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Samurai Rides: Celebrating New Life With The 2016 Kia Sedona

Samurai Rides: Celebrating New Life With The 2016 Kia Sedona

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#SamuraiRides has brought you some of the best sports cars, sedans, crossovers and compact vehicles available. Well, this time we really changed things up with the 2016 Kia Sedona, a luxurious minivan. I once again linked up with Kia, this time to help me celebrate a massive moment in my life, the shower for my soon to be born son Max. Let’s just say the cargo space of the Sedona definitely came in handy.

I had a couple days before the festivities to get myself comfortable with the handling of the Sedona. Fortunately, for me this ride handles a lot smoother than you would think for something this large.

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The interior screams road trip comfort. You get 3 separate zones of climate control for the driver, front passenger and rear passenger rows. The seats are laced with soft Nappa leather and the reclining seats, adjustable arm and foot rests take you out of a simple minivan ride and into the mindset of First Class Lounge seating.  Adding to that pleasure factor is the rear entertainment console that is set with DVD, CD and multimedia functionality. Included with that, the Sedona also comes equipped with 2 pairs of headsets so the rear noise doesn’t have to dominate the entire ride.

Now while the Sedona can easily handle up to 8 passengers it is very likely the 3rd row may not be needed and you will need carrying space for other things. Rest assured that space is one thing Kia is offering you a lot of.

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The 3rd row can fold down into the floor and the 2nd row folds up and pulls forward to give you all the cargo space you need.  I personally put that to the test as I headed down to Philadelphia for my son’s baby shower.

Similar to my past Kia experiences you’ll have the standard array of safety features on deck. Considering the size of the Sedona, you’ll greatly appreciate the protective coverage you get from the Forward Collision Warning System (FCWS) and Blind-Spot Detection (BSD) with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert (RCTA). Kia’s Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS) is invaluable when driving a vehicle that takes up this much space.

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In addition, you are surrounded by impact initiated airbags on all sides.

Let’s be honest, minivans have always come with jokes about how not cool they are. The soccer mom jabs are legendary but I’m here to tell you that everything about the 2016 Kia Sedona is cool. As the Sedona took me down to Philadelphia for the baby shower had a enjoyable private evening with family, friends and supporters celebrated the upcoming arrival with emotion and generosity.

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As the driver or a passenger you’ll enjoy this ride from a physical comfort and/or entertainment stand point.  If you are someone that rolls with a large group or maybe you are expecting an addition to your family, the Kia Sedona should be at the top of your list. View my video walk through for a more hands on take then hop over to Kia.com.

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SAMURAI RIDES: EXPERIENCE POWER & STYLE WITH THE 2016 SORENTO

SAMURAI RIDES: EXPERIENCE POWER & STYLE WITH THE 2016 KIA SORENTO

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My time delivering Samurai Rides review has opened me out to many auto types that I previously didn’t drive much. Everything for me had been BIG. Expeditions, Tahoes, Conversation vans and RV’s made up my driving resume but I have to say that the new age of SUV’s and Crossovers had really won me over. The 2016 Kia Sorento ideally provides size and space while not overwhelming you was a massive vehicle. I presented the 2015 Kia Sorento to you in late 2014 so you can look back at the upgrades in design.

Kia really excels at providing excellence and style while giving you the functionality that you need for your day-to-day activities. The cold metallic gray exterior gives the Sorento tough appearance. Conversely the interior is rich and beautifully laced with a white leather finish and black leather trim. That Oreo theme looks great and pops the moment you open the doors.

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As my previous Kia experiences have taught me, expect comfort and the Sorento delivers. You get rear window privacy shades, plentiful power sources to keep you plugged into your network. Front seating provides 12-way seating controls, with heating options. One of my favorites is the panoramic sunroof. Open this up and you truly get as close to that feeling of driving a convertible as you can get.

Navigating these #NyC streets from the comfort of the @kiamotorsusa 2016 Sorento!! #DriveKia #SamuraiRides @driveshopusa

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From the drivers perspective Kia provides 360 degree camera coverage that makes parking that much easier for you. Lane detection and blind spot alerts are all on deck to keep people off you and provide a safer ride. With the safety levels set enjoy your ride with Harman’s Infinity surround sound system for your MP3, radio or Satellite tunes.

Keeping the technology in mind for a moment, the Sorento is Google connected via the Send-to-Car feature so you can plan out that road trip at home then shot the details to the your ride and be ready to roll out. Combine that with interior Pandora controls and yelp features and you’re pretty much set to explore the roads.

After 2 runs with the Sorento in nearly 2 years I can confidently say that it’s a great option for anyone seeking a new SUV. Luxury and affordable in one great looking vehicle.

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SAMURAI RIDES: ROLLING OUT WITH THE 2016 KIA OPTIMA XL TURBO

SAMURAI RIDES: ROLLING OUT WITH THE 2016 KIA OPTIMA XL TURBO

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As Samurai Rides continues to share quality autos with you, one of the biggest things I’ve been introduced to is the series of excellent cars that Kia has released. I had a hard time giving back the flagship vehicle K900 last year and this month I was introduced to the 2016 Kia Optima XL Turbo. Kia has another winner on its hands.

Kia does an amazing job with space and leg room. From the moment I take the first step into a car I see that gorgeous Black on Black leather stitched interior. In addition, that leg room is immediately clear as well. The Optima is incredibly roomy without me having to drop the seat back and cut rear passenger comfort. Factor in the heated seats and steering wheel to a the calm silent interior and it’s an ideal setting to hit the road.

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But who wants silence? Open up that panoramic sunroof and turn up the music.  Powered by Harman/Kardon® QuantumLogic™ Premium Surround Sound with Clari-Fi™ your AUX cord will have those ride ready tunes sounding so clear and powerful.

I got caught in some funny weather while riding with the Optima because when New York winter meets global warming anything is possible. Thankfully my time on the road wasn’t affected by the rain or the snow. The Optima slide through it all with sharp on point precision. The Advanced Smart Cruise Control aided with this as well. At this point, you have to really be oblivious to your surroundings to hit something.

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As I mentioned earlier my only hands-on comparison car to the Optima is the K900. It’s an unfair match as the K900 is the luxury piece of the Kia line but with that said there isn’t some insane drop off in driving quality. On road handling, technology with mobile app compatibility, safety and entertainment all line up for a great experience. 178 horses under the Optima hood gives you a healthy amount of power on the streets to get where you need to be. Combine that with 25 – 30 miles per gallon in gas and you’ve got fuel efficiency that your wallet will appreciate. I could say more but honestly, I just suggest you give the Optima a solid test drive if you’re looking for a new mid-size sedan.

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Social Media Samurai Year In Review: The Best Of Samurai Rides 2015

Social Media Samurai Year In Review: The Best Of Samurai Rides 2015

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It’s been an amazing year for #SamuraiRides. The good people at DriveShop have put me in behind the wheels of some great vehicles. I can honestly say I didn’t have a bad experience with any of the rides I reviewed. As I prepare for the new fleet of cars for year 2016-2017 lets take a look back at some of the stand out experiences I had in the 2015. Having reviewed multiple cars of a few specific automotive brands I’ll share the best of each in this wrap up edition of Samurai Rides.

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Samurai Rides: Birthday Celebration with the Kia K900

Samurai Rides: Birthday Celebration with the Kia K900

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When March arrives it ushers in a personal tradition of mine I affectionately refer to as the #MonthofMe. My birthday is March 5th and I celebrate this through out the entire month of March. This year saw an added treat as I was given the opportunity to spend some time driving the new Kia K900. Truth be told I had no idea Kia had a luxury model vehicle. Then I caught a glimpse of a #K900 commercial featuring Lebron James and realized just what was in store for me.

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My birthday week included a number of celebratory events around New York City.  From the lavish Andaz on Wall Street to the Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn and back to the streets of Dyckman I was on my tour of the boroughs as various loved ones reached out to wish me a happy birthday.

The #K900 effortlessly combines power and grace in a way that literally has you feeling like you’re gliding on the road. It makes me upset that the roads were still suffering from severe pot holes a midst the hellish winter season but that gave me more then enough opportunity to test out the responsiveness of this incredible car.

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As much fun as was had during this week I’m always one to incorporate business into the mix. I was not going to pass up the opportunity to showcase Kia’s crown jewel so on a cool Harlem afternoon I called in Mr Refined to lead a photo shoot featuring the K900. Stay tuned as I’ll be sharing that completed project soon.

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You see Lebron James comfortably in the K900 and you say to yourself, “That can’t be real.” Well let’s put it this way. LBJ is about 6 ft 8. I’m 6 ft 5 and I had room so that gives you an idea of how spacious this ride is. In the image below it looks like my head is to the roof but it’s just the angle. lol

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Overall this car lives up to any and everything that you have heard about it. Handling, maneuverability, sound, multimedia, tech, it’s all here.  This is my first time reviewing a car injunction with it running such a high profile commercial spot and it’s no hype. If you’re looking to experience excellence without dipping into your life savings the K900 is exactly what you’ve been looking for.

***New K900 Feature Via Mr Refined***

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Nomadness Anniversary Week In The Kia Sorento

Nomadness Anniversary Week In The Kia Sorento

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For most people the unofficial end of Summer is Labor Day weekend. Parades, cookouts and parties ring in the expected end of warmer weather and the upcoming fall season. I’m not most people though. For me the summer doesn’t really end until the days that surround the final weekend of September. This is Nomadness Anniversary Weekend when our members from all over the United States and from across the globe meet up to celebrate what this year is our 3rd Anniversary. As a part of Nomadness management the preparation for the festivities have been underway for months. As the final runs and pick ups were being made, my mode of transportation received a major upgrade in the form the 2015 Kia Sorento .

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The #SamuraiRides and I invite you to check out the experience.  Hit the jump for a few words and images.

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