Category Archives: Kia

Kia launches all-news 2018 Stinger sedan

All-new Kia Stinger was launched this week. It was developed by a “dream team” of automotive designers and engineers. Inside, the inspiration comes from aviation with strong connectivity usefulness.
Photo by Kia.

By Vince Bodiford

2018 Kia Soul Crossover

Kia Soul is a unique shape on the road. Inside, it’s hip and functional at the same time. Photos by Kia

By Vince Bodiford

Kia brings back the hamsters to promote popular model

If you go inside major automotive manufacturing facilities – including all brands built in the North America and imports – one thing that stands out is that regardless of the car being made, Kia makes the machines being used by the people making those cars. Automation and machine systems of every kind are made by Kia for use by every manufacturer to build their cars.

Although relatively new to the American market since its introduction in 1994, Kia Motors has been in the transportation business for some time now producing Korea’s first domestically made bicycle in 1951. Skillfully devised, highly functional and affordable describe the company’s products. The new Kia Soul is all of that and more.

In an era of “all cars look alike” the Kia Soul by no means looks like anything on the road – except for another Kia Soul. That is important to many carbuyers who are seeking a departure from the cookie-cutter SUV and crossover choices. Kia Soul is a very unique design and character that is edgy, youthful and sporty.

The 2018 Kia Soul enters its fifth model year as a carryover with minor enhancements. Kia’s iconic urban passenger vehicle offers a fun, funky and functional approach to everyday driving. From a quality standpoint, Soul has ranked #1 in the J.D Power Initial Quality Study in its category for three consecutive years.

Made famous by those forward thinking Kia hamster commercials, we were all introduced to the Soul by a brand campaign that paired it with hip-hop and pop music and an energetic vibe thus giving the Soul instantaneous “cool.” The 2018 Kia Soul has a turbocharged 1.6-liter 4-cylinder engine which is spunky and fun to drive. Our test car came in the Wild Orange exterior hue, which was bright and exuded emotion, and coupled with the 18″ Alloy wheels our Kia Soul was definitely our style.

Kia Soul’s handling, braking and overall maneuverability were excellent for a boxy package. As expected with a short wheelbase, the Soul is afforded the ability of fitting in tight parking spaces which is essential to city driving and commuting. While others hunted endlessly for parking spots to accommodate their vehicles I was able to quickly get in and out without a worry.

More importantly, the Soul’s rectangular silhouette makes cargo issues almost non-existent. The interior was surprisingly spacious and had no problem accommodating me and passengers with plenty of leg and headroom. Not only was the vehicle comfortable and convenient, it was well-packaged in part to the optional panoramic sunroof, infotainment center (simple and intuitive) and the Technology Package which offered the pleasure of navigation with an 8″ display. SiriusXM was enjoyable as always since it was paired with a Harman Kardon premium audio system that comes with the Technology Package. Energy vibrates in tandem with speaker lights which respond to your musical vibes or can be set as mood lighting.

All these features are icing on the cake when you consider that the 2017 Soul is also equipped with Blind Spot Detection, heated front and rear seats, heated steering wheel, Traction Control, Electronic Stability Control and Vehicle Stability Management. The touchscreen display was reactive and far from sluggish as I moved seamlessly between functions at a whim. USB charging and connectivity ports are abundant for your personal tech devices. It’s amazing that a value car can tender some of the same features found on premium luxury vehicles.

The 2018 Kia Soul is an enticing financial decision with a starting price of $16,100 for the base car. Nicely equipped, our test vehicle was priced at $27,620. It is also available in an all-electric plug-in EV model.

For more information, see your local Kia dealer, or visit www.Kia.com

Test Drive by Vince Bodiford, Also experienced by Kyle Ayoung, courtesy of Automotive Rhythms

2016 Kia Optima SX Limited (1135)

Overview:

This is the 2016 Kia Optima SX LTD Turbo Gas Direct Injected 4-cylinder engine. I’ve been testing all of the Hyundai and Kia Korean made cars and have yet to find any negative issues.

Back in March I tested the Kia Optima Hybrid and although they are the same car in many respects power or fuel economy seem to be the only difference. I liked the highway 39 mpg on the hybrid – 7 mpg better than the Turbo I tested this week. So if you want power and rapid acceleration on the road the Turbo will suit you more. Me, I like the added fuel economy more. I tend to have a heavy foot on the accelerator and didn’t get the best mileage as I found myself going faster than I needed.

The Swedes have a saying “Vee get too soon old’t und’t too late schmart” and I’ve found that to be way true. One regret in life has been I was always in too much of a hurry. Later I found I was more relaxed while driving and didn’t get to my destination all that much sooner than when rushing around. I couldn’t help but recall the story of the Tortoise and the Hare and wonder why I didn’t get the point of the story much earlier in life.

General Information: It is assembled in USA; Parts – US/Canadian 57%, Foreign 43%; Engine and transmission – USA; Classification is Midsize. Cars from Kia: Cadenza, Forte, Forte Koup, Forte 5, K900, Optima, Rio, Rio 5-door, Sedona, Sorento, Soul, Soul EV and Sportage.

Handling & Performance:

Very nice handling and fast. And if you can control the speed you’ll also get an average fuel economy of 25 mpg.

Styling:

Lovely car. Nice job Kia.

Fit and Finish:

Kia has not yet disappointed me with the quality of the cars they produce.

Cost:

Very well priced for such a well-equipped passenger car.

Conveniences and comfort:

Special safety conveniences I have put at the top of my list of those things you should have in any new car you invest in. The features are getting more commonplace and with a Kia you get a lot of bang for your buck.

Consumer Recommendations:

As you may recall I bought my daughter a Kia about 6 years ago and she liked it so much she traded the older one for a near new Kia. You can tell your kids, but you can’t tell them much is a saying I like to quote. But then my daughter goes and surprises me by helping her own daughter to buy one as well. Maybe that is what they mean by “Paying it Forward”.

Finally Kia and Hyundai have warranties that are among, if not, the best in the industry.

Recognized Competition:

Kia Optima SX Turbo $25,000, Honda Accord $25,000, Ford Fusion $25,000, Mazda 6 $26,000, Chevrolet Malibu $25,000, Chrysler 200 $25,000, Subaru Legacy $25,000.

Good News:

Great pricing for a great array of features both for safety and for comfort and convenience considerations, Turbo power for ease of passing and for many it will be more fun to drive.

Bad News:

n/a

Standard Equipment:

2.4 liter Turbo GDI (gas direct injection) 4-cylinder engine, 6-speed automatic transmission with active Eco system, 18” alloy wheels, ABS anti-locking brake system, front, side and full length side curtain airbags with driver knee air bag, LATCH (lower Anchor and Tether for Children) system, traction and stability control systems, stability management, hill start assist control, tire pressure monitor, climate control, Harman Kardon surround sound, Navigation system with 8” rear camera display, SiriusXM satellite radio, power adjustable driver and front passenger seat, heated and ventilated front leather seats, push button start with smart key and smart trunk, front collision warning system, blind spot detection system, rear cross traffic alert, rear parking assist system, lane departure warning system, autonomous emergency breaking system, smart cruise control, surround view monitor and panoramic sunroof.

Gas Stats:

$2.95 Gal avg. May 16, 2016

www.fueleconomy.gov

for more information.

22 City and 32 Highway MPG

Pricing:

MSRP $ 35,790.

2017 Kia Sportage SX AWD (1134)

Overview:

This is the 2017 Kia Sportage SX AWD SUV or as some refer to it, CUV for Crossover Utility Vehicle. As if time isn’t passing fast enough a 2017 model year is on the scene. Really. Can’t they wait?

Although it is ahead of its time according to the calendar, it isn’t even significantly different from the 2016 in wheel base and overall length. The styling in this very popular segment of the market is mostly clones of one another. The differential in all brands is more importantly a matter of company philosophy in my opinion. That, in itself however, will determine the quality at the end of your day. It will be YOU who must maintain your vehicle for a long way away from the showroom floor. So selecting the long relationship you will have with that most useful of assets, should be made carefully.

There is something special about a “Brand New” car that no one else has driven. Is it worth the new car cost depreciation between that showroom floor and the street just feet from the highway because that is where it will spend the rest of its life? That is the consumer’s decision to make. All the same, I’m guessing, most of us have been happy with a used car that someone else did in fact drive and care for or abuse. But it also was they who had to suffer the sometime necessity of getting the bugs out. Nothing and no one is perfect.  .  . not even my hero Hyundai and Kia as a company.

I’m biased because I work with Hyundai in another area of the company. That experience has influenced my decision to recommend their products. No they are not perfect but they are special when it comes to a manufacturing company. I have to clarify that a bit because they are a relatively young car maker, which explains why they are as good as they are. The new kid on the block has to give more to gain your confidence and thus your business. For the consumer that should be a big factor in their buying decision.

This Kia’s warranty is among the very best available in today’s world. The quality will be obvious to you on the very first test drive. And as important is the great list of features at competitive pricing that make the driving experience a very good one.

General Information: It is assembled in Korea; Parts – US/Canadian 1%, Korea 96%; Engine and transmission – Korea; Classification is Small SUV. Cars from Kia: Cadenza, Forte, Forte 5, K900, Optima, Rio, Rio 5-door, Sedona, Sorento, Soul, Soul EV and Sportage.

Opinion:

It has been my observation over the past few years that the most aggressive and fast drivers on the highway today drive Honda cars. I simply wonder why. But they must be either very lucky or stealthily pilot their Honda’s invisibly to pass undetected by the CHP. Why? Because, according to Insurance.com, they are not in the top of the list. In fact they are 131 out of over 300 more ticketed brands and models. They are just a little over the average for all cars. Subaru WRX is number one and that is easy for me to believe. Not because I’ve been ticketed while driving / testing one, but rather because they are not only fast cars, they handle as if they were on rails at a Six Flags Magic Mountain ride.

Another observation is that for the most part today’s drivers are better than they have ever been. That is partly because of the vast improvement in the technology that makes them hug the road and stop even when the driver is day dreaming. I’m sure you have also noticed, however, that some drivers just don’t get it – that driving a car is a great responsibility. Example: if you are not passing traffic on your right that is the lane you belong in. The fast lane is on the left and traffic is more orderly when you find the correct lane that suits your driving and speed habits. There is nothing wrong with driving slower than others but it is appreciated when you do it in the correct lane. Just say’n.

Handling & Performance:

Handling and performance is “As good as it gets”.

Styling:

Pretty car but ordinary in the whole scheme of things.

Fit and Finish:

Very good which is a characteristic of Asian car makers in particular. Those who are old enough to remember the phrase “Made in Japan” know that it wasn’t always so.

Cost:

All things considered this Kia is Very Competitively priced.

Conveniences and comfort:

Perhaps the most desirable and important features on the automotive market for me is the Blind Spot Detection system.  #2 for me is the Smart Cruise with Crash avoidance capability. Those features are very timely since without them you can’t safely text while driving. Just kidding of course.

Consumer Recommendations:

Do include these Korean cars in your search for one of the most utility of assets you will ever purchase. You won’t regret it, I promise.

Recognized Competition:

Kia Sportage SX $34,000, Honda CRV $34,000, Mazda CX-5 $31,000, Ford Escape $32,000, Hyundai Tucson $26,000.

Good News:

Great features especially the safety systems.

Bad News:

Only fair fuel economy.

Standard Equipment:

2.0 liter 4-cylinder turbo gas injected engine, 6-speed automatic transmission, AWD all wheel drive,  19” alloy wheels, front, side and full length side curtain airbags, ABS braking system, traction control, stability control, downhill brake and hill start assist control, tire pressure monitor, climate control, Harmon Kardon audio system, UVO 8” navigation with Android auto, Sirius XM satellite radio, leather seat trim, heated and ventilated front seats, push button start with smart key, heated steering wheel with paddle shifters, rear cameral display, blind spot detection, Lane change assist, land departure warning system, rear cross traffic alert, front and rear parking assist, autonomous emergency braking. Auto headlights, daytime running lights, LED fog and tail lights, power folding heated mirrors with turn signal lights, Panoramic Sunroof, smart hands free power lift gate, 10 year / 100,000 limited powertrain warranty.

Gas Stats:

$2.95 Gal avg. April 1, 2016

www.fueleconomy.gov

for more information.

20 City and 23 Highway MPG

Pricing:

MSRP $34,000.

2016 Kia Optima Hybrid EX (1133)

Overview:

This is the 2016 Kia Optima Hybrid EX. It is a midsize family sedan and the overall feeling of reviewers and myself is that there is little to complain about with this car as in the past. Both my daughter, who traded her previous Kia – a Sorento SUV for the Optima, and granddaughter own the Optima. Although I talked my daughter into her first Kia she took it from there after driving the Sorento for over 4 years. Once the kids were grown she didn’t need an SUV any longer and the Optima fits her need better now

General Information: It is assembled in USA; Parts – US/Canadian 1%, Korea 96%; Engine and transmission – Korea; Classification is Midsize. Cars from Kia: Cadenza, Forte, Forte 5, K900, Optima, Rio, Rio 5-door, Sedona, Sorento, Soul, Soul EV and Sportage.

Handling & Performance:

Excellent in all respects. And the kicker is that I am convinced this Hybrid will get 500 miles from a tank of gas. Impressive. I’m not a fan of electric cars but with the Hybrid you have the confidence you won’t get stuck when the charge runs out. The engine provides not only that confidence, it also is fast when you need it. You’ll notice, as I did, this car is smooth – really a nice ride.

Styling:

Clean lines and has that luxury brand look, but at a fraction of the price of those (you know which I mean) with the expensive badges.

Fit and Finish:

Typical of Kia cars that are well designed and assembled. Well fitted seams and no squeaks or groans.

Cost:

Competitive.

Conveniences and comfort:

Very good although I prefer more cargo area. It is just adequate for my taste, but that is so because it is a Hybrid. I like the tradeoff. In summary I find this to include the most user friendly interface with the occupants. The sound system is very good.

Consumer Recommendations:

Luxury comes in many forms. Name brand cars sport a badge developed over many years but this new comer is gaining momentum in the industry. Rightfully so.

I missed the “Blind Spot Warning” feature and it points out how impressive and useful this option is. I would encourage you to add that on your next purchase.

Recognized Competition:

Kia Optima Hybrid EX $33,000, VW Jetta Hybrid SEL $32,000, Ford Fusion Energi $35,000, Honda Accord $33,000, Toyota Camry Hybrid XLE $31,000.

Good News:

Competitive pricing, great looking car, smooth fast ride, very good in safety, comfort and convenience considerations, very good fuel economy, very nice sound system and lastly the Nav system scree is perfect and easy to use.

Bad News:

Cargo only adequate.

Standard Equipment:

2.4 liter 4-cylinder hybrid engine, 6-speed automatic transmission, 17” alloy wheels, electronic parking brake, 4-wheel ABS disc brakes, dual front, side and full length side curtain airbags, LATCH (lower Anchor and Tether for Children) system, traction and stability control systems, stability management system, hill start assist control, tire pressure monitor, climate control, power windows and locks and power heated folding outside mirrors with turn signal lights, Infinity audio with 8 speakers, SiriusXM satellite radio, Navigation system with 8” rear camera display, Bluetooth wireless technology, leather trimmed seats, 10-way power driver seat with memory, 4-way power passenger seat, heated and ventilated front seats, heated outboard rear seats, remote keyless entry push button start with smart key, heated leather wrapped steering wheel, power folding mirrors, 10 year / 100,000 limited powertrain warranty.

Gas Stats:

$2.65 Gal avg. March 26, 2016

www.fueleconomy.gov

for more information.

35 City and 39 Highway MPG

Pricing:

MSRP $33,000.

2016 Kia Sedona SXL (1126)

Overview:

This is the 2016 Kia Sedona SXL. The Minivan is still a viable passenger vehicle. It has stood the test of time and if you want to carry 7-8 passengers it is much more convenient than its alternate the SUV or a typical passenger car. They are easier to get in and out because the sit lower and friendlier to “little people”. . . and easier for mom and dad to get little ones seated. That holds true for seniors like grandparents who appreciate not having to have a ladder to get in many SUVs.

General Information: It is assembled in USA; Parts – US/Canadian 2%, Foreign 93%; Engine and transmission – Korea; Classification is Minivans. Cars from Kia: Cadenza, Forte, Forte Koup, Forte 5, K900, Optima, Rio, Rio 5-door, Sedona, Sorento, Soul, Soul EV and Sportage.

Handling & Performance:

The Minivan is considered or termed a crossover between the SUV and a passenger car. It has been characterized this way:

A crossover, also known as a crossover utility vehicle (CUV), is a vehicle built on a car platform and combining, in highly variable degrees, features of a sport utility vehicle (SUV) with features from a passenger vehicle, especially those of a station wagon or hatchback.

Therefore it handles much like a passenger car than an SUV.

Styling:

Obviously, or not so obvious (to younger drivers) is the fact that the Minivan evolved from the Work Van of the 1960s and its evolution to today’s Minivan had more to do with consumers taking a work van and modifying it to function as a family vacation vehicle. History has however a different story to tell.

minivan

First Mini Van in 1935

In reality the minivan was invented in 1935 by a man named William Stout. It was called the Scarab.

The concept behind it was a theme of a truly “mobile office” — a place where one could be driven and work at the same time with amenities on par with airliners of the time. However, only nine examples of the Scarab were ever produced, as it was considered to be too radical and “modern” for its time. After this, minivans took a long hiatus, with the next model appearing in 1950 in the form of the very popular Volkswagen Type 2, or micro-bus. volkswagen

But here in the US it was the adapted work van that is where the craze really began in earnest.

Fit and Finish:

The Minivan has come a long way from humble beginnings and is well presented. Nice.

Cost:

If you need to carry a lot of folks the price isn’t as important as the comfort of the Minivan for all aboard.

Conveniences and comfort:

All the comforts of home. I like having the power lift gate. And if you don’t mind another $2,800 for options including lane departure warning system, forward collision warning system, and my favorite – Smart Cruise this can be a perfect family safe vehicle.

Consumer Recommendations:

Of course if you don’t need 8 place seating this is likely not for you, but if that’s what you’re looking for the Sedona cost as equipped can surely be justified. One of my favorites.

Recognized Competition:

Kia Sedona $37,000, Honda Odyssey $37,000, Chrysler Town & Country $38,000, Dodge Grand Caravan $32,000.

Good News:

Important safety features, powerful, comfortable ride for 8 passengers.

Bad News:

Some budgets would be strained at $40,000.

Standard Equipment:

3.3 liter V6 engine, 6 speed automatic transmission, front, side and side curtain airbags, LATCH system, power ABS braking system, traction control, stability control, tire pressure monitor, climate control, Infinity surround sound audio, Sirius XM satellite radio, Navigation and back up camera, leather seating, memory driver seat position, heated and ventilated front seats, second row lounge seating, push button start with smart key, leather wrapped wood grain style heated  steering wheel, center console mounted 115 V power inverter, blind spot detection system, auto dimming rear view mirror, front and rear parking assist, fog lights, dual sunroofs, heated mirrors with turn signals, hands free power lift gate.

Gas Stats:

$2.65 Gal avg. February 5, 2016

www.fueleconomy.gov

for more information.

17 City and 22 Highway MPG

Pricing:

MSRP $39,900.

2016 Kia Optima EX (1122)

Overview:

This is the 2016 Kia Optima EX. It is a midsize family sedan and the overall feeling of reviewers and myself is that there is little to complain about with this car. It was a very pleasant driving week with this Kia Optima EX. By the way, the EX is right below the SX which is priced at about $10,000 more, or $36,000.

General Information: It is assembled in USA; Parts – US/Canadian 57%, Foreign 43%; Engine and transmission – USA; Classification is Midsize. Cars from Kia: Cadenza, Forte, Forte Koup, Forte 5, K900, Optima, Rio, Rio 5-door, Sedona, Sorento, Soul, Soul EV and Sportage.

Handling & Performance:

Excellent and a perfect size for a 4-door 5-seat sedan. Vehicle Stability Management ((VSM) is a technology that enables the vehicle to stabilize itself when accelerating or braking suddenly on uneven roads and shortens the braking distance). This system provides further enhancements to vehicle stability and steering responses when a vehicle is driving on a slippery road or a vehicle detects changes in coefficient of friction between right wheels and left wheels when braking.

When the VSM is in operation, ESC indicator light () blinks.

When the vehicle stability management is operating properly, you can feel a slight pulsation in the vehicle and/or abnormal steering responses (EPS). This is only the effect of brake and EPS control and indicates nothing unusual. . . but it will get your attention.

See standard equipment listing below for other operating safety features.

Styling:

Near luxury brands for a fraction of the price.

Fit and Finish:

Typically Kia cars are well designed and assembled. Well fitted seams and no squeaks or groans.

Cost:

Wow, these brands (noted below) must price them at the same table, one would think. But the technology is so precise that the cost is the same to build them. Designs are CAD (computer aided design) and assembly lines are pretty generic. The lesson to learn here: Competition forces them all to be efficient. Conversely if you had a monopoly or a unique design or simply consumer demand there is a certainty there will be a disparity and higher prices for the more demanded product.

Conveniences and comfort:

Excellent. Consider this is a car with a price tag of about $25,000. Instruments are very clear and easy to read. This contrasted to German brands in my opinion where instruments are more complicated and difficult to read. In addition Kia has some of the best intuitive electronics such as Nav, radio for example.

Available but not included in pricing of this Kia that I highly recommend include Blind spot detection system, rear cross traffic alert and rear parking assist system.

Consumer Recommendations:

Even if you are looking at luxury brand offerings you will be wise to include this Kia even in a field of $35,000 cars.

Recognized Competition:

Kia Optima 5 $25,000, Honda Accord $25,000, Ford Fusion $25,000, Mazda 6 $26,000, Chevrolet Malibu $25,000, Chrysler 200 $25,000, Subaru Legacy $25,000.

Good News:

Great pricing, great array of features both safety and comfort and convenience considerations.

Bad News:

n/a

Standard Equipment:

2.4 liter GDI (gas direct injection) 4-cylinder engine, 6-speed automatic transmission with active Eco system and DMS (Drive Mode Selection), 17” alloy wheels, front, side and full length side curtain airbags with driver knee air bag, LATCH (lower Anchor and Tether for Children) system, traction and stability control systems, stability management, hill start assist control, tire pressure monitor, climate control, power windows and locks and power heated folding outside mirrors with turn signal lights, AM/FM/CD/MP3 audio with SiriusXM satellite radio, 5” LCD rear camera display, USB / Auxiliary input jack and 12 volt outlet, Bluetooth wireless technology, power adjustable driver seat with power lumbar support, memory driver seat and outside mirror position, leather trimmed seats, heated front seats, 60/40 split folding rear seats, push button start with smart key and smart trunk opening, heated leather wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, steering wheel control for Bluetooth, audio and cruise. 100,000 limited powertrain warranty.

Gas Stats:

$2.99 Gal avg. January 9, 2016

www.fueleconomy.gov

for more information.111

24 City and 35 Highway MPG

Pricing:

MSRP $24,890.

2015 Kia Soul (1116)

Overview:

This is the 2015 Kia Soul. It has four doors (5 if you count the hatch back) and seating for five. It’s available in three trim levels: base, + and ! (the last two trims are also known as Plus and Exclaim). The top-of-the-line Soul ! builds upon the + model’s standard equipment and the Uvo eServices package, then adds 18-inch wheels, body-colored fascia accents and bumpers, LED daytime running lights, power-folding side mirrors with integrated LED turn signal indicators, an eight-way power driver seat with two-way power lumbar support, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and gearshift knob, simulated leather cabin trim and chrome interior accents. The Soul!’s Sun and Sound package provides a panoramic sunroof, automatic climate control, LED interior lighting, the navigation system, 8-inch touchscreen display, HD radio and the upgraded Infinity audio system.

General Information: It is assembled in Korea; Parts – US/Canadian 1%, Korea 86%; Engine and transmission – Korea; Classification is Midsize Cars. Cars from Kia: Cadenza, Forte, Forte Koup, Forte5, K900, Optima, Rio, Rio 5-door, Sedona, Sorento, Soul and Sportage.

Handling & Performance:

Surprisingly quick. Appreciated comfort in ride and space. A great around town family car at entry level pricing.

Styling:

With its modern look and expressive styling details, the 2015 Kia Soul’s interior includes quality materials which make the interior feel more refined than you might expect for a car in this price range. In fact that is exactly what most of the lookers commented on.

Fit and Finish:

In keeping with all Hyundai and Kia products I find the, to be exceptionally well assembled.

Cost:

The price blows everyone away. Clearly a car cost hovering around the $20K mark is hard to beat.

Conveniences and comfort:

Well-appointed and with the options packages you can have all the bells and whistles available at this price point.

Consumer Recommendations:

With a 100,000 warranty and great entry level pricing this is a fabulous value. Drive this car and you’ll be convinced it is hard to beat.

Recognized Competition:

Kia Soul $21,000, Honda Fit $22,000, Scion xB $19,000.

Good News:

Well priced, solid ride, comfortable cabin for 5 adults, decent cargo area. Great 100,000 mile warranty.

Bad News:

n/a

Standard Equipment:

2.0 litre 164 hp 4-cylinder engine, 6-speed automatic transmission, stability control, traction control, stability management control, hill start assist control, ABS power brake system, front, side and side curtain airbags, tire pressure monitor, air conditioning, power windows and locks, AM/FM/MP3 audio system, UVO eServices, rear camera display, Sirius XM satellite radio, USB and Auxiliary input jacks, Bluetooth wireless technology, power driver seat, 60/40 split folding rear seats, remote keyless entry, cruise control, trip computer, tilt & telescopic steering column, leather wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, auto dimming mirror, cargo cover, fog lights, auto on / off headlights,

Gas Stats:

$2.69 Gal avg. November 30, 2015

www.fueleconomy.gov

for more information.

23 City and 31 Highway MPG01

Pricing:

MSRP $20,780.

2016 Kia Forte SX 5 Door (1113)

Overview:

Kia Optima Sedan Convertible

Kia Optima Sedan Convertible

This is the 2016 Kia Forte SX 5 Door sedan. Reviewers are impressed and I suspect you will be too. Other than being a smaller car than I care for, it fits well in this segment of the market.

Included in the photos is a baby blue 4-door Optima Convertible that is a trip Back to the Future for Kia. Really, a 4-door Convertible that has not seen for a good long time. Imagine that. Kia is making a statement and I like it. Kia / Hyundai cars are the hot ticket and getting hotter. The South Korean’s continue to impress me. Look at their warranty that is twice that of most all others. Now that is confidence.

From fabulous manufacturing facilities to very nice people who treat employees with care and understanding, this company stands out in my mind. Naturally we set them apart and hope they prosper and in the Automotive Industry. We need more of what they provide the consumer.

Back to the Forte 5 that I tested which included a good array of standard features noted below and my test vehicle included some options. SX premium technology package would add $4,200 to include Nav, power sunroof, leather, power driver seat with memory, heated and ventilated driver seat, heated steering wheel (actually very nice and I could see having that feature) and climate control of the A/C. . . none of which I couldn’t live without. Gee, I just saved 4 Grand.

General Information: It is assembled in Korea; Parts – US/Canadian 1%, Korea 94%; Engine and transmission – Korea; Classification is Midsize. Cars from Kia: Cadenza, Forte, Forte Koup, Forte 5, K900, Optima, Rio, Rio 5-door, Sedona, Sorento, Soul, Soul EV and Sportage.

Handling & Performance:

It is only 1.6 liters but it pumps out 201 hp with okay fuel economy but it is really fast and a kick to drive.

Styling:

Typical of cars in class, simple but nice.

Fit and Finish:

Good.

Cost:

Very Good.

Conveniences and comfort:

I didn’t want for anything but must say I really miss some of the new high tech features becoming more common every day. One highlight for me is Blind Spot detection. I miss it in this feature with every car I drive without it.

Consumer Recommendations:

Include Hyundai and Kia products in your evaluation. You’ll be glad you did.

Recognized Competition:

Kia Forte 5 $21,000, Ford Focus $20,000, Mazda 3 $19,000.

Good News:

Powerful turbo, good handling, roomy and good standard features.

Bad News:

Tradeoff of fast responsive performance is only average fuel economy.

Standard Equipment:

1.6 liter 201 hp turbocharged 4-cylinder engine, 6-speed manual transmission, sport tuned suspension, 18” Alloy wheels, 4-wheel disc brakes, front side and side curtain airbags, LATCH system, ABS brake system with brake assist, traction control, stability control, and stability management, hill start assist control, tire pressure monitor, air conditioning, AM FM CD MP3 with 4.3” color touch screen, Sirius XM satellite radio, Bluetooth, keyless entry and push button start, an auxiliary audio input, a USB port, cloth upholstery, 60/40 split folding rear seat, steering wheel mounted controls, a power-adjustable driver’s seat, and rear view camera.

Gas Stats:

$2.79 Gal avg. November 7, 2015

www.fueleconomy.gov

for more information.

21 City and 29 Highway MPG

Pricing:

MSRP $20,990 without options noted.

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Annabelle: Creation (2017)

Director : David F. Sandberg.
Writer : Gary Dauberman.
Producer : James Wan, Peter Safran.
Release : August 3, 2017
Country : United States of America.
Production Company : New Line Cinema, Atomic Monster.
Language : English.
Runtime : 109 min.
Genre : Thriller, Horror.

‘Annabelle: Creation’ is a movie genre Thriller, was released in August 3, 2017. David F. Sandberg was directed this movie and starring by Stephanie Sigman. This movie tell story about Several years after the tragic death of their little girl, a dollmaker and his wife welcome a nun and several girls from a shuttered orphanage into their home, soon becoming the target of the dollmaker’s possessed creation, Annabelle.

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