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If you’ll be sharing your new car with a new driver, these are the models to consider

Wednesday, August 28th, 2019

Best Kia Vehicles for New Drivers in 2019

The 2019-2020 school year has started for most people in our area or will be starting very soon. If you have older students at or near driving age, you’re probably looking for vehicle options. Thankfully, U.S. News & World Report has picked the best Kia vehicles for new drivers in 2019 as the Forte compact sedan and Soul compact crossover SUV/wagon. For those who might be new to buying cars, U.S. News & World Report is one of the most respected consumer advocacy publications. The magazine tested several vehicles in areas like reliability scores, safety scores and the availability of advanced crash avoidance systems. Both Kia vehicles ranked among the best of the group with a price range between $25,000 and $30,000. (more…)

The GT badge more than just a slick piece of marketing for Kia vehicles

Tuesday, August 27th, 2019
A close-up photo of the GT badge used by the Kia Forte.

What does GT mean for Kia vehicles?

Kia has built its reputation on vehicles that are efficient and affordable. Those elements are still very much on display with the inventory available at showrooms, like the one hosted by Kia of Mankato. However, the automaker is shifting its narrative a bit – especially with a couple of its sedans. If you pay as close attention to what the automaker has been producing, you may have noticed that there are a couple of models wearing a ‘GT’ badge. So, what does GT mean for Kia vehicles? Lots of automakers have slapped a GT label on their cars with little meaningful change to go with it. A few members of the Kia of Mankato product expert team did a little looking around for answers and this is what they found. (more…)

Minnesota takes distracted driving very seriously, so should you

Wednesday, August 21st, 2019
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. (more…)

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

Thursday, August 15th, 2019
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. (more…)

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

Monday, July 29th, 2019
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. (more…)

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

Thursday, July 25th, 2019
A stock photo of some kids doing a science experiment.

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. (more…)

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

Thursday, June 27th, 2019
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. (more…)

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

Thursday, June 20th, 2019
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. (more…)

Kia of Mankato shares a new look at the limited-edition Stinger GTS

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2019
A photo of the Stinger and GTS badges used on the 2020 Kia Stinger GTS.

New Kia Stinger GTS Photos and Videos

The lineup of new vehicles at the Kia of Mankato showroom each have something to offer buyers looking for affordable, well-equipped, capable and efficient options. But one, the Kia Stinger fastback sport sedan, really stands out from the rest of the pack. Its sleek lines, high-performing power plant and racing-inspired suspension is unlike anything else the automaker has ever produced. Back in April, the Kia of Mankato Blog introduced current and future customers to a new limited-edition version of the vehicle. As everyone gets ready for Memorial Day Weekend, our team of product experts came across a set of new Kia Stinger GTS photos and videos they thought there would be a fair amount of interest in the material. Take a look at what we’ve found. If you like what you see, contact Kia of Mankato to start the pre-ordering process for the Kia Stinger GTS before it’s available. (more…)

Don’t let your summer be ruined by a completely avoidable tragedy

Tuesday, May 14th, 2019
A stock photo of young people hanging out the window of a car.

How hot does the inside of a car get?

Once we get through winter, Mankato and the surrounding area can be pretty pleasant – save for a few hot and humid days every summer. As we approach the warmest part of the year, our team of product experts at Kia of Mankato wants to give people a bit of a safety reminder. Have you ever wondered, ‘How hot does the inside of a car get?’ Well, suffice it to say that it can get very hot in a vehicle. In fact, the results can be downright deadly. On average nearly 40 children die nationwide every year due to being left in hot cars, trucks and SUVs. Let’s take a look at some information that can really drive this point home. (more…)

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