Archive for August, 2016

What are the Features of the Kia Soul’s Various Trim Options?

Monday, August 29th, 2016
2016 Kia Soul Base vs 2016 Soul Plus vs 2016 Soul Exclaim Kia Tampa

2016 Kia Soul Trim Level Specs: Base vs. + (Plus) vs. ! (Exclaim)

The Kia Soul has been a head-turner with fun and room to spare since it hit the market for the 2009 model year.  But did you know the levels to which you can enjoy this multi-purpose vehicle?  We’ll examine the three trim options for the 2016 Kia Soul, which will show the benefits and specs of the 2016 Kia Soul Base vs. Plus (+) vs. Exclaim (!).  

Find a Kia Soul in Tampa

Kia’s #ShareSomeSoul Campaign

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What Gives Kia Rio the Edge vs. Competition?

Monday, August 29th, 2016
2016 Kia Rio vs. Hyundai Accent vs. Nissan Versa Friendly Kia Brooksville FL

2016 Kia Rio vs. Nissan Versa vs. Hyundai Accent vs. Toyota Yaris

There’s lots of edges in the world, both actual and more symbolic.  Everything from the Schick Edge razor blade to the Ford Edge crossover, and plenty of edges in between.  Like the edge someone might have at a new tech job if they’ve been exposed to the latest gadgets their whole life.

Whether you’re looking for an edge in a diet or training regimen, or looking for what sets a car apart from the pack, we have the reasons why the 2016 Kia Rio blows the other cars in the subcompact class off the blocks.  Check out how it compares with the 2016 Nissan Versa, 2016 Hyundai Accent and 2016 Toyota Yaris.

Closer Look: 2016 Rio vs. 2016 Versa

Closer Look: 2016 Rio vs. 2016 Yaris

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How Many Frisbees Can the Kia Soul Hold?

Monday, August 29th, 2016
2016 Kia Soul cargo room vs Mazda CX-3 Nissan JUKE

2016 Kia Soul Cargo Room vs. Nissan JUKE Mazda CX-3 Jelly Beans Commercial

It’s been a few months since Kia unveiled a fun commercial that shows how many jellybeans a 2016 Kia Soul can hold compared to its competition, a Honda Fit.  We’ve decided to take that one step further by comparing the 2016 Soul with several competitors like the 2016 Nissan JUKE and the 2016 Mazda CX-3 to demonstrate how much cargo room they all have, and how many Frisbees (like in the jelly beans commercial) they can hold in the cargo area as a result.

Kia Soul Blog: Ads, Specs, Awards

Battle of Icons: 2016 Soul vs. VW Beetle

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What are the Color Options of the Revamped 2017 Kia Forte?

Friday, August 26th, 2016
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2017 Kia Forte Interior and Exterior Color Options

Now that the 2017 Kia Forte is here, like some wonderful breath of fresh air, it’s a given that any compact-lover needs to check it out, for its stylish and revamped design if not its fuel economy of 29 mpg city, 38 mpg highway.

But what are the colors it comes in?  At Friendly Kia, we know that it helps to know what choices you’ve got so you can get the car the just screams “this is me.”  Whether you go for the Clear White, the Deep Sea Blue, or one of the others, the 2017 Kia Forte has plenty of attractive exterior and interior color options. 

Save Thousands on a 2017 Kia Forte

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What Can You Look Forward to for the 2016 Kia NBA Tipoff?

Friday, August 26th, 2016
Kia NBA Tipoff 2016-17 season Blake Griffin LeBron James Friendly Kia Tampa FL

Kia NBA Tipoff 2016 What to Look for Rookies and Commercials

We know, we know; the NFL season hasn’t even begun yet.  What are you doing talking about the NBA already, for crying out loud?  The reason why we’re excited about the upcoming NBA season is Kia has a partnership with the pro hoops league, and NBA team schedules were recently announced, so we’re busy penciling in just how many hours we’re going to devote to watching LeBron James, Kevin Durant and the rest in the coming months.

In our quick guide of the Kia NBA Tipoff for the 2016-17 season, we have a list of what to look for among opening night games, the new rookie class, and Kia-themed commercials.  So stay with us; we’ll continue spinning basketballs on our elbows and knees until then.

How Did We Do? Our 2016 NBA Awards Picks

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What are the Best Places to Rent a Boat in the Tampa Area?

Thursday, August 25th, 2016
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Where to Rent Pontoon Canoe Kayak Boats Tampa St. Petersburg FL

How does the old saying go?  “Water, water everywhere, but not a drop to drink?”  Of course you wouldn’t want to drink the water of Tampa Bay, but we’re fortunate to have so many bodies of water and opportunities to go boating in the Tampa, Clearwater and St. Petersburg FL area.

Whether you enjoy the luxury of a pontoon so you can unwind with a group of friends, the athletic challenge a canoe poses or the space and power needed for fishing trips, we have a list of local pontoon, kayak, canoe and fishing charter boat rental places.

We Predict the Record for the 2016 Bucs

Local Breweries in the Tampa Area

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What’s in Store for the 2017 Kia Soul?

Thursday, August 25th, 2016
2017 Kia Soul release details Friendly Kia Tampa Clearwater FL

2017 Kia Soul Release Details New Features Specs  

The Kia Soul is set for a new release in a few months, and we have some tidbits to keep you warm until the new models arrive.  Of course, the 2016 Soul is an award-winner with plenty of cool tech and cargo room, but if you have your heart set on the upcoming model, or if you’re curious about the changes in store, this post is for you!

Read on, Kia-lover, for 2017 Kia Soul release details and its new features and specs.

See How the Soul Does vs. Nissan, Mazda

Will We See the Kia Soul Energy Edition?

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2017 Cadenza Set to Grace the Catwalk at NY Fashion Show

Wednesday, August 24th, 2016
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2017 Kia Cadenza Style360 New York Women’s Runway Show

The second-generation 2017 Kia Cadenza will be strutting its stuff at an annual fashion event, and it will be a stunner at this showcase, for sure.  With a new-and-improved exterior that features a choice of two bold front fascia designs – “Diamond Butterfly” and “Intaglio” – and improvements like a retuned engine, this is one large sedan that stands apart from the rest of the pack.

Look for the 2017 Cadenza’s appearance at the annual New York Spring/Summer 2017 Women’s Runway Previews, set for Sept. 12 to 15, 2016.  Also on tap to be at the annual taste-making event are celebrities like Kristin Cavallari.

Compare Cadenzas: 2017 vs. 2016

Research the Kia Cadenza’s Features

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Take a Virtual Tour of the Award-Winning 2016 Kia Optima!

Wednesday, August 24th, 2016
2016 Kia Optima iPad e-catalogue virtual tour

2016 Kia Optima e-catalogue iPad Virtual Reality Tour

What do you look for in a sedan?  Is it fuel economy?  Style and grace?  Tech options?  Well, then – the 2016 Kia Optima says “check, check and check,” as it gets nearly 40 mpg on the highway, has a European-sport design that recently garnered a Red Dot Design award and it also comes with an available Harman/Kardon audio system and Apple CarPlay compatibility.  So this is one sedan that knows how to roll.  And Kia shows this off superbly with its new 2016 Kia Optima e-catalogue iPad virtual reality tour, which is available as a free download on iTunes.

See the Optima’s Red Dot Design Award

2016 Optima Wins Family Car Award

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Next-Generation Cadenza Struts Stuff with Enhanced Design, New Tech

Monday, August 22nd, 2016
2017 Kia Cadenza release details Friendly Kia New Port Richey FL

2017 Kia Cadenza Release Details Improvements and Redesign

When a young Will Smith said “Parents Just Don’t Understand” in the 1988 hit rap song, he was talking about how an older generation didn’t know how hard he had it, back when he was still a teenager.  In the case of the Kia Cadenza, the second generation of this large premium sedan is being born for the 2017 model year, so we can say in a way that the previous years’ models are the parents of the upcoming Cadenza model, and though the “parents” will surely try, they may not fully understand how amazing their “kids” – the 2017 models are.

While the 2017 Kia Cadenza will surely dazzle with its redesign, it also will sport improvements in other areas.  So let’s get down to it and look at details of its release.

Compare Cadenzas: 2017 vs. 2016

Research the Kia Cadenza’s Features

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