Archive for May, 2020

Will the U.S. Get a Hybrid Kia Rio?

Friday, May 29th, 2020
Blue European 2020 Kia Rio

Kia Rio Brings Mild-Hybrid Technology and Powertrain Updates 

The Kia Rio has been in the news lately with the reveal of a mild-hybrid powertrain and a full round of various spec and feature updates. The Kia brand’s iconic small car is set to get a large lot of updates, but there’s just one small catch. Right now, this news of a hybrid Kia Rio is in reference to the European model.  

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How Can I Organize My Garage Better?

Thursday, May 28th, 2020
Interior view of home garage

Top 7 DIY Garage Improvement Projects 

Garages can be a lot of different things for different people. For some, it is a storage area and for others, it’s a workspace. Some use their garage as a place to keep odds and ends while for others their garage is a home away from home. No matter what it is you use your garage for, there are always ways to improve it and organize it better.  

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Kia in the News: May 2020

Thursday, May 28th, 2020
Closeup of Kia Sorento with red tint and "Kia News Network Breaking News" text

Kia News for May 2020 

The automotive world has been buzzing with news throughout the month of May and the Kia brand was at the forefront – and for all of the right reasons. The Kia brand has gained attention from the press throughout May for its efforts in response to the COVID-19 crisis, its redesign of a classic Kia sedan, rumors about electrifying an existing model, and of course more awards earned by top Kia models.  

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Family Tree: The Kia Optima

Wednesday, May 27th, 2020
Evolution of Man graphic with 2020 Kia Optima

Kia Optima Model History and Generations 

The mid-size Kia Optima has been on the scene since 2000 and has been a part of marketplaces across the globe. Known by many names, the Kia Optima has been a staple member of the Kia lineup for 20 years and four generations. The Optima is set to enter its fifth generation in 2021 under a different nameplate, so we thought there’s no better time than now to take a trip through the Kia Optima model history and generation lineups.  

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Battle of the Brands: Kia vs Lexus

Tuesday, May 26th, 2020
Closeup of Kia and Lexus logos

Kia vs Lexus Lineup Comparison 

Kia is continuing to expand its wheelhouse and has been adding luxury-inspired vehicles, like the Telluride, that have been giving luxury brands a run for their money. With the addition of more and more chiseled and sophisticated vehicles, the Lexus brand has become more of a competitor for the Kia brand. That’s why in this edition of Friendly Kia’s Battle of the Brands we are putting Kia and Lexus up against one another to see how the two will battle it out.  

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Why Should I Get a Kia Seltos?

Thursday, May 21st, 2020
Overhead view of yellow 2021 Kia Seltos

5 Reasons to Love the 2021 Kia Seltos 

The 2021 Kia Seltos has been snagging awards and mentions since it first debuted, its most recent being named on the Autotrader 10 Best Cars for Recent College Graduates list. Even with so many awards under its belt, some shoppers are still wondering why their next vehicle should be a Kia Seltos. There is a lot to love about this small Kia SUV and we’ve put together a list of our top 5 reasons why we think everyone should get a Seltos. Keep reading to see why the 2021 Kia Seltos is so easy to love.  

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U.S. Kia Market Drops the Optima Name in Favor of All-New 2021 Kia K5

Thursday, May 21st, 2020
blue 2021 Kia Optima K5

2021 Kia Optima Becomes Kia K5 

Since 2000 the Kia Optima has been a part of the Kia brand’s lineup. Now for 2021, the U.S. Kia market is dropping the Optima name and the 2021 Kia Optima is becoming the Kia K5. The K5 name has been around for a bit in the Korean market but this will be the first time the U.S. variant will wear the alphanumeric name. However, a new name isn’t the only thing the 2021 Kia K5 is bringing to the market. Let’s take a dive into the all-new 2021 Kia K5 below. 

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What Interior Features Does the 2021 Kia Sorento Offer?

Wednesday, May 20th, 2020
Side view of white 2021 Kia Sorento

2021 Kia Sorento In-Depth Review and Test Drive 

This is the moment we have been waiting for. Asian Petrolhead on YouTube has given us a full in-depth review of the 2021 Kia Sorento, inside and out. This is the most in-depth view of the Sorento we have found so far and it is giving us a look at what interior features can be found throughout the cabin of the Sorento as well as a feel for how the vehicle drives. Dive into everything the Sorento has to offer in this full video review. Head over to our reservation page to reserve your new 2021 Kia Sorento today.  

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What Can We Expect to See From the 2021 Kia Forte?

Tuesday, May 19th, 2020
Blue 2020 Kia Forte with "What Can We Expect to See From the 2021 Kia Forte?" white text

2021 Kia Forte Speculation 

The Kia Forte is one of those cars that just makes sense. It has perfect proportions and comes stacked with just enough technology and power. The Forte has long been a favorite among Tampa locals and many shoppers are wondering what they can expect to see from the next Forte model. 

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Battle of the Brands: Kia vs Buick

Monday, May 18th, 2020
Closeup of Kia logo and Buick logo

Kia vs Buick Lineup Comparison 

When it comes to SUVs and crossovers, Buick is one of the Kia brand’s top competitors. Both Kia and Buick produce full-size SUVs and compact crossovers that appeal to the tastes of many. Since the beginning, shoppers have often found themselves torn between choosing a Kia and choosing a Buick. That’s why we thought it was only fitting to pair these two brands up against one another in this edition of Battle of the Brands.  

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