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2016 Kia Optima LX Turbo Review

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Disclosure Statement: I was provided with a Kia Optima LX Turbo for a week to review, however, all opinions expressed in this post are 100% my own. #Kia #DriveKia #DriveShopUSA

Two weeks ago a 2016 Kia Optima LX Turbo was driven into my driveway and needless to say, I was over-the-top excited to have her a as loaner for the entire week. 

Thank you @Kia #DriveShopUSA and you can plainly see, we definitely belonged together as she complimented my outfit quite nicely! #kuteinaKia Kia in the driveway Kia is Kute

Later in the day hubby and I sat inside listening to jazz on the Sirius Satellite Radio while checking out the bells and whistles, some of which included:

Kia Bells and Whistles 2

Kia Optima LX

Kia back seat view

Then together, we took a slow, leisurely drive around the neighborhood before the sun set for the evening.

Wednesday, I left her in the driveway as I also did on Thursday because of the drenching rains.  Having driven a small compact car (Bloggy Buggy) for the past 2 years, I was a bit apprehensive about driving this larger, more luxurious vehicle to work.  I work in West Chester, PA, which is a 100 mile, 3 hour daily round trip commute. 

Bloggy Buggy

The 32 MPG highway gas mileage for the Kia Optima LX Turbo is awesome, therefore, I doubt that I would have needed to stop and get gas to fuel up had I driven it to work those two days.

Kia is great on gas

32 MPG

Friday was a vacation day from work but not a day off without a purpose as I attended a Friday Fuel Up, sponsored by Troy Farmer,  This wonderful Women in Business event was enlightening and definitely rewarding as a new business owner.

Oh, I forget to tell you that I had officially launched my own business, A.Blake Enterprises, Social Media Management on the 13th of November.  I will bring you up to speed with all the details but in the meantime, check out the website for more information.

Friday Fuel Up - Women in Business

After the empowerment session, driving home on a bright and sunny mid-afternoon, I took my time, leaned to the side and cruised along listening to Jazz playing on the Watercolors station from the Sirius Station.  All the while thinking “I could get used to driving a car like this!”  I pulled into the driveway, picked up hubby then we headed to the Dutch Country Farmers Market to get a late lunch.

Kia at Farmers Market

Not wanting to buy too much because it was the week before Thanksgiving, we just bought some wings and pasta salad for the weekend and a few pounds of Oxtails for next week’s Slow Cooked Oxtail Stew – stay tuned for that recipe.

Spacious trunk in the Kia Optima LX

The Smart and spacious trunk of the Kia Optima LX makes it easy to load packages when your hands are full.


The MSRP on this fully loaded Kia Optima LX is $27,415 and these are just a few of the many standard features:

USB/Auxiliary  Input Jack and 12 Volt Outlet

Bluetooth Wireless Technology

60/40 split-folding rear seats which are perfect for travel back and forth to college or a quick trip to your local Home Improvement Store

Push Button Start / Smart Key / Smart Trunk

The additional LX Technology Package Features on this vehicle included:

Dual Zone Auto Climate Controls with Rear Vents

Navigation System with 8” Display

Memory Driver’s Seat and Mirror Position

Blind Spot Detection System

Rear Cross Traffic Alert

Rear Parking Assist System

Auto-dimming Rear view mirror

There are many safety features in the LX Technology Package which are definitely of benefit to me because I spend a lot of time on the road.  With so many distracted drivers and others who need a remedial Driver’s Ed course, having these options are a definite plus especially the “Blind Spot Detection System”.


Saturday, hubby was feeling well enough to take another “Road Trip to Retirement” which was a regular feature on my YouTube channel before he began his chemo treatments.  Check out the latest video of this visit to the Village of Eastridge, a 55+ Community in Smyrna.

Roadtrip to Retirement in Smyrna

I had an evening appointment with a Venetia Thompson, a small business owner in New Castle, who is featured this year on my blog in honor of  #ShopSmall Saturday.  When I got home there was another surprise…our youngest son was home from college.  

He had come home early for the Thanksgiving break with a big bag of laundry, fortunately he has been washing his own clothes since the age of 10 so it was not my responsibility to handle!

college student and his laundry

The Kia adventure continued into Sunday when my oldest son and I went shopping and then created this mini video, once again touting a few of the cool features of the Optima LX.

On Monday hubby had a chemo treatment, so the Kia spent the day parked at the Helen Graham Cancer Center, then Tuesday morning, I had to say, “See Ya” to the Kia.

Great week with a Kia Optima Turbo

It was definitely a fun filled, wonderful way to spend the week with a Kia.  Now it’s your turn to tell me what you would do if you had a week with a Kia Optima LX Turbo…where would you go, leave a comment below. 


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