Real Life Test Drive

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Kids Planning Disney Day

Thanks to the folks at Kia for allowing me to test drive their beautiful vehicle.

We went to Disneyland a few weeks back and had a great time. You can see the boys here planning their ultra-efficient, high-ride-completion mission.

We love going at this time of year because of the Halloween special events and decorations.

Now the thing is we have one old car and we’ve been thinking we may need to start considering getting a new one soon.

So in the spirit of every parent’s never-ending quest for more efficient multi-tasking, I thought our trip to Disneyland would be a great time to take an extended test drive.

So I called a guy who called a guy and the good folks at Kia lent me a 2014 Kia Sorento LX so I could take it through a real-life test for a week. How more real life can you get than loading the kids up, driving them to school, picking them up afterward, packing the car, driving to Disneyland, driving home, dropping them back off at school on Monday, and then going shopping? I’m just saying!

Kia Sorento third row

I’m going to tell you about the many things I liked about the test and then the one thing I didn’t, ok?

I loved the GPS navigation system, it was large, clear, and sensible. When my fuel level was low it told me where the nearest gas stations were without my even having to ask it. I really enjoyed the satellite radio, too.

Kia Sorento Dashboard

It has a power liftgate in the back that can be activated remotely from the key fob. A must for parents who are constantly loading and unloading the car with backpacks, sports equipment, you name it. And there was no fumbling to get the key in the hole while carrying a bag of groceries.

lateral mirrow

I appreciated the power folding mirrors. We live on a very narrow street– if you can call it that but it’s more like a sandy path– and each time I locked the car the side mirrors folded in toward the cabin.


It came with second and third row split seating and seats up to seven, which I don’t have to tell you is fantastic. How many times in the past have I started to say, “I can pick your kids up from school for you…uh…except I can’t?” because I don’t have enough seats.

When you fold the 2nd and 3rd rows down it looks like the Roman Coliseum in there, and they are just as easy to fold back up as they were to fold down.

On the safety side, l was nervous about the blind spot warning system–I wasn’t sure if it would bother me–but I immediately discovered it wasn’t intrusive and it was very helpful. There are little red lights on each of the side mirrors that alert you to the possibility of something being in your blindspot.

The rearview camera is great, too.

In fact, the Sorento has so many good features it’s hard to list them all.  It is very comfortable, has a smooth ride, is very versatile and I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that it seems to have cupholders all over the place which my kids couldn’t stop talking about.

Kids getting in Car

 Ok, so here’s the one thing I didn’t like about it: I had to give it back!!!


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