A couple of weeks ago I spent 3 days in
sunny rainy Orlando, celebrating my graduation with some friends and attending the most awesome concert ever, The NKOTB Package Tour show featuring Boyz II Men and 98 Degrees. I reaaaaaallllly had the time of my life. But this wouldn’t have been possible if I hadn’t been asked to review a car for #DriveSTI. This is the second time I have been blessed to work with this great company and the car… Ohhhhh Myyyyyy… the car was my favorite of any review thus far!
I flew into Sanford AFB which is about 40 minutes from the main Orlando airport but they delivered to my small airport and that car was ready for me as I got off the plane. I got a really great tour of the car thanks to a cool cat named Luis from the Miami office. As I sat in that driver seat I got more and more comfortable. There was a lot of traffic on I4 but since I had both a comfortable and air conditioned SEAT, I was okay with it. And then the rain came. It rained every day I was there with a few times of sun, which was enough to burn me even with 100 spf sunscreen. Yikes.
The car itself..fast and powerful. It has the power of a V6 but way better fuel economy. Here is some specs from the manufacturer
Only one transmission is offered: A 6-speed Sportronic automatic with manual-shift mode. The Optima Hybrid uses the 2.4-liter engine mated to a 40-horsepower electric motor for a combined output of 206 horsepower.
2.4-liter inline-4 (LX and EX trims)
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 24/35 mpg
Every 2013 Kia Optima family sedan offers Bluetooth phone connectivity, iPod/USB audio connectivity, steering-wheel-mounted audio controls and a cooling glove box that keeps drinks chilled. As for safety, the Optima has an impressive array of features including six airbags and electronic stability control. 16-inch steel wheels and a 6-speed automatic transmission.
Panoramic sunroof, heated and cooled front seats, heated rear seats, a heated steering wheel, Nappa leather seating, Infinity sound system, touch-screen navigation system, UVO infotainment voice-active system and rearview camera. In addition to a turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine, the top-of-the-line 2013 Kia Optima SX and SX Limited models offer a lightly sport-tuned suspension and more aggressive styling cues.
My take on it: I WANT THIS CAR.
Sure it is pretty but the thing is, it has all the bells and whistles I need (hands free phone, charging ports for electronics) but it also has ROOM in the back. I have a tall teenager who has previously been squashed in a stratus and I won’t do that. This car fit myself and two more tall girls in the back seat and nobody had to squish legs! The finishes are beautiful, though I wouldn’t choose white since I do have kids. But the black accents make it pop.
The panoramic sunroof was a delight! Even if it was raining a lot, I still loved feeling more light come in the car. I also liked having a backup camera , which I never had before. One of the coolest features in my opinion was the lights, they had special LED runs in the front and back lights and it just made that car look so sharp!
Entry into the car was neat too. There is a small button in the handle that you can push to open the car as long and you have the key in your pocket or purse. No fumbling with the keys, just push the button and you are in. And of course it had a push button ignition too. This isn’t a good thing for older folks who still like to collect keychains, but I think its a necessary sacrifice. Keychains are overrated anyway.
The other girls that were with me on the trip also commented on how nice the interior of the car was. One that sat in the front with me noted how smooth the ride is. She is right too, I found the ride so smooth and since I was driving in FLORIDA, that is a huge compliment because in my experience, Florida doesn’t have the best roads I’ve ever driven.
Bottom Line: I find this car to be a bit pricey at $35k fully loaded, and I did get to test drive the luxury model. If I were to buy it I would definitely downgrade the interior since white leather isn’t what I want with a little boy. Still, for all the features that it does have, it is a very nice car that LOOKS great too. I am most impressed with the room in the car since we still have a carseat for the little guy. Entry level sedans start at $21k.
Thank you #DriveSTI for having me check out another amazing car for you, it was a pleasure!