I love surprises, so when I found out that I would be test driving the new 2016 KIA Optima Turbo SX I was totally stoked. I have heard tons of wonderful things about the brand so naturally I was dying to get behind the wheel of one of their models.
On the day of delivery I was super anxious for the vehicle to arrive! When I walked outside and saw it sitting there my initial thought was, “Oh! This is gonna be a fun week!” As I made my way over to where it was parked I felt like it greeted me with a, “What’s up Ma? You ready to hit these streets or what?” HA! I tell you it looks like a true stud with major swag! We made the perfect pair!
Although I love surprises, I am a creature of habit, and most times I get annoyed by instant change. I say this because it’s that time again! That point of time when technology has changed so much so fast manufacturers are updating the way we listen to music in our vehicles. I remember when I was a very young girl there were the 8track tapes, then came cassette tapes, next CD’s and now thanks to KIA I had the chance to experience streaming or more accurately known as streaming audio. Streaming is a way of delivering sound without the need to download files of different audio formats. Music services such as Spotify or IHeart Radio use this method to provide songs that can be enjoyed on all types of different devices.
Since I am all about CD’s can you imagine the look on my face when I found out that there wasn’t a CD player in the vehicle. I was instantly annoyed! HA! The guy that dropped the car off explained to me that I would have to stream the music from my phone. Thank God I had already downloaded the IHeart Radio app and, needless to say, after the first two minutes of doing this streaming thing I fell in love! I was giggin’ the entire time I had the vehicle! The Harman/Kardon Audio System is nothing like I have ever experienced! In my opinion, it officially beat out any brand that I have ever heard, and there are a lot of totally amazing brands on the market. However, Harman handles the volume and the bass that a girl like me needs and loves. Hooray Harman/Kardon! I think I love you!!!
The SX Turbo is strong, sleek and sexy! #TotalEyeCandy! The cabin provides lots of head, hip and leg room making the entire time in the vehicle pleasant and very comfortable. Additionally, the refined interior is very polished in appearance with a touch of elegance and class. #Quality!
It comes equipped with a 2.0L Turbo Gas Direct Injection 4-Cyl Engine and 6-Speed Automatic Transmission w/Active Eco System Drive Mode Select (DMS). It gets 22 mpg city and 32 mpg highway (Annual fuel cost $1,800). I love that the new model keeps engine noise at bay and although us Floridians aren’t concerned with the heated Front Seats, the ventilated seat feature can really help to cool things down in the Florida heat. I am sure Northerners will totally appreciate this heated seat attribute. Additional features include: Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Bi-Xenon HID Headlights, auto-leveling, dynamic bending lights and high beam assist, Auto Dimming Rear View Mirror, 7.1 channel surround playback and Clari-Fi, Heated Rear Outboard Seats, Rear Parking Assist System, LED Overhead Front and Rear Reading Lamps, Blind Spot Detection, back-up warning system, Wheels: 18″ Unique Alloy, 10-Way Power Front Passenger Seat, 2-way power adjustable lumbar, Panoramic Sunroof.
- Sleek and Stylish.
- Great handles.
- Quality and Refined Interior.
- Exceptionally smooth and fast.
- Offers both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay—connectivity systems that let you interact with your smartphone via the Optima’s UVO infotainment screen.
- Superior Sound System (Harman-Kardon Audio System). #SUPERBASS!
- Very comfortable and spacious cabin.
The not so Greats:
- Navigation volume is rather low especially when listening to music.
Sedan models that are compared to the 2016 KIA Optima SX TURBO: Honda Accord, Mazda 6, Toyota Camry, Ford Fusion.
Thank you KIA for the awesome experience! I didn’t want to give it back that’s how much I loved it!
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*Disclosure: The vehicle was provided to me for testing purposes and editorial consideration. All opinions are 100% my own*