Tag: Kia

2016 Kia Optima SX Limited 2.0T - My Blue Family Sedan Heaven - Quick Review

Redesigned 2016 Kia Optima SX-Limited is intent on breaking out from the tight mid-size family sedan mid-pack position.<br> <br>Pricing starts < $23K, with this top trim Horizon Blue SX-L version stickering at $36,615.<br>
* * * * * * * * * * * * (Contributing Editor: Tomasz Paluch) At the head of the pack there are two cemented in popularity. For the rest of the mid size family sedan pack, none is going break out based on good looks or performance alone.   But it sure can’t... Read more »

2017 Kia Sportage SX Turbo AWD - Hot Brand Doing Spicy CUV - Quick Review

2017 Kia Sportage SX-T small family crossover SUV in "Burnished Copper." Fully optioned MSRP: $34,895.<br> <br> Deep valley hood atop smooth round front corners intentionally bears more than passing resemblance to Spicy SUV from Zuffenhausen. <br>
* * * * * * * * * * * * (Contributing Editor: Susan Frissell, Women With Wheels.com, ChicagoNow.com “Girls Go Racing”) When you’re hot, you’re hot. Korean brand Kia is currently sizzling. Last year it sold 600,000 vehicles in the U.S. alone. That represented a nearly 8% increase over previous year sales. As... Read more »

2015 Kia Forte Koup SX - Aperture & Letter Omissions Keep Breed Alive - Quick Review

2015 Kia Forte Koup SX 1.6T is a "Juiced-Up" version of the well-received Forte compact family sedan...Minus two doors. Keeping the breed alive.<br> <br> The base EX variant is sensibly priced from $18,590, while our 201 hp SX tester ran $25,485<br>
– – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Until recently “affordable enthusiastic driving” was the domain of high-style, but lower utility, two-door coupes. Then, “Drive…He Said” discovered some enthusiastic four-doors out there, picking the sleek  2014 Kia Forte EX  automatic as tops... Read more »
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2014 Kia Cadenza - Ringer For a Four Ringer - Review

The 2014 Kia Cadenza. The full-sized front-drive sedan is appointed with Nappa leathers, heated steering, seating, ventilated front seats, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control.<br>  <br>Throw in a panoramic roof, voice commanded navigation & infotainment, dual-zone auto climate, HID and LED lighting, and 19" wheels and the MSRP is under $42,000.<br>
________________________________ At a time of overwhelming SUV popularity, nothing in the junior executive lot proclaims “You’ve arrived” better than a premium full size sedan.  Like the 2014 Kia Cadenza. It’s Bavarian handsome, with a milder rendition of the “tiger nose” culled from the mid-size Kia Optima , is nearly a  ringer for a previous Audi A8... Read more »

2013 Kia Optima SXL - Seeking Rarefied Air - Review

The 2013 Kia Optima SXL. "L" stands for "Limited." A letter dictated by the fully loaded $35,000 price. Ouch!
You can always count on some real cold in the atmosphere here at Drive…He Said’s” Chicago abode. Not that it would stop the 2013 Kia Optima SXL, glass roof and all, from seeking it’s own rarefied air. For the Birdwatchers Among Us: Observe and ponder the differences between the robin (not the  boy wonder) and... Read more »

2012 Kia Soul Eco - If You Start Me Up...I'll Sometimes Stop

The 2012 Kia Soul 1.6L Eco, dipped in a catchy color called "Alien."  Will at least one "real Alien" come forward to confirm their suspected lime green color?
Having sailed the Mediterranean Sea in a Euro-spec 2011 Kia Soul ! 1.6 we at “Drive…He Said” got the chance to sample the changes for 2012 in the U.S. spec Kia Soul + Eco 1.6L with 6 speed automatic transmission. About the only bodies of water we encountered were the slushy pools containing the melt... Read more »
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2012 Kia Rio - Wearing Copacabana wheels to the Tango

Our "Drive...He Said" memo to Kia executives: "Give the wheel designers anything they want. Yes, we said Anything!"
* * * * * * * * * * * * One recent early morning we at “Drive… He Said” awoke to a phantasm of what we had long hoped for…Volkswagen’s Polo hot hatchback. Once we rubbed the sleep from our eyes reality set in. Still no miniaturized version of the Golf here on... Read more »

RO-RO Your Kia Soul Gently Down to Crete

Recently your faithful “Drive…He Said” crew had the stars sufficiently aligned in our favor to be given a KIA’s new SOUL sub compact CUV to play with in of all places, Greece. Despite that country’s public debt service issues, we are still speaking of the glorious Mediterranean islands chock full of well-heeled Western Europeans and... Read more »