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2015 Kia Sedona: What Am I Driving Again?

by Kurt Niebuhr, Photo Editor on July 25, 2016

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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.

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2015 Kia Sedona: 20 Grand

by Kurt Niebuhr, Photo Editor on July 21, 2016

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We're about to call time on our year with the 2015 Kia Sedona, and right on schedule, the odometer flicked past 20,000 miles. Usually there's a fair bit of subject matter to discuss over 5,000 miles, sometimes 10,000 miles if you need to dig, but the Kia has been nigh on invisible for a while.

It simply minivans around.

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2015 Kia Sedona: I Finally Got a Minivan for a Las Vegas Trip!

by Cameron Rogers, Associate Editor on June 28, 2016

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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.

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2015 Kia Sedona: Fuel Economy Update for April — Ticks Slightly Upward

by Cameron Rogers, Associate Editor on May 6, 2016

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April proved to be one of the busiest months for our 2015 Kia Sedona so far. We added 2,389 miles to its odometer last month, just a few shy of the 2,523-mile record set in September. Even though we went on a couple long-distance road trips in April, the Sedona's lifetime average barely moved.

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2015 Kia Sedona: The Minivan I'd Buy

by Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor on May 2, 2016

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"We should get a minivan," I told my wife on a recent weekend afternoon. I had just used the long-term 2015 Kia Sedona to haul a bunch a bunch of junk out of my garage and was high on the amazing versatility that a big box on wheels with sliding rear doors provides. My wife, who would host a family of rabid wombats in her closet for a year rather than come within 10 feet of a minivan, said, "Great, as long as you're the one driving it every day. Just let me drive the Porsche."

"Ha. I could do that," I replied, defending my statement without really thinking the implications all the way through. Saving my bacon, though, were the realities that: a) it's unlikely we're buying a new minivan anytime soon; and b) we don't own a Porsche and won't be buying one of those anytime soon, either. But if we were buying a new minivan, I'd happily own a Sedona and drive it every day.

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2015 Kia Sedona: Smart Emergency Tools

by Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor on April 21, 2016

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The only thing worse than getting a flat tire is realizing that you can't access the jack or the spare tire without unloading half the car. Thankfully, that's not the case in our 2015 Kia Sedona as the jack, it's related tools and the spare tire are all easily accessible.

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2015 Kia Sedona: Ride Quality

by Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor on February 16, 2016

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A reader who owns a new Sedona asked what we thought about the ride quality of our 2015 Kia Sedona long-termer. He seems to think that it would ride better with a different set of tires. He's probably right.

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2015 Kia Sedona: Simple, Intuitive Steering Wheel Controls

by Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor on February 15, 2016

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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.

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2015 Kia Sedona: Sheet of Plywood Fits, Sort Of

by Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor on February 10, 2016

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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.

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2015 Kia Sedona: Rolls Past 10,000 Miles

by Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor on February 9, 2016

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We've hit the 10,000-mile mark on our 2015 Kia Sedona. As we've had our Sedona in the long-term fleet for about six months that puts us right on track to meet our goal of 20,000 miles for a long-term test.

It's been a solid six months for our Sedona so far, too.

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2015 Kia Sedona: Folding Third-Row Shouldn't Be So Awkward

by Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor on January 26, 2016

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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.

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2015 Kia Sedona: Cutting Baseboards

by Mike Schmidt, Vehicle Testing Manager on January 20, 2016

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This morning, in one of those joyous moments of home ownership, I discovered minor water damage in a corner of my living room. So I needed to make a few reasonably simple repairs that included replacing a length of baseboard in the area.

Lucky I had our 2015 Kia Sedona in the driveway.

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2015 Kia Sedona: Power Any Way You Want It

by Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor on November 17, 2015

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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.

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2015 Kia Sedona: Hidden Rear-Seat Entertainment Screen

by Cameron Rogers, Associate Editor on November 13, 2015

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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.

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2015 Kia Sedona: Apple Cider Run, Part Deux

by Cameron Rogers, Associate Editor on November 10, 2015

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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.

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2015 Kia Sedona: Simple Controls Can Be a Stretch

by Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor on November 4, 2015

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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.

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2015 Kia Sedona: Prefer Our Hyundai's Center Stack Design

by Cameron Rogers, Associate Editor on October 29, 2015

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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.

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2015 Kia Sedona: Not Many Drive Modes

by Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor on October 27, 2015

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When I first saw the "drive mode" button in our 2015 Kia Sedona I was pleasantly surprised. As refined as the drivetrain is under most conditions, there are times I wish it was a little more responsive to the whims of my right foot. Maybe one of the other drive modes would give me just the kind of response I was looking for.

Turns out, I was too optimistic.

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2015 Kia Sedona: Quick Start to 5,000 Miles

by Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor on October 23, 2015

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It only took us six weeks to put 5,000 miles on our 2015 Kia Sedona and so far it's earning plenty of fans. This after a rough start which saw it get rear-ended in its first week in the fleet.

Since then it's made believers out of both our editors and our editor's kids who love its spacious and comfortable interior. The fact that the second-row seats adjust in a dozen or so different directions certainly helps.

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2015 Kia Sedona: Small Windows Make For Good Visibility

by Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor on October 15, 2015

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Thick A-pillars are great for safety, not so great for visibility. Our 2015 Kia Sedona attempts to alleviate this issue with a small window at the base of the A-pillar. As you can see, it's not very big, but it does make the A-pillar a little less intrusive.

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2015 Kia Sedona: Road Trip Observations of the Not-Vanlike Minivan

by James Riswick, New & Used Car Editor on September 30, 2015

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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.

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2015 Kia Sedona: It Isn't Soul-Sucking!

by James Riswick, New & Used Car Editor on September 28, 2015

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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.

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2015 Kia Sedona: Behind the Scenes at the Body Shop

by Mike Schmidt, Vehicle Testing Manager on September 3, 2015

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When we last checked on our 2015 Kia Sedona, it was involved in a traffic collision that sent it to the body shop. Now that the damaged areas are disassembled, a proper estimate can be drawn up.

It's not good news.

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2015 Kia Sedona: Crash-Tested

by Mike Schmidt, Vehicle Testing Manager on September 1, 2015

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"A plastic bottle rolled down by my feet and made me to press the wrong pedal."

We are just 800 miles into our 20,000-mile long-term test of the 2015 Kia Sedona when the author of this statement crashes into the back of us on the freeway. This is no way to start a year with our newest minivan.

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2015 Kia Sedona SX-L: Introduction

by Reese Counts, Vehicle Testing Assistant on August 31, 2015

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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.

We walked away from our road test of the 2015 Sedona impressed, so we ordered one up for our Long-Term Road Test fleet and a 12-month, 20,000-mile test.

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