2015 Kia Sedona: Folding Third-Row Shouldn't Be So Awkward
by Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor on January 26, 2016
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 that big handle on the back of the seat? That's what you have to pull to move the seat from its raised position to the bottom of the well. It's spring-loaded and not very hard to pull, but when you're standing behind the vehicle, it's not only quite a stretch to reach but it's also a very awkward angle.
You're basically stretching forward while trying to pull a handle straight up. For me, it's only a minor issue as I'm over six feet tall and reasonably strong. For the average soccer mom, it could be very difficult.
The same goes for raising the seats. You have to pull the handle up as you move the seat forward. It's not impossible, but it's harder than it should be for a minivan. Kia might want to rethink this system or at least offer a power-operated folding mechanism.
Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor @ 9,056 miles