Kia K900
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Overview: Kia’s full-size luxury sedan, now in its second year, is based on the Hyundai Genesis, but its distinctive sheetmetal sets it apart.

Drivetrain: A 5.0-liter V8 is connected to an eight-speed automatic transmission; rear-wheel-drive only.

Hyundai took a leap of faith when it launched the Equus sedan a few years back. The automaker’s Kia division followed suit for the 2015 model year with the K900. A good baseline comparison for it would be the Lexus LS460. Both cars are relatively close in size, (except of course that the LS can be had in an extended-length model and with available all-wheel-drive (a function almost every luxury sedan makes available). Peeling back the K900’s skin reveals one of the better-looking shortcut-free interiors out there and one that’s totally in sync with its premium-car image. Standard cockpit stuff includes tri-zone climate control (driver, passenger and rear seat), a navigation system with a 9.2-inch display, power rear sunshade, a foldable rear center armrest with redundant ventilation controls and a 17-speaker, 900-watt sound system. Both the base K900 Premium and better-equipped Luxury trim levels are equipped with a 5.0-liter V8 that makes 420 horsepower and 376 pound-feet of torque. An eight-speed automatic transmission delivers that torque to the rear wheels. As you would expect, Premium K900 models are loaded to the gills with Lexus and Mercedes-Benz content levels. Ordering the Luxury trim adds unique chrome grille and wheels, heated steering wheel, adaptive headlights and pivot in the direction that the vehicle is turning, 900-watt, 17-speaker sound system, premium leather seat covers and blind-spot, rear cross-traffic alert and lane-departure warning and, to mention just a few. Among the over-the-top options are quilted leather seats, 16-way power adjustable driver’s seats, ventilated power-reclining split rear seats and power “soft close” door latches. For what Kia is charging for K900 ownership, buyers seeking a luxury vehicle would be wise to at least check this car out.

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