The Best Family Cars: Optima and Soul Make Top Picks

2016 Kia Soul

2016 Kia Soul

Kia is winning awards left and right, including multiple awards for having the some of the 10 Best Family Cars. The Optima won a “Best Sedan” award and the Soul won a “Best Budget Vehicle” award from Parents magazine and Edmunds.com. Kia was only one of two automakers to have two models on the Best Family Cars list.

According to Kia, the 10 Best Family Cars of 2016 list is determined by several judges from Edmunds and Parents, each of which identifies top picks for categories like safety, performance, family-friendly features, and more. The Optima won in its segment overall, while the Soul took home a special award for affordability.

“Kia places a priority on safety as well as packing our vehicles with innovative and easy-to-use features at an outstanding value, and the recognition from Parents magazine and Edmunds.com validates our efforts,” said Orth Hedrick, VP for KMA.  “The Optima and Soul have numerous features geared toward families who are looking for advanced driver assistance systems, cutting-edge technology, spacious passenger seating and ample cargo capacity.”

Being the ninth annual year for the list, Edmunds and Parents rated hundreds of vehicles in multiple areas. In addition to these awards, the Soul and Optima were also recognized for their exceptional style and driving dynamics, features which especially impressed the judges.

Experience the Open Road: Summer Road Trip Destinations

road tripRoad trips are an American tradition, letting you experience the sights and thrills of the open road. We’ve put together a list of the top summer road trip destinations in the US, each of which offers a unique experience you won’t find elsewhere.

According to Money Crashers, one of the most iconic road trips follows Route 66 across America. This historic road cuts across 2,500 miles, ultimately ending in Los Angeles. Although you might have to travel a day from Memphis to reach some of the best stretches of this highway, it is well worth it.

Want to stay a little closer to home? Check out the Arkansas Highway 7 Scenic Byway. This 290-mile stretch covers pine forests, rolling hills, and parts of the Ozarks. Though it takes about two days to really explore the entire road, you can also spend time at hot springs or camping along the way.

For those who want to explore the region, take an hour drive north from Memphis to Holly Springs, MS. This short trip is great for seeing the hill country, and it is also packed full of historic landmarks and museums. Check out the Kate Freeman Clark Museum, Marshall Country Historical Museum, and the Ida B. Wells-Barnett Museum.

Whether you want to drive across the country or you simply want to explore your local area, road trips are great for virtually everyone. Just be sure to pack light, drive safe, and enjoy your ride!