2006 Kia Sedona Long-Term Road Test

Trading One Convenience for Another in the Sedona

July 13, 2006

Last night I approached our long-term Kia Sedona EX with about 10 plastic bags of fruits and vegetables from a trip to the farmers' market. I yanked on the passenger-side sliding door handle, expecting it to power open just as our long-term Odyssey's would have. It did not.

I could only slide it open manually. I tried the driver-side sliding door. Same thing.

With the Sedona, as with the current-generation Chrysler minivans, the power-sliding feature can only be activated with the keyless remote or the buttons inside the van. Why is this a bad design? Because it puts all the burden on the person holding the remote. The other parent, presumably holding a baby, has to wait until the door opens or else muscle it open manually (defeating the point of having power doors). And kids can't get in or out of the back as easily.

In spite of this flaw, my early impressions of the van are good. I like the driving position and I like the Sedona's easygoing demeanor when puttering around town. Although I won't be in the market for a minivan anytime soon given that I'm single with no kids, there's one minivan feature I'd love to have in a sedan or hatchback: a folding center tray. I like that you can set anything on this tray and feel confident it will stay there. Usually, I just put parking cards, cell phones and directions here, but last night I set a carton of milk here because I didn't want it rolling around on the floor.

Erin Riches, Senior Content Editor, 3,009 miles

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