Archive for January, 2017

Gasparilla Distance Classic Hits Tampa in February

Monday, January 30th, 2017
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2017 Gasparilla Distance Classic Run Walk Events Details Tampa FL

When it comes to the Gasparilla season of events, first things first: the pirates needed to invade Tampa in late January.  Next, the parties began to happen downtown.

But then once the dust settles, you have the chance to catch some exercise before the next wave of events occurs, like Gasparilla’s music and movie festivals in March of 2017.  So in that sweet spot there’s an opportunity to run for fitness or for fun at the 2017 Publix Gasparilla Distance Classic, with six different racing events like Half Marathon, 15K, 8K, and three 5K-related events.  Read on for event dates and times, as well as details on how to register.  Plus, don’t forget that cash purses go to the winners – so if you’re ready to win it, you can make a little money besides.

Details on Other Gasparilla Events

Tampa-Area Local Events Blog

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Kia Niro Pricing, Super Bowl Commercial Teaser Announced

Wednesday, January 25th, 2017
2017 Kia Niro Melissa McCarthy commercial and MSRP details Friendly Kia

2017 Kia Niro MSRP and Super Bowl Ad Melissa McCarthy Teaser

We’re in a highly excitable state with all the great news that is coming out about the 2017 Kia Niro.  Not only are we privy to an ad campaign that will culminate in a minute-long Super Bowl commercial starring celebrity Melissa McCarthy on Feb. 5, 2017, but we also have news of the suggested retail prices for the 2017 Niro hybrid crossover.

Both of these developments are awesome, and we’ll fill you in on both with a list of MSRPs and a 15-second teaser for the Super Bowl ad, below.

Specs, Features of the 2017 Niro Hybrid

See the First Two 2017 Kia Niro Ads

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What Are Kia’s Available Engines?

Wednesday, January 25th, 2017
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Kia Engine Types V6 4-Cylinder and 2017 2016 Models They Come In

Engines.  When it comes to gas-powered cars, we kind of need them.  And not only do we need them to run our sedans, SUVs and more, but it’s cool to see the technological innovations that happen from year to year.  Each automaker tends to have their own engine types they use, and Kia’s are impressive indeed.  We’ll take a look at some of the engines that are available for the most current 2017 and 2016 Kia models, and which models have what powertrain, below.

So start your engines, and get ready for some knowledge!

Tips and Tricks for Kia Models

Research All Kia Models

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Kia Niro Not Only “A Smarter Kind of Crossover,” But the Smartest

Monday, January 23rd, 2017
2017 Kia Niro hybrid release details and preview Tampa St. Petersburg FL

2017 Kia Niro Release Specs Tampa Clearwater St. Petersburg FL 

Maybe you’ve seen the commercials, with celebrity Melissa McCarthy doing voice-overs.  Or seen the tagline on the sidelines by the scorer’s table while you’re watching an NBA game.  It goes a little something like this: “A Smarter Kind of Crossover.”  But what is this crossover, pray tell?  It’s the 2017 Kia Niro, set to hit dealer lots this spring, including Friendly Kia of New Port Richey Florida, serving the Tampa, Clearwater and St. Petersburg, Florida area!

Read on and we’ll give you the latest news on the Niro’s official release date, and the up-to-date specs of this intelligent hybrid crossover vehicle, the best of its class!

Our Kia Niro Blog

More on Melissa McCarthy’s Niro Ads

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Where Can You Find Bowling Alleys in the Tampa Area?

Monday, January 23rd, 2017
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Bowling Alleys Tampa Clearwater St. Petersburg FL 

To some, bowling is a religion, filled with metaphors about how life is filled with strikes and spares, and you merely need to pick them up to succeed, just like you would pick yourself up to succeed in a non-bowling sense.

To others, bowling is a fun sport that has been lovingly portrayed in movies like “The Big Lebowski” and “Kingpin,” which spurs them into giving the sport a try.  It’s hard not to see the glory of slackerdom as Jeff Bridges and John Goodman roll their way into the semis in “Lebowski.”

To yet another group, bowling is a sport which is readily available but not always played, which is why we’re here to remove the veil and show you where this wonderful leisure activity is available with our list of bowling alleys in the Tampa, Clearwater and St. Petersburg FL area.

Tampa-Area Events Blog

See When the Pirates Invade Tampa!

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What Colors Can the 2017 Kia Optima Come In?

Friday, January 20th, 2017
2017 Kia Optima color options exterior and interior Friendly Kia Tampa Clearwater FL

2017 Kia Optima Exterior Paint Options Interior Color Choices

The 2017 Kia Optima continues the award-winning tradition established by its model year predecessor that won awards for design (Red Dot Design Award – Best of the Best 2016), quality (AutoPacific’s 2016 Ideal Vehicle Award) and family-friendliness (“10 Best Cars for Teen Drivers” from Edmunds.com in 2016).

In this stylish and well-regarded vein, we would like to present the 10 color choices you can plant on your all-new 2017 Kia Optima.  There’s some similarities to last year and some changes, so stay tuned to see what style you can put on the inside and the outside of a 2017 Optima with our list of exterior paint options and interior color choices!

Test Drive a 2017 Kia Optima

Research Kia Optima, Other Kia Models

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Yes, You Can Have a 2017 Kia Sedona in Venetian Red

Friday, January 20th, 2017
2017 Kia Sedona minivan New Port Richey color options exterior interior

2017 Kia Sedona Color Options Exterior and Interior

When you think of minivans, what comes to mind?  Is it bold color splashes like Midnight Sapphire?  Or radiant colors like Venetian Red?  Whatever you may have thought previously, you’ll want to see how you can customize the 2017 Kia Sedona family vehicle with exterior and interior colors that will provide just the right mood, and impress everyone from the passengers in the back seat to the adults behind the wheel!

Test Drive a 2017 Kia Sedona!

Blog: Kia Sedona Specs, Awards

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How Amazing Will Melissa McCarthy be in the Kia Super Bowl Commercial?

Wednesday, January 18th, 2017
2017 Kia Niro Super Bowl Ad Melissa McCarthy Friendly Kia Tampa FL

Melissa McCarthy 2017 Kia Niro Super Bowl Commercial

We’ve already reported how Melissa McCarthy, star of the small screen and the silver screen, will lend her considerable talents to the new Kia ad campaign for the all-new 2017 Kia Niro hybrid and its 2017 Kia Super Bowl commercial.  There are already two 15-second ads with voiceovers by McCarthy that we’ll share with you after the break.

So stay with us for a bit and learn more about the Niro and its ads, as well as some highlights of the new Kia star’s career!

Our Kia Niro Blog

History of Kia’s Super Bowl Commercials

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How Do Kia Models Compare with New Jeep Models?

Tuesday, January 17th, 2017
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2017 Kia Soul Sorento vs. 2017 Jeep Renegade Grand Cherokee

What would you rather have?  A pricier classic ride that is fashioned like military vehicles, or something fun with a more modern style and more affordable sticker price?

We thought so, which is why we suggest if you’re facing a choice like this to see our model research pages we have compiled for Kia models vs. their Jeep counterparts such as comparisons of the 2017 Kia Sportage and the 2017 Jeep Patriot crossover, 2017 Soul hatchback vs. 2017 Jeep Renegade and the 2017 Sorento vs. the 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee in the midsize SUV class!

Compare Kia with Dodge, Chevy, More!

See all Kia / Jeep Model Comparisons

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Avast, Mateys: Things to Do at the Gasparilla Parade of Pirates, Children’s Extravaganza

Tuesday, January 17th, 2017
Gasparilla festival invasion and kid's activities Tampa St. Petersburg FL

Gasparilla 2017 Event Schedule Tampa Clearwater St. Petersburg FL

When you hear the word, “Gasparilla” you might be tempted to think it sounds like “sarsaparilla.”  But we need you to focus.  The Gasparilla Pirate invasion, as well as a bevy of other fun community events, is hitting the Tampa Bay area soon, and there’s only a few short days for you to make sure you can attend one or hopefully more of these fun parties.

If the idea of partying with pirates sounds like the best fun you can have and still be a land-lubber, then you’re in the right frame of mind for what is to come, with events for both adults and kids taking place in the second half of January 2017.  Read on for what to expect with the Gasparilla Pirate Invasion, the Children’s Gasparilla Extravaganza, and much more!

Updates: Gasparilla Events, Local Activities

Get in Gasparilla’s Spirit with Area Breweries

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