Posts tagged "Kia"

Today's Rant: Mic quality on the 2014 Kia Forte

Today's Rant: Mic quality on the 2014 Kia Forte
I was having a phone call with my boss in the 2014 Kia Forte, and in the first minute of the call, he asked: “Are you in a tunnel?” Nope. I wasn’t. “Well, you sound really far away,” he said. Because I needed to hear and be heard, I switched to using headphones, to which... Read more »

Today's Rave: Gigantic glass roof on the 2014 Kia Sorento

Today's Rave: Gigantic glass roof on the 2014 Kia Sorento
With the weather FINALLY starting to get nice in Chicago, I want to suck up every moment of it. From driving with my windows down to sitting outside at lunch, I want to take in as much of the bright stuff as possible. Which is why I absolutely loved the big glass roof in the... Read more »

Today's Rave: Cup holders in the 2014 Kia Sorento

Today's Rave: Cup holders in the 2014 Kia Sorento
I know that cup holders are uniquely an American thing. We all need our super-sized this or venti that in this live-out-of-our-cars society. So, I have to admit that cup holders are definitely something I notice. Especially since I regularly carry around a water bottle of some sort. And usually, it’s too big for the... Read more »
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Photo gallery: 2012 Kia Rio Sedan

One of the best compact cars I’ve driven this summer is the 2013 Kia Rio Sedan. Actually, it might be one of the best cars I’ve driven this year. It has a lot of value packed into a base price of $13,600, including Bluetooth connectivity, USB port and steering wheel audio controls. And if you... Read more »

7 cars for people with active lifestyles

Urban (MSRP at or below $20,000): 2013 Kia Soul
As a marathon runner, I often find myself packing test vehicles with smelly runners, hauling backpacks and gear and, occasionally, changing in the back seat. Some vehicles are obviously more versatile than others. And some vehicles go above and beyond for those of us with active lifestyles. Enter the Active Lifestyle Vehicle of the Year.... Read more »

Chicago Auto Show opens today

Chicago Auto Show opens today
The Chicago Auto Show opened to the public today at 10 a.m. and runs through Sunday, Feb. 19, at 8 p.m. While the show is a little light on concept cars this year, there is plenty at McCormick Place to keep you enthralled, including 4 test tracks where you can take a ride (Jeep, Ram,... Read more »
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Chicago Auto Show: Kia Track'ster Concept

Playing on the dream theme from their Optima Super Bowl commercial, Kia decided to say “what if” to the Kia Soul. What if you could add more power to the Soul? What if you could make the quirky 4-door a coupe? What if you could take a great selling car and make it bold, sporty... Read more »

Kia marketing rocks

First the dancing hamsters with the Soul. Then the sock monkey and his friends in the Sorento. Now we have the Rio animation characters and the all-new 2012 Kia Rio. I don’t know how they think this stuff up, but I’m glad they do.

Today's Rant: Kia Sorento squeaks in cold

Today's Rant: Kia Sorento squeaks in cold
With the recent spate of coldness that has swept Chicago, I discovered this rant accidentally. It had been a pleasant 60 degrees for most of the test, and then bam! One morning I wake up, and it’s 30-something degrees. Brrrr. Thank goodness for the heated seats and steering wheel in the 2012 Kia Sorento. But... Read more »
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Today's Rave: 2012 Kia Sorento heated steering wheel

Today's Rave: 2012 Kia Sorento heated steering wheel
It’s always interesting what you appreciate in a car when the weather turns cold in Chicago. My new favorite feature: Heated steering wheel. And, even better, you don’t have to spend $60K to $70K to get it in a luxury vehicle. I had it this week on my tester: A 2012 Kia Sorento. The only... Read more »