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
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.
October 18, 2006
Perhaps it's my braking style but whenever I drive the Kia Sedona, I always hit my foot on the low-hanging plastic above the brake pedal.
Once I do it, I adjust and am more careful with my foot. But I think the driver's footwell area should be carved out more. I don't have big feet.
Donna DeRosa, Managing Editor