2006 Kia Sedona Long-Term Road Test

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2006 Kia Sedona EX - Fuel Mileage

March 29, 2007

We've been driving the Sedona for about nine months now and we already have over 21,000 miles on it. This morning I was reviewing the fuel log to see what kind of numbers we are earning.

On the average over the life of the vehicle we have been getting 17.7 miles per gallon. Our best-ever tank was 29.3 mpg, our worst was 12.3 mpg.

We're running a little below par as Kia's advertised numbers are 18 city and 25 highway. Its competitors report similar numbers. The Dodge Caravan claims 17/25, the Honda Odyssey 18/25, the Toyota Sienna 19/26.

Those numbers really aren't that bad for a vehicle that weighs 4,387 pounds. And with gas prices well over $3 in L.A. right now, the Kia Sedona thankfully runs on regular unleaded.

Donna DeRosa, Managing Editor @ 21,443 miles

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2006 Kia Sedona: Christmas Sleigh

December 28, 2006

Our Sedona served as the Toepke family's Christmas sleigh this year, and over the 5 freeway to Grandmother's house we went.

Three kids, Katie (17), Kyle (12) and Emma (6) settled into the rear two seats for the 1,000-mile round trip and did so with little complaint.

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Kia Sedona: Open Range

September 05, 2006

For more than 50 years the Bob's Big Boy in Burbank, California has catered to the gearheads of the L.A's San Fernando Valley. Since it was built in 1949, it has been a weekly gathering spot for motorheads and their rides. And now you can add our long term Kia Sedona to the list of legendary hardware that has graced the Bob's parking lot.

However, it was on the way home from the family's crazy night of cruising, tummys filled with Super Big Boy Combos, that we noticed a flaw in the Kia's trip computer. We love the fact that it has a range readout, which lets you know how many miles worth of gas is left in the van's tank, but with 30 miles left of range the readout stops counting down and switches to four hash marks. Lame. Truely useful range readouts, like the ones in our long term Jeep Commander and long term BMW 330i, will count down all the way to zero.

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