2015 Kia K900: Regrets, Relief on the Road to San Francisco
June 2, 2015
Well, this is awkward. After my farewell letter to the 2015 Kia K900, I was asked to put some miles on it for a short trip to San Francisco. So I told the K900, "I know I've said some hurtful things to you recently, but we're both adults here with a job to do. Let's put the past behind us and be professionals."
I took Interstate 5 both on the way up and back. U.S. Route 101 is more scenic, but would have taken about an hour longer. The trip wasn't for pleasure, so I opted for the shorter drive. Like other awkward moments with an ex, I remembered things I liked and disliked with twinges of regret and relief.
The cabin, for instance, is extremely quiet and creates a peaceful feeling of gliding down the highway. The silence allowed me to hear my podcasts clearly. The head-up display was also clear and easy to read. I found I consulted it far more than the standard gauges. Finally, the 5.0-liter V8 was great on the highway. There was more than enough power and I often found myself backing off the throttle to stay within speed limits.
Then again, although the adaptive cruise control works well enough, it's a bit jerky on the brakes when the car needs to slow down. The recirculation feature on the climate control either didn't work or wasn't strong enough to overpower the infamous dairy farms along I-5 in Central California. Seems like Dan Edmunds experienced this issue as well.
And I'm not a fan of the buttons surrounding the control knob. They're spaced too far apart and never felt intuitive. Take a look at this interior walk-around to see what I'm talking about.
The K900 averaged 23.4 mpg on the way to San Francisco and 23.7 mpg on the way back. The EPA estimate is 23 mpg for the highway so I was right on the money.
It was a quick trip and the K900 was a solid choice. Doesn't change the way I feel about the badge, though.
Ronald Montoya, Consumer Advice Editor @ 15,825 miles