Monday, May 8, 2017

Peeking At The Kia Stinger GT: All-Inclusive Rival Against The BMW 4-Series


Looking to offer a serious thrill at a bit of a lower price, Kia's rear-wheel-drive Stinger is going to make a seriously souped-up addition to any St. Louis metro area's auto enthusiast's garage. Noticeably passive-aggressive in its rival to the BMW 4-series, attendees at the Detroit Auto Show were given the impression that the pricing would begin somewhere in the love $30,000's, and this excites just about every single employee at our dealership in a major way! Models in the BMW 430i category begin at around $42,000, where a six-cylinder 440i has an entry point hovering closer to $50,000.

This is a very exciting time for Kia owners and enthusiasts: they are heading bravely into what is a very high-tech dimension that awaits for anyone ready for a new ride. Numerous examples of great gadgetry on the inside, an otherworldly chassis and frame, and many futuristic safety features are just some of the elements that potential buyers wade through. What Kia has the dire right to be proud of most is their core engineering competency, and the ways in which is has drastically improved just over the past five years. Albert Biermann is the brains behind much of what was relayed to the drawing board for the Stinger: as Head of Vehicle Test and High-Performance Development, he was nabbed from BMW Motorsport's development platform 3 years ago.

What he brings to the table is a skill that is decidedly more than just a bit rousing for Kia devotees: he takes on the task of making sure that Kia's latest products have enough substance to measure up when pitted against the best of European brands. He also wants potential buyers to realize that this is not a strictly track car: it can be pushed as one, but it is still developed to be the everyday ride that gets you from A to B in high-end style. The true magic that the driver gets to experience with the advent of this car is the high-speed stability from the long wheelbase, which helps immensely while taking tight corners. The end result is a ride that doesn't truly feel like a bigger car, yet has all of the bells and whistles of a true luxury machine.

You'll all be interested to know that this one gets to 60 MPH in under five seconds, and will be available with a choice of three powerful engines: one of them is a 3.3-liter twin-turbo V6, capable of producing 370 ps with a maximum torque output of 52 kgf.m. This is part of the haplessly high-strung recipe that gives the Stinger the ability to accelerate so well, and gives this car the honor of being the most powerful that Kia has ever manufactured. Come pay us a visit at Jim Butler, and see just how awesome this new line of Kia power cars is going to be: you'll want to claim your keys and title firsthand for a true game-changing and cutting-edge vehicle.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Looking for Luxury Within the Value Price Range? The 2017 Kia Cadenza


There has perhaps been a long-standing notion that as far away as luxury vehicles are concerned, Kia isn't in the same club as Lexus and some of the others. The unveiling of this year's full-size sedan from them packs quite a punch in the luxury category, with an expertly crafted cabin, and very comfortable space to spend time in during a commute. It is equipped with the absolute most awesome in the tech department to boot, and assure that you pull up to your destination withs a high dose of swank and stye. From a black tie affair to your highly-anticipated date night of the week, the Cadenza was designed to provide you the swanky medium to cruise in while you mull over your dining or entertainment options for the night.

This is an all-new release for the year, and has gone through a complete re-design from front to back. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are two of the features that the gadget obsessed will get excited about: CarPlay is the slickest app out there to access all of your goodies on your smartphone at a minimal distraction level to the driver. You can toggle between recently used apps without fisrt having to hit the "home button" on CarPlay's newest version, a subtle change to its function that will help you navigate safer in the long run. A 3.3-liter V-6 engine has been successfully tinkered with to provide better fuel economy, and the vehicle operates with a new and efficient 8-speed automatic transmission.

Some of the features that you get with this luxurious new Kia lift are as follows:

  • Proximity approach lighting
  • 12-speaker Harman-Kardon audio system
  • 8.0" touch screen infotainment center with full navigation
  • Panoramic sunroof
The bottom line on the engine is that it may not be as overwhelmingly fast as some of the competition, but it is more than able to meet the needs of any commuter finding themselves in a familiarly pressed-for-time situation. Driving with the 8-speed automatic transmission feels fairly effortless, and while in Sport mode, shifts are more-than-noticeable. The smart mode that governs the entire process (if the driver wishes) switches constantly through the Eco, Comfort, and Sport settings to give you a balanced blend of fuel usage, response, and overall performance.

Fuel economy is one of the main things on many minds as there may be an uptick in prices this summer, and it is reported that the Cadenza falls behind those in its category from Buick, Toyota, and Nissan. For the St. Louis commuter that is looking to get to work or take the little ones to school in style, you are still going to notice a drastic difference from vehicles on the lot just a few years ago. 570 miles is the approximate distance you can cover while gleaning from its 18.5-gallon tank, and the overall handling capacity will make those happy that are seeking a full-size sedan for the squad.

Many drivers have claimed that the Cadenza is for the laid-back, and lead foots may not be 100% happy with the tiny elements of resistance you can experience when really trying to leave the stop light in the dust. But this is overall one classy choice for the price, and you're going to want to keep your golf clubs and best-pressed suit aboard at all times: the finer things in life are likely to collide with your cruising on a daily basis. 

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

The Allure of the Sizzling 4th Generation Subcompact: The Rio Sedan


Sweeping releases with a very eye-catching design and extensive list of features, the new-for-2018 Rio sedan and 5-door are the latest additions to the exciting Kia family. Designed from the ground up in Kia's European studios as well as the U.S., there are many reasons to be excited about this awesome vehicle that you'll soon see heating up our lot right here in St. Louis. This vehicle has the necessary awesome convenience technologies loaded up on board: the 7-inch touchscreen interface and UV03 with Apple CarPlay will assure that you will be able to do your navigating in style, as well as enjoying your music with the latest and greatest of features. Android Auto is also included, with larger touch targets, an interface that is greatly simplified, and very easy-to-use voice actions.

When you are getting your loved ones from point A to B, or making sure that you get to work on time with a crowded commute, cruising confidently when it comes to quick stops is going to be one of the top items on your list. The autonomous Energy Braking on board is designed to detect and monitor vehicles that are traveling ahead of you, and determine if a crash is remotely possible. If it is, the brakes will automatically be applied, drastically reducing the chance of you having a dangerous accident as opposed to a smooth ride. Since most drivers simply do not have the force to avoid a crash, they sometimes do not break at all, because there may not be sufficient time for them to react. With a system like this that has your back as you are out and about, you can relax a bit and know that the manufacturer has your extended safety on the top of their list.

As far as the front end is concerned, the look is overall a bit sportier and has a loftier air of sophistication than the previous models. The front end sports the latest of the 'tiger-nose' grille, with souped-up headlights that are swept back for an edgier, more modern and playful appearance. The overall length of the Rio sedan has been upped .6", and the 5-door shares the same spec. Both the sedan and the 5-door are lower and wider, which makes for a more aggressive poise than on last year's offering. The rear of the Rio is noticeably more upright, due to shorter overhangs and tail lighting with a thinner aesthetic. The interior has a much more spacious feel, and the dashboard's exterior design give the cabin a feel that is wider.

A higher amount of leg room and shoulder room in the second row will be welcomed warmly if you are making the trip out to any of the amazing neighboring cities in Missouri, or headed to get in touch with nature for a precious view. This car weighs in at around 2,648 lbs, and engineers have sought to cultivate the driving experience with ride comfort that has improved, while your comfort factor for your next ride should be off the charts. Come down to the dealership and visit with us today: we are excited about the arrival of these new vehicles in the fall, and the stock currently on deck. We will see to it that you leave feeling satisfied, and that all of your questions about the most innovative product line in the nation are answered during your decision.

Champion Choice In the Acceleration Club: The New Kia Stinger GT


The new Kia Stinger is going to inevitably turn heads in St. Louis when it comes galloping solidly out of the gate this spring. This is a real-wheel-drive four-door, powered efficiently and nearly brutish with a 3.3 twin-turbo V6. The engine produces 365 horsepower, and the presence of the 376 pound-feet of torque is responsible for the car's 4.9-second claim for a 0-60 sprint. The GT will also be available in all-wheel drive, and even a diesel in Europe, as well as a 2.0 turbo. VP of engineering at BMW Albert Biermann had a big hand in development, and this car is supposed to handle excitingly above many other options at auto shows this year.

Both models have an 8-speed automatic, and a choice of rear or all-wheel drive. You can get to business fluidly in the navigation department with the included 7-inch touchscreen, and enjoy an extra-smooth ride with features like adaptive cruise. Lane-keep assist is one of the very modern features that we will see become more and more common, and there is an audio system option from Harman/Kardon that will enable to driver to wade through ample walls of sound. The roofline lies much lower than that of the K900, and at first glance, sleek is the first word that comes to mind. On the V-6 model, the quad tailpipes are even a bit reminiscent of what Italian powerhouse Alfa Romeo would craft, and the entire rear of the Stinger is like nothing Kia has ever created.

The Stinger has a few more inches of length than its competitors, the Audi A4 and the Mercedes-Benz C-Class. One trait that will be greatly appreciated by the taller members of your friends list is the rear legroom: the variance and experimentation with the wheelbase provides this luxury. The V-6 engine is a turbocharged beauty from Hyundai: it's a direct-injected aluminum Lambda II that is similar to what the Genesis G90 sports. Designed for sensible and ultra-smooth shifting, the transmission is a new version of the K900 automatic, and there is an expertly engineered mass damper situated on the flywheel to help reduce vibration that is common in any drivetrain.

Kia claims that the Stinger is constructed from mostly materials that are conventional, and about exactly 50% steel of the highest strength. Able strut suspension in the front and 18-inch wheels are the equipment offered up to navigate the ever-changing road, and the Brembo brakes have seen a generous upgrade. Now with four-piston front calipers and discs that are completely vented, any sudden stops will seem like second nature. This is the first model that Kia will offer adaptive dampers in, and the driver will be able to select from Eco, Sport, Comfort, Smart and Personal settings. The sport setting is reported to feel nearly like a manual, and speed enthusiasts will enjoy the growl from underneath the hood.

Here at Jim Butler Kia, we are constantly excited about new models, features, and offerings from world-class product lines. We know the release of the Stinger is bound to excite many motorists in the St. Louis Metro area, and extend our welcome to anyone that wants to come check one out. Talk to our sales specialists, and see just how easy it is to cruise off of the lot in one of these gorgeous machines!

Friday, March 24, 2017

Redefining Modern, Redefining Minivan!


For 2017, Kia made several product enhancements to the Kia Sedona, making it the perfect minivan for St. Louis families.

Because of these enhancements, 2017 KIA Sedona has been awarded a Top-Safety Pick+ Award from the IIHS when equipped with forward collision warning. The new Sedona offers a new technology package and many advanced driver assisted features, including: optional automatic braking technology, a front crash prevention system and forward collision warnings. Other additions include a new UVO e-Services system with the added smartphone connectivity of Apple CarPlayTM2 and Android AutoTM3, an upgraded High-Intensity-Discharge headlight system with Dynamic Bending Light (DBL) and an Acoustic Windshield.

Want to check out the beloved minivan for yourself? Pick-up your Sedona today at Jim Butler Kia in St. Louis, MO!

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

All-New Vehicle in KIA's Future?

*Photo from AutoGuide.com

Attention St. Louis drivers! The KIA Stonic has been spotted. The vehicle has not been officially confirmed, but KIA recently trademarked the name. However, the photographs confirm KIA is working on a subcompact crossover.

We may not know much about this all-new KIA vehicle, but it is expected that the KIA Stonic will debut some sort of turbo 4-cylinder engine and standard front wheel drive with optional four-wheel drive. From the photographs, it looks like the RIO but will be lifted with more body cladding, ground clearance and roof rails. The Stonic is also expected to be available with the latest safety and driver assistance technology.

It is rumored to debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September. We will keep you updated on the progress of the Stonic but in the meantime, stop by Jim Butler KIA and shop our available inventory!

Monday, March 6, 2017

The 2017 KIA Niro is the first of its kind!


“It’s rare that we come across a new car that hits all the right notes. So it’s hard to restrain our enthusiasm for the new Kia Niro, a small hybrid crossover.”

The 2017 KIA Niro is the first of its kind; a new approach to what a hybrid crossover can be. Unlike other hybrid vehicles you will NOT have to compromise! It is designed to give St. Louis drivers both benefits of a crossover and hybrid vehicle. It comes with a highly responsive, smooth-shifting dual-clutch automatic transmission and achieves an EPA-estimated 50mpg combine with a near 600-mile range. The Niro also offers more interior volume room than any other hybrid.

The KIA Niro has recently started arriving in St. Louis! Come to Jim Butler KIA to experience pure fun behind the wheel of the KIA Niro! http://bit.ly/2mfl6wD

Monday, February 20, 2017

Best Cars for the Money Award!


Jim Butler KIA has only the best of the best for St. Louis drivers and their families! Recently, the 2017 KIA Soul and Sorento received 2017 Best Cars for the Money awards from U.S. News & World Report! The Soul received the Best Compact car for the money, while the Sorento received Best 3-Row SUV for the money.

 “The Kia Soul and Kia Sorento were both named as winners in our Best Cars for the Money Awards because both present excellent long-term value in their respective classes. The Soul stands out among compact cars for its abundance of cargo and passenger space and modern interior design, all for an excellent price,” said Colin Aylesworth, U.S. News Senior Editor. “Like the Soul, the Sorento presents a great value to shoppers in the midsize SUV class. In addition to a great starting price, the Sorento offers user-friendly tech features, great fuel economy with its base engine, and available third-row seating.”

The Soul Exclaim offers different trims for a personalized driving experience, 201-hp 1.6-liter turbocharged engine (adding 40 horsepower), and 28 MPG (city and highway combined). The power behind the Soul comes with performance, which has been upgraded to a 7-speed Dual Clutch transmission, giving the driver an engaged driving experience.

The 2017 Sorento has been upgraded and now offers a wide variety of safety features, also making this an IIHS Top Safety Pick Plus! It comes equipped with features such as autonomous emergency braking and braking and dynamic bending lights to give you piece of mind on the road.

With all these awards, why wouldn't you make a KIA your next vehicle purchase? Stop by Jim Butler KIA in St. Louis for all your KIA needs!

Thursday, February 16, 2017

2017 KIA Soul Turbo!

Let the 2017 KIA Soul Turbo rekindle your love for driving! It’s been given a facelift sure to entice all St. Louis drivers. These minor styling tweaks as well as several mechanical improvements will have you running to Jim Butler Kia!

The new Soul’s exterior remains relatively the same with just a few minor changes, including a red Soul badge, red accent lines on the side and up the front, and bright dual exhaust tips. The interior is where you notice the difference. It’s now built with high-quality materials and soft-touch surfaces. The 2017 Kia Soul Turbo comes equipped with a flat-bottom steering wheel and an infotainment system that has been upgraded with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Lastly, it comes with a 1.6L T-GDI turbo engine with 21 horsepower.

Come by Jim Butler Kia and fall in love with the 2017 KIA Soul!

Friday, February 3, 2017

Record Year End for KIA Motors


KIA Motors finished the year strong, with more 2016 awards for their reliability and quality than ever! KIA Motors also increased their sales by 3.5 percent over 2015, further demonstrating that KIA’s are quickly becoming the “hot” new cars on the road.

“From J.D. Power and Consumer Reports to many other respected third-party experts, KIA has never been more highly rated for quality and dependability, and customers flocked to our showrooms in December and throughout 2016 to experience all that the ‘New KIA’ offers,” said Michael Sprague, chief operating officer and EVP, KMA. “No auto brand has experienced greater growth in the U.S. over the last 20-plus years, and Kia will be on the offensive once again in 2017 with several new products in the pipeline that will continue challenging everything people think they know about this brand.”

KIA’s record-breaking year included several standout performances, including:

  • Four nameplates – Soul, Optima, Sorento and Forte – surpassing the 100,000-unit mark for the first time in company history
  • The iconic Soul urban passenger vehicle earning the title of best-selling Kia in the U.S.
  • Best-ever annual sales for the Sportage compact CUV and Forte family of compact cars, up more than 50 percent and 30 percent, respectively, over 2015
  • Double-digit year-over-year increases for Rio and Sedona


To check out any of these award-winning vehicles for yourself, visit us at Jim Butler KIA located in Chesterfield, MO!

Source: KIA Media

Friday, January 27, 2017

Kia Niro Set a Guinness World Record


The 2017 KIA Niro is breaking records with its performance capabilities!

Back in December, the KIA Niro, KIA’s Crossover Hybrid Vehicle, took home a Guinness World Record title for the lowest fuel consumption for driving across the United States. It drove from Los Angeles to New York City with an amazing 76.6 MPG, making this the new record-setting mark!

Wayne Gerdes of Carlsbad, California and Robert Winger of Williamsburg, Virginia traveled from the West Coast to the East Coast in the Niro EX (total of 3,715.4 miles) on just 48.5 gallons of gas – that’s just 4.1 tanks! 

“We’re extremely pleased with the Niro’s record-breaking performance,” stated Orth Hedrick, vice president, product planning KMA. “We set out to build a vehicle that offers real-word utility, great looks and fantastic mileage, and setting the Guinness World Record title confirms our achievement.”

The KIA Niro is the first of its kind. It has closed the gap between outstanding fuel economy and compact crossover utility, as well as creating an ultimate driving experience for all St. Louis drivers.

Its high-efficiency 1.6L GDI engine and a smooth-transitioning dual-clutch automatic transmission contribute to this truly unique driving experience.


The KIA Niro will provide any St. Louis driver with pure fun and fuel efficiency behind the wheel, so be on the lookout because the 2017 Niro should be rolling into Jim Butler KIA soon!

Monday, January 23, 2017

The 2017 Kia Sportage named the “Best New Compact SUV”



And the award goes to…. The 2017 Kia Sportage has just been named the “Best New Compact SUV” of 2017, by Cars.com. It is also in the running for the “Best of 2017” Cars.com award. Kia did not just win these awards for being Kia, they received these awards for their innovation, design, and technology they have continued to revolutionize.

“With all of the improvements made for the 2017 model year, it’s hard to ignore the Sportage” said Orth Hedrick, vice president, product planning KMA.

As our St. Louis drivers know, the Kia Sportage continues to outdo itself each year. The 2017 Kia Sportage is a perfect balance of European and sporty style, with an impressive level of craftsmanship. Not only having a distinctive style, that is more seen in luxury vehicle then the everyday vehicle, it also has a roomy interior, easy-to-use technology, and other upscale features that you would not normal see in everyday vehicles. Not only did it come with a more luxury feel it is also equipped to be top safety pick. It has optional crash prevention wraps, advanced driver assistance technologies, significant suspension and steering improvements, and available intelligent AWD.

“To be recognized by the experts at Cars.com as ‘Best Compact SUV’ and as a ‘Best Of’ nominee represents how far the Kia brand has come in its continued commitment to world-class quality and top-notch design”, said Orth Hedrick, vice president, product planning KMA. With all these awards and upgraded features why wouldn’t the Kia Sportage be your next picked vehicle for 2017! Come check them out at Jim Butler Kia in St.Louis, MO.

Friday, January 20, 2017

The All-New 2018 Kia Stinger


Kia has stolen the spotlight once again, with its 2018 Kia Stinger. The 2018 Stinger made its debut at the North American International Auto Show, January 8, 2017. The Kia Stinger is a dream car that will soon become reality for our St. Louis Drivers. This car is all about journey and passion with a luxurious feel that will make you want to keep driving.

The Kia Stinger is a luxurious five-passenger sleek sports sedan with a muscular design. It has sleek front clips, long hood for the polished and powerful look, and extended wheel base in order to give a more spacious feel. The Stinger is equipped with AWD, a second-generation eight speed rear drive automatic transmission, lane keep assistance, rear cross traffic alert, and much more! This car is definitely pushing the limits for design and technology.

On January 12, 2017, four days after it debut, the Kia Stinger has been honored with an EyesOn Design award. This award goes for having the "best of the best" car design. The Kia Stinger will bring the thrill and adventure back into driving. Be on the look out at Jim Butler Kia, as the 2018 Kia Stinger begins to roll onto our lots.