2017 Kia Optima Hybrid Road Trip

By Barbara & Bill Schaffer Lonepine, Mont. ?? When the invitation to Bill?s nephew?s wedding in Lonepine, Montana arrived, we had no idea where Lonepine was, even though Bill was born and raised in Western Montana. A quick check of Google Maps showed a small dot, in the middle of nowhere ? about 20 miles…

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2017 Kia Optima PHEV EX Test Drive

?2017 Kia Optima PHEV EX ? Optima stable offers three basic choices Depending upon your environmental stance, Kia serves up a choice of three Optima sedans: the regular base Kia Optima; the Kia Optima Hybrid; and the Kia Optima PHEV or Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle….

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2016 Kia Optima Test Drive

By Barbara & Bill Schaffer Even though the 2016 Kia Optima is a whole new rendition of Kia?s best-selling nameplate it doesn?t look a lot different at first glance. It?s more a product of the ?don?t screw up something that?s working well? school of design and engineering. While the Kia development staff may not have…

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2016 Kia Optima Test Drive

By Barbara Schaffer Aspen, Col. ? I went to new heights, or what seemed like the top of the world, for the introduction of the 2016 Kia Optima. I could still remember the excitement around the launch of the 2010 Optima when it got the great new body design, so was excited to see what…

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2016 Kia Optima SX Sedan Test Drive

?2016 Kia Optima 2.0T SX? Longer, wider, stiffer with ride and handling enhancements Aspen, CO – The Kia Optima ranks as the Korean auto manufacturer?s best-selling nameplate, and the 2016 Kia Optima features a passionately designed vehicle with a European exterior styling influence, along with an enhanced and refined interior. The quality of the ride…

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Kia Optima Test Drive

By Barbara & Bill Schaffer The Kia Optima has certainly been the major success story of the midsize sedan offerings. The second generation Optima, which was produced from 2005 through 2010, had modest success, selling 27,382 the last year it was produced. Then Kia redesigned and re-engineered the Optima, and ?poof?, sales went up more…

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Kia Cadenza Test Drive

By Barbara & Bill Schaffer We had both driven the 2014 Kia Cadenza at various events and introductions during the last year, but we?re excited to get a little more time in it at home. Usually a car like this calls for a road trip, but our travel time was limited so we had to…

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2013 Kia Optima Hybrid Test Drive

By Barbara & Bill Schaffer By our count, there are about 52 hybrid-electric vehicles and another four plug-in hybrid electric vehicles currently offered by 18 manufacturers. We need to say ?about? because things change so quickly in the automotive market, others may have been added since we started counting a few minutes ago. The vehicles…

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Test Drive: 2013 Kia Optima Limited

By Barbara & Bill Schaffer Williamsburg, Va. — ??When Alaska Airlines started flying to Regan National Airport in the Summer of 2012, they celebrated by having a fare sale, and so we celebrated by booking flights to Washington and taking the opportunity to explore the historic Williamsburg, Virginia area.? It was also a good time…

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Test Drive: Kia Optima Hybrid

By Barbara & Bill Schaffer Miami ? We are always up for an automotive challenge, so when Kia e-mailed us the invitation to compete in a hypermiling competition in the new Kia Optima Hybrid, we replied immediately our acceptance and started packing. This contest had a two-part twist.? In addition to trying to get the…

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