It’s a really nice car, inside and out. The engine (it’s got the 2.0 NA engine) pulls nicely and sounds great for a direct injected engine, the transmission works well for a slushbox, and it’s the first time I’ve used one of those buttons that change the steering settings that actually makes a noticable difference. Also, she got it in Caribbean Blue, which is a really great color.

My favorite thing about it, though, is what they did with the rear seat. My Scion had “fold-flat” seats that never really folded flat, since they’d be resting on the seatbelt buckle. Kia got around that by putting these little recessed areas in the bottom of the seat so they sit flush with the seatcushion and the seatback can fold flat.

It beats the hell out of trying to lift the seatbottoms in my Focus, that’s for sure.