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Kia Optima PHEV Highlights

Wednesday, September 27th, 2017
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Miami Lakes Auto Kia Optima Plug-in Hybrid

What makes the Kia Optima Plug-in Hybrid so great? Well, there’s a couple of things that make it stand out. For one, a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle, also known as a PHEV, does more than the standard hybrid vehicle due to its rechargeable battery, and that gives it a real advantage when it comes to fuel economy, tax credits, and greenhouse gas emissions.

Engine and Fuel Economy

With only one trim, the Kia Optima PHEV is powered by a 2.0-liter I4 Full Parallel Hybrid system made up of a 2.0-liter DOHC engine, with gasoline direct injection (GDI) and continuously variable valve timing (CVVT) technology, and an electric motor powered by a 9.8 kWh lithium polymer battery. Together, the engine and hybrid generate 202 horsepower and 276 lb-ft of torque. The majority of that torque actually comes from the electric motor!

Because the Kia Optima PHEV has an electric motor powered by a battery, the Optima PHEV can be driven on pure electricity for up to 30 miles. So that means the vehicle can travel 30 miles with little-to-no tailpipe emissions and without using a single drop of gas. When using the battery and engine together in hybrid mode, the Optima PHEV has a fuel economy of 103 MPGe (miles per gallon equivalent) and it has a total driving range of 610 miles when the vehicle starts out with a fully charged battery and full tank of gas.

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Kia Motors Taking Over Green Market with Kia Optima and Niro

Thursday, August 17th, 2017
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Miami Lakes Kia Hybrid Market

Kia Motors is one automotive brand that has fully embraced the green market. There are several hybrid vehicles in their lineup, including the popular Kia Optima and brand spankin’ new Kia Niro crossover. Wouldn’t you know, with how well Kia has been doing so well in the past two years, showered with awards and earning the top spot in the JD Power Initial Quality Study, Kia has recently outpaced Ford to take the number two spot for hybrid vehicles in the US market.

Part of the Hyundai Motor Group, both Hyundai and Kia sold 4,796 hybrid vehicles in July alone. That’s a large number for sales for a single month, a 9 percent increase from June, and twice that of July 2016. In addition, the two automakers make up a whole 17.1 percent of the hybrid market. To think about a decade ago barely anyone wanted to drive a vehicle that made use of both, an internal combustion engine and electric motor. The high fuel mileage is finally popular enough that more and more consumers are going green.

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Kia Cee’d Spied, More Details Coming after Frankfurt Motor Show

Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017
Miami Lakes Kia Cee'd

Miami Lakes Kia Cee'd

Kia Motors is back at it again. We’re starting to think they’re in competition with Mitsubishi Motors, because with every vehicle announced by either auto brand, another follows. First we had the Kia Stinger, then the Kia Niro hybrid crossover, then the Kia Stonic said to also have a PHEV variant, and now we have an upcoming Kia Cee’d hatchback.

The Kia Cee’d was teased earlier this year, but there was not much to say aside from the Kia brand tiger nose grille and sleek headlights. Today, we can see there is a little more style coming out for this new vehicle. Kia has already claimed to be heading in a newer sportier direction, keeping up with their philosophy on style and design. They’ve also discussed releasing sportier looking vehicles like the 2018 Kia Stinger and new Kia Rio and Rio5 models. Based on the camouflaged picture above, one could easily mistake the hidden Cee’d for a Kia Rio5 hatchback model.

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What’s Good About Certified Pre-owned Vehicles?

Wednesday, July 19th, 2017
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Miami Lakes Certified Pre-owned Vehicles

Some car buyers are a little cautious about used cars, and for good reason. We’ve all purchased something used before, only to find out it has more problems than we were previously led to believe. However, when it comes to a certified pre-owned vehicle, consumers can rest easy that their used vehicle has been tested and put through heavy evaluation before being released back into the automotive world.

What is a Certified Pre-Owned Vehicle?

Unlike a used car, or pre-owned car, a Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) vehicle is a pre-owned vehicle that has checked off several points on an auto manufacturer’s list of what constitutes as the “best of the best” pre-owned vehicles. It’s not going to be new, but it does come with the benefits of both a new and used car.

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Going Green with Help from Kia Motors

Friday, July 7th, 2017
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Miami Lakes Going Green Kia Motors

When going green for your next car, take a look at Kia Motors. They have many hybrid and electric vehicles, and more are on the way. No other automotive company has expanded their lineup with green cars as much as Kia Motors, unless they’re purely a hybrid and/or EV automaker. Kia has the Kia Optima in three different variations, the Kia Soul as an electric vehicle, the recent Kia Niro hybrid crossover, and the Kia Stonic is due by the year’s end. There are many choices, but how do you know which one to pick?

The Kia Optima – Gas, EV, and PHEV

Let’s look at the Kia Optima, the first of the bunch. The Kia Optima lineup has three gasoline-powered engine options of varying power. The smallest engine option is a 1.6-liter DOHC I4 engine with a turbocharger that generates 178-horsepower and 195 lb-ft of torque. Turbocharged, it has a little more bang, and with the implementation of a double overhead camshaft (DOHC), there is less stress on the engine, leading to a commendable fuel economy of 28 mpg in the city and 37 mpg on the highway. The strongest engine option is a turbocharged 2.0-liter DOHC I4, generating 245 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. This engine helps the Optima achieve a fuel economy of 22/32 mpg city/highway.

Gasoline cars are pretty easy to take care of. There’s a gas station every mile or so on the road as long as you’re not on the interstate, so filling up is easy. However, as with all cars, a gasoline car has long-term expenses. Most consumers will be looking at a cost between $1,000 and $2,000 a year for fuel.

The Kia Optima Hybrid is surprisingly strong. The Optima Hybrid has a 2.0-liter engine with gasoline direct injection and continuously variable valve timing technology. Made with an I4 Full Parallel Hybrid System, the hybrid has been optimized as much as possible for the best performance. It can generate up to 193 horsepower, and gets 39 mpg in the city and 46 mpg on the highway. That’s a 10 percent increase from a year ago, and Kia will continue to increase the fuel efficiency of its vehicles going forward.

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2017 Kia Soul Named Best Budget Vehicle by Two Publications

Monday, June 19th, 2017
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Miami Lakes Kia Soul Named Best

Kia keeps making rounds around success lane, and there is no stopping them in sight. The Kia Soul, a favorite vehicle of college kids, was just named the best budget vehicle in 2017 by Parents magazine and Edmunds. Not a surprise, really. Starting at only $16,100 – it’s one of the better budget vehicles out there, and the price isn’t the only thing to talk about.

The 2017 Kia Soul was selected for its value, performance, safety, and family-friendly features. This can be attested to its (1) standard 130-horsepower 1.6-liter I4 engine; (2) UVO eServices, which is  Kia’s infotainment package; and (3) its many advanced safety features.

This will be the tenth year that Parents magazine and Edmunds have partnered up together to share the Best Budget award, amongst other rewards, and to provide a reliable source for families looking to purchase cars for their new drivers.

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2017 Kia Soul Listed on KBB Coolest Cars List

Monday, June 5th, 2017
Miami Lakes 2017 Kia Soul KBB Coolest Car

Miami Lakes 2017 Kia Soul KBB Coolest Car

We all knew the Kia Soul is one of the cool cars out there. It’s been around since 2009, and a lot of college kids end up in it at some point. It’s practical, it’s got a funky exterior, it’s fun to drive, and it’s very affordable. Now, its cool factor is official. Kelley Blue Book just named the Kia Soul on their list, “Coolest Car Under $18,000”.

We already knew the Kia Soul was pretty cool. It’s a great choice for Millennials to drive the Kia Soul, and it hasn’t dropped in popularity. Plus, it’s received 5-star ratings from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), so parents know it’s safe. By the way, this isn’t the first time the Kia Soul made KBB’s list. It’s actually the sixth year in a row (2017), meaning it didn’t take long for Kia to get it right on the money, unlike some vehicles that may take several years to make it a worthwhile investment.

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Ideas for Child Proofing a Car

Wednesday, April 12th, 2017
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Miami Lakes Kid Proofing Car

When it comes to childproofing a car, especially a new car, some people panic. How do you keep it clean, how do you keep sand from the beach and dirt from little league sports from making a mess of a once spotless cabin? Nothing’s perfect, and sooner or later the inside of a vehicle will get a little dirty, and kids tend to make it worse, but there’s something you can do about it. We put together a list of easy tips to childproof a car.

Work From the Ground Up

Like any project, starting from the bottom and working your way up is as good a place as any to start. Let’s talk about the floor of the cabin. Some form of cloth covers most if not all of the cabin floor, and it’s quick to stain or catch crumbs. How can you avoid that? The first step is to purchase a rubber mat, measure the seats and dimensions of the inside of the car, and then make the proper cut outs in the mat. If you measured and cut right, the rubber mat should fit perfectly in the cabin. For extra protection, a bath towel or rug beneath the seats will make for great crumb catchers with easy clean up.

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