2015 Kia Sedona: Not Many Drive Modes
by Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor on October 27, 2015
When I first saw the "drive mode" button in our 2015 Kia Sedona I was pleasantly surprised. As refined as the drivetrain is under most conditions, there are times I wish it was a little more responsive to the whims of my right foot. Maybe one of the other drive modes would give me just the kind of response I was looking for.
Turns out, I was too optimistic.
Unlike our long-term Sonata which features a useful "Sport" mode that livens up the drivetrain to a more acceptable degree, the drive mode button in the Sedona only adjusts between Normal, Comfort and Eco. Switching between the options varies the steering effort and transmission shift program.
I already find the Sedona exceeding comfortable in Normal mode, so punching the button to engage Comfort mode has no appeal. It merely makes the steering even lighter and the transmission lazier. Eco mode has a similar affect.
Not offering a Sport mode in a minivan isn't all that surprising. I suspect it's way down on the list of requested items on most minivan shopper surveys, likely just above cigarette lighter. Guess I'll have to wait for the Sedona GT.
Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor