Archive for April, 2019

What Music Can You See in Tampa Bay This Late Spring?

Friday, April 26th, 2019
concert with hands raised

Tampa Bay Concerts May 2019

Hey, it’s almost May and that means the hot hot summer is right around the corner. One of our favorite ways to deal with the suffocating heat of summer is to get out and enjoy some great live music that helps take our minds off of the fact that the air is trying to steam us like a carrot. (more…)

What’s Going on in Tampa Bay This Weekend?

Thursday, April 25th, 2019
Tampa skyline with "What's going on in the area this weekend" image superimposed

Tampa Bay Events April 27 and April 28 2019

As we come to the end of April, we’d love to say we’re in a great spot with our local sports teams, but sadly the historic Tampa Bay Lightning season was ended prematurely. Still, we can find ways to cope- I mean, have fun anyway in Tampa Bay. (more…)

Where is the Kia Telluride Built?

Wednesday, April 24th, 2019
2020 Kia Telluride rear three-quarter shot

2020 Kia Telluride Assembly Location 

The Kia Telluride has only been on the market for a few months. In that time, however, the Telluride has risen to become one of the most desired vehicles on the road. The combination of signature Kia value, luxury-SUV design and a long list of standard features has pulled the Telluride ahead of established models like the Ford Explorer, Honda Pilot and Toyota Highlander.  (more…)

What’s New on the 2020 Kia Forte?

Wednesday, April 24th, 2019
2020 kia forte gt in blue parked on road in front of glass garage

2020 Kia Forte Vs. 2019 Kia Forte

Marked by its sleek, Kia-Stinger-influenced style and a generous list of standard features, the Kia Forte stands against the mundane compact competition. No more are compact cars required to be boring, forgettable or offensively absent of standard features like active safety tech and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto. (more…)

How Would Kia Models Fare Against Thanos?

Monday, April 22nd, 2019
Daddy Long Legs in front of 2020 Kia Forte

2019 and 2020 Kia Models as Avengers (Spoiler Free)

(Editor’s Note: The picture of arachnid superhero “Daddy Long Legs” seen in the above image represents an original creation by Friendly Kia. Any resemblance to existing intellectual property is purely coincidental.) (more…)

Kias You Can’t Buy in the U.S. (Yet): The Kia Pregio

Monday, April 22nd, 2019
couple thinking about kia pregio

Kia Pregio U.S. Availability and Release Date

Welcome back to Kias You Can’t Buy in the U.S., a blog featurette that teases you with some of the best and most obscure Kia vehicles on the planet which you can’t own. Today, we’re going to be doing something we’ve done only once before by looking at a Kia model whose import moratorium is right on the brink of expiration. (more…)

What’s Going on in Tampa Bay This Weekend?

Thursday, April 18th, 2019
Tampa skyline with "What's going on in the area this weekend" image superimposed

Tampa Bay Events April 20 and April 21 2019

Living in Tampa Bay has plenty of perks. Our favorite, however, is the sheer number of fun things going on any given weekend. (more…)

The Kia Stinger Perfectly Summarizes the New Era of Kia Engineering

Wednesday, April 17th, 2019
silver 2019 kia stinger gt awd on ice

J.D. Power Engineering Award Winners 2019

When it comes to the positive changes Kia have made to reinvent their brand as one of high-value luxury, Kia has become renowned for their focus on excellent, industry-leading design above all else. Perhaps unfairly, as they’ve invested a ton into upgrading their performance and engineering to meet and exceed the standards set by other entry-luxury brands like Acura, Lexus and Infiniti in models like the Kia Cadenza, Kia K900 and Kia Stinger. (more…)

Is the Kia Cadenza or Kia Optima Bigger?

Wednesday, April 17th, 2019
Kia Optima and Kia cadenza on white background

Kia Cars Lineup Size Comparison

Although crossovers have been all the rage on the road lately, sedans still have a solid place as a timeless, fuel-efficient and agile option for transportation. We’ve written at length about how foolish it would be to discount the enduring, three-box style of the classic “car.” (more…)

Can Any SUV in the Game Beat the Kia Telluride?

Monday, April 15th, 2019
2020 Kia Telluride Front Three Quarter Image

2020 Kia Telluride Vs. Third-Row SUVs

We’ve been anticipating the 2020 Kia Telluride since the concept first made its appearance at the 2016 Detroit Auto Show. Ever since we laid eyes on the luxurious crossover/SUV, we had a feeling the Telluride would someday be right here in our showroom at Friendly Kia. (more…)