Archive for August, 2019

What’s Going on in Tampa Bay This Weekend?

Thursday, August 29th, 2019
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Tampa Bay Events Labor Day Weekend 2019

Labor Day is the time to celebrate the resilience and strength of the American worker. It’s a time to get behind our friends, neighbors and families who are making our favorite cities and our country strong through the hours they spend on the clock. (more…)

Will the Kia Stinger Ever Get a V8 Engine?

Wednesday, August 28th, 2019
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Kia Stinger V8 Availability Speculation

When the Kia Stinger debuted two years ago, the entire automotive industry turned their heads to pay attention. By this time, Kia had become somewhat known for challenging norms (just look at the Kia Soul) and was deep into their move away from being strictly a value brand. Still, it wasn’t expected that they would create a model that was set to go head-to-head with Audi, BMW and even Porsche in terms of offering a four-door, luxury-performance, sportback sedan. (more…)

Teen Drivers Want and Need Different Things in their Vehicles. Kia Answers the Call

Tuesday, August 27th, 2019
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Best Cars for Teens 2019

As automotive dealership staff, we can get easily lost in thinking about vehicles in terms of the center of the bell curve. What does the average buyer look for in a car or SUV? However, we always have to remember that those shopping in the center of the bell curve have the most options and often it can be those on the fringe ends of the bell curve who are left feeling like they don’t have as many options that match up to their unique wants and needs. (more…)

You Spilled. Now What?

Monday, August 26th, 2019
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How to Clean Cloth Car Seats

We’re famous for our offbeat conspiracy theories here at Friendly Kia and our favorite one they don’t want you to know about is the cupholder conspiracy. Our theory is that some automakers, not Kia btw, are making their cupholders extra narrow or flimsy to causes spills. They do this because behind closed doors, they’ve forged alliances with the automotive spot-treating folks and the stain remover pen folks. (more…)

Get Gigantic Savings on a New Kia During Our Labor Day Sales Event

Thursday, August 22nd, 2019
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Kia Sales and Savings for Labor Day 2019

As a manufacturer of reliable and safe models that offer something for everybody in the family, Kia has grown into a brand that is renowned for its commitment to quality. With more Top Safety Pick and Top Safety Pick + distinctions than any other badge, the red oval of Kia is a sign that keeping what’s important to you safe is a priority for the South Korean manufacturer. (more…)

What Colors Can I Get the Enticing Kia Stinger In?

Thursday, August 22nd, 2019
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2019 Kia Stinger Color Options

When it comes to grand-touring luxury, it doesn’t get much better than the high-value 2019 Kia Stinger. Available with two powertrain options, a decadent liftback design and a range of standard technology that includes heated seats and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto integration, the 2019 Kia Stinger is all about raising the bar while lowering the price in the luxury performance segment. (more…)

What’s Included on the 2020 Kia Sportage’s Top Trim?

Thursday, August 22nd, 2019
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2020 Kia Sportage SX Turbo Specs and Features

The compact SUV class grows all the more competitive with every passing day. Praised for its versatility and do-it-all attitude, this growing segment now includes models from nearly every manufacturer including luxury and supercar ones. (more…)

Drive with Fewer Stops in the Kia Niro Hybrid Crossover

Friday, August 16th, 2019
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2019 Kia Niro Fuel Efficiency and MPG Rating

If you’ve ever heard somebody who grew up in a small town in the 1950s or 1960s talk about going to the fuel station, they describe it as nearly a religious experience. You’d roll up in your ’56 and a beaming fuel attendant would fill up your car while you went inside to get the scoop on the town gossip, purchase an egg cream from the fountain and check the scores of your local baseball team at the newsstand. (more…)

The Kia Rio is the Best Small Car on the Market

Friday, August 16th, 2019
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2019 Kia Rio Vs. the Competition

Back in 2018, Ford announced that they would be discontinuing any three-box car that wasn’t the Ford Mustang. Although this was a jarring announcement from the company, it wasn’t an insane move for the company that has been public about their desire to cut costs amid slumping profitability. In fact, Ford’s decision, which was followed up by a similar – though less drastic – announced rollback from Chevrolet early this year, highlighted a sort of inconvenient truth in the automotive market – cars don’t make money. (more…)

What’s Going on in Tampa Bay This Weekend?

Thursday, August 15th, 2019
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Tampa Bay Events August 17 and August 18 2019

Well, we’ve made it to the middle of August. Some of you may even be stressing or rejoicing over the prospect of classes beginning in just a few short weeks. For those of you who are dreading it or looking forward to getting the most out of summer’s last dying breaths, we’ve got just the thing: (more…)