Kia Sedona, My What Big Wipers You Have
January 17, 2007
Since we editors get to cycle through different cars every day, there's a brief period of disorientation in the first moments when we get in a new car and have to adjust to its family sedan spaciousness or sports car handling or big-truck proportions. Unfamiliar characteristics are to be expected but nothing made me actually laugh before until I switched on the windshield wipers for the Kia Sedona.
On my way in today, I encountered a bit of sprinkling and waited until the windshield was covered with raindrops before I flicked the wipers. Suddenly these long, skinny arms of wipers came up and cleared the drops away.
I didn't realize how huge the windshield was until these wipers popped out. I don't know, it was just funny...they looked so long and awkward...OK, you had to be there.
They were amusing, that is, until I noticed a metallic-grating squeak with each wipe. Finally, it got so annoying that I had to turn it off, only flicking it on when the windshield was thoroughly drenched. I don't know what could account for that noise. Maybe it's just a matter of it being readjusted. Of course, by the time I parked the minivan in the garage, I completely forgot to check it out.
Production Editor Caroline Pardilla at 18,039 miles