New Car Review: 2013 Kia Optima SX

front 3/4 driving shot of white 2013 Kia Optima SX

Kia has come a long way in a big hurry.

From butt of many an automotive joke to low-cost transportation alternative to "as good as what the Japanese were doing five years ago", each step came in rhythmic cadence. The inevitability that Kia would make a fully competitive vehicle was apparent to anyone willing to admit it. It was about a year and a half ago that I admitted not only had Kia arrived there, but with the then all-new Optima, had actually leapfrogged the competition (Ford Focus, Chevy Malibu, Toyota Camry, Honda Accord) in terms of style.

Now comes the next hurdle. And this one may be tougher.

Is the world ready for...and will it buy...a $35,000 Kia Optima?


New Car Review: Mitsubishi i-MIEV

side view of silver 2012 Mitsubishi i-MIEV

62 miles.

Can you get through a day driving that little?

For those of us whose commute and getting kids to activities and unplanned errands and emergencies often result in adding 100 or more miles to the odometer in the course of a day, the number is woefully inadequate.

But that's the absolute max you'll get on a single charge in the Mitsubishi i-MIEV. And, as with most EVs, your range may vary.


VIDEO: NASCAR's Jeff Gordon Tortures A Used-Car Salesman in an '09Camaro

Yeah, it's a long-form Pepsi ad...but it's still a hoot, as a disguised Jeff Gordon takes a used car salesman for a full-throttle test drive in a 2009 Chevrolet Camaro. Use the buttons at the bottom of the post to share it quickly and easily with your friends via Twitter, Facebook or email.

UPDATE: If you're thinking it was too good to be true, you're right. Travis Okulski at Jalopnik did some digging and confirms almost nothing in the video is what it seems to be: http://jalopnik.com/that-jeff-gordon-terrifying-a-car-salesman-pepsi-ad-is-453519481


FIRST LOOK: 2014 Corvette Convertible

First photo of 2015 Corvette Convertible

The official unveiling comes Tuesday at the Geneva Auto Show, but GM released this look over the weekend. It's the 2014 Corvette Convertible. Let us know what you think in comments. And the little buttons below let you share this with your friends via Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and e-mail.