Test Drive the 2016 Kia Cadenza in Tomball

What is there to love about the 2016 Kia Cadenza in Tomball? Smart safety features, an engine-revving performance and tons of amenities are just a few things that make the Kia Cadenza stand out from the competition! Other vehicles in the sedan category like the Chevy Impala try to outmaneuver the Cadenza but fall short. See how the 2016 Kia Cadenza and Chevy Impala stack up in this comparison by Beck & Masten Kia!

2016 Kia Cadenza 2016 Chevy Impala
Standard Active Headrests that protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash No whiplash protection system is offered
Standard Surround View Monitor that allows you to see all objects around the vehicle Rear monitor and rear parking sensors that beep or flash
5 year/60,000 mile basic warranty which covers the entire car and includes 24 hour roadside assistance 3 year/60,000 mile basic warranty
Rated 2nd among large cars in a 2015 initial quality study by J.D. Power and Associates Rated 3rd in the same J.D. Power and Associates study
3.3 DOHC V6 engine produces 293 horsepower and 255 lb.-ft. of torque 2.5 DOHC 4-cylinder engine produces 196 horsepower and 186 lb.-ft. of torque
Zero to 60 mph in 6.2 seconds Zero to 60 mph in 8.7 seconds
Sedan body style, valet key and remote trunk release lockout offers cargo security Non-lockable folding seats and non-lockable remote release doesn’t offer that extra security
Rain-sensitive windshield wipers Intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted
Standard outside mirrors have heating elements to maintain the best visibility Heated mirrors only offered with Impala LT/LTZ
Standard heated front seats Heated front seats available at an extra cost


Get to know the 2016 Kia Cadenza at Beck & Masten Kia and see the features listed above in action! You’ll agree that the Kia Cadenza in Tomball is a great choice when it comes to choosing your next sedan!

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2016 Kia Soul vs. Honda Fit

In the battle between the 2016 Kia Soul vs. Honda Fit, who will come out on top? Beck & Masten Kia is here to answer that heated debate for you with this comparison of 2016 Kia Soul and Honda Fit! Read on to learn more about what makes these vehicles stand out from the crowd.

2016 Kia Soul vs. Honda Fit: Safety


Choose the Kia Soul and you’ll get a variety of safety features that are not offered by the Honda Fit. The Soul’s optional collision warning system detects an impending crash and alerts you in order to avoid it but the Fit doesn’t offer this extra security. The lane departure warning on the Soul helps you stay in your lane but the Fit also doesn’t offer this. In the IIHS small overlap frontal offset crash test, the Soul received an overall rating of “Good” but the Fit only received an overall rating of “Acceptable.”


2016 Kia Soul vs. Honda Fit: Reliability


A reliable vehicle gives you peace of mind as you drive around town and reliability is the Kia Soul’s middle name! For starters the Soul’s 600-amp battery is more powerful than the Fit’s 340-amp battery. Consumer Reports predicts that the Soul’s reliability will be 16% better than the Fit’s, meaning it will save the owner money, time and trouble. J.D. Power and Associates also rated the Soul first out of compact SUVs in a 2015 Initial Quality Study but the Fit didn’t make the top three.


2016 Kia Soul vs. Honda Fit: Ergonomics


Are you a sucker for amenities? You’re in luck because the 2016 Kia Soul comes with tons of convenient features! Power windows, extendable sun visors, heated outside mirrors, and automatic dimming rear view mirrors are just a few of the features the Soul comes with but the Fit does not. Comfort is key especially on a long road trip but you’ll be cozy riding in the Soul thanks to heated front seats and heated rear seats on some trim levels. Air conditioned seats are also available to keep you cool during those Texas summers, plus an automatic temperature control feature maintains the temperature you set so you can focus on the road.


What’s not to love about the 2016 Kia Soul? Visit Beck & Masten Kia today to check it out in person!

2016 Kia Rio vs. 2016 Honda Fit

2016 Kia Rio in Tomball

Looking for a new compact car to zip around town in? The 2016 Kia Rio is the perfect companion to hit the road in and beats rivals in its class like the 2016 Honda Fit! Beck & Masten Kia is highlighting the top features of the 2016 Kia Rio and Honda Fit but one shines a little brighter than the other! Find out more from your Houston Kia dealer below.

2016 Kia Rio Features:

  • Full 5 year/60,000 mile basic warranty that covers the entire car and includes 24 hour roadside assistance
  • 10 year/100,000 mile powertrain warranty that covers any repairs needed on the transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts
  • 410-amp standard battery
  • D. Power and Associates rated the Rio 2nd out of small cars in a 2015 Initial Quality Study (Fit doesn’t make the top 3)
  • Produces more horsepower and torque than the competition
  • Rio EX offers an optional system that automatically turns off the engine when the vehicle is stopped to conserve fuel
  • Standard four-wheel disc brakes for better stopping power and improved directional control in poor weather
  • Front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control on choppy roads
  • Rated as a compact car by the EPA
  • Outside mirrors have a heating element to keep the mirrors clear
  • Optional rear view mirror that automatically dims to avoid blinding or distracting the driver
  • Available as a sedan or station wagon body style
  • Consumer Reports recommends the Rio based on reliability, safety and performance

2016 Honda Fit Features:

  • 3 year/60,000 mile basic warranty
  • 5 year/60,000 mile powertrain warranty
  • Standard 340-amp battery
  • Rated as a small station wagon by the EPA


When you compare the 2016 Kia Rio and Honda Fit side by side, it’s clear that the Rio is the winner. Beck & Masten Kia would be happy to tell you more about the 2016 Kia Rio so pay us a visit today!

2016 Kia Optima vs. Ford Fusion in Tomball

Beck & Masten Kia is highlighting the features of one of the top sedans on the market, the 2016 Kia Optima! There is a lot to love about the Optima and its features beat rivals in its class like the 2016 Ford Fusion in Tomball. If you’re on the fence about what your next sedan should be, this comparison is sure to help you make up your mind!

2016 Kia Optima 2016 Ford Fusion
Standard Active Headrests that protect driver and front passenger from whiplash Whiplash protection system is not offered
Optional Autonomous Emergency Braking that applies the brakes if an imminent forward collision is detected Collision warning system is available but lacks the automated braking feature if the driver fails to react
Optional Around View Monitor for a clear view around the entire vehicle Rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash
5 year/60,000 mile basic warranty that covers the entire car and includes 24 hour roadside assistance 3 year/36,000 mile basic warranty
800-amp battery 500-amp battery
LX 2.4 4-cylinder automatic gets an EPA estimated 25 mpg in the city and 37 mpg on the highway* 2.5 4-cylinder automatic gets an EPA estimated 22 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway
18.5 gallons of fuel capacity 16.5 gallons of fuel capacity
7-speed automatic transmission comes standard on the Optima LX Turbo for better acceleration Only 6-speed automatic transmission is available
Rated as a large car by the EPA Rated as a mid-size car by the EPA
Hands-free trunk access on the Optima LX Turbo/EX/SX/SXL No hands-free access available
SX/SXL comes with standard adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners Feature not available
Optional heated front and rear seats Optional heated front seats only


Are you ready to see what the 2016 Kia Optima can do on the road? After a spin around the block in the Optima, we think you’ll agree that it puts the Ford Fusion in Tomball to shame. Pay a visit to Beck & Masten Kia today to learn more about the Kia Optima!


*Based on EPA estimates. Actual mileage will vary with options, driving conditions, driving habits, and your vehicle’s condition.


How to Care for Leather Seats

Ah, leather. Supple. Comfortable. Luxurious.

Cracking, brittle, torn.

leather seats in kia

You can avoid that, by taking a few steps along the way to clean and preserve the leather in your car. Here’s what you do:

Saddle Soap

Ok, it doesn’t have to be saddle soap, but saddle soap is a great choice for this job. The main point, here, is to buy a product that is specifically designed to clean leather, and doesn’t have any weird polymers in it. You don’t want a combo clean-and-shine product. Most of those have a gloss in them that makes the seats look temporarily shiny, but aren’t doing such a good job of lifting the dirt out of them.

And lifting the dirt out is a huge part of this. The main part, really. Dirt gets into the fibers of your leather and rubs against them, weakening the leather over time.

Whenever you’re cleaning leather, be sure to test the product on a small part of the material where it isn’t all that visible. Sometimes there can be discoloration, and you want to know that before you get all splotchy on the visible parts.


We mentioned this already, but don’t buy products that advertise anything about shining on them. All these will do is put a layer of gloss on your leather, without doing a whole lot to protect it. What you want is a conditioner. A conditioner will moisten the leather in its fibers, allowing it to bend and flex without becoming brittle.

Protect It

The enemies of leather are sun and dirt. We’ve addressed the dirt part, now we address the sun part. Seat covers are an option, but then of course you aren’t reaping the benefits of having the leather.

Just use common sense on this. Park your car in a garage or shade whenever you can, get your windows tinted, buy one of those sun shades, throw a beach towel over your seats when you get out … whatever works for you. Just know that sun will dry out leather, and anything you can do to preven that will help your seats last longer.

Stay tuned to Beck & Masten Kia for more car care tips!



4 Reasons You Should Keep an Eye on Your Tire Pressure

It’s easy to forget about your tires down there, rolling and cushioning and being all rubbery. But considering they are the only points of contact between your car and the road, they play a huge role in the way your car behaves.

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These are 4 reasons to keep an eye on your tire pressure.

Fuel Economy

If you haven’t added air to your tires recently, they’re probably a little low. Most of the time, you want them to be between 30 and 35 PSI, but it’s not uncommon for pressure to dip down near 20, even if there is no leak.

When the pressure is low, there is more friction, and more friction means your car has to work that much harder to move itself along. This won’t make a huge difference, but you’ll get a few more miles out of every tank by keeping the pressure up.


Under- or over-inflated tires can have a dramatic effect on the way your car handles. Low inflation will cause a mushy, imprecise feeling, while over inflation will make the handling more responsive, but more slippery too. Anything over 40 PSI is way too much.

Premature Wear

This is a big one. Improperly inflated tires will wear out faster than properly inflated ones. If the tire is low, you’ll end up with wear on the sidewalls, and sidewalls are not designed to withstand much contact with the road. Over-inflated tires will tend to wear out in the middle of the tire, causing all sorts of weird vibrations.

Ride Comfort

Yes, you can under-inflate your tires for a cushier ride, or you can over-inflate them to get a few extra miles out of a tank of gas, but there’s a reason for the 30-35 PSI recommendation. It’s the sweet spot, where the car will ride comfortably, roll efficiently, and steer and brake predictably. You can fudge it a little on either side of that if it’s really important to you.

And when you’re ready for a new set of tires, come see us at Beck & Masten Kia. Our technicians will fit you with just the kind of tire you need, at a great price.

Help! My Car is Smoking!

A little smoke coming out of your tailpipe might seem like not such a big deal. After all, you’ve seen this on other cars, and your car is still running, and it’s not making any terrible noises or stalling out on you. Everything is fine, right?

You already know where this is going: No.

If you have smoke coming out of your tailpipe, something is wrong with your engine, and action needs to be taken. Here’s a handy guide for making an educated guess as to what the problem is.

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White Smoke

If the smoke coming out of your tailpipe is white, it means there is water/coolant getting into the combustion chamber. Usually this is because of a cracked head gasket, but it could also be a cracked head or cracked block. In any case, the car is probably going to spend a few days in the shop. It will run OK for a while like this, but overheating problems are coming, sooner or later.

Blue Smoke

If the smoke is blue, it means oil is getting into the combustion chamber. Unlike the white smoke, this isn’t usually a sign of a broken component so much as a worn-out one. Piston rings and valves are both likely culprits here, letting oil slip by their once tight seals and into the place where only fuel and air are supposed to go. If this is the case on your vehicle, it will only be repaired with major engine work, or even an engine replacement. Typically this doesn’t happen until the car has lost almost all of its value anyway, so most people don’t make these repairs.

Black Smoke

Black smoke is an indicator that the fuel is not being burned completely before it exits the combustion chamber. There are a lot of reasons this could be the case, ranging from something as simple as a clogged air filter to something as serious as a malfunction in the fuel-delivery system or ignition timing. If this is happening to you, your vehicle can probably be repaired more easily than it can if the smoke is white or blue.

In any case, have your smoking vehicle inspected by our expert technicians at Beck & Masten Kia. They’ll diagnose the problem right the first time, and make the repairs using only top-of-the-line parts.



Why You Need to Buy a Kia Soul EV

The Kia Soul EV is, as the name suggests, an electric vehicle. This is its fundamental identity, but it’s so much more than that. Allow us to explain.

kia soul EV

Electrifying Performance

The Soul EV’s electric motor makes 109 horsepower and 210 pound-feet of torque. Respectable numbers for its class. But the great thing about electric vehicles is that the torque is available immediately. It doesn’t take time to build up the way it does with internal-combustion engines. What that means is a driving experience that feels a great deal more sudden and powerful than the numbers would indicate. Drive one for yourself. You’ll see.

Tax Credit

Did you know there is a federal tax credit for buyers of EVs? Well, there is. The Soul EV starts at $32,950, but with a federal tax credit of $7,500, you can get one for as low as $24,450. Not only is that a great value, you’ll know you’re riding the wave of the future and helping save the planet.


With a range of 93 miles per charge, you’ll have plenty of juice to get back and forth from work, run errands around town, do all the things you use your car to do on a daily basis. When you’re done driving, just plug it in, and come back later to a fully charged vehicle. Drive right past the gas stations.


With Bluetooth wireless technology, USB/Auxiliary input jacks, parking assist, voice-command navigation, a trip computer – the list goes on and on. When you’re in a Soul EV, you’re able to stay connected wherever you go.

Come see us at Beck & Masten Kia, and test drive one today.


Christopher Walken and Kia will Put Some Color Back in Your Life

We may be a little biased, but Christopher Walken is back in his best role yet.

If you haven’t seen the new ad for the 2016 Kia Optima, you’ve missed one of the great performances in a legendary career, helping a boring, earth-toned man find his soul again in a Kia Optima.


It’s a clever take on an old theme, but it’s not just good cinema. The 2016 Kia Optima is a car that can’t help but make you feel alive. Whether it’s the available 18-inch alloy wheels, the optional panoramic sunroof, or the punchy driving experience, the 2016 Kia Optima pulls you out of the earth tones and into the color.


And Beck & Masten Kia is just the place to get one. Our friendly, professional sales staff will help you pick out just the colors and options that will make your Optima uniquely yours.


Come see us today!

Why Right Now is a Good Time for an Oil Change

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The weather is changing, the sun is shining, the grass is growing. You’re probably thinking about planting gardens and going to the beach.

But you should also be thinking of getting your oil changed, even if you don’t have many miles on your last one. Here’s why:

Temperature changes cause condensation, as you know from every time you’ve ever put on the heater in the winter time. That same thing happens with your engine, and oil and water don’t mix.

Now, this isn’t a major issue. But this is the reason you hear the advice to get your oil changed every 3,000 miles OR three months. The mileage thing is about how much dirt will get into your oil as you drive. But the time thing is about the condensation.

Which, of course, is more of an issue when the temperature changes.

So come see our service department at Beck & Masten Kia. We’ll get you in and out and back on your way.