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Why I Love My Vehicle: Kia Seltos is this driver's perfect car

After an accident, Corey Lash was happy to be able to quickly get a new Kia – even with its unique colour.

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Sep 30, 2022 4 min. read

Article was updated 2 months ago

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Corey Lash has had two cars in as many years. The game technician at Dave & Busters didn’t expect he would need another one so soon and he was happy with his 2021 Kia Seltos. But an accident changed all that – his new car was totalled.

Commuting to his job using public transit was difficult, so Lash decided he needed a new vehicle – and fast. He walked into the Kia dealership, ready to take anything that was available, and found a bright yellow 2022 Kia Seltos.

Feeling lucky he wouldn’t have to wait for a vehicle to be delivered, he jumped at the opportunity. It took only five days before he could drive it off the lot. He tells us why he loves his vehicle.

Kia Seltos

“I had a 2021 Kia Seltos that I bought during Covid-19 pandemic,” Lash said. “I’m happy to be back to work and back driving something I know and am comfortable with. And I’m grateful that my insurance covered most of the cost and saved me the stress because I’m saving up for my future and to travel a bit.

“I like to call it a Dijon mustard, and my manager at Dave & Busters always makes fun of me for it. She hates it. It’s awesome. But I love it. It’s gold and shimmering, just like my personality, as my friends say. It’s the first car you see in the parking lot. My girlfriend hated it at first too, but it’s growing on her.

“It really does its job, getting me from Point A to Point B, so no one can really complain about it. It drives well, runs smoothly and it’s a really good size. Most of all, though, I like driving something I’m comfortable with. I got back behind the wheel right away after an accident where I was T-boned near work, so being comfortable was important for me.

“I work late hours and long shifts, so I really wanted to be good driving again. Ubers add up and public transit isn’t a good option for my schedule,” he said.

“I got lucky, too. The salesperson remembered me from buying my 2021 Seltos and really helped me out. He said he made it happen for me only because of my circumstance, my accident, or it would have been extremely difficult to pull off otherwise. He was a really nice guy.

“I barely waited at all for a new car in a time where people are waiting weeks and months. I only waited like five days, because I was just so desperate to get anything. And it has everything I need. I love the CarPlay and the console, I got an upgrade on the tires, and I have squeaky clean mats and tons of space.

“I really do love my car. I loved the 2021 Seltos, so I’m happy I got the 2022 model. And now I have a sunroof, which I couldn’t afford before, which is nice.”

A CLOSER LOOK: 2022 Kia Seltos EX AWD

Soaking up the sun

“I love the sunroof,” Lash said. “My last car didn’t have a sunroof; I couldn’t really afford the option and the trim level. So now that I have a sunroof, which is lovely. It’s always open, and with the windows always down. I’m always blasting music when I’m driving.” The sunroof is only available on the EX AWD models and higher.

A shade of yellow

“I really do love the colour,” Lash said. “It’s one of those out-there colours. It’s unique, it’s unmissable, and it really grew on me. You can’t miss it. It’s a talking piece.” The official colour is labelled by Kia as Starbright Yellow, while the interior treatment a Cherry Black.

Ready for winter

“All-wheel drive is a must,” Lash said. There’s a front-wheel drive option with the base model of the 2022 edition of the Seltos, but he said he opted for the all-wheel edition after considering his late-night drives home from his job. “That’s just the simple features of a car that are important to me. All-wheel drive is so important in a Canadian winter, it can really make a difference in comfort and safety on the road. Especially late at night when visibility is reduced.”

THE SPECS

  • BODY STYLE: Midsize SUV

  • DRIVE METHOD: All-wheel drive

  • HORSEPOWER: 146 hp @ 6200 rpm

  • FUEL ECONOMY (CITY/HIGHWAY): 7.6/8.8 litres per 100 kilometres

  • CARGO VOLUME: 1778 litres

  • PRICE: Starting at $28,195

  • WEBSITE: kia.ca


This article was edited for space and clarity. To be featured in Why I Love My Vehicle?, email us at wheels@thestar.ca. Erica Commisso is a Toronto-based lifestyle writer and photographer.

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