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What the 2019 Niro lacks in physical size, it more than makes up with range

Thursday, September 26th, 2019
The hybrid badge used on the 2019 Kia Niro.

What is the total range available for the 2019 Kia Niro?

The Kia Niro isn’t the only hybrid vehicle in the automaker’s lineup, but it might be its most fuel-efficient platform. Gas prices are always one of the top concerns for new vehicle buyers. When we have people in the Kia of Mankato showroom who are interested in cutting their monthly fuel costs, they are quick to ask, ‘What is the total range available for the 2019 Kia Niro?’ As is often the case with almost any automotive question, there isn’t really a straight answer. The total range of the Kia hybrid crossover SUV will depend on which trim grade a customer chooses to take home. Some of our product experts did a little research to help answer this important question. Let’s take a look at what they found. (more…)

If you’re looking for a reason to buy the 2020 Soul, these videos might help

Monday, September 16th, 2019
A photo of the 2020 Kia Soul in motion on the road.

Why should I buy the 2020 Kia Soul?

The Kia Soul is one of the most recognizable vehicles the automaker has ever produced. Team Gunther Kia has the latest version of the iconic wagon/compact crossover SUV in our showroom. In the month or so that the vehicle has been available, we’ve had more than a few people come in to ask, ‘Why should I buy the 2020 Kia Soul?’ We have found these first driver/review videos for the 2020 Soul. One thing is for sure, the new Kia Soul is the most technologically advanced version of the vehicle that has been produced. Before you stop in to see us, check out these videos so that you’ll know exactly what to ask a Team Gunther Kia product expert. You can schedule a test drive or feature demonstration today by calling, 833-212-9673. (more…)

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…)

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…)

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

Friday, July 5th, 2019
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. (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…)

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

Tuesday, June 25th, 2019
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. (more…)

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

Tuesday, June 11th, 2019
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. (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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