2017 Kia Soul Turbo

2017 Kia Soul Turbo

The Kia Soul has made a name for itself as a major player in a segment where many have failed. The latest model continues to innovate and surprise enthusiasts, just as it has done year after year. This year, however, the new Kia Soul adds a powertrain designed to offer a more thrilling ride.

The 2017 Kia Soul Turbo brings a 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that delivers an impressive 201 hp and 195 lb-ft of torque. That’s a major increase of 40 hp and 45 lb-ft of torque compared to the previous model year.

While an increase in performance usually requires a tradeoff with decreased fuel economy, that isn’t the case in the 2017 Kia Soul Turbo. The new model boasts an EPA-estimated 26/31 mpg city/highway*.

Switching to the available sport mode adds quick, smooth shifting and stiffened steering. A flat-bottomed steering wheel offers easy maneuverability. Meanwhile, the open ergonomic cockpit offers a streamlined design that’s perfect for drivers on the move.

Drivers can opt for the available technology package to upgrade to a navigation system, low-beam projector lights, and a premium audio system. Additionally, if the airbags are deployed while a smartphone is connected via Bluetooth, the car will automatically place a call to emergency responders.

We here at Bob Sight Kia are happy to see the 2017 Soul Turbo making driving more fun!

 

*MPG: Based on EPA estimates. Actual mileage will vary with options, driving conditions, driving habits and your vehicle’s condition.

Kia Scores Among Highest for Vehicle Satisfaction Awards

2016 Kia Optima
2016 Kia Optima

Kia owners can’t get enough of their new cars, one of the reasons the brand recently won several awards for vehicle satisfaction. Ranking among the highest in the industry, the Soul, Optima, and Sedona each earned Vehicle Satisfaction Awards from the prestigious AutoPacific magazine.

According to Kia, the awards were given after AutoPacific had over 65,000 consumers take surveys on their favorite cars. The Soul, Sedona, and Optima all ranked highest in their segments, with consumers especially enjoying these models’ comfort, convenience, fuel economy, and performance.

AutoPacific’s Vehicle Satisfaction Awards have become an industry benchmark for measuring how satisfied owners are with their new vehicle, and we are thrilled to see the incredibly high level of satisfaction our customers are experiencing with our vehicles,” said Orth Hedrick, VP of Kia Product Planning.  “The Soul, Optima and Sedona are all expertly crafted vehicles and represent just how far the Kia brand has come.”

So who did Kia beat? Overall, Kia scored fifth in the industry, beating out brands like Audi, BMW, Mercedes, and Porsche. The brand has also recently won awards such as the following: Highest Quality Brand, Most Popular Brand of 2016, Best Family Cars, and more. This demonstrates that if you truly want to be satisfied with your model, get a Kia.

New Kia Driverless Car Performs Test Run in Nevada

2016 KIA Soul EV
2016 KIA Soul EV

Kia recently began testing driverless car technology, making it one of the first brands to invest in this exciting new take on mobility. Testing began in Nevada in a brightly-marked Kia Soul EV just after the state gave the automaker the green light for testing. This could be a sign that we may see driverless cars on the road in the near future.

According to the NY Daily News, the Kia driverless car was a $2 billion investment, with a focus on autonomous vehicle technology and researching. The brand is hoping to develop its Advanced Driver Assistance System by 2018. Though Kia had some difficulty getting state approval beforehand, largely due to safety concerns, Nevada gave the go-ahead late last year.

“Nevada’s less stringent regulations and willingness to accommodate businesses has helped it become an attractive place to test those technologies,” said Fortune Magazine’s Kirsten Korosec. “In 2011, Nevada became the first state to pass legislation to let companies operate autonomous vehicles on public roads, largely due to Google’s lobbying efforts there. It’s now one of just four states, plus Washington DC, that has laws regulating autonomous vehicle operations.”

Kia’s long-term goal is to have partially autonomous cars road-ready by 2020 and fully-autonomous cars by 2030. Although there is no word yet what the cars will look like or what the specs will be, the Kia Soul EV is doing just fine navigating courses and steering just like every other car on the road. Once the red tape clears, autonomous vehicles will be the future of mobility.