Kia K900
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Kia’s new rear-wheel-drive luxury sedan shows its Hyundai roots, but that isn’t a bad thing.

V6 and V8 engines from the Hyundai Genesis/Equus parts bin, both connected to eight-speed automatic transmissions; V6 pricing not yet available as it’s a late arrival.

Hyundai fearlessly jumped into the premium pool when it launched the Equus sedan a few years back and now the automaker’s Kia division follows suit with the 2015 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), although the K900 holds a three-inch edge in wheelbase and has a bit more interior space. 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. The base K900 comes with a 311-horsepower 3.8-liter V6. When the 420-horsepower 5.0-liter V8 K900 is specified, however, the standard-features list expands with a heated steering wheel, premium leather covers for the heated and cooled front and rear seats, a panoramic sunroof with power-retractable sunshade, 16-way (up from eight-way) power-adjustable driver’s seat and a host of electronic safety systems. Most of the V8’s extra features can be added to V6-powered K900s when the extra-cost Technology and VIP packages are ordered. Both powerplants are mated to eight-speed automatic transmissions. Eco, Sport and Normal settings control shift points and the electric-power-steering settings. What isn’t offered is all-wheel-drive, a feature commonly available in other sedans in this class and one that’s pretty much essential in snowy/icy regions. Although the K900 is a newcomer to the category, shoppers who know a loaded-up bargain when they spot one should put this fancy Kia on their must-see list.