2015 Kia Sedona: Driving Five "Adults"
by Kelly Hellwig, Managing Editor on April 28, 2016
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.
All high school sophomores, the ladies range in height from 5-feet 5-inches to a cool even 6 feet for the beauty in the back right side of the third row, whose legs you'll notice are stretched far into the second-row seating area. Together, they add approximately 600 pounds to the Sedona's rolling weight. That's a big difference compared to driving kindergarten babies, who typically combine to total fewer than 175 pounds.
When this crew loads up, everything feels lower and slower, and I'm cognizant not to make any sudden or sharp moves, increasing my braking distance as I approach each red light along the six-mile trip down the boulevard.
The takeaway here: If you're considering a new car purchase and you have a regular carpool gig or a large family, take them along to the dealer for the test-drive. Make sure you feel as confident behind the wheel with a full load as you do when driving alone.
Kelly Hellwig, Managing Editor @ 14,642 miles