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No Insider Access - 2016 Kia Optima Long-Term Road Test

Edmunds.comEdmunds.com Posts: 10,059
edited March 2016 in Kia
imageNo Insider Access - 2016 Kia Optima Long-Term Road Test

Accessing cargo in the Edmunds.com long-term 2016 Kia Optima is a bit odd.

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  • igve2shtzigve2shtz Posts: 12
    edited March 2016
    My 06 Mazdaspeed6 does the same thing. I think the reason for this is to keep cargo in the trunk secure from theft. In my MS6, I can lock the trunk so that it cannot open using the "door unlock" button inside the car. Effectively, if a would be robber breaks the front window, s/he can steal anything inside the passenger compartment, but there is no way to access the trunk without the key. Several other manufacturers have a "trunk open" button near the drivers seat that can be locked using the key as well (1996 Crown Vic comes to mind).

    As crazy as it sounds, this happened to a family member after he placed his wallet and cell phone in the trunk of his car when he went to the beach. A robber broke the window, crawled through the fold-down backseat, and made off with his personal items.
  • schen72schen72 Posts: 433
    I've seen older Japanese cars have a key lock on the inside latch to fold down the rear seat. Also, many cars have a "defeat" switch usually in the glovebox to disable the trunk button from the passenger area. The idea is that you also lock the glovebox, and now the trunk is secure.
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