Blind Spot Monitor Optional - 2016 Kia Optima Long-Term Road Test
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2016 Kia Optima: Blind Spot Monitor Optional

by Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor on March 17, 2016

2016 Kia Optima

Why would anyone want to turn off the blind spot monitor in our 2016 Kia Optima? Turns out there are a couple reasons, but most of them aren't very good.

The biggest compliant I hear? It's annoying. Having the car beep at you every time you hit the turn signal with a car nearby gets old to some people. "It's like the car is nagging you," I've heard.

It's actually a legitimate gripe since there are times when you have to hit your turn signal knowing there are cars in your blind spot. In typical L.A. traffic, it actually happens quite a bit. After about the third time of hearing the alert, you can't help but look for the button pictured above.

Then again, isn't it better to know of a potential issue and deal with the noise for a few brief moments? That's the side I fall on.

Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor @ 2,598 miles

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