Your Personal Kia Buyers Guide

September 13th, 2019 by

A green 2020 Kia Telluride, after leaving one of many local Kia dealership locations, is driving through dirt.


If you’re on the hunt for Kia dealership locations throughout Newark, NJ, Raceway Kia should be your top pick. Here at Raceway Kia, we understand what it takes to be a great dealership, and have earned a reputation for providing our customers with next-level automotive services. Part of being a great dealership doesn’t always mean providing great cars, to us, it also means helping our customers find the great car that fits their needs. There are a wide variety of drivers throughout the state of New Jersey, and we have learned over the years that each one of them is very different from one another. While one driver may prioritize performance and speed, another may determine their ideal car by checking out the safety features. Fortunately, Kia offers a diverse lineup ranging from sleek commuter sedans to remarkably rugged SUVs. In this post, we’re excited to help you find the car of your dreams by showing you the various characteristics and features that can dramatically influence the nature of the car.

What Kind of Car is Best Designed for New Jersey Driving

Before customers go on to purchase a new car from our showroom, we always suggest that they consider the features that driving in New Jersey can demand. Unfortunately, New Jersey weather can be pretty rough, particularly during the winter and fall months. In the height of winter average temperatures in Newark for instance, can drop as low as 25ºF, which is far below the point of freezing. Take into account that New Jersey gets an average of 48 inches of rain a year, and 23 inches of snow, and you have a recipe for disaster. Excessive rain and snow can all pose a significant risk to drivers as these conditions make it difficult for your tires to gain traction with the road. For these reasons, we always urge our local customers to invest in vehicles that are equipped with an AWD drivetrain in order to remain effective throughout the wet and cold seasons. Having a great set of all-weather tires helps too, in ensuring that you can retain traction on the road.

While the weather is a huge deal for New Jersey drivers, it isn’t the only factor to consider. Traffic and commute times are fairly high for the state of New Jersey, with some counties having an average high of nearly 50 minutes. Commuting to work is a huge thing to consider when picking out a new Kia. We suggest that if you are taking on the various highways and byways of New Jersey on a daily basis, that you pick out a vehicle with some solid fuel economy.

These two factors, weather, and commute play a huge role in picking out a new Kia. Although there are other lifestyle characteristics that can affect the car buying process.

The Ultimate Commuter Kia

As we mentioned before, having some solid fuel economy for New Jersey driving is pretty important. Although, for drivers who are commuting over 25 minutes a day, having great fuel economy is but one of the many features to look for in a new car. The average daily commuter demands not just efficiency from their vehicle, but comfort as well. Spending upwards of an hour a day in traffic can become quickly tiresome. By investing in a vehicle that prioritizes your comfort and security behind the wheel you can make your commute far less of a burden.
Of all the Kia commuter cars that we offer at Raceway Kia, our top favorite is the 2020 Kia Optima Plug-In Hybrid. This sleek-looking sedan is supported by a 9.8 kWh 360 V Lithium Polymer battery, which can power the car for a range of 28 total miles.

Thanks to its hybrid design, the model earns a remarkable 101 MPGe with support from the lithium battery. And don’t let the hybrid engine fool you, the 2020 Kia Optima Plug-In Hybrid offers up 202 horsepower and 276 lb-ft worth of torque, making for a pretty thrilling ride.
All that said, the 2019 Kia Optima hybrid also delivers a worthwhile amount of infotainment and comfort features. Take, for instance, the 10-speaker Harman Kardon audio system which offers up some serious sound. With leather upholstery, power front seats, and a heated steering wheel, the 2020 Kia Optima Plug-In Hybrid seems to be just one step away from luxury. It also comes with its fair share of safety features including the option of blind-spot monitors, automatic emergency braking, and a surround-view camera system.

A white 2019 Kia Optima, popular at Kia dealership locations near you, is driving on a highway.

The Perfect Family Car

Over the years, we’ve learned that there are a wide variety of drivers who are looking for a car that is designed with family in mind. These kinds of vehicles tend to be rather spacious, with enough room for both passengers and cargo. They also can’t be too costly to fill up either, as families are always looking to find ways to save money. While all of these features are important, at the top of the list in terms of priorities, is safety. Parents want to have peace of mind when behind the wheel of their family car, and fortunately, Kia brings plenty to the table when it comes to standard safety features.

When parents visit our dealership looking for guidance on what car to buy, we always first point them to the 2019 Kia Niro EV. Like the Kia Optima, this SUV is a plug-in electric car sporting a breathtaking level mileage earning an EPA-rated 123 mpg in the city and 102 mpg on the highway. The battery powering the Kia Niro EV is a 64 kWh 356 V Lithium Polymer battery with a max range of 239 miles when running on battery alone. While the Kia Niro can only seat five, it does so comfortably with a little room to spare, offering a total of 53 cubic feet of cargo space when the rear seats are folded.

In terms of safety, the 2019 Kia Niro EV is possibly the best in the Kia family lineup, offering automatic emergency braking across all trim options. Other safety highlights include adaptive cruise control, active lane control, and forward-collision warnings. The comfort features are no joke either, and if you’re willing to put the money up, you can enjoy premium features like leather upholstery, heated and cooled seating, an 8.0-inch touchscreen, and even a wireless charging station for your phone.

Picking Out the Car of Your Dreams at Raceway Kia

No matter if you’re a day commuter or a busy full-time parent, our team at Raceway Kia has got your back. Over the years we’ve earned a reputation for being one of the top-performing Kia locations throughout the Newark, NJ area. We continue this promised degree of excellence by going above and beyond to ensure that you leave our dealership behind the wheel of a vehicle that you can’t get enough of. We understand that car buying can be relatively intimidating and will be sure to dispel all of the misconceptions and fears throughout our process. Kia has made a name for itself, providing drivers everywhere with a premium driving experience, and at Raceway Kia we’re proud to extend that experience to you.