Archive for February, 2017

How Do I Update My In-Car Maps for My Kia Vehicle from 2015, 2016, 2017?

Friday, February 24th, 2017
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Map Updates for 2017 Kia Models Sorento Optima Soul Forte

You’re driving to a game in the city, or an event in an unfamiliar area, when it hits you like a ton of bricks. You come upon a street that didn’t exist back when your in-car maps were created. Or worse yet, you hit road construction, blocking your well-thought-out plan that your in-car navigation (or perhaps an app on your phone) didn’t know was happening. At the very least, if lanes are closed it can slow you down to a crawl and make it hard to get to your destination.

The likely culprit? Out-of-date maps in your vehicle’s navigation system. Most of us have probably experienced this at some point, and we know how important it is to have the latest information on highways and city streets. And if you drive a Kia vehicle, you have access to nice mapping tech – we’ll give you a rundown on how to find map updates for the 2017 model year of vehicles like the Sorento SUV, Sportage crossover, Forte compact or Optima sedan. But we also have details on how to update maps for all recent Kia models, from 2016, 2015, and more.

Available Engines for Kia Models

Benefits of Kia’s UVO3 eServices

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What Color Choices Does the 2017 Kia Soul Come With?

Thursday, February 23rd, 2017
2017 Kia Soul exterior and interior paint color options Friendly Kia Tampa FL

2017 Kia Soul Exterior Paint Color Options and Interior Colors

When was the last time a vehicle’s color made your head turn?  Yesterday?  Today?  It’s okay – we do the same thing.  A boldly-colored car is the equivalent of an NBA player dunking over a mascot – it’s impossible not to watch and be excited.

So if you’re stoked to see some exciting paint, you’re in luck, because we have the available exterior and interior colors for the 2017 Kia Soul, and they will light up the streets!

Kia Soul Blog: Updates, Specs, Awards

Test Drive a 2017 Kia Soul!

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Who’s Playing in the 2017 Gasparilla Music Festival?

Thursday, February 23rd, 2017
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2017 Gasparilla Music Festival Tampa FL Artist Lineup and Schedule

Music is the great commonality of our lives: Whether we jam out to rock, chill out to R&B, or lounge to classical compositions, we all have favorite music and it provides momentum to our days.

Now that we’ve established this is a post about music, we’re glad you’re here, because the annual Gasparilla Music Festival in downtown Tampa is set for March 11 and 12, 2017.

Stay tuned for details about the lineup of artists who will be at this lively music fest, including headliners Ryan Adams and Cage the Elephant, and what day they are scheduled to perform!

Updates on Tampa-Area Events

Celebrities, Hamsters: Kia’s Commercials

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2017 Soul, 2017 Sorento Provide a Winning One-Two Punch in Best Cars for the Money Awards

Thursday, February 23rd, 2017
2017 Kia Soul 2017 Kia Sorento Best Cars for the Money Award Friendly Kia

Best Cars for the Money U.S. News & World Report 2017 Kia Soul Sorento

Hold onto your hats.  Cease all conversation.  It’s time to focus on two vehicles that each won a well-deserved award for being a great value, the 2017 Kia Soul and the 2017 Kia Sorento.

The award in question is U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Cars for the Money,” and it signifies vehicles that not only provide a great driving experience, as the Soul and Sorento surely do, but also provide a fantastic value so you can save money while you enjoy the quality.  We’ll break down some of the reasons why these two vehicles won the annual award, after the page break!

Test Drive a 2017 Kia Soul

Test Drive a 2017 Kia Sorento

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Stay Connected with NBA All-Stars like LeBron, Kevin, Kyrie, and Stephen – See the 2017 Emojis, Vote for the MVP

Friday, February 17th, 2017
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2017 Kia NBA All-Star Game MVP Voting Twitter Emojis

The NBA All-Star Game is set for tipoff around 8 p.m. ET on Feb. 19, 2017 on TNT, which follows a fun weekend of slam dunks, skills displays and long-distance shooting exhibitions.  Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors, LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers, and more than 20 other living hoops legends will be on hand at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans during NBA All-Star Weekend.  What’s particularly wonderful about basketball players is they really let their personality shine during the season, and especially during All-Star Weekend, which makes the connection with hoops fans like yourself stronger.

So if you’re wondering “how can I stay any more connected with the players?” we have the solution.  Once again, Kia is the title sponsor for the NBA All-Star Game MVP, and there are custom emojis for the 12-man rosters for both the Eastern and Western Conference.  Read on for the emojis, and how to vote for the game’s MVP on Twitter!

2017 NBA All-Star Game Events, Rosters

Win Tickets to the NBA All-Star Game!

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All-New Special Edition Brownstone Kia Soul is on its Way!

Friday, February 17th, 2017
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2017 Kia Soul Brownstone Edition New Color and Availability

What comes to mind when you hear the word “Brownstone”?  It sounds classy, doesn’t it, conjuring thoughts of architecture used for urban dwellings, or domiciles for an artist with taste and refinements galore.

In fact, Doctor Strange, a fictional Marvel Comics sorcerer who inspired the recent “Doctor Strange” movie with Benedict Cumberbatch in the title role, typically uses a brownstone as his base of operations while he is off gallivanting into other dimensions, or fighting evil with teams like the Defenders, which includes the Hulk, Silver Surfer, Hellcat and Nighthawk among its ranks.

We’ll bet you never thought we could get such pop culture mileage out of a reference to a new special edition of the Kia Soul, but never say never.  And never say never to the upcoming Brownstone Kia Soul special edition.  We’ll include specs of this 2017 Soul, after the page break!

Or in other words, when we’re done here, you’ll be wondering (similarly to the UPS commercial slogan) – “What can Brownstone do for you?”

More: How to Customize Your Kia Soul

Test Drive a 2017 Kia Soul!

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Pitchers and Catchers Appearing in Florida Means Baseball – and Hope – is Here

Friday, February 17th, 2017
Tampa Bay Rays spring training 2017 season preview

2017 Tampa Bay Rays Spring Training Season Preview

If you’ve ever seen baseball movies like “Field of Dreams,” “Major League” or “The Natural,” you’ve seen how the national pastime has been elevated – and rightfully so – into an almost mythic state.  It’s between those white lines where time stands still and hope springs eternal on the infield dirt or among the blades of outfield grass.

So when the pitchers and catchers first report to Spring Training each February, baseball fans get amped up, anticipating the first games of the spring, and then the regular season, and then – if all goes well – in the World Series.  While plenty of Major League Baseball teams arrive in sunny Florida for Spring Training every year, we have a rooting interest in our local Tampa Bay Rays and what their prospects will be for the coming season.

Read on for our preview for where the team stands now – who to watch this season, which new players they have gained, and what to look forward to in 2017!

See the Best Pitchers in Rays History!

2017 NBA All-Star Events, Lineups

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It’s “Oscar Season” for Kia Vehicles – See Which Models Win Awards

Thursday, February 16th, 2017
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Oscars Academy Awards for 2017 Kia Vehicles Soul Sportage Sorento Niro 

It’s that time of year when the top movies are watched, re-watched, and celebrated, as the annual Academy Awards are poised to send several movies from 2016 and 2017 into cinematic immortality.

We’re excited that movies such as “Arrival” with Amy Adams and “Hidden Figures” with Taraji P. Henson are in the running for Best Picture and are looking forward to the awards show on Feb. 27, starting at 7 p.m. EST.  And while we’d love to predict which films, actors and directors will walk onto the stage to accept the ultimate prize for their work, we’re going to steer into a new realm: What if vehicles like the 2017 Kia Soul, 2017 Kia Sorento and 2017 Kia Forte were up for awards like “Best Supporting Chassis” and “Best New Vehicle”?  See who wins in our first-annual “Oscars” for new Kia vehicles!

See the Most Famous Kia Vehicles!

Find Special Prices for Kia Vehicles!

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2017 Kia Niro Hybrid’s Features, as Shown by a Celebrity, a Rhino, and a Penguin

Wednesday, February 15th, 2017
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Features of 2017 Kia Niro HUV Backup Camera Heated and Ventilated Seats

A rhino, a penguin, and Melissa McCarthy – it sounds like the beginning of a bad joke, but those are the primary actors of two commercials that show off the features of the 2017 Kia Niro.  Both of them piggyback on the success of the big Kia Niro commercial – the one that aired to north of 100 million viewers during Super Bowl 51 on Feb. 5.

Okay, we know that may not narrow it down too much, since dozens of ads aired over the broadcast of the big game, but McCarthy’s starring role in the ad for the 2017 Niro, “Hero’s Journey,” was hilarious and very well-received by viewers, receiving the highest scores in the annual USA Today Ad Meter survey.  If you have any interest in the 2017 Niro or humor in general, we have a couple more ads for you, with these focusing on specific features of the 2017 Niro and also starring McCarthy.  Read on for the videos, and more eco-friendly goodness!

See the 2017 Kia Niro Super Bowl Ad

Features, Trims for 2017 Niro Hybrid

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Kia’s Uber Ride Offer Brings Party to New Orleans and 2017 NBA All-Star Game!

Wednesday, February 15th, 2017
Kia All-Star Ride Uber at NBA All-Star Game New Orleans 2017

2017 NBA All-Star Game Kia Uber Ride in New Orleans

New Orleans is known for its delicious cuisine, jazz music, parades and an overall party atmosphere.  Add one more to that illustrious list this weekend as Kia offers an All-Star Ride to NBA-lovers and party people alike during the four days that lead up to and include 2017 NBA All-Star Game events, which will be held at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans.

Read on for details on how to score a free Uber ride and win some prizes, and also what you can expect during NBA All-Star weekend!

2017 NBA All-Star Events, Lineups

Uber Drivers: Save Up to $2,000 on a Kia

Uber Drivers: Test Drive a Kia, Save Big

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