Born in Babylonia, Cruisin' the Sedona
January 23, 2007
My apologies to Steve Martin. After much avoidance, I finally found myself in our long-term Kia Sedona minivan, and to be honest, it ain't half bad. Maybe I'm a little more used to driving big cars now (Edmunds fleet's Benz R500 and Chevy Silverado pickup) but I found the Sedona to be pretty smooth. Much better visibility than either, didn't feel half as long or ungainly as the R500, and generally I enjoyed it.
In fact, I VASTLY prefer it to the needlessly complicated and pugfugly R500.
My first peace-making with minivans came via a rented Dodge Caravan in college, a long, four-man trip from Connecticut to Florida for a week. We drove it, we lived in it, and unfortunately one guy crashed it and it limped back to the agency. But I found I enjoyed it. It did what it was supposed to do. Easy to drive, park, soaks up highway miles. Many years later and a similar Caravan, I drove with a friend way down the Baja peninsula, deep into Mexico. Again, great for long drives and comfort.
The point is, the Sedona's a fine ride, if you really need a big van with lots of space and room for a bunch of passengers. Easy to use, clear controls, nice heat, comfy seats, and mirrors that angle down when you back up. Great visiliblity, and I'm all about that. When I opened the door in a tight parking space, I didn't wack the car next to me (unlike the R500). Other than an uncomfortable roar when you first start it up (which quickly settles to a pleasant quiet), it's very pleasant. Does it replace the Aston Martin DB9 in my dreams? Not by a long shot. But it's not bad. And the girlfriend prefers it to the Silverado.
Doug Lloyd, Copy Editor, at 18,108 miles