Archive for September, 2016

What Kias Have an Available Front-Wheel-Drive 8-Speed Transmission?

Thursday, September 29th, 2016
2017 Kia Cadenza 8-speed Kia transmission vs. 6-speed Tampa FL

Advantages of 8-Speed Transmission vs 6-Speed Transmission

Kia vehicles are cutting edge.  It shows in the awards they win, the design they show off at every stop light, and the latest tech you can enjoy during the drive.  And while we know our cars are great, some of you have been slow to catch on.  To any doubters about the performance of our cars, witness the latest innovation: Kia’s 8-speed transmission for front-wheel-drive, available for some vehicles in our stable.  We’ll see which Kias have this latest innovation in our powertrain, and look at the pros and cons of an 8-speed transmission vs. a 6-speed transmission to see where the advantages lie and to aid you in your quest to find the ideal vehicle that meets your needs.

More Tips and Tricks for Kia Drivers

More on 2017 Cadenza’s Design, Specs

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How Can the Bucs Rebound from their 1-2 Start?

Thursday, September 29th, 2016
Buccaneers playoff chances 1-2 2016 NFL season Tampa FL

2016 Tampa Bay Buccaneers NFL Playoff Chances Starting 1-2

Our hearts sunk a little when our Tampa Bay Buccaneers lost a close game to the Los Angeles Rams 32-37, during week three NFL action.  But while some fans might want to push the panic button, we have dug into the numbers to make ourselves feel better, and we are resolute that the Bucs definitely – well, possibly – can still make the 2016 NFL Playoffs.

So please stay with us after the “fold” and see what the 2016 Tampa Bay Buccaneers chances of making the NFL Playoffs are after starting 1-2.   

See the Bo Jackson Video Game Ad!

Preview of the 2016-17 NBA Tipoff!

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Latest Rio Hatchback is a True Party of Five

Wednesday, September 28th, 2016
2017 Kia Rio 5-Door Tampa Clearwater FL Friendly Kia

2017 Kia Rio 5-Door Release Date Available Features

Scott Wolf, eat your heart out.  We apologize to the actor who starred in FOX’s “Party of Five” in the 1990s along with Neve Campbell, Jennifer Love-Hewitt, Lacey Chabert and Matthew Fox, but for the 2017 model year we have the latest in parties of five with the 2017 Kia Rio 5-Door hatchback.

We’ll look at its release date and available features.  If nothing else, Wolf, Campbell and the others can all fit into this handy hatch, and go on a reunion road trip.

Compare: 2016 Rio 5-Door vs. Honda Fit

Blog: Kia Rio, Rio 5-Door

What is the Most Famous Kia Rio?

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What are the Best Tailgating Foods for Football Games?

Wednesday, September 28th, 2016
Tailgating top foods pork hot dogs Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Top Tailgating Food Items Raymond James Stadium Tampa FL   

When the Tampa Bay Bucs are playing, few things enhance the experience more than tailgating before the game.  Whether you’re a grilling veteran or a relative newcomer, we have a list of tips for the kinds of foods that are ideal for tailgating whether you’re in the parking lot of Raymond James Stadium in Tampa FL, or you’re at a Rays game or another area sporting contest.

See Bo Jackson Drive a Kia Sorento!

Our Predictions for the 2016 NFL Season

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New 2017 Kia Forte Commercials Emphasize Safety Features, Fun

Wednesday, September 28th, 2016
2017 Kia Forte compact Basketball Talent Show TV commercials

2017 Kia Forte Talent Show Basketball 8-Second Attention Span Ads

Small.  Unsafe.  Impractical.  These are words that cynics might use to describe compact cars, since they are among the smallest cars on the road and are not always thought to be safe due to their lightweight construction.  But the 2017 Kia Forte erases any doubts about its practicality with its bleeding-edge safety features which will help you make every drive the safest one possible.

And don’t tell anyone, but the 2017 Forte is also a lot of fun to drive.  We’ll share two fun commercials, “Talent Show” and “Basketball“, which demonstrate the 2017 Kia Forte’s safety features that keep you secure even if the average attention span is eight seconds. 

See the 2017 Forte’s Specs, Color Options

Set Up a Test Drive of the 2017 Forte!

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Get Primed for the Tampa Bay Pig Jig!

Wednesday, September 28th, 2016
BBQ Pork Tampa Pig Jig Curtis Hixon Park O.A.R.

Tampa Pig Jig 2016 Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park Event Details

Dancing a jig.  It’s not the standard image you get when you think of pigs, since they are so large.  But it’s you who will be dancing, and not our porcine friends, you and everyone else at the sixth annual Tampa Pig Jig, set to rock the Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park in October 2016.  Come to this event and enjoy slabs of barbecued meat, live music from nationally-known bands like O.A.R., and good times.

Stay with us to see event details for the Tampa Pig Jig 2016, an event where tastiness and good times go arm-in-arm.

Breweries: Tampa/New Port Richey Area

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Where Can You Find Corn Mazes and Other Fall Activities in the Tampa Area?

Wednesday, September 28th, 2016
Corn mazes pumpkins fall fun Tampa Clearwater St. Petersburg FL

Corn Mazes Pumpkin Patches 2016 Tampa Clearwater St Petersburg FL

Few things remind us more of childhood than seeing hay bales and corn mazes.  They’re a sign that fall is here, and that fun can be had out in the field, or taking a fun ride in a truck as the crisp autumn air passes by.

So we are pleased to compile some nice local autumn events for you and your friends or family to enjoy with a choice selection of corn mazes, pumpkin patches and other fall-centric activities for the Tampa, Clearwater and St. Petersburg FL area.

Blog: Tampa-Area Events

See Dynamic Duo with “Tecmo Bros” Ad

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What’s Your All-Hamster Team?

Wednesday, September 28th, 2016
Top Kia Soul Hamster images 2010 to 2016

Best Kia Soul Hamster Pictures 2010-2016

The Kia Soul hamsters are a hot ticket now, with several years of fun commercials to their credit.  But the world was taken a little more unaware when they debuted back in 2009 for the 2010 Kia Soul.  We’ve charted their progress here from the beginning images for the 2010 Soul to the current fun-loving “Soul Jam” ad for the 2016 Soul, and offer, for your enjoyment, some of the best Kia Soul hamster pictures from 2010-2016.

Test Drive a Kia Soul

Blog: Kia Soul’s Benefits, Awards, Specs

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Get a New Lease on Life – Fall is Savings Season for New Kias!

Wednesday, September 28th, 2016
Friendly Kia Fall Savings Time Tampa FL 2017 Forte Sorento 2016 Optima Soul

Kia Fall Savings Time 2017 Sorento 2016 Soul Optima Tampa FL

Would you like an additional $1,000 to play with while you’re paying for a new car?  How about 0% APR financing for more than five years?

If the answer to either of these questions is yes, then we’re going to make you so excited you’ll positively levitate to our dealership to take advantage of the Kia Fall Savings Time lease special on models like the 2017 Kia Sorento, 2016 Kia Optima and 2016 Kia Soul.  So come on down to Friendly Kia, serving the Tampa, Clearwater and St. Petersburg FL area to see which cars you can have for a nice low price!

Test Drive a 2017 Kia Forte!

Chew Up Road with the 2017 Sorento!

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When Is the Next-Gen 2017 Kia Rio Hitting the Lot?

Wednesday, September 14th, 2016
2017 Kia Rio release date Friendly Kia Tampa FL

2017 Kia Rio Release Date Global Debut Features and Specs

If you think the Kia Rio is a big deal in the U.S., you can only imagine how popular it is across the world, as it’s Kia’s best-selling car globally.  Its small size and great fuel economy make it ideal for the narrow streets of Europe, Asia and North America – well, anywhere, really.

Driving a Rio is like going for a run with a “workout buddy” whose energy never lags while you’re on the move.  And what has us extra-amped right about now is the Rio is seeing a new look and an upgrade into a fourth generation for the 2017 model year.  Interested in the new design, features and specs?  Then stick with us for a moment with details on the 2017 Kia Rio’s global debut, release date and features.

Kia Rio Takes on Rio de Janeiro

Kia Rio vs. Toyota, Nissan, more

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