2015 Kia Sedona: What Am I Driving Again?
by Kurt Niebuhr, Photo Editor on July 25, 2016
I thought I was driving our 2015 Kia Sedona.
I had to double-check when a middle-aged guy (ugh, I think I'm middle-aged too) cut across this tiny parking lot to ask me, "Hey, how do you like that thing?"
I was hoping I'd turn around and see the Viper.
This wasn't an isolated incident. As a matter of fact, twice in the same weekend I found myself standing in the middle of a parking lot, discussing the ins and outs of a minivan with a very interested party. It should be noted that neither party owned a minivan.
The first guy simply wanted to know if I had any complaints, as he wasn't able to get what he felt was a complete impression on a recent test-drive. I shrugged and mentioned how I wish the Sedona had a little bit better body control. "I think the shocks are a bit weak for the weight, but it's not anything I notice unless I'm really on it." I followed up with, "It's a bit creaky, too. Most minivans get like that over time, but this one's only about a year old. Then again, I just turn the radio up. It's nothing a little Black Sabbath can't drown out." He looked around a bit more, thanked me for my time and walked into a stained glass store.
The next guy caught me right as I got out of the Sedona (Note to that guy: Maybe wait a few more beats before you edge up on someone getting out of their car). He, too, asked me if I had any complaints, and then he launched into what he was looking for in a minivan. "I just want to feel cool when I drive it. Do you feel cool? I don't think I'd feel cool in a Sedona." Not wanting to tell him that I am always cool, I laughed off the question and opened the door to give him a closer look. If you can be smitten by a minivan, he certainly seemed it. He loved the straightforward interior, really dug the middle-row captain's chairs and couldn't stop pointing at the chrome wheels. As I walked away, he stayed next to the Kia. And as I locked the doors, causing the mirrors to fold in, he cackled, "THE MIRRORS FOLD!" I escaped into a coffee shop.
When I came out I still hoped I'd see the Viper, but it did make me smile to know I was driving something that piques people's interest. And it was a minivan. Go figure.
What was the last car that made you walk up and talk to the owner?
Kurt Niebuhr, Photo Editor @ 20,091 miles