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(Jalopnik)   The hot new car that everyone is rushing out to buy is a *spins wheel* really? A Kia? Well, it does look pretty nice, and it's priced well. Let's see if I can find one locally in green   ( divider line
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2020-07-07 9:29:02 PM  
Heh.  The Kia Optima 2010-2015 and 2015-2020 are fairly attractive looking cars.  Several Hyundais from the other division are also fairly attractive looking in the last decade.  It doesn't surprise me if they've made an SUV that looks pretty nice.
2020-07-07 11:38:45 PM  
The new Kia K5(Optima Replacement) looks awesome too.
2020-07-08 1:42:22 AM  
I bought a Palisade (Hyundai version of the Telluride) for the wife a few months back. It's a really, really nice vehicle.
2020-07-08 6:05:59 AM  
Hey Jalopnik: That auto play video I scrolled past...don't need it to follow me. I didn't miss it, I'm just not interested.
2020-07-08 6:37:06 AM  
I test drove the Hyundai version, that silly jump made it difficult for my petite wife to see over the dash.

Turned our attention to the Mazda CX-9, a similar vehicle with a bit nicer interior.
2020-07-08 6:42:40 AM  
2020-07-08 7:41:09 AM  

ongbok: Personally, this is the Kia that I like​=sem&aud=&CID=20250518&SID=4133575&PID​=204258082&AID=404014449&CRD=0&dskwid=​p50504172027&msclkid=a1f866a0de551a9c1​8bc39a57cdc6012&ds_rl=1287216&gclid=CO​KrkuC7veoCFQOpZQodbBgApw&gclsrc=ds

I love the stinger in its top form in terms of its handling/speed numbers and gorgeous looks.  I've read horror stories about the dealerships though.  Basically, giving you the run around if you want to test drive them, and not giving you the.. umm.. experience you'd expect when you're looking to buy a 50k performance car.  the other thing is a lot of people have complained about the durability of the paint.

its been a couple years since it came out though, so perhaps things have improved.
2020-07-08 8:24:58 AM  
Consumer Reports rated it #1 or #2 on their annual ratings, that's the only reason I know it exists.
2020-07-08 8:50:11 AM  
I had a 2007 Optima that died a couple of months ago with 264K miles.Got more than my moneys worth from it.
2020-07-08 8:51:57 AM  

Antimatter: I test drove the Hyundai version, that silly jump made it difficult for my petite wife to see over the dash.

Turned our attention to the Mazda CX-9, a similar vehicle with a bit nicer interior.

I adored my 2007 CX-9, so so much, bought just after they were introduced. In late February a deer killed it via murder-suicide. I have much less to spend now, and in early March I bought a 2013 Kia Optima in black cherry pearl, nearly the same as the Mazda's black cherry mica; seemed like a little sign, plus I liked the handling, though not as well as with the "bad-ass mom car."
2020-07-08 8:54:24 AM  
50k is way out of my range, but if it wasn't, there are a lot of vehicles I would rather have.
2020-07-08 9:24:45 AM  
I remember when these came out and thought they had potential but then I looked it up and they don't really have much under the hood so thought they'd flop.  Guess that's why I don't run an auto maker.
2020-07-08 9:48:08 AM  

damndirtyape: Guess that's why I don't run an auto maker.

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2020-07-08 12:21:36 PM  
That just proves how far Hyundai and Kia have come from the horrible Excels and Sephias of the 80's and 90's.

An old college friend was looking for a mid-size crossover recently and had narrowed it down to the Santa Fe and Toyota Highlander. The Toyota that sold for $42000 still had to be optioned up to match the $36000 Santa Fe. She eventually bought the Santa Fe, despite not being able to swing more of a deal than zero APR and a couple of hundred dollars off. Shiat, the thing has more toys than my Bimmer. And, the model's history shows it should hold up as well as the Highlander.

Hyundai's doing a lot of things right, and they have the sales to show for it, although they misnamed their flagship SUV. Hyundai's model should have been called "Telluride," to go along with the western city scheme (Tuscon, Santa Fe), with the Kia version being "Palisade."
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