Test Drive Evansville Highlights New Charity Every Week

Test Drive Evansville - we donate to great area charities like It Takes A Village!

Here at Evansville Kia, we take immense pride in offering exceptional services and high-quality vehicles. But we know that even a great business is nothing without the support of the people around them. That’s why we love giving back to a community that’s done so much for us.

Recently, we had the wonderful opportunity to help raise money for It Takes a Village Canine Rescue, a hard-working, non-profit, no-kill shelter that has improved the lives of thousands of homeless dogs by finding them new, loving homes. It was an honor to help such a caring and productive organization right here in Evansville!

Over Labor Day weekend, we had a lot of fun hosting the people and puppies of It Takes a Village for a fundraising event that resulted in $2,100 for It Takes A Village to go toward a new vehicle for the shelter. A lot of great people came out, had a blast playing with the puppies, and donated to this organization making a difference in our community.

But we’re not done yet! Visit our Test Drive Evansville Facebook page to learn about a new charity every week and join Evansville Kia in supporting those who make Evansville such an amazing place to work and play!

Have Fun at the End of Summer in Evansville

Have fun at the end of summer in Evansville

As the summer draws to a close and the evenings get cooler, there is still time to have some fun. The end of summer in Evansville has plenty to offer. Try some of these great attractions.

  • Angel Mounds State Historic Site. This is one of the best-preserved Native American sites in the country. Not only will you get a glimpse of history, but you will be surrounded by beautiful changing trees as well.
  • Children’s Museum of Evansville. This museum is often called “cMoe” and has been an Evansville staple for nearly 10 years. Here, kids can experience hands-on learning with lots of fun.
  • Garden of the Gods. Cross the border into Illinois and visit this breathtaking park with its stunning rock formations.
  • Holiday Drive In. Catch one more movie out under the stars before the drive-in season ends. Check the location’s schedule for movies and show times.
  • West Side Nut Club. Celebrate the beginning of fall by heading to the West Side Nut Club Fall Festival. This year’s fun will be held October 2nd through the 7th. Be sure to stop by our dealership during this event for a great offer!

What is your favorite way to spend the end of summer in Evansville? If you need a new ride for the upcoming cold weather, then come visit us here at Evansville Kia today.

Last Chance for a Summer Road Trip from Evansville

Summer Road Trip
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It’s hard to believe or accept, but summer is nearly drawing to a close, which means you’ve got one last chance for a summer road trip. Living here in Evansville gives us plenty of unique opportunities for short road trips, placing us in close proximity to things not just here in Indiana but also in Kentucky and in Illinois, as well as Ohio and Tennessee.

Here are just a few summer road trip ideas, courtesy of us at Evansville Kia:

Nashville, Tennessee

 Just a two-and-a-half-hour drive from Evansville, Nashville (also known as Music City) is the perfect place to get some great drinks and listen to music or explore some culture, like at the Parthenon. Nashville is also situated next to Percy Priest Lake if you want to spend your weekend hiking, kayaking, and swimming.

Mammoth Cave

Kentucky’s Mammoth Cave is just over two hours from Evansville and offers a unique chance to explore underground Kentucky up close and personal. While around the cave, you can enjoy a number of unique experiences, such as golf, horseback riding, and camping.

Holiday World, Kings Island & Cedar Point

 If you like amusement parks, you’re in a good spot. It’s just an hour drive to Holiday World, a three-and-a-half-hour drive to Kings Island, and a seven-hour drive to Cedar Point. While the last drive sounds outrageously long, Cedar Point is recognized as one of the world’s best amusement parks and is well worth the trip.

Chicago, Illinois

Take a five-hour trip up to the Windy City to explore fine dining, shopping, museums, and more. If you’re lucky, you might even be able to catch the Cubs hot off their winning streak at Wrigley Field.

Where do you plan to explore this summer? More importantly, what vehicle will you be taking on your road trip?  Tell all of us at Evansville Kia in Evansville, IN in the comments below!

Tornados and Hail and Floods, Oh My: Tips for Driving During a Storm

In Evansville, we get our fair share of bad weather—snow, hail, flooding, and even tornadoes. While we all might know what to do when a storm threatens our home, it may be less clear what to do when driving during a storm. Review the tips below, courtesy of Evansville Kia, and stay safe out there!

General Tip

If you can avoid driving during a storm, then stay where you are. Sometimes, going out into a bad storm might be unavoidable, but if you can postpone driving until it passes, please do so.

Flooding Tips

  • Never drive down a road that is covered in water, even if it looks like it might not be too deep. Currents can take cars very easily.
  • Keep your wipers and headlights on, and head for higher ground immediately.

Tornado Tips

  • Don’t fool yourself into thinking you can outrun a tornado. They are fast and unpredictable—put as much distance between yourself and the tornado as possible.
  • If possible, abandon your vehicle and get into a building. Buildings are always safer than cars in a tornado.
  • Don’t park underneath a highway overpass or bridge. Doing so can cause a traffic jam and prevent others from getting to safety.
  • If you can’t get out and get to a ditch, keep your seatbelt on, put your head beneath the windows, and cover it with a coat or blanket.

Hail Tips

  • If you’re caught in a hailstorm, seek cover immediately, or risk your windshield being damaged. Look for places like carwashes or car ports. If you can’t find good shelter for your car, leave it parked outside and take shelter inside a building.

When battling bad weather on the road, it’s better to be safe than sorry. Increase your chances for coming out unscathed by investing in a vehicle that is durable and safe, like the Kia Sportage, available now at Evansville Kia.

New 2017 Cadenza Safety Features Earn Top Safety Pick Plus Rating

New 2017 Cadenza Safety Features Earn Top Safety Pick Plus Rating

The new Kia Cadenza was recently named a Top Safety Pick+ award winner from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) thanks to some innovative advancements and smart design. The IIHS gives this prestigious award once every year in order to help consumers find the vehicles that have the best safety features. If safety is a priority for you, the new Cadenza is the perfect option.

According to Kia, the IIHS makes decisions about Top Safety Pick+ award winners based on crash-test ratings in several areas including small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side impact, roof strength, and head restraints. Vehicles must receive a “good” rating in each of these categories in order to earn the award—and the Cadenza passed with flying colors.

“The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is one of the most respected organizations in the industry when it comes to evaluating vehicle safety, and this designation is a great achievement that speaks to Kia’s commitment to safety, quality and continuous improvement,” said Orth Hedrick, a VP at Kia. “We are proud that the Cadenza received across-the-board good crashworthiness ratings, which is another testament to the efforts of our engineers and the integrity of our vehicles.”

The 2017 Cadenza safety features include things like Blind Spot Detection, Advanced Smart Cruise Control, Forward Collision Warning, and Autonomous Emergency Braking. These optional safety systems are among the many new driver assistance features offered on new Kia vehicles, helping drivers and passengers to stay better connected than ever before. Learn more about the Kia Cadenza at The Duell’s Evansville Kia .

Kia Was #1 by J.D. Power for Initial Quality

Kia Was #1 by J.D. Power for Initial Quality

The Kia brand name started with humble beginnings in the mid-20th century. But since then, this Korean automotive company has exceeded all expectations, becoming one of the most reliable names on the market. At The Duell’s Evansville Kia we happily stand behind this brand, and are proud to know that J.D. Power feels the same way.

Recently Kia received the #1 position from J.D. Power for initial quality. This is a particularly exceptional feat, as Kia’s position as #1 is the first time in 27 years that the first place was earned by a non-premium brand. Porsche trails close behind in second place, followed by another successful Korean brand, Hyundai.

The J.D. Power Initial Quality test was designed to examine any potential problems that buyers may have with their cars within the first 30 days. It uses eight categories to measure the quality of a given vehicle. Recent studies have shown that today’s automobile market is more reliable than ever, which is great news for buyers.

Reliability continues to be one of the most important factors in choosing a new car. So, as Kia continues to develop the most reliable vehicles possible, the brand will grow its loyalty and following, making it a win-win for everyone.

2017 Kia Niro

2017 Kia Niro

A hybrid crossover has been a long time coming and now one South Korean brand has delivered on its promise. The 2017 Kia Niro breaks through the glass to become the first of its kind. The hybrid powertrain offers high fuel economy and excellent performance. Tech-savvy driver will enjoy the abundant features that make the new Kia Niro one of the most innovative vehicles in the industry.

Starting at just $22,890, the new Niro is a small hybrid crossover designed for modern roads*. The first of its kind, the gasoline engine comes paired with an electric motor to produce up to an EPA-estimated 52 city/49 hwy mpg*. That fuel economy offers a near-600-mile range, a distance that beats competitor with ease.

The1.6-liter four-cylinder engine comes mated to an electric motor to form a fully-fledged hybrid system that pumps out 139 hp and 195 lb-ft of torque. The six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission offers smooth shifting and thrilling ride.

Tech-savvy drivers, rejoice! The new Kia Niro boasts standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. Active safety technologies include Lane-Departure Warning, Blind-Spot Warning, and Adaptive Cruise Control.

We here at The Duell’s Evansville Kia are pumped for the new Niro!

*Use for comparison purposes only. EPA fuel economy estimates. Actual mileage will vary with options, driving conditions, driving habits, and your vehicle’s condition.

Kia Ranks Highest in Initial Quality According to J.D. Power

The J.D. Power Initial Quality Study analyzes data on vehicles within the first 90 days of ownership, and according to recent results, the modern automobile industry has seen the best improvement in initial quality in the past seven years. Not only that, but the #1 spot for Highest in Initial Quality has been taken by a non-premium brand for the first time in almost three decades. Who has taken the winning spot, you ask? None other than Kia Motors.

Overall, J.D. Power’s findings discovered that 21 out of the 33 brands involved in the study showed improvement in 2016 compared to the previous year, proving that the industry as a whole is showing steady improvement. Kia beat out the luxury brands on the list, including Porsche and BMW, which came in second and fifth place, respectively. Hyundai and Toyota were also included in the top five.

The reliability of a brand is one of the most important factors in consumers’ minds when they go to purchase their next vehicle, J.D. Power’s study stated. As a result, Kia’s title of Highest in Initial Quality is something that will stick in drivers’ minds the next time they look into purchasing a new vehicle, boosting their customer loyalty ratings.

What do you think? Let us at Evansville Kia know by leaving a comment below!

January is the Best Time to Buy a Car—Here’s Why

January is the perfect time to buy a car. With your tax refund on its way, special deals, and vehicle turn around, you can save some serious money when you shop for a car at this time of year. Read on to learn more about reasons to buy a car in January.

The best time to buy a car is January largely because December is when most people trade in their vehicles. According to The Street, these cars don’t become available until the new year, which means there is a surge of used vehicles on the market. That means there is a wide selection, better pricing, and lower demand. These are the perfect conditions to buy a car.

A surge in supply also means that the number of sales tends to increase in January. Plus, many vehicles become a “year older” when the new year hits. For example, the 2016 model year will be old news in the minds of many buyers when the new year comes around. If you hunt for special deals, you’re bound to find a truly affordable car in January.

Finally, now that it’s January, you can finally do your taxes. With a hefty refund on the way, you can confidently splurge for those premium features like leather seating, in-car connectivity, and Wi-Fi without worrying about spending too much. If you’re looking for a new vehicle, there’s no better time to buy than now.

Kia Soul Named 2017 Consumer Guide Automotive Best Buy Award Winner

If you want one of the best vehicles in the industry, then the 2017 Kia Soul is the car for you. This uniquely designed subcompact was recently named a 2017 Consumer Guide Automotive Best Buy award winner in its segment. This is the third year in a row the Soul has earned this prestigious honor.

“People gravitate toward the Soul because of its head-turning style, extensive feature content, and excellent value. Its practicality makes it a perfect fit for just about every type of lifestyle,” said Orth Hedrick, vice president for product planning Kia Motors America. “Being recognized by Consumer Guide Automotive for a third consecutive year proves the Soul continues to be a crowd favorite, and with the new turbocharged version offered for 2017, we anticipate its popularity will surge to new heights.”

To earn recognition as a Best Buy award winner, the Soul had to beat out the best vehicles in its segment. It surpassed the competition in both price and value, showcasing just how great this Kia model is. The vehicle’s funky personality, peppy new turbocharged engine, and desirable features all helped it come out ahead.

The Soul’s newest 1.6-liter turbocharged engine is primed and ready to make this quirky car an even better buy. With 201 horsepower and 28 miles per gallon combined, the Soul Turbo model will have more power without sacrificing fuel efficiency. The 2017 model also comes available with convenience features like Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Blind Spot Detection. There is also a standard UVO3 infotainment system on the 2017 Soul Exclaim models, which has integrated Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

To learn more about the award-winning 2017 Kia Soul, stop in to Evansville Kia.