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 Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor on May 31, 2016
I've driven our 2015 Kia Sedona extensively over the last few months and found it to be one of the nicer minivans currently on the market. Most of that seat time has been in stop and go traffic on the way to work. A weekend road trip gave me a taste of how it handles the open road and my opinion hasn't changed much. Here's why.
by Kelly Hellwig, Managing Editor on April 28, 2016
Three days a week I pick up this group of lovely young women from my daughter's high school, dropping them one at a time at their respective family residences. And every time I pull away from the curb, I'm immediately struck by how much their collective "adult" weight changes the driving dynamic of the 2015 Kia Sedona.
by Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor on April 15, 2016
With just over 14,000 miles on the odometer, our 2015 Kia Sedona is starting to show its age a little. I first noticed a few creaks coming from the side doors in the last month or so. And then Editor in Chief Scott Oldham said the same thing after taking the Sedona on a recent 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 Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor on February 15, 2016
It's easy to add buttons to the steering wheel in the name of convenience. Adding them in a way that assures they're easy to use without looking isn't always quite so simple.
After extensive seat time in our 2015 Kia Sedona, I've grown to appreciate the setup for the auxiliary steering wheel controls. They're not overly complex, you can use them without looking and they have a nice feel to them.
by Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor on February 3, 2016
If you own a minivan, odds are you've got children to haul around. And if they're young children, odds are you'll be employing child safety seats to keep them secure. I figured there wouldn't be any issues installing safety seats in our 2015 Kia Sedona and I was right.
But I was actually a little surprised that the process was so easy and trouble-free.
by Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing on December 1, 2015
I like our 2015 Kia Sedona minivan. I really do. But I'm not sure I could drive it very far. My annual Oregon holiday trip is out of the question unless I can come up with a workaround.
It's those seats.
by Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor on November 17, 2015
Not only does our 2015 Kia Sedona SX have plenty of power ports up front, it has additional ports for rear seat passengers. And not just any old ports, but a 2.1 amp USB port and a 115-volt AC plug.
Not too long ago, simply having a plug was all that a minivan required. But power outputs matter now. Some standard USB ports don't have enough juice to charge an iPad while even AC outlets have their limits.
For instance, the AC outlet in our Sedona is a 115-volt socket that can provide up to 100 watts of total power. That's fine for charging things or powering some small devices, but don't try hooking up a blender for a tailgate party. For that you need the more robust plug found in our Ford F-150, which can deliver up to 400 watts of power.
by Cameron Rogers, Associate Editor on November 13, 2015
The 2015 Kia Sedona has been in our long-term fleet since August, and it wasn't until last weekend that I learned it had a rear-seat DVD player. And I would have never known about it if I hadn't climbed into the back to check out the killer second row captain's chairs for myself.
Lo and behold, there were two pairs of wireless headphones in the front seatback pockets. I scanned the ceiling and found nothing between the dual sunroofs. I broke out the packet of owner's manuals. After I spent 20 minutes leafing through the tomes and came away empty-handed, I finally found the answer thanks to the wonders of the Internet.
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 Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor on November 4, 2015
Given all the features our 2015 Kia Sedona offers, it's good to see that the center stack remains a relatively clean and uncluttered array of buttons and knobs. Sure, you can dig into some of the more complex features on the touchscreen above, but for basic stuff like adjusting the fan speed or tuning the radio, there are clearly labeled buttons or knobs for everything.
by Cameron Rogers, Associate Editor on October 29, 2015
During the past ten months, we've heaped tons of praise on the 2015 Hyundai Sonata for its clean and simple center stack design. I'm a big fan as well. Our 2015 Kia Sedona has a similar split stack for climate and center display controls and while there are some differences, partially because of the third-row temperature dial, the design is still straightforward and easy to learn.
Still, I prefer the setup in the Sonata.
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 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 James Riswick, New & Used Car Editor on September 28, 2015
I've made this point to people countless times, in person and in writing, as an argument based purely in logic, specs and a decade's worth of experience as a car reviewer: For family transport, and especially for family transport over long distances, nothing beats a minivan like our 2015 Kia Sedona.
The space for people and their stuff just can't be matched by a crossover, while the unique family-friendly features will have the kids (or grown-ups) clambering to "take the van!" The fact that they drive more like a car than a truck is gravy.
And yet, there's no way in high holy hell I would've bought a minivan.
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.