2006 Kia Sedona Long-Term Road Test


Sedona is a Satisfier

November 13, 2006

It is safe to say my two-year-old son was the major benefactor on my recent road trip to Las Vegas in our long-term Kia Sedona. Admittedly I haven't previously driven a minivan from any other manufacturer, however first impressions are everything -- and keeping the kid happy is paramount.

I concur with Brian Moody's assessment of the DVD player that it is annoying to have to restart it once the motor is off. Additionally, had my wife not been sitting in the (she claims slightly uncomfortable) backseat to restart the DVD, we would have been pulling over every 45 minutes to replay Leapfrog.

That being said, my son had no problem adapting to the wireless headphones. The additional downside to the DVD unit, which I assume is standard in most minivans, is that the flipped down screen blocks a good portion of your visibility out the rear-view mirror -- especially at night.

DVD issues aside, the Sedona drove nicely, was easy to get in and out of with all the button-controlled automatic doors, and rather spacious inside. The only other thing that stood out in my mind was getting acclimated to the seat controls being on the door rather than the side of (or under) the seat. We are so programmed to feel the side of the seat to find the settings that it never occurred to me to look at the door!

But the real shot of reality is whatever ever happened to the license plate game or punch-buggy? Soon our kids will expect nothing less than DirecTV in their car seats!

Elliott Gordon, Executive Director, Edmunds.com

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