All-New 2021 KIA Seltos Press Release

Adventure-Ready Crossover Joins Kia’s Bold Utility Lineup

  • Combines modern styling and sophistication with well-engineered capability
  • Right-sized; slots between iconic Soul and sleek Sportage
  • Powered by efficient 2.0-liter or spirited 1.6-liter Turbo four-cylinder engines
  • Available all-wheel drive with torque vectoring
  • Well-appointed interior laden with smart technology to enhance the on-road experience harkens to Telluride levels of refinement

LOS ANGELES, November 20, 2019 – Rugged, refined and right-sized, the all-new Seltos energizes the Entry SUV segment with a personality all its own. As a utility vehicle with an abundance of attitude, the Seltos arrives in the U.S. with modern styling and a penchant for adventure, whether that means everyday driving around town or in the wilderness on weekends. Complementing Kia’s robust SUV lineup, and following on the heels of the Telluride, the Seltos slots between the popular Soul and Sportage models, providing a comfortable and tech-savvy cabin, a choice of two well-tested engines include a spirited 175-horsepower 1.6-liter turbo, and an available all-wheel drive system1 with torque vectoring control and a lock mode to handle more severe road conditions. It is available in five trims: LX, EX, S 2.0L, S 1.6T and SX. Looking at all it has to offer, it’s no wonder the 2021 Kia Seltos is poised and ready to become a true contender in one of the fastest-growing segments in the industry when it goes on sale in the U.S. in the first quarter of 2020. While complete pricing will be available closer to the Seltos’ on-sale date, the LX AWD will have a starting price below $22,000 and the S FWD will have a similar starting price.

Distinctive Design

Similar to Telluride’s design theme, the Seltos is a marriage of bold design and delicate details and stands apart from rivals with its strong, upright stance. The tall front end and 7.2-inch ground clearance translate to a tough attitude and an adventurous spirit. Its assertive presence is spearheaded by Kia’s signature tiger-nose grille that includes unexpected diamond-like detail. Chiseled surfaces and well-drawn lines lead back to a distinctive profile highlighted by a chrome beltline (available on S, EX and SX) that melds into the D-pillar for a streamlined appearance. And the optional two-tone roof gives Seltos an added layer of coolness and character. Other key design cues include:

  • Long wheelbase and hood for a robust and substantial look
  • Harmonized grille and headlamp design featuring full LED “Beat” lighting for a modern appearance (SX)
  • Aggressive lower front bumper design provides a sharper approach angle for adventurous driving
  • Front and rear skid plates and black wheel arch cladding reference off-road abilities
  • Sleek and tapering greenhouse conveys athleticism
  • Eye-catching red wheel center caps hint at performance
  • Tailgate garnish connects rear lamps to create a sense of width and stability
  • Sculpted dual exhaust outlets highlight power and are connected by chrome trim to emphasize premium status
  • Eye-catching 17-, and 18-inch alloy wheels give Seltos an up-level appearance and stance befitting its bold personality

The Seltos’ interior design continues the theme of upscale adventure:

A cabin crafted with meticulous attention to detail helps Seltos punch above its weight class
Wide instrument panel has a high-tech feel with an asymmetrical design that skews toward the driver
Spacious and versatile cabin with generous hip, shoulder, leg and headroom in both rows, offering more interior volume than most rivals
An abundance of cargo space that can be expanded by lowering the adjustable luggage board
INNER SPACE – SELTOS’ HERCULEAN INTERIOR

The Seltos delivers a tremendous amount of roominess and comfort. Even back seat passengers will get to stretch out thanks to the rear reclining feature. And while they’re kicked back and relaxing, you can lower the rear luggage board to increase cargo space. When there’s nobody in the back and you need some extra room for larger items, fold the rear seat down and lift the luggage board for a flat loading surface allowing expansive cargo volume. Whichever way you fold it, split it or lift it, the Seltos is a leader in its class when it comes to space and versatility.

Adventure in Style

The Seltos outclasses its class with an upscale look and feel throughout its well-appointed cabin. Whether it’s a quick trip around town or a longer sojourn “into the wild,” owner and occupants will enjoy premium details and convenience features such as:

Clean and sophisticated gauge cluster – 3.5”-in. OLED (LX, S, EX) and 7-in. Supervision (SX)
Leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob (S, EX, SX)
Sliding front console cover (S, EX, SX)
Fractal pattern Bose2 speakers and six sophisticated color themes echo the sound connected mood lighting found in the iconic Soul. The mood light changes color and intensity based on volume level (SX).
Rear air vent and USB charging port for the convenience of backseat passengers (EX and SX)
Two-step reclining rear seat functionality enhances second-row comfort level (standard on all trims)

Well-Engineered Machine

Seltos is engineered to deliver a comfortable, capable and confidence-inspiring experience for both driver and passengers. A number of elements contribute to Seltos’ composed ride and lively driving performance:

2.0-liter four-cylinder MPI engine producing 146 horsepower and 132 lb.-ft. of torque, managed by an Intelligent Variable Transmission (IVT) (LX, S and EX)
1.6-liter Turbo GDI engine outputting 175 horsepower and 195 lb.-ft. of torque, paired with a 7-speed Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT) (S and SX)
MacPherson strut front suspension; Coupled Torsion Beam Axle (CTBA) rear suspension on front-wheel-drive models and Multi-link rear suspension on all-wheel-drive models
Strong and rigid body composed of 61 percent advanced high-strength steel and further enhanced with 374 feet of structural adhesives
Choice of three drive modes – Normal, Eco, Sport – each using specific settings for powertrain, drivetrain and steering mapping to provide the desired driving experience
Available active on-demand all-wheel drive1 (AWD) system, similar in technological design to the award-winning Telluride, provides all-weather capabilities and enhanced driving performance with a center locking differential that splits power equally between the front and rear wheels for more severe environments. The AWD system also makes use of torque vectoring, which increases traction by predicting which wheel will best utilize power in a given on-road situation. This enhances stability in corners and gives the vehicle more connection to the road.

Teeming with Technology — Connectivity, Safety, Driver Assistance

Seltos is packed with technology features, including the“Kia Drive Wise” suite of Advanced Driver-Assistance Systems as well as a wide array of standard and optional equipment. Tech highlights include:

Available 10.25-inch high-resolution color touchscreen3 with satellite radio, UVO telematics, navigation and split-screen display.
First time in Kia available 8-speaker Bose2 premium sound system
Apple CarPlay4 and Android Auto5
Available wireless smartphone charging6
Available three total USB charging ports
Available multi-Bluetooth7 wireless connectivity allows two phones to connect simultaneously
Available “Kia Drive Wise” Advanced Driver-Assistance Systems (ADAS):8
Blind Spot Collision Warning (BCW): Under certain conditions, can detect vehicles traveling in the next lane. When a vehicle is detected in the blind spot, an icon flashes in the mirror. A chime will sound if the turn signal is on.
Blind Spot Collision Avoidance Assist (BCA): Builds on BCW by applying brakes to the outer wheel under certain conditions to return the vehicle to its lane.
Driver Attention Warning (DAW)9: Senses inattentive driving patterns and sends an audible/visual warning to alert the driver.
Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist with pedestrian detection (FCA): Assists the driver in braking to help prevent a collision or lessen the effects in certain conditions if a vehicle or pedestrian is detected in front.
Highway Driving Assist (HDA)10: Uses federal highway speed limit information from the navigation system and, under certain conditions, will automatically adjust speed to be within the posted speed limit and maintain distance with the vehicle detected in front.
Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS): Designed to alert the driver if the system detects that the vehicle is about to depart from its current lane without a turn signal.
Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS): Builds on LDWS by applying slight steering inputs in certain circumstances to help bring the vehicle back into the lane.
Lane Following Assist (LFA): Builds on LKAS. Follows lane markings that the system detects and provides steering inputs to help maintain the vehicle in the center of the lane.
Rear Cross-Traffic Collision Avoidance Assist (RCCA): Uses BCW technology to help detect approaching cross traffic when in reverse. When approaching cross-traffic is detected, the system alerts the driver and applies brakes.
Rear Occupant Alert11: Designed to provide a message in the instrument cluster for the driver to “Check rear seats” in order to help prevent leaving the vehicle with a rear passenger left inside; the message appears when the driver door is opened after a rear passenger door has been opened and closed.
Smart Cruise Control with stop & go (SCC w/S&G): Designed to adapt to the driving environment by automatically applying the brakes, or accelerator, to help maintain a predetermined distance from a vehicle it detects in front. Can bring the vehicle to a full stop and resumes when traffic resumes within three seconds of stopping.
Safe Exist Assist (SEA)12: Can alert the driver or passengers opening their door not to exit the vehicle when the system detects approaching traffic. When detected, a chime sounds.
Seltos is equipped with the UVO13 Link telematics system debuting a number of innovative vehicle features:
Connected User Profiles: Allows customer’s joint access to the vehicle. With a push of a button on the Kia Owner’s app, customers can carry their favorite radio stations with them and have full access to the suite of remote commands.
In-Vehicle Notification Center: Features a unique head unit inbox reserved for important notifications regarding maintenance, warranty, and safety recall information if ever needed.
Next-Generation Connected Notifications: Sends alerts in case of vehicle malfunction regarding light bulb status on headlights or taillights, 12V battery status and low fuel level.
Engine Idle Notification and Automatic Engine Shut Off: Sends an alert if the vehicle has been idling for 10 minutes and turns it off automatically.
About Kia Motors America

Headquartered in Irvine, California, Kia Motors America has been the highest-ranked mass-market brand in initial quality for five consecutive years according to J.D. Power**, and is recognized as one of the 100 Best Global Brands by Interbrand. Kia serves as the “Official Automotive Partner” of the NBA and offers a complete range of vehicles sold through a network of nearly 800 dealers in the U.S., including cars and SUVs proudly assembled in West Point, Georgia.*

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*The Telluride, Sorento and Optima (excluding Hybrid and Plug-In Hybrid) are assembled in the United States from U.S. and globally sourced parts.

** Kia received the lowest rate of reported problems among mass-market brands in the J.D. Power 2015-19 U.S. Initial Quality Studies of new vehicle owners’ experiences with their own vehicle after 90 days of ownership. Visit jdpower.com/awards for more details.

1 No system, no matter how advanced, can compensate for all driver error and/or driving conditions. Always drive safely.

2 Bose is a registered trademark of Bose Corporation

3 Distracted driving can result in a loss of vehicle control. When operating a vehicle, never use a vehicle system that takes your focus away from safe vehicle operation.

4 Apple CarPlay™ is a trademark of Apple Inc. Requires a compatible Apple device sold separately. Apple CarPlay™ runs on your smartphone cellular data service. Data plan rates apply.

5 Vehicle user interface is a product of Google and its terms and privacy statements apply. Requires the Android Auto app on Google Play and an Android compatible smartphone running Android™ 5.0 Lollipop or higher. Data plan rates apply. Android Auto is a trademark of Google LLC.

6 Charging system only works with select devices. Refer to the vehicle’s Owner’s Manual for warnings and instructions.

7 The Bluetooth® word mark and logos are registered trademarks owned by Bluetooth SIG Inc., and any use of such marks by Kia is pursuant to license. A Bluetooth® enabled device is required to use Bluetooth® wireless technology.

8 These features are not substitutes for safe driving, and may not detect all objects surrounding vehicle. Always drive safely and use caution.

9 Driver Attention Warning is not a substitute for safe driving and may not detect all instances of driver fatigue or inattentive driving practices. Failure to pay attention to travel conditions and vehicle operation could result in loss of vehicle control. Always drive safely and use caution.

10 Highway Driving Assist is not a substitute for safe driving, may not detect all objects around the vehicle, and only functions on certain federal highways. Always drive safely and use caution.

11 Rear Occupant Alert is not a substitute for one’s attention and may not detect all movement within the vehicle. Always check the vehicle interior when exiting the vehicle.

12 Safe Exit Assist is not a substitute for one’s attention and may not detect all objects surrounding the vehicle. Always pay attention to traffic and to the area around your vehicle when exiting the vehicle.

13 Purchase/lease of a new 2021 Kia Seltos vehicle with UVO includes a complimentary one year subscription starting from new vehicle retail sale/lease date as recorded by the dealer. After your complimentary one year UVO subscription expires, continued access to UVO will require a paid subscription at the then current subscription rate or your use of UVO will immediately terminate. Use of UVO is subject to agreement to the UVO Privacy Policy available at https://owners.kia.com/us/en/privacy-policy.html and Terms of Service available at https://owners.kia.com/us/en/terms-of-service.html. UVO is transferrable to subsequent owner during the original UVO service term. Only use UVO when safe to do so. UVO app is available from the App Store® or Google Play™ Store. Kia Motors America, Inc. reserves the right to change or discontinue UVO at any time without prior notification or incurring any future obligation. Message and data rates may apply. Cellular and GPS coverage is required to use most features. UVO features may vary by model, model year, and trim level. Features, specifications, and fees are subject to change. For more on details and limitations, visit https://owners.kia.com or your authorized Kia dealer. Google and logos are trademarks of Google, Inc. App Store is a service mark of Apple, Inc.

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Kia’s Great Unknowns Scholarship & Deserving Recipients

We believe that greatness comes from unexpected places. That’s why for last February’s Big Game ad, we didn’t write a check to a celebrity—we created The Great Unknowns Scholarship to help the next generation of students who give it everything.

Following through on the promise to help young people in need get a foothold in higher education, today Kia Motors America proudly recognizes the recipients of The Great Unknowns Scholarship. Comprised of 16 college students from across the U.S., the scholarship winners were chosen based on financial need, academic performance and the demonstrable ways they made a difference by giving it everything within their local schools and communities.

The Great Unknowns Scholarship was created to identify students who embody Kia’s “Give It Everything” spirit and help them pursue their academic goals. The call for entries was part of Kia’s 360-degree “Give It Everything” marketing campaign which began with the 2019 Super Bowl spot of the same name, created by Kia’s agency of record David&Goliath.

“Earlier this year, instead of using a high-priced celebrity in our Super Bowl ad, Kia chose to repurpose that money to discover and reward young Americans who embody our ‘Give It Everything’ philosophy,” said Michael Cole, president, Kia Motors America. “We are honored to help these talented and ambitious students further their education and we’re excited to see what their futures hold.”

Colleges and universities of recipients include Harvard University; University of Alabama, Huntsville; New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology; University of Texas, San Antonio; Duke University; and the University of Pennsylvania. Fittingly, fields of study range from economics and computer science to public policy, neuroscience and aerospace engineering.

A video introducing the students and how they “Give It Everything” can be found here and more information on The Great Unknowns Scholarship program and the application process can be found at www.thegreatunknowns.org

Applications will re-open early 2020, so continue to check back in with The Great Unknowns Scholarship program for updates!

Why Buy Certified Pre-Owned?

The benefits of buying a certified pre-owned car are more substantial than you might think. Here are the top reasons why you should buy a certified pre-owned car over a non-certified car.

1. They Come With a Warranty

A common problem with some used cars is that they come with the financial risk if something happens to the car or if you find existing issues later on. However, certified pre-owned cars come with a warranty that softens the financial risk. These warranties can vary, so it’s important to check what they do and do not include before you purchase the car.

2. They Are Inspected

In order to become a certified pre-owned car, a vehicle must pass a multi-point inspection. This is extremely important because it puts the pressure on the dealership to make sure that it passes all of the tests before being sold. This limits the chances of buying a car with many unseen issues.

3. They’re Young and Well-Maintained

As mentioned above, all cars that are a certified pre-owned car must pass multiple tests. Only relatively new, low-mileage, and well-maintained vehicles can pass these tests. This means that you will be able to have the car for a longer period of time before you need to purchase another car. This will save you money in the long run since you won’t need to buy a new car as soon. You will also save money on maintenance costs.

4. They Come With Extras

Depending on the manufacturer, some certified pre-owned cars include no-cost maintenance for a year or more, roadside assistance, trip-interruption reimbursement, and replacement transportation when your car is in the shop.  Also, some manufacturers even offer a chance to return the vehicle within a few days of purchase if you decide it is not the right fit.

5. They Are Usually Backed by the Manufacturer

Most certified used programs are managed and supported by the vehicle’s original manufacturer. This is extremely helpful because it means that you are able to receive service at any of their franchised dealership service departments. So, if you are on the road when something happens, help won’t be too far away.

At Peak Kia North, we offer a variety of certified pre-owned cars. Stop by today or browse online to check out all of the options we have to offer.

 

5 Things to Look For In a Used Car

Buying a used car is a great option if you’re looking for something with a smaller price tag that can get you from point A to point B. We know that buying a used vehicle can be nervewracking, especially if you aren’t a car expert, but it doesn’t have to be! Here are 5 things to look for when shopping for a used vehicle:

Under the Hood

Before you get in a used car and take it for a test drive, take a look under the hood. While you may not be a mechanic, you can at least check for things that might be red flags. Is the engine bay clean and free of oil splatters? Do you see any corrosion on the battery or wires? Those can be signs that the vehicle is not in great working condition. You can also check rubber materials like belts and hoses for cracks by giving them a little squeeze. If everything under the hood checks out, you can move on to the next thing.

Exterior Condition

Take a lap around the vehicle to spot any damage that may decrease the value of the vehicle or that may be a concern. Misaligned panels or large gaps may indicate that the car has been involved in some sort of accident. If this is the case, you can certainly ask a dealer for a vehicle history report. During this lap, it is okay to have the car running so you can check that headlights and brake lights are functional before taking the car for a spin. Don’t forget to check the tread on the tires and any scuff marks on the wheels – and check under the vehicle for potential rust.

Interior Condition

Inside the car itself, you should look for any obvious signs of damage. Look for rips or tears in the upholstery and any stains. You should also check that the AC and heater work properly by turning them on. Turn the windshield wipers on and test that any controls for the turn signals or headlights are also in proper working condition. If the seat adjustments are electronic, test those, as well as your windows and mirror adjustments. Last, check the odometer to make sure that the mileage is the same as what the seller has told you.

Mileage

There is not a simple answer to the question, “what is good mileage for a used car?” because it all really depends on how well the vehicle was maintained. It is good to remember to use caution when purchasing a car with high miles because engine parts are not made to last forever. However, if the previous owner maintained the vehicle well, the car may still have a lot of life left to live. Keep in mind that 100K city miles are harder on a vehicle than 100K highway miles.

Vehicle History Report

A vehicle history report will help you identify problems you can observe by looking at the car. You will be able to see any accidents the vehicle has been in and if there have been past issues with the title. You can get a vehicle history report from the dealership you are purchasing the car from or online using the VIN number. This will help you determine if everything the seller has listed about the car is accurate.

With these five things in mind, you can buy your next used car with confidence! The team at Peak Kia North is committed to providing the best experience to every customer that walks through our doors. With the largest selection of used cars and trucks, and certified pre-owned vehicles, we are certain you will find your next vehicle at Peak Kia North. Check out our inventory today!

When to Trade In Your Car

When you’re considering purchasing a new vehicle, you are also probably considering whether you should trade your car in or sell it yourself. We understand that this is a hard decision to make, so we will walk you through when you should trade-in your car.

You Don’t Want the Hassle of Selling

Selling your car privately can be a hassle. You have to clean it and prep it for someone to buy. You also have to deal with the anxiety of meeting total strangers who may want to buy your car. When you trade in your car, the dealership will take care of all the cleaning and preparation for sale.

Trade-In Value as a Down Payment

When you want to use the value of your current car towards your next vehicle, trading in is a great option! Dealerships can easily value your trade-in then allocate that amount toward your next purchase. You can even value your trade right on the Peak Kia North website! This is the best way to ensure that the value of your current car helps pay for your next car.

You Still Owe On Your Current Car

As long as you are not behind on your payments, most dealerships will allow you to transfer the remaining loan amount to the new car’s loan. Before you make the trade, you should take into consideration the equity of the car. Talk to the dealership’s finance department to learn more about your options if you still owe on your trade.

Trading your car in is a great way to get into your next car. Maybe you’re starting a family and need a larger car or you have seen the all-new Kia Telluride, and you just can’t wait to buy one. Whatever the situation, trading your current vehicle for a new one can be a great option. Value your trade-in on our website and check out our current inventory online!

Best New & Used Cars for Families

Is your family out-growing your current vehicle? We know it can be a pain to find the right car for your family as you want to be sure that your family vehicle is safe, but also fits the family lifestyle. Ready to begin your search? We have compiled a list of the best 2019 cars for families.

2020 Kia Telluride

The all-new 2020 Kia Telluride is spacious and can seat eight people comfortably. This is the perfect car for large families that like to get out and discover the Rocky Mountains. Optional all-wheel drive means that it is a safe vehicle for those snowy days. It’s safety features include blind spot monitoring, automated emergency braking with pedestrian detection, lane keep assist, and rear-seat detection so you don’t accidentally leave a child in the back seat.

Your family will love the spacious interior and the upscale feeling of the cabin. There are multiple USB ports so everyone’s devices can stay charged throughout a family adventure.

2019 Kia Sedona

The 2019 Kia Sedona features trusted active and passive safety systems to help you and your family stay on course. Intuitive systems like Electronic Stability Control and Cornering Brake Control help you maintain control of the minivan at all times. This Kia Sedona earned an IIHS Top Safety Pick award!

Keep the family cool and comfortable with tri-zone climate control and spacious seating for seven. The minivan provides plenty of storage for trips and reclining seats for lounging on the go. Take one for a test drive today!

2019 Kia Sorento

For over a decade, the Kia Sorento has reflected Kia’s commitment to safety. The 2019 Sorento is equipped with optional front crash prevention and is an IIHS Top Safety Pick. Its reinforced body of 53% advanced high-strength steel keeps the whole family safe in a crash. The Sorento features technology that is designed to continuously track and adapt to various driving conditions.

The Sorento is perfect for any sized family and features seating for seven. Take one for a test drive today at Peak Kia North!

2019 Chevrolet Traverse

This 3-Row SUV has excellent crash protection ratings and is equipped with active safety features like automatic braking, lane keep assist, and teen driver controls. The 2019 Chevy Traverse also has a rear-seat reminder – a safety system that prompts parents to be sure to look in the back seat to make sure children aren’t accidentally left in the vehicle.

Not only will your family remain safe in this vehicle, but they will also be very comfortable. The Traverse features in-car Wi-Fi, second-row heated seats, and tri-zone climate control. There is lots of space in the Traverse for both cargo and people!

2019 Honda Odyssey

When you think of a family car, you likely think of a minivan. The 2019 Honda Odyssey is the best of the minivans. It ranks high in reliability and safety ratings, is extremely roomy and has a plethora of positive reviews from automotive journalists. The Oddyesy has a full suite of safety features that makes it perfect for families, and car seats are easy to install.

No matter the size of the family, you’ll love the in-car wet/dry vacuum, flexible second-row seating, and plenty of space to move seats around in the event of a sibling rivalry. Parents and kids alike will love the tri-zone climate control, USB ports, Wi-Fi, and rear-seat video system.

How Much Is My Car Worth?

If you’re looking for a new car, there is a high likelihood that you will trade in your current car. You might be wondering how much your old car is worth? Well, that depends. The Edmunds Free Car Value Calculator tool takes different variables into consideration to provide you an estimated value on your used car. You can use this value to understand what to sell your used car for, or what it’s estimated trade-in value may be. Here are the different factors the tool takes into consideration to value your vehicle.

Age of Vehicle

The first consideration that the Edmunds tool uses is the age of the vehicle. Cars depreciate over time, and the age of your used car will help determine how much it’s worth. For example, a used 2018 car will likely be worth more than a used 2008 car. The age can also determine what kinds of features are available in the vehicle that can increase its value.

Make, Model, and Trim of Vehicle

Everyone knows that a Ferrari is worth more than a Honda. The Edmunds tool requires that users enter the make (BMW, Honda, Kia, etc.) of your used vehicle as well as the model and trim to determine its value. The trim is also referred to as the style of the vehicle and differentiates the models by the type of engine in them and whether the vehicle has 2 doors (coupe) or 4 doors (sedan) or some other package that makes it unique. These packages will impact the value of your used car.

Additional Options

Some cars are very basic and don’t come with all the bells and whistles. Others have it all and are even custom made to fit the needs of a person. By asking about the additional options and features of a vehicle, the Edmunds tool can add on some extra value to your used car. It is worth including this information to determine an accurate valuation of your used vehicle. Things like sunroofs, sports seats, heated seats, and back up cameras will increase the value of your used car.

Mileage

Last, but certainly not least, the Edmunds tool will take into account the mileage of the vehicle. The mileage of the vehicle is an important factor in the valuation because it is a direct measurement of the age of the engine of the vehicle. It tells you how much the vehicle has been used, and in some cases, how much life the vehicle has left. You could have a 2016 used car with 100,000 miles on it and it may be worth less than a 2012 used vehicle with just 40,000 miles on it. While the 2012 car is older, the engine inside of it has more life to live than the 2016 car.

If you’re shopping for a new vehicle and want to know how much your used car is worth as a trade-in or to sell it personally, use the Edmunds Car Value Calculator on our website. In a few simple steps, you’ll know what your car is worth and how you can use it as leverage on a new car!

Kia Owners Reported Fewest Quality Issues Among All Non-Luxury Auto Brands

Peak Kia North, Northern Colorado’s premier Kia Dealership, is excited to announce that Kia Owners Reported Fewest Quality Issues Within the First 90 Days of Ownership Among All Non-Luxury Auto Brands in the U.S.!

  • Kia’s reported problem levels improved by two points over last year to secure the top spot over all non-luxury automakers and second among all brands, luxury and non-luxury
  • Four Kia models included among the top 10 vehicles in the industry, the most of any brand
  • The Rio subcompact, Forte compact, Sportage SUV and Sedona minivan each topped their respective segments

For the fifth consecutive year, Kia was named the number one non-luxury automotive brand today by J.D. Power in the 2019 U.S. Initial Quality Study (IQS), with a reported 70 problems per 100 vehicles, a two-point improvement over last year’s results.  Kia’s continued success in IQS was led by having four models – Rio, Forte, Sportage and Soul — included among the top 10 vehicles in the industry, the most of any brand.  In addition, Kia had segment-topping performances from Rio (Small Car), Forte (Compact Car), Sportage (Small SUV) and Sedona (Minivan).

Click here to see Peak Kia North’s Inventory and Shop Kia Rio, Forte, Sportage and Soul at Colorado’s Best Prices

“Being ranked at the top of J.D. Power’s U.S. Initial Quality Study among all mass market brands once is a tremendous honor, but capturing this leadership position for five consecutive years unequivocally affirms Kia’s commitment to quality and the ownership experience,” said Michael Cole, chief operating officer and EVP, Kia Motors America. “With four segment winners – and three additional models ranking among the top three in their respective segments – Kia’s ‘Give It Everything’ brand philosophy has clearly yielded a world-class model lineup.”

The annual report analyzed responses from 76,256 respondents with regards to 257 vehicle models across 26 segments.  Vehicles were evaluated on driving experience, engine and transmission performance and a broad range of quality issues reported by vehicle owners.

About Kia Motors America

Headquartered in Irvine, California, Kia Motors America continues to top quality surveys and is recognized as one of the 100 Best Global Brands and 50 Best Global Green Brands by Interbrand.  Kia serves as the “Official Automotive Partner” of the NBA and offers a complete range of vehicles sold through a network of nearly 800 dealers in the U.S., including cars and SUVs proudly assembled in West Point, Georgia.*

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Should I Buy a Used Truck with over 100K Miles on It?

It’s the age-old question: how much does mileage matter when buying a used truck? While mileage and age have a major effect on the value of a vehicle, they are not the only considerations to make. In this post, we will discuss why the mileage and age of a used truck matter and one other important consideration to make when looking for a used truck.

Why Mileage on a Used Truck Matters

If you’re buying a used truck, mileage will absolutely be a factor in your decision making. You can think of the odometer reading on a truck as how much life it has lived. The parts of a truck’s engine and suspension are only built to last so long, and a truck with high mileage might indicate that parts are beginning to break down.

That said, the way the truck added its miles is also important to understand. There is a difference in a truck that got most of its miles via city driving and a truck that got its miles through highway driving. City driving is harder on a truck than highway driving. Before you buy a used truck with high miles, figure out which one you’re getting.

Why Age of a Used Truck Matters

The age of a used truck is also important to consider before purchasing. In some instances, it can be more important to miles. For example, let’s say a truck is 10 years old with just 20,000 miles on it. While the mileage is appealing, you should wonder why the mileage is so low. Has the truck been sitting? Has regular maintenance been done on it? A common problem among cars and trucks that sit is oil leaks due to cracking of o-rings and other fittings that keep fluids in the engine. These will need to be checked or replaced before you purchase your used truck.

An Important Consideration

If you are looking to purchase a used truck with over 100k miles on it, an important consideration to make is how well the truck has been taken care of. It can be an older truck with high miles and also be in great shape due to regular maintenance and care by the previous owner. Our take is to not let mileage or age scare you when looking for a used truck. Consider how well the vehicle has been cared for over its lifespan.

If you are in need of a used truck, look no further. Peak Kia North has the largest selection of used trucks in Northern Colorado. You can check out our used inventory here, and you can schedule a 24-Hour test drive here!

How to Buy a Used Car

Shopping for a used car can be a little stressful. How do you know you’re truly getting a good deal on a car that is going to be reliable? Lucky for you, there are several tools out there for used car shoppers to use to get the most for their money. At Peak Kia North, we’ve compiled 10 steps to follow when buying a used car.

#1: Set a Budget

The first step to buying a used car is to set your budget. When you are paying for a car with cash, remember to not completely drain your savings on the price of the car. You should leave some money in the bank to pay for registration, insurance, and repairs and maintenance that need to be done.

If you are planning on taking out a loan for a used car, getting pre-approved can help you determine exactly what your budget should be. Submit an application for pre-approval here and check our payment calculator to estimate what you can afford.

#2: Find the Right Used Car for You

Everyone has a dream car, but that dream car is not always practical. Think about how you plan to use this car. Do you need room for a growing family? Are you going to pull a trailer? Do you need a vehicle to be fuel efficient? Is safety your main priority? Narrow your used car search by making a list of must-have features. You can then search for car models that match your criteria on Car Finder or Edmunds.com. This will help you find the right models of car for you!

#3: Check Ownership Costs & Reliability

While some car models may be inexpensive to purchase, they may be expensive to maintain over the long-term. You can use Kelly Blue Book’s Cost to Own feature or Consumer Reports’ Cost of Vehicle Ownership to estimate and compare the lifetime cost of the different vehicle models. These tools can also show you how reliable these vehicles are to further help you narrow your search.

#4: Let the Search Begin

Once you have narrowed your search further, it’s time to start hunting for used cars near you that meet your criteria. Some good places to look are Craigslist, AutoTrader, and Facebook Marketplace. If you are looking for a Certified Pre-Owned vehicle, your best option will be to look through used inventory at dealerships.

#5: Price the Cars for Future Comparison

Now that you’ve checked out some used inventory and have a few cars on your radar, you will want to price the cars. Kelly Blue Book provides a tool where you can enter the used car’s year, make. Model, mileage and additional options to give you what a fair price for the vehicle would be. You should be able to find this information on the car’s listing. This estimation will help you negotiate the price of the vehicle in the future.

#6: Get a Vehicle History Report

If you have honed in on a vehicle or two that you are strongly considering, it is wise to take a look at their vehicle history report. This is a quick and easy way to know if you should seriously consider a car. Enter the vehicle’s VIN into Carfax or AutoCheck. This report should detail if the title is clean or salvaged, whether it has been involved in any accidents, how many previous owners there have been, and will verify the miles on the vehicle. If the vehicle checks out, you can move on to step 7.

#7: Contact the Seller

Now that you’re comfortable with your selection of a few vehicles, contact the seller. Whether it’s a private sale or you are contacting a dealership, this is a good opportunity to ask any questions you might have. Some basic questions you can ask are:

  • Has the car been looked at by a mechanic? If not, can I have it inspected?
  • Are service records available?
  • Is there any important information I should know that was not included in the ad?

#8: Take the Car for a Test Drive

The next step is to take the car out for a test drive to determine if it’s worth buying. Before you hit the road, be sure to inspect the vehicle for anything glaring that could potentially bring the value down. If everything looks good, it is time to get in the driver’s seat!

Be sure to pick a test drive route that has everything from curved roads, highway speeds, and rough pavement if you can. Drive with the radio off to hear for any strange sounds or vibrations coming from the vehicle. Pay attention to the ergonomics of the car and whether there are any blind spots. Additionally, check the responsiveness of the brakes and acceleration.

Once you’ve completed the test drive, you can then check out the stereo, cargo space, and other features. If everything checks out, you can certainly ask for the vehicle to be thoroughly inspected by a mechanic. If the car is Certified Pre-Owned, this has already been done.

#9: Negotiate a Fair Price

This is the part that most people avoid: negotiation. Negotiating a fair price is not a bad thing. You’ve done your research, you know what a fair price is, and you’ve seen and tested the car. The key to a successful negotiation is being armed with facts, which you have from your pricing research and vehicle history report. Point out any concerns you might have while also making clear that you know the book value of the car. If anything needs to be replaced, like tires, ask for a price below the book value that would help you get the tires replaced. If you are pre-approved, don’t negotiate by monthly payment, negotiate as if you were a cash buyer. If you are at a dealership, remember to ask about any dealership fees before settling on a number. Be prepared to walk if you feel as if you are not getting a fair price from the seller.

#10: Buy the Used Car

Once you and the seller have made an agreement on a fair price for the vehicle, buy it! Be sure to add the vehicle to your insurance policy before you finalize the purchase. If you are purchasing from a private seller, check your state’s requirements for private car sales to ensure you are getting the proper documentation. If you are purchasing your used car from a dealership, they will likely extend warranty offers and they may be worth consideration. Take your time to review any contract, and only sign if you’re comfortable with the terms. Once you’ve signed, that’s it! You’ve made your used car purchase and are all set!

We hope these steps for buying a used car find you well. The staff at Peak Kia North is committed to providing a hassle-free car buying experience. You can even schedule a 24-Hour test drive to get the best test driving experience! Check out our used inventory today!