Car and Driver Includes the 2017 Soul in its Prestigious List

Car and DriverThe 2017 Kia Soul is in some elite company. Earlier this week, it was named to the Car and Driver magazine “10Best Trucks and SUVs” list. Its colorful personality, extensive list of features and unmatched value wowed the experts, and it could not be left off the prestigious list.

The folks at Car and Driver have this to say about the Soul: “The current Soul has maintained the funky charm of the first-generation model with design – inside and out – that manages to be both fresh and genuinely attractive, attributes that are often at odds.

Kia of North Grand Rapids has a winner on its hands in the form of the 2017 Kia Soul. Why not stop by today for a test drive?


A Really Fast Kia Coming Soon?

fast-kiaCould there be a really fast Kia coming soon? According to the folks at Motor Trend and from what we’re seeing online, the answer is a definitive yes!

Most believe it’s going to be the GT sport. It drew rave reviews when it was first shown off as a concept car way back in 2011 and we expect it to become a reality in some form in the near future. How fast is it? How about 0-62 mph in just 5.1 seconds. Yes, ladies and gentlemen … that’s fast!

If you want to find out more, check out the www.thecurveahead.net or read this article in Motor Trend.


Make Sure Your Car is Ready for Winter

winterThere’s no doubt the cold temperatures are upon us. Just as you prepare yourself and your family for the cold weather, you should also prepare your vehicle so it’s ready, too. We call this “winterizing,” because it deals with the critical components that must work when the weather becomes frigid.

When you bring your car to the Kia of North Grand Rapids service department for a thorough “winterizing”, here’s what we’ll check to make sure you are not left stranded in the cold:

∙ Tires: With the proper air pressure and good tread, tires do a much better job of gripping the road in any weather – but this is especially important during the winter months.

∙ Coolant: To help your car start on even the coldest mornings, your coolant should have a 50/50 mixture of water and coolant.

∙ Battery/Battery Cables: Did you know it takes about three times more energy to start an engine when the temperature is at zero degrees Fahrenheit than when it is at 80 degrees? Does your battery have what it takes to get the job done? We’ll let you know.

∙ Wiper Blades: A clear field of vision is essential when driving at night. Effective wipers are a safeguard against blinding snowfall and freezing rain.

∙ Belts: Cold temperatures can cause worn belts to fray and break. Taking care of this now can prevent an issue later.

∙ Radiator/Heat: No matter how bundled up you get, a frigid interior cabin makes for a miserable trip! We’ll make sure the heat is working.

No one can predict how bad this winter ultimately will turn out. We can, however, inspect your vehicle today … which will allow you to tackle winter driving with confidence. Schedule your winter checkup at Kia of North Grand Rapids today!


Did You Know We Sell Tires – and Match Prices?

we-sell-tiresWith all the so-called “discount” tire centers around, you might assume that purchasing them at Kia of North Grand Rapids would cost you more. But this blog is being written, in part, to dispel that myth. When you do a little research, you’ll discover that our prices are extremely competitive. We offer great prices on your favorite brands – the very tires that were on your Kia when it was new!

Remember, tires are the only part of your car that makes direct contact with the road, so it’s always important to have tires that are not worn or misaligned. Today’s Kias are loaded with high-tech safety features, but the most fundamental safety feature is your tires!

Through Kia, our dealership offers an impressive price match guarantee. Not only will Kia of North Grand Rapids match a price on the exact and approved tire you find somewhere else, we’ll also stand behind our price for 30 days. In other words, if you find a better price during the next 30 days after your tires are installed by us, we’ll gladly refund you the difference.

But that’s not all. Because properly aligned tires are so important to their life span, we’ll take $20 off the regular price of an alignment if you have the service performed at the time of the tire installation. Additionally, when you buy a set of four from us, rotations are free for the life of the tires!

If you ever have any questions or concerns about tires, be sure to contact us at Kia of North Grand Rapids. We always have your best interests in mind. Call us at (616) 323-1400 today to make your appointment – or just stop in.


The 2017 Soul Turbo Made its North American Debut This Week

soul-turboDon’t look now, but the 2017 Kia Soul Turbo made its debut this week at the Los Angeles International Auto Show. That’s right; Kia somehow managed to make something fantastic even better!

Called the Soul Exclaim, the Soul Turbo adds a 1.6-liter turbocharged GDI engine that features 40 more horsepower and 45 more lbs.-ft. of torque than other Soul models. Ready for more good news? The Soul Turbo offers slightly better fuel economy, too. What’s not to love?

Before you answer that, we should also tell you that the Soul Exclaim Turbo also includes specialized trim and sportier features such as 18-inch wheels, red-accented body trim and, for the first time on the Soul, dual chrome twin-tip exhaust.

You won’t have to wait too long to get yours … the 2017 Kia Soul Exclaim is scheduled to make its way to the Kia of North Grand Rapids showroom sometime in the near future.


2017 Kia Cadenza Receives Rave Reviews from The Detroit News

cadenzaIt is always great when one of your vehicles gets a positive review. But when the praise comes from someone in Detroit – the Motor City itself – it is especially gratifying; so we thought we’d share it with you.

This one comes from longtime automotive columnist Larry Printz of The Detroit News. In a recent column, he recognizes the 2017 Kia Cadenza as one of his favorites. He says, “Neither the word Kia nor Cadenza prepared me for how good it truly is.” He goes on to comment that it is “a beguiling package, one that’s perfectly sized, attractively styled and remarkably balanced.”

Printz says that in a class of automobile (large sedan) that is often stodgy and uninspiring, the Cadenza stands out as anything but boring. He’s absolutely right.

The Motor City experts have spoken … and Kia wins the day once again. Imagine a brand-new 2017 Kia Cadenza in your driveway, and then stop by Kia of North Grand Rapids for a test drive.


2016 Soul, 2017 Cadenza Earn Active Lifestyle Vehicle of the Year Awards

active-lifestyle-vehicleFor the fifth year in a row, Kia’s iconic Soul was a winner at the 13th annual Active Lifestyle Vehicle of the Year Awards, held in Arizona. A jury of 12 nationally recognized automotive panelists recognizes which vehicles best meet the needs of buyers with active lifestyles through its awards.

The Soul was named No.1 once again in the Urban category. Meanwhile, its stylish big brother – the Cadenza – took home top honors in the Full-Size Sedan segment.

Many vehicles were put through the paces to see which ones made the grade. The Soul captured the experts’ hearts with its combination of fun and functional design, premium interior, standard and optional amenities, and an unbelievable low MSRP. The Cadenza won over the judges with its sophisticated simplicity – and the fact that it proves a owning a luxurious car doesn’t require breaking the bank.

Kia of North Grand Rapids is your source for both of these magnificent, award-winning cars. Stop by today and take a closer look!


Kia Scores High in Consumer Reports Study

Kia Scores HighKia scores high once again! Today’s blog is short and sweet, but it contains some information you should know – especially if you are considering the purchase of a new vehicle. The Consumer Reports 2016 Annual Auto Reliability Study results have been released … and once again, Kia’s numbers continue turning heads. After checking in at number six in 2015, the brand did one better this time around, cracking the Top Five as the highest-finishing non-luxury nameplate.

The folks at Automotive News were most impressed by the fact that not a single Kia vehicle finished the survey with a below-average rating. It’s no wonder Kia can offer such a magnificent warranty on their new vehicles that is the best in the industry!

Isn’t it time you stopped by Kia of North Grand Rapids for a test drive? Feel free to drop by anytime … a warm welcome always awaits you!


Meet the All-Stars in our Service Department

All-StarsParts and Service Director Bryan Cady: “I love working here. I saw this as a fantastic opportunity to help start a dealership from the ground up and watch it grow. I was very fortunate to be able to get some terrific employees, and being here has exceeded my expectations.” Bryan has 29 years of experience in the industry, and it’s his leadership that has helped Kia of North Grand Rapids place in the top 50 out of more than 700 dealerships in Customer Satisfaction Index scores.

Steve Stefanits, Kia Elite Master Technician: Part of a father-son dynamic duo in our service department, Steve came to Kia of North Grand Rapids with 28 years of experience, including six with Kia. “I have been interested in cars for as long as I can remember,” Steve said. “I have been able to turn a hobby of mine into a job.”

Jeremy Stefanits, Kia Elite Master Techician: Jeremy is following in his dad’s footsteps after a time working in an automotive paint and body shop. He got his first exposure to cars at age 14 when he and his father took an old car and rebuilt it from the ground up. “We stripped it all the way down to the frame,” he said.

Dave Kasper, Michigan State Certified Technician: Dave has 35 years of experience, so there isn’t much he hasn’t seen during his career. Since coming to us in February, he’s been wowed by the Kia brand’s overall quality and design. “I know what I do and I talk to the other technicians. We don’t see the same problems happening over and over again, and that speaks to how well-made Kias are.”


Kia Moves Up on Best Global Brand List for 2016

imagesDuring each of the last 17 years, the annual Best Global Brand list has been compiled by Interbrand. They rank worldwide companies based on a number of factors, including financial performance, the role the brand plays in influencing customer choice, and the strength of the brand in commanding a premium price or secure earnings for the company.

Why do we bring this up in today’s blog? Because Kia is not only on the list, but it keeps climbing higher and higher? This year, the brand checks in at No. 69, five slots better than the 2016 Best Global Brand report.

It is yet another testament to Kia’s significant and sustained growth – and the emotional attachment the band has with its customers. (Of course, a first-place worldwide ranking in quality doesn’t hurt, either!)

Kia of North Grand Rapids is your home for all things Kia, not to mention the friendliest service in town. Stop by today and take a closer look.