I haven’t driven a car in years. SUVs, min-vans, pick-up trucks, but no cars.
So when the opportunity presented itself to drive a Kia Optima Hybrid sedan to Brandcation last week, well, I was quite hesitant. A 9+ hour drive in a car? Did I mention 2 other women and lots of luggage?
Despite my concern over comfort, the potential savings because of it being a hybrid won out. And I was pleasantly surprised.
The first thing I noticed about this car was the style. It is such a great looking vehicle – it looks really high-end.
It’s gorgeous from all angles and the leather interior took the same look right inside. The interior was classy and comfortable.
One of my main concerns about this car was how well we would all fit inside it with our luggage and be comfortable for over 9 hours, but everything fit with room to spare!
I actually really enjoyed driving the Kia Optima Hybrid. It was comfortable, everything was where I needed it to be, and visibility was great. It accelerated well and was a smooth, quiet ride. “Bernice” (what I named the built-in GPS) helped us out by telling us exactly where we needed to go, and the satellite radio made our long drive bearable, especially those who weren’t into listening to all Dolly all the time.
When we weren’t listening to Dolly or the satellite radio, we could plugin our phones and have our music play through the speakers. You can also simply charge your phone (Android or iOS) through the in-dash plugs.
The Kia Optima hybrid allowed us to enjoy scenery like this without a care in the world:
My most favorite feature of this car, however, was the gas mileage. As a hybrid, it really saved us a lot of money on gas. We drove a total of 1,366 miles in the Optima and spent $128 total to fill it with gas. I don’t know what that amounts to in miles per gallon but my minivan that we were going to drive originally would have probably cost us at least twice that.
Especially considering the hills we had to drive up and down repeatedly to get to and from our cabin. We were on the side of a mountain and it was pretty steep and winding to get up to the top. The Optima handled it fairly well, I was surprised we didn’t start rolling backwards! The picture below doesn’t even hint at the steepness of the hills.
I haven’t told my husband yet,but the Kia Optima Hybrid is absolutely a contender when I get a new vehicle.Kia provided us with the vehicle shown to use during our trip. Opinions expressed are my own.