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Fleet Update – Our First New Long-Termer: 2012 Kia Optima Hybrid

Mark my words: the Koreans are coming. Folks who have been reading TTS for a while may recall that last fall I dipped my foot in the Kia Optima Hybrid, and at the time emerged mostly impressed but unconvinced largely thanks to the demo car’s really spooky steering. At the time I concluded that I was better-off just holding onto the Accord Hybrid for my solo HOV-lane commute for the time being until something else caught my fancy. But I kept coming back to the Kia. Yes, seriously. Meet TTS’s first *new* long-term test car: a Satin Metal premium package 2012 Kia Optima Hybrid.

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TTS: Five Fun Cars Near the Bottom of the Depreciation Curve

Last week’s trip to Europe has me contemplating all sorts of next moves related to the things automotive in my life. Really, there are 2 considerations: upgrade the Accord Hybrid to something modern and fun with all of the bits and baubles that one expects with a new car, or buy something fun as a weekender – ostensibly in place of the recently-acquired Mercedes 300D Turbodiesel – that may even be well-positioned to start appreciating if looked after. Truth be told, as dull as the Honda is, I cannot deny the benefits of using the carpool lanes to commute from Fairfax, VA to Washington, D.C. every day. It easily saves me an hour a day. That leaves me looking at the classics.

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