What the Experts Say About the 2016 Kia Forte

2016-Kia-ForteKelley Blue Book: There’s the inexpensive Forte LX 4-door sedan, which won’t leave you feeling shortchanged. The sporty Forte Koup is a 2-door model available with a turbocharged 1.6-liter 4-cylinder that makes 201 horsepower. The Forte5 hatchback offers a cargo-friendly, Euro-look hatchback, and is available with the turbocharged engine. It’s a strong lineup when pitted against the Honda Civic, Toyota Corolla and Ford Focus, and it makes picking a good compact car that much harder.

Edmunds: Here’s a car in any of its three iterations — sedan, hatchback or coupe — that offers a fair price, peppy acceleration, generous standard features and a comfortable cabin with quality materials. Regardless of which body style you prefer, you’ll likely find the Forte to be one of the most attractive cars in its segment.

Motor Trend: With strong fuel economy, interior space, value, and an impressive list of available features that is almost unheard of in this segment, the Kia is a strong contender in its class.

Car and Driver: Affordability and a 10-year powertrain warranty are selling points for any Kia, but buyers of the Forte sedan (or five-door Forte5) also will enjoy surprising space and a quality interior.

Stop by Kia of North Grand Rapids today for a test drive!


Kia Gets its License to (Not) Drive

Kia has announced it has been granted a license by the state of Nevada to carry out testing of its autonomous (self-driving car) technologies on public roads for the first time.

Kia works together with sister company Hyundai to experiment with partially and fully-autonomous car technologies in real-world conditions, an important part of its roadmap for autonomous driving.

Kia tentatively plans to introduce a range of partially-autonomous driving technologies to its model line-up by 2020, and hopes to bring its first fully-autonomous car to market by 2030.

Nevada’s DMV has a special license for car makers that allows them to test autonomous vehicles on public roads in Nevada.

One day in the not-so-distant future, we believe you’ll see self-driving vehicles on the Kia of North Grand Rapids showroom floor.


2016 Kia Optima Overview

imagesConceived under the watchful eye of Kia’s president and chief design officer, Peter Schreyer, the new Optima maintains its athletic profile but rides on a longer, wider, and stiffer chassis for an improved ride & handling, and more spacious cabin.

Available with three engine choices, including a new 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that’s mated to a seven-speed Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT), the Optima is more confident than ever on the road. Its ultra-luxurious cabin features an impressive level of craftsmanship that comes standard across five trim levels – LX, LX 1.6T, EX, SX and SXL.

Optima’s interior is larger and more comfortable with an innovative and functional cabin that is well-appointed with class-up touches.  Drawing inspiration from Kia’s premium and luxury sedans, the Optima utilizes more soft-touch materials throughout the passenger compartment. The driver-oriented cabin has been simplified with a cleaner, unified design than previous generations. By grouping and reducing the number of function keys and buttons, Kia’s already-superior ergonomics are markedly improved.

Stop by Kia of North Grand Rapids today for a test drive. You’ll find out why it’s getting rave reviews.


Why Buy a Kia? Let Us Count the Reasons!

why buy a kiaAll of us at Kia of North Grand Rapids are proud of the vehicles we sell. No other brand can offer Kia’s brand of style, practicality and warranty – all the while offering affordability, too! The folks at Kia corporate have done an excellent job visually presenting 101 reasons to buy a Kia. It can be viewed here.

Have a great weekend, everyone … and we hope to see you Kia of North Grand Rapids in the very near future!