The three-row SUV market has a new competitor the 2020 Kia Telluride -this is our review. We were first informed last year that the Kia Telluride release date would be later this year, but surprise… the big, bold, and boxy luxury SUV is here in the US and soon to be displayed in February 2019 at Gateway Kia in Quakertown PA. Since its September 2018 debut at Fashion Week, SUV shoppers have been flooding Kia dealers in PA with inquiries asking “when is the Kia Telluride coming out.” So, if you are in the market for an SUV, contact us to schedule a test drive in the 2020 Kia Telluride.
As an automotive manufacturer, Kia has an excellent track record with more than several of its crossovers and SUVs. It is a company best known for producing fuel-efficient cars. So, it’s not unreasonable critics believe the Telluride may be a step outside of Kia’s comfort zone. Nevertheless, venturing into the American mid and full-sized SUV market is a challenge for any manufacturer, even “The Big Three” car companies, General Motors, Ford, and Chrysler are challenged annually for leadership. And this year, they have their hands full with Kia’s new addition, the 2020 Telluride.
What makes the 2020 Kia Telluride a strong contender in America is that it’s a large three-row eight-seater SUV. Let’s break-down some of the Telluride options common to many SUVs, and then reveal the more unique features Kia used to raise the “American standard.” But first, a little introduction about its birth and the answer to “when is the Kia Telluride coming out.”
2020 Kia Telluride: Designed in America for Americans
Kia promotes the Telluride as “Designed in America for America.” So, the 2020 Telluride is the first Kia designed particularly for Americans and is out of the Kia Design Center in Irvine, CA. The SUV is designed with the legendary SUV concept in mind (big, bold and boxy), with the ability to go-anywhere and do-anything their “burly-shouldered shapes suggested.” But don’t think the Telluride lacks sophistication. The exterior suggests a luxurious interior through specific body accents. As Kia remarks, the Telluride includes:
- Long, broad hood and wide grille
- Bold, stacked headlamps convey power and stability
- Upright windshield and clean side profile conveys muscular tension
- Inverted “L” tail lamps with LED stripes
- Sculpted rear skid plate with integrated twin exhaust tips
Inside, the 2020 Telluride interior is designed to compete with upscale luxury vehicles:
- Grab handles integrated into the center console
- Wide console emphasizing the horizontal by artistic use of premium trim features
- Spacious cabin for generous hip, shoulder, leg, and headroom, including in the third row
That all sounds great right? Well, that’s not all! And, if you want to see the Telluride for yourself, schedule an appointment today with Gateway Kia in Quakertown PA because the answer to “when is the Kia Telluride coming out” is -this February 2019.
Engineered to be Confident and Capable
Telluride is engineered as a proficient SUV offering an ability to handle variations of driving conditions. These variations contribute to the driving experience enjoyable by all and with total confidence. Some of the many options that giving rise to the Telluride’s ride and overall performance are an Atkinson Cycle LAMBDA II 3.8L V6 GDI engine, which produces 291 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 262 lb.-ft. of torque at 5,200 rpm. A V6 powerhouse coupled to the 8-speed automatic transmission, delivering power through the front wheels (or all wheels) and a self-leveling rear suspension, makes the Telluride a formidable American market contender.
Designed for Adventure in Elegance, Sophistication, and Technology
According to Kia, they framed the Telluride interior within an upscale theme, so the cabin has a bounty of high-quality materials, consideration to details, and a host of available features promoting ease-of-use and convenience. Just to name a few:
- Double-stitched, quilted and extra-padded Nappa leather trim upholstery
- Interior hooks to keep packs and bags off the floor and away from feet
- Available heated and ventilated first and second-row seats
- Ceiling-mounted second-row climate control
- Reclining third-row seats
- Leather-wrapped, heated, tilt and telescoping steering wheel
As with all Kia models, the 2020 Telluride includes the “Kia Drive Wise” suite of Advanced Driver-Assistance Systems. Unsurprisingly, it’s packed with some really cool advanced high-tech automotive technology. Amongst the long list of standard and optional equipment, here are some highlights:
- Available 10.25-inch color touchscreen with rearview monitor and parking guidance
- Available 630-watt, 10-speaker Harman/Kardon audio system (AM/FM/SiriusXM8) with Quantum Logic Surround Sound and Clari-Fi
Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
- Available wireless smartphone charging
- Available six total USB charging ports – two in each row. Five ports are standard
- Available multi-Bluetooth wireless connectivity allows two phones to connect simultaneously
And if that doesn’t get your attention, the Kia Telluride may be equipped with a full collection of technologies and Kia driver-assistance systems that make Kia most attractive. Some of these options are a first for any of Kia’s SUV. Keep in mind, the following list is in addition to the lengthy list of standard features and option designed into the 2020 Telluride:
- Blind Spot Collision-Avoidance Assist Rear (BCA-R)
- Rear Cross-Traffic Collision Avoidance Assist (RCCA)
- Lane Following Assist (LFA)
- Safe Exit Assist (SEA)
- Highway Driving Assist (HDA)
- Head-Up Display (HUD)
- Driver Talk
- Quiet Mode
- Rear Occupant Alert
Telluride will be available in four trims, LX, EX, S and SX with an option of front-wheel or all-wheel drive. We’ll go into more details at a later date after the Telluride arrives in our showroom. Again, if you’re wondering when is the Kia Telluride is coming out, it’s this February 2019. Contact us today for a premier viewing on our showroom floor!
It’s said charity is the gift of life because the joy received from one’s sacrifice has no equal. Gateway Kia in Quakertown and the YMCA understand this paradigm and collaborated on a Walmart Holiday Shopping Spree. So, whether it be the giving of one’s self in service or some object, the act of “subtracting from” for the purpose of “adding to” is the same. That notion may sound emotionless and cold and, but in its basic form, charity is giving for the purpose of helping. Below we’ve included a few quotes expressing that paradigm.
Quotes on Charity
The first question which the priest and the Levite asked was:
‘If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?’
But…the good Samaritan reversed the question:
‘If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?
―Martin Luther King Jr.
Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth.
At the end of life, we will not be judged by how many diplomas we have received, how much money we have made, or how many great things we have done. We will be judged by, “when I was hungry, and you gave me something to eat… and when I was naked, you clothed me… and when I was homeless, you took me in.
We all know there is no guidebook on being charitable. In fact, a charity may be achieved in many ways, such as an individual or organization can volunteer time at a local Food Bank to help distribute food to the hungry. Or, money may be donated to charitable organizations for helping people who are poor. Some organizations are creative in their charitable events, such as the case with Gateway Kia in Quakertown PA and the YMCA of Bucks County PA.
This year, Gateway Kia collaborated with the YMCA on planning a memorable holiday moment. Together, they organized a Walmart Holiday Shopping Spree so local families could enjoy the true spirit of Christmas -the act of giving.
Holiday Shopping Spree at Walmart
On Sunday, December 23, 2018, at 11:00 AM, in the Customer Service Area of the Walmart Super Center Quakertown, 195 N West End Blvd, Quakertown, PA 18951, Gateway Kia in Quakertown PA, donated a Holiday Shopping Spree to 11 needy families having approximately 27-30 children between them. The children selected their own gifts too!
YMCA of Bucks County wrote to Gateway Kia in Quakertown PA and said,
This is an amazing magical thing you are doing for our families at the Y! We are so grateful for your partnership and your incredible kindness this holiday season!
As you can see from the photographs, there were happy faces and filled shopping carts for making this Christmas a memorable event. You can see more on the YMCA Facebook Page.
The owners of Gateway Kia in Quakertown PA do care! They continuously participate in hosting events that demonstrate the value of community and the gift of charity. To help contribute, and strengthen the Quakertown and surrounding communities, please stop in and participate in our next event -in any way you can.
If you watch television and enjoy the creativity of commercials, then you’ll love Kia’s new 2019 Forte commercial. It’s titled “Unruled” and has a Kia Forte commercial song playing in the background. Well, it’s not actually a song, it a musical piece -Ave Maria.
Kia Forte Commercial Song
The commercial guest-stars pro race car driver Collete Davis. In the commercial, Collete launches a newly-redesigned 2019 Kia Forte over another vehicle. That other vehicle is the Red Bull Kia Forte Drift-car. The advertising team at Kia Motors America filmed Collete Davis flying through the air in slow-motion and added a classical music track in the background -Ave Maria. You can watch the commercial below.
The purpose of the commercial is to learn about the 8-inch touchscreen on the all-new 2019 Kia Forte compact car. You can watch Collete Davis put the touchscreen to the test while flying through the air. Kia’s claim at the end of the commercial is that it doesn’t have to make sense.
Because it would take thousands of dollars and hours of CGI to make the 2019 Kia Forte compact car jump over a souped-up, not-for-sale version of itself, Kia had pro race car driver Collete Davis do it in one take. You can see the making of the commercial at the very bottom.
Professional driver. Closed course. Do not attempt.
In another commercial, one without the Kia Forte commercial song playing in the background, Kia has Collete Davis demonstrate the all-new 2019 Kia Forte’s available Smart Trunk feature. The commercial features the same absurdly powerful, not-for-sale Forte drift car. Kia then challenged Collete to a high-octane game of chicken in this versatile compact car. Again, it doesn’t have to make sense, you know, nothing crazy.
Interested in learning more about the new Kia Forte? Call or visit Gateway Kia of Quakertown PA. Our qualified staff will answer any questions you have. They can also help you schedule a test drive here in the Philadelphia area. Come in and see what Kia owners love about the impressive 2019 Forte.
If you’re reading this blog, then you’re probably within a population of people who follow a daily routine. Your routine may be getting up at 6:00 AM and preparing your children for school. You may also make breakfast, lunch, and dress your children appropriately. But what if you couldn’t provide your children with the basic needs of shelter, food, or clothes? Think about this, the cold weather is breaking and your children don’t have a simple warm coat to protect them. This is difficult for some people to imagine, especially when their closet may have four or more winter coats.
Driving Away the Cold
Year after year we hear how children living in poverty go without basic needs such as food and clothing. Yet, we never consider the magnitude of how the lack of basic needs can change a life. For example, a new winter coat provides more than protection from the elements. In fact, a winter coat supports a healthy mind as well as a healthy body. In an effort to facilitate keeping our children warm, Gateway Kia Quakertown and Gateway Kia Warrington stores maintain active memberships in The Auto Dealers CARing for Kids Foundation.
YMCA Distribution Event
Recently, staff from those stores participated in coat distribution. On Friday, October 19, 2018, Gateway Kia in Warrington and Gateway Kia in Quakertown both participated in the distribution of winter coats at the Upper Bucks County YMCA. For more information about the Auto Dealers CARing for Kids Foundation and the Driving Away the Cold program, please watch the video below or give us a call! If you’d like to make a personal donation, use this link to the More Than Auto Dealers website.
The Auto Dealers CARing for Kids Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the Auto Dealers Association of Greater Philadelphia (ADAGP). The organization is distributing a record 51,696 brand-new winter coats to area children in need this month. Approximately 7,000 new coats will be distributed in Bucks County specifically. The effort is part of the eleventh annual Driving Away the Cold program, which involves nearly 180 local auto dealers teaming up for the greater good. One in six children in the Greater Philadelphia region lives in poverty and a warm winter coat is one of the essential items they often live without. This program aims to change that.
Over the past years, people around the world recognize they have access to a new source of income. That source is you providing transportation to other people using your personal vehicle in exchange for a fee. Basically, you become an independent taxi-like service (ride-share services) regulated by a digital network. There are two main organizations that provide those networks, namely Uber and Lyft.
The hook to tapping into this new source of income is drivers must have a vehicle qualified by Uber or Lyft. The good news is Gateway Kia in Quakertown PA inventories qualified vehicles for both Uber and Lyft ride-share services. If you’re thinking about driving for Uber and Lyft, then this blog will help you decide the best Kia model for each ride-share option.
Considerations For a Ride-Share Kia
First, we found drivers in ride-share services can accumulate as much as 1,000 miles per week on their vehicles. If driving on weekdays only, then you could be totaling 200 miles per day. For that, we consider the obvious reliability, fuel efficiency, and safety. But, to get good passenger reviews and repeat business, you must consider passenger comfort (back-seat head and legroom, seat comfort, smoothness of ride, storage capacity). Our suggestions here cover all factors to help choose the best possible Kia model.
To choose the best Kia model for Uber and Lyft ride-share services, you must know the class your vehicle fits into. For that, we’ll simplify our information by using Uber terms, which align easily with Lyft terms. So, let’s get started!
- UberX = Lyft: Sedan or larger vehicles valued from $15,000, this is the most popular class because passenger fare is the lowest.
- UberXL = Lyft Plus: SUV, Minivan, or larger valued from $20,000, higher fares and may be driven under UberX services. These vehicles also qualify for UberPool.
- UberBLACK = Lyft Lux: Mid to Full-sized luxury vehicles valued from $25,000, black interior and exterior, may be driven in lower services.
- UberSUV = Lyft SUV: Full-size SUV vehicles valued from $30,000, if black on black the SUV qualifies for UberBLACK, also may be driven in lower services.
One thing to keep in mind, all UberSUVs (the highest fare) can be driven for all lower class services. So, if you are a pre-existing owner of a Full-sized SUV or planning to purchase one, then you have access to the maximum potential for earned revenue. If you have a Kia vehicle and don’t see it here, then please contact Uber or Lyft and ask if your model qualifies.
Minimum Requirements in PA
Next, you need to know Uber minimum requirements in Pennsylvania.
- 15-year-old vehicle or newer
- 4-door vehicle
- Good condition with no cosmetic damage
- No commercial branding
- Pass a vehicle inspection
- Uber accepts both official and temporary registration documents. The vehicle does not need to be registered in your name to qualify.
State inspection & Insurance
Your motor vehicle must meet all applicable inspection requirements and you must maintain a valid insurance policy. In the U.S., Uber maintains automobile liability insurance on behalf of its partners.
In Philadelphia and the surrounding areas like Quakertown PA, the most popular Uber options are uberX, uberXL, and uberPOOL. Most newer cars qualify to drive in uberX class, which is the most popular option for riders because of its lower fares. The UberXL option requires your vehicle seat extra passengers and have a higher capacity. This helps you earn higher fares.
UberX and UberPOOL – Additional requirements:
- A 4-door vehicle with independently opening passenger doors
- Must have 5 factory-installed seats and seat belts
- Working windows and air conditioning
- Definately no vans, box trucks, or similar vehicles
- No taxicabs, government cars, or other marked vehicles
- Absolutely no salvaged or rebuilt vehicles
- No aftermarket seating modifications, such as installed seats, seat belts, or BedRyder systems
The Kia models pre-qualified by Uber for uberX and uberPOOL, are the Kia Optima and Sorento. As you know the Optima is our stylish 4-door sedan, and the Sorento is our midsize SUV. Both have a perfect combination of comfort and reliability for your passengers.
UberXL – Additional requirements:
Same additional requirements as above except uberXL is limited to 7 factory-installed seats and seat belts. The Kia model pre-qualified by Uber for uberXL is the Kia Sorento. The Sorento is our midsize SUV with more interior capacity than most SUV classes and has very comfortable three-row seating.
Now that we’ve covered the very basic requirements and the pre-qualified Kia models, check back to read our next blog on Uber and Lyft driver strategies. In that blog, we’ll share the differences between new, used, and precertified vehicles. Also, we’ll write about some best-kept secrets for optimizing your Uber and Lyft ride-share services.
Quakertown is a small borough in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. As of 2016, it had a population of 8,798, and an estimated median household income of $53,530. Because the estimated median house or condo value in that same year was slightly less than $200,000, Quakertown is not only an affordable place to live, the statistics show it’s also one of the safest. With those values, it’s not hard to understand how a Kia dealership could establish itself in this small town. The reason? Gateway Kia of Quakertown consistently delivers high value and premium customer service at an affordable price. Read the rest of this entry »
Halloween is just around the corner, which means it’s time to start planning what exciting events and activities you will be able to participant in. There are many exciting Halloween-themed events taking place here in Quakertown, PA. Today we’re going to help you find some of them by looking at the 2016 trick or treat times in the area. Read the rest of this entry »
One of the most challenging tasks as a parent or guardian is teaching a teenager how to drive. It can be difficult to allow your teenager to have that much of control, but it’s all part of the growing up process. Today we’re going to help make the transition a little easier by giving you some teaching tips for when it’s time for your teen driver to hit the road. Read the rest of this entry »
Ride-sharing has become more and more popular in recent years. These types of businesses help people get where they need to go and all you need is your phone! You don’t have to wait for a taxi or train to come your way, you can call a car directly to your location. It is a quick and affordable way to get to your next destination. These organizations like Uber are always looking for new drivers and Gateway Kia of Quakertown is making it easier for people to afford a new Kia vehicle to either start or continue their Uber driving career. Read the rest of this entry »
The all-new Kia Forte is here and it’s ready to hit the road with some new features and capabilities. Today we’re going to see what these new features have to offer and how they can improve your driving experience. Keep reading to learn more about the 2017 Kia Forte’s available technology features, which for the first time, includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Read the rest of this entry »