by Cameron Rogers, Associate Editor on June 28, 2016
Over the past 12 months, I've gone to Las Vegas twice with more than one passenger beside me. Our Vegas group usually consists of six people, so a single car with three rows is always the preferred way to go.
The logistics sometimes work out, like onmy last trip, when I was able to fit everyone and their luggage into our long-term2016 Honda Pilot. Other times I haven't been so lucky, such as the time when a lack of available large cars in the Edmunds fleet led my group to split, and I took three passengers in the2015 Acura TLX.
Even though both vehicles were great road trip companions, I wished I had a minivan for the group. A minivan's third row is typically more spacious than that in a three-row crossover, and the cargo area has a deep well that those seats drop down into when not in use. Our2015 Kia Sedona caught my eye this time, and I notified Keymaster Mike Schmidt of my intentions months beforehand. By the time the trip rolled around, the Sedona was in the garage and ready for a road trip.
by Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor on June 20, 2016
It will come as no surprise when I inform you that our 2015 Kia Sedona has a wealth of interior storage space up front. Whether it's your phone, snacks or your kid's kendama, the Sedona has a place for you to put it. It's an IKEA PAX wardrobe on wheels.
I've got some photos and details on our Sedona plus a comparison to the way a couple rival minivans do it.
by Bryn MacKinnon, Managing Editor on May 23, 2016
It's been a while since I drove a minivan.
After strapping my two kids into the second row of our long-term 2015 Kia Sedona easily and quickly (one in a booster with the seatbelt — well, she strapped herself in, really — and one in a five-point harness-equipped child safety seat), we hit the grocery store for some necessities. Classic minivan mom stuff, right? I bought my three moderately sized bags full of groceries and trotted the kids back to the car. I felt good. Takin' care of mom-business.
Here's where my lack of recent minivan experience reared its messy head.
by Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor on February 10, 2016
There are minivans capable of swallowing a full 4x8-foot sheet of plywood. Our 2015 Kia Sedona is not one of them. At least not in the configuration we have. It will, however, swallow two-halves of a sheet of plywood.
That's what I did this past weekend in order to get some lumber home without resorting to using a truck. It helped that I didn't need a full-size sheet for my particular application. This is one of the drawbacks of getting the exceptionally comfortable, but slightly less practical, "first class" seats that come with the SX Limited. They're great for hauling people, but slightly less flexible for hauling cargo.
by Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor on January 26, 2016
Our 2015 Kia Sedona has earned plenty of praise for its second-row seats. The third-row seats, however, could use a little work.
It's not that they're uncomfortable. As third-row seats go, they're actually quite accommodating. It's the folding mechanism that's the problem.
by Mike Schmidt, Vehicle Testing Manager on January 12, 2016
I had this huge box to pick up and couldn't use a truck. Imminent rain meant our 2015 Kia Sedona was my best hope of getting home without soggy cardboard. But I wasn't certain it would fit.
by Kelly Hellwig, Managing Editor on December 9, 2015
Since this is a safe, judge-free zone, I'll go ahead and admit that last weekend I showcased a booth of my own knitted goods at a local craft fair. My partner-in-crime for this soul-baring event?
Our 2015 Kia Sedona.
by Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor on November 19, 2015
That deep well you see in the back of our 2015 Kia Sedona is nothing special. Other minivans have offered it for years, yet it never ceases to amaze me how useful it is on a daily basis.
by Mike Monticello, Senior Road Test Editor on November 2, 2015
Of course a bicycle will fit into the 2015 Kia Sedona. It's a minivan after all.
But the question today isn't so much "will it fit," but rather where and how will it fit? Most specifically, can you squeeze it in behind the second row of seats? Because that would be cool.
by James Riswick, New & Used Car Editor on September 30, 2015
Having determined that driving the 2015 Kia Sedona wasn't a completely soul-sucking experience , choosing it to drive my wee family to Bend, Oregon, was a no-brainer. It would provide abundant space for all our stuff and the second-row seats seemed absolutely perfect. They could be slid far forward to bring Maggie and Nellie close to us, or slid far back to make room for a dog bed.
They could also recline and extend their footrests should my wife feel so inclined to leave my presence up front for a movie on the entertainment system in the back. Once there, it could provide transportation for us and the two couples we were meeting in Bend.
It really was the perfect companion.
by Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor on September 7, 2015
Hauling awkward cargo is one of those things that minivans handle as well or better than some pickups. In this case, our 2015 Kia Sedona swallowed a seven-foot long area rug without a hitch.
Captain's chairs in the second row made this possible, although even if there was a second-row bench I could have just slung the rug over the top. If I was driving our Chevrolet Colorado or even one of our full-sizes trucks like the F-150 or Ram, that roll would have been hanging over the side given that none of them have a bed longer than six feet.
by Reese Counts, Vehicle Testing Assistant on August 31, 2015
Over the last few years, Kia has bucked the "...for its price" qualifier that accompanied so many of the South Korean automaker's past products. Kia's current lineup is no-foolin', no-qualifiers good. And now the all-new-for-2015 Kia Sedona joins that club.
When designing the Sedona, Kia drew influence from its crossover lineup. The exterior styling is muscular, and the dash and front seats are arranged with the shifter mounted on the wide center console with a configurable bin big enough to hold a newborn.