2015 Kia Sedona: Hidden Rear-Seat Entertainment Screen
by Cameron Rogers, Associate Editor on November 13, 2015
The 2015 Kia Sedona has been in our long-term fleet since August, and it wasn't until last weekend that I learned it had a rear-seat DVD player. And I would have never known about it if I hadn't climbed into the back to check out the killer second row captain's chairs for myself.
Lo and behold, there were two pairs of wireless headphones in the front seatback pockets. I scanned the ceiling and found nothing between the dual sunroofs. I broke out the packet of owner's manuals. After I spent 20 minutes leafing through the tomes and came away empty-handed, I finally found the answer thanks to the wonders of the Internet.
It turns out the DVD screen was in front of me the entire time I was lounging in the back. Unlike every other minivan on the market, the Sedona does not have a screen that folds down from the roof. Instead it folds up from the back of the center console, just above the 110-volt power outlet and charge-only USB port. The screen has a DVD slot, an SD card slot and HDMI and USB ports for video input.
Unfortunately, this console-mounted system looks more like a tacked-on aftermarket accessory than something Kia intended to include on their people mover from the start. In addition to looking slightly out of place, the system also lacks the versatility of entertainment systems in other vehicles. The Toyota Sienna, Chrysler Town & Country and Dodge Grand Caravan all have the ability to play Blu-Ray discs, while the Town & Country and Grand Caravan have a second display for third-row passengers.
The Sienna and Honda Odyssey have a single wide-screen display that allows two videos to be played next to each other. The Nissan Quest doesn't offer any of these extra features, but its screen is three inches wider than the Sedona's.
As a dealer-installed accessory, the entertainment system also has no operation manual. It's a relatively straightforward system, but the Sedona owner's manuals go out of the way to explain everything. Two pages are spent explaining how FM/AM reception works, for instance.
The Sedona's rear entertainment system is half-baked compared to all other minivans on the market, but I'm still happy we ordered it. It keeps passengers off my back when they decide the Faction channel isn't appropriate road trip music.
Cameron Rogers, Associate Editor