by Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing on June 24, 2016
Our 2015 Kia Sedona minivan is a nice place to spend time as the miles roll past. It's a relaxed cruiser, and I'm surprised by how utterly straight it goes down the road. It's almost like it has some sort of autopilot system — but it doesn't.
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 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 Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor on February 16, 2016
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.
by Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor on January 29, 2016
If you're buying a new minivan, automakers don't give you a whole lot of choice for what's under the hood. With few exceptions, you're usually looking at a 3.5-liter (give or take) V6 driving the front wheels through a six-speed automatic transmission.
Our 2015 Kia Sedona is right in the mix with its 3.3-liter V6 rated at 276 horsepower and a six-speed automatic. In our track test, it blazed from zero to 60 mph in 8.2 seconds and cleared the quarter-mile marker with a sonic boom-worthy 16.2 seconds at 87.7 mph.
OK, so it's not very speedy. But again, nearly all of the minivans we've tested recently have posted very similar numbers. What might actually matter more is the way each particular minivan drives. And I happen to like our Sedona's powertrain quite a bit.
by Mike Schmidt, Vehicle Testing Manager on January 14, 2016
Last weekend we left town in our long-term 2015 Kia Sedona for an impromptu snow day at Mountain High Ski Resort in Wrightwood. It was more like a sort-of snow day considering the extended drought conditions in Southern California. Thankfully, that didn't matter to our excited kiddos.
Much of the white stuff on the ground was in patches and at our 7,000-foot elevation, all of the snow at the North Pole kids tubing park was machine-generated. We made the most of things and the Sedona proved a capable companion throughout.
by Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor on October 27, 2015
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.
by Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor on October 19, 2015
Our 2015 Kia Sedona does not have the most powerful engine in its class. That distinction goes to Chrysler's minivans. What our Kia does have is the second-most horsepower in the class and a six-speed automatic transmission that makes the best of it.
by Reese Counts, Vehicle Testing Assistant on September 16, 2015
Dynamic performance is not typically at the forefront of a minivan shopper's priorities. Most of the numbers that enthusiasts pore over mean little or nothing in this segment.
More practical concerns for the minivan shopper are: Is acceleration sufficient enough to move the van and cargo with relative ease? Are the brakes powerful enough to stop the same van and cargo? Does it get good fuel economy? How will the stroller fit?
Still, we wanted to see a Sedona leaned over on the skid pad...
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.