively. The Kia Telluride won the “Mid-size crossover” category and was named the “CUV of Texas”. Now at the 2019 Truck Rodeo, the Kia Telluride strikes again.
Wow, and right after MotorTrend named the 2020 Kia Telluride SUV of the Year. We swear, we didn’t plan this. It’s just more proof that when Kia Motors makes a great vehicle, people notice. Plus, it’s the end of the year, 2020 is just out of reach. It’s time to find out the best-of-the-best for those end-of-the-year savings everyone is waiting on. Like Black Friday, just because it’s suddenly affordable doesn’t mean it’s the one to buy.
People keep trying to talk up the Hyundai Palisade, but a lot of them are falling into that “New is Better” mindset. That isn’t always the truth. Take The Matrix sequels as a perfect example – what was that, seriously? Sometimes the original is the better contender, and when it comes to building out a larger SUV market, the 2020 Kia Telluride got their first and it’s not going anywhere. When looking for a large, three-row SUV of luxury, consumers know where to look – Kia Motors.
The 2020 Kia Telluride doesn’t have to boast luxury to look like a luxury SUV, and it surely has a nice starting price for such a large vehicle. Starting at $44,995 (plus destination fee) is pretty fair considering the competition. For some, the large size of the SUV may give an uneasy feeling, being that this is the largest SUV in the Kia Motors lineup, but the engineering team at Kia Motors has been doing a lot of fine-tuning over the years, and this large SUV drives like a crossover. Furthermore, it comes with various driving modes – Click into “Sport” and things get interesting, especially if you opted-in for all-wheel drive.
The 2020 Kia Telluride was a vehicle long in waiting, popping up all over the place like New York Fashion Week 2018 and at SEMA 2018 with five Telluride concepts. When Kia Motors finally released the large SUV in March 2019, the Kia Telluride spearheaded their sales, with a report of 55,814 vehicles sold – a tenth of which came from the new Telluride SUV, with 5080 units sold. If that wasn’t enough of a celebration, the Kia Telluride was quick to get some street cred in Texas from the Texas Auto Writers Association (TAWA) during the TAWA Auto Roundup. Most recently, another organization made up of automotive and media journalists concluded, the Annual Northwest Automotive Press Association “Mudfest”.
A mudfest? What could an SUV possibly have to do with that? Wouldn’t that sort of thing belong to off-road vehicles? Well, yes, the 2020 Jeep Gladiator from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) did show up at the mudfest, and performed fairly well. However, the Northwest Automotive Press Association, also known as NWAPA, is a professional organization of automotive journalists and media members from throughout the Pacific Northwest and Southwest Canada. With members from a variety of sources, representing more than 700 newspapers, magazines, radio stations, media groups, and the internet, NWAPA also has a primarily focus on testing and reporting on SUVs and crossovers. The 2020 Kia Telluride was among the 22 vehicles from 14 manufacturers tested at mudfest.
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.
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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When we said Kia Motors is Quickly Becoming the Safest Car Brand in America, we weren’t kidding. Back then, Kia Motors had just been ranked as one of 2018’s “Most Trusted Automotive Brands” by AMCI Global, a reliable name in the industry, and their Cadenza mid-size car was named by U.S. News & World Report on their list for “The Safest Cars of 2018”. With studies continuing to conclude into the summer as we hit the middle of the year, more vehicles are being analyzed for technology, affordability, style, and safety. Most recently, two names we’ve been hearing a lot, the U.S. News & World Report and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety have both named two more Kia vehicles for their safety features and security.
2018 Kia Niro Hybrid and the IIHS
Well, this is a surprise, though we’re not actually surprised. With all the acknowledgements Kia Motors has been winning, and with their award-winning lineup of vehicles of all sizes and fuel types, the Kia Niro hybrid crossover is not only the first hybrid crossover in the world but also one of the vehicles that is putting Kia Motors in top honors with big names like J.D. Power and Associates. We also know that the Kia Niro was recently named as a “Great First Time Alternative Fuel Vehicle” by U.S. News & World Report.
Now, the Kia Niro has just earned its first-ever Top Safety Pick+ from the IIHS. Only in its second model year, this is quite the achievement, much of which can be attested to its high-strength structure and optional add-ons for visibility and safety. Remember, for a vehicle to earn a Top Safety Pick+, a vehicle must receive good ratings in all six crashworthiness tests conducted by the IIHS – driver- and passenger-side small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength, head restraints, and seats. They must also receive an advanced or superior rating in the crash avoidance and mitigation category, and good rated headlights.
Kelley Blue Book recently published a list of the 12 best family cars, and the 2017 Kia Sportage made the list. With a combination of comfort and quality interior with an affordable price, the Kia Sportage is an excellent compact SUV for families. Let’s take a look at it from the top.
The standard engine for the 2017 Kia Sportage is a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder that generates up to 181 horsepower and has an average fuel economy of 30 mpg on the highway. Buyers that want a little more kick can opt for the Sportage SX Turbo that is equipped with a 240-horsepower 2.0-liter turbocharged engine, but the 2.4-liter is already pretty powerful. Available on a front-wheel drivetrain or all-wheel drive, both engines are paired to a 6-speed automatic transmission.
Kia Motors is all about safety and they have received many awards for their designs and implementations of safety features. Many vehicles have safety features, but some don’t go very far past the basics. Today, there’s a lot of automatic features that lessen the risks of an auto accident, and Kia Motors probably has the most of them.
Keeping an Eye on Things
These features are like giving the driver eyes on the back of their head, and all around the vehicle for that matter.
The rear parking assist system is a sonar system that detects obstacles when backing up. When an object is detected, it emits an audible warning. Another variation of this detects objects in the front and back, found on the K900, Soul EV, and Sportage.
For a complete view of the drivers surroundings, the touchscreen comes with a Surround View Monitor, or in other words, a bird’s eye view of the car that uses four cameras to show obstacles behind the car and in its immediate vicinity. Blind-Spot Detection also helps with this, alerting the driver to vehicles in their blind spot with a visual cue in their exterior mirror. There are more advanced versions of this in the next section.