The 2015 Kia Sedona is a dream to drive, with all the latest in technology and safety features you could want. Yes, it is a minivan — that is, it’s roomy, comfortable, and practical, but Kia has also managed to add an element of style to this familiar form. And when you test drive the Sedona, the smooth ride and handling alone would be enough to consider owning one.
From built-in comforts such as heated and cooled seats, to the latest in safety features, the Kia Sedona comprises the best of all worlds.
As you’d expect from a family car, the 2015 Kia Sedona is packed with safety features, including airbags, a collision-warning system, blind-spot monitoring, and 360-degree camera views.
Moving up the models will also get you a rear cross-traffic alerts, front-collision warnings, adaptive cruise control, and lane-departure warnings.
Furthermore, the Sedona has been redesigned and built on 76 percent high-strength steel to withstand damage in a collision. Safety ratings back up the Sedona’s claims; NHTSA awards the Sedona five stars for safety, and it gets top “good” ratings from IIHS.
At first glance, you may mistake it for an oversize SUV, but in fact, it’s a classic minivan with room for eight, extra storage, and lots of safety features.
Of course, Kia also loads the Sedona with the company’s trademark low price and solid quality, so you can rest assured you’re truly getting the most bang for your buck when your family and friends pile into the car.
The clean lines of the inside of the 2015 Kia Sedona and well-designed controls and indicators would look right at home on expensive brands. The radio and HVAC systems are easy to access and work with, and the touch-screen navigation works accurately and smoothly.
But the real story with the 2015 Kia Sedona is the second-row seating. They lean back, like on an airplane, so passengers can adjust for legroom and comfort. They might want to negotiate with the people sitting in the third row before they go into full recline. And even though the second row of seats are not removable, for the record, Kia says the Sedona holds 142 cubic feet of cargo, and total passenger space clocks in at 158 cubic feet.
The second wonderful surprise with the 2015 Kia Sedona is the driving and handling. You might not guess it from its appearance, but the 2015 Kia Sedona is highly agile for its size, with a respectable turning circle. The steering is almost effortless, and overall, the 2015 Kia Sedona delivers ample power but with the feel of silk.
Don’t expect a rocket, but the Sedona can hit 60 in plenty of time for those freeway merges, and it has enough accelerating power to move you in and out of lanes at a good clip, even with a full load. You can expect 18 mpg city/24 mpg highway on the Sedona, unless you opt for the biggest, heaviest model, which drops estimated mileage by a few mpg.
The least expensive model starts at $26,995, but be warned: At that price point, you don’t get automatic sliding doors (very desirable on modern minivans) or a rearview camera, and the seats are cloth. A fully loaded, top-of-the-line Sedona Limited hits the mid-$40,000 range, but there are plenty of options in between the two extremes.
Minivans are here to stay, but they can be sleek and polished while still holding up to eight passengers and their belongings. Once again, Kia comes through with a well-priced and nicely appointed budget option that doesn’t look like the steal it is. The 2015 Kia Sedona will not only get you and your gang between point A and point B, it will do so steadily and comfortably — perhaps even faster than you realize.
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Written by Jane Emery