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Miami Lakes Auto 2019 Kia Sorento

New Looks for the 2019 Kia Sorento

Miami Lakes Auto 2019 Kia Sorento

Hell’s Gate in Moab, Utah is pretty intimidating, and the 6.5-mile 4×4 trail that follows called Hell’s Revenge, isn’t made for the weak of heart. Many say the only kind of vehicle that can handle Hell’s Revenge is an off-road 4×4 like a Jeep® or Land Rover. Apparently, no one told Kia Motors, because they took the new 2019 Kia Sorento to Utah, and the results are interesting.

Hell’s Revenge

6.5 miles long, rated 6-out-of-10 on the Red-Rock Four-Wheelers difficulty rating scale, and a 2-3 hour drive, Hell’s Revenge is the kind of off-road trail that can kill a car. Filled with hazardous terrain, the trail is only recommended for experienced drivers, and not someone simply looking for a thrill. The most frightening part of the trail is Hell’s Gate, a steep rock formation that at times makes someone wish they had a climbing rope attached to the vehicle.

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Miami Lakes Auto 2018 Kia Stinger

2018 Kia Stinger at Miami Lakes Automall

Miami Lakes Auto 2018 Kia Stinger

It’s been a long time coming, but the 2018 Kia Stinger has finally been released by Kia Motors, and we couldn’t be happier. Since the 2017 Detroit Auto Show, when the Kia Stinger first debuted, it set up a whole new path for Kia Motors in terms of design and performance. It then had what one would call a “failure to launch” when in May, the Kia Stinger was supposed to go global. Now, it’s finally heading to dealerships and soon the streets, and we have a solid starting MSRP of $31,900.


Prior to the release of the Kia Stinger, Kia started introducing the model to the public with two large promotions. The first was the “The Curve Ahead,” an online promotion (similar to the “If You Know, You Know” campaign for the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon) where inklings of the Kia Stinger specs were bled out over several weeks until the 2017 Detroit Auto Show. Once it finally debuted at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show, Kia Motors was set on designing cars that looked as good as they performed, and with new enticing designs coming up, that’s a tall order to fill.

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Miami Lakes Kia Charging Stations Miami

Kia Motors and Charging Stations in Miami

Miami Lakes Kia Charging Stations Miami

Listen up Miami drivers. Hybrid and electric vehicles are ramping up in the auto market, and soon enough they will be the more practical automobile on the streets. If the somewhat challenge of finding a charging station is holding you back, then we have a surprise for you. Many locations around the Miami area have been installing charging stations, such as Downtown Miami, Brickell, South Beach, and Wynwood.

Where to Charge Up

Downtown Miami

There are many locations in Downtown Miami, so we’re listing the most popular areas for charging up. Going west from Bayfront Park, there are several charging stations one may find, here are a few:

  • One Biscayne Tower, 2 South Biscayne Boulevard, Miami, has one port on the 12th floor with a max of two hours charging time.
  • Suntrust International Center, 1 SE 3rd Avenue, Miami, has two ports in the garage on the third floor for $2/hr for four hours.
  • Southeast Financial Center, 200 Biscayne Boulevard #350, Miami, two ports on the slope between 4th and 5th floors, FREE for the first four hours.
  • Whole Foods, 299 SE 3rd Street, Miami, two level 2 chargers at the north wall bottom of parking garage, first hour FREE with purchase.
  • Lanier Parking Garage, 226 SE 1st Street Miami, one wall outlet on third floor.

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Miami Lakes Auto Kia Safety Features

Safety Features You Can Find in a Kia

Miami Lakes Auto Kia Safety Features

Kia Motors is really stepping up their game with car design lately. First the 2018 Kia Niro, then the 2018 Kia Stinger, and most recently, the 2018 Kia Stonic made their way onto the lineup. With all these great vehicles that look good and are fun to drive, one question many consumers will ask is “Are they safe?” You better believe they’re safe, just look at all the available advanced features Kia Motors implements into their vehicle lineup.


Any kind of automatic safety feature is convenient, that’s true, but there are some instances where one may come in handy more than another. Rear-camera displays have become practically a norm in vehicles for seeing what’s behind the vehicle when backing up, but Kia takes a step further by putting a surround view monitor (SVM) in most of their vehicles. The SVM gives drivers an all-around view in several viewing modes, displaying real-time images from four cameras, offering a virtual “bird’s eye view.”

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Miami Lakes Auto Kia Soul Traffic

Kia Motors Can Help with Rush Hour Traffic

Miami Lakes Auto Kia Soul Traffic

Rush hour traffic in Miami, Florida is a real pain these days, isn’t it? With so many people on the road who have little-to-zero driving etiquette, it can even be worse for some of us. If it isn’t the time we spend in rush hour, sometimes as much as an hour or more just trying to get home, then it’s the gas being spent in idle. Anyone with a fuel mileage gauge knows when the car is stopped, fuel economy goes way down. Luckily, there are many cars out there with great fuel economy, so the hit isn’t too harsh.

Miami, Florida Traffic

According to a study on global traffic and congested cities in the world, Miami, Florida makes the top ten list. The study was conducted by INRIX, a global company that specializes in connected car services and transportation analytics. Using a new methodology to provide data-rich evaluation or urban travel, they managed to measure over 1000 cities back in 2016, and found those with the most congestion and how much the average consumer spends in the peak hours of traffic a year.

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Five Cars Miami Lakes Auto Under 15k

Five New Vehicles Less Than $15K at Miami Lakes Automall

Five Cars Miami Lakes Auto Under 15k

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.

Sound good? You can find the 2018 Kia Rio LX, 2018 Chevrolet Spark LS, 2018 Mitsubishi Mirage ES, and many more affordable cars at Miami Lakes Automall.

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Miami Lakes Kia Alternative Fuel

2018 Sedans and Alternative Fuel Vehicles From Kia

Miami Lakes Kia Alternative Fuel

Ready for round two? Last week we covered several Kia models for the 2018 year, mainly Kia’s SUVs and crossovers and sole minivan. Next up is a large selection of sedans and alternative fuel vehicles. If there is anything Kia Motors is doing these days, it’s shaking up the auto market with a large lead in hybrids, plug-in hybrids, and electric vehicles.

Kia Optima Triplets

The Kia Optima is such a great car, Kia added two variations to the lineup. In addition to the Optima, there is also the Optima Hybrid and Optima Plug-in Hybrid. The original Kia Optima, available in five trims, has three engine options. There is a turbocharged 2.4-liter engine that generates 245 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque, a turbocharged 178hp 1.6-liter DOHC I4 engine, and a 185hp 2.0-liter DOHC I4 engine. The combined fuel economy of each, in order, is 28 mpg, 31 mpg, and 25 mpg. All trims come standard with UVO eServices, Apple CarPlay, and Google Android Auto, a rear camera display, and several advanced auto features. MSRP starting at $22,500 (plus destination fee).

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Miami Lakes Auto Kia Model Crossovers

Kia Motors Crossovers, SUVs, and Minivan

Miami Lakes Auto Kia Model Crossovers

Kia Motors has been kicking butt recently, and with the 2018 model year well underway, we’re looking forward to some of their new vehicles fast approaching. Kia Stinger, we’re looking at you! Until then though, there are plenty of great vehicles to choose from. Possibly their largest lineup would be Kia crossovers, SUVs, and minivans. Give them a look.

Kia Soul

Although it feels like more of a compact car, the Kia Soul is a crossover by Kia Motors standards. Available in three trims, the Kia Soul (base), Kia Soul Plus (+), and Kia Soul Exclaim (!), it’s tough to not get a great vehicle. Each is powered by a different engine, ranging from 130-201 horsepower, and each engine is paired to a 6-speed manual, 6-speed automatic, or 7-speed dual clutch transmission. With standard features, the fuel economy of the Kia Soul is 24/30 city/highway mpg.

It goes without saying the Kia Soul has style, but without looking closer, consumers may not know that a panoramic sunroof with a sunshade is available, and that privacy glass and solar glass come standard. Inside, the Kia Soul + and Kia Soul ! come with UVO eServices on a 7-inch touchscreen, but can be updated to an 8-inch touchscreen with navigation; the base trim can also be upgraded with a 7-inch touchscreen and UVO eServices. All vehicles have Bluetooth wireless technology and steering wheel mounted audio controls. Many other features are left as an option for the Soul + and Soul !, such as heated and ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, automatic temperature control, and various advanced safety features. MSRP starting at $16,100.

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Miami Lakes Kia Sorento Upgrades

New Upgrades for the Kia Sorento

Miami Lakes Kia Sorento Upgrades

Automobile vehicles go through several generations during their time out on the market. Sometimes it’s a few design changes; other times it’s a completely new vehicle. Take the new Kia Sorento as an example. Currently in its third generation, the Sorento received a lot of changes for the 2018 model year and though it is still in the same generation it almost feels like a completely new vehicle.


With three engines available, a 2.0-liter I4, a 2.2-liter I4, and a 2.4-liter engine with GDI, the main change to the Sorento’s powertrain will be lower emissions and Kia’s in-house eight-speed automatic transmission. The design of this transmission allows the unit to use less control valves, allowing for a more direct link to the engine when switching gears. Moreover, gears may change faster and enable faster acceleration while still reducing carbon emissions. This transmission also offers four different driving modes that a driver can select based on their preference for vehicle response. The modes include Eco for better fuel economy, Comfort and Sport for driving style, and Smart, an automatic feature that adapts to the driver’s driving behavior and style as road conditions change.


The exterior has received many more changes, including revised front and rear bumpers, new LED head- and tail-lamps, and a new dark metallic finish to the ‘tiger-nose’ grille for a more sophisticated look. Two new paint jobs have been added as well, Rich Espresso and Gravity Blue. The Kia Sorento still does ride on 17-, 18-, and 19-inch aluminum alloy wheels. Inside, the cabin and console are covered in soft touch materials, and leather upholstery is available for more comfortable seating. The interior may be a single-tone black or two-tone black/beige, and the upholstery may be either brown or a light grey.

A new GT trim has also been added to the Kia Sorento lineup. With a range of upgrades for added style and presence, the Sorento GT comes with four-lamp LED fog lights, red brake callipers, a more prominent sill step, and subtle GT Line badging designed to distinguish it from other Sorento models. The interior has quilted seats, finished in black leather with grey stitching, GT Line embroidered emblems, unique gear shift paddles, and a series of satin chrome highlights throughout the interior.


For technology, the new Kia Sorento gets an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Kia connected services powered by TomTom. The new Sorento will now have full smartphone integration with Apple CarPlay and Google Android Auto and a wireless smartphone charger. If looking to upgrade the sound system, the new Harman/Kardon sound system will be available with Clari-Fi music restoration technology and QuantumLogic surround sound technology.

Now here’s the catch. A lot of this is said to be on the European line, but the main change we can see are diesel engine options that the Sorento has yet to feature. Other than that, it’s a safe bet most of these changes will make it into American models. We’ll know more come the Frankfurt International Motor Show this month, September 2017.

Want to compare the new Sorento to the old? You can check out our inventory or read more about the 2017 Kia Sorento here.

Photo Source/Copyright: Kia.com
Miami Lakes Auto Kia Self-Driving

Kia and Hyundai Create Self-Driving Communication System

Miami Lakes Auto Kia Self-Driving

Autonomous self-driving and semi-autonomous vehicles have been picking up speed in technology, popularity, and practicality these last few years. Every auto maker seems to have a concept or even prototype out, and the basic setup is pretty clear-cut. Making use of sensors, GPS devices, and cameras seem to be the norm for self-driving vehicles. Hyundai and Kia Motors are changing up the autonomous car game with a new self-driving system.

This month, Hyundai and Kia announced their new advanced vehicle-road communication system that they will integrate into their current autonomous driving technology. Unlike today’s tech setup for self-driving vehicles, where on board cameras, radars, and sensors are used, the new tech from Hyundai and Kia will work a little differently. Cameras, radars, and sensors are a great start, but they don’t create a comprehensive enough picture of a car’s surroundings. They may be good for getting around, but when it comes to weather, pedestrians, and other road obstacles only humans are used to navigating around, such devices fall a bit short.

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