Kia Soul, Forte named among the best new vehicles for new drivers

By Product Expert | Posted in Kia Forte, Kia Soul, Lakeshore Kia on Tuesday, August 20th, 2019 at 3:39 PM
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Best New Kia Vehicles for Teen Drivers in 2019

Among the most nervous days any parent has is the first time their newly licensed driver pulls out of the driveway. You’ve sent them to driver’s ed. You’ve spoken to them about responsibility. But, there is always going to be that sense of trepidation until you hear them walk back inside the house. You can find a little extra peace of mind knowing that the vehicle they are driving is as safe as possible. If you’re looking for the best new Kia vehicles for teen drivers in 2019, U.S. News & World Report has named the 2019 Kia Forte and 2020 Kia Soul to its lists for the best car and SUV, respectively, for young drivers. Let’s take a look at what they had to say. Read the rest of this entry »

Lakeshore Kia welcomes the all-new 2020 Soul to town

By Product Expert | Posted in Kia Soul on Thursday, August 15th, 2019 at 7:34 PM
A photo of three 2020 Kia Soul models on the road.

Can I buy the 2020 Kia Soul near Slidell, LA?

Almost regardless of what vehicle a Lakeshore Kia comes to our showroom to see, they almost always spend at least a minute or two looking at the latest available version of the Kia Soul. As of today, we can finally offer an affirmative answer to the question, ‘Can I buy the 2020 Kia Soul near Slidell, LA?’ The reimagined 2020 Kia Soul is now for sale or lease at Lakeshore Kia. For the new model year, Kia has completely redesigned its iconic wagon/crossover SUV. In addition to bringing a restyled exterior to Lakeshore Kia, the base powertrain has been also been updated for the new model year. If you’ve been waiting for this day and you’re excited to schedule a test drive, check out these new photos to tide you over until you can visit the showroom. Read the rest of this entry »

Not all motor oil is the same and the difference is important

By Product Expert | Posted in Tips and Tricks, Video on Monday, July 29th, 2019 at 8:20 PM
A stock photo of a person pouring oil into an engine.

What kind of oil should I use in my Kia car/crossover SUV?

One of the longest-running debates among car people online is the debate between synthetic and conventional motor oil. Both options have a place in the engines of a lot of vehicles. But to the people who come into the Lakeshore Kia Service Department asking, ‘What kind of oil should I use in my Kia car/crossover SUV,’ the debate isn’t terribly helpful. For your best results, our advice is always going to be to follow the instructions laid out in your vehicle’s owner’s manual. However, there still could be some circumstances where you’ll need to differ your vehicle’s maintenance regiment from what is prescribed. Some of the Lakeshore Kia service technicians shared these videos with us to help us better answer some of the questions people have before they stop in for an oil change appointment. Read the rest of this entry »

The 2019 Kia Stinger is more than just a pretty face; it’s fast, too

By Product Expert | Posted in Kia Stinger, Seasonal on Thursday, July 25th, 2019 at 7:09 PM
A photo of the 2019 Kia Stinger going around a race track.

How fast is the 2019 Kia Stinger GT?

The Kia Stinger the highest performing sedan the automaker has ever built. When potential buyers walk into the Lakeshore Kia showroom and they see the Stinger, some are quick to dismiss it as a vehicle with just a slick exterior. Those notions are almost immediately dispelled once our product experts start discussing the fastback sedan’s performance specifications. After looking at that information, the first question they ask is, ‘How fast is the 2019 Kia Stinger GT?’ We hear this so often that we thought it would be useful to just get this information on our website so potential customers could easily find it. Additionally, before we tell you, we want to point out that just because the Stinger can go fast, doesn’t mean it’s ok to break the speed limit. Read the rest of this entry »

Kia updates Sportage crossover SUV for the 2020 model year

By Product Expert | Posted in Kia Sportage on Thursday, July 18th, 2019 at 1:41 PM
A front left quarter photo of the 2020 Kia Sportage driving on a dirt road.

Performance and towing specs for the 2020 Kia Sportage

If we may be so bold, it is the position of several members of the Lakeshore Kia product expert team that the latest version of the Kia Sportage is the best one yet. Now it has arrived at our showroom, we can confidently say that the performance and towing specs for the 2020 Kia Sportage place it at, or near the top of one of the most competitive segments in the global automotive industry. In addition to offering a functional balance between capability and efficiency, the 2020 Sportage picks up a few new aesthetic elements that will help it separate itself from the rest of the pack. If this is the kind of vehicle that would meet your needs, let’s take a look at what it has to offer before you schedule a test drive. Read the rest of this entry »

Kia records top initial quality score for the fifth consecutive year

By Product Expert | Posted in Awards on Tuesday, July 9th, 2019 at 2:17 PM
A photo of the 2019 Kia Forte on the road.

How reliable are Kia cars and crossover SUVs?

Reliability is one of the most important factors buyers need to consider before taking home a new sedan, hatchback or crossover SUV. Lakeshore Kia product experts get asked, ‘How reliable are Kia cars and crossover SUVs,’ almost every day. Global product and service evaluation agency, J.D. Power and Associates has released its 2019 U.S. Initial Quality Study and Kia has come out with the top score in the mass market brand category. Not only has Kia beat out the best the automotive industry has to offer, but the automaker has taken home the study’s top spot for the fifth consecutive year. Let’s take a look at what sets Kia apart from its competition. Read the rest of this entry »

How much do you remember from driver’s ed? These videos might help

By Product Expert | Posted in Tips and Tricks, Video on Thursday, June 27th, 2019 at 6:34 PM
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Driving emergency instructional videos

For a lot of us, it has been a very long time since we took Driver’s Ed. And while we’ve gained a lot of practical knowledge in the miles we’ve traveled, there are still a few situations that might not have come up and we could use a refresher. A couple of Lakeshore Kia product experts were looking to settle a friendly disagreement about how to react to a certain situation and stumbled across these driving emergency instructional videos. It occurred to them that other people might have the same questions or there are parents out there with a new driver under their roof who could benefit from these lessons. If there is anything that anyone at Lakeshore Kia can do to make your life a little easier, at least from an automotive perspective, feel free to reach out today. Read the rest of this entry »

Have you made Fourth of July plans yet? There is only a little time left

By Product Expert | Posted in Community, Tips and Tricks on Wednesday, June 26th, 2019 at 6:52 PM
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Best places to see 4th of July 2019 fireworks in New Orleans, LA

America’s birthday is just a week away. If you’re lucky enough to have the day off to spend with family and friends, you’re probably already scouring the internet for the best places to see 4th of July 2019 fireworks in New Orleans, LA. Several members of the Lakeshore Kia team have been having this same discussion all week. Because of our intricate and lengthy debate, it occurred to us that we could help our friends and customers enjoy their holiday a little bit more. There are several options to choose from, hopefully, one of them will work for you and your group. Maybe you’ll see a member of the Lakeshore Kia team there. Be sure to stop by and say, hello. Read the rest of this entry »

New Kia crossover SUV could be appearing with its own mythology already in place

By Product Expert | Posted in Rumors/Concept Vehicles on Monday, June 17th, 2019 at 7:46 PM
A silhouetted photo of a new Kia concept crossover SUV.

What is the Kia Seltos and is it coming to the U.S.?

There are a lot of exciting things happening within the global Kia vehicle lineup. A few weeks ago, we brought you news of a potential new Kia crossover SUV that was also reported to be somewhat of a technology demonstrator. Now, it looks like we have a name to with that new face. So, what is the Kia Seltos and is it coming to the U.S.? The automaker has been revealing this new model one step at a time and announcements like this often leave us with as many questions as answers. We’ll pick apart the latest unofficial update and do our best to clear up as many things as we can. Let’s get into it, together. Read the rest of this entry »

2019 Stinger makes it an even 10 for Kia in top IIHS ratings

By Product Expert | Posted in Uncategorized on Monday, June 10th, 2019 at 8:30 PM
A left profile photo of the 2019 Kia Stinger going around a race track.

IIHS safety scores for the 2019 Kia Stinger

What can we say about the Kia Stinger as we move through another model year that hasn’t already been said? We’ve covered its performance and sharp handling in great detail. Now that we’ve learned about the IIHS safety scores for the 2019 Kia Stinger, we have a few more things we can talk about. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has added the new Stinger to its list of vehicles that meet the nonprofit agency’s criteria to wear its Top Safety Pick+ tag. With the 2019 Stinger joining the ranks of the safest vehicles on the market today, Kia now has 10 vehicles on its current roster that can boast about being a Top Safety Pick or Top Safety Pick+. Read the rest of this entry »