How Does the Kia Sedona Make You Feel? - 2015 Kia Sedona SX-L Long-Term Road Test

2015 Kia Sedona: How Does the Kia Sedona Make You Feel?

by Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor on March 7, 2016

2015 Kia Sedona

"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

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