2020 Kia Forte exterior paint color options

By Product Expert | Posted in Kia Forte on Friday, March 20th, 2020 at 2:24 PM
2020 Kia Forte exterior front fascia driver side in empty valley

The 2020 Kia Forte is fast, powerful, spacious, and good-looking. Check out the exterior paint color options available on this Kia sedan. Check out the 8 colors you can find on the Kia Forte.

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Telluride, Niro Win Drivers’ Choice Awards

By Kia of Mankato | Posted in Awards, Kia Niro, Kia Telluride on Thursday, March 19th, 2020 at 3:09 PM

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.

Can I use a trade-in as a down payment for a car?

By Product Expert | Posted in Financing, Tips and Tricks on Friday, March 13th, 2020 at 1:13 PM
Cars in packed parking lot

Yup, you can use a trade-in vehicle as a down payment for your next car. However, you’ll want to make sure that car has positive equity before you do, otherwise, things will get tricky.

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Six Kia Models Named Top Safety Pick By IIHS

By Kia of Mankato | Posted in Awards, Safety on Sunday, March 8th, 2020 at 6:48 PM

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!

The Kia Telluride: Safe, Family-Friendly, and Fun to Drive

By Product Expert | Posted in Kia Telluride, Safety on Friday, March 6th, 2020 at 11:01 AM
2020 Kia Telluride exterior passenger side profile in front of building windows

What are the 2020 Kia Telluride Safety Technologies?

The 2020 Kia Telluride has already won many awards for its safety, design, and affordability. So, what makes this model safe, family-friendly, and – most importantly – fun to drive? Let’s check out the safety of this model as well as other technologies you’ll see in the Telluride. Check it out!

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2020 Kia Cadenza Debuted at the Chicago Auto Show

By Kia of Mankato | Posted in Kia Cadenza on Tuesday, March 3rd, 2020 at 9:31 AM

The Chicago Auto Show is one of the largest exhibitions of its kind in this country.

Kia’s stand welcomed visitors to see our award-winning lineup. In fact, the Telluride received a few more awards to go on the trophy shelf. The television show, MotorWeek, gave the Telluride one of their Driver’s Choice Awards for its class. The Niro also received one from host and series creator John Davis, as well. The Midwest Automotive Media Association awarded their Family Car of The Year to the Telluride, as well. Lastly, the Victory & Reseda website presented their Vehicle of The Year award for the Telluride, thanks to a public vote on their website.

We even showed off our three biggest awards at our stand: The Motor Trend SUV of the Year, the North American Utility of the Year, and the Car and Driver 10Best award. You can say that the hottest SUV in its class got a lot of attention during its run at the Chicago Auto Show.

However, the biggest news from our stand was the introduction of the redesigned 2020 Cadenza luxury sedan. It will arrive soon to Kia of Mankato with a sharper design, new driver assistance and technology features, and an improved interior designed for better driver engagement.

Up front, you will notice a redesigned hood and grille with deeper vertical waterfall fascia. The new grille is flanked by a set of standard multi-lens LED headlights with redesigned LED DRL lamps. There is also a new lower front fascia with integrated turn signals. In the rear, you will find a redesigned bumper and trunk lid, with a new set of LED combination rear tail lights. Finishing up the look are some redesigned standard 18-inch alloy wheels, with a new set of available 19-inch wheels.

The big news for the 2020 Cadenza is a completely redesigned dash and instrument cluster with relocated audio controls above the climate switchgear. Inside the cluster is a standard 4.2-inch TFT color information screen available for easier readouts. Above the relocated audio controls is a new 12.3-inch touchscreen with multi-device Bluetooth connectivity is standard. The infotainment system offers three additional USB charging ports throughout the cabin, plus an enhanced 10-watt wireless fast-charging phone charger.

The Cadenza has always offered a level of luxury that is attainable while giving an air of a car priced much more. That luxury now includes a new available multi-color ambient LED mood lighting for the Limited model. Plus, you can select two new nappa leather-trimmed seating colors: Saddle Brown and Gray, with Limited models offering quilted seat bolsters. To finish up, the Cadenza now comes with a new standard Smart Key with remote Engine Start.

In an effort to improve occupant and vehicle safety, the 2020 Cadenza adds new features to our Drive Wise suite of driver-assisted technologies. These new standard features include a “Sensor Fusion” that combines Forward Collision Warning, Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist with pedestrian/cyclist detection, Smart Cruise Control with Stop & Go and High Beam Assist. Other new features include Lane Following Assist, Blind Spot Collision Avoidance Assist – Rear with Lane Change Assist, Highway Driving Assist, Navigation-based Smart Cruise Control, and Safe Exit Assist.

The redesigned 2020 Cadenza sedan is coming soon to Kia of Mankato. Contact us to register your interest and schedule a test drive when it comes in. You will be convinced that this will become your next luxury sedan.

Keep your Kia in its best condition in Mankato, MN

By Product Expert | Posted in Tips and Tricks on Wednesday, February 26th, 2020 at 3:04 PM
mechanic pouring fluid into car engine

Vehicle services available at Kia of Mankato

Keep your Kia in its best condition in Mankato, MN, at your friendly Kia of Mankato. We have a variety of vehicle services and service coupons available to you.

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A New Winning Tradition – The Kia Telluride

By Kia of Mankato | Posted in Awards on Thursday, February 20th, 2020 at 1:02 PM
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.

The 2021 Kia Seltos introduces a bold new look to the Kia SUV lineup

By Product Expert | Posted in Kia Seltos on Wednesday, February 19th, 2020 at 12:43 PM
2021 Kia Seltos exterior front fsacia passenger side in woods

What does the 2021 Kia Seltos look like?

The 2021 Kia Seltos introduces a bold new look to the Kia SUV lineup! Let’s take a look at what this model looks like, and if its sleek design is in your future.

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Four Kia Models Named “Best Car For The Money”

By Kia of Mankato | Posted in Awards on Wednesday, February 12th, 2020 at 4:05 PM

You already know that Kia offers the best value of any automobile sold today. Our lineup offers more features for a reasonable price that makes everyone happy.

That is why U.S. News and World Report named the 2020 Forte, Sedona, Sorento, and Soul their “Best Car for The Money” in each of their respective categories. That is more awards given to a single brand than any other by this influential magazine.

U.S. News and World Report’s automotive staff chose the winners based on the best combination of quality and value. Quality is determined by each vehicle’s performance in the magazine’s Best Car Rankings and value is measured by a combination of transaction prices and five-year total ownership costs.

Based on this criteria, the Forte won for the Best Compact category, while the Soul won Subcompact SUV, Sedona for Best Minivan, and Sorento for Best 3-Row SUV. All four Kia models represent exactly what consumers look for in a vehicle that will satisfy their needs and wants, as well as deliver on exceptional quality and overall value.

U.S. News & World Report executive editor Jaime Page Deaton said, “Kia winning four Best Car for the Money Awards shows just how well the company’s strategy of providing quality, feature-filled cars has paid off. In each category that Kia won, the model not only represented a great value in terms of price and ownership costs, but also in terms of providing a top-notch ownership experience.”

At Kia of Mankato, we want you to get the best value for the money on all of our vehicles.  Contact us to set up an appointment for a test drive of a Forte, Soul, Sedona, and Sorento yourself to see why they are winners in their own right. Or, stop on in anytime!

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