I am really in love with the whole Kia line. I purchased one of the first models way back in 1996 (ish) and own a Sorrento currently. I have test driven a Soul for a week and an Optima too! This week, I am driving a Kia Rio. The Rio is an economical car, while compact in size, that still allows for 2 car seats in the back and enough space for my husband to drive. He is a rather stout man so this is an important feature for my family when we are travelling. Another one is GPS vehicle tracking. I would not know where I was going without it.
The Rio comes with my standard check list of important features like passenger side mirror with light and back up camera, but also added a new must-have for my list. It comes with a gas gauge that tells you how many miles until you have to get gas. That is awesome! I hate getting gas so I try to milk it out as long as I can. Yes, I have coasted into a few gas stations on fumes and pride myself on only running out of gas 4 times (lol).
Also, while travelling, features like Sirius radio and UVO powered by Microsoft come in handy. We are traveling though so many different towns, it is so much easier to pick a station and listen to it straight through with no down time or searching for a station in a cow town. (You know the ones that just have cows and trees – so the only stations that come in are talk radio and AM radio) My husband paired his phone and we downloaded his jukebox to the car so we had the option of listening to his iTunes as well. This appeased him when the kids started asking,”Are we there yet?” lol The base price for the Kia Rio is about 13K and you can get a fully loaded machine with all the bells and whistles for 18.5K.
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