A Guide to Kia’s Hybrid Vehicle Lineup

2019 Kia Niro Hybrid at Kia of Lincoln.For 2019, Kia has a diverse lineup of hybrids available for those interested in something other than a traditional ride. Choose the Optima Hybrid, Optima Plug-in Hybrid, Niro, and the Niro Plug-In Hybrid for a new kind of driving experience.

Niro Hybrid

The Niro is a melding of a crossover and a hybrid that results in a vehicle that is versatile and practical. From its high-end styling to its impressive fuel economy, the Niro Hybrid is made for the driver who appreciates fine design and engineering while expecting a quality performance.

The Niro Hybrid is only available in front-wheel drive. It is powered by a 1.6-liter GDI engine and a dual-clutch automatic transmission (DCT), which provides a smooth drive with easy handling. For fuel economy, the Niro Hybrid has a combined EPA estimated rating of 50 miles per gallon (MPG) and a travel range of almost 600 miles.

Continue reading

Get Your Home Ready for the Holidays: 5 Interior Décor Stores to Check Out

Holiday decor shopping in Lincoln, NEIn the winter you tend to spend more time indoors, and that’s when you might become aware that it’s time to change your home’s décor, and perhaps update your furniture. If you’re not sure what style you’re looking for, you can browse the major furniture retailers for ideas. But, in Lincoln, Nebraska, you can also find some smaller stores offering unique items for a more individual style. Here are five local stores for interior décor ideas.

  1. Plum Creek Gifts

Often called “Lincoln’s best-kept secret,” Plum Creek Gifts on North 48th Street is a friendly, family run store which has been established for over 10 years. The store has 14 differently themed rooms featuring old and traditional pine furniture, antiques, rugs, unique handmade items from local artists, and many more home décor ideas. There are items for every room in the house but, if you can’t find what you’re looking for, they will do their best to find it for you.

Continue reading

3 Winter Activities to Look Forward to In Nebraska in 2018

winter sites to see in Lincoln, NEWinter is a beautiful time to get out and explore Nebraska, so bundle the family up, grab your camera, and get away from the house for a while. A thermos with a hot beverage is an excellent accompaniment to any of these great winter activities.

  1. Discover the Joy of Sledding Through Your Children’s Eyes

Sledding is a right of passage for many children as the temperature begins to drop. It does not take a lot of specialized equipment, and yet the ear-to-ear grins are not easy to wipe away. All you need for this activity are a good pair of boots, a sled, and a good hill. When it comes to sled options, you can go with traditional plastic options or check out roll-up options. These look like a thinner yoga mat. If the weather sneaks up on you, a slick piece of cardboard like a television box also works.

As you take your children sledding, join them on the hill. It’s an excellent way for them to see you let out your inner child. It can also encourage a child who may not be entirely sure about the idea.

Continue reading

Five Ways to Boost Your Car’s Trade-in Value

Car wash When you’re ready to get a new vehicle, you need to decide what to do with your old car. For most people, the easiest solution is to trade it in at the dealership. If you decide to go this route, you’ll want to get the most money possible for it. Discover some of the best ways you can increase your car’s trade-in value.

  1. Make Sure It’s Clean

Just like a clean house fetches more money than a dirty one in the real estate market, a clean car will get you a better trade-in price. Before you take your old vehicle to the dealership to see how much you can get for it, make sure you give it a good wash and vacuum. You can even consider repairing any minor dents or scratches. You don’t have to spend thousands of dollars to make your car look nice. You simply want it to look like it has been taken care of very well.

Continue reading

Five Things to Do at the Historic Haymarket

Historic Haymarket in Lincoln, NEOnce a thriving pioneer market square, the historic Haymarket District is now home to hundreds of restaurants, retail shops, and art galleries. Whether you’re an out-of-town visitor to Lincoln or a local looking for a way to spend the day, there are plenty of things to see and do in this revitalized warehouse district. Here we discuss five of our favorite things visitors can do there.

  1. Historic Tour

From time to time, the Lincoln Haymarket Development Corporation hosts a walk-through tour of historic parts of the Haymarket. During the tour, you’ll gain a better understanding of how and why the town was established. You’ll see a variety of business buildings built in the 1800s and discover their original purposes. Each guest receives a walking tour booklet with a Historic Haymarket’s Neighbors insert that gives more information about the area. If you can’t attend one of the guided tours, you can visit the website for a suggested itinerary to take your own self-guided tour.

Continue reading

Quick Guide to Fall Vegetable Gardens in Lincoln

radishesWith fall right around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about a garden this season. If you’ve never planted a garden in Nebraska, it’s important to learn which vegetables grow best in each season.

Time to Plant

Gardening may be more challenging in the fall because your crops must mature before the winter frost kicks in. Ideally, everything should be planted right after the last frost date, which is around May 9, so they can be harvested before the first frost date, which is around Sept. 30.

The upside to gardening in the fall is that vegetables you planted in July and August may produce excellent harvests. This is because cool-season vegetables grow as well as — and in some cases, even better than — warm-season vegetables since they mature during cooler, shorter days. Alternatively, vegetables grown in the cool days of fall may be milder and sweeter than those grown in the hot summer weather.

Continue reading

What to Do If Your Kia Is Recalled?

Kia models in a rowWhether you’re dealing with faulty engineering or a simple software error, having your Kia recalled can feel frustrating and inconvenient, especially if you rely on your car for everyday tasks. While a recall doesn’t always signal something serious, it’s something you should handle without delay. Here are the basics of a recall and what you can do to make the process easier for yourself and your Kia.

What Does a Recall Mean?

A recall means there’s a manufacturing problem with one of your car’s components that’s causing it to act out. Once a vehicle fails to meet federal safety standards, it will either be recalled voluntarily by the automaker or mandated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. If your car is affected, you’ll receive a safety recall notice in the mail within 60 days after a recall decision has been made.

Continue reading

The Pros and Cons When Comparing Leasing Vs. Financing

Orange Kia with a black Kia in the backgroundWhen you’re shopping for a new Kia, you normally have one of two options: leasing or financing. It can be difficult to know which is best, especially because leasing often comes with lower monthly rates. There’s more you should consider, though, before you decide. Review these pros and cons of each option before heading to the lot to negotiate your contract.

What Is Leasing?

When you lease a vehicle, you aren’t actually buying it. Instead, your monthly payments are determined by the car’s residual value — i.e., what it will be worth at the end of the lease period. For example, if you sign a three-year lease, what you pay per month will be based on the vehicle’s expected value in three years. Monthly payments are assigned based on the residual value of the vehicle plus interest.

Continue reading

Four Tips for Making Your Kia Look Newer for Longer

Kia tireGetting a new car can be exciting, especially if you are thrilled with the way it looks. Kia has a lot of design options for you to choose from that will customize the look of your new car. With all of the time and effort that goes into making your car look great, you will want to keep it looking new for as long as possible. Here are four tips that will keep your Kia look newer longer.

Wash It Properly and Often

One of the fastest ways that cars lose their new shine is because of dirt and grime buildup. As dirt and debris buildup on the outside of your car and get stuck, they can scrape away the protective coating on your paint job. That is why you need to clean your car often. It is also important that you wash your car with the appropriate soap too. Dish soap and other abrasive cleaners can scrape away the coating as well. Use a specialized cleaner that is made for cars, or just use soap and water with the right sponge.

Continue reading