Finally, a 2017 Kia Sportage review set in Hamtramck!

by

comment
Photo of Kia outside Baitul Mukarram Masjid at Carpenter and Conant. - PHOTO BY MAUREEN MCDONALD FROM AUTO CHANNEL REVIEW
  • Photo by Maureen McDonald from Auto Channel review
  • Photo of Kia outside Baitul Mukarram Masjid at Carpenter and Conant.

Typically, when we've been pitched the idea of buying a new car, it's been in a television commercial showing the vehicle careening across a majestic landscape on a smooth ribbon of road, the only car for miles.

With the advent of online reviews, however, cars can be presented to us in ways that are intensely "localized" — as we say in the journalism business.



Take a recent review of the 2017 Kia Sportage at the Auto Channel website: Written by local freelancer Maureen McDonald, it's an evaluation of how the nifty 3,800-pound SUV navigates the streets of Hamtramck, that cultural pastiche landlocked within Detroit.

This neat bit of writing recounts a day trip to the city-within-a-city, where the Kia is evaluated for the way it rides over potholes, automatically parallel parks with emergency stopping for random pedestrians, and can store 60 cubic feet of hummus with the back seats down.



Sights along the way include Srodek's Market, Conant Caniff Market (aka the Rock 'n' Roll Party Store, aka the Loud and Tall), Al Haramaine Market, Krakus Restaurant, the Hamtramck Zen Center, and New Palace Bakery.

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Detroit Metro Times. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Detroit Metro Times, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at letters@metrotimes.com.

Detroit Metro Times works for you, and your support is essential.

Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of Detroit and beyond.

Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.

Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep Detroit's true free press free.