Archive for November, 2019

See How the Base Stinger Does Against the Fiercest German Competition

Wednesday, November 27th, 2019
red 2019 kia stinger base on the snow

2019 Kia Stinger Base Vs. German Luxury

When Kia announced the Kia Stinger nearly four years ago, the majority of the press rightfully went to the twin-turbo 3.3-liter V6 engine that sets the GT trims apart from the Base and Premium trims. With a top speed of over 165 MPH and a 0-60 acceleration time less than five seconds, the GT Kia Stinger is a car that made big promises and has done nothing but deliver on each one, exceeding the expectations of automotive press agencies and review outlets. (more…)

Does Kia Still Use the Hamsters to Advertise the Soul?

Wednesday, November 27th, 2019
Best ever Kia commercials header with tv and hamsters

2020 Kia Soul Ads – Where are the Hamsters?

Besides an insurance-minded gecko, perhaps no animal is as recognizable in advertisements as the hamsters used to advertise the Kia Soul. Unlike the aforementioned gecko, the hamsters that were central to the Kia Soul’s 10-year model history sought to embody the fun and whimsy of the model. (more…)

Flashback: Kia Joice

Tuesday, November 26th, 2019
kia joice against blurry background

Kia Joice Model History and Photos

Our Flashback series has worked hard to shine a light on the Kia models of ages past, revealing a brand as it was and as it is today. Kia, after all, didn’t spend the majority of its life as the stylish thought-leaders they are today. For much of their history, they were simply trying to inexpensively fill spaces in the market. (more…)

What Cars Does the Base Kia Stinger Compete With?

Tuesday, November 26th, 2019
2019 Kia Stinger base model parked in the desert

Kia Stinger 2.0T Vs. Toyota Camry

We spend a lot of time here on the Friendly Kia Blog talking about the twin-turbo Kia Stinger GT. For good reason too, as the Kia Stinger GT is a car that has captured the attention of the entire automotive market, proving that neither luxury nor performance belongs to a single badge or manufacturer. (more…)

Kia Debuts the Kia Seltos Small SUV

Monday, November 25th, 2019
2021 kia seltos driving in sunset

2021 Kia Seltos Specs and Features

New Kia models are always opportunities for celebration. After all, after keeping a relatively low profile in terms of new models introduced for a while, the last few have seen the debuts of world-beating Kia vehicles like the Kia Niro (2017), Kia Stinger (2018) and Kia Telluride (2019). It’s basically been a new model a year at Kia and we’ve been excited to help them get the word out on these incredible cars and SUVs. (more…)

What’s Going on in Tampa Bay this Weekend?

Thursday, November 21st, 2019
Tampa skyline with "What's going on in the area this weekend" image superimposed

Tampa Bay Events November 23 and November 24, 2019

With this being the unofficial final weekend of fall, we’re here to squeeze as many pre-winter vibes out of the weekend as we can here at Friendly Kia. Luckily, Tampa Bay is the place to be for year-round vibes and we’ve got some great things happening in our backyard this weekend. (more…)

Kia Supports Heroes in Children’s Adventure Show

Thursday, November 21st, 2019
cartoon rendition of Kia optima

Kia Models in Tobot

At Friendly Kia, we’re big fans of pop culture. We write several blogs about film, tv and try and shine a light on interesting things people are doing in the world through our Facebook page and the Friendly Kia Blog here. (more…)

With the 1980s Back in Full Swing, Will Kia Be Making a Convertible?

Tuesday, November 19th, 2019
rear three quarter shot of kia optima convertible

Kia Convertible Models: Past, Present and Future

If you go by the way its portrayed through the romantic lens of nostalgia, the 1980s was a wild time of neon, synth-driven music and self-expression. It was referred to as “morning in America” in a now-iconic presidential campaign ad and was marked by its extremity and ambition. (more…)

How Can Your Favorite Kia Models Help the Best Car Scenes of All Time?

Monday, November 18th, 2019
2019 kia stinger in traffic in red color

Best Car Chases and How Kia Models Could Have Helped

The routine of our daily drives has made us, in many ways, forget about how insane driving can actually be. Rules of the road, infrastructure and crowded urban areas make driving feel like second nature for most of us, something we can do without really thinking about it. (more…)

Does the Kia Stinger Have Heated Seats?

Friday, November 15th, 2019
2019 Kia Stinger GTS in a field

2019 Kia Stinger Heated Seats and Comfort Features

A luxury grand touring sedan that starts around the same price as a mid-trim Toyota Camry, Kia has turned both the mass-market midsize sedan and the entry-luxury segments on their heads. The Kia Stinger is more than just an award-winning car, after all. It’s a symbol of intent for a brand that is working to make thrill and comfort more attainable.  (more…)