Cargo Learning Curve - 2015 Kia Sedona SX-L Long-Term Road Test

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.

The previous driver of our spacious, easy-to-drive minivan had put the third-row seat down, ostensibly because the cargo space with all seats in use wasn't enough for their cargo needs.

I was in a hurry to get my groceries home (and with both kids in tow, lacked the patience to stop and put the seats up). So I placed the bags in the too-spacious-for-my-current-needs cargo area, tried to smash them together a little bit in the hope that they'd protect each other from carnage, shrugged, closed the hatch, and crossed my fingers.

Wrong move, Bryn.

I could hear stuff moving around as I drove the 10 minutes back home, but I thought, "How bad could it be?"

2015 Kia Sedona

Well, nothing got destroyed, but a lone Anderson Valley Summer Solstice Seasonal Ale liberated itself from its restrictive cardboard confines, abandoned its five brethren and tried to come find me in the front seat.

2015 Kia Sedona

As you can see, that bottle made it as far as the floor under the driver seat. But I didn't know it was there for a while. When I opened the rear hatch, I surveyed the non-age-restricted groceries lying helpless on the carpeted floor in positions different from the ones in which  they had started.

The whereabouts of that sixth bottle was a mystery for many minutes while I put the rest of the groceries away, until I was able to focus exclusively on searching the van. I had unpleasant visions of never finding it and being the staffer who lost a beer in the minivan. The stuff of dubious lessons. But I did find that rogue malty session ale and stuck it in the fridge with its friends.

Next time, I'm gonna put the seats up.

Bryn MacKinnon, Managing Editor @ 16,202 miles

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