Friday, February 3, 2017

The all new 2017 Kia Sedona Granbury, TX

Van Griffith Kia of Granbury, TX proudly presents the all new 2017 Kia Sedona. Snazzy, sporty, and striking aren’t words you associate with minivans—but the ambitious folks at Kia have managed to bake a little of each into the Sedona. With room for eight, storage for family necessities, and a long list of standard and optional safety features, the Sedona is a compelling choice for value-minded shoppers. Powered by a 276-hp V-6 with a six-speed transmission and boasting a smooth ride, the Sedona also injects a little fun into daily kid-ferrying duties.

As the minivan segment has matured, all-new entries have become increasingly rare as the Honda, Toyota, and Chrysler troika continue to dominate. Case in point: Kia is offering the only completely new minivan for 2015, and it’s the Korean brand’s first new vehicle of the type since 2006.

The new minivan was a breakthrough in its class; modern, hi-tech and stylish – there was no need for compromise here – large families or people wanting to travel no longer had to choose between form and function – the Sedona has it all. Actually, 2017 Sedona comes in a wide variety of configurations. However, it seems to be no changes in comparison with 2016 model year car, the set of trims remain the same. The engine is common to all cars, which is 3.3L V6. All trims also equipped with a wide variety of safety systems, such as 8 airbags, stability control, traction control, brake force distribution, hill start assist, tire pressure monitor, safety door locks. VSM (vehicle stability management) system available only in two latest trims.

The new Kia Sedona isn’t something that you’d automatically recognise as a regular minivan; predatory LED headlamps, the ‘Tiger nose’ front grille and large 19” wheels give a different look to the vehicle, maybe part minivan and part crossover. Unlike most of the competition in this particular class, it doesn’t look boring, or ‘just another’ family vehicle – it actually has a bit of style about it. Despite being unchanged in size (202.9” long, 78.1” wide and 68.5” tall), the new Sedona seems bigger, especially on the inside. The lines of the instrument panel seem to enhance that effect, and thanks to the soft plastic trimming, the overall effect of luxury and quality is present. The seats take that a step further; trimmed in soft Nappa leather (the same as the premium sedan, the Quoris), the overall appearance of the interior is one of style, quality and luxury – definitely not your regular minivan. The great looks are coupled to a new motor; a 3.3 liter GDI V6. It’s more powerful than the current motor – 280 BHP and 247 lb/ft of torque and runs through a slick 6-speed auto transmission. Stop by Van Griffith Kia of Granbury, TX today and come check out the all new 2017 Kia Sedona and take it for a test drive today!

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Kia Expanding Green Car Line-up for 2020

Kia Motors America expects to increase the number of “green” vehicles with alternative powertrains that it offers in North America from four models to 11 models by 2020.
Michael Sprague, KMA chief operating officer, said the line-up of 11 new green vehicles will include hybrids, plug-in hybrids and battery-electric vehicles.
Kia’s newest green vehicle, the hybrid 2018 Kia Niro, which is starring in a spot on the upcoming telecast of the Super Bowl this month even as the company builds up the inventories of the new vehicle.
The Niro was designed as a global vehicle around architecture engineered from the ground up with an alternative powertrain and is part of Kia’s strategy to boost fuel economy and reduce carbon emissions, according to Kia officials. It was designed as a stylish compact, crossover vehicle that will appeal to consumers in North America, Europe and China.
Sprague, KMA chief operating officer, noted the regulations in not only the U.S. but in China and Europe where the controls on carbon dioxide emissions are becoming much tougher are pushing manufacturers to adopt alternative power trains. “The market may not be clear but it’s the way of the world,” he said.
Stay tuned to Van Griffith KIA for the latest news about all things KIA!

Saturday, January 28, 2017

2017 KIA Soul


When you thought it wouldn't—it did!  All the good things about this very popular hatchback, like space, styling, comfort, and quirkiness, long list of standard and optional equipment remain the same.
Now for 2017, the new Kia Soul has hit another sweet spot with a dose of performance in the form of a 1.6-liter Turbocharged four banger.  The Soul has its first Turbo and the hamster got hotter. You can try one out with the friendly folks at Van Griffith KIA in your favorite color and style. 

Yes indeed, this is the most powerful Soul yet and elevated the fun factor in spades.  The Soul turbo punches out over 200 lively horses and delivers class-leading performance with 195 lb-ft of asphalt gripping torque between 1,500 and 4,500 rpm, which is right where you want it.  A big part of what makes it work so well is the new seven speed dual clutch transmission.  This Soul turbo engages faster off the line and up shifts quicker and more aggressively, which you will realize in your enjoyable test drive.  Don't worry as smiles are free of charge. 

If you are concerned about raising fuel cost, not to fret as this Kia Soul turbo manages 26 mpg in the EPA's city test and 31 mpg on the highway.  This Kia is truly a fine daily driver that will still get the attention it deserves.  Car critics and writers are already recognizing that the 2017 Soul is something to consider as the turbo and non-turbo alike still punch out what drivers want.  For example, Car and Driver recently gave the Kia Soul the Best Subcompact SUV Award in its “10 Best Trucks and SUVs for 2017”.  But don't take anyone's word for it and do your own due diligence with a test drive. 

You will appreciate the funky charm inside and out. Since you spend so much time behind the wheel, unless of course you are washing it again, you will quickly find out that this vehicle is as much fun to drive as it is to be seen in. The Soul's cabin is richly trimmed and so very spacious for your enjoyment; your passengers will love its leg and headroom.  In fact, the spacious rear seat puts shame to its competitor’s lack of space.  The Soul's cargo space has even more room. 

You and yours will also appreciate Kia's UVO's setup for communication, entertainment and safety that is so user friendly.  No help from your teenager here.  The new 2017 Kia Soul comes with improved performance, refinements, efficiency, good looks and a vehicle owners love to hug. The Soul still manages to be both fresh and genuinely attractive. 

So, if you are in the search for a compact, commuter friendly crossover with some fire in its belly, then do visit today!  The bet is on that you will leave with a smile, not only because you have brought that fun factor back into your drive times, but for the great deal you received and new friends made.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

The all new 2017 Kia Rio grows up Granbury, TX

Van Griffith Nissan of Granbury, TX proudly introduces the all new 2017 Kia Rio. Kia is redesigning the new 2017 Kia Rio, for the first time since 2012. The older redesign was a crisp modern look but was extremely mild design. For the 2017 model, Kia redesigned the Rio with a leaner, more aggressive look. The South Korean auto maker only released the renderings and now has released photos of the car. Kia states that the styling changes were made to emphasize on the car’s width inside and out.  

The headlights are slimmer and more aggressive than the wide-eyed lamps of the previous model, and much of the gently curving sheet metal has been removed to make room for more flat planes. Not just that, but the new Rio is slightly longer, wider, and shorter than its predecessor. Inside, Kia has spruced things up with what looks like a nicer mix of materials. The most unusual part of the interior is the infotainment system, which Kia describes as "floating."  Kia did not reveal any other specs on the car, but those specific details will likely come during the Paris Motor Show. This updated Rio is an important model for Kia, as last year it sold 473,000 units worldwide. While it isn't Kia's biggest seller in the US, it did have a slight increase in sales this year.

Head in today to Van Griffith Kia of Granbury, TX take a look at the all new 2017 Kia Rio and take it for a test drive today!

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

The All New 2017 Kia Cadenza

Van Griffith Kia proudly presents the all new 2017 Kia Cadenza. The 2017 Cadenza was designed to command attention and surpass expectations. It features bold touches like available LED lighting, unique chrome accents, and a freshly-sculpted grille. Plus, an aerodynamic shape so sleek, it gives the look of always being in motion. With the 2017 Cadenza's Smart shift & Drive technology automatically selects your optimum driving mode based on your driving style. Loaded with high-tech, intuitive features, the Cadenza makes everyday driving more convenient, and more enjoyable. With all the amazing features that the 2017 Cadenza has, why not go visit your neighborhood Van Griffith Kia today and come take it for a test drive.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

2017 Kia Cadenza

Van Griffith Kia proudly presents the all new 2017 Kia Cadenza. The 2017 Cadenza was designed to command attention and surpass expectations. It features bold touches like available LED lighting, unique chrome accents, and a freshly-sculpted grille. Plus, an aerodynamic shape so sleek, it gives the look of always being in motion. With the 2017 Cadenza's Smart shift & Drive technology automatically selects your optimum driving mode based on your driving style. Loaded with high-tech, intuitive features, the Cadenza makes everyday driving more convenient, and more enjoyable.

It is powered by the same direct-injected 3.3-liter V-6 as the outgoing model, 290 horses and 253 lb-ft of torque. It pairs with Kia’s new eight-speed automatic transmission. The engine is powerful enough and not noisy, but it’s not quiet enough to be remarkable in this segment. On the road, the 2017 model behaves much like the original Cadenza, with the new, in-house-developed eight-speed transmission adding little discernible sharpness to the shifts but taking nothing away from its overall tranquility. The available drive-mode selector did elicit a few “Now what’s that doing here?” responses and barely livened up the car’s reflexes in Sport mode. If the new transmission was a fuel-economy play, it didn’t do much; the EPA city rating rises from 19 mpg to 20 mpg year-over-year, while the 28-mpg highway rating stays the same. With all the amazing features that the 2017 Cadenza has, why not go visit your neighborhood Kia today.

Saturday, December 24, 2016

2016 Kia Optima Hybrid EX

Kia's stylish and value-packed Optima has been a popular midsize sedan for several years now, and the 2016 Kia Optima Hybrid offers the same strengths with an emphasis on fuel efficiency. It's important to note, though, that while the rest of the 2016 Optima lineup has moved on with a full redesign, the hybrid is still based on the previous-generation car. On the bright side, the Optima Hybrid easily wins the fuel economy contest in this family, even with its older roots. That's not enough to earn the car our unequivocal recommendation, but we still think it's a nice all-around sedan that could be tempting at the right price.

The 2016 Kia Optima Hybrid may not be the newest entrant in this segment, but its styling is plenty fresh.
With an EPA combined estimate of 37 or 38 mpg depending on trim level, this Kia looks great until you compare it to its main rivals, which are significantly more fuel-efficient. The Optima also lags a little in terms of refinement, as its regenerative braking system doesn't feel as natural or progressive as some others. Furthermore, taller passengers may find rear-seat headroom a bit tight. The Optima Hybrid compensates, though, with an upscale cabin, excellent crash-test scores and Kia's usual focus on value for the dollar.
If you're shopping for a midsize hybrid sedan, know that the Toyota Camry Hybrid achieves 40-41 mpg and offers overhauled styling inside and out along with improved handling. The similarly efficient Ford Fusion Hybrid has style on its side, although like the Kia, it hasn't been updated in several years. The 2016 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid delivers 42 mpg (matching the Ford) and, as a close cousin, also provides a good look at what the next-generation Optima Hybrid will offer. But don't write off the Summary Body Styles
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The 2016 Kia Optima Hybrid is a midsize hybrid sedan that comes in two trim levels: base and EX.
The base Optima Hybrid comes standard with 16-inch alloy wheels, heated mirrors, keyless entry and ignition, cruise control, automatic dual-zone climate control, a refrigerated glovebox, a height-adjustable driver seat with power lumbar, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity and a six-speaker sound system with a CD player, satellite radio, an auxiliary audio jack and a USB port.
The optional Hybrid Convenience package adds LED running lights, a laminated windshield and front windows (for a quieter cabin), an eight-way power driver seat, a rearview camera and Kia's Uvo voice command telematics system.
With the EX, all the above comes standard, as well as 17-inch alloy wheels, xenon headlights, LED foglights, power-folding exterior mirrors, an electronic parking brake, an 8-inch touchscreen display, a navigation system, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, leather upholstery, a four-way power passenger seat, a heated steering wheel, heated and ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, driver memory settings and an eight-speaker Infinity sound system.
The 2016 Optima Hybrid's control layout is distinctly driver-oriented, with a cockpit-like look and feel.
Optional on the EX is the Technology package, which adds a panoramic sunroof, rear parking sensors and a blind-spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert. Also available on the EX is the White Interior package (not available with some exterior colors), which requires the Technology package and adds white leather upholstery with contrasting piping and gloss black cabin accents.
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Powering the 2016 Kia Optima Hybrid is a 2.4-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine paired with an electric motor and a six-speed automatic transmission. Combined power output is 199 horsepower and 235 pound-feet of torque.
EPA fuel economy estimates differ slightly between the two trim levels, with the base earning a combined estimate of 38 mpg (36 city/40 highway) and the EX rating 37 mpg combined (35/39). Although those numbers are generally impressive, the Optima Hybrid's rivals are even more frugal.
In Edmunds performance testing, a Kia Optima Hybrid went from zero to 60 mph in 8.7 seconds, which is a bit below average for the segment.
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Standard safety features on the 2016 Kia Optima Hybrid include four-wheel antilock disc brakes, traction and stability control, side airbags and side curtain airbags. A rearview camera is available, as are rear parking sensors and a blind-spot monitoring system with rear cross-traffic alert. The available Uvo telematics system includes roadside assistance and automatic collision notification.
In Edmunds brake testing, an Optima Hybrid EX came to a stop from 60 mph in 129 feet, a few feet longer than average but still acceptable for this class.
In government crash tests, the 2016 Optima Hybrid earned a top five-star rating for overall crash protection, with five stars awarded for both total frontal-impact safety and total side-impact safety.
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First impressions of the 2016 Kia Optima Hybrid's interior are usually favorable. Although some might find it visually busy, there's a modern look to the design, and the sense of quality is boosted by an abundance of soft-touch materials. The EX trim level pours on the charm with its additional equipment and leather upholstery. If you're looking for a touch of luxury in your hybrid sedan, the Optima Hybrid is a good choice.
Kia's Uvo (pronounced "yoo-voh") electronics interface system is similar to Ford's Sync system (both are powered by Microsoft). Uvo provides voice controls for connected phones and other devices, as well as services such as points of interest and turn-by-turn navigation. In our testing of Uvo, we've found that it works quite well. The touchscreen interface in navigation-equipped Optima Hybrids features high-resolution graphics that are among the segment's best, and it's easy to use, too. The screen also displays hybrid-specific information such as power flow diagrams and driving efficiency levels.
The 2016 Optima Hybrid has a fairly spacious cabin, with comfortable seats and adequate legroom front and rear. However, headroom in back is a bit tight due to the car's rakish, coupelike roof line. Opting for the panoramic sunroof further decreases headroom. The Optima Hybrid's trunk offers 10.8 cubic feet of cargo space, considerably less than the non-hybrid Optima due to intrusion from the hybrid battery pack, and 1-2 cubes less than the competition.
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The 2016 Kia Optima Hybrid rides smoothly on a variety of surfaces, and its cabin remains admirably hushed at highway speeds. The car's steering is less praiseworthy, though, thanks to a numb feel and artificially high effort. Nonetheless, the driving experience is pleasant overall, with a good balance between handling agility and ride comfort.
Most drivers will likely be satisfied with the Optima Hybrid's performance. You'll scarcely notice the transitions between gas and electric propulsion in traffic, and there's more power for passing maneuvers than the mediocre 0-60-mph sprint suggests. The only real issue on the road is the odd braking response, which stems from the car's hybrid regenerative braking system. There's a tiny but noticeable delay between pressing the brake pedal and actually getting the desired braking force. Make no mistake, the 2016 Optima Hybrid provides sufficient braking power when you need it, but its pedal feel is a peculiarity that may require acclimation.