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Kia Telluride is named best family 3-row SUV!

Wednesday, March 31st, 2021
2020 Kia Telluride exterior passenger side profile in front of building windows

If you are looking for your future family friendly SUV, then now is the time to shop! The Kia Telluride has been named the best family three row SUV by U.S. News & World Report! Let’s check it out!

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Kia Named Top of Vehicle Dependability Study by J.D. Power

Wednesday, March 10th, 2021
2020 Kia Optima White Coastline

What does it take to become number one? It takes building dependable vehicles for every budget and being very good at it. Good enough to be recognized for doing so. 

This year, J.D. Power recognized how far Kia has gone to produce and sell the most dependable vehicles sold in America. Therefore, they bestowed the top spot on the J.D. Power 2021 Vehicle Dependability Study among mainstream vehicle brands. Kia earned this distinction by scoring 97 problems per 100 vehicles. The industry average is 121 problems per 100 vehicles. 

Kia jumped six places from last year’s study to earn the top spot in the 2021 Vehicle Dependability Study. This follows up Kia’s earning the top spot in the J.D. Power 2020 Initial Quality Study. 

In addition, the Kia Sorento, Sportage, and Optima were named the most dependable vehicle in their respective segments. 

The study measures the number of problems per 100 vehicles experienced over the last year by owners of their three-year-old vehicles, meaning this study focused on 2018 model year vehicles. It includes 32 nameplates and 153 models, covering problem symptoms grouped into eight major vehicle categories: Driving Experience, Interior, Engine/Transmission, Exterior, Audio/Communication/Entertainment/Navigation, Heating/Ventilation/Air Conditioning, and Seats.

The result is a lineup of dependable vehicles that you can count on. That is what Kia does for you.

Contact us at Kia of Mankato to get yourself a dependable vehicle for your lifestyle. Come and take one home today!

Kia K5, Sorento Named Best New Cars for 2021 By Autotrader

Monday, March 8th, 2021
2022 Kia Carnival MPV Blue Autotrader Award Winner

The all-new Kia K5 and Sorento created quite the buzz so far this year. The automotive media praised their sharp design, fun-to-drive demeanor, high-tech interior and high level of features on both vehicles.

All of these reasons helped Autotrader recognize both new Kias as something more desirable for our customers. Therefore, they awarded both the K5 and the Sorento among the “Best New Cars for 2021.”

What makes them an Autotrader winner?

The Autotrader Best New Cars Award is intended to benefit a broad set of shoppers by highlighting a diverse group of 12 vehicles. Each vehicle on this year’s list was agreed upon unanimously by the entire editorial and data team at Autotrader. To be considered, a vehicle must be of the current or next model-year and available for purchase at the time of the announcement. 

The editors capped the base price for consideration at $75,000, meaning every contender offers a significant value for the asking price. Not only is value a top priority, but vehicles are also judged on available technology and a rewarding or dynamic driving experience. Each winning vehicle must earn a score of 4.0 or higher on the editors’ 5-point evaluation scorecard to be named a 2021 Autotrader Best New Car.

The K5 and Sorento met these criteria with flying colors. With its high style, technology and driving experience, the turbocharged K5 invites you to take the wheel across Southern Minnesota to find some wonderful roads to see how it handles them. The Sorento is our storytelling machine, designed to accommodate families on a road trip with advanced technology and superb comfort no matter where you go across our state and beyond the Mississippi River.

If you are looking for a winning combination, contact us at Kia of Mankato to see the K5 and Sorento. If you agree with the editors of Autotrader, come take one home today!

Car and Driver Names Four Kia Models To Editors’ Choice List

Sunday, March 7th, 2021
Car and Driver Editors Choice Kia Rio front right quarter view

Car and Driver is one of the leading authorities consumers and enthusiasts read when it comes to automotive knowledge. Their editors test vehicles constantly to inform us of its good and bad points. When they praise a vehicle, it becomes worthy for your consideration. 

In the 2021 Editors’ Choice Awards, the editors at Car and Driver chose four Kia models on their list. The Telluride, Soul, K5, and Rio are now a part of this prestigious list. 

Car and Driver tested 400 models towards narrowing the list to a worthy few. The criteria for the 2021 Editors’ Choice Award include the results of Car and Driver’s rigorous instrumented testing, the ranking each vehicle earns within its market segment, editors’ subjective evaluations of each vehicle’s performance, value, and how well it fulfills its intended mission.

The editors cited how these four Kia models continue to demonstrate the combination of performance and value across its lineup. The Soul and Telluride are already familiar to these editors, as they were named to their annual “10Best” list recently. The Soul offers a great mix of fun, utility, and economy in a package that has satisfied owners for well over a decade. While the award-winning Telluride continues to be the most desirable vehicle in its class with its comfort, technology, and capability. 

The K5 continues to delight everyone who has driven one. The advanced design and technology are making new friends out of owners. If one wants an efficient and affordable car, look no further than the Rio, available in sedan and 5-door hatchback. 

Kia of Mankato is proud to offer these award-winning models among our lineup of great vehicles. Contact us to take home a winner today!

Eight Kia Models Receive Top Marks in IIHS Crash Tests

Friday, March 5th, 2021
2021 Kia K5 Duo Track

The IIHS (Insurance Institute of Highway Safety) conducts crash testing every year. In doing so, they make sure that every new vehicle can meet the challenges of everyday driving. Not just to see how a vehicle can withstand a crash, but to see how they can avoid getting into one. 

The Kia lineup is designed with a commitment to safety from the ground up. From strong unibody structures to a complete set of driver assistance technologies.  The Kia family of vehicles are designed to keep you and everyone on board safe and secure mile after mile. 

Which Kia vehicles were winners?

EIGHT Kia models were given top marks in this years testing.  The 2021 K5 received the Top Safety Pick Plus award, the IIHS’s top honors. The Telluride, Sorento, Sportage, Soul, Stinger, Seltos, and Forte received Top Safety Pick rating for this model year, when equipped with front crash prevention and specific headlights. 

The IIHS looks at each vehicle to see if they meet their stringent standards to qualify for these designations. Testing includes evaluating crash readiness, build integrity and available and standard safety systems

IIHS awards shows that Kia makes safer and more secure vehicles for you. Our commitment stems from engineering features such as the Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist with Pedestrian detection, and LED lighting systems with High Beam Assist. 

Kia Drive Wise assist features are great to have and Kia of Mankato encourages our customers to try them out in real world situations in and around town. It also comes down to the basics, such as easy to use seat belts, air bags that protect the passenger area, and strong construction that is built into every Kia we sell to you. 

See our commitment to safety by checking out our lineup at Kia of Mankato. Contact us to take home a safe and secure vehicle today!

Kia K5 Wins MotorWeek’s Drivers’ Choice Awards

Thursday, March 4th, 2021
2021 Kia K5 exterior front fascia passenger side

Remember when you first watched MotorWeek? John Davis telling you about the latest vehicles as they go through the slalom or along the roads near their Maryland studio. 

They are still on the air! They’re giving awards. This year, the Kia K5 was named MotorWeek’s Drivers’ Choice Awards for Best Family Sedan of 2021!

MotorWeek’s editors conduct upwards of 150 car and truck reviews annually. They evaluating vehicles on an array of factors, including: price, features, performance, accommodations, fuel economy, reliability records, and resale value. The Drivers’ Choice awards are based on these thorough evaluations.

The results are simple. The K5 sedan has pushed the boundaries of design and performance in its class. An all-turbocharged lineup puts the K5 up front with a great combination of performance and efficiency both on the highway and around Mankato. 

With comfort for five, the K5 also entertains with comfortable seating and in-car technology that engages. You can now get wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, along with a clever wireless charging port that tucks your phone out of sight. 

Enthusiasts will enjoy the 290-horsepower K5 GT that adds a handling package designed to take on the roads along the Minnesota River. Meanwhile, the K5 GT-Line and LXS is available with all-wheel-drive, designed to conquer the winter months here in South Central Minnesota. 

The 2021 K5 adds to the number of Kia models recognized by MotorWeek in their annual Drivers’ Choice Awards. Last year, the Telluride and Niro brought home these awards. Several other Kia models have also been named to this popular television show’s accolades in the past. 

Check out the award-winning K5 sedan at Kia of Mankato. Contact us to take one home today! 

The World Car of The Year: The Kia Telluride

Tuesday, April 28th, 2020
A right profile photo of the 2020 Kia Telluride parked in the desert.

Earlier this month, a panel of 82 jurors from 24 countries convened to evaluate dozens of worthy contenders from across the globe. Some of the finest nameplates were presented for the World Car of The Year award.

In the end, the jury came in with a verdict for the 2020 World Car of The Year. The winner is the Kia Telluride.

This is the first time since its first Word Car of The Year award began in 2005 that a Korean automaker had won this award. It is also the first vehicle built in the U.S.A. to win it. On top of all of that, this vehicle is not sold in 21 out of the 24 countries the World Car of The Year jury represents – for now.

The Telluride is a remarkable SUV, seating up to eight passengers, towing up to 5,000 pounds and returning great fuel economy with a powerful V6 engine. The level of technology available on the Kia Telluride is the best among its contenders. These are just a few of the few reasons the World Car of The Year jury cited for this prestigious global accolade.

The 2020 Kia Telluride has now won nineteen awards since its introduction a year ago. Awards from Motor Trend, Car and Driver, and the North American Car of The Year jury is now joined by this worldwide honor.

If you want an award-winning Telluride of your own, contact Kia of Mankato to make an appointment for a test drive – right at your doorstep.

This has been a year that Kia will remember. This is the year of Telluride. Make it yours, today!

Telluride, Niro Win Drivers’ Choice Awards

Thursday, March 19th, 2020

Remember when you first watched MotorWeek? The host, John Davis, telling you about the latest vehicles as they go through the slalom or along the roads near their Maryland studio.

They are still on the air! They’re giving awards. And, Kia has been recognized with two of MotorWeek’s Drivers’ Choice Awards for 2020!

The award-winning Kia Telluride was named Best Large Utility, while the Niro took home the Best Eco-Friendly award.

MotorWeek’s editors conduct upwards of 150 car and truck reviews annually, evaluating vehicles on an array of factors, including price, features, performance, accommodations, fuel economy, reliability records, and resale value. The Drivers’ Choice awards are based on these thorough evaluations.

The results are simple. The Telluride is the finest three-row midsize SUV for families. Not just for the 7-8 seat capacity inside, but of its overall value across the lineup. The Telluride’s powerful V6 is designed for the long haul- somewhere beyond the Twin Cities. It also offers a superb ride and overall comfort across all three rows.

For those looking for a better hedge on fuel economy, the Niro is the right vehicle for you. Its versatile crossover body accommodates up to five people or up to 54.5 cubic feet of cargo space. Its Hybrid driveline is designed for efficiency while delivering solid performance for across Mankato or the drive out to Sioux Falls.

Two special vehicles to fit your lifestyle. Both winners in the eyes of MotorWeek. That is a duo you can’t go wrong with. Check out the Niro and Telluride at Kia of Mankato. Take one for a test drive and see why these two are winners in your eyes.

Six Kia Models Named Top Safety Pick By IIHS

Sunday, March 8th, 2020

The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety [IIHS] conducts crash testing every year to make sure that every new vehicle can meet the challenges of everyday driving. Not just to see how a vehicle can withstand a crash, but to see how they can avoid getting into one.

The Kia lineup is designed with a commitment to safety from the ground up. From strong unibody structures to a complete set of driver assistance technologies.  The Kia family of vehicles are designed to keep you and everyone on board safe and secure mile after mile.

In this year’s IIHS testing, SIX Kia models were given top marks.  The 2020 Telluride, Sorento, Sportage, Soul, Stinger and Forte received Top Safety Pick rating for this model year, when equipped with front crash prevention and specific headlights.

The IIHS looks at each vehicle to see if they meet their stringent standards to qualify for these designations. Testing includes evaluating crash readiness, build integrity and available and standard safety systems

These awards combined shows that Kia makes safer and more secure vehicles for you. This commitment stems from engineering features such as the Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist with Pedestrian detection, and LED lighting systems with High Beam Assist.

Driver assist features are great to have and Kia of Mankato encourages our customers to try them out in real world situations in and around town. It also comes down to the basics, such as easy to use seat belts, air bags that protect the passenger area, and strong construction that is built into every Kia we sell to you.

See our commitment to safety by checking out our lineup at Kia of Mankato. Test drive our lineup available today!

A New Winning Tradition – The Kia Telluride

Thursday, February 20th, 2020
A photo of the 2020 Kia Telluride on the road.

The 2020 Kia Telluride has been winning almost every award in this model year. You can’t blame this great family SUV for being a winner – because it truly is!

So far, the Kia Telluride has won the following accolades…

  • World Car of The Year
  • Motor Trend SUV of the Year
  • Car and Driver 10Best
  • North American Utility of The Year
  • Midwest Automotive Media Association Family Car of The Year
  • AutoTrader Best Car Interior Under $50,000
  • MotorWeek Drivers’ Choice Awards – Best Large Utility
  • ALG Design Innovation Award for Overall Design and Execution
  • Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Top Safety Pick
  • Edumunds.com Top Rated Award – SUV
  • Hispanic Motor Press Foundation SUV of The Year
  • Texas Auto Writers Association SUV of Texas
  • Texas Auto Writers Association CUV of Texas
  • Texas Auto Writers Association Mid-Size CUV at Texas Auto Roundup
  • Kelley Blue Book Best New Model
  • Kelley Blue Book Best 3-Row Midsize SUV
  • U.S. News and World Report Best SUV Brand
  • Texas Motor Press Association First Place SUV at the Texas Off-Road Invitational
  • Victory & Reseda Vehicle of The Year Award – #VOTY19

And, there are probably more awards to come. It is an impressive list of accolades already. They all point to one thing: The Kia Telluride has left a huge impression on journalists and analysts across the country. And, for many reasons – great design, a great interior, superb performance and capability, and excellent value for the money.

While they’re building a bigger trophy case at Kia’s headquarters in California, you get to reap the greatest award of them all – taking home the award-winning Telluride from Kia of Mankato. Make sure you check out our inventory of the Telluride and take one for a test drive. One drive and you will see why this great SUV is bringing home all of the trophies this year.

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