Archive for July, 2018

Flashback Friday: Kia K360

Friday, July 27th, 2018
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Kia K360 Model History and Photos

We love publishing our Throwback Thursday/Flashback Friday featurettes here on the Friendly Kia blog, but we’re aware that the subject itself is ephemeral. At some point, we’re going to run out of old Kia vehicles to talk about. Our Friendly Kia internet, Dale Rickey, suggested making up Kia models but this is an honest racket and you deserve the best. (more…)

What’s Going on in Tampa Bay This Weekend?

Thursday, July 26th, 2018
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Tampa Bay Events July 28 and July 29 2018

Although Summer is nearly 2/3 of the way over, we’ve been lucky enough to avoid major harsh weather and had some fun events come through our area already. This weekend is no exception. We’ll spare you the lead-up banter this time and jump right into some great ways you can spend your time this weekend here in Tampa Bay! (more…)

Relish the Features of Two of Kia’s Top Trim Levels

Wednesday, July 25th, 2018
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What is the Difference Between SX and SX-L Trim Levels for Kia?

Was there a Jackson at your school? Jackson was a kid at this writer’s high school who played soccer during the summer, football in the fall and basketball in the winter. He was great at each! He also played in a rock and roll band that got to open for Jack White and become Valedictorian for his flawless academic record. Not even the geek corner was safe, as Jackson went on to become a regionally-published comic book writer.

There was nothing this kid couldn’t do. (more…)

A Rio-se by Any Other Name

Tuesday, July 24th, 2018
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Where Does the Kia Name Come From and What Does It Mean?

For better or worse, our names tell the world a lot about us. Whether it’s a family name with a lot of social distinction or one that carries some baggage, your name is a “pre-first impression” that can either turn off or recommend you to a potential employer or relationship prospect before you’ve even met them. Is it fair? No. Do we have to find positive ways to deal with it? Yes. (more…)

Ride in Premium Luxury with the 2018 Kia Sedona’s Top Trim levels

Tuesday, July 24th, 2018
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2018 Kia Sedona SX and SX-L Comfort and Convenience Features

When somebody mentions the term luxury with regards to a vehicle, they’re often talking about a drawn-out, extended-wheelbase sedan that the owner won’t ever drive, deferring instead to his or her driver. Vehicles in this class, like the Kia K900, prioritize comfort, convenience and finish above all else. They’re not, however, the only vehicles that do this. (more…)

Is New Port Richey Becoming a Real Bicycling Destination?

Thursday, July 19th, 2018
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New Port Richey Bike-Friendliness On the Rise

Living in New Port Richey provides the best aspects of both city living and quiet suburban life. We’re close enough to the action in Tampa Bay that we get to take part in all the cultural events and holidays but far enough away that we have a quiet home to come back to when the festivities have wound down. (more…)

What’s Going on in Tampa Bay This Weekend?

Thursday, July 19th, 2018
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Tampa Bay Events July 21 and July 22 2018

The World Cup is over, Fourth of July is long gone in our rearview mirrors and in just a couple of weeks, it’s going to be back-to-school season again. Where did the summer go? (more…)

Wonderful Things from Tampa Bay #3: Craft Breweries

Wednesday, July 18th, 2018
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Best Local Breweries in Tampa, Florida

You may remember our last issue of “Wonderful Things from Tampa Bay” was centered on the presence of game bars in Tampa Bay. Though not from Tampa Bay, these fun bars give patrons the chance to enjoy the kind of fun you just can’t around the table at Applebee’s or Uno. (more…)

Prestigious Award from J.D. Power Shows Kia Top Competitor for Reliability

Tuesday, July 17th, 2018
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Are Kia Cars Reliable in 2018?

Compared to its competition, most of whom have been on the market for half-a-century or more, Kia’s history is neither as long or storied as it may seem. Still, in the twenty-five plus years Kia has been around in the United States, it’s taken recent history for them to make a name for themselves. As we highlight frequently in our Throwback Thursday featurettes, early Kia models were practical and…well, that’s about it! (more…)

Get a Double Self-Esteem Boost with an Old-Fashioned Home Car Wash

Monday, July 16th, 2018
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Car Washing Tips to Ensure a Spot Free Shine

Having a clean car and being able to check an item off a to-do list are both happiness-boosting things. Working in such a way that there is a visible and immediate reward has proven psychologic benefits. Not only do you feel that rush of dopamine you get from accomplishing something (something you can see the result of, by the way, unlike those TPS reports you stayed after work to file on Thursday), but feeling like something you own is clean and attractive also helps you take pride in a crucial possession. (more…)