Fast, Powerful… Refined?

02.10.17 - Kia Stinger

The newest car to enter the Kia lineup is one that is a departure from what we normally expect Kia models to be. Kia has grown and developed over the years to be a brand that offers us a variety of great features, shows off improved looks and comes to us with the equipment we want to enjoy on the road. This brand is full of quality cars and SUVs that give you a great value and plenty of fuel mileage while also being reliable and engaging on the road. This all makes for a lineup of impressive family cars and SUVs which left room for what Kia is ready to offer.

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What does an Economy Car Mean to You

2016 White Fiat 500

Typically the title or description of Economy Car brings to mind the thought of a set of hamsters under the hood on bicycles or at least something close to that for power.  Normally you think of these cars and shudder wondering what you have to compromise on in order to have a car that will be the commuter mobile for you to drive.  While many economy class cars are not powerful and have a negative feeling associated with them it’s important for you to see there are some economy class cars that are actually great to drive; here are some for you to consider.

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Weight Up and Down

2016 Yellow KIA Soul

For years cars have gotten heavier because the new technology installed adds more heft to a vehicle, especially when you add a battery pack to a hybrid.  In the past few years many automakers have worked to bring some of these weights down for the purpose of maximizing power and adding more fuel efficiency.  You can enjoy more from a car with lower weight from every aspect, more power, more performance and certainly better fuel mileage and automakers can offer you smaller engines to increase the fuel mileage even more.  To go along with that when a car is lighter and has turbochargers attached to the engine the horsepower can match higher cylinder numbers with smaller engines, giving us the best of both worlds. Read more

Can You Have Fun at Under 200 Horsepower?

2015 Fiat 500 Abarth Driving

For a vast majority of us, we will never drive a car that is our own that has over 200 horsepower. There are a few reasons we are going to be left out of the high-powered class of vehicles. First of all, most of us will certainly scoff at the idea of spending the money on a car that offers a high horsepower number because the shear price tag turns us away. Second is the lack of need, what will this additional horsepower be for and where can we drive it, so with practicality in mind it just doesn’t make sense. Third is fuel mileage. Less power typically equates to better fuel mileage, making it an easy choice between the two as we don’t want to be pumping gas 3-4 times a week for our power hungry V8 beast.

Because of all these reasons doesn’t it make sense to have something fun to drive that falls in our range of driving? Certainly many car manufacturers feel that way and offer several models that are both fun to drive and fall in the under 200 horsepower club to give us the fuel mileage (at least most of them) that we desire. Read more

The Kia Sorento is All New for 2016

2016 Sorento Crossover SUV

The Paris Auto Show gave the world a look at a new Sorento crossover SUV. The new look is stunning from many angles but also well understated to be attractive to a large variety of crowds. The angle off the hood carries smoothly to the roof and on to the rear to give a seamless appearance and a sleek design that is enticing and exciting. The large grill on the front of the Sorento gives a bold look right from the start and the headlights and fog lights allow for great vision while driving. Read more

Green Automotive Technology For 2015

2015 Chevy Impala

International Automotive Shows around the country have inspired and intrigued consumers for the past few months. From crazy concept cars and latest technology to the new vehicle models you can expect to see on the road in a neighborhood near you soon, audiences have been delighted by what they have seen so far. So what can we expect in 2015 for “green” or environmentally friendly technology in our cars and trucks?

BMW is offering their i8 Hybrid Plug-in Powertrain. This sports car has two separate powertrains and can be driven one at a time, or simultaneously. The front wheels are powered by a 96-kilowatt electric motor, while the rear tires are fueled by a turbocharged 231 horsepower gas engine. BMW is also debuting their i3 Rex Range Extender which is a 2 cylinder gas engine that powers a generator to add 80 plus miles to the cars 90 miles of electric range.

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Super Bowl Car Ads that We Can’t Wait to See

BMW i3

Every year the Super Bowl offers a host of commercials for us to enjoy. Many are meant to entertain us and get us laughing at the antics and creativity that is found in these advertising spots. The Super Bowl Commercials have become so big there is even betting in Vegas regarding what companies will have how many spots along with discussions around many water coolers the next day in offices all over the country as to what commercials were thought to be the best, funniest, sent a great message or were just a lot of fun.

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Enhancing the Enhancements in the 2015 Kia Sorento

2015 Kia Sorento Red

Because the Sorento received major changed for 2014, the 2015 version is only slightly refined from a year ago. Enhancements were made to the chassis, engines and interior to offer a crossover SUV that feels much more luxury than its price tag might suggest. Offered in both seven-passenger and five-passenger configurations, owners can have their Sorento be ready to offer space for a growing family to enjoy or the extra cargo room some owners yearn for. Dealing with stiff competition from the Ford Edge, Dodge Journey, Toyota Highlander and Nissan Pathfinder, the Sorento offers an amazing amount of features for the money to make this great SUV quite a bargain.

The changes made for this new model year include a minor upgrade to the grill and front end, an addition of a navigation system without having to add the UVO system, an Infinity sound system and a more fuel efficient four-cylinder engine. All the additions will help take a great crossover SUV and put it over the top of the competition for the upcoming model year.

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