What You Didn’t Know About the 2018 Kia Optima Hybrid

2018 Kia Optima available at Kia of LincolnDid you know your car has a few hidden secrets? It does if you own a 2018 Kia Optima Hybrid. Check out the fun and unique traits in this car below. Then you can surprise your friends and family with an explanation if one of them notices these traits.

The Shape of the Body

The sleek shape of the Optima body easily attracts the eye. As much as it is eye-catching, it is also essential. As you make your way to your next destination, the car cuts down on the drag it creates through the air. This helps the vehicle running at peak efficiency, and the aerodynamic shape helps save gas as well.  The drag coefficient on the car is a Cd of .24.

Another critical and often overlooked body feature is the air flap. This small feature helps keep your engine cool. Depending on how fast you go, the air flap works to either heat or cool the engine naturally. This air flap helps your car decrease its drag and increase its performance. It also helps to ensure that your engine remains in peak condition throughout the life of the vehicle.

Following the car from front to back, you see the rear is designed to help with aerodynamics as well. The sculpted rear end means that the air does not drop behind the car; instead, it creates the tunnel effect that works with the grille features to help increase your speed naturally.

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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.

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Four Advanced Off-roading Features of the 2018 Kia Sportage

2018 Kia Sportage available at Kia of Lincoln in Lincoln, NEDo you need an SUV that keeps up with your adventures even they take you off-road? Look no further than the 2018 Kia Sportage. It is ready for anything you can dream up regardless of the terrain. Check out some of its advanced off-roading features below.

  1. Quick Response

When you are heading off-road you need to know your vehicle is going to respond in the blink of an eye. ┬áRegarding handling, the Sportage has a quick response time. This is a significant benefit because the SUV does not lag when the terrain changes quickly. The six-speed automatic transmission means you don’t have to worry about switching manual gears while enjoying your off-road adventure.

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Three Unusual Places to Visit In Lincoln, NE

Sites to see in Lincoln, NEThe next time you find yourself in Lincoln, think outside the box. By finding the places that are considered unique in the area, you get a one of a kind trip. Bring your camera and your sense of adventure as you check out these unusual places to visit in Lincoln, Nebraska.

  1. Sunken Gardens

The Sunken Gardens hold the distinction of being the only Nebraska garden listed in National Geographic’s “300 Best Gardens to Visit in the United States and Canada.” There are three gardens within the complex. The Healing Garden is on the west side of the upper level; it contains white blossoms that encourage peace. The best time to visit this space is after the moon rises in the summer. If the design seems familiar, it was inspired by the White Garden at Sissinghurt Castle in Kent, England.

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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.

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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.

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Shopping for an Off-Road SUV? Consider a Kia

2019 Kia Sorento in Lincoln, NEIf you’re thinking about a new vehicle to head out on some off-road adventures, you don’t have to turn to the usual manufacturers. In fact, you might want to consider a Kia. The 2019 Kia Sorento took on the legendary Hell’s Revenge Trail in Moab, Utah, to prove it has the skills to stand up to even the most difficult off-road trails. Learn about some of the top features on the Sorento that make it an ideal option as an off-road SUV.

Excellent Power

You need power to take on those off-road trails, and the 2019 Kia Sorento delivers. The SUV comes standard with a 2.4-liter engine that generates 185 horsepower and 178 pound-feet of torque. If you think your adventures will require even more power, consider the available 3.3-liter V-6 engine that produces 290 horsepower and 252 pound-feet of torque. Additionally, if you want to bring along some extra toys, the V-6 engine gives you a maximum towing capacity of 5,000 pounds.

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Five Most Haunted Places in Lincoln, NE

Nebraska state capitol Although Lincoln, Nebraska, isn’t famous for its haunted places like other U.S. cities, the capital has its share of spooky spots. If you’re looking for some spine-chilling fun, check out a few of these most haunted places in Lincoln.

  1. Nebraska State Capitol Building

Legend says that the Nebraska State Capitol building was constructed on land considered holy by the Native Americans, which could explain some of the creepy sights, noises, and accidents that have occurred there over the years. Guards at the building have said they’ve heard unexplained sounds that include cries, screams, disembodied voices, and footsteps echoing down the halls. Some visitors have reported seeing the spirit of a Native American man in the basement, and others say they’ve witnessed a misty form floating between the first and second floor.

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Experience the high-performance Kia Stinger

2018 Kia Stinger in Omaha, NEThe 2018 iteration of the Kia Stinger is an impressive bundle of performance, value, and style in an attractive sporty package. It’s no slouch when compared to similar vehicles such as the luxury editions of BMW, Infiniti Q50, or Audi and others. The high-end GT model is priced lower than its competitors. Powered by a 3.3 liter twin-turbo V-6 that throws 376 pound-feet of torque, the Stinger races from zero to 60 miles per hour in 4.4 seconds. The top speed of 167 mph is also better than its peers. The vehicle is noticeably heavier than the others, which contributes to better stability and handling, especially at higher speeds.

A Comfortable and Roomy Interior

The driver and passenger seats are designed to offer a spacious feel. They are separated by a wide armrest, and there is plenty of legroom. Rear-seat passengers may have some adjusting to do, as space is a bit compromised by the sloping roofline. The front seat padding is firm and features multi-way adjustments to satisfy drivers of various shapes and sizes. The dual climate control system ensures the cabin temperatures are customized to suit the occupants.

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5 Off-the-Beaten-Path Attractions in Omaha, NE

Molecule Man Sculpture in Omaha, NEOmaha is best known for some of its more popular attractions, such as The Old Market and Heartland of America Park. But once you’ve visited these spots, what else is there to do in town? Luckily, Omaha has plenty of off-the-beaten-path attractions to keep you occupied. If you’re looking for something a little different to explore, check out the following unique spots in the Omaha area.

  1. Florence Mill

Florence Mill used to be Nebraska’s oldest business, but it fell into disrepair through the years. Luckily, it was eventually restored and reopened as a multipurpose museum, art gallery, and farmer’s market. Stop by the Winter Quarters Mill Museum to see some of the old remaining architecture, check out the changing exhibits at the ArtLoft Gallery, and stop by any time from June through September to stock up on fresh fruits and vegetables at the Florence Mill Farmers Market. Florence Mill is located at 9102 N. 30th St.

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