The 2017 Kia Cadenza : The Perfect Gentleman’s Vehicle

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Some cars just evoke a distinct personality. By addressing the 2017 Kia Cadenza as a “gentleman’s vehicle” I am not in any way suggesting that women drivers should look elsewhere. Perhaps, quite the contrary. I simply believe that many attributes comprising a remarkable gentleman are qualities often found in the ideal car as well. Think reliability, resilience, responsiveness, strength, confidence paired with approachability, sophistication, and impeccable style. Generations past and present may disagree on lots of things but almost all agree on certain marks of a perfect gentleman from any era. They are the ones that evoke an atmosphere of elegance yet makes sure everyone feels at ease.  After spending hours driving the winding, tree-lined roads of Virginia last month in the 2017 Kia Cadenza, I am confident claiming that this vehicle does exactly that.

Alice Chase with the 2017 Kia Cadenza

Just like the shoes and accessories we wear, the cars we drive can say a lot about us. It can hint at a level of taste and be somewhat an extension of our lifestyle and image. Before we dive deep into the specifics that the Cadenza projects, it’s important to take note that the quality Kia presents is authentic. Earlier this year J.D. Power ranked Kia Motors #1 in initial quality, taking the top spot above Porsche. It’s one thing for  a manufacturer to tout of their greatness but when it’s validated by the most reliable source of the industry, you simply can’t argue.

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Kia selected the perfect setting for us to enjoy, the beautiful Salamander Resort and spa in Middleburg,Virginia.  From the very first moment on property it was clear that the bar had been raised with this redesign. We would also get to experience some of the rich history of the local landscape told by those who were most familiar with it : Thomas Jefferson and George Washington. Don’t believe me… see for yourself. They were excellent dinner companions.

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The next morning was our official drive day. One of the most special moments for me was having the opportunity to hear from the one of the designers personally during the morning product briefing.  Having that type of opportunity is similar to having an artist explain the inspiration behind their painting or sculpture. I have a lot of respect for both the creative process and the steep competition that precedes production.

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“Every great design begins with an even better story”

Our presentation opened with the quote “Every great design begins with an even better story”. This simple statement during that day’s presentation shifted the way I look at every vehicle now. Have you ever wondered “Who designed the tail lights?” “What story inspired that stitching?” Once you’ve put a face to the design you can’t help but want to know more of the story. If you are like me, you want to know literally everything. Here are a few elements of the redesigned 2017 Kia Cadenza storyline that captured our attention and provided a luxurious, relaxing drive day.

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The drive route was truly memorable. With this being my first time in the area, I wasn’t sure what to expect. The landscape was stunning and the roads were so fun to drive. We followed a historic drive route along tree-lined winding hills and along our drive we were able to stop for some incredible pictures of the landscape and even quick photo shoot that I’ll write more about in a future post.

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Interested in having a luxury experience with this car for yourself? The 2017 Kia Cadenza is not only something to aspire to it is set at a price that makes it obtainable as well. The official price point will roll out when the vehicle is available sometime this fall, starting under $32, 000. It has been said that “Virginia is for Lovers” but I’d venture to say that you’ll fall in love with the 2017 Kia Cadenza wherever it may take you.

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A Girlfriends Guide to Car Shopping #GFGuideToCarShopping

Girlfriends Guide to Car Shopping
This post was made possible by iConnect and Autotrader. I was provided compensation to facilitate this post, but all opinions stated are 100% mine.

I spend a lot of time in cars. We’re not just talking morning commute and afternoon carpool lane kind of time either. I’ve had the privilege of adding road trips, auto shows, even off-road and drive events into my ever-growing automotive knowledge base. I’m also pretty lucky to have a small group of girlfriends that like spending time in cars as much as I do. The truth is we really LOVE talking about cars! This makes us a go-to resource whenever someone in our circle is ready to go car shopping too. 

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We all know that the first person you go to is your girlfriends when you need help making a decision on, right? Researching and shopping for a new vehicle can be intimidating. There are so many questions that pop up, especially concerning design, technology, and price. There really is no right or wrong answer because we all have different lifestyles and preferences. Although, I do have a few go to pieces of advice I tell everyone who is seriously shopping for a new vehicle.

Be Your Own Expert

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No one know better than you what you like and dislike. Spend a little time shopping from your phone. Assess your current vehicle and decide what you really like about it (and what you can’t stand).  Take time to really consider your budget. Know what your ideal payment amount is ahead of shopping.

You MUST Test Drive

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Very few first dates are love at first sight. The same thing can be said for car shopping. A car purchase is a commitment. You must spend some quality time with it before you decide to buy. If you don’t have to make a decision right away, look and see if there are any upcoming auto shows or test drive events coming up in your area. Events like these often have opportunities to test drive without the pressure to make a purchase.

Everyone I’ve ever talked to always felt more confident and empowered to make their own decisions once they had a little information to help guide them. Knowledge is Power! Autotrader and Kelley Blue Book, the most-visited car shopping and information websites, are the ultimate #GFGuideToCarShopping. The car shopping guide includes expert tips including:

  1. How to smartly navigate the car-shopping process
  2. How to negotiate the deal
  3. Everything you need to know when shopping for a used or certified pre-owned (CPO) vehicle
  4. Ways you can get new car smart if you’re searching for a brand-new ride

Learn more at GirlfriendsGuidetoCarShopping.com and then go out and confidently get the car that you’ve been looking for.

But Wait! In the comments below, tell me what the #1 thing you look for in a new car is? Performance? Great sound? Safety? Design ? 

Kids Car Review : 2016 Kia Sedona

Kids Car reviews 2016 Kia Sedona

Now where do I start? Well, if you have been here for awhile, you already know my mom has worked very hard to get to where she is right now. One of the companies she works with that I personally, really like is Kia.  We’ve been driving the 2016 Kia Sedona minivan for a while now. It has these backseat chairs that recline, like ALL the way back,  which are perfect for road trips.

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Just an example off the top of my head, about how great they are is from last weekend….when we went on a trip to Galveston, TX. We drove there which took 3, almost 4, hours. Ugh….and we had to leave at 6am and I remember falling asleep on the way there and then waking up at 8am and thinking that it was 8pm ;).

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Anyway what was I saying….. Kia, I really like when we get to drive your new vehicles. I like looking around in the car and seeing what I can find/do then I look at the owner’s manual and seeing any “secrets” that I can find out about. Like at first, my sister and I were disappointed because we could not find an entertainment system. So I was looking through the manual and I saw it…… THE ENTERTAINMENT SYSTEM!!!!!!!!! Sorry, got a little excited. Since then we’ve watched some movies in there like The Fantastic 4, and Kung Fu Panda 2.

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I only have one complaint…..I like your company, I really do but it’s very hard when your parents tell you “If you want to get paid, clean the Kia.” So I did.

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I started with the driver side and then the passenger side. I vacuumed under the front seats…and under the front carpets surprisingly the middle seats were easier than the back seats. They were the hardest because you have to move the seats back and forth. Now I haven’t talked about the front much yet. That’s mostly because I can’t drive yet.

 I think the seat warmers are a fun feature because you can put the seat all the way up and when your sister sits in the front seat-  she freaks out because her seat  is extra hot- did I mention we live in Texas???

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To wrap things up, Kia is a really great family company not just for my mom but for me, my dad, my 1 brother, and 2 sisters- for all of us! 

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**disclaimer: No, my mom did not tell my to write this blog. I have a passion for blogging, well, at least helping my mom blog and being funny! 😉  

Going Places in the 2016 Toyota Avalon

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I am always up for a road trip anytime of year. So when She Buys Cars and Toyota presented us with the opportunity to test out the 2016 Toyota Avalon on our way to the DFW Auto Show it didn’t take us long to pack our bags and get out on the road.

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The ample trunk space was just the beginning of the long list of features in the 2016 Toyota Avalon making this drive so enjoyable. I may have opted for the scenic route just to get a few more miles in. We were wishing we had more distance to cover before we would arrive. I can’t remember the last time I’ve said that on a road trip, can you? Here’s a few things that really made this ride stand out:

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The Exterior: We all know it’s important not to judge a book by it’s cover. Lucky for us, we are talking cars today not books- judge away! There is no denying the Toyota Avalon brings plenty of visual appeal.

Safety: Two elements that really make this an anxiety free drive are the standard backup camera with available projected path and the blind spot monitor. The back up camera video quality is exceptionally clear which really brings peace of mind living in a neighborhood with lots of children and pets. The backup camera also helps guide you into or out of tight spots with ease.

Once you get out onto the road the blind spot monitor becomes your best friend to alert of fast approaching vehicles you may not have seen by illuminating a warning signal on the correct outside mirror.

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The Interior:

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Interior comforts matter to everyone. Whether you are the passenger or the driver you will appreciate the attention to detail here, which includes heated/ventilated seating with lumbar support. The Toyota Avalon premium leather seating offers a very contoured feel making everyone, front or rear, feel secure on even the curviest of routes. The roofline allowed room for my 6 ft+ husband to still be comfortable in the back and plenty of legroom too. If you are in the rear seating you will find the center armrest cup holders and trunk pass-through exceptionally convenient to access any items reducing the need for frequent stops. The ambient interior lighting was a nice touch as well.

Performance: Toyota Avalon offers a sport mode option that increases throttle response and quickens the electric power steering (EPS) giving the offers a livelier handling experience anytime during your drive. Toyota Avalon Sport mode

Toyota Avalon Gas Mileage

When talking road trips we can’t leave out gas mileage. For those of you on the conservative side the Avalon also offers an eco option and normal mode in addition to the performance sport mode.  We had different objectives during different parts of our road trip and we are betting you will too. Overall you can estimate about 21/31/24 (mpg city/highway/combined).

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You can tell by the smiles on our faces we had a great time on our drive. The Toyota Avalon played a big part in that. To learn more about the rest of the features of this and other vehicles Toyota offers check them out on their website here.

Thanks again to both She Buys Cars & Toyota for this opportunity to get out on the road! Looking forward to going more places together. 

The 2017 Kia Sportage is going to ROCK you! #DiscoverSportage

Music has this uncanny ability to take a few familiar chords and instantly transport you to another place and time or solidify a new memory forever. This month, I had the amazing opportunity to travel to San Diego to discover the new 2017 Kia Sportage to create a soundtrack of epic new memories.

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Our tour began at the Hard Rock Hotel in San Diego.  I walked into a suite that had already set the stage for rockstar status.

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That evening we took pedicabs through the Gaslamp District, arriving for dinner on the rooftop and great music from several live bands.

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While we may have wanted to rock and roll all night, our next gig was scheduled bright and early the next day. Even rock stars need a few hours of beauty sleep. We met for a presentation covering the impressive design and performance features of the 2017 Kia Sportage we would be driving.
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(Check out all that the new 2017 Kia Sportage offers here). We each picked a band member aka drive partner and headed out on tour.

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As we approached the Sportage we would be driving, there were a few elements of this vehicle that really stood out and made me take notice.
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I love a multi-tone interior.

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It was a really fun drive with plenty of twists and turns right in the beginning. The Kia Sportage handled every curve with ease.
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2017 Kia Sportage handles with ease

We also had plenty of musical fun on this drive. I mean, what’s a road trip without a great playlist…..? You can checkout my playlist selection for this drive on Spotify – with 100 of the best rock songs spanning the decades you’ll be set to drive wherever the road may take you. 😉

Halfway through our drive we stopped for some “Sweet Cherry Pie”at Julian Pie Company and it was soooooo good!  (okay, so really the flavor I chose was boysenberry/apple pie but you see where I was going with that one, right??? ) 
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We said “Bye, Bye, Miss American Pie” and headed out for a little off roading in Borrego Springs. AMAZING art here. If you have never visited, put it on your bucket list. While we were there this guy stopped us to compare trunk space. He was pretty impressed with what we had going on. Sportage Trunk Space (1)

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2017 Kia Sportage SX

We had driven all types of terrain that day but we couldn’t let the band break up just yet. That night we had a farewell show of karaoke accompanied by a live band. Kia made rockstars of everyone this trip. It was a performance of epic proportions, I assure you.

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Whether we are talking music, cars or friends, always ALWAYS surround yourself with those who choose to stand out rather than fit in. They are the ones reinventing and innovating. They are the ones with a great story to tell and the ones you’ll most certainly want to be part of. Kia has chosen to do just that and it’s one storyline I’m paying close attention to.

“Music does bring people together. It allows us to experience the same emotions. People everywhere are the same in heart and spirit. No matter what language we speak, what color we are, the form of our politics or the expression of our love and our faith, music proves: We are the same.”- John Denver