Get Luxury for Less With the 2017 Kia Cadenza

It’s time for an upgrade. You want something with some class. Something that doesn’t just get you to your destination but does it in style. However, you’ve never seen yourself driving such a vehicle because the price tag just always seems too high. We’ve got a solution for you: Look no further than the 2017 Kia Cadenza, a luxury vehicle that provides class, power, and efficiency all for an affordable price. Here’s the luxury you’ll get for less with the 2017 Kia Cadenza.

Design

Even on the worst of days, you’ll always feel good getting into a Cadenza. A freshly sculpted grille makes the Cadenza stand out among other Kia cars and their trademark grilles. Kia also implemented the modern design of a single line to inspire the Cadenza’s Z-shaped headlights and LED taillights. It doesn’t matter what angle you’re looking at the Cadenza from; the sleek lines, accentuated by chrome details, ensure that this vehicle always looks good.

The luxury doesn’t end with the exterior. The Cadenza’s interior features soft, smooth surfaces and a wide, wraparound dash that makes the cabin feel open. Drivers and passengers will have plenty of head and leg room and can enjoy the sunlight with an available panoramic sunroof.

Performance

Luxury isn’t just about looks, especially when it comes to a vehicle that you need to perform well. Fortunately, the 2017 Cadenza includes a powerful 3.3-liter V6 engine capable of reaching 290 horsepower. The eight-speed Sportmatic transmission gives the Cadenza responsive power and smooth shifting. It only gets better with the four-wheel independent suspension, which creates a sporty and smooth ride, no matter the road conditions. Don’t worry about spending too much on gas; the Cadenza has a fuel efficiency of 20 miles per gallon in town and 28 on the highway.

Technology

Luxury also demands the highest caliber in technology, and even in this area the Cadenza continues to deliver. The Smart Shift and Drive system analyzes your driving style and automatically selects the optimum driving mode according to your habits. The available Head-Up Display projects important information (like speed, navigation, etc.) right on the windshield, so you can keep your eyes on the road. You can also stay connected to your smart device with Kia’s UVO infotainment system.

Tech features aren’t just about entertainment, they’re also meant to keep you safe. In addition to its entertainment and convenience features, the Cadenza also includes Advanced Smart Cruise Control, Lane Departure Warning, and Autonomous Emergency Braking.

Drive a vehicle that looks as classy as you feel. Everyone needs a car that fits their personality, and the Cadenza could be that vehicle for you. And the best part is you get all these design, performance, tech features (and then some) for a starting MSRP of $31,990. You won’t find a better deal than that. If you have more questions about the 2017 Kia Cadenza or want to see one for yourself, come down to Green Kia today.

Explore Illinois’ History in Springfield

The city you live in isn’t just a plot of land; it’s a place rich with history and stories. Tourists come to engage with history that we’ve never experienced, despite it being in our own backyard. Springfield has a profound history — one tied not only to the history of Illinois, but to the history of the entire nation. By becoming aware of the past captured here in Springfield, we can all gain a greater appreciation for those who have come before us. Here are some places to start exploring history right here in Springfield.

The Lincoln Home

President Abraham Lincoln is a well-known part of Springfield’s history, but if you haven’t taken the time to visit historical sites built in his name, you’re missing out. For example, the Lincoln Home is the only home that Lincoln ever owned. The house was built in 1839 and Lincoln lived here with his family for 17 years. But this isn’t just a home. Come here to see what shaped a man like Lincoln, and what transformed him into one of the most significant leaders in U.S. history.

Are you a teacher looking for a way to educate your students on history? The Lincoln Home is a great place for field trips, and it also offers other resources to help teachers communicate the importance of the home. For parents out there, bring your kids. By engaging with the history of the Lincoln Home, they can become an honorary Junior Ranger.

Lincoln Monument

The Lincoln Home only offers a glimpse into the life of Lincoln. To broaden your understanding even further, come down to the Lincoln Monument. Following Lincoln’s assassination in 1865, his wife, Mary, requested that his remains be returned to their home of Springfield, in Oak Ridge Cemetery. Not only is Lincoln still buried there, but his wife and all but one child are buried there with him.

The Monument isn’t just a headstone. It’s a tomb, made of polished marble where you can walk on truly hallowed ground.

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum

While the Lincoln Home gives you a glimpse at Lincoln’s life prior to his tenure as president, the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum delivers to visitors a wider picture of Lincoln’s influence on the nation. Here you can see Lincoln’s life story through high-tech exhibits and interactive displays. You can even check out a reproduction of the White House as it was in 1861, during Lincoln’s term. Witness the 1860 Presidential Election remastered with campaign commercials and news coverage, as if the election were happening today.

See items that played a powerful role in history, including an original, hand-written copy of the Gettysburg Address, the quill used to sign the Emancipation Proclamation, and much more.

Residents of Springfield have a great opportunity to learn about the role that the state of Illinois played in the history of our nation. Not only is it the land where Lincoln walked, but it’s the place that shaped him. You probably already know that Springfield is a special place, but after exploring these sites, your love for your home will only grow.

Meet the 2017 Kia Niro

You’re looking for a new vehicle, but you don’t want something bulky like an SUV or a truck, and it’s also become pretty clear that you’ve outgrown your old sedan. You need something that falls in between; something to fit your changing needs. If this sounds familiar, the 2017 Kia Niro is just the vehicle for you. More than just a crossover, the Niro combines the best of a hybrid powertrain and a subcompact crossover. So without further ado, we introduce you to the 2017 Kia Niro.

Fuel Efficiency

Every time you fill up the tank, it feels like you’re throwing money away. Why does gas have to be so expensive? If you’re looking for a fuel-efficient vehicle, you literally can’t get better than the Kia Niro. At the end of 2016, drivers took the Kia Niro EX from Los Angeles to New York City and made it on just over four tanks of gas. That’s a staggering 76.6 miles per gallon. In fact, that fuel efficiency earned the Niro a Guinness World Record.

Thanks to the 1.65 kWh lithium-ion battery combined with the 1.6-liter GDI (gasoline direct injection), the Niro won’t leave you wondering why you’re filling up so often.

Performance and Handling

A fuel-efficient vehicle that still has some power can be hard to come by, but fortunately, the Niro has both. Driving the Niro definitely won’t feel like driving a Prius. Many hybrids use a CVT (continuous variable transmission) while the Niro runs on a six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission that delivers much more of a punch than the CVT. The dual-clutch transmission makes for smooth shifting, quick response, and an overall fun driving experience.

In addition to the sporty transmission, the Niro also includes regenerative braking, which captures kinetic energy to recharge the battery for great handling and efficiency for longer periods. A smart cruise control will also optimize performance and handling even while you’re using cruise.

Interior

Performance and fuel efficiency features are great, but they’re far more enjoyable with great interior features to top it all off. You’ll never get bored with UVO, Kia’s infotainment system. With UVO, you can send and receive texts, access your favorite apps, and connect to your smart device through Apple CarPlay or Android Auto all through the convenience and safety of voice control. Phone dying on those long trips? Charge it wirelessly in your Niro.

The great interior features don’t stop there. Stay comfortable no matter what the weather with available heated and ventilated front seats and a heated steering wheel. Need to bring some extra cargo for that long road trip? Use the under-floor storage trays or the 60/40 split-folding rear seats.

If you’re looking for a vehicle that not only gets you from point A to B, but saves you money while you do it, you can’t pass up a chance to drive the 2017 Kia Niro. If you have more questions or want to see the 2017 Niro in action, come down to Green Kia today.

Things You Have to Do at the Illinois State Fair

State fairs are the highlight of the summer across America. Today, visitors across the nation see the best that states have to offer in the areas of agriculture, hobbies, arts and crafts, entertainment, and food. Those traveling to Springfield, Illinois, for shopping or other events can’t miss stopping at the Illinois State Fair. Read on to discover a few things of the best things to explore at the fair.

See the Livestock

The opportunity to see pigs, chickens, cows, horses, and other animals is a must at the fair. Young farmers in the making raise livestock, and the fair is their opportunity to show how well they’ve raised their animals. For children who live in the city, the state fair is the chance to see farm animals up close and in person. Milking a cow is even offered as an activity and is a fun experience for those who haven’t done it before.

The Illinois State Fair started agricultural tours in recent years. The tour features stops at different locations all having to do with Illinois agriculture. Tour guides teach people about pigs, calves, horses, goats, and Illinois’ main crops of soybeans and corn. It runs twice a day through the length of the fair.

Don’t Miss the Butter Cow

Butter tastes great on toast, but it looks better molded into the shape of the famous Butter Cow. Butter sculptor Sarah Pratt is the sculptor that brings the 90-year-old butter tradition to life. In addition to sculpting the cow, Sarah has sculpted the likeness of Abraham Lincoln, a Monopoly game, and gymnast Shawn Johnson.

The Butter Cow first made its appearance at the fair in the 1920s and is an unofficial fair icon. It’s sculpted using 500 pounds of butter. Located in the Dairy Building, the Butter Cow is one of many dairy-themed items to see including ice cream, cheeses, milks, and other dairy products.

See the Entertainment

Conservation World at the Illinois State Fair offers free outdoor entertainment for families. Bring your little ones along to enjoy interactive shows such as a lumberjack show or a blacksmith demonstration. For a more hands-on experience, the fishing clinic allows children to catch fish while the forestry tent features conservation information with Smoky the Bear. Hunting dog demonstrations will be sure to excite for those interested in the thrill of the chase.

Enjoy Hobbies, Arts, and Crafts

State fairs are a chance for people to display their talents. For some, this means painting, sewing, knitting or building incredible creations out of unique items. If you enjoy the best from nature, then explore the talents demonstrated in the growing tomatoes and other fruits, canning, and pickling, or with baked goods.

Dare to Eat the Unusual

Fair food is unique unto itself. The illness state fair is a time to indulge in unique foods such as deep-fried snickers bar, deep-fried Oreos, and funnel cakes just to name a few.

The Illinois State Fair comes but once a year and its activities fill many days. It is definitely worth including in a visit to Springfield because it is the highlight of summer!