2006 Kia Sedona Long-Term Road Test

2006 Kia Sedona EX: Change in Lifestyle

May 29, 2007

This weekend, our long-term Kia Sedona lived the active single life with me as I drove it to a hip downtown bar to meet up with an old friend visiting from out of town, to a trailhead in the Angeles National Forest for a 9-mile hike, down over to Playa del rey along with my bike so I could cruise down to the Fiesta Hermosa street festival, to Long Beach for the requisite Memorial Day barbecue and then to West Hollywood for a Wii party.

And, surprisingly enough, I didn't feel like its soccer mom persona cramped my style all that much. I liked how it has 242 horsepower so that I could surprise Harley-riding weekend warriors and cruising Porsche pilots and jump onto the freeway at a decent speed without getting in people's way. I liked how the doors opened themselves via the key fob, making loading and unloading bulky cargo stressfree.

The only real problem I had with the Kia was figuring out how to fold over its second-row seats. I read, pondered, and stared at the instructions and diagrams on the seats and in the manual trying to figure out how I could make room for my bike without wedging it into the cargo area. But I just couldn't make sense of any of it. I didn't see what pull tab or whatever they were telling me to pull in Step 3. Wha? In any case, my bike fit in there fine with the seats still there. It just would have been a lot easier to get out and in minus those immovable seats.

Production Editor Caroline Pardilla at 24,793 miles

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