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Not Your Traditional Mid-Size Vehicle: The Kia Optima SX Turbo

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Kia optima in Dana Point

Now that my kids are getting older, it doesn’t make as much sense to be driving a full-size SUV around town. I’ve not only been in the market to downsize my vehicle but also trying to find the best car for my teenage son who will be driving in just a few short years. While on my quest to find the perfect family vehicle that is not an SUV, I recently put the 2016 Kia Optima SX Turbo to the test for a week.

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When the car arrived, I was immediately in love with the smooth, sleek lines of the body of the car. It was a snow white pearl Optima with a red hot leather interior that matched perfectly with my long blonde curly hair. And it just kept getting better from the moment that I put my foot on the break and pushed the button to start the vehicle.

Taking the optima to the beach

Taking the optima along PCH

I cranked up my favorite tunes with the Harmon Kardon QLS premium sound system, opened the panoramic sunroof, and took the car cruising along PCH. While I was driving the car around Orange County, heads were turning as the sun was twinkling off the shimmer of the white car.

Grocery Shopping with the optima

Once I was done taking the car for its first drive around town, I came back to reality, strapped a booster into the backseat, and loaded it up with the kiddos.

Optima at Sony Studios

Kia optima steering wheel

I drove the car from Orange County to Los Angeles to Sony Studios for a preview of the upcoming Ghostbusters film. The car was quiet on the highway, got fantastic gas mileage in the unbearable LA traffic, and the high-tech navigation system took me directly to my destination.

Kia optima heated seats

Cruise control for the optima

Kia red leather interior

When looking at a mid-size vehicle for a family of five, interior space is the biggest priority. If the kids are too cramped in the backseat, parents will never have a pleasant driving experience. I was impressed with the amount of space that the Optima provided my family, and I was even comfortable when sitting in the backseat with the kids. The seats featured power adjust driving seats with lumbar support, heated/cooling front seats, and my favorite – the leather wrapped heated steering wheel.

Optima back-up camera

Optima navigation

Then there is the safety concern. Will our family be as safe in a mid-size vehicle as we would in a full-size SUV? While driving the car, I felt completely safe knowing that the vehicle was equipped dual front advanced airbags, front seat-mounted side airbags, driver’s knee airbag, and full-length side curtain airbags. The car has airbags all over the interior of the car to create a pillow effect to protect families in the event of an accident.

Kia optima in the woods

Beautiful Kia

It’s not just about airbags when it comes to the safety features of the Optima. There is also anti-lock braking system, traction control system, electronic stability management, and hill-start assist control.

Kia optima and sand

When it comes to my teenagers, their number one priority is being able to have their devices powered and connected. They were overwhelmed by the amount of charging docks that they had access to in the car with front USB and auxiliary input jack, plus a 12-volt outlet. Then in the back was a rear center console with USB chargers and a 12-volt outlet.

Outlets in the kia optima

The Optima has a brand that stands behind the product that they make for families and offers a Ten year/100,000 mile limited powertrain warranty, Five year/60,000 mile limited basic warranty, and a Five year/60,000 mile roadside assistance.

Kia Optima at the beach

Overall, the Kia Optima SX Turbo makes a perfect mid-size family car. It won’t break the family budget with a starting MSRP of $21,990 and gas mileage of 25 mpg in the city, and 37 mpg on the highway.

Road Trip with the Optima

Kia Optima at Great Wolf Lodge

We ended our time with the Optima by taking it on a family staycation to stay at the all-new Great Wolf Lodge. There was more than enough trunk space for all our luggage with room to spare.

Best mid-size suv on the market

Kia optima dashboard

The Optima is unlike any other mid-size vehicle on the market. If your family is in the market for a mid-size or even full-size vehicle, I guarantee that you’ll be impressed with the Optima from the minute that you take it for a test drive. Learn more about the Optima online, and find the closest dealer near you.

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