Friday, October 28, 2016

2017 KIA Sorento

Consumer Reports recently ran an article on the best cars for families.  The one that rose to the top for families with school age children was the popular Kia Sorento.  That was really no big surprise since this year Consumer Reports also awarded the Sorento one of their “Top Ten” picks for a vehicle in the category for a mid-sized SUV.  You will see why when you see this sharp-looking redesigned family hauler at Westside KIA.

The CR organization said: “Our top-rated mid-sized SUV provides the room and space to keep a family comfortable and to bring along their gear”.   Owners of the Sorento would add that this vehicle is just fun to drive.  Anyway, this positive recognition by Consumer Reports and many other car critics is really a “no brainier”.  You will agree that everything just comes together for a family car from high owner satisfaction to being very dependable and reliable.  The Sorento is a perfect source of transportation for today's busy families. 
The “icing on the cake” is this Kia Sorento has been redesigned and re-engineered for 2016.  It is significantly roomier and more refined in nearly every way inside and out.  The Sorento still offers a third row to bump up the passenger capacity to seven.  As the well-known commercial goes...but wait, there is more!  All models are longer, wider and taller, which means more interior room.  That is one of the improvements you will quickly see and feel when you slide into those comfy seats for that important test drive from the friendly folks. 

Also, you and yours will appreciate the Sorento's handsome cabin and upscale materials that you would see in those “pricey” S UV's out there and delivers more usable cargo space then some of the two row SUV's .  This new Sorento offers a plethora of high tech systems that today's drivers expect for communication and entertainment.  They include the available Kia UVO infotainment setup, an awesome 10 speaker Infinity surround-sound system that will just “rock you”, a panoramic sun roof and much more. 

Since the Sorento is meant for families, Kia offers a slew of safety features from adaptive cruise control to the very effective and important forward collision warning.  Safety organizations highly recommend to invest in as many safety systems that you can afford.  The payback in dividends could be huge. 

Now, when you drive off in your new Sorento on the test drive, you will quickly appreciate how this re-engineered Kia responds and performs.  The Sorento's new suspension keeps a firm and composed and quiet ride.  What may be under the hood is the standard and peppy 2.4-liter four with 185 lively horses that punches out 185 hp.  If you desire more horses in your stable, then also test drive the popular 3.3-liter V6 with 290 horses and a pavement grabbing 252 lb-ft of torque.  New for this year is the the aggressive 2.0-liter Turbo that punches out 240 hp and delivers 20/27 mpg.  It even gets better as all-wheel drive is now available for drivers who want more stability in quirky driving conditions.  This is a first for this class of vehicle. 

Make the short drive to Westside KIA or visit them online at and check out the redesigned Sorento and bring the crew.  One is waiting for you with your color, style and budget and still comes with the best warranty in the business.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Kia Soul EV

Fully electric vehicles can lead to a drastic change of habits and spending from gas guzzling vehicles. As I am constantly educating consumers to know and understand what it’s like to live fully electric and it’s more than an amazing car. It really is a car electrified.

It can be recharged by plugging the car into a standard household outlet– same one you’d use to charge your phone.  The Soul EV is the first car ever manufactured to feature a true “driver-only” ventilation system. By pressing a button on the dashboard marked “driver-only”, the driver can simply switch off dashboard and foot well ventilation to other passengers to save on energy.

On average the Soul EV will take you about 90 miles on one charge.  95% of US drivers’ commute is under 40 miles and the average commute is only 13.6 miles.  It also qualifies for a federal tax credit of up to $7,500 depending on the state you live in.

As most of you that know and those that don’t, National Drive Electric Week is an event to heighten awareness of all-electric vehicles. It was great to see the Soul EV before but today Kia is here to raise awareness for this more sustainable and eco-friendly vehicle. Kia uses an increased range of bio-based materials in order to stay true to the car’s green philosophy.

Come by and see what other eco-friendly things we are working on at Westside Kia 23005 Katy Freeway Katy, Texas or give us a call at 281-392-5858 today!

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Kia Optima PHEV

I want to apologize right off the bat for not getting too excited about the whole plug in electric car thing.  Sure I recognize the need to conserve energy and all that jazz but there are just some things I would not sacrifice to make that happen and most of the vehicles offered are just that, a big sacrifice.  Introducing the Kia Optima PHEV.

Its 154-horsepower 2.0-liter direct injection gas engine is paired with a 67-horsepower electric motor powered by a 9.8kWh lithium-ion polymer battery pack. With the electric motor replacing the torque converter in the six-speed automatic gearbox, the system produces 202 horsepower and 276 lb.-ft. of torque at full throttle.

Kia replaced the standard Optima's grill with an active air flap which lowers the car's drag co-efficient (Cd) to 0.25 when closed. With the batteries integrated in the spare wheel well and the capacity of the fuel tank reduced by four gallons, the plug-in offers 10.8 cubic feet of cargo space. Kia says this car can do "up to 33 miles of pure-electric driving at speeds as high as 75 mph, with 0-60 acceleration in 9.1 seconds in hybrid mode."

Inside, the PHEV is more generously equipped than regular Optima’s. The 8.0-inch touchscreen features Android Auto, Apple Car play and all the extra software you need to improve your hypermiling skills. You also get a 270-degree around-view monitor and a 10-speaker Harman/Hardon stereo with Clari-Fi technology that restores the sound quality of your heavily compressed digital files.

This is one to get excited about.  Come see why at Westside Kia 23005 Katy Freeway Katy, Texas or give us a call at 281-392-5858 today!

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

2014 Kia Cadenza 4dr Sdn Premium

It's been awhile since Kia has offered a large sedan. Remember the Amanti, which was last produced for 2009? Don't feel bad, since most of our staff doesn't either. The 2014 Kia Cadenza, however, should prove more memorable, as it fills that spot in Kia's lineup quite nicely. This ever-improving Korean carmaker has been hitting home runs in nearly every segment recently, and the Cadenza looks like it'll be the latest one to go soaring out of the park and onto consumers' consideration lists.
The front-wheel-drive Cadenza is longer and wider than the Optima and essentially shares its platform with cousin Hyundai's Azera. As such, it packs a 3.3-liter V6 with 293 horsepower along with a six-speed automatic. Kia tweaked the steering and suspension to give it a more sporting personality than its relative. But this is still more a luxury cruiser than a sport sedan. And as we'd now expect from Kia, the Cadenza offers a wealth of standard and optional high-end features along with sharp styling that manages to make it stand apart from the crowd without looking strange.
Initially, Kia offered the Cadenza in just one well-equipped trim level but later in the model year it was joined by the even more luxurious Limited version. Unlike some other competitors, the 2014 Kia Cadenza doesn't offer other powertrain choices such as a fuel-sipping four-cylinder turbo or a hybrid. That said, we certainly have no complaint with its V6's smooth and spirited performance.
This segment has a handful of heavy hitters that are also worthy of your scouting report. The Chrysler 300 and Toyota Avalon similarly offer effortless performance, smooth rides and roomy, well-trimmed cabins. The former offers the option of muscular V8 power while the latter also comes as a hybrid. There's also the Buick LaCrosse and Volkswagen Passat that, like the others, offer various powertrain options, even a thrifty turbodiesel in the VW's case. Overall, though, we think Kia's new 2014 Cadenza is an excellent choice for a large sedan.

Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options

The 2014 Kia Cadenza is a large sedan that comes in two trim levels: the very well-equipped Premium and even more lavish Limited.
Standard features on the Premium include 18-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlights, foglights, rain-sensing wipers, power-folding sideview mirrors, keyless ignition/entry, dual-zone automatic climate control, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, leather upholstery, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, 10-way power driver seat, four-way power passenger seat, heated front seats and a ventilated driver seat. Standard high-tech features include a rearview camera, rear park assist, an 8-inch touchscreen display, Kia's Uvo voice command system, a navigation system, Bluetooth phone/audio and a 12-speaker Infinity sound system with a CD player, satellite radio and USB/iPod/auxiliary audio inputs.
Optional on the Premium is the Luxury package, which includes active xenon headlights, a panoramic sunroof, a windshield wiper de-icer, a 7-inch gauge cluster display, upgraded leather upholstery, a heated and power-adjustable steering wheel, heated rear seats, driver memory settings, a power driver seat cushion extender and a power rear window sunshade.
The Limited trim includes all the above, as well as 19-inch alloy wheels, adaptive cruise control, an electronic parking brake, water-repellent front windows and blind spot/lane departure warning systems.
Optional at no cost for the Limited are a pair of color-themed packages. The White Interior package features white leather upholstery, added wood-grain accents and suede headliner/sun visor/rear shelf trim. The Gray Interior package is similar, but with a gray color scheme.

Powertrains and Performance

Every Cadenza is fitted with a 3.3-liter V6 generating 293 horsepower and 255 pound-feet of torque. It sends its thrust to the front wheels through a six-speed automatic transmission. In Edmunds testing, the Cadenza accelerated from zero to 60 mph in 6.7 seconds, an average time for this segment.
Fuel economy numbers stand at an EPA-estimated 22 mpg combined (19 mpg city/28 mpg highway).


Standard safety features on the 2014 Kia Cadenza include antilock disc brakes, traction and stability control, front and rear side airbags, side curtain airbags and hill start assist. A rearview camera and rear park assist are standard, while blind-zone and lane departure warning systems are optional.
During Edmunds testing, the Cadenza came to a stop from 60 mph in 122 feet, an average performance for this class.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the Cadenza its highest possible rating of "Good" in its moderate-overlap frontal offset, side impact and roof strength tests. The Cadenza's seat/head restraint design was also rated "Good" for whiplash protection in rear impacts.

Interior Design and Special Features

Despite being loaded with upscale high-tech features, the Cadenza's cabin manages to be cleanly styled and ergonomically friendly. Handsome design and quality materials are seen throughout, while controls for the audio, climate, phone and navigation systems are easy to find and use. The touchscreen in particular features large virtual "buttons" with logical placements. Along with Chrysler's/Dodge's unit, this is one of the best examples of this multitasking interface we've seen in any car, regardless of cost.
The Cadenza's comfort is also top-notch, with plump, well-shaped seats front and rear that provide solid back and leg support. The cabin is roomy all around, though taller drivers may want to reconsider getting the panoramic sunroof, as it robs a few inches worth of headroom. A wide range of steering wheel and seat adjustments means drivers of all sizes should be able to get ideally situated behind the wheel.

Driving Impressions

Though it's a large sedan, the 2014 Kia Cadenza isn't the floaty, luxury barge you might expect. It's composed when driven through turns, and in general this full-size Kia just feels smaller than it is. Around town, the Cadenza's somewhat firm suspension tuning still ably absorbs broken pavement. Out on the open road, interstate cruises are serene and relaxing thanks to the quiet cabin and comfortable seating.
Performance is similarly unstressed, as the Cadenza swiftly powers up on-ramps and passes other, slower cars with ease. Power delivery is very smooth and the transmission provides timely shifts.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016


The 2017 Kia Sorento looks to double down on last year's full redesign, adding deeper smartphone integration and more advanced safety features to its dossier. But the story remains the upward mobility that Kia's midsize crossover has lately shown. Previously known as a midsize crossover at a relatively compact price, the Sorento has graduated to full-fledged midsize status, competing on luxury and performance (and, yes, price) with the segment's best.
Offering no fewer than three engines, the Sorento maintains a presence on the value-oriented end of the spectrum with its base 2.4-liter four-cylinder. Step up to the 3.3-liter V6, however, and you're looking at acceleration and refinement that easily justify the higher cost, although we're lukewarm on the available turbocharged 2.0-liter four. You can go with a two-row layout or a three-row setup -- the latter offers adequate space in the way-back for kids. A number of three-row rivals boast more interior volume overall, but with its easily manageable size, the Sorento provides a nice combination of maneuverability and versatility.
If you're looking for alternatives, it depends on which Sorento you're considering. If it's the two-row version, we'd suggest checking out the well-rounded Ford Edge or the Sorento's corporate cousin, the Hyundai Santa Fe Sport, with the luxurious Jeep Grand Cherokee entering the conversation at the Kia's higher trim levels. Three-row competitors include the Hyundai Santa Fe and the Toyota Highlander. Overall, we like how the 2017 Kia Sorento brings a little something for everyone, and as such it merits consideration from a wide range of crossover SUV shoppers.
The 2017 Kia Sorento is a midsize SUV available in five- and seven-passenger configurations. There are five trim levels: L, LX, EX, SX and SX Limited. Note that the L model, the SX Limited and the EX with the turbocharged engine (EX 2.0T) are five-passenger only, while the EX V6 and the SX are seven-passenger only. The four-cylinder LX comes standard with five-passenger seating and can be optioned with the third row; the LX V6 is seven-passenger only.
The base L comes standard with 17-inch alloy wheels, stain-resistant fabric upholstery, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, 40/20/40 split-second-row seats (fold, slide and recline), Bluetooth connectivity, a CD player, satellite radio and USB and auxiliary audio inputs.
The Sorento LX adds a sound-reducing windshield, roof rails, a rearview camera,a 4.3-inch touchscreen interface and two rapid-charge USB ports.
Optional on LX is the Convenience package, which adds Uvo eServices with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration, rear parking sensors, an eight-way power driver seat (plus two-way power lumbar), heated front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. When the V6 engine is specified, the Convenience package also includes a blind-spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert. The third-row seat can be added to the Convenience package on the four-cylinder LX (it comes standard on LX V6).
The LX's optional Advanced Technology package adds an upgraded instrument cluster with a 7-inch driver information display, a forward collision mitigation system with automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning and an electronic parking brake.
The Sorento EX comes standard with the LX's Convenience package (except the blind-spot monitor), 18-inch wheels, sound-reducing front side glass, keyless ignition and entry, leather upholstery, steering-wheel-mounted shift paddles (2.0T engine only) and second-row manual side sunshades. The EX Premium package adds the blind-spot monitor, a 110-volt household-style plug, an adjustable-height hands-free power liftgate, power-folding mirrors and the upgraded instrument cluster. The Advanced Touring package can be added to the Premium package and includes a panoramic sunroof, LED interior lighting and the safety components of the LX's Advanced Technology package.
When you go with the Sorento SX you get the Premium and Advanced Touring package equipment (minus the safety components of the LX's Advanced Technology package) and adds upgraded steering, 19-inch wheels, LED running lights and taillights, special exterior trim, a 10-way power driver seat (plus four-way power lumbar), driver memory settings, an 8-inch touchscreen interface with a navigation system and a 10-speaker Infinity sound system with Clari-Fi digital music improvement technology. Optional on SX is an Advanced Technology package that adds adaptive xenon headlights, a heated steering wheel, ventilated front seats and the safety components of the LX's Advanced Technology package.
Finally, there's the SX Limited with the full contents of the SX's Advanced Technology package plus chrome-clad 19-inch wheels, LED foglights, upgraded leather upholstery, a leather-and-wood-trimmed steering wheel and heated second-row outboard seats.
Every 2017 Kia Sorento comes standard with antilock brakes, traction and stability control, front side airbags, and front- and second-row side curtain airbags. All but the LX come standard with a rearview camera. Optional on LX and standard on EX, SX and SX Limited are rear parking sensors and Uvo eServices (geo-fencing, speed alert and curfew alert for secondary drivers). Other available safety technologies include a blind-spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert, lane departure warning and a forward collision mitigation system with automatic emergency braking.
In Edmunds brake testing, an SX V6 needed 121 feet to stop from 60 mph, which is about average.
In government crash tests, the 2017 Sorento received the top five-star rating for overall crash protection, with five stars for total front-impact protection and five stars for total side-impact protection. Likewise, the independent Insurance Institute for Highway Safety awarded the 2017 Sorento the best possible score of "Good" in the small-overlap frontal-offset, moderate-overlap frontal offset, side-impact and roof-strength tests. The Sorento's seat and head restraint design was also rated "Good" for whiplash protection in rear impacts. 
Most surfaces in the 2017 Kia Sorento are soft to the touch and richly textured, while available two-tone color schemes accentuate these quality materials. There's enough of a premium look and feel that higher trim levels seem properly luxurious. Much the same can be said for the appealing dashboard design, which happily also includes user-friendly controls. Kia's touchscreens are generally among the simpler electronics interfaces around, with big virtual buttons and clear labeling.
Legroom is generous in the second row, and you can further customize the Sorento for greater comfort or cargo space as the second row seats slide, recline and fold flat via levers in the cargo area. This versatility is present regardless of seating configuration, which isn't always the case in competing SUVs. As for the third-row seat, it's got room for kids or smaller adults; however, larger crossovers like the Toyota Highlander do have more adult-friendly space (as well as seatbelts for eight).
Cargo capacity behind the third row (11.3 cubic feet) is really only good for a pair of small suitcases or several grocery bags. There's roughly 38 cubic feet behind the second-row seat, with maximum capacity reaching up to 73.5 cubes when you fold the second row. That's more than you'll find in many five-passenger midsize SUVs, but less than what a number of competitive three-row crossovers offer.