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Kia Ride and Drive At The San Diego Auto Show

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We are back with our favorite car brand, Kia Motors America, who is sponsoring this post to share about their Ride and Drive Experience at the San Diego Auto Show, happening now!

As Pete and I were driving down to the Auto Show, we were laughing about how Kia has been responsible for the last few “dates” we have been on. I mean if that isn’t reason alone to love them, then I don’t know what is. But thankfully there are about 5 million other reasons they are hands down our favorite auto brand. 

If you haven’t been behind the wheel of a Kia lately, then you need to. As soon as you sit behind the wheel, you too will fall in love… and that is why the Kia Ride and Drive Experience is where you need to be this New Year’s Weekend!

San Diego International Auto Show at the San Diego Convention Center is where it is at!

The really cool thing about the Ride and Drive is that you can drive pretty much any Kia you want, with an experienced and knowledgeable rep who can answer all of your questions and point out all of the features that make Kia so special. 

When we go on these drives, we rapid-fire questions and ask to be shown all the bells and whistles. Every single time we learn something new too. I always say we are pros when it comes to Kia Autos… and yet we still discover something we didn’t know before. 

On this ride, we focused on learning as much as we could about the new Stinger. We also drove the Sorento too! If you have been wanting to drive the Stinger, this is the easiest way to do it too. They have three in the rotation because it is so popular! I loved listening to people as they got out of it after their ride. We heard a lot of “whoa” “that was awesome” and “I NEED this”.  Pete felt the same exact way.

The Kia Ride and Drive Hours are: 12/28 – 1/01: 10 AM – 5 PM. They have the prime spot right out front of the convention center too!

This was Pete deciding what to drive… or at least he was pretending to. I already knew what he would choose. 

I kept my usual passenger status… and you can too if you would rather enjoy the view and cool tech that the Kia’s have.

The theme of the day for us was “Pete can’t stay away from the Stinger”.

After the ride, we headed into the show and made a beeline to the Kia area.

We were both loving all the sleek designs!

It’s like they knew I was coming… there was a baby Kia Hampster there! Awwwww….

I think the Kia Soll will forever be my first car crush after the hampster commercial years ago. I still haven’t seen a commercial I have loved as much! Do you remember that one too?

Don’t forget to visit Kia at the San Diego Auto Show, now through January 1st to experience the Ride and Drive Experience, and see all the beautiful vehicles they have displayed.

Heather Reese
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Heather Delaney Reese is the storyteller and photographer behind the lifestyle and family travel blog, It's a Lovely Life®! For the past decade, she has vacationed over 150 days a year with her family. She is a vegan, and loves being by the water, spending time with her children, husband, 2 Shih Tzus and Cat.


  • Kia has come up with really fantastic cars lately. TBH, I wouldn’t have considered them a few years back but they are in the running now! PS: I love my passenger status too 🙂

  • It has been a while since I have been to an auto show, but oh my, those new Kia models are fantastic! If we are to be in the market for a new car this year, I will seriously consider a Kia.

  • Kia looks like such great cars. I have never driven one but I have always heard awesome things.

  • I’ve never been to a car show, just boat shows! This looks like so much fun and that Kia looks like a great ride.

  • I will have to check if there are any auto shows near us. I love going to auto shows because I learn more about the company, the cars being showcased, and of course, the opportunity to test drive those vehicles. Kia sure looks like they put out some awesome vehicles!

  • We’re starting to think about our next car and I was just wondering this morning what we might get next. It’s been 6 years since we replaced mine with a used car, so it’s really about time!

  • We’re starting to think about our next car and I was just wondering this morning what we might get next. It’s been 6 years since we replaced mine with a used car, so it’s really about time! I’m definitely considering a Kia for my next vehicle.

  • We’re going to the Auto Show in February. My husband is such a car buff and he’s looking for a new car. The Kia has come a long way – I can wait to take one for a test drive!!!

  • We’re going to the Auto Show in a few weeks. Steve’s so excited to find a new SUV. I’ve never really looked at the Kia’s. I think it’s time we took one for a spin.

  • I’m always so impressed with Kias! So many options and they are relatively cheap!! Definitely nice rides

  • What a great blog post! I used to love going to the auto shows when I was a little girl! Wow… these Kia cars look breathtaking! I am in search for a new car… I guess I better go and check out my local Kia dealership!

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