Steering's Too Heavy in the Parking Lot - 2006 Kia Sedona EX Long-Term Road Test

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2006 Kia Sedona EX: Steering's Too Heavy in the Parking Lot

January 05, 2007

I took our Kia Sedona on a few errands last night and it's a pleasant vehicle to drive around town -- good power off the line, fairly agile handling. But the steering is just too heavy when you're trying to maneuver it into a parking space. This is an area in which more expensive vans, like the top-rated Honda Odyssey, still feel more refined than the Kia. The Odyssey's power assist has more subtlety to it: Its steering is truly light in the parking lot, and it firms up progressively as your speed increases.

Unrelated to this complaint, the Sedona's interior still looks great after almost 18,000 miles and who knows how many kids passing through.

However, there are a couple prominent rattles coming from the cargo bay that detract from that feeling of almost-newness. I thought maybe the third-row seat wasn't fully locked into its upright position, but everything was secure -- the van just rattles.

Erin Riches, Senior Content Editor, 17,810 miles

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