to make hands-free calls, receive and respond to text messages, listen to streaming audio, enjoy your personal music, and play your favorite song, artist or genre of music, all by giving a single, intuitive voice command.”

While gazing at the instrument panel I noticed it is angled in the direction of the driver so that reading the different selections is made easier.

Here are some features that are available to drivers who want to take advantage of today’s technology—an eight-inch touch screen, a backup camera allowing the driver to see things behind that one cannot see in the rearview mirror or by turning one’s head; a key fob; push-button starting; an electric-powered and leather-wrapped steering wheel; and the option of a heated steering wheel.

I was fond of the tight steering and good feel of the road during my test drive. The vehicle has a sporty feel to it. It handles bumps very well, a credit to its sport-tuned suspension. It has

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very impressive, gutsy acceleration, a result of its GDI turbo engine. There is plenty of head room and very adequate compartments. The car seats five adults and the driver’s seat has a power lumbar adjustment. Also available are memory seat controls that allow you to lock in the driver’s seat settings for two others. The panoramic sunroof will bring in fresh air and light galore. The driver and front seat passenger can adjust their own temperature settings.

The Kia Optima’s exterior has a sporty look to it. There are power folding outside mirrors, and 18-inch sport design alloy wheels with black-colored front calipers, HID headlights, LED taillights and a rear spoiler.

Like all the Kia models, every Optima comes with an industry-leading 10 year/100,000 mile warranty program.

Consider visiting the Dick Brantmeier Ford-Lincoln-Kia dealership at 3624 Kohler Memorial Dr. in Sheboygan, or visit www.dickbrantmeier.com.