Can't Cope with the Slope - Kia Sedona Long-Term Road Test

2006 Kia Sedona Long-Term Road Test

Kia Sedona: Can't Cope with the Slope

June 11, 2007

I love, love, love dual power-sliding doors on minivans. With the push of a button on the headliner, door post, or key fob, they make a departure or an arrival an event to behold. They also provide a mini Apocalyse Now fantasy. You know the scene: Flying a Huey through the jungle with Wagner's "Ride of the Valkyries" blasting through the outboard speakers? Anyway, the 2006 Kia Sedona has those (not the speakers), but more: Power side doors, power-tilt/slide moonroof (natch), and power up-down lift gate, too. Cool eh? I discovered a problem, however.

Parked in my driveway, neither side door would fully open nor close when using the cool, powered feature. With what appears to be a mere 5-degree incline, the Sedona's side doors would slide almost the whole distance open, then beep in protest and stop short of being fully open, as if there was something stopping their progress. In the other direction, I assumed the slope would help them close more easily, but no. With the same beeping protest, the front edge would tuck in and the rear would attempt to latch with a "click, buzz, and clunk," and again, the same alert that the door hadn't made the whole trip.

To be certain the doors weren't malfunctioning in general, I tried both on level ground and they worked flawlessly. Did the Sedona always have this trouble with inclines? Could the electric motors have grown tired? Dunno, but it does seem like an oversight that a minivan's power-sliding doors can't cope with a 5-degree slope.

Chris Walton, Chief Road Test Editor @ 25,402 miles

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