Category Archives: Hybrid Vehicles

2022 Kia Sorento PHEV interior

New 2022 Kia Sorento Plug-In Hybrid Features Most Passenger Space of Any PHEV SUV

2022 Kia Sorento PHEV Interior Space and Legroom

Kia continues to deliver on its promise for more EV options with the advent of a new plug-in hybrid version of the spacious three-row Kia Sorento SUV. This guide explores the interior passenger space highlights and segment-leading titles that make the upcoming 2022 Kia Sorento PHEV a compelling option for EV customers who visit the Friendly Kia lot near Tampa Bay, FL, in the coming years.

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2022 Kia Sorento PHEV on city street

Kia ‘Plan S’ Continues with 2022 Kia Sorento PHEV

2022 Kia Sorento Plug-In Hybrid Electric Driving Range

The new Kia Sorento PHEV will launch soon as part of the brand’s ‘Plan S’ initiative to shift from a business system focused on internal combustion engine vehicles toward one centered on electric vehicles. The very first 2022 Kia Sorento Turbo PHEV models are expected to arrive in the Friendly Kia showroom in New Port Richey, FL, later in the third quarter of 2021. In the meantime, you can join us as we take a closer look at the fuel economy ratings and targeted driving range estimates that EV fans can look forward to.

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Black and grey promotional photo of upcoming Kia Motors EV lineup

Kia Motors Moves to Become Leader Among EV Brands

Is Kia an Electric Vehicle Brand? 

Many auto brands these days are making the shift towards hybrid and electric offerings. As more and more drivers seek out eco-minded vehicles and hybrid alternatives, automakers are working to meet the demands. One brand that has continued to offer hybrid variants over the years is Kia and now the brand is making moves towards becoming a leading EV brand.  

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White and black 2020 Kia Optima Hybrid models

How Far Can I Drive My Kia Optima Hybrid on One Tank of Gas?

2020 Kia Optima Hybrid Driving Range and Fuel Efficiency 

Tampa Bay-area shoppers who are thinking of making the switch to a Kia Optima Hybrid might be curious about what kind of driving range the vehicle offers. Specifically, they may want to find out how far they can drive the Optima Hybrid on just one tank of gas. This 2020 Kia Optima Hybrid driving range and fuel efficiency guide is here to help.  

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remote start in 2018 kia models

Does Kia Offer Remote Start?

Kia Remote Start Model Availability

If you have friends or family in the Northeast or Midwest, you know that communication with them usually involves some off-the-cuff comment about how jealous they are of the weather we get to enjoy in West Central Florida.

It’s true, barring a few spells that see us dip down into the 40s (40s by the way that people in Wisconsin are praying for every day of the week), our weather is great. We all know that the summer months can see it get a little bit more hot and humid than is maybe comfortable. Combine that with a dark interior car and/or leather seating and now you’re talking about getting into a sticky leather sauna after work. Read the rest of this entry >>

kia telluride imposed on image of graveyard and text overlaid with title of blog

What the Ghost of Kia Future Showed Ebenezer Scrooge

The Future of Kia

For many of us, Christmas is in the rearview mirror (or standard backup camera in the case of Kia). After all, it’s been almost a month since we passed the festive period. Lights have been turned off, wrapping paper stuffed back into the crawlspace and our Christmas Trees have come down (here’s where to get rid of them, by the way).

Here in the greater Tampa area, most of us are getting ready to celebrate Gasparilla and enjoy its nautical, swashbuckling fun. Some of us have stayed behind, however, having experienced something so great during the holiday season that we haven’t quite processed its implications fully. Ebenezer Scrooge is one of those people. Read the rest of this entry >>

2017 Kia Niro benefits and eco-friendly features

The 2017 Niro Hybrid Appeals to a Wide Range of Drivers

Appealing Benefits of the 2017 Kia Niro Crossover Hybrid 

The 2017 Kia Niro burst on the automotive scene in the winter, right around the Super Bowl, and hit all the right notes with its versatility and fuel economy, and with its hilarious and informative ad campaign starring Melissa McCarthy. 

Now that it’s been about a half-year since the big rollout, and we’ve seen the 2017 Niro do really well on the lot, we thought it would be helpful to look at back at why it is such an appealing vehicle to so many people. Read on for specs of the 2017 Niro, and its benefits that make it a must-have ride! 

Test Drive, Research the 2017 Niro

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Amazon Alexa digital assistant and Kia Niro Skill feature

New Niro Feature Means You Can Say, “Alexa: Reduce My Carbon Footprint”

2017 Kia Niro Hybrid Skill with Amazon Alexa

The Amazon Echo is a smart speaker which has helpful voice-recognition software that enables it to follow your requests.  Its digital assistant, “Alexa,” will follow voice commands to play music through the Echo, or control other connected devices in your house, and more.  This is possible because Alexa is compatible with many other devices and services, including certain home thermostats, Amazon Fire TV and Spotify. 

Pretty cool, huh?  So it only makes sense that one of the cutting-edge vehicles on the market today, the 2017 Kia Niro, teams up with the cutting-edge assistance of Alexa so you can learn more about the hybrid crossover that conserves the environment and puts money back in your wallet with its 50 combined base miles per gallon. 

Read onward to see the features that Alexa can perform that relate to the Kia Niro, in the Niro Skill! 

Research, Test Drive a 2017 Niro!

Melissa McCarthy & Kia Niro Features

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2017 Kia Niro hybrid MotorWeek Car of the Month May 2017 50 MPG combined

Which Kia Vehicle Was Named MotorWeek Car of the Month for May?

2017 Kia Niro MotorWeek Car of the Month Honors

Like a child prodigy or a supernova streaking across the sky, the 2017 Kia Niro has accomplished a great deal in a short amount of time during its first year as a production model.  The hybrid crossover averages 50 combined MPG in its base FE trim, has the cargo space of an SUV at 54.5 cubic feet, handles curb-to-curb turning with the ease of a sedan, and has nice features like available heated and ventilated front seats!

There’s a lot more the 2017 Niro has done; namely setting a Guinness World Record for cross-country MPG, and providing you with cool color options.  But there’s more great news to regale you with: The 2017 Niro made the MotorWeek Car of the Month list for the month of May 2017.  After the break, we’ll share with you some prior Kia models that made this list, and some additional benefits of the Kia Niro!

Research the 2017 Kia Niro

See the Niro’s Super Bowl Commercial!

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Dad 2.0 annual summit 2017 Kia Niro test drives with fathers

With Father’s Day Coming, Celebrate Niro-Driving Dads from the 2017 Dad 2.0 Summit 

2017 Dad 2.0 Summit Kia Niro Hybrid Test Drive Videos

Dad 2.0 is an annual conference where fathers converge and share their ideas and experiences about what it’s like to be a modern dad, with at-home fathers and dads from the fields of blogging and marketing among the groups that contribute to this event.

We have three new videos featuring some of the men who participated in the Dad 2.0 conference back in February, who also took the 2017 Kia Niro hybrid crossover for a test drive and shared insights about what it’s like to be a modern dad, and what they hope to see from vehicles in the future.  Read on for the videos!

Features of the 2017 Kia Niro

Kia Niro Blog: Updates and News

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