2015 Kia Sedona: Got a Little Captain in It With First Class Lounge
by James Riswick, New & Used Car Editor on October 5, 2015
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.
These seats recline. They slide laterally between inboard and outboard positions, allowing you to move the kids further away from the door in an accident (or your dogs closer together) or move the seats apart to create a center pass-through. They slide all the way forward to the front seats to bring the kids (or dogs) close to you, or in their inboard position, slide all the way back to the third-row to create a gargantuan amount of legroom. At that point you can extend the footrests, then fold in the jumbo sleeper headrests. First class, indeed.
I can only imagine that our Sedona is going to be massively popular among our editors with older kids (younger ones in child seats won't be able to enjoy them at their fullest). Journeys with multiple adults should be pretty great, too. I know my load of friends up in Oregon found them impressively comfortable.
Unfortunately, the multitude of adjustments did seem to flummox them (photo above). I implored them to look at the diagrams to slide the seats forward for third-row entry, but they consistently extended the footrests or slid them inboard by accident. They blamed the Sedona.
What do you think? Are these confusing? A necessary evil given the circumstance? Do my friends just need to note directions better?
James Riswick, New & Used Car Editor