2015 Kia Sedona: How Front Storage Space Compares to Other Minivans
by Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor on June 20, 2016
It will come as no surprise when I inform you that our 2015 Kia Sedona has a wealth of interior storage space up front. Whether it's your phone, snacks or your kid's kendama, the Sedona has a place for you to put it. It's an IKEA PAX wardrobe on wheels.
I've got some photos and details on our Sedona, plus a comparison to the way a couple rival minivans do it.
First up is the center console bin. I love this thing. Really. The upper black tray slides back and forth. Keep it forward and it's an ideal place to store your phone, keys, corporate parking garage keycard, etc. When you slide it back, it hides whatever you've got in it from prying eyes. Doing so also provides access to the console's bin storage underneath.
The armrest/cover lifts up to give you full access to both, and the bin itself is deep and roomy. (My apologies on the dirty look here. In hindsight, I should have vacuumed our Sedona's interior before taking these pictures. But hey, it's a real-world, lived-in look!)
Next: cupholders! The main two-cupholder setup is pretty standard, though I like the spring-loaded tabs that help keep smaller drinks secure.
There's also a bottle holder in each door panel plus storage pockets. They're deep and wide enough to be useful for a variety of items.
On the passenger side, there are double gloveboxes.
The Sedona also has a storage pocket on the passenger side of the center console. Notably, though, this highlights out the main difference between the Sedona and other top minivans. The Sedona has a center console that runs the full length between the seats. Other minivans have this space between the driver and front passenger open.
This is a picture of the Honda Odyssey up front.
And here's a picture of the new 2017 Chrysler Pacifica.
In the Sedona, you lose out on some potential space for, say, keeping your handbag on the floor nearby. The Odyssey and Pacifica also have a pull-out bin from the dash area that the Sedona lacks.
Then again, one of the reasons that some of us like the Sedona so much is because the full-length console helps give the Sedona its not-vanlike vibe.
I don't necessarily see one version as being better than the other. It's more about what kind of layout you're going to value more.
Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor @ 17,923 miles