What the Hyundai Santa Cruz Means for Kia’s Pickup Truck Ambitions

By Product Expert | Posted in Coming Soon, Kia Telluride on Friday, January 18th, 2019 at 5:51 PM
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Is Kia Getting a Pickup Truck in 2019?

When the Hyundai Santa Cruz was announced, the industry stopped and paid attention. After all, the pickup truck market is one that is known especially for shopper loyalty and a new entry is challenging and difficult to nail. Plus, they’re expensive vehicles to manufacture to scale. For Hyundai, this would mean entering a brand-new market, challenging icons like the Chevy Colorado, Toyota Tacoma, Nissan Frontier and Honda Ridgeline. Read the rest of this entry »

Go Further with the New Kia Sorento

By Product Expert | Posted in Kia Sorento on Thursday, January 17th, 2019 at 9:10 PM
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2019 Kia Sorento Gas Tank Size and Fuel Efficiency

One of the hardest parts about developing a vehicle that can transport an entire family is balancing the physics. For instance, a bigger vehicle allows you and your family more space inside, has more room for safety features like airbags and crumple zones and has more weight when driving on wet or slippery roads. On the other hand, bigger vehicles also require more fuel to carry their added weight and drive components. Read the rest of this entry »

What’s Going on in Tampa Bay This Weekend?

By Product Expert | Posted in Local Events on Thursday, January 17th, 2019 at 9:05 PM
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Tampa Bay Events January 19 and January 20 2019

As January hits its mid-month stride, we’ve got plenty of fun and exciting things going on in Tampa Bay every day. The weekend, especially, allows us to enjoy the time many of us have off work. The stuff going on, then, is definitely worth checking out. Read the rest of this entry »

How Does the Newest Sedona Compare to its Minivan Competition?

By Product Expert | Posted in Kia Sedona on Tuesday, January 15th, 2019 at 8:12 PM
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2019 Kia Sedona Towing Capacity Vs the Competition

Although many drivers who choose a minivan as their preferred means of transportation do so for the number of seats and interior space, these vehicles have several additional merits. We’ve discussed them at length before. One of the lesser-known qualities of this class, however, is the robust engines they also bring along on their multi-passenger adventures. Read the rest of this entry »

When a Rio Isn’t Just a Rio

By Product Expert | Posted in Kia Cadenza, Kia Forte, Kia K900, Kia Optima, Kia Rio, Kia Sedona on Monday, January 14th, 2019 at 8:47 PM
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Kia Model Names Around the World

Working with a partner like Kia, who has its self firmly established in nearly every market, means spending a lot of time seeing just how unique Kia’s lineup is beyond these purple mountains’ majesty and amber waves of grain. Every day, it seems like we’re learning about a new model that Kia has custom engineered, designed and developed for a market with unique needs and wants. Read the rest of this entry »

Kias You Can’t Buy in the US: The Kia Sportage GT Line

By Product Expert | Posted in Kias You Can't Buy on Friday, January 11th, 2019 at 4:47 PM
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Kia Sportage GT Line U.S. Release Date and Availability

When it comes to enjoying life behind the wheel, possibilities are an important consideration. After all, knowing that only a mild off-road trail separates you and a secluded beach with excellent vistas and soft, warm sand, makes that activity possible only if you have a vehicle that can get you there. Read the rest of this entry »

Gasparilla Is Around the Corner. Here’s What You Need to Know!

By Product Expert | Posted in Gasparilla, Local Events on Thursday, January 10th, 2019 at 9:43 PM
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When is Gasparilla 2019?

Uniquely Tampa, Gasparilla is a celebration of all things pirate. More than just a pirate-themed festival, however, it’s a creative and community-driven local gala that invites all residents to enjoy the bounty of social activity, fun, food, beverage and events that Tampa, St. Petersburg, Clearwater and the entire Tampa Bay have to offer. Read the rest of this entry »

What’s Going on in Tampa Bay This Weekend?

By Product Expert | Posted in Local Events on Thursday, January 10th, 2019 at 9:16 PM
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Tampa Bay Events January 12 and January 13 2019

We may not realize it here in the Tampa Bay region. For much of the country, however, the post-holiday winter is a sad and tedious period of waiting. Gone are the beautiful lights. Gone are the ever-present carols and songs. Gone is the general spirit of generosity which saw Ebenezer Scrooge loudly proclaim that he would “honor Christmas in [his] heart and try to keep it all the year.” Read the rest of this entry »

Auto School 4: The Suspension

By Product Expert | Posted in Auto School on Tuesday, January 8th, 2019 at 7:25 PM
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Learn About Your Suspension in Less Than 10 Minutes

Here at Friendly Kia blog, we’re always trying to raise the bar. As the only Tampa Bay dealership welcomed in the Kia Motors America Presidents Club for customer satisfaction, we know firsthand just how important it is to listen to our clients and be honest with them about their vehicle. Read the rest of this entry »

How the Kia Optima Became a Better Camry Than the Camry

By Product Expert | Posted in Kia Optima on Monday, January 7th, 2019 at 8:32 PM
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Kia Optima Vs. Toyota Camry

Tracking the ebb and flow of manufacturers behind the most popular cars throughout our automotive history is an interesting endeavor. While most cars started out as American-sourced, the gas crisis in the late 1970s saw Americans turn on a dime from prioritizing lavish vehicles with large engines to small cars with excellent fuel efficiency. Read the rest of this entry »