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Review: 2016 Kia Sedona

April Atwater
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The 2016 Kia Sedona is on my must have list. If you are in search of a vehicle with extra room and all the luxury the 2016 Kia Sedona is for you.

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After driving the competitors mini vans Kia holds it's ground with keeping up on the luxury features. The second roll seats include a reclining foot rest and Premium Napa Leather that is first class. You feel more like your riding in high-end luxury.
The Tri-zone Automatic Climate Control System allows for the driver and front seat passenger to have control over their comfort along with a separate control for rear passengers.
A favorite feature of mine is the cluster ionizer that helps the air clean inside the van and keeps the interior smelling fresh.If you have ever driven a van full of teenage boys around you will know why this is such a great feature! Or imagine a road trip after eating at your favorite Mexican restaurant. See what I mean... a GREAT feature.

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The 2016 Kia Sedona Minivan is road trip ready. Seating for 8 gives the family room to stretch. Everyone is riding comfortably from the driver to the back roll passengers.
Full of options the SXL model has a second 115-Volt Power Inverter outlet behind the 3rd of row seats. This is great for a family with all the latest gadgets and phones.
Now let's talk drinks. There are 12 cup holders. And we all know a water bottle and another drink is my thing. All my kids need their drinks too.

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Check out another one of my favorite luxury features on the 2016 Sedona. You have the option to have your glove compartment double as a drink cooler!

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Keeping with comfort and enjoyment of your ride or road trip the rear seated passengers can use the built in sun shades to keep cool and the sun off.  I love this optional feature for little kids. No more trying to keep the portable sun shades from fall off when you're driving.
 

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Let's talk keeping cool and warm. Kia has it all. Heated steering wheel which we all need in the morning on a freezing cold winter day. The Sedona also offers heated and cooled driver and front passenger seats. AND the second row heated seats. If you know me these are very important options.

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There are so many great options stack up on the Kia Minivan you have to go check them out yourself. I would advise to first look over everything here on the Kia Sedona page on the Kia website and then go in to give it a drive yourself.
All in all the 2016 Kia Sedona remains one of my favorite family vehicles on the market.

Road Trip with Toyota and Lexus * Camp Gathering-Vermont * Sweet Ride 2015

Car ReviewApril Atwater
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Over the river and through the woods we all went on a road trip to Vermont. This past April a few food and travel bloggers gathered in Stowe, Vermont for Camp Gathering- Vermont. Paul Lowe of Sweet Paul Magazine, James Anthony of the Phoenician Flea, Brandy of The Nutmeg Nanny, Gina Matsoukas of Running to the Kitchen, Sha' Atwater and myself, April Atwater from Sweet & Simple Magazine had the chance to drive some sweet 2015 Lexus and Toyota vehicles. The Toyota and Lexus brands are some of my favorite and these beauties keep up with the quality and luxury we've come to expect.

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Paul and James drove the 2015 Lexus RX 350 up to Stowe, Vermont from Brooklyn, New York"James and I were so happy with our Lexus, made the long drive such a pleasure. We actually said it was like driving on butter, it was so smooth" Paul LoweSweet Paul Magazine

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A few of the luxury extras we love for the road trip includes the beautiful wood detailing interior option.

Little luxuries go a long way on a road trip. In April the weather in New England can go from hot to cold at a moments notice. Having heated and cooled seats on both the drive and passengers side makes it extra comfortable. The remote touch interface even makes listening to your favorite tunes or planning your navigation a luxurious experience.  

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Lots of room for your travel gear in its versatile cargo area. This crossover is the top of the premium brands in our book. As Paul said, "It's like driving on butter!"

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Brandy and Gina drove up to Vermont from Poughkeepsie is the 2015 Toyota Highlander.

"I loved using the Toyota Highlander because it was roomy, had awesome features and was super comfortable for our road trip. I was so sad when I had to give it back because I loved driving it so much. In fact a few weeks later I even made my husband go test drive a Highlander because I'm in the market for a new car!"

Brandy O'Neill

The Nutmeg Nanny

"Loved so many features of the Toyota Highlander, specifically the Bluetooth integration and smart dash display. It drove like a car, not an SUV and made the winding roads of Vermont fun to drive!"

Gina Matsoukas

Running to the Kitchen

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There is sky for miles and a great view of the beautiful Green Mountains of Vermont when road tripping in the 2015 Toyota Highlander with a full panoramic sunroof.
With seating for up to 8, quite interior and rear-seat entertainment system getting friends together for a road trip is fun all around.

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The climate control, turn by turn navigation, blue tooth and multi-talented tech features make you feel at easy when you are driving the the winding roads of upstate New York and Vermont. They are perfect for driving around town too.

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If you are looking for comfort and great has millage the 2015 Toyota Avalon Hybrid is for you. Not only does it offer great back seat foot space the seats are comfortable.

The gas mileage is 40/39. You can get some serious road tripping done with this kind of fuel efficiency. We only stopped to get gas once the entire week we drove the Avalon and covered most of Northern Vermont in that week. 

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The multi information display just past the steering wheel in the gauge cluster let us know many miles we had left in our tank of gas, what our average fuel economy was on the trip and if we where in eco or sports mode. This information is important when driving the back roads in Vermont when you don't know when your next gas station will be coming up.
I also like the blue light. It's easy on the eyes when driving at night.

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If you're like me you have at least two drinks with you on the road. I keep an ice water and often a real sugar Dr. Pepper or a coffee on hand. I love the space in the doors for my water bottle and center drink holders for both the driver and passenger.
I always use a center arm rest when driving long distances. It one of the first things I noticed once I start driving. The Avalon has a nicely placed adjustable center arm rest.

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The exterior detailing of smarter aerodynamics of the Avalon is designed for minimum wind noise and a smoother ride. We loved driving the 2015 Toyota Avalon. It's on my list of favorite 2015 vehicles.

2015 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport * Sweet Ride 2015

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From around town driving to the dirt roads camping the 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport is your
vehicle. It's also one of America's safest SUV's available. What does that mean?

Mitsubishi has what's call the Reinforced Impact Safety Evolution (RISE) body. It uses the "crumple zones" that route and absorb  the impact during a collision.  It also has the 7 airbags including knee airbags as well as soon to be standard backup camera for extra safety.

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One point that is very important for smaller cars or SUV's is a good fold down seat configuration. This is a must for me. It allows for better use of the interior space. As you can see in the photo above the Outlander delivers. From snowboards and skiis to moving the college students projects to and from campus there is room to make it happen with the 60/40 split fold down rear seat..

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Adventure out with the 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport.  All trims come with customization that includes an all wheel drive option for the rugged red rocks as well as the slick snowy roads of winter. 

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Some of your favorite comfort options are the large sunroof for peaking at the mountain tops of gazing at the stars.  One of my must have is the heated driver and passenger seats for the chilly early morning carpool drives and the automatic air conditioning and climate control.
Over all we loved the 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport. We think you will too.
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starting at $19,595
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25/32

2015 Hyundai Sonata * A Lovely Ride Around Town * Sweet Ride 2015

Car ReviewApril Atwater
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The new 2015 Hyundai Sonata is a lovely ride to take out and about.  It's stylish lines mixed with a bit of a sporty look is current and on trend.

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The interior features options include this contrast stitch in the sports edition. There are ample drink holder in center console and doors. A must have for me.

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I love the leather and wood design feature for the upscale look and feel.

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Added built in sunshade help on those extra sunny days. So much easier that the aftermarket sunshades. The 2015 Hyundai Sonata is the only in it's class to offer sunshades.

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Added built in sunshade help on those extra sunny days. So much easier that the aftermarket sunshades. The 2015 Hyundai Sonata is the only in it's class to offer sunshades.

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My favorite feature on the 2015 Hyundai Sonata is the panoramic sunroof which is exclusive to the Sonata in its class. Plus, look at that dreamy Lakeside Blue color option, oh, the dreamy guy they added to the photo.

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The 2015 Hyundai Sonata interior is full of creature comforts from the available leather steering wheel to the 5-inch touch screen color audio system and the safety feature of the rear view camera. The seat adjusts with power 10-way adjustability and a power lumbar support. You are sure to find the perfect seat fit comfort.  

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Price $21,150MPG
25 / 37