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2017 Kia Soul Car and Driver 10Best list for 2017 crossovers and SUVs

Car and Driver’s 10Best Just Got Better with the 2017 Kia Soul!

Car and Driver 10Best List 2017 Kia Soul

We’ve barely had time to get to know the 2017 Kia Soul, which just arrived on dealer lots, and it’s already gathering awards.  This is typical for the Kia Soul, a multi-purpose hatchback that is as stylish and fun as it is pragmatic, with a boxy design that only makes the space on the inside that much sweeter.

The 2016 Kia Soul received recognition from J.D. Power, U.S. News and World Report (Best Cars for Families), and the IIHS (Top Safety Pick), among many other items of praise.  So this latest bit of good news for the new Soul – and surely not the last – is the 2017 Kia Soul was named to Car and Driver’s 10Best Trucks and SUVs list.  Stay with us for a moment, pour yourself a drink or grab a snack if you’d like, and see why the 2017 Kia Soul is not just better, it’s among the best.

Research the Soul, all Kia Models

Compare the 2017 and 2016 Kia Souls

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2016 Kia Sorento Strategic Vision Most Loved vehicle award St Petersburg FL

Car Shoppers Show Ultimate Love to the Kia Sorento!

2016 Kia Sorento Strategic Vision Most Loved Vehicle Award

What does it mean to “show the love”?  Is that when we give someone a warm hug?  Or when we turn out in record numbers to see a movie at the theater?  Or when we root on our favorite sports team?

We’d wager that all of these examples, and many others, can qualify as showing that you love someone or something.  And when new car owners voted with their hearts and their minds to name the 2016 Kia Sorento the “Most Loved Vehicle” among Mid-Size Crossover Utility Vehicles in Strategic Vision’s Customer Love Index (CLI), that was yet another demonstration of love.  So why is the 2016 Kia Sorento so lovable?  Stay tuned – we’ll tell you!

See 2016 Sorento in Our Research Pages!

Compare 2016 Sorento with Competition

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2017 Kia Cadenza 2016 Kia Soul Active Lifestyle Vehicle of the Year ALV Awards

Kia Soul, Cadenza Take Home Active Lifestyle Awards for 2016!

2017 Kia Cadenza 2016 Kia Soul Active Lifestyle Vehicle ALV Awards

The annual Active Lifestyle Vehicle awards, or ALV for short, are a great way to show which vehicles are ideal for people on the go – whether they’re in the big city or ready to scale a cliff – and who need something rugged to get them there.  So it is with pleasure that we talk about how two Kia models, the 2016 Kia Soul crossover and the 2017 Kia Cadenza sedan, were winners at this prestigious gala in Chandler, Arizona.  Read on for more about the ALV awards and details of the 2016 Soul and the 2017 Cadenza!

Read More: Kia Soul Specs, Awards

Read More: Kia Cadenza Features, News

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2017 Kia Sedona release details IIHS Pick Tampa FL Friendly Kia

2017 Kia Sedona Tips Availability with IIHS Top Safety Pick

2017 Kia Sedona Release Date and Safety Features

Did you know the 2017 Kia Sedona is so good, it can win awards before it even hits the dealership lot?  Well, it is, and it has, as the 2017 Kia Sedona was recently named an IIHS Top Safety Pick.

We’ll review the 2017 Sedona’s release date and what its safety features are that led to this honor from IIHS.

2017 Kia Sportage’s IIHS Top Safety Pick

How 2016 Sedona Became a “Must Drive”

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AutoPacific Optima Sedona IVAs Tampa Clearwater FL

Optima, Sedona Once Again Crowned by AutoPacific

2016 AutoPacific Ideal Vehicle Awards 2016 Kia Optima Sedona 

What’s your ideal vehicle?  One that has the ability to give you directions using only your voice?  One that you can fit into tight spots downtown with ease?  One that saves you money at the pump?  The 2016 Kia Optima and 2016 Kia Sedona are superb performers in all of these categories in their respective vehicle classes, and the 2016 AutoPacific Ideal Vehicle Awards (IVA) are proof of this as both took first in their category.

Kia at AutoPacific’s Satisfaction Awards

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2016 Kia Optima sedan J.D. Power APEAL Friendly Kia Tampa FL

Kia Shows Appeal as Our Cars Medal in the Latest J.D. Power Study

2016 J.D. Power APEAL Study Kia Optima Sorento Soul Sedona

A nice-looking house has “curb appeal.”  A likeable monkey with a banana can be “a-peeling.”  But only a select few vehicles top their categories in the annual J.D. Power APEAL Study.  This year, four of the models we have on the lot had the best results in their classes, the 2016 Kia Optima, 2016 Kia Soul, 2016 Kia Sorento and 2016 Kia Sedona.  

We’ll look at the details of each vehicle’s sweet accomplishment and just what the APEAL Study is all about.  Read on!

How Kia did in J.D. Power’s Quality Study

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2017 Kia Sorento IIHS Top Safety Pick Friendly Kia

You’re Safe and Sound with the 2017 Kia Sorento

2017 Kia Sorento IIHS Top Safety Pick

Apologies to electro-pop group Capital Cities’ 2013 hit, “Safe and Sound,” but the 2017 Kia Sorento does a better job keeping you secure than the Ryan Merchant-Sebu Simonian song, which we’re fans of, by the way.

The proof is in the pudding; the “pudding” is that the 2017 Sorento was just named an IIHS Top Safety Pick for the third consecutive model year.  This distinction means the midsize SUV has undergone thorough crash and impact tests by the well-respected Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and performed well enough to be considered among the safest in its class.

See How Safe the 2017 Sorento Is

See All the Awards the Sorento is Winning

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2016 Kia Forte Soul Sportage Sorento IQS results Friendly Kia

An Exceptional Five Out of Five: J.D. Power and Kia’s Vehicles

2016 Kia Sportage Soul Sorento Forte J.D. Power IQS Results

Have you ever played “paper, rock, scissors” and made it a best-of-five series, like you were participating in a playoff round of hand gestures?

If you’re like us at Friendly Kia, you’ve done so, and gladly.  And we have four vehicles on our lot that ranked five-out-five in the 2016 J.D. Power Initial Quality Study, dazzling new vehicle shoppers in the process.  We’re going to visit with the 2016 Kia Forte, 2016 Kia Soul, 2016 Kia Sorento and 2016 Kia Sportage and review their J.D. Power Initial Quality Study (IQS) results.

More on the 2016 Soul, 2016 Sportage

TMI? No, TQI – Where Kia Tied for First

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2016 J.D. Power Initial Quality Study 2016 Soul Sportage Friendly Kia New Port Richey FL

Prestige Doesn’t Begin to Explain It: Kia Sportage and Kia Soul Ranked Highest in J.D. Power Initial Quality Study

2016 J.D. Power Initial Quality Study Kia Soul and Kia Sportage

“Non-Premium” has such a nasty ring to it, evoking memories of something substandard or less than ideal.  But that’s the industry term for vehicles that are affordable and mainstream, a category which includes favorites from many popular automakers.  These are not “non-premium” so much as the vehicles the average car shopper likes to buy.

So whatever you want to call this large and illustrious group, the 2016 Kia Soul and 2016 Kia Sportage just topped them all – and the “premium models” in their respective vehicle classes in the J.D. Power 2016 Initial Quality Study, too.  How was such a conquest possible?  Let’s check out the tale of the tape as we look at how the 2016 Kia Soul and 2016 Kia Sportage were so superior in their categories in the 2016 J.D. Power Initial Quality Study.

TMI? No, TQI – Which Kia Also Aced

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