2017 Kia Niro Hybrid Test Drive

2017 Kia Niro Hybrid Touring A New Benchmark in its Class San Antonio, TX– The Kia Niro Hybrid was unveiled at last year’s Chicago Auto Show and appears on the scene this year as a 2017 model. The Kia Niro is an all-new, compact, near midsize, urban crossover hybrid that serves up a bold, athletic…

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2017 Kia Forte5 SX Test Drive

“2017 Kia Forte5 SX” New Kia Forte updates styling and adds new powertrain The refreshed Kia Forte5 for 2017 was unveiled early this year with subtle visual changes at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Other improvements included the addition of a new 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine that delivers better fuel economy along with…

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2017 Kia Optima Hybrid Road Trip

By Barbara & Bill Schaffer Lonepine, Mont.  – When the invitation to Bill’s nephew’s wedding in Lonepine, Montana arrived, we had no idea where Lonepine was, even though Bill was born and raised in Western Montana. A quick check of Google Maps showed a small dot, in the middle of nowhere – about 20 miles…

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2017 Kia Cadenza SXL Limited Sedan Test Drive

2017 Kia Cadenza SXL Limited Second generation Cadenza continues upward movement When Kia first entered the U.S Marketplace with the Sportage and Sephia, the company ranked at the bottom of J.D. Power’s Customer satisfaction chart behind several marques that are now no longer in existence. Those first two models were poor examples of what automobiles…

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2017 Kia Optima PHEV EX Test Drive

“2017 Kia Optima PHEV EX ” Optima stable offers three basic choices Depending upon your environmental stance, Kia serves up a choice of three Optima sedans: the regular base Kia Optima; the Kia Optima Hybrid; and the Kia Optima PHEV or Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle….

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2017 Kia Cadenza Test Drive

By Barbara & Bill Schaffer Kia has run some very good television commercials portraying the high level of luxury, spaciousness, and elegance of the 2017 Cadenza. While we don’t always agree with the visions portrayed by some of the new vehicle advertising, we think those for the Kia Cadenza are right on target. Kia debuted…

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2017 Kia Soul Turbo Test Drive

By Barbara & Bill Schaffer The Soul has been an overachiever in the Kia lineup since it first went on sale in 2009. Finally, after finishing as the second best-selling Kia the last few years it pushed the Optima out of the number one spot in 2016 to become America’s Favorite Kia. It’s easy to…

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2017 Kia Forte Test Drive

  By Barbara & Bill Schaffer Not long ago the most compact cars looked like ‘cheap little cars.’ That’s changed dramatically the last few years and in the process, many of the compacts have received sophisticated design treatments, refined comfort and an extensive outfitting of latest technologies. A good example of this upscale compact revolution…

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2017 Kia SoulTurbo ! Test Drive

“2017 Kia Soul Turbo !” The “Hamstars” get a Boost The 2017 Kia Soul Turbo has upped its level of soul for the new model year, adding a 1.6-liter turbocharged engine to its lineup. The Hamsters (“Hamstars”) who represent the already iconic vehicle in clever commercials now have more power – 45 more horses to…

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2016 Kia Soul EV Test Drive

By Barbara & Bill Schaffer Over the last few years we’ve have driven about a dozen different all-electric vehicles and the more we drive an EV, the more we like them. Sure, we still have a twinge of range anxiety each time, but the comfort level keeps improving and part of that is because the…

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