Archive for October, 2016

Is There Such a Thing as a Self-Driving Kia? In Short, Yes!

Friday, October 28th, 2016
Kia SEMA show models Kia Soul Sedona Niro HUV Las Vegas

2016 SEMA Autonomous Kia Soul Kia Niro Kia Sedona School of Rock

They’re coming.  Cars that can drive themselves.  And what friendlier vehicle for this to happen to, than a Kia Soul?  We have information about a self-driving Soul, plus a teaser video of an autonomous Kia Niro hybrid concept which will be shown off at the annual SEMA Show, set for Nov. 1-4, 2016 in Las Vegas.

We’ve seen – or will see – the future with the self-driving Soul and Niro; we’ll also take a fond look backwards to a “School of Rock”-styled Kia Sedona minivan, inspired by the hit 2003 movie which starred Jack Black and a fleet of talented kids.  Look for the trio at the SEMA show, and in our video which we included for you.  Read on!

Top 4 Kia Concepts or Upcoming Models

See the 2015 SEMA Kia Models!

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It’s National Subcompact Appreciation Day: Meet the 2017 Kia Rio

Thursday, October 27th, 2016
2017 Kia Rio vs 2017 Toyota Yaris vs 2017 Nissan Versa

2017 Kia Rio vs. 2017 Nissan Versa vs. 2017 Toyota Yaris

October is a great month for holidays, be it normal ones like Halloween or weird ones like National Mole Day (Oct. 23).  And while we are not aware of an official day where the subcompact car is recognized, let’s make today National Subcompact Appreciation Day, while we admire the benefits and features of the 2017 Kia Rio, 2017 Nissan Versa and 2017 Toyota Yaris.

2016 Kia Rio Comparison

Find a 2016 Kia Rio

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Small SUV Smackdown: See the 2017 Sportage Take on Hyundai, Nissan

Wednesday, October 26th, 2016
2017 Kia Sportage vs 2017 Hyundai Tucson vs 2017 Nissan Rogue

2017 Kia Sportage vs. 2017 Hyundai Tucson vs. 2017 Nissan Rogue

The 2017 Kia Sportage is an absolute beast in the small SUV class.  Fresh off an IIHS Top Safety Pick, as well as 10 percent improvements in fuel economy and cargo room, it’s a crossover without compare. But that’s not what the competition thinks, as they produce vehicles like the 2017 Hyundai Tucson and the 2017 Nissan Rogue.

We’ll create a “crossover cage match” and see which is the best vehicle in terms of horsepower, towing power, and other features.

Compare 2017 Sportage’s Trim Options

Test Drive a 2017 Sportage!

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What Rock & Roll Hall of Famers are From the Tampa Area?

Wednesday, October 26th, 2016
Tampa FL musicians Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Cheap Trick Jefferson Starship

Famous Musicians from Tampa FL Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

What’s 19 strong and includes Janet Jackson, Electric Light Orchestra, Tupac, Jane’s Addiction and Chaka Khan?  It’s the recently-released list of the 19 artists who have been nominated to join the musical pantheon during the 2017 induction ceremony for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.  That’s exciting enough, but did you know some of the musicians in the Hall are from the Tampa area?

Read on to see the musicians who have made it big, where they are from, and what they are known for.

Keep Up with Tampa Events in Our Blog

Celebrate Former Florida Celebs!

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What are the New Features of the 2017 Kia Sedona?

Tuesday, October 25th, 2016
2017 Kia Sedona release date Advanced Driver Assist System Tampa FL

2017 Kia Sedona Technology Package Driver Assisted System

The Kia Sedona is a plush minivan that fits a large group and gives you the cargo room and comfort to enjoy a road trip of any length.

While the 2017 Sedona is not available on domestic lots as of late October 2016, this minivan should be appearing everywhere in the fourth quarter of 2016.  So after you read our rundown of the new features of the 2017 Sedona, you have some time to prepare for your test drive, as we look at the Sedona’s all-new Technology Package with Advanced Driver Assisted System features like brakes that stop for you when you don’t have the time to.

2017 Kia Sedona Release Date News

Compare the Kia Sedona vs. Competition

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When it Comes to the Bolts, Focus on Numbers, Drinking from the Cup

Tuesday, October 25th, 2016
Tampa Bay Lightning goals Steven Stamkos win-loss since 2010-11 season

Tampa Bay Lightning Goals Win-Loss Record 2010-11 to 2015-16

We’re big fans of the Bolts, and the Tampa Bay Lightning have provided plenty of excitement the past several seasons, with a couple Conference Finals appearances and an appearance in the Stanley Cup final two seasons ago.

With this recent success in mind, we wanted to compile the numbers of the team and its do-everything captain, Steven Stamkos, and see how the team’s wins and Stamkos’ goals compare with the rest of the league in the span that stretches from the 2010-11 season to the end of the 2015-16 season.  We hope this stokes your interest as the current team is just beginning their journey to win the Stanley Cup this season!

Tampa-Area Halloween Events

Local Events, Sports New for Tampa Area

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We’ll Always Have Paris…Where the Turbocharged Kia Soul Debuted!

Monday, October 24th, 2016
2017 Kia Soul Turbo model global debut Paris Motor Show Tampa FL

2017 Kia Soul Turbo Trim Option Global Debut and Specs

Paris is known for many things.  It’s called the “City of Light,” but it also is well-known for the Eiffel Tower, the Moulin Rouge, Notre Dame, and much more.  But all of that history and culture took a backseat for a moment when the Kia Soul Turbo model debuted at the Paris Motor Show in late September.  We’ve been amped up about this high-octane version of our beloved hamster box since it was mentioned at the end of the “Soul Jam” commercial this summer, and now we have more specs about the upcoming 2017 Kia Soul Turbo!

Customize Your Kia Soul Today!

First Look at 2017 Kia Soul Specs

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“Battle of the –Zas,” Part II: 2017 Kia Cadenza Takes on Tony Danza, Pizza, Fevers

Monday, October 24th, 2016
2017 Kia Cadenza vs Seinfeld Who's the Boss Tampa FL

2017 Kia Cadenza vs. The Competition

The 2017 Kia Cadenza is set for what will likely be a late-year 2016 / early 2017 release, and we’re excited as heck for its appearance on our lot.  This refreshed sedan will have improved fuel economy, two fashionable front grille choices, and 3D components on the inside, among other cool features and upgrades.

But before you can enjoy the large sedan with 290 HP and 28 mpg highway, we want you to see just how it holds up to scrutiny when it has to compete with all people, places and things that also end with “-Za.”  To that end, we have entered the 2017 Cadenza in a tournament-style competition with the likes of Tony Danza, pizza, and even the dreaded influenza.  Read on to see who or what wins the second annual “Battle of the –Zas”!

Specs, Features of the 2017 Kia Cadenza

See the First-Ever “Battle of the –Zas”

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Who’s the Best Buccaneers Receiver of All Time?

Monday, October 24th, 2016
Top six Buccaneers wide receivers and tight ends Tampa FL

Top Six Tampa Bay Buccaneers Wide Receivers and Tight Ends

Everybody wants it to happen.  The long ball.  A tight spiral that flies downfield like a laser, landing in the outstretched arms of the expectant receiver.  Touchdown, six points, and instant pandemonium.

We love the NFL, and few things are more exciting than watching a passing game clicking on all cylinders, like a finely-tuned vehicle.  We currently have an all-timer in Mike Evans at receiver for the Bucs, but this got us to wondering, who are the best Buccaneers receivers and tight ends of all time?  So we sat down and compiled a list – this is by no means definitive, but is our opinion – if you have other players you think should be on the list, please let us know in the comments section!

And now, let the debate begin!

We Rank the Bucs’ Top Running Backs

Tampa-Area Local Events Blog!

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Where Can You Find a Massive Vehicle Buyback?

Friday, October 21st, 2016
Friendly Kia Buyback Florida New Port Richey FL

Vehicle Buyback Friendly Kia Tampa Clearwater St. Petersburg FL

If you have a car you would like to trade in to either have money in your pocket or to put towards a brand-new model, then this is the perfect weekend for you! From October 21 through October 24, we are looking to buy back your vehicles to add to our existing stock.  This benefits us, and it gets you money to use on a new car, so it’s a win-win!

Read on for details on this buy back at Friendly Kia, serving Tampa, Clearwater and St. Petersburg FL!

See More Local Events & Deals for Tampa

See Our Kia Model Research Page!

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