It’s hard to believe, but in a few short years, I’ll have a kid driving. I’m a nervous wreck type parent so don’t give me the “it’ll be great” speech. What I’m most afraid of the safety of her and everyone else on the road. I may be silly, but I’ve already begun researching for her perfect car. Going to your local auto show is a great way to look at many brands and many cars. It can be incredibly overwhelming, but thankfully I’ve already narrowed down the brand. We stick with Kia because of their reliability, cost-effectiveness, safety, and features. Kia does check all the boxes there. Last week, I attended the Orlando Auto Show to look at the new 2018 Kia models and my hope was to find a car I knew would be perfect for my daughter.
To get a better feel for the Kia Rio I made a V-line outside to the Kia Ride and Drive Experience booth. There you can test drive (almost) every model. Simply show your license and take a breathalyzer test (if you’re driving), and then they’ll give you a wristband so you can take a spin in your favorite car!
The Kia employee was very knowledgeable and helped to answer all my questions. All of the safety features has me wanting to purchase a Rio tomorrow. Six airbags coupled with wide-wheel base provide stability as well as a balanced and athletic stance. The available tech has me doing backflips. The UVO3 telematics system is equipped with 19 services at no charge, including:
- Curfew alert: Via an app on your phone, parents can set a time you don’t want the car out by, distance parameters via Geo Fence, and even Speed Alert if the car exceeds a preset speed for your teen driver! If they go outside of the limits you set, mom and dad will get an alert. Stalker? Maybe. Peace of mind? Definitely.
- Parking minder: I cannot get over this feature. The car will practically help you into a tight parking spot. Plus, when the car in reverse, the volume of the music lowers automatically, making the driver focus on the task at hand. Put the car back into drive and the music goes back to the setting you had it at previously. I even know adults who should have something like this in their cars.
- Android Auto/Apple CarPlay: Connect your phone via Bluetooth, and you’re set to be hands-free while you drive. Everything from playing your favorite songs, to making a call, reading & replying to a text message. You can be completely safe and still in touch with what’s needed.
Starting at just $13,990, a Kia Rio has become my top pick for anyone looking for an affordable, budget-friendly car! My test drive was reasonably quick but long enough for me to make a note on how easily it maneuvers around corners and the overall smoothness of the ride.
Now that I’ve figured out what her car will be, I get to shop for myself. I fully embrace the soccer mom life with the Kia Sedona but sometimes mom needs a car of her own without cookie crumbs all over it. In Santa Barbara I swooned over the Cadenza, I love saving gas in the Niro, and I cannot get enough of the cargo space in the Sorento. But what this mom really wants is a K900 or Stinger GT.
Came for the daughter, but left drooling over these babies. Kia offers style, sophistication, and affordability with more features included in their base models than other car companies. Don’t believe me? Visit your auto show to check out the cars featured here plus don’t forget to take your own test drive (hint: you’ll receive a gift just for taking the drive!)
Disclosure: I have been given compensation for this post by Kia Motors. However, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my mine, unless noted otherwise. Please note that the photos used are my own and may not be used with permission under any circumstances.