“Overall, the interior design didn’t have us fawning, but the look mimics the clean lines of the exterior. And, aside from a few hard, plastic pieces at the top of the instrument panel, the interior comes across as expensive -- at least in the Limited model we tested. Two-tone leather seats, gloss-black trim, and thoughtfully designed gauges are all typically the purview of premium brands, yet here they are in a Kia minivan.” -- Car And Driver
Kia Sedona: Roomy enough for hamsters and their gear, with a touch of class
“Power is adequate for reaching freeway speeds with relative ease, and engine noise is minimal even at full throttle. During instrumented test runs, the 2015 Sedona accelerated from zero to 60 mph in 7.9 seconds, which is just slightly quicker than the 2014 Toyota Sienna we tested last year. Manual control over the transmission is available by toggling the shift lever to the left from the Drive gate, although most minivan drivers will keep it in automatic all of the time.
“Unique among minivans, the Sedona uses a console-mounted shifter. Alongside the shifter are buttons controlling the drive mode and other secondary controls. The feel is more SUV than minivan, which was the goal. It'll be a worthwhile departure for those who refuse to embrace the minivan experience, but it does compromise the utility of open floor space.” -- www.edmunds.com
“Power comes from a 3.3-liter V-6 also found in the Cadenza and Sorento, both of which weigh considerably less than the Sedona. Power is adequate with two or three passengers aboard, and the 276-hp six runs very smoothly behind lots of layers of sound deadening. A six-speed automatic moves power to the front wheels only (only the Sienna now offers all-wheel drive). Electric power steering is quick and well tuned, but it’s only offered on the top trim level; we haven’t sampled lower-line Sedonas. Ride quality is very smartly upgraded compared to the previous Kia van, but when it’s pressed it can’t hide any of its considerable weight of at least 4,414 pounds.” -- thecarconnection.com
“How many hamsters can you fit in a Sedona? Eight, with the middle row that tucks out of the way -- or seven, with new ‘First Class’ lounge seats that transform into cut-rate Barcaloungers. If you move everything out of the way, you can conceivably fit in the back 142 cu. ft. of whatever you want to throw in there.
“More evidence of minivan-ness: three climate control zones, about a dozen USB charging ports (marked with a battery icon -- a nice modern touch), a flip-down fisheye mirror to give brats the stinkeye, a deep center console that will swallow Nintendos and Tony Robbins ‘Unleash the Power Within’ CDs, and more cupholders than bottle service at Hakkasan.” -- AutoWeek
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