Archive for June, 2016

What You Need to Know about the Kia Niro

Wednesday, June 29th, 2016
2017 Kia Niro HUV release date and preview Tampa Clearwater FL

2017 Kia Niro HUV Preview and Release Date

The eagerly-anticipated Kia Niro HUV (Hybrid Utility Vehicle) will be on the lot before you know it, and we have a few facts and details we’d like you to become accustomed to so you know what amazing style and savings you’re in for when the 2017 Kia Niro HUV has a U.S. release date.  Consider this a preview, and get ready to have your mind blown, because the Kia Niro is an emissions-reducing hero.

More About the Niro’s Specs, Features

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How Can you Get Nappa Leather in a Kia Soul?

Wednesday, June 29th, 2016
2016 Kia Soul interior Nappa Leather Friendly Kia Tampa FL

2016 Kia Soul Exclaim Color Options Benefits of Nappa Leather

What constitutes softness to you?  Is it a kitten’s paw?  A marshmallow?

If Nappa Leather doesn’t come to mind, we’re hoping it will soon, as this exclusive leather is so plush, you’ll just ooze into your seats and the drive will become more luxurious and comfortable than ever.

So imagine the lyric from the OutKast song “Hey Ya!”, where instead of the lyric “What’s cooler than being cool?  Ice cold!” you say “What’s softer than being soft?  Nappa leather!” as we look at the 2016 Kia Soul color options for Exclaim (!) models and the benefits of Nappa Leather.

Kia Soul Tops the Competition in Quality

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What are the Smart Welcome, Smart Trunk Features in the Kia Optima?

Tuesday, June 28th, 2016
2016 Kia Optima Smart Welcome and Smart Trunk features Tampa FL

2016 Kia Optima Smart Welcome Smart Trunk Features and Benefits

A “smart welcome” can mean so many things.  It could be when two Nobel Prize Winners in Physics greet each other with a pleasant hello.  Or it could be when the Kia Optima greets you with a feature that makes it a snap to get inside your car and get started with your drive, making your day that much easier.

So what can the 2016 Kia Optima’s Smart Welcome feature do, and what are its benefits?  We’ve got you covered, and you don’t need to be a Nobel winner in physics to see how handy this feature is.  We’ll also get into the 2016 Optima’s Smart Trunk features, as well.

Kia Optima and Daytime Running Lights

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An Exceptional Five Out of Five: J.D. Power and Kia’s Vehicles

Tuesday, June 28th, 2016
2016 Kia Forte Soul Sportage Sorento IQS results Friendly Kia

2016 Kia Sportage Soul Sorento Forte J.D. Power IQS Results

Have you ever played “paper, rock, scissors” and made it a best-of-five series, like you were participating in a playoff round of hand gestures?

If you’re like us at Friendly Kia, you’ve done so, and gladly.  And we have four vehicles on our lot that ranked five-out-five in the 2016 J.D. Power Initial Quality Study, dazzling new vehicle shoppers in the process.  We’re going to visit with the 2016 Kia Forte, 2016 Kia Soul, 2016 Kia Sorento and 2016 Kia Sportage and review their J.D. Power Initial Quality Study (IQS) results.

More on the 2016 Soul, 2016 Sportage

TMI? No, TQI – Where Kia Tied for First

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Which Can fit More Cargo for Your Summer Getaway: The Kia Forte5 or the Rio 5-Door?

Monday, June 27th, 2016
Cargo room 2016 Kia Rio 5-Door vs. 2016 Kia Forte5 Clearwater FL

2016 Kia Forte5 vs. 2016 Kia Rio 5-Door Cargo Room 

It’s time to hit the road, Jack and Jill.  To take a road trip, of course!

Summer’s here, and with it comes family trips or spontaneous trips into parts unknown.  And there are no better vehicles for fun trips for couples or small families than the 2016 Kia Forte5 and the 2016 Kia Rio 5-Door.  Both of these compacts have easy-to-access hatchbacks and nice cargo room for vehicles their size.  Plus, you’ll save a ton at the pump with both vehicles.  Read on to see which of these super-sized compacts can hold the most cargo.

Get a Kia Forte with Two Months Free!

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What is the Kia Grand Sedona, and How is it Different than the Kia Sedona?

Monday, June 27th, 2016
2016 Kia Sedona vs. Kia Grand Sedona concept minivan

Kia Sedona vs. Kia Grand Sedona Minivan Specs and Features

Ain’t it grand?  That’s a phrase you often hear when something nice has happened, and we have something even better than nice, as we look at the Kia Sedona and its concept model cousin, the Kia Grand Sedona.  So what is so “grand” about this minivan, and how is it different than the Sedona we have available domestically?   Excellent questions.  We’ll pit them head-to-head in our Kia Sedona vs. Kia Grand Sedona “tale of the tape” and see what the specs and features of each are.

See the Sedona Take On All Automakers

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Prestige Doesn’t Begin to Explain It: Kia Sportage and Kia Soul Ranked Highest in J.D. Power Initial Quality Study

Thursday, June 23rd, 2016
2016 J.D. Power Initial Quality Study 2016 Soul Sportage Friendly Kia New Port Richey FL

2016 J.D. Power Initial Quality Study Kia Soul and Kia Sportage

“Non-Premium” has such a nasty ring to it, evoking memories of something substandard or less than ideal.  But that’s the industry term for vehicles that are affordable and mainstream, a category which includes favorites from many popular automakers.  These are not “non-premium” so much as the vehicles the average car shopper likes to buy.

So whatever you want to call this large and illustrious group, the 2016 Kia Soul and 2016 Kia Sportage just topped them all – and the “premium models” in their respective vehicle classes in the J.D. Power 2016 Initial Quality Study, too.  How was such a conquest possible?  Let’s check out the tale of the tape as we look at how the 2016 Kia Soul and 2016 Kia Sportage were so superior in their categories in the 2016 J.D. Power Initial Quality Study.

TMI? No, TQI – Which Kia Also Aced

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Float Like a Kia, Sting Like a GT4: Kia’s Sports Car Update

Thursday, June 23rd, 2016
Kia GT Stinger sports car concept testing release date Friendly Kia Tampa FL

Kia GT4 Stinger Release Date and Features

Kia has a full line of vehicles: Sedans, compacts, hatchbacks, crossovers, SUVs and a minivan, among others.  But we don’t have a sports car, a fact which may soon change if the rumors and murmurings are true.  We’ve seen spy shots of a Kia sports car in recent months and even reported our predictions of when we can see the Kia GT4 Stinger in the Friendly Kia blog, but now more than ever it looks like the Kia sports car will see a release date.  Stick around for its features, and get ready to salivate.

Kia GT4 Concept Photos, Specs

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Can You Hear It? New Port Richey’s Summer Concert Series is Underway!

Thursday, June 23rd, 2016
New Port Richey Summer Concert Series Katz Downstairz Isaac Byrd Jr. Friendly Kia

Summer Concert Series Sims Park New Port Richey FL

Nothing says summer quite like nice weather and hanging outdoors while listening to live music.  Which is why the New Port Richey Summer Concert Series is back at Sims Park with a roster of artists that will entertain, and at an affordable price.  Actually, the most affordable of all: For free.

Read on for details where and when you can see the live music at the concert series.

Party With Friendly Kia at Sims Park

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Kia Works its Mojo, Takes First in TQI Study

Thursday, June 23rd, 2016
2016 Total Quality Impact 2016 Kia Sorento 2016 Sedona Friendly Kia

Kia 2016 Best Under $26,000 Strategic Vision Total Quality Impact

We have a clear vision with the Kia automobiles that we sell, and that is to find the best vehicle for you at the best price.  When Kias are assembled, they are also done so with a clear vision of what is to be accomplished: quality craftsmanship and fun style.  Quite simply, we know where we want to go today and in the future, and we’re glad you’re with us.

So when Strategic Vision released the results of their survey that showed Kia tied for first in total quality among automakers under $26,000, we weren’t surprised.  This isn’t your father’s Kia, we’re better than ever, and Strategic Vision isn’t the first to notice this, and they definitely won’t be the last.  Please stay with us and we’ll see why two Kia vehicles, the 2016 Sorento and the 2016 Sedona, took first place in their class as we look at how Kia is the 2016 best automaker under $26,000 according to Strategic Vision’s Total Quality Impact study.

Kia Aces AutoPacific’s Ratings

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