2006 Kia Sedona Long-Term Road Test

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1 Thing I Already Knew About the Kia Sedona

May 20, 2007

Minivans are awesome! Anyone who's not buying one because of image is lame.

In addition to hauling around cousins and a grandparent all weekend, the Sedona also proved useful in another way. My wife and I have been looking for a good patio set but refuse to pay $650 - $1000 for a new one.

Thank goodness for Craigslist.

We picked up a 66x40 in. table and six non-colapsable chairs. The load didn't look pretty but it all fit - no second trip to The Valley for me. Love that Sedona.

I removed the second row seats and while the process is easy, the chairs are quite heavy - too heavy, I'm guessing, for the average Cub Scouts mom to handle on her own. Remember, I said average.

Brian Moody, Road Test Editor @ 24,595 miles.

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Kia Sedona: One Way to Move a Sandbox

April 16, 2007

Faced with the challenge of moving my daughter's beloved sandbox to our new backyard (without having our long-term Silverado available), I was pleased to find the Kia Sedona open for the weekend. What you see here are the dozen bags of semi-wet sand and a trash can with more wet sand becuause my eyeball estimate was about three bags shy.

With the sand taken care of, there was the not-so-small matter of the sandbox itself.

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Kia Sedona: Would-Be Bike Hauler

April 02, 2007

I'm in the market for a new city bike and have my eye on the Electra Amsterdam. And I was more than happy to take home the Kia Sedona for the weekend so that I could transport my new purchase since my real-life car, the Corolla, could do no such thing without a rack. With easy-to-stow seats and a maximum cargo capacity of 142 cubic feet, I'd have ample room. Plus a power lift gate that opens via the key fob meant that I could load the unwieldly cargo in one fluid motion, without having to struggle with the key and pulling open the heavy lift gate. However, seems the weekend has gotten away from me and I didn't get to buy the bike. Sigh. Instead of a shot of how my beloved Electra fits in the Sedona, you get a shot of the empty but extra-squeaky cabin.

Production Editor Caroline Pardilla at 21,490 miles

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2006 Kia Sedona EX - It's So Easy

March 26, 2007

Whenever we have shopping to do or a lot of things to carry around, the Sedona is usually our first choice. It has plenty of space and is way comfortable. Even with the second row in place, the cargo area is cavernous. And the rear hatch is power operated.

So when you come out of the mall carrying loads of packages, you can press the key fob and the Sedona gets ready to swallow up your purchases. It's also nice to be able to close it with the power button. I wouldn't be able to reach the top if I had to do it manually. I'd have to grab it by the side.

When I first pulled out in the Sedona on Friday night, one of the second row seats was down and one was in the upright position. As I drove through our parking lot, I could hear a squeaking noise. Thinking it was the tumbled seat, I pulled over and raised the seat. But the squeak persisted. I remember Josh blogging about a squeak in the Sedona too. He thought it was because he had the center row removed. So the squeak remains a mystery.

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Kia Sedona: Minivan vs. SUV

March 19, 2007

It's slightly embarrassing to admit, but I like minivans. Soccer mom stigma or not, their utility combined with their car-like driving characteristics are a draw not found in any other kind of vehicle. When Keymaster Kelly hands me the car list at the end of the day and my choice is between a Chevy Tahoe or Kia Sedona I'll choose the stigma of the minivan over the hassle of the large SUV every time.

On that note, here's another reason to like the Sedona. Its center console (below) is huge and versatile. Since I use the Sedona to haul mountain bikes and fellow cyclists all over Southern California every weekend, having a place to keep requisite recovery drinks, food and magic potions is important. As you can see, there's no shortage of potion space in the Sedona. And the tray folds out of the way if you want to use the space. Nice.

Josh Jacquot, senior road test editor @ 21,069 miles

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Kia Sedona: Girl Scout Cookie Time!

February 26, 2007

It's Girl Scout cookie season in Southern California, and Brownie Troop 421 has been busy taking orders since late January. Cookies are the troop's annual cash cow, and these ten first and second graders have been working their Brownie beanie charms on family members, neighbors, and of course their parents' co-workers in an effort to make their troop goal of 910 boxes.

As the troop's Cookie Mom, it was my responsibilty to pick up the the entire order from the warehouse, all 1,176 boxes, which equals 98 cases or three towering pallets. The veteran moms informed me that 100 cases would fit in an open-bed pickup truck, but since our Silverado was at the body shop and the weatherman was forecasting the threat of rain, I opted for the Kia Sedona instead.

We folded the Sedona's rear bench flat and attempted to remove the second-row chairs before heading to the warehouse. One seat came out easily, but the other chair wouldn't release. After nearly ten minutes of trying, we were getting anxious about making our 11:40 a.m. pick up time, so we left the seat in the minivan. I had been warned that the load times were assigned in seven minute intervals, and if you were late you'd get pushed to the end of the day. So much for sisterly love.

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Kia Sedona Weekend

January 16, 2007

I didn't get to drive the Sedona anywhere exotic or far away this past weekend, but the wife and kids and I did spend a fair bit of time in it. The following is a brief rundown of our observations.

Like the 2006 Azera I wrote about last week, our 2006 Kia Sedona has no CD track or preset scan button on the steering wheel. I presume the '06 Hyundai Entourage has the same issue, as they are the same car. No really. I wonder if the 2007 Sedona/Entourage steering control is upgraded as it was in our 2007 Azera?

Unlike the Azera, two of the power points (but not the lighter) are hot all of the time. As a result, I was able to charge my cell phone while this one was shut down in my driveway. And the car battery didn't go dead or perceptibly weaken in the process.

My wife Tracy, as usual, loves the seat heaters. But I for one do not like the roller design. I'd prefer a button that resets to off when the car is shut down. Can you tell I've been victimized by practical jokers before?

Tracy, who is of much smaller stature than I, really like the Sedona's seats compared to the 2004 Odyssey she drives regularly. I like them better too because our Honda's seats seem to have such exaggerated lumbar that the upper half of my body doesn't touch anything.

Tracy liked the low windshield and hoodline, saying it gave her a better parking lot view.

She was quite critical of the slurred shifting of the transmission, which at times gives a passable impersonation of a CVT. It's my biggest beef with this van too, as trying to accelerate through gaps or execute passing maneuvers, even moderately, produces a 2 or 3 mississippi delay. Its sort of like the shutter delay found on early digital cameras, which were kinda OK when taking a still-life pictures (cruising) but annoying for action shots (acceleration.) Other than that, the engine is making decent power and would probably produce acceleration comparable to our stout 2004 Odyssey if only the shifts were as decisive.

Finally, my Tahoe Christmas trip blogs invited a bit of controversy about the relative cargo carrying merits of a minivan compared to such a full-sized SUV. In the future, I'd like to make a more detailed comparison. But for now, here are a few key dimensions from this Sedona, as measured by me and my trusty tape measure. Assume an error of up to 1/2 inch:

Liftover height, to bumper: 21.5 inches

Liftover height, to hatch opening: 24 inches

Storage depth, rear door to second seat: 54 inches min, 60 max (2nd seats slid forward, but not folded)

Maximum cargo length, hatch closed: 120 inches (on the floor, straight up the middle between the first and second rows)

Inside height at hatch opening: 40 inches

Inside width at hatch opening: 48 inches

Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing @ 18,033 miles

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Kia Sedona as moving van

December 06, 2006

"Cavernous" is an apt word to describe our Kia Sedona when its seats are stowed. The third row folds flat and disappears into the floor. The second row can be rolled into a fetal position or removed. I chose to leave in the second row as I used our Kia minivan to move my belongings to my new digs.

But be warned, they flip around a lot if you don't have stuff crammed right up against them. I made three runs in the Sedona from old home to new home, moving things I didn't want the real movers to handle.

As our long-term Sedona was finally getting a new CD player, I was forced to use a loaner Sedona the first night. It was an earlier model than ours and its second row seats were easier to remove but didn't curl up as tiny as our 2006. I'll post photos of the green rental Sedona as soon as I can figure out how to get the pictures out of my fancy new phone.

For the record, maximum cargo capacity of our 2006 Kia Sedona EX is 142 cu. ft. I used every cube of it. Thanks, Kia.

Donna DeRosa, Managing Editor

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Kia Sedona as Moving Van

October 05, 2006

Faced with a big move next weekend, I pondered which of our long-term vehicles would best serve as a transport to move some boxes from my old apartment to my new one. I wouldn't try to move anything huge like a bed or a kitchen table, just boxes of linens, books, etc....many boxes. At first I considered the FJ Cruiser. When I used it camping earlier this year, I was able to pack a lot in the cargo area, especially with the rear seats down. But when I asked Erin, an editor, what her opinion was, she spoke up for minivan Kia Sedona.

And after borrowing it for the past couple nights, I can see why she suggested it. Last night when picking up moving boxes, I didn't really have a free hand to unlatch the door but the handy-dandy keyfob automatically raised the rear liftgate for me with the press of a button. Loved that! And when stowing all the seats away, it affords a flat space to pile up the boxes, unlike the FJ which doesn't fold flat and creates mini Towers of Pisa. I also like how both sliding doors of the van open up for way easy access. Now there's just the matter of asking Kelly if I can borrow it. Heh.

Caroline Pardilla, Production Editor

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M-m-m-my Sedona

September 26, 2006

Unless you're 8 1/2 years old, your passion for minivans is probably more utilitarian than lusty. I'm 48 and single, which lands me pretty firmly in the groups that regards minvans as a practicality, a conveyance, with little emotional attachment to speak of. So I found it pretty shocking after a night's commute that I found myself beginning to bond with our long-term ruby-red box, the 2006 Kia Sedona EX.

Not that the Kia's driving dynamics are all that dynamic (let's face it: If you buy a minivan with the dream of autocrossing it on weekends, then you really need to consider upping your meds), but I did find things that surprised me.

First and finest, 244 horsepower is a strong invitation to pass slower pokes on your way to and from work, and the Sedona's 3.8-liter V6 doesn't hesitate to deliver the goods. And the 5-speed automatic is on the same page. In day-to-day application, the brake pedal feel is surprisingly firm, and the response is quite good.

Inside, all three rows of seating in the Sedona have something to offer: room. I also admire the way the third-row seats sink into the floor when not in use, bringing a very useable flat floor for cargo into play.

The Kia Sedona is an easy minivan to drive, that's one of the highest compliments you can pay to a veghicle that divides its fan base into two camps: utilitarians and pre-adolescents.

Richard Homan, Editor in Chief, Edmunds.com

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Kia Sedona: Removable seats are convenient but not light

August 07, 2006

Here's a little surprise I didn't expect last weekend when removing the Sedona's second-row seats...

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2006 Kia Sedona EX - cargo capacity

July 10, 2006

As you can see in the above photo, when the seats are folded away in the Sedona, there is plenty of storage space. That large box contained an exhaust system for a Mustang we are modifying. It was over 6 feet long and the Sedona swallowed it up easily.

The seven-seater Sedona features a 60/40 third-row bench that drops flat into the floor and second-row captain's chairs that are removable.

If you fold the second row seats and leave them in, like we did while lugging around this big box, they flop around while you are driving. Very distracting.

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