2014 Kia Cadenza Limited Road Test and Review

When you drive the Kia Cadenza around Los Angeles you’ll get a lot of questions. What IS that car? What does it feel like? Is it expensive? I didn’t know Kia made NICE cars. I answered like this: It’s a Kia Cadenza. Like a BMW with a Japanese suspension. Not particularly for what it is. I know RIGHT? And then we’d talk about cars and status and you get more respect in a Mercedes Benz but damn if that car wasn’t the most boring thing I ever owned. You see …

2014 Kia Sorento LX AWD: Filed under “Things I want to own”

When the 2014 Kia Sorento showed up in driveway last week I thought, “Let me get my diaper bag and stroller.” Because this is clearly not the part of my life that requires 7 seats and a hatchback. And then Jane had five friends over who wanted to go the High School football game and I felt like a genius for having just the right vehicle to cram a couple of 6 foot tall teenage boys into the back seat. I felt safe and secure in the Sorento but the …

The Kia Rio on a Friday

A few weeks ago I was in the 2013 Kia Rio. It’s adorable and small and not very fast but it’s incredibly comfortable and stickers around $17,000 (I drove a well equipped Rio that was $21,340). You understand that we’re not dealing in a luxury vehicle here but a perfectly good car. This is how I spent Friday in the Rio. Left the house at 12:45 to get Jane to her massage at 1. While she was getting massaged I brought Alexander to Target to pick up a gift card …

Kia Sportage Drive and Review: 2013 SX FWD

When the folks at Kia drop off a vehicle it’s sparkly and clean. It’s been perfectly maintained and I do my best to take some photos right away so that you can see their vehicles in the best possible light. Dappled light… whatever. You can see that the Sportage is cute. It’s neither huge nor diminutive and even with wheels that look like daisies it’s neither manly nor overly feminine. It’s everyone’s crossover without being bland. Escaping blandness in the crossover market is admirable. Can you tell I loved my …

I Brought Two Kids and A Red Soul! to Florida

A few months ago I took Alexander and a friend to Amelia Island. I’d been there on a press trip a few months before and knew that it was the perfect vacation for my boy but not for my daughter. Since Jane was on a class trip overseas and Mr. G would be working I decided to take Alexander and a friend to the resort. The best part of being a car reviewer is that you can sometimes review a car on vacation so when I told the folks at …