2015 Kia Sedona: How Does the Kia Sedona Make You Feel?
by Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor on March 7, 2016
"How does the Kia Sedona make you feel?"
That's the question I got recently about our long-term minivan. It was from a mom looking to buy "the perfect family vehicle," so she was angling for a little more insight than just how many airbags it had. It was an interesting way of thinking about a car purchase, so I sat down and thought about it for a little bit and came up some answers.
Relaxed - This is a combination of the Sedona's comfortable seating position, great visibility and well-placed controls. Everything is within easy reach so there's a sense of control even when you're just leaning back and cruising.
Relieved - The navigation system in this van is so easy to use, there's rarely a time when you feel lost. Some systems are so complicated that you're never really sure if it's going to be much help. This one has a simple "point of interest" system that allows you to type in pretty much any address, category, place name, etc. and get you pointed you in the right direction.
Impatient - Yeah, those sliding doors on each side are great, but they're a little slow and overly sensitive. If you so much as brush them with a coat sleeve they immediately retract and start the process all over. Sometimes you just want to grab the handle and whip them closed.
Thankful - There's no excuse for not being alert and using your mirrors, but having blind spot monitors and a rear cross-traffic alert system sure is nice. Even as often as I check my side mirrors, a car sneaks into my blind spot every once in awhile. Those little lights in the mirrors usually tip me off before I even hit my turn signal. Same goes for backing out of a parking spot. The cross-traffic alert system warns me if there's a car coming from the side before I even move
Flustered - Unfolding the third-row seats is a pain. The grab handle is at an awkward angle that makes pulling the seats back into place difficult. Anyone shorter than 5-foot-10 would have a tough time with this mechanism.
Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor @ 10,256 miles