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4 Kia Features You Should Be Excited About

All the comforts of a luxe vehicle, without breaking the bank

Gray Kia parked on a dirt road by a small river

Kia has become quite the automaker over the past decade. Their designs are modern, the drive experience keeps improving in new models and they offer a lot of bang for your buck.

Plus, while manufacturers are starting to make upscale car features more affordable, Kia provides them for much less than on high-end vehicles. Here, we take a look at some of those features.

The back interior of the Kia Optima featuring heated rear seats

1. Heated Rear Seats

Nearly seven years ago, I test drove the third generation of the Kia Optima, which had been recently released. I was thoroughly impressed. Not only was it gorgeous—it received so many stares!—but it was packed with features that the Porsche Panamera 2011 I drove the previous week did not have, despite costing three times as much.

One of the features my friends loved about that Optima was the heated rear seats—a perk only front seats usually receive. (It’s also available on other models, including the most-affordable Forte.) To get it on today’s Optima, you do have to jump to the top-end SX trim, but the car is still within the mid-$30,000s and, of course, chock full of other niceties.

 Kia panoramic sunroof view from the backseat while man drives

2. Panoramic Sunroof

Sometimes you just need to see the world around you, from every angle. A panoramic car sunroof seems like such an insignificant feature until you experience it; then it all makes sense. It opens the cabin up to more light and your surroundings, and suddenly you feel like you’re in a much bigger space.

Even better? You don’t have to purchase their top-end K900 sedan to get it. Kia offers several cars with panoramic sunroofs, including the Rondo and Soul.

Kia lumbar support as featured in this interior shot of the front seat behind the steering wheel

3. Lumbar Support

It doesn’t matter how young or old you are—a little back support goes a long way, especially on long road trips. Most vehicles will offer you the standard seat movements: up and down, back and forth. To get even close to something like moving lumbar support, you’ll probably need to climb into a luxe vehicle and option up. Kia, however, makes this support available on a number of models, including the Sedona.

Interior shot of front seat with view of steering wheel and digital dashboard 

4. Heated Extras

A heated steering wheel and side mirrors? It almost seems cruel not having these as standard features these days. There’s nothing quite like a warm wheel to hold on to and side mirrors that stay clear on a cold winter morning.

While these are becoming more commonplace on non-premium vehicles, Kia was one of the first to make it available on everyday cars at an attainable price.

Both features are available up and down Kia’s lineup.

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