Steering Wheel Off-Center - 2015 Kia Sedona SX-L Long-Term Road Test

2015 Kia Sedona: Steering Wheel Off-Center

by Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing on June 24, 2016

2015 Kia Sedona

Our 2015 Kia Sedona minivan is a nice place to spend time as the miles roll past. It's a relaxed cruiser, and I'm surprised by how utterly straight it goes down the road. It's almost like it has some sort of autopilot system — but it doesn't.

But I hadn't driven it in some time, and on my way home last night I noticed that the steering wheel was cocked to the right even as the van tracked straight and true.

The offset didn't draw attention to itself unless I looked at it. The curved contours of the horn pad and sloping steering wheel spokes are intentional styling cues used by every manufacturer to make trivial amounts of this phenomenon less obvious, but the Sedona's wheel is far enough off that it's plain to see. And once you see it, you can't un-see it.

But this is not a replay of our recent Renegade situation. Here there's absolutely no drift or pull to complicate matters. It's nothing more than a classic off-center steering wheel issue.

That means a visit to the alignment shop should clear it up, and I fully expect to learn that one wheel is toed-in or toed-out too much. My money is on the left rear, the tire that's most vulnerable to curb contact while navigating drive-through lanes at fast-food joints.

Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing @ 19,385 miles

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