Road Tripping to Sedona in our Sedona - 2015 Kia Sedona SX-L Long-Term Road Test

2015 Kia Sedona: Road Tripping to Sedona in our Sedona

by Scott Oldham, Editor in Chief on April 12, 2016

2015 Kia Sedona

Driving our long-term 2015 Kia Sedona from Los Angeles to Sedona, Arizona was not the original plan. Too meta according to my 10-year-old.

But Plan A was a bust.

We were supposed to be road-tripping to Mount Rushmore. The 3,000-mile round trip, while daunting considering we had just seven days, was the kind of serious white line fever I'd been itching for. And my family was on board. Mostly.

Weather is always a concern in that region of the country this time of year, but I had done a successful winter run to Rushmore a few Februarys ago in our long-term Mercedes SLS AMG Roadster, so my overconfidence was high. But a last-minute forecast of blizzard conditions in northern Utah, Wyoming and South Dakota, gave me enough pause to listen to other ideas.

"Maybe we should just drive out to Arizona," my wife said. "Catch a spring training game and stay in Sedona a few days."

Sometimes Plan B is the way to go. And our Sedona-to-Sedona trip was a wonderful success.

The beautiful red rocks of Sedona are exactly 500 miles from our front door and the 1,000 mile round trip was a cinch in the Kia. With other side trips and food runs during our staycation/vacation, the Oldhams put nearly 2,000 miles on the minivan in just nine days.

We didn't exactly live in it, but it was close, and we averaged 19.5 mpg for the week.

Comfort for Kia's driver and passengers is high. I could drive the Sedona through an entire tank of fuel without back or butt pain, and a 500 mile day was easy. My two daughters (13 and 10) also had nothing but praise for the van's infinitely adjustable second row captain's chairs, however, they're not heated and it was noticed. Yes, my kids are spoiled.

Although the van's highway fuel economy isn't exactly impressive (its EPA rating is 22 mpg highway) its performance is fantastic. This van is fast, and fun to drive. It responds. And its acceleration is strong. The Sedona's large 3.3-liter V6 is strong enough to spin its front tires off the line and strong enough to pass any truck any time out on the interstate. I also really like the quick response and spot on gearing of its six-speed automatic. It may not have as many gears as some transmissions out there, but it feels good and performs well.

Stack on the Sedona's awesome high speed stability, even in gusty desert winds, and its quick thinking easy to use navigation system and this really was the perfect vehicle for the trip.

Meanwhile, our run to Rushmore is back on the books for this summer. And my kids have already requested the Sedona for the trip.

Scott Oldham, Editor in Chief @ 14,235 miles

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