The Sportiness of the Sportage

If you have ever pondered the question of “What’s in a name,” the 2018 Kia Sportage is the vehicle that answers the question in succinct order, without even being seen. For those that are unaware of what the Sportage is or what it looks like, it is Kia’s answer to the crossover vehicle.

The Sportage bills itself as the “modern compact crossover that defies conventions.” A close look at some of its features confirms that proclamation. First, the vehicle boasts some impressive exterior features including a tiger-nose grille with optimized headlights meant to give greater illumination. Even the rearview mirrors have an upgrade since they have heating elements included that eliminate those foggy or frosty mirrors without wiping or scraping.

The Kia is also built with more safety in mind for drivers and others on the road. For instance, those headlights are automatically dimmed when other vehicles approach, reducing glare and danger. This latest model also has lane departure warning and blind spot detection, as well as rear cross traffic detection.

On the inside of the 2018 Kia Sportage, the keyword is comfort. The interior is luxurious, providing for maximum comfort for everyone. The seats are adjustable not only through that standard reclining options, but also offers power adjustable options for both the driver and in the upper models, for the passenger as well. The models also offer heated seats for the front passengers.

In terms of technology, the Sportage offers touch screen technology, either the Apple Play or Android Auto. It even offers a technology called UVO which provides information about vehicle diagnostics and maintenance. UVO can even connect to available roadside assistance.

The 2018 Kia Sportage is the perfect blend of the crossover vehicle that combines comfort, utility, and safety with a dash of fun. All these features make the vehicle perfect for the weekday or weekend warrior. To arrange a test drive, visit Performance Kia.

Use the 2018 Kia Sorento To Find Your Next Adventure

If you enjoy being active or taking fun trips, a midsize SUV could be the perfect vehicle for you. With plenty of room, great gas mileage and top safety ratings, it might be worthwhile to see if the 2018 Kia Sorento can handle all of the requirements for your next adventure. Whether you drive a lot, need to haul cargo or want to drive on unconventional terrain, here’s how this impressive SUV can help support your active lifestyle.

After a full day of activities, driving home in a cramped, uncomfortable car probably isn’t what you’re looking forward to. The Kia Sorento has plenty of legroom with comfortable seating. Even the third row has more room than in many other SUVs. The smart liftgate opens automatically if you need to load cargo in the back, but your hands are full. As for interior features, there are plenty of easy-to-use and convenient additions, like the navigation system and a 10-speaker Infinity surround-sound audio system.

The 2018 Kia Sorento has additional sensors and cameras that can help you navigate the road more safely. They can help you identify blind spots, switch lanes and back up. The windshield wipers even automatically activate when it rains. The headlights also adjust, and the autonomous emergency braking along with the forward collision warning can help you avoid accidents.

If your job or favorite hobbies include a lot of equipment or rougher terrains, you can get a V6 engine or all-wheel drive. Even the base-model includes plenty of fun features for those wanting to stick with a smaller budget but have the best benefits of the 2018 Kia Sorento. With all the different models and choices available, you can survey them at your leisure to find a vehicle that fits your specific needs. Come see us at Performance Kia and let us help you find the right model for you.

Why the Kia Sportage Should be Your Next SUV

The 2018 Kia Sportage is a car designed with adventure in mind. It is also a very capable and comfortable family hauler around town. We think the price, combined with the feature set, make this compact SUV a great choice for your next purchase. Performance Kia can help you with your purchase and ongoing maintenance.


Styling and Comfort


This Sportage has sweeping curves, a bold tiger-nose grill, and prominent wheel arches. The aggressively styled front end will turn heads all over town. Well laid out gauges, comfortable seats and a very smooth ride could deceive you into thinking you are driving a luxury car.




We have come up behind many cars with arms full of groceries and had to put bags down to pull out the key and open the rear door. We love that Sportage solves this problem by sensing the key in your pocket and opening the door for you. You also get a large touch-screen with electronics to connect your smartphone.


The technology built into the Sportage can also help keep you safe. We love the lane change detection system combined with blind spot detection and parking assist that can go a long way toward protecting you and your loved ones.




Kia has probably one of the longest warranties of any automobile manufacturer. We love the peace of mind this warranty can offer you. All you probably need to concern yourself with is your regular maintenance. If you should run into any problems, bring your vehicle to Performance Kia and we can take care of you. Our goal is your complete satisfaction.


Come to Performance Kia and let us help you find the perfect 2018 Kia Sportage for your family. We would love to help you find just the right car with the right options for you. We have a great selection of cars ready to go.

Less Is More With the 2018 Kia Sorento

The 2018 Kia Sorento offers smaller size and price tag than large SUVs but more room and standard features than the usual five-seaters in the category. Performance Kia, recognized as a Platinum Prestige dealership, is proud to include the Sorento in its line-up. 


Interior Features 


All Sorento trim configurations offer a cabin air filter and second-row rear climate ventilation. AM/FM/Satellite radio with CD is also standard on all configurations, with six speakers and Bluetooth® hands-free cell phone connectivity and steering wheel-mounted audio controls. USB and auxiliary inputs, plus 12-volt power outlets in the front and cargo area, ensure that powering important devices is never an issue. Cruise controls are located on the tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, which offers maximum comfort for all drivers. Heated front seats and 40:20:40 folding second row seats are also standard on all configurations. Illuminated vanity mirrors and map lights round out the cabin amenities. 


Exterior Features 


Automatic projection headlights with headlight escort function are standard across the 2018 Kia Sorento trim spectrum. Heated, body-coloured side mirrors are powered and include turn signal repeaters. The car features a rear wiper, windshield wiper de-icer and low washer fluid indicator lamp. Roof rails are standard, as are splash guards, chrome door handles and a rear spoiler. A rearview camera is standard on all Sorento models. 


Safety Features 


Dual advanced front airbags, dual front side-mounted airbags and dual side-impact curtain airbags are standard on all Sorento trim levels. A security system is standard, as well as an engine immobilizer. An impact-sensing automatic door unlock is also part of the standard package. With computerized vehicle control, braking and stability features, the Sorento has earned a five-star safety rating. 


With its impressive array of standard features and varied trim offerings, the 2018 Kia Sorento is the size and price that’s perfect for many families. Come to Performance Kia today or visit our website to see our inventory. 

Getting the Car of Your Dreams Is Still Possible If You Have Bad Credit

Stuff happens in life and ending up with bad credit is sometimes unavoidable. An unforeseen expense, a medical issue or a divorce can all have a negative impact on your credit. When you’ve searched for a car and you really want to buy a 2018 Kia Soul from Performance Kia, don’t let bad credit stop you from walking into our dealership. Stop by, and we will work out the details with you.

Getting Started

Before you arrive at our dealership, it’s a good idea to do some research and find out where you really stand financially. One of the first things you can do is obtain a copy of your personal credit report. You can get a copy of your credit report for free from one of the major credit reporting companies. Receiving your actual number will cost a little money, but the score is essential to determine your credit level. When you do receive the number, you may find out that your score might not be as bad as you once thought. Your dream of owning a new 2018 Kia Soul may soon become a reality.

We Are on Your Side

Our financial team is here to make sure you get the best rate possible. Our staff members have years of experience assisting customers with bad credit. We are eager to assist you in helping you get the car of your dreams. To make the process go smoother, please bring information about your current earnings as well as information about your current employer. This information is necessary so we are able to get you the best possible rate. Our dealership is determined to put you behind the wheel of a new 2018 Kia Soul. With a little work and patience, you’re going to be out on life’s highway again with your new vehicle.

How to Prepare Yourself Financially to get into a new Kia Forte

Most people today depend on a reliable car to get them from place to place to accomplish their daily personal and work tasks. Cars are a big financial commitment, so you want to be cautious about how much you spend. It’s not always easy finding the balance between affordability and quality. If you’ve got your eye on a 2018 Kia Forte, come to the dealership prepared to make this purchase. 


Pay off Some Debt 


Some people are in the fortunate position where they can lay down cash to pay for a new car. Most people, however, look to financing a vehicle. If you’re going this route, make sure you can qualify for a good loan with your dealer. One way to do this is by paying down or eliminating your debt. Your dealer will look at your debt-to-income ratio. The fewer obligations you have with credit cars and installment payments, the better off you’ll be and the more favorable interest rate you’ll have. 


Have Some Money to put Down 


If you want a new car, or if you know your current vehicle doesn’t have many more miles before it dies, start saving today so you can have a good down payment to make when you go shopping at your local dealership. A sizable down payment will help you get into a better car, and it will lower your monthly payments as well. 


Consider a Trade-In 


If your current car is in good condition, or if you have a second car, think about trading it in for your new Kia Forte. This trade-in can significantly help offset costs and might make your new purchase more affordable. Talk to your dealer at Performance Kia about this option.  


Don’t get caught off guard by the costs of buying a new car. Get yourself on solid financial footing so you can manage the payments of your purchase.  

A Smart Start to Your Test Drive

It might be called a test drive, but this isn’t the type of exam that requires you to study. However, you might want to prepare for your trial drive of a 2018 Kia Soul by considering the following suggestions. This way, when you meet with us at Performance Kia, you have an action plan for your first drive.

Get Comfortable

Don’t leave the lot without adjusting the driver’s seat to your liking. Take the time to set the angle of the car seat, position your distance from the pedals, and adjust the mirrors. Once you’ve done this, reach for the console to ensure it’s at a comfortable length for you.

Can You See Clearly

Take a few minutes to check the front and rear visibility then try the sideview mirrors. Are you comfortable with your range of vision? If you feel as if the car is an extension of your body, then you have a great fit!

Explore Routes

Expand your horizons by testing out different routes. Let the sales person know you want to explore taking the car down the types streets that you drive. Try to experience the car in settings that you typically frequent.

Step On It

Try the car at different speeds if you can. How quickly does it accelerate and transition from gear to gear? Then take the car on the highway and test it within the speed limit. This will give you an opportunity to assess the car’s agility.

Stop and Go

You’ll want to consider testing the car’s brakes to assess responsiveness. Check the brakes at a full stop and reaction at different speeds. It can take a little while to adjust to a new car’s feel so focus on the car’s ability to perform.

Confident Decision

Potential buyers of a 2018 Kia Soul may want to consider the comfort of car seats, visibility, maneuverability, acceleration, and brakes. If you’re satisfied with the results, then Performance Kia would be happy to help you take one home!

Performance Kia in Thunder Bay Is Your Source for a 2018 Kia Sorento

The 2018 Kia Sorento is an excellent choice for the midsize SUV shopper and Performance Kia is the place to come in Thunder Bay to find one. Its automatic, full-time all wheel drive with 4-wheel antilock brakes with stability and traction control can lead to safer driving conditions in winter weather. Heated front seats and a satellite radio with steering wheel-mounted audio controls help to create a comfortable environment for your commute. Choose from a 4-cylinder 2.0 or 2.4 litre engine or a 6-cylinder 3.3 litre engine, all with a 6-speed automatic transmission to power your journey.

An Exceptional Kia Dealership


In 2015 and 2016, we were awarded one of Kia’s most prestigious dealer honors by being named a Platinum Prestige Dealership. Only the top 3% of Kia dealers worldwide receive this award. Since our humble beginnings in the year 2000, our dealership has grown into a 13,000 square-foot modern facility featuring a drive in Service Department, a full Detail Centre and a showroom that features Kia’s impressive lineup of vehicles. We even offer a Kia Cafe and a Children’s Play Centre for your convenience.

Excellent Customer Service

In order to become your new car dealer, we have created a relaxed, no-pressure customer service experience that strives to tailor each client’s experience with us to fit his or her specific needs. Total customer satisfaction throughout the car buying and ownership experience is our goal. Our central location in Thunder Bay allows us to sell and service new and used Kias to all of Southwestern Ontario. We offer convenient Saturday hours in every area of the dealership.


Specialized Kia Service


Our Fix Right Service Guarantee means that our factory trained technicians can service any new or used Kia using Kia Genuine Parts in our Kia Automotive Service Centre the right way. We even offer online booking of service appointments for your convenience. Each scheduled service visit in our Service Centre includes a complimentary car wash.

We want to be the best choice in Thunder Bay for a new 2018 Sorento or for any Kia sales and service.

Taller, stronger and funkier – 2018 Kia Picanto X-Lin

Kia’s smallest hatchback has returned with a fresh new look!

Last month in Frankfurt, Germany, the Kia Picanto X-Line made its grand debut at the 2017 Frankfurt International Motor Show. Taking inspiration from Kia’s popular crossover and SUV model lines, the pumped-up Picanto X-Line definitely triggered a wow effect on the show floor. Read on to find out about the latest yet the mightiest Picanto ever!

Picanto, with an SUV attitude

The all-new X-Line variant has further broadened the appeal of Kia’s smallest car with a series of rugged new design cues. Building on the bold and youthful character of the newest Picanto, the Picanto X-Line boasts an ever-energetic look, with vibrant lime-green highlights at the grille and fog lamp surroundings.

While still fundamentally a delightful city car underneath, the Picanto X-Line gives a more robust presence on the road with SUV-style cross bumpers and metal-look skidplates at the front and rear – emanating go-anywhere confidence and power as a true all-arounder for fun and enjoyment.

For the visual effect of elevated ground clearance, the ride height has been raised by 15mm compared to the standard Picanto – giving drivers a ‘high-rider’ look while adding better road visibility and extra fun to driving.

The most powerful Picanto ever

The secret of the new Picanto’s mighty performance can be found beneath the bonnet. For the X-Line trim, the Picanto is powered by Kia’s 1.0-litre T-GDI (turbocharged gasoline direct injection) engine, which is both lightweight and highly efficient, boasting super low emissions.

Previously only available in the cee’d model family and the All-new Rio, this compact new engine perfectly suits the Picanto’s handling characteristics and makes the new generation Picanto the most powerful to date.

Fun-filled city driving guaranteed

The Picanto X-Line goes above and beyond to offer an enchanting urban ride.

Like the Picanto GT Line, a flat-bottom D-cut steering wheel adds a sporty vibe to the overall interior. With more legroom and headroom than all other rivals in the A-segment, its class-leading cabin space also offers impressive spaciousness and undeniable comfort.

Thanks to Apple CarPlayAndroid Auto, and keyless entry, the Picanto X-Line turns everyday driving into an even more engaging activity.

Safety first

On top of all the ornate and sophisticated details, the new Picanto stands solid on our core value – safety.

As the safest A-segment car Kia has ever made, the Picanto X-Line is equipped with Kia’s DRIVE WiSE technology such as Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) which helps the vehicle avoid or minimize the impact of a collision with pedestrians or other obstacles on the road.

Safety and stability have been improved thanks to a strong body comprised of Advanced High Strength Steel (AHSS) and up to seven airbags with an optional knee airbag.

With all these upgraded features, Kia Picanto X-Line will surely maintain the long-lasting global popularity of the Picanto line-up. Check out the video below on the first impressions of this charming city car and tell us what you think about the Picanto X-Line in the comments section below!