2015 Kia Sedona SX-L Long-Term Road Test - New Updates

2015 Kia Sedona SX-L Long-Term Road Test

  • Full Review
  • Pricing & Specs
  • Road Tests (1)
  • Comparison
  • Long-Term

2015 Kia Sedona: Wrap-Up

by Mike Schmidt, Senior Manager, Vehicle Testing on November 1, 2016

2015 Kia Sedona

We ordered a top-tier 2015 Kia Sedona SXL to experience the best of what the newly redesigned minivan had to offer. It had the same 3.3-liter V6, six-speed transmission and front-wheel-drive configuration shared across all trims. And as we've come to expect from Kia products, it had an abundance of standard features.

Standard Sedona items included the basics: Bluetooth connectivity, USB ports, a backup camera, remote keyless entry and a fold-flat third row of seats. Specific to the SXL trim were leather seats, 19-inch wheels, an eight-speaker Infinity sound system, navigation, Kia's UVO infotainment system, a 110-volt power inverter, two sunroofs, a power liftgate, power-sliding doors, front and rear parking sonar, and second-row captain's chairs with extendable leg rests. The only optional feature on our minivan was a $995 rear entertainment system.

So equipped, our 2015 Kia Sedona SXL carried an MSRP of $41,590.

See full article and comment.


2015 Kia Sedona: What Am I Driving Again?

by Kurt Niebuhr, Photo Editor on July 25, 2016

2015 Kia Sedona

I thought I was driving our 2015 Kia Sedona.

I had to double-check when a middle-aged guy (ugh, I think I'm middle-aged too) cut across this tiny parking lot to ask me, "Hey, how do you like that thing?"

I was hoping I'd turn around and see the Viper.

See full article and comment.


2015 Kia Sedona: 20 Grand

by Kurt Niebuhr, Photo Editor on July 21, 2016

2015 Kia Sedona

We're about to call time on our year with the 2015 Kia Sedona, and right on schedule, the odometer flicked past 20,000 miles. Usually there's a fair bit of subject matter to discuss over 5,000 miles, sometimes 10,000 miles if you need to dig, but the Kia has been nigh on invisible for a while.

It simply minivans around.

See full article and comment.


2015 Kia Sedona: Long-Distance Trips Boost Fuel Economy in June

by Cameron Rogers, Associate Editor on July 11, 2016

2015 Kia Sedona

Two long-distance trips in June boosted the 2015 Kia Sedona's fuel economy from 18.1 mpg to 18.3 mpg overall. The first run was from the office to Brent Romans' "Rancho Relaxo" estate in Fresno, some 200 miles north of our offices. After it returned, I loaded up my family and took it to Las Vegas.

Even with six passengers and luggage, the Sedona returned an impressive 21 mpg over the course of the trip, just 1 mpg off the EPA highway estimate.

Fuel economy for all of June was 21.0 mpg, the Sedona's most fuel-efficient month so far.

See full article and comment.


2015 Kia Sedona: I Finally Got a Minivan for a Las Vegas Trip!

by Cameron Rogers, Associate Editor on June 28, 2016

2015 Kia Sedona

Over the past 12 months, I've gone to Las Vegas twice with more than one passenger beside me. Our Vegas group usually consists of six people, so a single car with three rows is always the preferred way to go.

The logistics sometimes work out, like onmy last trip, when I was able to fit everyone and their luggage into our long-term2016 Honda Pilot. Other times I haven't been so lucky, such as the time when a lack of available large cars in the Edmunds fleet led my group to split, and I took three passengers in the2015 Acura TLX.

Even though both vehicles were great road trip companions, I wished I had a minivan for the group. A minivan's third row is typically more spacious than that in a three-row crossover, and the cargo area has a deep well that those seats drop down into when not in use. Our2015 Kia Sedona caught my eye this time, and I notified Keymaster Mike Schmidt of my intentions months beforehand. By the time the trip rolled around, the Sedona was in the garage and ready for a road trip.

See full article and comment.


2015 Kia Sedona: Steering Wheel Off-Center

by Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing on June 24, 2016

2015 Kia Sedona

Our 2015 Kia Sedona minivan is a nice place to spend time as the miles roll past. It's a relaxed cruiser, and I'm surprised by how utterly straight it goes down the road. It's almost like it has some sort of autopilot system — but it doesn't.

See full article and comment.


2015 Kia Sedona: How Front Storage Space Compares to Other Minivans

by Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor on June 20, 2016

2015 Kia Sedona

It will come as no surprise when I inform you that our 2015 Kia Sedona has a wealth of interior storage space up front. Whether it's your phone, snacks or your kid's kendama, the Sedona has a place for you to put it. It's an IKEA PAX wardrobe on wheels.

I've got some photos and details on our Sedona plus a comparison to the way a couple rival minivans do it.

See full article and comment.


2015 Kia Sedona: Fuel Economy Update for May — Holding Steady, but Our Odyssey and Sienna Were Better

by Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor on June 16, 2016

2015 Kia Sedona

We drove about 1,500 miles last month in our 2015 Kia Sedona. As the month had a balanced mix of city and highway driving, we didn't change our van's lifetime average at all. In fact, it's fair to say that we've zeroed in on what our van's going to get us with more than 17,000 miles on the odometer now.

Out of curiosity, I also looked up our lifetime fuel economy for the long-departed 2011 Honda Odyssey and 2011 Toyota Sienna minivans we had in the test fleet. Both were more efficient than our Sedona.

See full article and comment.


2015 Kia Sedona: Why It's a Great Road Trip Car

by Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor on May 31, 2016

2015 Kia Sedona

I've driven our 2015 Kia Sedona extensively over the last few months and found it to be one of the nicer minivans currently on the market. Most of that seat time has been in stop and go traffic on the way to work. A weekend road trip gave me a taste of how it handles the open road and my opinion hasn't changed much. Here's why.

See full article and comment.


2015 Kia Sedona: Cargo Learning Curve

by Bryn MacKinnon, Managing Editor on May 23, 2016

2015 Kia Sedona

It's been a while since I drove a minivan.

After strapping my two kids into the second row of our long-term 2015 Kia Sedona easily and quickly (one in a booster with the seatbelt — well, she strapped herself in, really — and one in a five-point harness-equipped child safety seat), we hit the grocery store for some necessities. Classic minivan mom stuff, right? I bought my three moderately sized bags full of groceries and trotted the kids back to the car. I felt good. Takin' care of mom-business.

Here's where my lack of recent minivan experience reared its messy head.

See full article and comment.


2015 Kia Sedona: 15,000-Mile Service

by Kelly Hellwig, Managing Editor on May 12, 2016

2015 Kia Sedona

This week our 2015 Kia Sedona clicked past 15,000 miles, causing its onboard service minder to issue a maintenance alert. I abided the notice and scheduled an appointment for the next morning at Kia of Cerritos using their online service form.

With a 9:15 a.m. appointment confirmed, I rolled into the service drive at 8:50 a.m. and was immediately greeted by a porter who flagged a service advisor. Nick took a quick walk around the Sedona and escorted me back to his desk for the write-up.

That's where he recommended the 15K "Intermediate" service package for $159.99.  I told him I wasn't interested in the dealership's recommended service, only the factory version of the 15K.  He then showed me the "Minor" service package which contained the necessary oil and filter change, plus inspections, for $69.99. He said that, plus a new cabin filter for $39.99, would be in line with the factory maintenance schedule.

See full article and comment.


2015 Kia Sedona: Fuel Economy Update for April — Ticks Slightly Upward

by Cameron Rogers, Associate Editor on May 6, 2016

2015 Kia Sedona

April proved to be one of the busiest months for our 2015 Kia Sedona so far. We added 2,389 miles to its odometer last month, just a few shy of the 2,523-mile record set in September. Even though we went on a couple long-distance road trips in April, the Sedona's lifetime average barely moved.

See full article and comment.


2015 Kia Sedona: The Minivan I'd Buy

by Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor on May 2, 2016

 2015 Kia Sedona

"We should get a minivan," I told my wife on a recent weekend afternoon. I had just used our long-term 2015 Kia Sedona to haul a bunch of junk out of my garage and was high on the amazing versatility that a big box on wheels with sliding rear doors provides. My wife, who would host a family of rabid wombats in her closet for a year rather than come within 10 feet of a minivan, said, "Great, as long as you're the one driving it every day. Just let me drive the Porsche."

"Ha. I could do that," I replied, defending my statement without really thinking the implications all the way through. Saving my bacon, though, were the realities that: a) it's unlikely we're buying a new minivan anytime soon; and b) we don't own a Porsche and won't be buying one of those anytime soon, either. But if we were buying a new minivan, I'd happily own a Sedona and drive it every day.

See full article and comment.


2015 Kia Sedona: Driving Five "Adults"

by Kelly Hellwig, Managing Editor on April 28, 2016

2015 Kia Sedona

Three days a week I pick up this group of lovely young women from my daughter's high school, dropping them one at a time at their respective family residences. And every time I pull away from the curb, I'm immediately struck by how much their collective "adult" weight changes the driving dynamic of the 2015 Kia Sedona.

See full article and comment.


2015 Kia Sedona: Smart Emergency Tools

by Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor on April 21, 2016

2015 Kia Sedona

The only thing worse than getting a flat tire is realizing that you can't access the jack or the spare tire without unloading half the car. Thankfully, that's not the case in our 2015 Kia Sedona as the jack, it's related tools and the spare tire are all easily accessible.

See full article and comment.


2015 Kia Sedona: Showing Some Age

by Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor on April 15, 2016

2015 Kia Sedona

With just over 14,000 miles on the odometer, our 2015 Kia Sedona is starting to show its age a little. I first noticed a few creaks coming from the side doors in the last month or so. And then Editor in Chief Scott Oldham said the same thing after taking the Sedona on a recent road trip.

See full article and comment.


2015 Kia Sedona: Road Tripping to Sedona in our Sedona

by Scott Oldham, Editor in Chief on April 12, 2016

2015 Kia Sedona

Driving our long-term 2015 Kia Sedona from Los Angeles to Sedona, Arizona was not the original plan. Too meta according to my 10-year-old.

But Plan A was a bust.

We were supposed to be road-tripping to Mount Rushmore. The 3,000-mile round trip, while daunting considering we had just seven days, was the kind of serious white line fever I'd been itching for. And my family was on board. Mostly.

Weather is always a concern in that region of the country this time of year, but I had done a successful winter run to Rushmore a few Februarys ago in our long-term Mercedes SLS AMG Roadster, so my overconfidence was high. But a last-minute forecast of blizzard conditions in northern Utah, Wyoming and South Dakota, gave me enough pause to listen to other ideas.

"Maybe we should just drive out to Arizona," my wife said. "Catch a spring training game and stay in Sedona a few days."

See full article and comment.


2015 Kia Sedona: Disappointing Fuel Range

by Scott Oldham, Editor in Chief on April 8, 2016

2015 Kia Sedona

Our long-term 2015 Kia Sedona has a 21.1 gallon gas tank. Do the math at its 22 mpg highway rating and that's 464.2 miles of fuel range.

But in the real world, that ain't gonna happen.

In the real world the Sedona has less than 400 miles of range. Usually much less.

See full article and comment.


2015 Kia Sedona: Fuel Economy Update for March — A Very Minor Dip

by Reese Counts, Vehicle Testing Assistant on April 6, 2016

2015 Kia Sedona

We added just shy of 1,600 miles to our long-term 2015 Kia Sedona in March, but our overall average only fell by 0.1 mpg to 18 mpg even. That's a full gallon off the Sedona's combined rating, but that's fairly typical for our long-term vehicles.

See full article and comment.


2015 Kia Sedona: Seats Six Screaming Teenagers and Mom

by Scott Oldham, Editor in Chief on March 29, 2016

2015 Kia Sedona

As you can see, it isn't easy taking of picture of six screaming 13-year-old girls, at night, inside a moving 2015 Kia Sedona. However, when your daughter turns 13 and she has a sleepover party for her entire brat pack, I can tell you firsthand there's no better vehicle to get the job done than Kia's minivan.

The Sedona transported mom and the gaggle of young ladies all over town that night, first to the bowling alley, then for pizza, and of course a late night run for froyo. 

See full article and comment.


2015 Kia Sedona: Fuel Economy Update For February - Meets EPA Target With City-Heavy Miles

by Mike Magrath, Features Editor on March 10, 2016

2015 Kia Sedona

Our 2015 Kia Sedona didn't get out much in February. Or if it did, it only made short trips. Did this have any impact on our overall fuel economy?

See full article and comment.


2015 Kia Sedona: How Does the Kia Sedona Make You Feel?

by Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor on March 7, 2016

2015 Kia Sedona

"How does the Kia Sedona make you feel?"

That's the question I got recently about our long-term minivan. It was from a mom looking to buy "the perfect family vehicle," so she was angling for a little more insight than just how many airbags it had. It was an interesting way of thinking about a car purchase, so I sat down and thought about it for a little bit and came up some answers.

See full article and comment.


2015 Kia Sedona: Ride Quality

by Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor on February 16, 2016

2015 Kia Sedona

A reader who owns a new Sedona asked what we thought about the ride quality of our 2015 Kia Sedona long-termer. He seems to think that it would ride better with a different set of tires. He's probably right.

See full article and comment.


2015 Kia Sedona: Simple, Intuitive Steering Wheel Controls

by Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor on February 15, 2016

2015 Kia Sedona

It's easy to add buttons to the steering wheel in the name of convenience. Adding them in a way that assures they're easy to use without looking isn't always quite so simple.

After extensive seat time in our 2015 Kia Sedona, I've grown to appreciate the setup for the auxiliary steering wheel controls. They're not overly complex, you can use them without looking and they have a nice feel to them.

See full article and comment.


2015 Kia Sedona: Sheet of Plywood Fits, Sort Of

by Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor on February 10, 2016

2015 Kia Sedona

There are minivans capable of swallowing a full 4x8-foot sheet of plywood. Our 2015 Kia Sedona is not one of them. At least not in the configuration we have. It will, however, swallow two-halves of a sheet of plywood.

That's what I did this past weekend in order to get some lumber home without resorting to using a truck. It helped that I didn't need a full-size sheet for my particular application. This is one of the drawbacks of getting the exceptionally comfortable, but slightly less practical, "first class" seats that come with the SX Limited. They're great for hauling people, but slightly less flexible for hauling cargo.

See full article and comment.


2015 Kia Sedona: Rolls Past 10,000 Miles

by Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor on February 9, 2016

2015 Kia Sedona

We've hit the 10,000-mile mark on our 2015 Kia Sedona. As we've had our Sedona in the long-term fleet for about six months that puts us right on track to meet our goal of 20,000 miles for a long-term test.

It's been a solid six months for our Sedona so far, too.

See full article and comment.


2015 Kia Sedona: Fuel Economy Update For January - Road Trips Give a Slight Boost

by Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor on February 5, 2016

2015 Kia Sedona

The East Coast had its big blizzard to start 2016. There was perhaps a bit of empathy coming from Edmunds' home area of Southern California, which lasted about a minute before devolving into winter-themed internet memes. But hey, our man Mike Schmidt did his best with our 2015 Kia Sedona. He went and looked at snow at least!

His road trip, plus normal commuting and a couple other short trips, gave us a total of about 1,500 miles in January and slightly above-average fuel economy.

See full article and comment.


2015 Kia Sedona: Child Safety Seats? No Problem

by Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor on February 3, 2016

2015 Kia Sedona

If you own a minivan, odds are you've got children to haul around. And if they're young children, odds are you'll be employing child safety seats to keep them secure. I figured there wouldn't be any issues installing safety seats in our 2015 Kia Sedona and I was right.

But I was actually a little surprised that the process was so easy and trouble-free.

See full article and comment.


2015 Kia Sedona: V6 and Six-Speed Auto Contribute Lively Feel

by Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor on January 29, 2016

2015 Kia Sedona

If you're buying a new minivan, automakers don't give you a whole lot of choice for what's under the hood. With few exceptions, you're usually looking at a 3.5-liter (give or take) V6 driving the front wheels through a six-speed automatic transmission.

Our 2015 Kia Sedona is right in the mix with its 3.3-liter V6 rated at 276 horsepower and a six-speed automatic. In our track test, it blazed from zero to 60 mph in 8.2 seconds and cleared the quarter-mile marker with a sonic boom-worthy 16.2 seconds at 87.7 mph.

OK, so it's not very speedy. But again, nearly all of the minivans we've tested recently have posted very similar numbers. What might actually matter more is the way each particular minivan drives. And I happen to like our Sedona's powertrain quite a bit.

See full article and comment.


2015 Kia Sedona: Folding Third-Row Shouldn't Be So Awkward

by Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor on January 26, 2016

2015 Kia Sedona

Our 2015 Kia Sedona has earned plenty of praise for its second-row seats. The third-row seats, however, could use a little work.

It's not that they're uncomfortable. As third-row seats go, they're actually quite accommodating. It's the folding mechanism that's the problem.

See full article and comment.


2015 Kia Sedona: Cutting Baseboards

by Mike Schmidt, Vehicle Testing Manager on January 20, 2016

2015 Kia Sedona

This morning, in one of those joyous moments of home ownership, I discovered minor water damage in a corner of my living room. So I needed to make a few reasonably simple repairs that included replacing a length of baseboard in the area.

Lucky I had our 2015 Kia Sedona in the driveway.

See full article and comment.


2015 Kia Sedona: Fuel Economy Update for December — Same as November

by Mike Schmidt, Vehicle Testing Manager on January 18, 2016

2015 Kia Sedona

Since November we added 1,600 miles to our long-term 2015 Kia Sedona. And since November the odometer is the only field that's changed in the categories we track below:

See full article and comment.


2015 Kia Sedona: A Snow Day, Sort Of

by Mike Schmidt, Vehicle Testing Manager on January 14, 2016

2015 Kia Sedona

Last weekend we left town in our long-term 2015 Kia Sedona for an impromptu snow day at Mountain High Ski Resort in Wrightwood. It was more like a sort-of snow day considering the extended drought conditions in Southern California. Thankfully, that didn't matter to our excited kiddos.

Much of the white stuff on the ground was in patches and at our 7,000-foot elevation, all of the snow at the North Pole kids tubing park was machine-generated. We made the most of things and the Sedona proved a capable companion throughout.

See full article and comment.


2015 Kia Sedona: Will the Box Fit?

by Mike Schmidt, Vehicle Testing Manager on January 12, 2016

2015 Kia Sedona

I had this huge box to pick up and couldn't use a truck. Imminent rain meant our 2015 Kia Sedona was my best hope of getting home without soggy cardboard. But I wasn't certain it would fit.

See full article and comment.


2015 Kia Sedona: Easy Service at 7,500 Miles

by Mike Schmidt, Vehicle Testing Manager on December 30, 2015

2015 Kia Sedona

Our 2015 Kia Sedona requested maintenance shortly after passing the 7,500-mile mark, so we scheduled an appointment online for a Monday morning at Car Pros Kia in Huntington Beach. Our slot was for 8:00 a.m. and I arrived about 15 minutes early. A service advisor came out right away to greet me. This visit wouldn't be without attempted upsells, but not enough to ruin the experience.

It went something like this:

See full article and comment.


2015 Kia Sedona: Ready for First Service

by Kelly Hellwig, Managing Editor on December 22, 2015

2015 Kia Sedona

With a little more than 7,500 miles on the odometer, our long-term 2015 Kia Sedona minivan is asking for its first scheduled service visit. Other than an unfortunate early trip to the body shop, the Kia minivan has been problem-free, so this maintenance check-up will be its first trip to our local Kia dealer.

See full article and comment.


2015 Kia Sedona: Craft Fair Cargo

by Kelly Hellwig, Managing Editor on December 9, 2015

2015 Kia Sedona

Since this is a safe, judge-free zone, I'll go ahead and admit that last weekend I showcased a booth of my own knitted goods at a local craft fair. My partner-in-crime for this soul-baring event?

Our 2015 Kia Sedona.

See full article and comment.


2015 Kia Sedona: Fuel Economy Update for November — Mileage Slips Again

by Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor on December 7, 2015

2015 Kia Sedona

The overall average in our 2015 Kia Sedona continues to slide. After some longer road trips in prior months, the Sedona mostly stuck around town in November, which contributed to the slide.

See full article and comment.


2015 Kia Sedona: A Bone to Pick With the Seats

by Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing on December 1, 2015

2015 Kia Sedona

I like our 2015 Kia Sedona minivan. I really do. But I'm not sure I could drive it very far. My annual Oregon holiday trip is out of the question unless I can come up with a workaround.

It's those seats.

See full article and comment.


2015 Kia Sedona: Storage Goes Deep

by Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor on November 19, 2015

2015 Kia Sedona

That deep well you see in the back of our 2015 Kia Sedona is nothing special. Other minivans have offered it for years, yet it never ceases to amaze me how useful it is on a daily basis.

See full article and comment.


2015 Kia Sedona: Power Any Way You Want It

by Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor on November 17, 2015

2015 Kia Sedona

Not only does our 2015 Kia Sedona SX have plenty of power ports up front, it has additional ports for rear seat passengers. And not just any old ports, but a 2.1 amp USB port and a 115-volt AC plug.

Not too long ago, simply having a plug was all that a minivan required. But power outputs matter now. Some standard USB ports don't have enough juice to charge an iPad while even AC outlets have their limits.

For instance, the AC outlet in our Sedona is a 115-volt socket that can provide up to 100 watts of total power. That's fine for charging things or powering some small devices, but don't try hooking up a blender for a tailgate party. For that you need the more robust plug found in our Ford F-150, which can deliver up to 400 watts of power.

See full article and comment.


2015 Kia Sedona: Hidden Rear-Seat Entertainment Screen

by Cameron Rogers, Associate Editor on November 13, 2015

2015 Kia Sedona

The 2015 Kia Sedona has been in our long-term fleet since August, and it wasn't until last weekend that I learned it had a rear-seat DVD player. And I would have never known about it if I hadn't climbed into the back to check out the killer second row captain's chairs for myself.

Lo and behold, there were two pairs of wireless headphones in the front seatback pockets. I scanned the ceiling and found nothing between the dual sunroofs. I broke out the packet of owner's manuals. After I spent 20 minutes leafing through the tomes and came away empty-handed, I finally found the answer thanks to the wonders of the Internet.

See full article and comment.


2015 Kia Sedona: Fuel Economy Update for October — Average Fuel Mileage Dips Last Month

by Cameron Rogers, Associate Editor on November 12, 2015

2015 Kia Sedona

Although our year with this 2015 Kia Sedona got off the slow start with a trip to the bodyshop, the van is now finding popularity with our staff. It's starting to rack up the miles. And the mileage.

In October we drove the van just more than 2,000 miles, in mostly mixed driving but with a higher percentage of city travel. Mileage for the month ranged from a best tank of 20.1 mpg to a worst of 16.7 mpg, and the average for the time period came in at 17.9 mpg, which nicely splits the difference between the Sedona's EPA ratings of 17 mpg city and 19 mpg combined.

See full article and comment.


2015 Kia Sedona: Apple Cider Run, Part Deux

by Cameron Rogers, Associate Editor on November 10, 2015

2015 Kia Sedona

Another autumn, another run up to Oak Glen for fresh apple cider. Last year, I took the crew up in our long-term 2014 Toyota Highlander, the only vehicle in our fleet at the time with seating for six. I soon learned that seating for six didn't necessarily mean seating for six adults, as the third-row occupants with splayed legs kindly reminded me throughout the trip.

So when the time came to make our annual pilgrimage to Oak Glen, I pegged the 2015 Kia Sedona as the most appropriate mode of transport. I'd been burned once before when I made plans with the Sedona, but this time the minivan was in tip-top shape. It was time to see if upgrading to a van would afford the two passengers in the back a bit more room than during our last outing.

See full article and comment.


2015 Kia Sedona: Simple Controls Can Be a Stretch

by Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor on November 4, 2015

2015 Kia Sedona

Given all the features our 2015 Kia Sedona offers, it's good to see that the center stack remains a relatively clean and uncluttered array of buttons and knobs. Sure, you can dig into some of the more complex features on the touchscreen above, but for basic stuff like adjusting the fan speed or tuning the radio, there are clearly labeled buttons or knobs for everything.

See full article and comment.


2015 Kia Sedona: Will the Bike Fit?

by Mike Monticello, Senior Road Test Editor on November 2, 2015

2015 Kia Sedona

Of course a bicycle will fit into the 2015 Kia Sedona. It's a minivan after all.

But the question today isn't so much "will it fit," but rather where and how will it fit? Most specifically, can you squeeze it in behind the second row of seats? Because that would be cool.

See full article and comment.


2015 Kia Sedona: Prefer Our Hyundai's Center Stack Design

by Cameron Rogers, Associate Editor on October 29, 2015

2015 Kia Sedona

During the past ten months, we've heaped tons of praise on the 2015 Hyundai Sonata for its clean and simple center stack design. I'm a big fan as well. Our 2015 Kia Sedona has a similar split stack for climate and center display controls and while there are some differences, partially because of the third-row temperature dial, the design is still straightforward and easy to learn.

Still, I prefer the setup in the Sonata.

See full article and comment.


2015 Kia Sedona: Being Chased by a Jet Engine

by Kelly Hellwig, Managing Editor on October 28, 2015

2015 Kia Sedona

While I'm pleased the rear passengers have their own temperature control and vents in the 2015 Kia Sedona, I hate when they actually use them.

The noise from the rear fan drives me nuts. It sounds like I'm being chased by a jet engine, prompting me to immediately hit the Rear button on the center stack, shutting down the back unit.

See full article and comment.


2015 Kia Sedona: Not Many Drive Modes

by Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor on October 27, 2015

2015 Kia Sedona

When I first saw the "drive mode" button in our 2015 Kia Sedona I was pleasantly surprised. As refined as the drivetrain is under most conditions, there are times I wish it was a little more responsive to the whims of my right foot. Maybe one of the other drive modes would give me just the kind of response I was looking for.

Turns out, I was too optimistic.

See full article and comment.


2015 Kia Sedona: Quick Start to 5,000 Miles

by Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor on October 23, 2015

2015 Kia Sedona

It only took us six weeks to put 5,000 miles on our 2015 Kia Sedona and so far it's earning plenty of fans. This after a rough start which saw it get rear-ended in its first week in the fleet.

Since then it's made believers out of both our editors and our editor's kids who love its spacious and comfortable interior. The fact that the second-row seats adjust in a dozen or so different directions certainly helps.

See full article and comment.


2015 Kia Sedona: Sluggish Bluetooth With Feeble Memory

by Mike Magrath, Features Editor on October 21, 2015

2015 Kia Sedona

Almost a year ago, I wrote a post on our departed Porsche Macan titled "Bad Bluetooth Behavior." In it, I wrote that the Macan's Bluetooth pairing was annoying.

Our 2015 Kia Sedona is similarly annoying.

See full article and comment.


2015 Kia Sedona: Plenty of Passing Power

by Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor on October 19, 2015

2015 Kia Sedona

Our 2015 Kia Sedona does not have the most powerful engine in its class. That distinction goes to Chrysler's minivans. What our Kia does have is the second-most horsepower in the class and a six-speed automatic transmission that makes the best of it.

See full article and comment.


2015 Kia Sedona: Small Windows Make For Good Visibility

by Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor on October 15, 2015

2015 Kia Sedona

Thick A-pillars are great for safety, not so great for visibility. Our 2015 Kia Sedona attempts to alleviate this issue with a small window at the base of the A-pillar. As you can see, it's not very big, but it does make the A-pillar a little less intrusive.

See full article and comment.


2015 Kia Sedona: Rear Seats Move Every Which Way but Loose

by Kelly Hellwig, Managing Editor on October 12, 2015

2015 Kia Sedona

There's no shortage of possible seat positions in our 2015 Kia Sedona minivan, which means there's a good chance that the five rear seats will be set up against my needs each time I open the door.

See full article and comment.


2015 Kia Sedona: No One Calls Shotgun Anymore

by Kelly Hellwig, Managing Editor on October 7, 2015

2015 Kia Sedona

The call came yesterday from the high school lunch table: "Can you drive carpool tomorrow morning with that fancy minivan?"

Well, I don't usually take special requests, but ever since the high schoolers got a taste of our new 2015 Kia Sedona tester, they can't get enough.

See full article and comment.


2015 Kia Sedona: Got a Little Captain in It With First Class Lounge

by James Riswick, New & Used Car Editor on October 5, 2015

2015 Kia Sedona

The 2015 Kia Sedona is available with three different second-row configurations. Two are of the "Slide-n-Stow" variety, available with or without a middle seat that increases total seating capacity to eight. Our Sedona SX-L, however, comes standard with "First-Class Lounge Seating" that consists of two captain's chairs that adjust in a multitude of ways.

See full article and comment.


2015 Kia Sedona: Road Trip Lifts Lifetime Average MPG

by James Riswick, New & Used Car Editor on October 1, 2015

2015 Kia Sedona

With our 2015 Kia Sedona out of commission post-accident, we hadn't added many miles since we welcomed it into the garage back in July. My 1,700-mile trip to Bend, Oregon, changed that. It also raised its rather pathetic "lifetime" fuel economy of 17.6 mpg, a figure we'd recorded in predominantly city driving, to essentially the EPA combined figure at 19.2 mpg.

See full article and comment.


2015 Kia Sedona: Road Trip Observations of the Not-Vanlike Minivan

by James Riswick, New & Used Car Editor on September 30, 2015

2015 Kia Sedona

Having determined that driving the 2015 Kia Sedona wasn't a completely soul-sucking experience , choosing it to drive my wee family to Bend, Oregon, was a no-brainer. It would provide abundant space for all our stuff and the second-row seats seemed absolutely perfect. They could be slid far forward to bring Maggie and Nellie close to us, or slid far back to make room for a dog bed.

They could also recline and extend their footrests should my wife feel so inclined to leave my presence up front for a movie on the entertainment system in the back. Once there, it could provide transportation for us and the two couples we were meeting in Bend.

It really was the perfect companion.

See full article and comment.


2015 Kia Sedona: It Isn't Soul-Sucking!

by James Riswick, New & Used Car Editor on September 28, 2015

2015 Kia Sedona

I've made this point to people countless times, in person and in writing, as an argument based purely in logic, specs and a decade's worth of experience as a car reviewer: For family transport, and especially for family transport over long distances, nothing beats a minivan like our 2015 Kia Sedona.

The space for people and their stuff just can't be matched by a crossover, while the unique family-friendly features will have the kids (or grown-ups) clambering to "take the van!" The fact that they drive more like a car than a truck is gravy.

And yet, there's no way in high holy hell I would've bought a minivan.

See full article and comment.


2015 Kia Sedona: Slow Traffic Updates

by Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor on September 24, 2015

2015 Kia Sedona

The whole point of real-time traffic updates is the ability to make real-time decisions.  That's why systems like the one in our 2015 Kia Sedona so often frustrate me.

As you can see, the traffic map shows nothing but green on my route. Yet there I sit in traffic at a standstill.

See full article and comment.


2015 Kia Sedona: Really Holds On in the Curves

by Reese Counts, Vehicle Testing Assistant on September 16, 2015

2015 Kia Sedona

After our long-term 2015 Kia Sedona recovered from crash testing, we finally had a chance to move on to the performance testing phase.

Dynamic performance is not typically at the forefront of a minivan shopper's priorities. Most of the numbers that enthusiasts pore over mean little or nothing in this segment.

More practical concerns for the minivan shopper are: Is acceleration sufficient enough to move the van and cargo with relative ease? Are the brakes powerful enough to stop the same van and cargo? Does it get good fuel economy? How will the stroller fit?

Still, we wanted to see a Sedona leaned over on the skid pad...

See full article and comment.


2015 Kia Sedona: Swallows Cargo Easily

by Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor on September 7, 2015

2015 Kia Sedona

Hauling awkward cargo is one of those things that minivans handle as well or better than some pickups. In this case, our 2015 Kia Sedona swallowed a seven-foot long area rug without a hitch.

Captain's chairs in the second row made this possible, although even if there was a second-row bench I could have just slung the rug over the top. If I was driving our Chevrolet Colorado or even one of our full-sizes trucks like the F-150 or Ram, that roll would have been hanging over the side given that none of them have a bed longer than six feet.

See full article and comment.


2015 Kia Sedona: Behind the Scenes at the Body Shop

by Mike Schmidt, Vehicle Testing Manager on September 3, 2015

2015 Kia Sedona

When we last checked on our 2015 Kia Sedona, it was involved in a traffic collision that sent it to the body shop. Now that the damaged areas are disassembled, a proper estimate can be drawn up.

It's not good news.

See full article and comment.


2015 Kia Sedona: Crash-Tested

by Mike Schmidt, Vehicle Testing Manager on September 1, 2015

2015 Kia Sedona

"A plastic bottle rolled down by my feet and made me to press the wrong pedal."

We are just 800 miles into our 20,000-mile long-term test of the 2015 Kia Sedona when the author of this statement crashes into the back of us on the freeway. This is no way to start a year with our newest minivan.

See full article and comment.


2015 Kia Sedona SX-L: Introduction

by Reese Counts, Vehicle Testing Assistant on August 31, 2015

2015 Kia Sedona SX-L

Over the last few years, Kia has bucked the "...for its price" qualifier that accompanied so many of the South Korean automaker's past products. Kia's current lineup is no-foolin', no-qualifiers good. And now the all-new-for-2015 Kia Sedona joins that club.

When designing the Sedona, Kia drew influence from its crossover lineup. The exterior styling is muscular, and the dash and front seats are arranged with the shifter mounted on the wide center console with a configurable bin big enough to hold a newborn.

We walked away from our road test of the 2015 Sedona impressed, so we ordered one up for our Long-Term Road Test fleet and a 12-month, 20,000-mile test.

See full article and comment.


Leave a Comment
ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT

Past Long-Term Road Tests