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Director : Dean Israelite.
Producer : Wyck Godfrey, Roberto Orci, Marty Bowen, Haim Saban, Brian Casentini.
Release : March 23, 2017
Country : United States of America, Canada.
Production Company : Lionsgate, Saban Brands.
Language : English.
Runtime : 124 min.
Genre : Action, Adventure, Science Fiction.

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Release : February 8, 2017
Country : United States of America.
Production Company : Universal Pictures, Perfect World Pictures (Beijing).
Language : English.
Runtime : 118 min.
Genre : Drama, Romance.

Movie ‘Fifty Shades Darker’ was released in February 8, 2017 in genre Drama. James Foley was directed this movie and starring by Dakota Johnson. This movie tell story about When a wounded Christian Grey tries to entice a cautious Ana Steele back into his life, she demands a new arrangement before she will give him another chance. As the two begin to build trust and find stability, shadowy figures from Christian’s past start to circle the couple, determined to destroy their hopes for a future together.

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2015 Kia Sedona SXL (1074)

Overview:

This week we’re looking at the 2015 Kia Sedona SXL and initial comments from passengers was simply “a really smooth ride” was felt by all. On top of it all it seats 8 with good room all around. The rear seating folds down and away to increase the cargo area that otherwise is rather limited. But if you need 8 seats you may want to get a bus or leave some of the kids home when you go on vacation. OR, you will want to get a roof mounted cargo carrier that cost a few hundred bucks.

General Information: Parts – US/Canadian 2%, Korea 94%; Engine and transmission – Korea

It is assembled in Korea, Classification is Minivan. Cars from Kia: Cadenza, Forte, Forte Koup, Forte5, K900, Optima, Rio, Rio 5-door, Sedona, Sorento, Soul, Soul EV and Sportage.

Opinion:

Become a Safer Driver by Avoiding These Bad Driving Habits

Did you know that most auto accidents aren’t accidents at all? Most often, they are the result of driver error or inattention. Don’t make these dangerous driving mistakes.

Speeding – Slow down! Speeding is the most common bad driving habit and when combined with aggression, traffic congestion or driver inattention, it’s a dangerous one.

Stopping Suddenly – Avoid slamming on the brakes; you may catch the driver behind you unaware. Instead, focus ahead in order to anticipate potential hazards.

Running the Yellow – Never speed up when the light changes to yellow. If you have the option of stopping safely, slow down and come to a stop before the intersection.

Making Blind Turns – Always check your blind spot before making a lane change. (Blind Spot warning is a feature you may want to get on your next car).

Ignoring Conditions – Always adjust your driving to road conditions. Wet or icy roads, poor visibility and heavy rain or snow can seriously impact your ability to steer clear of danger.

Lane Weaving – Drive in a predictable manner. Erratically darting in and out of lanes is a risky maneuver that confuses other drivers and causes collisions.

Failing to Signal – Let other drivers know what you intend to do by signaling your turns and lane changes. (new features like Lane Assist will let you know you are changing lanes without using your turn signal).

Texting – Never send or read text messages while driving. Despite stricter distracted driving laws, many drivers are still guilty of taking their eyes off the road to check their phones.

Driving Drowsy or Drunk – Make it a rule to never drive drowsy or under the influence.

Tailgating – Make sure to leave enough distance between you and the car in front of you. Proper following distance in good weather is three seconds. (If you are not passing traffic on your right, that’s the lane you should be driving in. Other drivers tailgating you is a good indicator that you are not paying attention).

Handling & Performance:

Powerful and smooth handling that will jump out at you on the first ride.

Styling:

Personal but for my taste it is attractive with simple lines and especially convenient entry and exit and loading and unloading. Very nice easy to use fold into the floor rear 3rd row seats for added cargo space.

Fit and Finish:

Excellent.

Cost:

Competitively priced.

Conveniences and comfort:

UVO eServices is a subscription free OEM infotainment and telematics service communications system for a driving experience that is easier and more convenient. For example with your compatible smartphone and the eServices mobile app, you can program UVO to run regular diagnostic checks and then schedule a service appointment if necessary. In conjunction with the smart phone the cars location is registered and will guide you back to the car, and a host of other features with Maps, 911 Emergency services and personal sounds.

Consumer Recommendations:

I always suggest you include Kia and sister company Hyundai products in your search new or used. You won’t be sorry you did since these Korean cars will deliver the best bang for the buck.

Recognized Competition:

Kia Sedona SXL $37,000, Chrysler Town & Country $36,000, Honda Odyssey $37,000, Toyota Sienna $36,000.

Good News:

Comfortable, powerful, roomy and generally stylishly well done.

Bad News:

Only fair fuel economy because it is an 8 passenger comfortable Minivan (crossover).

Standard Equipment:

3.3 liter 276 horsepower V6 engine, dual continuous variable valve timing, 6-speed auto transmission, 19” Chrome alloy wheels, dual front side and front and side curtain airbags all three rows, LATCH child seat system, ABS braking system with brake assist, stability and traction controls, tire pressure monitor, tri-zone climate control with rear air conditioning, surround sound audio system with Sirius XM satellite, UVO eServices with premium Nav and back up camera, Leather trimmed seats, power driver lumbar support, 110 volt power inverter, fold in the floor 3rd row seating, remote keyless entry, steering wheel mounted controls for audio and cruise, dual power sliding doors, Drive mode selection, smart power tailgate, front and rear parking assist system, fog lights, sual sunroofs, heated mirrors with turn signal indicators, privacy glass and rear spoiler.

Gas Stats:

$2.49/ Gal avg. February 7, 2015

www.fueleconomy.gov

for more information.

17 City and 22 Highway MPG

Pricing:

MSRP $39,700.

2015 Kia Soul EV (1068)

Overview:
This week we’re looking at the 2015 Kia Soul EV. Last week Merkel Weiss gave his thoughts about ALL Electric vehicle technology. Now I have tried to add my experience on the road for real.

Well! Where do I start? To begin with I love Kia as a car company and the other silver lining on an otherwise dark cloud noted below is that All-Electric has a place in the industry. That place is local transportation. So if you don’t travel long distances this is a fantastically cost effective car.

That being said when you drive this kind of car it gives you a whole new understanding of GREEN, which is way overrated in my opinion.

As to longer distance travel the technology and infrastructure is simply has not developed enough to make it a convenient mode of transportation. Necessarily you are dependent on rapid Charge Stations for extended range. I applaud car companies for trying but Kia says this EV has a 100 mile range and even if that were totally true here’s my tale of woe to explain a commute of 50 miles to my destination. It was great until I needed to return home. I had plugged in to the 110 Volt outlet while at work and 6 hours later I only had increased my range from 25 miles to 42 miles. Obviously not enough to get back home 50 miles away.

The closest charge station for a recharge was a Comfort Inn a quarter of a mile from my next stop at the bank. I thought this is great. But quickly my bubble was burst. The charge station was there, but no one knew anything about it except its location in the parking lot. I called the help phone number and they too were of little help. Now I’m getting frustrated. But it gets worse. I went to the department of Water and Power in Glendale 2 miles away. Surely the power company would know everything there is to know about electric vehicles. I asked 5 people around the facility and they didn’t even know where the charge station was. “Sparky” said, “I think it is on the lower level of the parking structure”. I couldn’t find it and gave up.

I decided to stay locally with a friend over night to recharge so I could get home the following day. On my way there, I noted Bristol Farms was listed as a charge station. I called and they had no idea if it even worked. The manager said it was installed many years ago and no one knew anything about it, but thought it was in the parking structure somewhere. Okay, I quit.

I plugged in at my friend’s house at 4 PM and by 7 AM the next morning it was charged to a range of 91 miles. Surely that would get me home right? Well I barely made it, with a range of 8 miles remaining which means at the rate the charge was being used I would only be able to travel another 4 miles to completely dead.

For what it’s worth, Tesla sells their all electric car for $70-110,000 and a neighbor who owns one says he cannot go from San Diego to LA on a full charge, or about 125 miles. He says they have a higher range option at a cost of $20-30,000. When gasoline began to drop in the past month or so, Tesla stock plummeted even faster. Surprise, surprise.

General Information: It is assembled in Korea, Classification is Midsize. Cars from Kia: Cadenza, Forte, Forte Koup, Forte5, K900, Optima, Rio, Rio 5-door, Sedona, Sorento, Soul, Soul EV and Sportage.

Handling & Performance:
Other than its quiet operation it handles the same as any other car. Power is good but the range is not. A ten to twenty-five mile commute would be just fine.

An issue that needs consideration is the long charge times required. I found it required 20 hours from complete empty to provide a 74 mile range. I couldn’t find a charge station with fast charge facilities but I’m told from company representatives a quick charge would take about a half to an hour. So a charge station is almost useless unless it has a quick charge capability.

My recommendation to Electric Car manufacturers is to list Quick Charge facilities on board since that would be the most useful for road trips. It takes under 10 minutes to refuel traditional gas powered cars and these days that is required every 3-400 miles. Until charging is as easy as filling your gas tank I have to believe consumers will reflect my experience and opt for a gas powered car.

Styling:
New age design and ‘cute’ as a neighbor saw it.

Fit and Finish:
Assembly is very good which is typical of Kia products

Cost:
Purchase price is a bit high at $35,000 as equipped. From my calculations and research of operating cost it would appear the cost to charge is about 15 cents per kw hour. This EV has storage for 27 kw hrs thus it would cost $4.05 for a complete charge. So as a comparison to a gas powered car that gets 25 mpg and gas cost say at $3.00 a gallon 100 miles would be about $12.00 or an $8 savings for this EV.

Conveniences and comfort:
Most of the conveniences we have become accustomed to in the 21st Century are available. However, I was afraid to turn on the heater since I didn’t want to chance being stranded somewhere on the highway. So I bundled up to keep from freezing in 30 degree temps at the time and headed out.

Charging can be via general household 110 V outlets but it also has a 6.6 kw on board charge port for those ‘quicker charge’ stations. (I didn’t find one). If every gas station were equipped with a “Quick Charge” facility it would be far more attractive.

Consumer Recommendations:
Include Kia in your car search, but consider seriously whether All Electric will work for you. Check out Charge facilities. My experience was not good.

It is clear to me that some gas powered cars as reported by the EPA get up to 47 miles per gallon so as these numbers grow the demand for all-electric will diminish even more and charge stations will be abandoned to make the experience even more troublesome.

Recognized Competition:
Kia Soul EV $36,000, Chevrolet Spark EV $28,000, Nissan Leaf $33,000, VW e-Golf $36,000, Mitsubishi i-MiEV $24,000, BMW i3 $46,000.

Good News:
It’s a Kia, nice styling and ride and all-electric benefits.

Bad News:
All-electric limitations.

Standard Equipment:
27 kw Hr Lithiam Ion Polymer Battery 109 horsepower 81.4 kWAC Synchronous Electric Motor, 6.6 kW on board charger port, DC fast charge port, regenerative braking system, 16” Alloy wheels, front, side and side curtain airbags, LATCH child safety system, power ABS braking system, stability management and control system,tire pressure monitor, electronically powered A/C and heat pump HVAC,navigation with 8” display with UVO EV services listing, Sirius XM satellite radio, USB and AUX input jacks, Bluetooth wireless technology, energy usage monitor, leather seating, heated and ventilatted front seats, heated rear outboard seats, 60/40 split folding rear seats, push button start with smart key, tilt and telescopic steering column, park assist system front and rear sensors, rear cameral display, fog lights, heated power folding mirrors with turn indicators.

Gas Stats:
$2.49/ Gal avg. January 10, 2015
www.fueleconomy.gov
For more information.

Pricing:
MSRP $35,700.

2015 Kia Optima Hybrid EX (1060)

Overview:

This week we’re looking at the 2015 Kia Optima Hybrid EX which is powered by a four-cylinder gasoline engine paired with an electric motor. Combined output comes to 206 peak horsepower and it’s sent through a six-speed automatic transmission. The EPA estimates the Hybrid will achieve 36 mpg in combined driving. Top highway MPG is 39 and it is very believable as I found it very stingy on fuel for highway driving.

Its appearance is more luxury than the name tag and price tags would suggest. I’m not thrilled with Hybrid’s generally but other than slow starts it is perfect on the highway. I did notice a grabbing sensation when braking and that was discomforting but understandable for Hybrids.

General Information: It is assembled in Korea, Classification is Midsize. Cars from Kia: Cadenza, Forte, Forte Koup, Forte5, K900, Optima, Rio, Rio 5-door, Sedona, Sorento, Soul and Sportage.

Handling & Performance:

Great fuel economy, great ride.

Styling:

This Optima Hybrid is really a lovely automobile and is much like its sister company Hyundai’s Sonata that I recently reviewed.

Fit and Finish:
Very good, typical of Kia products

Cost:
Outstanding value. A part of that value is made possible from the fact that Hyundai is a smart manufacturer. For example they operate their own steel mill.

Conveniences and comfort:

UVO eServices adds a new telematics suite that is enabled by an exclusive free smartphone app. With the app, drivers enjoy an increased level of in-vehicle connectivity that offers them navigation, diagnostic, and convenience features. It’s a new level of connectivity and there are no subscription fees.

Consumer Recommendations:

Include Kia in your car search. You won’t be disappointed. There are other competitors but the short list here represents the closest options. Others include Volkswagen Passat, Chevrolet Malibu, Kia Optima and Hyundai Sonata.

It is also reported by EPA that the Fusion gets 47 mpg and the Accord gets 47 mpg as well as compared with Optima at 39 mpg.

Recognized Competition:
Kia Optima Hybrid $26,000, Honda Accord Hybrid $29,000, Ford Fusion Hybrid $26,000.

Good News:
It’s a Kia, nice styling and ride and fuel economy is among the best.

Bad News:
n/a

Standard Equipment:

2.4 liter 192 HP 4-cylinder Hybrid Engine, 6-speed sportmatic transmission, Electric power steering, 17” Alloy wheels, Electronic parking brake, airbags front, side curtain, LATCH child seating safety, ABS braking system, Traction control system, Stability control, Stability management, hill assist controls, climate control, power windows and locks, AM/FM/ CD/MP3 Infinity audio system, UVO eServices with Telematics, Navigation with rear camera display, SIRIUSXM satellite radio, Bluetooth hands free, Leather seat trim, power driver seat with lumbar, heated and ventilated driver seat, power front passenger seat, heated outboard rear seats, remote keyless entry with push button start and smart keey, heated leather wrapped steering wheel, power folding mirrors with turn signal indicator, fog lights.

Gas Stats:
$3.19/ Gal avg. November 18, 2014
www.fueleconomy.gov
For more information.

35 City and 39 Highway MPG

Pricing:
MSRP $31,995 with options adding to out the door cost as equipped on test vehicle.

2015 Kia K900 (1039)

Overview:

This week we’re looking at the 2015 Kia K900 4-door sedan. Well, not to be outdone by its parent company Hyundai Equus, Kia has reached up and grabbed a star. All the great things you’ve heard about the Hyundai Equus you will find in this Kia K900.
What Kia does not have is as good a line up as does Hyundai. I can see myself in other Hyundai products and likely you will have your own list of cars you’d like to have in either company’s line up. I have driven them all but lean more to the lower price point cars (top down from Equus) than I am inclined to in the Kia family. But that’s just me and my needs and everyone has different wants and wishes and “Pocketbook”. I wouldn’t pop for either the K900 or the Equus because they are a bit too rich for my budget. If the circumstances were different I would opt for the Equus or K900 and quite frankly now that I have tested the K900 it would be a tough decision. I think I would flip a coin.

General Information:

Parts from the US / Canada data unavailable. Classification is Large cars. Cars from Kia: Cadenza, Forte, Forte Koup, K900, Optima, Rio, Rio5, Sedona, Soul and Sportage.

Handling & Performance:

Smoooooth comes to mind and faaaaast is right behind as you too will be impressed with how well it performs. I wish I had more time to take it through its paces but overall it is a great option to give great power and handling and comfort if the “Price is Right”.

Styling:

Beautifully crafted and a car you can be proud to own.

Fit and Finish:

Outstanding.

Cost:

Competitive with the best that more established brands have to offer. But keep in mind that you will pay for the badge big time and with those badges and $5 you can get a cup of Starbucks coffee.

Conveniences and comfort:

All the conveniences that are available in today’s world of luxury cars. I did appreciate the “Lane Assist” on the Hyundai better because it is more robust. In addition to signaling you that you are going out of lane, the Hyundai version steers the car back into lane if you have that feature turned on.

I have to say however that all these “Assist” features like smart cruise, lane assist, camera’s all around the car and blind spot warnings give the driver a false sense of security. I notice it more because I’m always changing cars and it’s easy to forget when the feature is not available. If I drove the car all the time it would not be an issue because the safety it affords the driver is fantastic.

Kia this year introduces UVO (“your voice”) eServices, which includes a suite of telematics tools to monitor your vehicle’s performance and help you stay current with factory maintenance schedules. UVO eServices also includes navigation and location based services that help monitor your car’s location — whether lost in a parking garage or keeping tabs on where your teen took it the night before.

UVO eServices adds a new telematics suite that will provide drivers with an in-vehicle connectivity experience that includes navigation, diagnostics capabilities and other convenience features.

There is not enough room here to explain it in detail, but if you want to learn more about it, this link will give you the whole story.

http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/news/features/2012/may12/05-16kiauvoeservices.aspx

Hydrophobic front door windows – is a coating process that sheds water.

Consumer Recommendation:

If you are in the market for a luxury car in the $125,000 range like the 7 series BMW dare to test drive the Kia 900 (and don’t miss the Hyundai Equus) both at half the price. Then ask others who did opt for the BMW what they have experienced at the BMW dealer for maintenance and repairs and the cost will stagger the imagination. Trust me I am well aware of current cost that has not changed since I owned a Foreign Car Repair facility for more than a decade.

Recognized Competition:

Kia K900 $59,000, Audi A8 $84,000, BMW 7-Series $132,000, Cadillac XTS $54,000, Hyundai Genesis $51,000, Infiniti Q70 $62,000, Jaguar XJ Series $74,000, Lexus LS 460 $72,000, Volvo S80 $45,000.

Good News:

Special in ride, performance and luxury appointments that promises to impress.

Bad News:

I have noticed none.

Standard Equipment:

5.0 liter 420 horsepower V8 engine, 8-speed automatic transmission with shift-by-wire, 19” Chrome Alloy Wheels, front side seat mounted and full length side curtain air bags, Stability management, traction control, ABS braking system with brake assist, driver blind spot detection alert, climate control with filtration, 7 Surround sound audio system, UVO eServices with telematics (see discussion above), Navigation system with 9.2” color display, Sirius XM satellite radio, Rear cross traffic alert, lane departure warning system, front and rear camera displays and parking sensors, Nappa Leather seat and interior trim, genuine wood accent trim, heated seats all around and front ventilated seats, push button start, smart key and credit card valet key, power tilt and telescopic steering column, power closing trunk, power rear window and manual side sunshades, panoramic sunroof with power shade, adaptive front light system, LED positioning and fog lights, power folding auto dimming mirrors, hydrophobic front door windows,
Auto rain sensing wipers.

Gas Stats:

$3.99 / Gal avg. July 1, 2014

www.fueleconomy.gov
For more information.

15 City and 23 Highway MPG

Pricing:
MSRP $59,500.

2014 Kia Forte EX (982)

Overview:

This week we’re looking at the 2014 Kia Forte EX. And you must know these are the new Chevrolet’s. Lower cost, better fuel economy and cheaper to own and operate generally.

Chevy was one of the inexpensive cars of the past, but the new kids on the block come from Korea. Common sense has begun to be in Vogue as the world has slipped back into the pit of poverty reminiscent of the Great Depression of the 1930s. The best indication is the economy where the real unemployment is close to that economic disaster of 80 years ago.

So, the point is that ‘smart’ people are beginning to see the benefit of dumping that BMW and getting into a car at half the price and put the rest into ‘Assets’. . . like a house or a new business venture. Shed the toys and other Liabilities. They are anchor’s that tie you to that lousy job instead of following your dream of your own business or that house for the family. Smart folks will shake off that cultural pressure to ‘look’ successful instead of actually being successful.

Ok, so it’s father’s day and I’m talking to my kids – so you know I’m giving you fatherly advice.

At lunch yesterday I had a very similar discussion where four ideas were considered for possible new businesses. And I believe this will be the Phoenix rising from the ashes and on those wings, American Eagles will rise.

General Information: It is assembled in Korea. Classification is Midsize. Cars from Kia: Cadenza, Forte, Forte Koup, Optima, Optima Hybrid, Rio, Rio5, Sedona, Sorento, Soul and Sportage.

Opinion and Observation

CHP – I have said in the past that you need to slow down and avoid the “Revenue” mission our government is hard at work. I’ve implied that if law enforcement is to be respected those individuals must think for themselves and apply the “spirit” of the law and not the “letter” of the law, that any robot can apply.

Recently I was admittedly traveling too fast while passing several cars who were napping. I know better and admitted my sin to the officer.

Anyway, I couldn’t find proof of insurance and when asked which company I was with I replied Farmers. Long story – short – I was given a fix it ticket for not having proof of insurance. He suggested I slow down and thanked me for admitting I was going way too fast. Now I don’t know about you but I appreciate those reminders long after.

Flashback: A similar thing happened long ago while I was traveling back to the air base in San Diego. A CHP pulled alongside on an otherwise traffic free freeway that was recently built. Well, I was listening to music and simply enjoying the drive in my shiny 1957 Chevrolet hard top with all the windows down. It was a balmy summer eve, and when I realized someone was looking at me, I looked over to the right, out the passenger window at the Black and White pacing me like we were flying in formation. We made eye contact and he motioned with his hand, up and down, to signal that I should slow down. I’ve never forgotten that image and it has slowed me down more than any citation ever received.

Handling & Performance:

Nicely responsive and the steering is great with just enough road feel.

Styling:

There is no doubt this is a nice looking sedan but I have a problem with small print on instruments, and other electronic displays. I suspect Kia is looking at younger market who don’t need glasses to read the dials. Either that or the designers and still in their teens.

Fit and Finish:

Great in this price range.

Cost:

Outstanding value.

Conveniences and comfort:

The seating is comfortable, and generally it is quiet with only occasional road noise. The Bluetooth set up and Nav system settings were easy. The driver seat was heated and cooled and although it was an option not noted here. It is a part of the premium package for $2,600. I can live without nearly all such features. I wish it were a cafeteria plan, however, because I would opt for the push button start with the smart key. That I like. Nav is not standard either, but part of the EX Technology package that is another $2,300 and none of which I need. I have Nav on my iPhone as so many do or I could buy a Garmen portable Nav that is far cheaper.

Consumer Recommendation:

Review your car / transmission options and you will see how much you can get for the money while the prices are so reasonable from Korea.

Recognized Competition:

Kia Forte EX $19,000, Chevrolet Cruze LS $18,000, Dodge Dart $18,000, Ford Focus SE $19,000, Honda Civic sedan $23,000, Hyundai Elantra $20,000, Mazda 3 $20,000, Nissan Sentra $20,000, Subaru Impreza 4-door $20,000, Toyota Corolla $18,000, VW Beetle 2.5L $20,000, VW Golf 2.5L $18,000.

Good News:

Comfy seats, nice handling and responsive acceleration, all the important safety features standard. Well priced and also decent fuel economy.

Bad News:

None noted.

Standard Equipment:

2.0 liter 173 hp inline 4-cylinder engine, 6-speed auto trans., 16” alloy wheels, 4-wheel ABS power disc brakes, front side and side curtain airbags, LATCH child anchor system, traction control, stability control with stability management, hill start assist control, tire pressure monitor, air conditioning, power windwos and locks, audio with CD/MP3 and Sirius/xm Satelite, bluetooth technology, 60/40 split folding rear seats, remote keyless entry, cruise control, tilt and telescopic column, leather wrapped wheel (with audio, phone, cruise controls) and shift knob, auto headlights, fog lights power folding mirrors with turn signal indicator.

Gas Stats:

$3.85/ Gal avg. June 14, 2013
www.fueleconomy.gov
for more information.
24 City and 36 Highway MPG

Pricing:

MSRP $19,400

 

2011 Kia Sportage EX AWD

Overview:

This week we’re looking at the 2011 Kia Sportage EX AWD crossover / SUV. Here is yet another Korean made SUV that has been earning its place in the US market. I recommended a Kia Sorento for my daughter Jen and it has served her well in toting the kids to and fro with school and sports. Price is what moved her to a Korean car and I haven’t been sorry I pushed her in that direction. Simply put she got more for her money. Secondly and equally important the economy has dictated much of what we do to save money.

Guess what… every time you buy a foreign made car or a US car that is made in a foreign country you are “OUTSOURCING”. Dirty word. Not at all. You do it because you must. You support other economies because they don’t have unions. We do in America and they have outlived their usefulness in ‘today’s world’.

As to this Kia – The price is right and the product has stood the test of time now for long enough now to give us confidence that it is here to stay.

Handling & Performance:

These newer SUVs are lower to the ground and although they are not as well suited to off road use they are better on the highways. But this Sportage sports AWD – All Wheel Drive – which gives it sure footing in all road conditions. A short turning radius and smaller size makes it agile and well suited to zipping around town and easier when it comes to parking. The 176 horse engine is perfect for this size car with average to good fuel consumption.

Styling:

The Sportage is new for 2011 with a modern, clean design that features a high beltline, sweeping angles and more pronounced wheel flares than its predecessor. The second-generation Sportage debuted as a 2005 model with a sportier and more elegant design than its more rugged predecessor and more interior room due to a longer wheelbase and wider stance. The Sportage was first introduced in 1995 and in 1997 Sportage adopted the automobile industry’s first knee airbag to augment its high level of standard equipment. For the 1999 model year, Kia added a 2-door Sportage convertible with a removable soft-top over the rear seat area with a fixed hardtop over the front seat area.

Fit and Finish:
Very good.

Cost:
As expected Korea has come to play and are slightly more price competitive. But it is slight and the competition is fierce with only two US products – Chevrolet and Jeep.

Consumer Recommendation:
Unless you intend to do a lot of off roading this Kia fits in well with the competition. Jeep remains the only option here in class for off road use. I had done a lot of off road stuff with Jeep and remain impressed with the performance in that venue. The liberty therefore would have an edge over the rest of the field for me.

Conveniences and comfort:
I like most of us, love gadgets and gizmos. But they are not only fun they are functional and help us to enjoy the driving experience. One such new feature on the scene these days is ‘voice activated’ control. You know how many Nav systems require you are stopped to input a destination? Well enter ‘voice activation’ and wa-la you just tell it where you want to go and it will make that happen at full speed. This is really cool. Then if you want to change the radio station you can do the same thing. You push a button on the steering wheel and the system asks for a command and you tell it what you want to do.

Recognized Competition:
Kia Sportage $18-25,000, Chevrolet Equinox $23-30,000, Ford Escape $21-27,000, Honda CR-V $22-30,000, Hyundai Tucson $19-26,000, Jeep Liberty $23-28,000, Mazda Tribute $20-29,000, Mitsubishi Outlander $21-29,000, Nissan JUKE $19-25,000, Nissan Rogue $21-26,000, Subaru Forester $20-28,000, Suzuki Grand Vitara $19-27,000, Toyota RAV4 $22-28,000.

Good News:
Competitive, great around town car, good fuel economy.

Bad News:
None.

Standard Equipment:
2.4 liter inline 4 cylinder 176 hp engine, 6-speed auto trans, power steering, power 4-wheel ABS disc brakes, all wheel drive, front and side curtain airbags, traction control, stability control, up & downhill brake assist, rollover protection system, tire pressure monitoring, LATCH system (child safety), dual zone climate control, power windows and locks, power mirrors, keyless entry, audio with CD/MP3/ 6 speakers, SIRIUS satellite radio, USB & aux audio inputs, power front seats with lumbar, 60/40 split folding rear seats, cooling glove box, cruise control with trip computer, tilt leather wrapped steering wheel with audio, cruise & Bluetooth controls, roof rails, fog lights, auto headlights and privacy and solar glass.

Gas Stats:
$3.03/ Gal avg. November 2, 2010
www.fueleconomy.gov
for more information.

21 City and 28 Highway MPG

Pricing:

MSRP $24,795.

2013 Kia Rio EX ECO (968)

Overview: 

This week we’re looking at the 2013 Kia Rio EX active ECO. I had mixed feelings about the economic operation of the ECO built into this Rio to save fuel. But I got used to the engine turning off at stops and when you let your foot off the brake the engine starts quickly without  hesitation.

It is a nice 4 door sedan that is roomy for a compact and you will surely appreciate not having to stop for gas quite as often.

General Information:

It is assembled in Korea . Classification is Compact. Cars from Kia:  Forte, Forte Koup, Optima, Optima Hybrid, Rio, Rio5, Sedona, Sorento, Soul and Sportage.

Handling & Performance:

Kia is the first in the U.S. to offer stop-start, which smartly shuts down the engine when it would otherwise be needlessly idling and automatically (and quickly) restarts when you release the brake and press on the accelerator.

It’s a new feature for 2013 and is released before EcoBoost versions for the 2013 Ford Fusion, which will have a comparable feature. Some Kia models for overseas markets have had the feature before the U.S market got it. Kia has been a little more careful in forming a positive impression around the new technology in such a major market.

Those who commute mostly in dense stop-and-go traffic could possibly see improvements of ten percent or more versus Rios without the feature—meaning that there could be an eventual payoff years down the road, especially if gas prices continue rising. I think we can count on higher gas prices.

Styling:

Styling is pretty simple with traditional sedan lines. Nice.

Fit and Finish:

Good.

Cost:

Very affordable. The ECO version is about $1,000 more. Gas prices, if they continue to rise, will make the ECO pay for itself.

Conveniences and comfort:

All the features I’d expect in this price range.

Consumer Recommendation:

This Kia Rio remains a good option in the compact segment delivering great fuel economy. The competition is fierce and that is good for you and me. With so much for the money it is hard to imagine anyone not being able to afford convenient and reliable transportation.

Recognized Competition:

Kia Rio $18,000, Chevrolet Sonic $15,000, Fiat 500 $16,000, Ford Fiesta $15,000, Honda Fit $18,000, Hyundai Accent $15,000, Hyundai Veloster $17,000, Mazda 2 $16,000, Nissan Versa $17,000, Scion iQ $16,000, Suzuki $16,000, Toyota Prius c $19,000, Toyota Yaris $16,000.

Good News:

Great fuel economy, ECO new technology, well priced.

Bad News:

Low front end that is easy to damage underside front on cement parking stops.

Standard Equipment:

1.6 liter 138 horsepower inline 4-cylinder engine, 6-speed auto transmission, electric power steering, front, side and side curtain airbags, LATCH system, traction control, stability control, stability management, hill assist control, air conditioning, power windows and locks, remote keyless entry, audio with CD/MP3, SIRIUS satellite radio, 60/40 split folding rear seat, cruise control, Bluetooth wireless technology, tilt / telescopic steering wheel, alloy wheels, fog lights, auto on/off lights, power folding mirrors, rear camera display, leather wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, dual map lights, ISG Idle Stop and Go system.

Gas Stats:

$4.03/ Gal avg. March 21, 2013

www.fueleconomy.gov

For more information.

30 City and 36 Highway MPG

Pricing:

MSRP $18,515.
Your comments are welcomed. My e-mail is joe@atthewheel.com