Archive for November, 2017

“Battle of the –Zas,” Part III: Kia Cadenza Sees New Challenges from Philosopher, Poetry, TV Show 

Wednesday, November 29th, 2017
Kia Cadenza premium sedan

Kia Cadenza Sedan vs. The Competition

The Kia Cadenza won the first two annual “Battle of the -Zas” matchups, toppling such giants as Tony Danza and pizza. But as the competition intensifies, we’ve spent the past 12 months wondering if there will be an upset in the third edition of the competition this year, much like when the New York Jets surprised the Baltimore Colts in Super Bowl III. So while the 2017 Kia Cadenza premium sedan enters our third “super bowl” event as the heavy favorite once again, we did hear that George Costanza (the second-place “-Za” finisher in 2016) declared he would be the winner in this year’s battle, much like “Broadway” Joe Namath declared his New York Jets would win Super Bowl III back in 1969 with an “I guarantee it.”

We also have four newcomers in the 2017 edition of “Battle of the –Zas,” with a philosopher and an NFL defensive lineman among the newbies entering the fray. And don’t forget about stanza, the poet’s favorite, and “Bonanza,” the classic TV show, both of which narrowly made the deadline for this year after both botched their entrance applications in 2016 and missed the cut.

That said, read on for the largest gathering of “-Za”-themed humanity and inhumanity ever assembled, and see who – or what – wins in “Battle of the -Zas, Part III”!

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Do the Safety Dance with the Sorento, Soul, Other New Kia Models

Tuesday, November 28th, 2017
Collage photo with 2018 Kia Sorento 2018 Kia Soul and people dancing near cars

Which 2018 Kia Models are IIHS Top Safety Picks?

If you didn’t know already, Kia vehicles are among the safest on the road, thanks to their solid and durable construction and their ability to handle crash impacts. There are two major certifications for vehicle safety that show which vehicles are reliable and are among the best at crash resistance: NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) and the IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety). While Kia vehicles score very well in the NHTSA’s 5-star rating system, here we’re going to focus on the nice praise new 2018 model year Kia vehicles are getting from the IIHS. 

Read on for which new Kia models are getting Top Safety Picks, below! 

Kia Models: 2017 Top Safety Picks

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Compare the 2018 Optima vs. the Competition

Monday, November 27th, 2017
2018 Kia Optima parked in a verdant and hilly area

2018 Kia Optima vs. The Competition Midsize Sedans

The 2018 Kia Optima is once again an IIHS Top Safety Pick (and has been every model year since 2011), comes with a boisterous engine that gets you up to 245 horsepower, and it has superb fuel economy. The Optima’s LX 1.6T trim comes with an eco-conscious and wallet-friendly 28 mpg city, 37 mpg highway. New for the 2018 model is an expanded driver-assist menu and a brand-new S trim which provides a sporty and affordable option just above the base LX trim level.  

In other words, the 2018 Kia Optima is a dominant, stylish and speedy sedan, and we have published several comparison pages where you can see how it does against its primary vehicle segment competition from Hyundai, Nissan, Toyota, and other automakers.  

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Where Can You Find Christmas Tree Farms in the Tampa Area?

Friday, November 24th, 2017
Christmas tree farm

Christmas Tree Farms Near Tampa Clearwater and St. Petersburg FL

The holidays bring colder temperatures, hot cocoa, shopping trips, and for many, Christmas trees. If you live in the Tampa, Clearwater and St. Petersburg FL area, then we have a guide to some local tree farms where you can find the perfect vessel to decorate and put gifts under! 

Read on for some local tree farms and get ready to cut down or find the perfect tree! 

Light Up the Holidays Sales Event

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See Our Kia vs. Nissan Comparison Pages

Tuesday, November 21st, 2017
2018 Kia Optima vs. 2018 Nissan Altima

Kia New Models Comparisons vs. Nissan Models 

You can’t go anywhere without seeing fun, stylish and high-performing Kia models, and a large part of this ubiquity is these are models that are well-designed and built to last. But they also have many other advantages over competing models in their class from Nissan. Whether you’re looking at the 2018 Kia Optima vs. the 2018 Nissan Altima for midsize sedans, the 2018 Kia Sportage vs. the 2018 Nissan Rogue in the crossover class, or the 2018 Kia Rio vs. the 2018 Nissan Versa for subcompacts, what you’ll find that Kia comes out on top.  

See the variety of model research pages we have prepared with Kia models vs. Nissan models, and see how you can find your next powerful, versatile, and tech-savvy Kia vehicle, today! 

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Kia Soul vs. Nissan Rogue Sport

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What is the Connection Between Vehicle Weight and Fuel Economy?

Monday, November 20th, 2017
2018 Kia Niro hybrid crossover

New Kia Models Vehicle Curb Weight and Fuel Economy 

Lighter cars tend to get better fuel economy, but heavier vehicles can also overcome this with the capable engines that are commonly found in Kia models. Of course, there are other factors that lend themselves to giving a vehicle great fuel economy, like a nice aerodynamic design. So what are the vehicle weights of Kia models and their fuel economy? We’ll look at some popular models and see if we can find a connection between fuel economy and vehicle curb weight! 

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It’s Official: 2018 Kia Stinger Pricing is Available (with Bonus Kia Forte Info)

Friday, November 17th, 2017
2018 Kia Stinger sports car two different colors red and black

MSRP for 2018 Kia Stinger 4-Cyl Premium and V6 GT Trims

We’ve been excited about the production model release of the Kia Stinger for a few years now. It began with the introduction of the Stinger as a concept model a few years back, ramped up with the introduction of the 2018 Stinger at Detroit’s NAIAS in early 2017, and continued to rise with more recent news about the official production and release of the first-ever Kia sports car!

Now we have another piece of information just ahead of the official street date of the 2018 Kia Stinger, and that is the official starting MSRP of the 4-cylinder and V6 trim levels of this ride. Read on for details regarding the Stinger’s pricing, and for an added treat for Kia-lovers which we will call “Forte Friday”! 

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Reserve a 2018 Kia Stinger

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At 3-6, What are the Chances the Bucs Make the Playoffs in 2017?

Friday, November 17th, 2017
Close-up of football with laces showing

Tampa Bay Buccaneers and 2017 Playoff Chances  

With the team sitting at 3-6 around midseason and with franchise QB Jameis Winston on the mend now with an injured shoulder, if someone asked us if the Tampa Bay Buccaneers – our local team – were going to make the NFL Playoffs in 2017, our first instinct might be to answer with something like coach Jim Mora’s infamous rant from 2001 that was highlighted by him saying in exasperation, “Playoffs? Playoffs!?!” 

But it is possible for a 3-6 team like the Buccaneers to make the playoffs, even from such a low position at mid-season. We’ll take a closer look at other teams that have made unlikely playoff runs in the season’s second half and keep hope alive for the Bucs! 

Tampa Auto Show Preview

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See the Latest and Greatest Kia Models on Instagram!

Wednesday, November 15th, 2017
2018 Kia Stinger sports car exterior

Best Recent Kia Instagram Photos 2018 Kia Stinger 2018 Kia Rio  

Fall is heading towards winter as we write this, and there are plenty of new Kia models that are either on the lot or will be soon that will keep you warm with their cutting-edge design, fine fuel economy, nice handling and next-level tech!

Read on and you will see recent Instagram pics and specs for two new 2018 Kia models, one a classic favorite and the other a first-ever sports car for Kia, with the 2018 Kia Stinger GT sports car and the 2018 Kia Rio, a redesigned subcompact with a cool new commercial! We have also included an Instagram photo and specs for a popular new model from the 2017 model year, the Kia Niro hybrid!  

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Friendly Kia is a Dog-Friendly Lot!

Tuesday, November 14th, 2017
Dog driving a red car with a canine passenger

What Auto Dealerships are Dog-Friendly Near New Port Richey and Tampa FL 

We offer fantastic savings on all of our new inventory at Friendly Kia, with a VIP Price that discounts a few thousand to several thousand dollars off all new Kia models we have on the lot. But we understand it may be tough to take a trip to the lot after work, for example, if you need to take your dog out for a walk and give them some exercise. 

Whether you have a dog and you like to spend time with them, or you need to give them some time outdoors, we’re big dog-lovers at Friendly Kia, from our president John Gilliss on down to the staff, and our lot is a dog-friendly one, so you can take them along with you while you check out new or used vehicles at our dealership. 

So throw your dog a bone, and take it along to Friendly Kia! You’ll be glad you did. 

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