Five Kia Models Make List of Best Choices for a New Car

2018 Kia Soul

U.S. News & World Report released its Best Choices for a New Car list not long ago. Five Kia models stand among the top 28 new cars of 2018. The editors made their choices based on the car’s price, cost of ownership, and predictability rating as determined by J.D. Power.

Of the 28 cars on the list, the 2018 Kia Soul stole the show and secured the number one spot. The Kia Soul earned a reliability score of 5/5 and an overall score of 9.1/10. The family model earned an IIHS Top Safety Pick+ and boasts an affordable starting price.

The Kia Rio came in second on the Best Choices for a New Car list. The editors noted its smooth performance, affordability, and intuitive technology as winning factors.

The 2018 Kia Niro earned recognition for its high fuel economy, and the spacious cabin makes it ideal for family vacations. Plus, its nimble handling and exhilarating performance prove the Kia Niro can be great for daily commutes.

The Kia Sportage boasts supportive seats and high safety scores. Those two factors netted it the top spot on the Best New Cars for Teens list. Those same features landed it a spot among the top 28 choices for a new car too!

When it comes to compact cars, the Kia Forte holds its own. Excellent fuel economy and a quiet cabin put it a touch above competitors, netting the Forte a spot on the list.

You can learn more about all of these Kia models here at Jack Miller Kia Parts.

How to Prep Your Kia for Fall

2019 Kia Sorento

Fall is well on its way, and time is running out to get your car ready for the cooler weather. Checking the lighting system and looking for scratches and dents are just two ways to make sure your car is ready for the coming season. Here are a few more tips to help prep your Kia for fall.

Examine the Tires

Your Kia’s tires are responsible for keeping your car firmly planted on the road. Tires that lack enough tread to maintain proper traction can become a major safety issue. Examining the tires for any damage, such as bulging, can help catch problems before they cause a blowout or accident.

Create an Emergency Kit

Every car should be stocked with an emergency kit. Depending on the climate, your car’s emergency kit should include a blanket, extra clothes, a flashlight with batteries, and bottled water. A first-aid kit wouldn’t hurt either!

Change the Oil

Ideally, drivers should change their vehicle’s oil every season. Since oil plays three major roles in the engine block, it’s important to make sure the oil is up to par. In order to ensure the oil cools, lubricates, and protects engine components properly, drivers would do well to get their Kia’s oil changed for fall.

Check the Spare Tire

One of the most commonly missed service areas is the spare tire. While no driver wants to have to use their spare tire, making sure it’s properly inflated and securely stored ensures that it’s available if necessary. Adjust the spare tire to the manufacturer-recommended pressure, just in case.

To learn of even more ways to prep your Kia for autumn, be sure to speak with our staff here at Jack Miller Kia Parts.

Guide to Planning a Road Trip with Your Kia

Guide to Planning a Road Trip with Your Kia

As the weather heats up, it’s time to pack your bags and hit the road with the family for a summer road trip. Set out to visit family members, visit a national park near or far, or head to the coast for some fun in the sun. Before you do so, however, there are a few key steps you should take to prepare. Here’s a guide to planning a road trip with your Kia.

1.       Plan Your Trip from Start to Finish:

       When planning your trip, you’ll want to decide on all the major destinations you want to visit and set up accommodations accordingly. Although you’ll likely be taking a GPS navigation system or using your smartphone’s navigation capabilities, you’ll want to plan out your general route. It’s also worthwhile to have an idea of where you’ll take stops.

2.       Save Up for the Trip and Make a Budget:

       Rather than spending a lot on the front-end of your trip and pinching pennies on the back-end, you’ll want to budget out your trip per day in terms of food, lodging, and activities.

3.       Make Sure Your Kia is Road-Trip Ready:

       Before setting out, you will want to have any necessary routine maintenance performed on your Kia. You will also want to check your tires, tire pressure, windshield wipers, and air conditioning system.

 

If you need some repairs done before your big summer excursion, be sure to bring your vehicle to Jack Miller Kia Parts.