2016 Kia Optima: Back That Thang Up
by Jonathan Elfalan, Senior Road Test Editor on August 22, 2016
One thing we can't seem live without these days is the ability to pause, rewind or fast-forward whatever we're watching. That's true whether you're an avid consumer of cable network programming or an Amazon Prime and Netflix cord-cutter.
So why not incorporate said functionality into car audio systems? Our 2016 Kia Optima does just that.
The Optima's receiver can replay the previous thirty minutes of a station, allowing you to catch a missed song or talk-show segment. Our Jeep Renegade has this ability as well, but it's not as obvious. If your vehicle came from the factory equipped with satellite radio, there's a chance that it can do this, too. But it's not guaranteed.
General Motors was among the first automakers to introduce a hard-drive-based audio system that could record live radio, including non-satellite stations. But with today's migration to streaming music and content, it's not clear if this feature has a future. Case in point: we just had the all-new 2017 Cadillac XT5 in for testing, and its radio did not have replay capability.
Though I'm partial to podcasts for my commutes, I'd still like to have a replay option when I'm listening to the radio. I'm curious to hear what others think. Would you care or notice if it went away?
Jonathan Elfalan, Senior Road Test Editor @ 9,250 miles