Apple Cider Run, Part Deux - 2015 Kia Sedona SX-L Long-Term Road Test

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.

I loaded everyone in and took off when I got the thumbs up from all passengers. The Sedona's generous interior space and highly adjustable second row allows three adults to sit in tandem without triggering any claustrophobic reactions. The entire trip up to Oak Glen, I caught myself wishing we had this minivan a year ago to carry everyone up in comfort.

We arrived early enough to avoid a wait at Apple Annie's. As one of the only sit-down restaurants in town open for breakfast, it fills up quickly during the fall, which is Oak Glen's busy season. After gorging on chicken fried steak and apple bread, we traipsed over to Law's Oak Glen Cider Mill ("Local Apples and Fresh Cider").

Usually filled with huge bins overflowing with apples of unusual varieties, Law's instead housed a smattering of pumpkins. It appeared I had missed peak apple season yet again. From there, we headed to our customary final stop at Los Rios Rancho for cider and bagged apples (Pink Ladies, fantastic). Then it was time to go.

2015 Kia Sedona

I like driving minivans, and I'm stoked we have the Sedona for a year. It's not the coolest car in the fleet, but it's certainly the most functional. I go on a few trips a year, to Las Vegas or somewhere local, and I usually bring friends. If we can all pile into one car, I'm always willing to drive and forgo a bit of relaxation if that means somebody in the group saves money on gas.

With its second row captain's chairs, ample third-row legroom and a cavernous cargo area that easily accommodates small suitcases for all passengers, the Sedona is perfectly suited for road trips with a bunch of friends in tow.

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