2006 Kia Sedona Long-Term Road Test

2006 Kia Sedona EX - What It's Good For

May 14, 2007

If you don't have a load of Muppets to cart around everyday in a minivan, the Sedona is still a practical choice as it makes a great cargo van with its third row folded flat.

I needed a large vehicle this weekend to pick up a chair and I knew the Sedona would be able to handle the load. Last weekend, I tried to pick up this same chair but I was driving a compact SUV for a road test I am working on and the chair would not fit. The Sedona had room to spare.

It swallowed up my chair with only the third row stowed. If I needed more space, the Sedona offers 142 cu.ft. of cargo capacity with both rows out of the way.

Some of the power-operated functions are starting to exhibit spotty reliability. Sometimes, the driver side sliding door doesn't want to close. The button inside that initiates the close only works sometimes. If you tug on the handle, it will kick in and start to close automatically. But this weekend it kept popping right back open again. I had to try closing it repeatedly before it decided to stay shut. Now, every time I open the side door, I'm afraid it's not going to close again.

On another note, the Sedona was pretty messy when I took possession on Friday. It looked like the cookie monster exploded in there. Crumbs everywhere. So I treated her to a car wash and a good vacuum.

Managing Editor Donna DeRosa @ 24,020 miles

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