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Kia Sportage Is Utility Vehicle of the Year Contender

Kia Sportage Is Utility Vehicle of the Year Contender

AutoGuide announced its Utility Vehicle of the Year award last month, and while the Kia Sportage wasn’t the winner, it made an impressive showing against vehicles like the Honda CR-V, the GMC Acadia, and even luxury vehicles from Audi and Jaguar. AutoGuide noted the Sportage’s updated styling, which gives it a sportier look, as well as the major improvements to its ride quality and the refreshed interior. Credit was also given to the consistent, significant improvements to the Sportage with…

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2017 Kia Niro Design Features Make It One of the Smartest Cars Around

2017 Kia Niro Design Features Make It One of the Smartest Cars Around

The 2017 Kia Niro is a crossover hybrid with some of the most innovative design features you’ll see in the segment. From its materials to its storage options, the Kia Niro design features make it a fantastic buy for any driver. The Niro is made to be lightweight, not only further improving fuel economy but making it more fun to drive as well. It’s the most fuel-efficient crossover on the market thanks in part to the light aluminum in the…

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Kia’s Autonomous Vehicles Show Some Excitement

Kia’s Autonomous Vehicles Show Some Excitement

Cars that can drive themselves aren’t too far off in the future. In fact, many of us may get to experience this within our lifetimes. While getting to sit back and relax while the car does all the driving sounds great, it is pretty boring if you think about it. Kia’s autonomous vehicles, which it showed off at the Chicago Auto Show, however, are anything but boring. They take autonomous technology and use it in ways you likely never imagined….

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Preview: 2017 KIA Niro Hybrid Vehicle

Preview: 2017 KIA Niro Hybrid Vehicle

The automotive industry has made major advances when it comes to fuel-efficient vehicles that currently operate around the globe. Hybrid and electric cars aren’t uncommon but no automaker has created a similar crossover until now. The 2017 Kia Niro is set to be the first fully-hybrid model of its kind. The 2017 Kia Niro hybrid is expected to deliver a utility-driven ride with sporty performance while earning high fuel economy. This new hybrid crossover is set to redefine what it…

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Kia Sedona Awarded Title of “Must Test-Drive Vehicle for 2016”

Kia Sedona Awarded Title of “Must Test-Drive Vehicle for 2016”

The Kia Sedona isn’t just your average minivan. It has more to offer than others in its class and is a surprisingly fun drive, as evidenced by AutoTrader’s recent award to the Kia Sedona: a “Must-Test Drive Vehicle for 2016.” AutoTrader’s “Must-Test Drive” awards go out to a small number of vehicles that you simply must test drive. Basically, it’s a “don’t judge a book by its cover” list of vehicles that you should test drive before passing them up….

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The Walken Closet: Strange, Memorable Kia Super Bowl Spot Scores Big

The Walken Closet: Strange, Memorable Kia Super Bowl Spot Scores Big

There is no one quite like Christopher Walken. The actor has been in some of the greatest films ever made like Annie Hall and Pulp Fiction. He also cut a rug in a popular music video for the Fatboy Slim. In other words, the man is an artistic genius. If you didn’t catch it, Walken lent his image, voice, and star power to arguably one of the strangest spots during the Super Bowl. The commercial featured the Kia Optima—utilizing a…

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New Kia Ad with Christopher Walken Highlights Optima’s Pizzazz

New Kia Ad with Christopher Walken Highlights Optima’s Pizzazz

In a world full of homogenous mid-size sedans, a new Kia ad with Christopher Walken cleverly titled “Walken Closet” shows how the new 2016 Optima sets itself apart from the pack. Walken demonstrates the difference in “pizzazz” between the Optima and the rest of the crowded sedan segment using two different socks—one brightly colored and interesting, the other a drab tan. The ad is part of a social media campaign called #AddPizzazz, which is a collaboration between Influential, Niche, and…

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Yet Again Three Kia Models Earn 2015 Good Design Awards

Yet Again Three Kia Models Earn 2015 Good Design Awards

It seems as if Kia models are being praised more and more each year, with 2015 being no exception. Just recently, three Kia models earned 2015 GOOD DESIGN awards for–you guessed it–really good designs. The models honored were the 2016 Kia Sorento, 2016 Optima, and Soul-based Trail’ster concept car, thanks to a jury that included design professionals, industry specialists, and design media. Plus, this is the second year in a row in which three Kia models earned the GOOD DESIGN…

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Before You Get Stuck, Check Out These Tips for Driving in the Snow!

Before You Get Stuck, Check Out These Tips for Driving in the Snow!

When the snowy weather starts to pick up, it’s easy to assume you can avoid driving when there’s precipitation on the road. But what if you leave when the roads are clear, and quickly find yourself in the midst of a downfall? Here are some tips for driving in the snow to help you out: Slow down immediately. Some of the most dangerous, icy conditions occur right as the snowfall begins–especially if black ice begins to form on the road….

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New Kia Niro Spy Shots Show Off Totally New Structure

New Kia Niro Spy Shots Show Off Totally New Structure

Looking forward to the 2016 Kia Niro? Good news–new spy shots have been captured of the upcoming model in testing, showcasing the whole model in different angles on the road, through some clunky camouflage. Kia debuted the concept of the Niro all the way back in 2013, and now, two years later, we can see that the production version will actually be much different. The new vehicle looks much more akin to the Volkswagen Golf, and appears to have a…

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