2015 Kia Sedona: V6 and Six-Speed Auto Contribute Lively Feel
by Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor on January 29, 2016
If you're buying a new minivan, automakers don't give you a whole lot of choice for what's under the hood. With few exceptions, you're usually looking at a 3.5-liter (give or take) V6 driving the front wheels through a six-speed automatic transmission.
Our 2015 Kia Sedona is right in the mix with its 3.3-liter V6 rated at 276 horsepower and a six-speed automatic. In our track test, it blazed from zero to 60 mph in 8.2 seconds and cleared the quarter-mile marker with a sonic boom-worthy 16.2 seconds at 87.7 mph.
OK, so it's not very speedy. But again, nearly all of the minivans we've tested recently have posted very similar numbers. What might actually matter more is the way each particular minivan drives. And I happen to like our Sedona's powertrain quite a bit.
Ed wrote an earlier post noting how the Sedona offered plenty of passing power. I'd agree. Our Sedona feels suitably strong when you mat the gas. It's also responsive when you just need a bit of acceleration, as the transmission will promptly downshift to a lower gear. It's not lazy like some other vehicles, nor does it rush up to sixth gear as soon as possible just for optimum fuel economy.
Could it be that Kia tuned the Sedona to be real-world friendly rather than blindly chasing fuel economy targets?
Overall, these qualities help bolster something that James previously touched on: Driving our Sedona is not a soul-sucking experience. It's a minivan, yes. But you might just forget about it when you're behind the wheel.
Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor @ 9,434 miles