Kia Optima Hybrid: Travel With Child

I have fallen in love for the second time. You can tell my husband. I'm pretty sure he has fallen head over heels for the same exact Kia Optima Hybrid that has so completely surprised and impressed me in just seven days time.

The first thing that caught my attention about this car is that it is so beautiful. People do not normally associate beauty with the transportation of children, but that's not the case with the most recent line of Kia cars. We traveled comfortably from the supermarket to the playground with style.

Setting up Danger's Britax car seat was a breeze. With the full LATCH system in the backseat of the Kia Optima Hybrid, I was able to choose exactly where I wanted to place the car seat. There are three LATCH anchors at the top of the car that securely hold the car seat in place, as well as two per seat at the bottom. Not only was it very easy to install the car seat, it was also reassuring to know that my daughter would be safe in case of an emergency. The rear seats of the 2012 Kia Optima Hybrid have a Five-Star safety rating!

Speaking of safety, the Kia Optima Hybrid comes equipped with a back-up camera that makes the fear associated with backing out of the driveway a thing of the past. The three lines (green, yellow, and red) highlight the distance your car is from any obstacle. Once you get in the red zone, you know that you have less than 12 inches of wiggle room. This comes in very handy if you have children at home - you don't want to back up onto one of them! - or while parallel parking in the big city.

Whether you are running errands around town or taking a family trip to some place tropical or historic, the Kia Optima Hybrid offers generous trunk space to suit your needs. I managed to squeeze in three suitcases, a stroller, a few bags of groceries, and still had plenty of room to spare. The trunk is also home to the car battery and spare tire, with all the tools necessary to change it yourself, should you ever have the need.

The trunk also has a fold-down component, in the event that you need to place long items in the back. It also comes in handy if you accidentally lock your toddler in the trunk in the haze of shopping for groceries solo.

Ok, so that didn't happen. 

The 2012 Kia Optima Hybrid also comes equipped with a generous amount of cup holders to make traveling with a thirsty crew so much easier. The cup holders that I discovered:

  • One in the driver's door
  • One in the front passenger's door
  • Two in between the front seats
  • One in the back seat driver's side door
  • One in the back seat passenger's side door
  • Two in the fold-down compartment between the two seats

That's eight cup holders! There very easily could be more hiding out somewhere that I did not have the chance (or the need!) to discover. Gone are the days of holding a cold beverage between your knees. Kia's got your drink needs covered.

I've saved my favorite feature for last.

While the incredible gas mileage, temperature-controlled seats, and luxury interior are all wonderful features of the Kia Optima Hybrid, my favorite feature happens to be the keyless capabilities of this model. Moms, rejoice! Kia has eliminated the need to dig through messy diaper bags and full purses to search for keys. The doors can unlock, the trunk can pop open, and the car can even start without inserting a key! This came in especially handy when I took my toddler grocery shopping.

Imagine this:

You've just finished searching for, purchasing, and bagging up a weeks worth of groceries with a toddler in tow, and now all you want to do is go home, throw your feet up, and perhaps eat some of that chocolate ice cream you've just purchased to reward your bravery. You walk toward the car, grasping thirty pounds of groceries in thin plastic bags, while simultaneously wrangling with a wiggly toddler. You finally locate your car, and just as you're about to search through your purse (which also happens to be buried beneath the dozens of grocery bags in your hands!) you realize that it is not necessary to fish around for a key. That's right - you're driving a Kia!

When you arrive at your car, all that is left to do is push a small button on the door handle, and then your child crawls in to the back seat, while you walk around to the trunk and push another button on the car to raise the trunk. You pop those groceries in, fasten in your toddler, and then climb into the driver's seat, push another button, and you're on your way home to that chocolate ice cream! 

Sounds so much better than the way you're currently grocery shopping, doesn't it?

After driving the 2012 Kia Optima Hybrid for a week, I now cannot imagine being without one in the future. This car is smooth, sleek, and the perfect addition to any growing family.

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I was provided with a 2012 Kia Optima Hybrid for one week in exchange for a thoughtful and honest review. All opinions that I've shared in this review come from my personal experiences with this car.