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 Scott Oldham, Editor in Chief on April 12, 2016
Driving our long-term 2015 Kia Sedona from Los Angeles to Sedona, Arizona was not the original plan. Too meta according to my 10-year-old.
But Plan A was a bust.
We were supposed to be road-tripping to Mount Rushmore. The 3,000-mile round trip, while daunting considering we had just seven days, was the kind of serious white line fever I'd been itching for. And my family was on board. Mostly.
Weather is always a concern in that region of the country this time of year, but I had done a successful winter run to Rushmore a few Februarys ago in our long-term Mercedes SLS AMG Roadster, so my overconfidence was high. But a last-minute forecast of blizzard conditions in northern Utah, Wyoming and South Dakota, gave me enough pause to listen to other ideas.
"Maybe we should just drive out to Arizona," my wife said. "Catch a spring training game and stay in Sedona a few days."
by Scott Oldham, Editor in Chief on March 29, 2016
As you can see, it isn't easy taking of picture of six screaming 13-year-old girls, at night, inside a moving 2015 Kia Sedona. However, when your daughter turns 13 and she has a sleepover party for her entire brat pack, I can tell you firsthand there's no better vehicle to get the job done than Kia's minivan.
The Sedona transported mom and the gaggle of young ladies all over town that night, first to the bowling alley, then for pizza, and of course a late night run for froyo.
by Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor on March 7, 2016
"How does the Kia Sedona make you feel?"
That's the question I got recently about our long-term minivan. It was from a mom looking to buy "the perfect family vehicle," so she was angling for a little more insight than just how many airbags it had. It was an interesting way of thinking about a car purchase, so I sat down and thought about it for a little bit and came up some answers.
by Cameron Rogers, Associate Editor on November 10, 2015
Another autumn, another run up to Oak Glen for fresh apple cider. Last year, I took the crew up in our long-term 2014 Toyota Highlander, the only vehicle in our fleet at the time with seating for six. I soon learned that seating for six didn't necessarily mean seating for six adults, as the third-row occupants with splayed legs kindly reminded me throughout the trip.
So when the time came to make our annual pilgrimage to Oak Glen, I pegged the 2015 Kia Sedona as the most appropriate mode of transport. I'd been burned once before when I made plans with the Sedona, but this time the minivan was in tip-top shape. It was time to see if upgrading to a van would afford the two passengers in the back a bit more room than during our last outing.
by Kelly Hellwig, Managing Editor on October 28, 2015
While I'm pleased the rear passengers have their own temperature control and vents in the 2015 Kia Sedona, I hate when they actually use them.
The noise from the rear fan drives me nuts. It sounds like I'm being chased by a jet engine, prompting me to immediately hit the Rear button on the center stack, shutting down the back unit.
by Kelly Hellwig, Managing Editor on October 12, 2015
There's no shortage of possible seat positions in our 2015 Kia Sedona minivan, which means there's a good chance that the five rear seats will be set up against my needs each time I open the door.
by Kelly Hellwig, Managing Editor on October 7, 2015
The call came yesterday from the high school lunch table: "Can you drive carpool tomorrow morning with that fancy minivan?"
Well, I don't usually take special requests, but ever since the high schoolers got a taste of our new 2015 Kia Sedona tester, they can't get enough.
by James Riswick, New & Used Car Editor on October 5, 2015
The 2015 Kia Sedona is available with three different second-row configurations. Two are of the "Slide-n-Stow" variety, available with or without a middle seat that increases total seating capacity to eight. Our Sedona SX-L, however, comes standard with "First-Class Lounge Seating" that consists of two captain's chairs that adjust in a multitude of ways.
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.