Prepare your Kia for the heat of summer.

Car Care for Summer Heat

Summer is officially here, and that means it’s time to get your car prepared for the harsh heat that is already simmering us in the Midwest. Intense heat can accelerate wear and tear on many aspects of your vehicle, including damage to hoses and drive belts. The workload of your coolant system will increase, and air in your tires will expand due to the heat. So the question is, what should you do to get your car ready for the summer?

Step 1: Wash off the Grime

Rain does not count as cleaning your car. Old grime, road contaminants and even winter road salt can damage the clear coat, paint and undercarriage, which is not good. There’s no better time than the summer to really detail your vehicle and get all that mess off. I mean, what’s a better way to spend a Sunday than being out in the sun, enjoying the weather, and really scrubbing down your car?

Step 2: Take a Look Under the Hood

Something that can be done on the same day that you give your car a good clean is an under the hood inspection. You’re going to want to check these major items: the battery, oil, coolant, and brake fluid. These are all fairly simple to check and work on if necessary, and if you feel intimidated by the thought of working on your car give us a call for assistance.

Step 3: Make Sure Your A/C Works

Let’s be real, having a car with an A/C system that doesn’t work during the summer is ROUGH. If there’s any weird noises or strange odors, go and get it fixed or try and look into it yourself. Just don’t let it go without doing some investigating, as ignoring these small issues can result in much larger, more expensive issues down the road.

Step 4: Check Your Tires

Especially if you run specific summer tires, be sure to check the wear and pressure before throwing them back on your vehicle. Regardless, as the weather changes so too will the pressure of your tires, so be sure to keep them within tolerance. The proper tire pressure should be in your owner’s manual, or on the sidewalls of the tires themselves.

Step 5: Check Your Windshield Wipers and Wiper Fluid

With ever-changing Midwest weather, you could be clearing everything from dust to rain to hale in the matter of a day. Check the wiper fluid reservoir and top it off if necessary to ensure visibility, and take a close look at the wiper blades, too. In most cases, it’s recommended to replace these in the winter, since the heat can dry out the rubber, but with summer storms blowing around, you should consider replacing them now. Run the wipers with the fresh washer fluid and see whether or not they streak the windshield. If they streak, they need to be replaced.

Are You Ready?

Follow these steps for a safe summer with your vehicle. If you need any help with the steps above feel free to contact us. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff are happy to assist you.

J.D. Power Winner Kia Soul

J.D. Power Names Kia #1 in U.S. Initial Quality

For the sixth consecutive year Kia has been ranked the number one mass-market automotive brand by J.D. Power, this year further garnering awards for initial quality with the Forte (compact car), Sedona (minivan), Sorento (upper midsize SUV), and Soul (small SUV) ranking first in each of their respective segments. 

“Returning to number one in the industry and the top of J.D. Power’s U.S. Initial Quality Study among all mass-market brands for the sixth consecutive year is an enormous honor and a reminder to keep striving to be the best we can be,” said Sean Yoon, president & CEO, Kia Motors North America & Kia Motors America. “With four segment winners – and four additional models ranking among the top three in their respective segments – Kia’s ‘Give It Everything’ brand philosophy continues to bear fruit in the extremely competitive automotive market.”


The IQS is derived from 87,282 respondents covering 189 vehicles from 26 segments with questions regarding driving experience, engine and transmission performance, and of course any issues the owner experienced during their first 90 days of ownership. Kia’s Forte and Soul made the overall top-10 model list. 

Passenger's side front angle view of green 2020 Kia Telluride

2020 Kia Telluride Won the “Wards 10 Best Interiors for 2020” Award

The 2020 Kia Telluride is an enticing choice for full-size SUV shoppers, with its off-road prowess, towing capabilities, advanced technologies, an impressive power output, and a smooth ride. The 2020 Telluride also has a roomy, upscale, and a highly-functional interior. Recently, the 2020 Telluride won the “Wards 10 Best Interiors for 2020” award.

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Cartoon demonstration of the Kia Surround View Monitor

How to Park a Kia Vehicle with the Surround View Monitor

Kia vehicles come equipped with many driving assistance technologies, which provide a safer and more convenient driving experience. A good example of this is the Surround View Monitor, which is offered for select models. Parking can be a challenging and stressful endeavor, especially when you don’t have a clear view of your surroundings. The Surround View Monitor helps alleviate this burden, for it provides a great view on all sides of the vehicle. View here to learn how to park a Kia vehicle with the Surround View Monitor.

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Which Kia Soul is Right for Me?

The Kia Soul is redesigned for 2020, looking more sleek than ever. The iconic boxy shape has returned, but has been remodeled to fit modern style. If you’re interested in the new Kia Soul you may be wondering which is right for you. There are six different trim levels, which might seem overwhelming, but don’t worry. We here at Briggs Kia are here to make sure you find the right fit for you.

Performance wise, the six different trim levels don’t drastically vary (except when it comes to the GT-Line Turbo.) The big difference between the trims is going to be comfort, safety, and convenience features. Before we get into the different features, let’s cover the different trims. The six different trim levels are; the LX, S, GT-Line, X-Line, EX, and the GT-Line Turbo.

TrimPrice (Starting MSRP)DisplayEngineHorsepowerTransmission
LX$17,4907-inch Color Touch-Screen Display2.0 Liter, Dual Overhead Camshaft (DOHC), 16-valve, In-line 4-cylinder147 hp @ 6,200 rpm6-Speed Manual Transmission (M/T)
S$20,2907-inch Color Touch-Screen Display2.0 Liter, Dual Overhead Camshaft (DOHC), 16-valve, In-line 4-cylinder147 hp @ 6,200 rpmIntelligent Variable Transmission (IVT)
GT-Line$20,2907-inch Color Touch-Screen Display2.0 Liter, Dual Overhead Camshaft (DOHC), 16-valve, In-line 4-cylinder147 hp @ 6,200 rpmIntelligent Variable Transmission (IVT)
X-Line$21,4907-inch Color Touch-Screen Display2.0 Liter, Dual Overhead Camshaft (DOHC), 16-valve, In-line 4-cylinder147 hp @ 6,200 rpmIntelligent Variable Transmission (IVT)
EX$22,69010.25-inch Color Touch-Screen Display2.0 Liter, Dual Overhead Camshaft (DOHC), 16-valve, In-line 4-cylinder147 hp @ 6,200 rpmIntelligent Variable Transmission (IVT)
GT-Line Turbo$27,49010.25-inch Color Touch-Screen Display1.6 Liter, Dual Overhead Camshaft (DOHC), 16-valve, In-line 4-cylinder w/Turbocharger201 hp @ 6,000 rpm7-Speed Dual-Clutch Transmission (DCT)

If you’re interested in giving the 2020 Kia Soul a test drive or if you just have questions, our friendly and knowledgeable staff would love to help you out. Seeing the specs in writing is one thing, but getting in the driver’s seat has no substitution.

2021 Optima to be the K5?

Change is coming in 2021 for Kia. Their popular sedan, the Kia Optima, is being renamed to the K5. Kia has not confirmed or denied this name change for the U.S. market yet, but an EPA filing has been listed using the name “2021 Kia K5”. The official EPA fuel-economy ratings also confirm that the 2021 Kia K5 will offer an all-wheel-drive option in the U.S. The single model listed has a turbocharged 1.6-liter inline-four, an eight-speed automatic transmission, and all-wheel drive. 

If you needed more proof of the name change, there was a spotting in Irvine, California of a new Kia Optima that has been seen driving around with a K5 badge at the back. The unit, which already carries a Californian license plate, also wears the blue color that we’ve seen in the official press images of the sedan. 

The K5 isn’t just bringing a new name. A redesigned exterior that is extremely sleek and sporty, and two powerful engine choices are two of the biggest welcome editions. The two engine options; a base 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with 178 horsepower and 195 pound-feet of torque, and a 2.5-liter turbocharged motor good for 286 hp and 311 pound-feet of torque.

Stay posted for more updates, as more information regarding the K5 is bound to be leaked in the coming months.

A man standing in front of an orange 2021 Kia Seltos

2021 Kia Seltos: AutoTrader 10 Best Cars for Recent College Graduates

Are you a recent college graduate? If so, then congratulations on your accomplishment! You’ve overcome a major challenge in your life. As a recent college graduate, you may need a vehicle to help guide you on your next adventure. According to AutoTrader, the 2021 Kia Seltos is a leading choice, for the site named the all-new compact SUV one of the “10 Best Cars for Recent College Graduates in 2020.”

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