Tuesday, September 30, 2014

2014 Hyundai Santa Fe Vs Kia Sorento: Performance, Specs, Engine, Fuel Efficiency Comparison Which SUV Is The Best?

Here is the comparison of 2014 Hyundai Santa Fe and Kia Sorento, according to the report of the Motoring Crunch, and let's find out which is the best SUV.

The 2014 Hyundai Santa Fe and 2014 Kia Sorento both run on the same 2.2 litre turbo-diesel engine and efficient six-speed automatic with the same drivelines and underpinnings.

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"The 2014 Hyundai Santa Fe offers an upgraded towing capacity with a decently sized engine," according to the report of Kia Dealers. It has a 3.3 liter V6 cylinder engine and front-wheel drive. The said SUV can achieve 21mpg on the roads and 29mpg on highways.

On the other hand, the 2014 Kia Sorento has a 191 horsepower engine, but according to Kia Dealers the said SUV offers low price and great fuel economy. However, it can only achieve a 20mpg on road while 26mpg on highways.

Furthermore, the Hyundai Santa Fe offers 4-wheel ABS system with front, rear, third-row head airbags, rain-sensing wipers, heated rear seat and hill descent control for the slippery off road tracks.

Moreover, the Kia Sorento offers an anti-lock brakes, airbags in the front, side and rear seating areas, stability control, and an electronic breaking mechanism. Also the Kia Sorento SUV offers a 5-years of unlimited KM warranty for all of its Sorento.

In terms of price, the Hyundai Santa Fe base price according to the Auto Week is $36,305 while the Kia Sorento starting MSRP is $24,100-$40,100 according to Cars.com.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Bike Riders Raise Money for Food Bank of WMass

HATFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Money raised during a bike ride Sunday was of benefit to the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts.

250 men and women on bicycles rode between 10 and 100 miles each to raise $70,000 in the fight against hunger here in Western Massachusetts.

Biking for food has been attracting more riders each year to help fill the Food Bank’s warehouse in Hatfield.

“This is my first year,” said Jean Maszeal of Ware. “I love to ride my bike. We’re going to be doing this for Stop & Shop.”

Aileen Hurley of West Springfield said, “This is my first year, we’ve been to other sponsored rides before, this is the first with the Food Bank.”

22News had a strong presence at this Food Bank fundraiser. Storm Team meteorologist Brian Lapis was Master of Ceremonies and Mass Appeal co-host Seth Stutman was among the hundreds of riders out on the road helping combat hunger.


Gary Rome Hyundai
1000 Main Street
Holyoke MA, 01040

Kia Celebrates 30 Million Vehicles

Kia has celebrated a significant landmark by selling its 30 millionth vehicle globally - an achievement reached in a little over 50 years.

Starting life producing bicycles, motorbikes and military transport, Kia Motors sold its first civilian vehicle in 1962 - the 3-wheeled K-360 light cargo truck.

Through the next two decades, Kia progressed via a number of joint ventures, producing foreign models under licence in Korea, including Fiat, Peugeot, Ford, Mazda and Lotus, before launching its own designs and developing its own technology.

It took more than 40 years to achieve the first 10 million sales, but since then, Kia Motors has gone through a rapid expansion programme. These include building new factories at home and in key overseas markets, introducing a wave of new products, as well as appointing one of the industry's top car designers - Peter Schreyer, who has transformed the design and desirability which has added to the brands growth and success.

The success of Kia's strategy can be seen in the acceleration of sales in the last few years. While it took 41 years to build the first 10 million cars, Kia needed just seven more years to get to 20 million and it reached 30 million four years later. Since 2000, Kia has expanded its annual sales from less than 1 million to almost 2.8 million in 2013, with 3 million a year now clearly in its sights.

And while all vehicles were produced for domestic consumption in the early years, almost 85% of Kia vehicles built today are sold in overseas markets.

The most popular vehicle produced by Kia has been the Rio (also known as Pride in the Korean domestic market), which first appeared in 1987, followed by the Sportage, which was launched in 1993.

"The story of Kia's continued growth is quite remarkable, and this is testament to ongoing investment in new technology, innovative new designs and improved quality" says Todd McDonald, General Manager of Kia Motors New Zealand.

Mr McDonald says Kia has already replaced its entire model line-up in the last three years, which has resulted in one of the most up-to-date range of vehicles in the world, and it is now embarking on another phase of new model launches.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

2015 Kia Soul Redefines Individuality and Becomes Electric

TOPEKA, Kan, Sept. 24, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ Passionate about design, there was no question about it when Kia introduced the first generation of Souls that debuted in 2008. The release of the second generation Souls that arrived this year further accentuate Kia's commitment to creating a vehicle that is visually recognizable as a Kia and truly unique.

The 2015 Kia Soul has officially arrived at Briggs Kia in Topeka, Kansas and is available in three trim levels: base, + and !. Intended to handle city driving with ease and satisfy the popular design style of a hatchback, the all-new Soul is equipped with one of two engine choices; either the standard 1.6-liter four-cylinder capable of 130-horsepower and a fuel economy of 24 city/ 30 highway mpg, or the more powerful 2.0-liter four-cylinder.
Even more efficient is the addition of the electric 2015 Kia Soul that initially will only be available in California; until its availability further extends, Briggs Kia will continue to keep drivers up-to-date on news, performance and technology information. Equipped with a grille that slides aside to reveal a charge port, drivers have three different ways to charge the Soul EV: a 120-volt, 240-volt and the DC Fast Charge which comes standard and charges the battery 80-percent in 30 minutes.

Drivers will have the freedom to charge at home, work or at one of the thousands of public locations. Next-level technology, in both the electric and nonelectric versions of the the 2015 Kia Soul, is just another way that Kia strives to use convenience and vehicle intelligence to create a more comfortable ride.

Briggs Kia strives to serve Topeka as well as surrounding cities by not providing new model information but also by sharing insight on ways to help prolong the life of their current vehicle. The dealer welcomes all drivers that are in search of an honest and affordable service department that performs routine maintenance on a daily basis to visit.

Friday, September 26, 2014

2015 Kia Sorento Earns Five-Star Safety Rating From Federal Government

Just the Facts:

  •     The 2015 Kia Sorento SUV earned the top five-star overall safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
  •     The Sorento received five stars in the front and side crash tests and four stars in the rollover crash test.
  •     The rating applies to front-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive versions of the Sorento.

WASHINGTON — The 2015 Kia Sorento SUV earned the top five-star overall safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

The Sorento received five stars in the front and side crash tests and four stars in the rollover crash test.

The rating applies to front-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive versions of the Sorento.

Standard safety equipment on the Sorento includes six airbags, antilock brakes, electronic stability control and hill-start assist control.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has not rated the 2015 Sorento.

Sorento is Solid, Competitive: Kia Crossover Has the Refinement, Features to Fight in Hot Market

It’s not easy to stay competitive in the hotly contested world of crossover vehicles, but the Kia Sorento is managing to remain one of the best.

Of course, “best” is a relative term in a category where there just aren’t any bad vehicles these days. Most crossovers look and drive so much alike that only subtle differences set them apart.

On the 2015 Sorento, three things impress me:

— The direct-injected V6 engine and six-speed transmission make a perfect couple. Acceleration feels smooth, confident and sophisticated with 290 horsepower and crisp shifts. Highway fuel economy of 25 mpg is a nice bonus with all that power.

Kia’s digital interface, called UVO, is ridiculously easy to use. Most of today’s cars come with touchscreen systems that can add needless steps to complete simple operations, but I found UVO to be simple and intuitive when linking up with my iPhone. If you’re the kind of person who doesn’t want to read a book to learn how to change the radio station, you’ll love this system.

Kia’s warranty coverage is awesome. With 10 years or 100,000 miles of protection on the powertrain and five years or 60,000 miles on the basic warranty, it’s some of the best “peace of mind” in the car industry.

While my V6-powered test car was wonderfully devoid of weaknesses, there’s one thing I wish could be improved in the lineup: the four-cylinder base engine.

The 2.4-liter four-cylinder makes roughly 100 horsepower less than the six-cylinder does, but it’s only rated for 2 mpg better than the V6 at 27 on the highway. For that kind of power tradeoff, I’d prefer to get somewhere in the 30-mpg range, so the V6 seems like the much more appealing option to me.

Other than that, there’s just not much to complain about on this crossover.

The interior has a tight feel, comfortable seats and the kind of soft-touch materials that have become expected in this competitive class. Its body is attractive enough, if not particularly distinctive, and its steering and brakes feel spot on.

There aren’t many changes for 2015 because, frankly, this car doesn’t need them. It got a major update for 2014 that included a revised chassis and suspension, fresh interior and new powertrain, making it as close to an “all-new” car as you can get, really. All those improvements helped it remain a top contender.

For the 2015 model, the four-cylinder engine was tweaked to provide slightly better gas mileage — although still not as efficient as I’d prefer — and its UVO electronic system was updated to the latest version.

Overall, this crossover does what it’s supposed to do. It’s powerful, refined, comfortable and reasonably spacious for hauling families and all their stuff.

Pricing starts at $24,300 for the base LX model and ranges up to $39,900 for the luxurious Limited trim.