Last week, I had the opportunity to test drive a Kia Optima SX. I was excited to try out a new car, but in the back of my mind, I was thinking that it's just a car (obviously I'm a woman 🙂 ).
However, I really fell in love with this car! I would buy one for my family in a heartbeat (if a new car were in the family plan right now), since I had so much fun driving it around for a week.
Reasons why I liked the car:
This car was loaded with tons of fun features, and I had so much fun playing with them. Some of my favorites include
- Smart Key and Push Button Start – this may have been my favorite feature of all! I could leave the key in my purse, and I barely had to dig it out all week. As long as the key was in proximity to the car, I could push a button on the handle to unlock the doors and push a button on the dash to start the car. Awesome for someone that always seems to have a problem digging keys out of her purse!
- GPS system – Although I have an individual GPS system, it was so nice to have one right in the car. I used it almost every trip since not only have we moved to a new area where I don't know where I'm going, but we also took a small road trip over the weekend to visit friends.
- iPod Connection – I have lots of music on my iPod that I listed to at home, but I have never really been able to find a good solution for using it in the car. The Kia Optima SX has an iPod connection so I can just plug my iPod in to play my music. Unfortunately, my iPod with all my music is in storage somewhere until we move into our house, but I would have enjoyed taking full advantage.
- Bluetooth Phone Connection – When I first got the car, I connected my phone to the car via the Bluetooth connection and whenever I received a call while driving, I could answer it via the in-dash system and hear my call over the loadspeakers. How neat is that!
- Double Sun Roof – My boys really liked the fact that they also had a sunroof over the back seat. We opened it up a few times, but we've had record heat lately, so it wasn't open a whole lot to try to keep the temp down in the car (although the air conditioning worked great).
Although as a woman I probably don't care about performace as much as some, I was impressed by several features in the car.
- Acceleration – this car has a 4 cylinder engine, which helps keep it pretty fuel efficient (22 MPG in the city and 34 MPG on the highway), it also has turbo to help give it some get up and go. And you can really tell. The car accelerates nicely when taking off, and I really noticed the difference when I was going up a big hill. Our other cars tend to start slowing down and you have to push the gas harder, but this car just flew up the hill at the same speed.
- Cornering – since the car is so low to the ground, you can take corners much faster than you can in other cars (like our minivan and SUV). Of course, I probably didn't take as much advantage of this as I could :-).
Appearance – this car is definitely sporty looking. In fact, we live in an apartment complex while we're waiting on our house, and I saw several people driving by the car to get a closer look. And, while I was driving around town, we would get comments and questions about the car when we would stop. The car was so low to the ground, that I had to be careful not to pull forward too far on the curb or I would hit the bottom.
- Smart Adjustable Seat – I loved how you could adjust the driver's seat for your height and comfort and set it in the memory. Every time you start the car, it would adjust the seat to your settings.
- Roominess – We have a mini-van and an SUV, so I wasn't sure how much space a mid-size car would have. However, not only did it fit my husband and boys (in booster seats) quite comfortably for a 5 hour drive, but we also ran a small errand with 4 adults and my husband said it was comfy in the back seat too. I was amazed at how much trunk space was in the car. We were able to fit 2 carry-on size suitcases, a duffle bag, and many odds and ends bags easily into the trunk for our trip.
The version of the Kia Optima SX that I drove has a base price of $26,500 and included options for a total of $31,745. Plus, it includes the standard 5 year/60,000 mile Limited Basic Warranty, and the 10 year/100,000 mile Limited Powertrain Warranty that Kia offers on their new cars.
Have you ever driven or been in a Kia Optima? What do you think?
Disclosure: Kia provided the car for me to drive for a week with no charge to me. I did not receive any compensation. And, as usual, the opinions are all mine!