2015 Kia Sedona: I Finally Got a Minivan for a Las Vegas Trip!
by Cameron Rogers, Associate Editor on June 28, 2016
Over the past 12 months, I've gone to Las Vegas twice with more than one passenger beside me. Our Vegas group usually consists of six people, so a single car with three rows is always the preferred way to go.
The logistics sometimes work out, like on my last trip, when I was able to fit everyone and their luggage into our long-term 2016 Honda Pilot. Other times I haven't been so lucky, such as the time when a lack of available large cars in the Edmunds fleet led my group to split, and I took three passengers in the 2015 Acura TLX.
Even though both vehicles were great road trip companions, I wished I had a minivan for the group. A minivan's third row is typically more spacious than that in a three-row crossover, and the cargo area has a deep well that those seats drop down into when not in use. Our 2015 Kia Sedona caught my eye this time, and I notified Keymaster Mike Schmidt of my intentions months beforehand. By the time the trip rolled around, the Sedona was in the garage and ready for a road trip.
We still had to take two cars to Vegas, though. Family members from Virginia were visiting that weekend, and they planned their trip to more or less coincide with my cousin's 21st birthday. The three adults drove in their rental car and the "kids" piled into the Sedona.
As expected, the Sedona had noticeably more leg- and headroom than the Pilot for those in the far back. We also didn't have to spend much time maneuvering our six small suitcases and one backpack into the cargo area. Even with the Pilot's cargo floor removed, there was a lot of careful packaging to make everything fit. The setup meant that the baggage slightly impeded my rear view. Nothing blocked my view in the Sedona.
Once the luggage was loaded and my passengers figured out how to work the second-row seat controls, it was smooth sailing to and from Vegas. My passengers were wowed by the quality of the interior materials, the abundant charging ports and the comfortable seats.
As I planned the trip, my cousins teased me about being excited to drive around in a minivan for a few days. Yet I heard no complaints as they were chauffeured through the desert in a climate-controlled luxury suite. Funny how that works.
Cameron Rogers, Associate Editor @ 19,200 miles