Checking out the 2015 Kia Sedona

20150609_190742Earlier this month we had the opportunity to test out the 2015 Kia Sedona for a week- perfect timing for some fun with the family!

The Exterior

The Sedona might be a minivan, but the exterior was by far one of our favorite looks when it comes to a minivan. In fact, from the front, it looks more like an SUV. So for those who are still not ready to make the switch to the family van, the Sedona might be the one to finally convince you.

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The space in the front for the captain and co-captain is great. Aside from all of the technology, there is also a lot of hidden storage spaces. You can tell Kia put a lot of thought into the interior and the need for storage when it comes to a family with children. We’ll get to all of the awesome technology later..

The middle row has two available options: our Sedona had two captain seats that had not only lots of room to slide front and back, but also side to side and reclined! The captain seats were great for our family of 4 who just needed some space for extra passengers here and there- but for larger families it is probably best to stick with the 8 passenger seating option.

The third row is very easy to get into, especially with the middle seats being able to move side to side. It was great to have the extra row of seats to fit family members comfortably. There was plenty of head space back there and the climate controls in all three areas kept the everyone nice and cool.

The Slide-N-Stow™ seating was also such an awesome feature- allowing you to completely store the third row into the floor and haul whatever it is you need to fit back there. Can you say, Ikea haul!?

We also love that there were two moonroofs, giving the front, middle, and back row a chance to enjoy the breeze.

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Technology

Plenty of USB ports, a great navigation system, and controls for everything is what you’ll find in the Sedona.

The Tri-Zone Automatic Climate Control is great- giving 3 zones of climate options so that everyone inside can be comfortable.

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One of our favorite features was the Surround View Monitor. Not only do you have a back up camera, but you have a camera that shows all sides of the Sedona- giving you a 360° view around you.

While we love the idea of staying unplugged during family time, for long road trips the Sedona will make sure nothing is left uncharged-with up to eight outlets, including three 12v outlets, one AUX/USB port, two available AC power outlets, and two available USB 2.1 rapid-charging ports. Amazing!

 

The Facts

After a 4 and 1/2 hour round trip with the family, we thought the Sedona would use up a lot more gas then it did. One of the main reasons we have stuck with a sedan is because of gas, so it was great to see that we could get as many miles out of the minivan as we did.

  • Starting MSRP: $26,100
  • City/Highway: 18/25
  • The available Power-Sliding Anti-Pinch Doors stop when built-in sensors detect an object in the way
  • Heated Front Seats offer three heating levels to warm you up. Ventilated Front Seats have three fan settings to cool you down. Plus, the Sedona has available second-row heated seat cushions.
  • The Sedona offers available active technologies like the Forward Collision Warning System (FCWS) and Blind-Spot Detection (BSD) with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert (RCTA).
  • Crafted by YES Essentials®, the Sedona’s interior cloth repels stains, odors, and static.
  • Learn even more at www.kia.com

 

Overall our experience with the Kia Sedona was great. It was our first minivan and we really enjoyed our time in it. It’s easy to think your family doesn’t need the space a minivan offers, but once you’re in it you will see what a great vehicle it is for families, especially with small children. The absolute only thing we could think of to make the experience better for our family would be a TV option. When we think of a minivan, we imagine Disney movies on repeat for a long trip with the little ones. Beyond that, we really enjoyed the Sedona!

For more information on the 2015 Kia Sedona, visit kia.com

 

Thanks to DriveShop for our experience with the Sedona. As always, our opinions are our own.

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