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Kia K900 makes discount luxury play (pictures)

Kia introduces its big luxury sedan to the US, further trying to break the company's reputation as an economy car builder.

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The K900 has been a Korean market car in the luxury segment. Kia brings it to the US to challenge the likes of Lexus and Mercedes-Benz.

Read CNET's full review of the 2015 Kia K900.

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The K900 sports Kia styling cues, such as the grille, but its name does not follow the theme set for US models.

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To compete in the luxury market, the K900 uses a rear-wheel-drive architecture.

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The lack of an adaptive suspension hampers ride quality in the K900.

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At 15.9 cubic feet, the trunk provides similar cargo space to a small SUV.

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The 5-liter V-8 engine uses direct injection to make 420 horsepower.

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LED headlights are a nice, high-tech touch.

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19-inch wheels come standard on the K900.

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The cabin is nicely appointed, even in base trim.

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Seat controls sit on the doors, making them easy to access.

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Rear-seat legroom, at 38.2 inches, will accommodate just about any basketball player.

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Rear seats also get their own power adjustment.

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An optional panoramic sunroof lets the light in.

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The center navigation unit comes standard in the K900.

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It is hard to believe that this is a virtual instrument cluster.

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In Sport mode, the instrument cluster goes all-digital.

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The interface controller sits on the console.

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The head-up display shows vehicle speed, turn-by-turn directions, and blind-spot monitor warnings.

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Kia packs too many icons on the home screen.

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Navigation maps only show in top-down view, but include full traffic data.

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Satellite radio brings in data such as weather forecasts and nearby fuel prices.

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Uvo integrates a driver's smartphone with the car.

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Audio sources include a USB port, Bluetooth streaming, integrated Pandora, HD Radio, and the car's own hard drive.

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The music library interface lets drivers browse music from connected devices and storage.

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The Lexicon audio system includes a 900-watt amp and 17 speakers.

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The surround-view camera aids parking or maneuvering in tight spaces.

Read CNET's full review of the 2015 Kia K900.

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