Archive for July 2015

J.D. Power: 2015 Kia Sedona Is the Most Gratifying Minivan for Owners

2015 Kia Sedona

From safety technology to comfort and convenience, there are a lot of factors that determine just how gratifying a vehicle is to own and drive. To help shoppers fully consider all of those characteristics, J.D. Power releases its annual Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout (APEAL) Study, which surveys new-vehicle owners to identify which models rank the highest in overall satisfaction. When it came to minivans this year, the auto-research firm found that no model placed higher than the 2015 Kia Sedona.

To determine the winners in its 2015 APEAL Study, J.D. Power retrieved feedback from more than 84,000 purchasers and lessees of new 2015 models after they had been with their vehicles for 90 days. Participants rated their vehicles across 77 attributes in eight categories, including “comfort/convenience,” “cockpit/instrument panel,” “engine/transmission,” “ride, handling and braking,” “styling/exterior,” “seats,” “sound system” and “heating, ventilation and cooling.” Those owner ratings were then quantified into an overall APEAL score based on a 1,000-point scale, with the Kia Sedona topping the Honda Odyssey and Toyota Sienna for the highest score in the Minivan segment.

The availability of certain safety-related technologies boosted many vehicles’ APEAL scores this year, and the 2015 Kia Sedona was no exception. Drivers can raise their awareness of nearby vehicles on the sides and rear of the 2015 Sedona by opting for the Blind-Spot Detection System and the Rear Cross Traffic Alert. Meanwhile, the available Smart Cruise Control, Forward Collision Warning System and Lane Departure Warning System provide even more advanced crash prevention toward the front of the Sedona.

Whether you’re seeking safety, performance, comfort or style for your family, the latest J.D. Power APEAL Study suggests that you’ll drive away satisfied when you purchase a new Kia Sedona. Visit our Milwaukee Kia dealership today to try out the award-winning minivan for yourself. We promise you won’t be disappointed!

2016 Mazda3 Arrives Later This Month with More Standard Features

2016 Mazda3

With its stunning design and the ability to return 40-plus mpg on the highway, the Mazda3 compact car already punches well above its price class, but upcoming changes for the 2016 model year will bring even more value to buyers. When the 2016 Mazda3 goes on sale later this month, every model will come with a newly standard backup camera, while two new options packages will increase the availability of popular features across trims.

The entry-level Mazda3 i SV sedan trim will be removed for the 2016 model year, while the better-equipped Mazda3 i Sport will now cost $600 less as the new base sedan trim. As for the hatchback models, the Mazda i Sport will remain the base trim, but its starting price will be dropped by $400 compared to the 2015 model year. In addition to the backup camera, all Mazda3 i Sport models will come with a range of useful technology, including the MAZDA CONNECTâ„¢ infotainment system featuring a 7-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth hands-free phone calls and audio streaming, push-button start and remote keyless entry.

For an extra dose of style and technology, a new Preferred Equipment Package in the 2016 Mazda i Sport will include auto on/off headlights, Blind Spot Monitoring, bright beltline trim, cloth-trimmed sport seats, heated body-color dual power door mirrors with integrated turn-signal lamps, rain-sensing windshield wipers, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, a rear-seat armrest with cupholders and 16-inch alloy wheels.

Moving up to the mid-level 2016 Mazda3 Touring trim, a new Popular Equipment Package will add premium amenities like an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a dual-zone automatic climate-control system, a Bose nine-speaker surround-sound system, SiriusXM satellite radio with a four-month subscription and a shark-fin antenna.

Looking to take advantage of the Mazda3’s revamped pricing and packages for the 2016 model year? Call the Rosen Mazda Waukegan sales team at 847-497-8696 to find out when your ideal model will be available!