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Kia Contributes $200,000 to Help with Hurricane Relief Efforts

Is Kia Donating to Those Affected by Hurricane Ida?

Our hearts go out to those affected by the devastation caused by Hurricane Ida. We love and support our neighbors to our west here at Friendly Kia, and all across the country, and we wish for a speedy recovery for everyone who was impacted by this horrific storm. But we know that this recovery won’t be easy. Still, it is important to understand how we can all help. We found out this week that our manufacturing partner has joined in the efforts to assist with the relief, as Kia has donated $200,000 to the American Red Cross to help those affected by Hurricane Ida. 

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What’s Going On In Tampa Bay This Labor Day Weekend?

Events and Shows Near St. Petersburg and Clearwater September 4 and 5, 2021

Can you believe it? Labor Day Weekend is upon us! This is a time to celebrate the hard workers across our country and hopefully give them a bit of time to relax. We know that isn’t always possible, but either way, we hope everyone does find some time to treat themselves or get some relaxing in when they can. So, with that being said, while there are always things happening around the Tampa Bay area, this weekend has an added Labor Day touch. Read ahead for some of the events and shows near St. Petersburg and Clearwater for September 4 and 5, 2021. As always, be sure to take proper safety measures wherever you go this weekend. 

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Is the Kia Carnival FWD or RWD?

2022 Kia Carnival Drivetrain Specifications

The Kia Carnival is taking the world by storm already upon its release, having recently earned IIHS honors and attracted a lot of attention and rave reviews. Drivers in the Tampa area in Florida are enjoying it, too. This new multi-purpose vehicle, which has taken the place of the Sedona minivan, is a perfect blend of space, power, and creature comforts. But what about its drivetrain? Is the Kia Carnival front-wheel drive (FWD) or rear-wheel drive (RWD)? The 2022 Kia Carnival is actually a FWD vehicle. Let’s take a closer look at the 2022 Kia Carnival drivetrain specifications with this blog from Friendly Kia. 

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How Efficient is the new Kia Niro Hybrid?

What is the Fuel Economy of the 2022 Kia Niro?

Kia has recently announced the details on the 2022 Kia Niro hybrid crossover SUV, and it is clear that the automaker continues to place major importance on an efficient hybrid powertrain that drivers in the Tampa, FL area will love. Who doesn’t enjoy fewer stops at the gas station and a car that sips fuel instead of chugging it, thus saving you money over the long term? So, what is the fuel economy of the 2022 Kia Niro? Friendly Kia breaks it down by trim level below. 

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New Kia Carnival Earns IIHS Top Safety Pick Award

How Safe is the 2022 Kia Carnival?

Have you heard? The 2022 Kia Carnival is making waves not just here in the Tampa Bay area, but around the country as well. It’s being welcomed with open arms by auto enthusiasts and industry hotshots alike, not to mention drivers who have been on the lookout for an exceptional multi-purpose vehicle. Just this week it was announced that the new Kia Carnival has earned the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS) Top Safety Pick rating mere months after the vehicle’s debut. How safe is the 2022 Kia Carnival? We’ve broken down what caught the attention of the IIHS and why it has earned such an important honor. 

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Why Did Kia Change Their Logo?

Kia Logo Redesign Meaning

A logo is a vital component of any business and its successes or failures. A successful logo has to convey a great deal of information, from the obvious (its name) to the more subtle, like what it sells and what the business wants to plant in your head about them, Inception-style. If you’ve driven past Friendly Kia in the Tampa area or even just perused our site recently, you may have noticed that Kia has updated its logo. But why? We wanted to take a closer look at the Kia logo redesign meaning to find the answers. 

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What’s Going On In Tampa Bay This Weekend?

Events near St. Petersburg and Clearwater August 28 and 29, 2021

There’s always something to look forward to when the weekend rolls into the Tampa Bay area. See what the team at Friendly Kia has put together yet another guide to give you a look at what could be on your agenda for this coming weekend of August 28 and 29, 2021, near St. Petersburg and Clearwater, FL. 

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How the Kia Carnival Ups the Brand’s Minivan Game

How Is the Kia Carnival Different from the Kia Sedona?

This year the Kia Carnival MPV builds off of the legacy left behind by the Sedona minivan with more engine power, interior space, advanced features, and other advantages for families to look forward to this year. Here we unwrap some of the differences that make the all-new 2022 Kia Carnival here at Friendly Kia a compelling replacement for the outgoing 2021 Kia Sedona for our Tampa Bay-area customers.

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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 Soul Interior

View the 5 Available Interiors of the 2022 Kia Soul

2022 Kia Soul Interior Trim Color & Material Options

A marvel of adaptability, the 2022 Kia Soul is a versatile and bold choice that’s positioned to compete with sedans, hatchbacks, and small crossovers all the same. We’ve already covered the ten spunky exterior color options that guests can find on the Friendly Kia lot. This time, step inside as we unwrap all the interior trim color and material options that you might find when you visit us for a test drive in New Port Richey, FL, this year.

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