Minnesota takes distracted driving very seriously, so should you

By Product Expert | Posted in Kia Technology, Local News, Shareable on Wednesday, August 21st, 2019 at 3:48 PM
A stock photo of a man using a phone while driving.

Is it illegal to text-and-drive in Minnesota?

In our daily lives, we use our phones for everything from actual phone calls to keeping track of daily schedules. These devices have become so ubiquitous that we don’t think twice about picking them up wherever we are. This becomes a problem when people get behind the wheel of a vehicle. So, is it illegal to text-and-drive in Minnesota? In short, yes, it is. This seems like a pretty straightforward law and one that should be easy to follow. And it is. However, when people are learning about all of the connectivity technology available in new Kia vehicles, there are still a few important questions they need to be answered. Our team of product experts thought it would be helpful to make this information as available as possible. Read the rest of this entry »

The 2020 Soul has arrived to Kia of Mankato! Schedule a test drive today

By Product Expert | Posted in Kia Soul, Shareable on Thursday, August 15th, 2019 at 2:08 PM
A photo of the three 2020 Kia Soul models line abreast on the road.

Is the 2020 Kia Soul available near Mankato, MN?

The Kia Soul has been the most recognizable model in the automaker’s lineup for a while now. As news and updates have leaked out about the latest version, people have been calling the Kia of Mankato showroom asking, ‘Is the 2020 Kia Soul available near Mankato, MN?’ As of a day or two ago, we can finally answer, yes, to that question. The 2020 Soul has arrived with a full suite of available active safety systems that are designed to help keep drivers out of potentially dangerous situations. Kia engineers have also made a 201-horsepower engine available on the upper trim grades. Additionally, the 2020 Kia Soul also comes to town with one of the most adaptable interiors in its class. When properly configured, it will have more than 62 cubic-feet available to work with. Please enjoy the photos below before you call a Kia of Mankato product expert to schedule a test drive today. Read the rest of this entry »

Kia of Mankato offers look at some other UVO features and capabilities

By Product Expert | Posted in Kia Technology, Shareable, Tips and Tricks on Monday, July 29th, 2019 at 2:50 PM
A photo of the dashboard used by the 2019 Kia Optima.

What else can the Kia UVO infotainment system do?

Kia has really jumped into the deep end of the pool when it comes to providing its customers with the latest available connectivity options. This kind of capability continuously changes to the point where it’s almost impossible to keep up with everything that is available. In fact, we hear the question, ‘What else can the Kia UVO infotainment system do,’ that a group of Kia of Mankato product experts dug up these recent videos to give potential buyers another look at some features they may have previously overlooked. If your current vehicle isn’t equipped with this kind of technological capability and you’d like to change that, make an appointment with a Kia of Mankato product expert today. We’re happy to walk you through anything you need to know. Read the rest of this entry »

Let Kia of Mankato help get your kids out of your house, for at least a day

By Product Expert | Posted in Local News, Shareable, Tips and Tricks on Thursday, July 25th, 2019 at 12:21 PM
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Three best day trip ideas for families near Mankato, MN

We are quickly approaching one of the most trying parts of the summer. Labor Day is still more than a month away. It’s probably going to get pretty warm and humid. Plus, we have to start thinking about back-to-school shopping. There is just a lot to deal with. Maybe taking a day off from work and going on an easy adventure might be exactly what everyone needs. A team of our product experts got together to come up with a list of the three best day trip ideas for families near Mankato, MN. Each of these options should make for a memorable day, without having to spend the night in a hotel. Let’s see what they came up with. Read the rest of this entry »

Take a look at Kia’s most spacious and capable crossover SUVs before you test drive them

By Product Expert | Posted in Kia Sorento, Kia Sportage, Kia Telluride, Model Comparisons on Thursday, July 18th, 2019 at 2:05 PM

Crossover SUVs with lots of cargo space and AWD near Mankato, MN

Kia is responsible for producing some of the most popular crossover SUVs in the modern global automotive agency. The manufacturer has built such a diverse range of these very capable platforms, that potential buyers should have little trouble finding a platform that will fit their needs and budget. Our showroom has several crossover SUVs with lots of cargo space and AWD near Mankato, MN for customers to consider. In particular, we’d like to point your attention to the 2019 Kia Sorento, 2019 Kia Sportage and 2020 Kia Telluride. Each of these is among the most spacious crossover SUV platforms in their respective corners of the automotive industry. Perspective customers can schedule a test drive with any of these vehicles when they make an appointment today. Read the rest of this entry »

A few simple steps can prevent vehicle break-ins and theft

By Product Expert | Posted in Safety, Tips and Tricks on Friday, July 5th, 2019 at 9:28 AM
A stock photo of a person breaking into a vehicle.

How do I prevent my car from being stolen or broken into?

There is a lot to love about summer in Minnesota. However, there is a sinister side to the warm weather – an increase in property crimes. According to national insurance statistics, July and August are the months when vehicles are most likely to be broken into. If you’re wondering, ‘How do I prevent my car from being stolen or broken into,’ a few members of the Kia of Mankato sales staff did a little research to find some answers. While vehicle owners certainly need to be vigilant to keep various ne’er-do-wells at bay, none of these solutions are terribly taxing beyond remembering to do a few very common-sense things. If there is something we can help with to further secure your vehicle, please reach out to a product expert today. Read the rest of this entry »

Kia of Mankato helps drivers know what to do in case of an emergency

By Product Expert | Posted in Safety, Shareable, Tips and Tricks on Thursday, June 27th, 2019 at 12:54 PM
A stock photo of a young driver being terrified behind the wheel.

How-to videos for handling driving emergencies

Most of us would consider ourselves safe drivers. We’ve accumulated a fair number of miles and have witnessed enough bad driving to objectively know what not to do. However, there are almost always going to be situations that would be new experiences. Would you know how to react? If your car starts to overheat, what do you do? How do you handle a situation where your vehicle’s brakes fail? A team of Kia of Mankato product experts was discussing the fear a parent has that comes with a child getting their driver’s license. During the discussion, they came across this series of how-to videos for handling driving emergencies. Hopefully, these will prove to be helpful for you or the new driver in your life. If nothing else, it’s a good refresher on skills we might not use very often. Read the rest of this entry »

Kia proves its vehicles can be counted on for the fifth consecutive year

By Product Expert | Posted in Kia Forte, Kia Soul, Kia Sportage, Tips and Tricks on Tuesday, June 25th, 2019 at 1:16 PM
A left profile photo of the Kia Sportage parked in front of a city skyline.

Are Kia cars and SUVs reliable?

There are a lot of considerations that go into the decision to buy or lease a vehicle. For many potential owners, reliability is going to be at, or near the top of their list of reasons to choose one automaker over another. Kia is in the enviable position of being one of the most reliable vehicle manufacturers operating in the United States. This isn’t just puffery made to entice a buyer with empty promises. We have the data to back up any answers to the question, ‘Are Kia cars and SUVs reliable?’ A recently released J.D Power and Associates Initial Quality Study placed Kia in the top of all non-luxury automotive brands. Drilling down to another level, we can see that a quartet of popular models fared well on an individual basis. Read the rest of this entry »

A new Kia crossover SUV could be arriving, may replace existing model

By Product Expert | Posted in Kia Sportage, Shareable on Thursday, June 20th, 2019 at 10:54 AM
A right profile photo of the Kia Seltos.

Is Kia going to bring the Seltos to the US?

We might not be the most objective reporters in the world, but we think Kia has one of the most enviable lineups of crossover SUVs in the entire global automotive industry. A few of our product experts were looking up some information on the internet to answer a customer question and stumbled across some interesting news about a potential new crossover SUV called the Kia Seltos. So, is Kia going to bring the Seltos to the US? That isn’t terribly clear at this point, but we don’t see any reason to definitively say no. Kia has positioned the Seltos as a new member of the highly competitive compact SUV market. If the automaker takes this path, the new Seltos could be on a collision course with the existing Sportage. Let’s take a look at what we know so far. Read the rest of this entry »

Kia CPO programs repeats as entry on Autotrader ‘Best of’ list

By Product Expert | Posted in Financing, Tips and Tricks on Tuesday, June 11th, 2019 at 2:29 PM
A photo of a certified pre-owned 2015 Kia Optima on the road.

Does Kia have the best certified used vehicle program?

It’s all but impossible to make it through your favorite primetime TV show without seeing about a million car commercials. Every automaker on the planet is working very hard to get a potential buyer’s attention. Believe it or not, that competition actually gets more intense on the secondary, or pre-owned marketplace. In a previous Kia of Mankato Blog post, we profiled a way for potential customers to find the best deals on used cars. Now we can answer the question, ‘Does Kia have the best certified used vehicle program,’ with a resounding, yes. The Kia Certified Pre-Owned has been named as one of the 10 Best Non-Luxury CPO programs by Autotrader for the second consecutive year. Let’s take a look at why this is a big deal. Read the rest of this entry »

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