2015 Kia Sedona: Plenty of Passing Power
by Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor on October 19, 2015
Our 2015 Kia Sedona does not have the most powerful engine in its class. That distinction goes to Chrysler's minivans. What our Kia does have is the second-most horsepower in the class and a six-speed automatic transmission that makes the best of it.
I've driven our Sedona quite a bit and I've yet to find a situation where I thought it felt underpowered. It gets up to speed quickly when entering the highway and still keeps some in reserve for higher-speed passes. And even when it's running hard, it's not overly loud or buzzy.
It's hardly surprising that there's no "Sport" setting for the transmission, but I wouldn't mind having one from time to time. Not because I ever plan to attack a set of switchbacks in the Sedona or anything even approaching that scenario. But there are times when I wish the transmission would kick down a gear just a little bit faster.
Other than that, I like the drivetrain setup in the Sedona and consider it another reason why I don't mind driving this minivan.
Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor