2006 Kia Sedona Long-Term Road Test


2006 Kia Sedona -- 800-mile birthday tour

July 31, 2006

My daughter doesn't have a birthday, she has a birth-season. And although she doesn't officially turn six until August 15, the season is already underway.

This weekend we drove the long-term Kia Sedona 400 miles up north to Sacramento to eat cake with Grandma Karla on Saturday evening, and Grandma Adeline on Sunday. During the 800-mile round trip Emma watched the beginning of Disney's High School Musical six times, yet never saw the whole movie because every time we stopped and turned off the engine, the DVD returned to the main start-up menu. Most in-car systems are smart enough to pick up where they left off, but if the Sedona has resume capability, I couldn't make it happen.

Needless to say, the opening number lost its charm after the third or fourth consecutive viewing.

Late Sunday afternoon we loaded up Emma's bounty, including the new Bitty Baby Twins and their requisite double stroller, for the six-hour drive back to Long Beach. While cruising down the 5 Freeway, we noticed an occasional high pitch noise from the minivan's left front at higher speeds. My husband and I argued tire noise versus wind noise and the trip ended with no clear winner. I mentioned the noise to Director of Vehicle Testing Dan Edmunds this morning, and he suspects that the noise was air around the driver's side door seal. Dan promised to take the Sedona for a spin soon to make an official diagnosis.

Kelly Toepke, Manager of Vehicle Testing @ 5,070 miles

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