There’s a Lot to Love About the 2017 Sportage

2017 Sportage The all-new 2017 Sportage, the fourth generation of Kia’s longest-running nameplate in the United States, wraps a stunning and contemporary design around a structure that is both stiffer and more spacious than ever before.

Advanced driver assistance technologies, significant suspension and steering improvements, and available intelligent AWD vastly improve the Sportage’s driving dynamics while premium materials and world-class craftsmanship create a class-up experience in an otherwise utilitarian segment.

The hard-charging 2.0-liter inline-four turbo found on the FWD SX Turbo makes 240 horsepower (237 on AWD models) and 260 lb.-ft. of torque, and has been re-tuned to target improved fuel efficiency and offer better midrange torque. The LX and EX use a normally aspirated 2.4-liter engine that produces 181 horsepower and 175 lb.-ft. of torque and is also modified to target better fuel efficiency.

To find out more, you can click here. The 2017 Sportage is available now at Kia of North Grand Rapids, so stop by today and take a closer look.

10 Years of Excellence: Peter Schreyer and Kia

10 YearsAugust marks the 10-year anniversary of the event that went a long way toward changing the fortunes of the Kia automotive brand. It was during this month in 2006 that the company hired Peter Schreyer as Chief Design Officer.

“The story of how our new vehicles come to life is about so much more than just aesthetics,” he recently said in an article for Scoop Independent News. “It involves intricate choices in how complex ideas work together to create something that generates an emotional response.”

There can be no doubt that the Kia brand has come a long way since Schreyer’s arrival – but he says the best is still to come. “What really excites me is how fast this company is evolving,” he explained. “The brand as you knew it 10 or even five years ago is gone. You can see it in even the smallest detail. You can feel it in the sophisticated textures and materials. And you experience it in ways that are interrelated and connected.”

We at Kia of North Grand Rapids can’t wait to see what the next decade holds with Peter Schreyer at the helm.

A New Kia Small Crossover Coming Soon?

New Kia Small CrossoverLooks like there will be a new Kia small crossover coming in the near future. This is a wonderful thing, as this segment has exploded with gas prices remaining at or below the $2 per gallon range. The folks at Car and Driver magazine have unearthed some early “spy shots” of this exciting new vehicle.

They surmise that it will arrive in showrooms sometime in mid-2017 … launching as a 2018 model. Unfortunately, little else is known about it at the moment, but when we find out more we’ll pass it along.

Want to see the Car and Driver article that includes the spy shots? It can be accessed here.

2016 Optima and Sedona Capture AutoPacific “Ideal Vehicle” Awards

AutoPacific IVAThe highly acclaimed 2016 Optima midsize sedan and 2016 Sedona minivan have been named winners in AutoPacific’s 2016 Ideal Vehicle Awards (IVA) in the midsize car and minivan categories. This is the second award each vehicle has received from AutoPacific, as they were also honored with their Vehicle Satisfaction (VSA) award in June.

AutoPacific’s IVA is based on over 65,000 responses from owners of new model year 2015 and 2016 vehicles following the first 90 days of ownership. The survey focused on 15 key categories owners would prefer to change in their vehicle, including ride and handling, interior storage, safety features, power and acceleration, and technology. Vehicles that received the fewest requested changes were named winners of the IVA.

Make tracks to Kia of North Grand Rapids today, and discover why the Kia brand is winning awards more often than anybody!

Why a “Cheap” Oil Change Isn’t Cheap at All

Cheap Oil ChangeIt’s always a great idea to get routine maintenance services performed on your vehicle as recommended by its owner’s manual, such as an oil change. This is perhaps the single-most important thing you can do to extend the life of your vehicle.

It’s often the first instinct of a car owner to take their car to a “quick lube” establishment when the time comes for an oil change. But there are many reasons this is not the way to go, and some are not immediately obvious to car owners.

First, “quick lube” workers are typically hourly employees. They know how to perform an oil change (and maybe another service or two), but they have no clue about your car as a whole. It’s this lack of knowledge that can cause other issues, such as filling your engine with too much (or too little) oil … or the wrong kind of oil. There’s also the chance they could install the filter improperly. Oh, and finally, the brand of oil they use could be inferior to most of today’s major brands.

Having an oil change at Kia of North Grand Rapids is the best way to ensure your vehicle is being cared for by a skilled automotive technician who puts the customer first.

Your car is too important for you to cut corners, and Kia of North Grand Rapids has everything in place for you so you don’t have to!