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When You and Your Girls Drive a Kia….

Disclosure: All meals, flights, and accommodations were provided by Kia . All opinions are of course my own.

The first brand new car that I got myself with MY money when I was grown was a Kia Rio. I loved that little car so much and was devastated when it gave up the ghost and I had to get a new car. So when I got an email asking me to travel to San Diego to participate in a brand experience for Kia, I didn’t hesitate to say yes!


We were hosted at the Hard Rock Cafe in the Gaslight District in San Diego, which was the perfect location for this rock star event!

The first night was awesome getting to know my fellow Kia Family Rockstars and learning more about Kia’s New fleet of cars.

But the SECOND day was when we got to test drive those babies!!  Me , Natasha, Maria and Nellie all packed ourselves into a Kia Optima Eco Hybrid and the Kia Niro Hybrid Crossover and had an epic roadtrip around San Diego!

The new Kia Optima was a perfect fit for all of us. A few specs:

  • Completely redesigned for the 2017 Model year
  • Active Aerodynamic Grill
  • Repackaged battery allows more cargo room in the trunk with 60/40 split folding rear seat
  • Extensive use of premium soft touch leather( EXTENSIVE GUYS)
  • 39 mpg city/ 46 mgp highway/ 42 mpg combined
  • Price – $29,995-$30,990+ $895 destination

For our road trip around San Diego, we were given directions for the perfect scenic route through San Diego.  We threw on some tunes ( courtesy the  fabulous Harman/Kardon audio system) and set out. It was gorgeous to take in all those mountains and hills. We stopped by Krispy Kreme for a quick pick me up…..( I mean…why not)

Then continued to explore San Diego and those beautiful murals…..

After lunch, we decided to test drive the Kia Niro Crossover for the 2nd half of our day.

Kia Niro Hybrid

Which honestly, made me reconsider life. Because the Kia Niro would be perfect for my little family of 3. It’s the perfect family road trip car!

A few specs…

  • First Dedicated Hybrid platform
  • Designed inside and out in Irvine, Ca
  • Full of advanced technology
  • Up to 50MPG combined
  • Prince range: $22,890-$29,650 +$895 Destination

And look at all the trunk space….

kia niro hybrid crossover

I may or may not have been mentioning this car to my husband…constantly…

But then this happened…….



It was a contest! We didn’t win, but we were featured and had a blast making this!

But the Day wasn’t over!

The evening ended with food, drinks, good conversation and Karaoke…


I don’t sing…in front of people.

But Karaoke with the Kia Family was one of the best things I’ve ever seen and participated in.

NO, I didn’t get up there by myself to sing( AS IF! LOL) BUT I was back up singer to anyone who needed encouragement.




To say I was sad to go the next day would be an understatement. I met a lot of great people and learned so much about what an amazing brand Kia really is.

Now be honest…what did you think about our video? Sound off in the comments!

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  • Reply
    July 6, 2017 at 8:04 am

    Epic! I followed along with you gals and man, what a trip. That video is perfect. You ladies had my vote.

    The Kia Sorrento with third row and those fancy leg recliners is high on my list. Like I need it delivered via stork asap!

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    Carrie Chance
    July 6, 2017 at 8:42 am

    Looks like an awesome trip. I’m digging the crossover and I love your video!

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    Rebecca Bryant
    July 6, 2017 at 9:06 am

    What a fun time you had. The song aiong was EPIC!!! You guys are awesome.

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    Stephanie Jeannot
    July 6, 2017 at 10:43 am

    What a cool road trip to take to a very nice place. That must have been fun. The Kia looks like a really good car to drive.

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    Heather A Lawrence
    July 6, 2017 at 11:28 am

    So it’s been years since we went to San Diego so seeing your photos brought back some great memories!
    We have friends that have a kia and they love it just as much as you do.
    When we don’t need to transport 7 I would love to test drive one for myself.

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    July 6, 2017 at 12:10 pm

    Isn’t San Diego awesome?! I saw the video on FB and loved it!

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    Alicia Taylor
    July 6, 2017 at 12:57 pm

    We are about to replace our 10-year-old minivan. It’s just my husband and I now and we no longer need a van. We want a hybrid because we are about to do some traveling. That Kia Niro looks promising.

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    Barbara J Feldman
    July 6, 2017 at 5:25 pm

    Oh, I haven’t been in the car market for so long! And I haven’t yet started thinking about what my next car will be, but Ido know quite a few happy Kia owners. My first “bought with my own money” car was a Toyota. What a memory!

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    Lois Alter Mark
    July 6, 2017 at 5:32 pm

    I LOVE my Kia Sorento and would only buy Kias from now on. Glad you got to drive around my hometown!

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    July 6, 2017 at 9:06 pm

    I had the BEST time with you! You already knew it was on when I found out you were going!! What an amazing unforgettable trip. The cars, even from the backseat, were a dream.

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    July 6, 2017 at 9:30 pm

    Krispy Kreme, a fab new Kia, and the open roads of San Diego? Sounds like heaven to me, LOL. I’m totally digging that hybrid gas mileage!

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    July 7, 2017 at 5:36 am

    That looks like a super fun car to be in a road trip! The redesigned Kia SUV looks amazing!

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    July 7, 2017 at 7:25 am

    You girls look like you had the best time ever! I so want in on the next drive experience! Kia’s are my favorite!

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    August 1, 2017 at 9:15 pm

    i loved your video. That’s a great tune and fun expressions. Well done!

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