2006 Kia Sedona Long-Term Road Test

2006 Kia Sedona: Another Use for Spy Mirror

May 10, 2007

There comes a time in every young car writer's life when he must drive a minivan. At some point, I will have to write about them, so it's good to get acclimated. But I'm about as far away from the typical Sedona buyer as you could get -- a mid-20s male with no kids, no pets, or even hobbies that involve large leisure equipment like Fender bass amps or kayaks. Needless to say, my weekly Tuesday-night cruise through UCLA's Westwood Village to meet attractive young women wasn't as successful as usual. When I tried to show off the Sedona's nifty remote sliding doors to a pair of co-eds, they announced they forgot to make a call and started running toward a public phone with a blue light on top. Seriously, who doesn't have a cell phone nowadays? *

Proving that the Sedona is not in fact a good vehicle for picking up women, I decided to find another way for my automotive odd coupling for the evening to pay off.

Then I noticed what I like to call the Sedona's Spy Mirror. This adjustable convex mirror allows parents to keep an eye on their kids to make sure that little Timmy isn't punching little Sally. Or in this day and age, I should say little Aston isn't punching little Orion. Since I had no need to check on the status of five empty seats, I started to realize the spy mirror has another use -- as a blind spot mirror. As the photo shows (I don't plan on taking many of those), I could see cars in the Sedona's blind spot that wouldn't be visible in the other mirrors. With enough use, I might have started to use it more than the regular rearview mirror.

James Riswick, Associate Editor

* Who didn't actually do this...But if a young guy in a van drives up to you, running for a blue light phone seems like a wise idea

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