Archive for March, 2016

How Many Kias are Produced in the U.S.?

Wednesday, March 30th, 2016
2016 Kia Sorento 2,000,000 U.S. Kia vehicles Friendly Kia Tampa FL

Kia U.S. Production West Point Georgia

When a white 2016 Kia Sorento SXL rolled off the assembly line, it marked the two millionth Kia vehicle built in a U.S.-based Kia plant.

Read on to see how long it took to reach this milestone, and what some other recent Kia milestones are as we dig deeper into Kia’s U.S. production in West Point, Georgia(more…)

How Does the 2017 Forte Compare with the 2017 Elantra?

Tuesday, March 29th, 2016
2017 Kia Forte vs 2017 Hyundai Elantra compact cars Friendly Kia Tampa Clearwater St. Petersburg FL

2017 Kia Forte vs. 2017 Hyundai Elantra 

With all the news about 2017 Kia models coming out of major auto shows in New York, Detroit and Chicago, among others, our excitement is as high as the quality you will receive with one of these stylish, fun, value-packed models.  We’ve taken a closer look recently at the 2017 Kia Cadenza’s release, as well as the expanded hybrid line of 2017-model-year Kias that is coming soon, like the Kia Niro and the Kia Optima Hybrid.  Today we’re focusing on the fun compact that keeps on giving, the 2017 Kia Forte, and how it compares vs. the 2017 Hyundai Elantra, another compact.
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Stand Out from the Crossover Pack with the New Sportage

Tuesday, March 29th, 2016
2017 Kia Sportage crossover color options Burnished Copper Friendly Kia Tampa FL

2017 Kia Sportage Release and Available Colors 

The 2017 Kia Sportage is reaching the lot right now, and you’ll want to see its new design, with a lower, wider front and bolder wheel arches, as well as available LED “ice cube” fog lights in top-line models.

Along with the redesign that has 2017 models looking better than ever, there are some eye-catching color options that you can choose from with your 2017 Sportage.  We’ll take a closer look at the 2017 Kia Sportage’s release and available colors.    (more…)

What Vehicles Keep Their Value the Longest? The Kia Sorento, For One

Friday, March 25th, 2016
2016 Kia Sorento POVA Award 2014 models Friendly Kia Tampa FL

Kia Sorento 2016 TrueCar Pre-Owned Value Award

Like a caped superhero, the Kia Sorento has taken Gotham by storm.  No, it’s not taking out hoodlums for the commissioner or leaping over tall buildings, but it has done something even more rare.  The Kia Sorento is the winner of the first-ever 2016 Pre-Owned Value Award (POVA) – Midsize Utility from TrueCar This honor is in connection with the New York International Auto Show, which takes place March 25 to April 3.

So what does this award mean?  Stick around, and we’ll tell you.  (more…)

What are the Advantages of a Hybrid vs. a Plug-In Hybrid?

Friday, March 25th, 2016
2017 Kia Optima Hybrid Friendly Kia New Port Richey FL

Advantages of 2017 Kia Optima Hybrid and Plug-In Hybrid

If you’ve ever seen the movie “Napoleon Dynamite,” then you’re familiar with the “Liger,” a lion-tiger hybrid that the main character Napoleon drew.  You might think it’s a pipe dream that the Liger even exists, as well as exotic breeds like the “Zonkey,” a zebra-donkey mix, and you would probably be right, but the good news is there are plenty of hybrids that naturally occur in the wild, and we have tamed them and brought them to the dealership lot where they can do the most good.  Two such exotic beasts are the 2017 Kia Optima Hybrid and the 2017 Kia Optima Plug-In Hybrid, both due on lots in 2016.  We’ll line them up and see what the advantages of each style of hybrid are.  (more…)

Does the 2016 Kia Optima Have Daytime Running Lights, Dynamic Bending Lights?

Thursday, March 24th, 2016
2016 Kia Optima lights DBL HBA Bi-Xenon Friendly Kia

2016 Kia Optima Lights

Daytime Running Lights, or DRL as they are called for short, are becoming increasingly common. There’s various schools of thought on whether they should be on the road, but wherever you stand on the issue, you have to admit they look pretty cool.  And while not every current Kia model has DRL, we will take a close look at the 2016 Kia Optima and see if it does.  Stay with us to see what types of lights and lighting options and features the 2016 Optima comes with, and how they can benefit you when you’re behind the wheel.

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Kia Sedona Test Drive is All Class, Luxury

Thursday, March 24th, 2016
2016 Kia Sedona Autotrader.com Must Test Drive List

2016 Kia Sedona Autotrader.com Must Test Drive

It’s time to stop bagging on the minivan.  Though the vehicle class has long been associated with clunky designs and “being uncool,” there’s a ton of benefits to the minivan.  A few include comfort, room for a large group, and lots of cargo options for moves and long trips.

Autotrader.com is aware of the stigma that follows the minivan around like a bad cold, but its editors rave about the 2016 Kia Sedona, which exceeds the norm and provides a comfortable, stylish ride.  So let’s take a look at why Autotrader.com called the Sedona a Must Test Drive(more…)

Who Wins: Towns or Porzingis? Keep Up with NBA Rookie of the Year Race

Thursday, March 24th, 2016
Kia Rookie Ladder NBA ROY Karl-Anthony Towns Kristaps Porzingis

2016 Kia NBA Rookie of the Year Award

There are few things as energizing as watching an NBA player throw one down in a big game.  Well, unless you can dunk yourself – then you don’t need to live through stars like Kevin Durant or LeBron James.  But you get the picture: Levitating to the hoop and scoring from point-blank range is satisfying, and it electrifies both crowd and players.  We’re just as excited to see which first-year player will win the Kia Rookie of the Year Award in 2016.  It’s been a strong year for NBA rookies, with several players already becoming big-timers for their teams.  Read on to see which rookie has had the most award-worthy season so far.  (more…)

Friendly Kia’s Partnership with KBB is Beneficial to Car Shoppers

Thursday, March 24th, 2016
Kelley Blue Book KBB.com trade in marketplace Friendly Kia Tampa FL

Kelley Blue Book Trade-In Tampa Clearwater St. Petersburg FL  

Kelley Blue Book is the Michael Jordan of finding out your car’s value.  It’s the best, most well-known and trusted source for finding out what your car is worth for selling or trading it in.  So we’re proud here at Friendly Kia to say we’re one of only three dealerships in the Tampa Clearwater St. Petersburg FL area that has a partnership with Kelley’s Blue Book’s Trade-In Marketplace/Buying Center.  Stick around to see how this brings value to you as you’re looking to purchase a new or pre-owned car.  (more…)

Kia Cadenza Takes a Bite out of the Big Apple at NY Auto Show

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2016
2017 Kia Cadenza New York Auto Show debut premium sedan Friendly Kia

2017 Kia Cadenza Features and Specs

It’s official.  The 2017 Kia Cadenza has been unveiled at the New York International Auto Show, and it’s a stone-cold stunner of a sedan.  Current models already have plenty of power, leather seat trim and expansive audio options, so what will the future bring?  Read on to see the 2017 Kia Cadenza’s features and specs(more…)