2015 Kia Sedona: The Minivan I'd Buy
by Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor on May 2, 2016
"We should get a minivan," I told my wife on a recent weekend afternoon. I had just used our long-term 2015 Kia Sedona to haul a bunch of junk out of my garage and was high on the amazing versatility that a big box on wheels with sliding rear doors provides. My wife, who would host a family of rabid wombats in her closet for a year rather than come within 10 feet of a minivan, said, "Great, as long as you're the one driving it every day. Just let me drive the Porsche."
"Ha. I could do that," I replied, defending my statement without really thinking the implications all the way through. Saving my bacon, though, were the realities that: a) it's unlikely we're buying a new minivan anytime soon; and b) we don't own a Porsche and won't be buying one of those anytime soon, either. But if we were buying a new minivan, I'd happily own a Sedona and drive it every day.
If you look at the spec sheet, all of the minivans are pretty much the same and can do the same jobs. As such, my preference for the Sedona largely comes down to the way it looks and drives. Kia styled it to look a bit more aggressive and SUV-like on the outside. Park it in your kid's school parking lot, and it stands out by not being a Dodge Caravan, Honda Odyssey or Toyota Sienna. Inside, there's the traditionally designed dash and center console combination that I find to be aesthetically pleasing.
The Sedona is fine to drive, too. It doesn't blow you away with amazing power or handling around turns (what in this class does?), but it's suitably quick when you give its 3.3-liter V6 the spurs. Hit the open road and the Sedona impresses by being quiet, stable and comfortable for hours on end. Yes, you're driving a minivan, but the Sedona goes out of its way to make the experience as normal as possible.
Factor in the Sedona's attractive pricing and warranty coverage, and I'm sold.
Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor @ 14,667 miles