2015 Kia Sedona: Ride Quality
by Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor on February 16, 2016
A reader who owns a new Sedona asked what we thought about the ride quality of our 2015 Kia Sedona long-termer. He seems to think that it would ride better with a different set of tires. He's probably right.
Factory-spec tires are always a compromise. They're designed to ride well, of course, but they also need to last a long time, help deliver great mileage, work well in all kinds of weather and not cost a fortune.
That's a tall order for any tire and usually results in something that's about average across the board. If you want something that rides better, you can probably find it. If you want something that will last forever, there's a tire for that, too.
I think our Sedona has a pretty soft ride on the stock Kumho tires. You get the occasional hard impact but that's more likely the result of the suspension running out of travel. It's very smooth on the highway, and in the city it soaks up most rough roads without much harshness. A set of more forgiving tires might make it even better, but I wouldn't go out of my way to try it.
Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor @ 10,403 miles