The End of the World Never Showed Up - 2011 Kia Optima SX Turbo Long-Term Road Test

2011 Kia Optima Long-Term Road Test

2011 Kia Optima SX Turbo: The End of the World Never Showed Up

July 18, 2011


On Friday I promised a pic of the Kia's traffic information system during "Carmageddon" weekend here in L.A. As you can see, this is the same pic. There are two reasons why.

First and foremost, I realized that the Sirius traffic subscription was expired. Turns out, it's a separate charge from the standard radio feed. Normally I would have simply resubscribed on my own, but given how many cars we have in the fleet, we leave that to our test manager lest we have too many overlapping subscriptions.

The second reason for no pic? There was nothing to see. Imagine the shot above with every highway shown in green, that's pretty much how it was this weekend in L.A. The predicted traffic nightmare never materialized as everybody pretty much stayed home. I drove through the dreaded 405/10 interchange a half dozen times and it was a ghost town. Basically, all the hype turned it into a non-event, they even opened the freeway up earlier than expected. Of course, now the 405 is back to its usual state of constant congestion, just without all the news copters circling overhead.

Ed Hellwig, Editor,

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