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So we sold our Acura MDX that we had leased, then purchased from the dealer.
Do I miss her? Yes. But it was time. I can only have a three-year relationship with any car. I’ll have to do a review on the MDX later. It was a great car.
My husband and I both enjoy the hunt for a car, and a bargain. We’re not the kind of people who think a brand of car determines our importance. We’re all about what appeals to us, smart features, and true driving performance. I had never, ever, in a million years considered Kia. It just wasn’t on my radar. My husband requested I take a closer look as the styling from Kia has drastically improved since a designer from Audi joined the company.
At first we looked at the Sorento – which is nice, but the Sportage SX is turbo charged and it comes in techno orange. By the way, only the 2011s come in techno orange – for 2012, you’re out of luck. You know what that means don’t you? I won’t have to deal with a lot of people with the same car, same color in my city. Which, was sort of how my MDX lost some of my interest.
Some features I love about the Sportage:
1. The tunes on my iPhone play in the car, wireless-ly. Yes! No cords, no burning CDs, my girls love that!
2. Dual sun roofs. I love the sun.
3. Driver gets cooling seats in addition to the heated seats for both front passengers. My husband has wanted this feature forever.
4. I like the compact size. There’s so much more room in my garage, when I park… it’s very taut. (Taut like a tiger!)
5. With the turbo, it is fast. I like fast. I prefer active safety to passive.
6. I like that nav and bluetooth are included in the SX – our friends recently purchased a Subaru and once you add the nav the standard bluetooth gets dropped and you have to add it back on at a price. Unfortunately, they didn’t know this. It’s just common industry practice that if you get nav, you get bluetooth. Way to go Kia.
7. I love the head lights – they almost look like twinkle lights to me. And the rear lights… are greater-than and less-than signs to me. Love it!
8. Cool wheels.
9. Did I mention the color? I’m in an orange phase now…and I dig the color. I love driving it knowing that I stand out amongst a see of dull, sameness.
10. Love the shorter width on the doors. Makes getting the kids in and out so much easier in parking spots.
11. It’s also a push-button start, which nearly every car does now, still nice.
Full disclosure – It’s day four since we picked up our Kia and we’re having some key fob issues, and the satellite radio loses connection far too often. We’ve had satellite radio in our other cars and have never had a problem. So we are awaiting word back from the dealer on this.
Some features we’re not crazy about:
1. Black interior – granted it’s leather, like we prefer – but black is hot. Although my hubby and I are putting a positive spin and claiming it’s for his beloved SF Giants. For some reason many of their colors that we liked come only paired with the black leather.
2. There aren’t any A/C vents for the back seats. However, the A/C up front is powerful, so we can deal.
3. We could use a little more trunk space, but it’s just a three year lease so… we can manage, or learn to minimize as we go.
About our car search:
We live in the Sacramento area. Which means we have dealerships near us. However, the Roseville sales guy was “too busy” to respond to our inquiries – even though it was clear we would purchase right away once there was a great deal. The Folsom dealership had an incredibly rude saleswoman, and very limited stock. Both dealers did not have techno orange.
So what did I do? I extended my circle of Kia dealerships. I basically queried every dealership up and down from Sacramento to the South Bay. We had a handful respond, but only Capitol Kia in San Jose got back to us with the numbers we wanted. In addition, they had the largest inventory. In fact, I knew they did, because it’s simple to check each dealer website to find out how many cars, in which models and colors they have.
I have to also mention that we sold our car via Craigslist on Sat. July 16th – it took me a whole week of deciding before committing to the Kia Sportage. I sent out all my email queries the following Sat. July 23. We picked up our car from San Jose the very next day on July 24 and wham-bam-thank-you-ma’am.
How did this happen? First, we have great credit. Second, we’ve been lucky to find great salespeople at great dealerships. It’s nice to work with people who aren’t trying to nickle-and-dime you. Stellar sales people are those that just want to sell a car you really want. Greg from Capitol Kia worked out all the details with my husband over the phone and when we went into the dealership it was a matter of a few signatures, payment and voila – done.
We were so pleased that they asked us to do a spontaneous testimonial. Guess what? You get it see it, right here. Enjoy! (ps. feel free to “like” us on the YouTube page – thanks!)
I just remembered something my hubby said to me when we were both sitting in the back-seat at the dealer. “Want to make-out?” hehehe YES!
Note: I am not being paid to offer this review of our new car. Dude. Imagine, how cool would that be? I think I would love to be a car reviewer… *sigh, dreaming* all professional photos borrowed from the Kia website.