When car buyers think minivans, they think of the top two sellers; the Honda Odyssey and the Chrysler Town and Country. But there is a third highest ranking minivan that they should take a look at and it is from Kia.
The 2016 Kia Sedona is a luxurious minivan with a quiet interior and enough room to take a family road trip in comfort and style. We decided to take one for a test drive and see if we couldn’t convince more people to take a look at the Kia Sedona as their next minivan.
2016 Kia Sedona- A stylish minivan?
Right away, we noticed that the 2016 Kia Sedona pictures don’t fully represent this vehicle for what it is. It has really nice lines and looks more agile than most minivans in this class. That beautiful exterior styling doesn’t stop as we enter the cabin and see that Kia used premium materials throughout and even gave it some tech features that we couldn’t wait to try.
Our 2016 Kia Sedona came standard with satellite radio, Bluetooth, a USB port, a rearview camera and a 4.3-inch touch screen. We added dual sunroofs, a cooled glove box, tri-zone automatic climate control, power-sliding rear doors, a power lift gate, eight-speaker Infinity audio system, a surround-view parking camera system, adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic monitoring, lane departure warning, forward collision warning, front and rear parking sensors, navigation, Kia’s UVO infotainment system, leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats and reclining second-row lounge seats with built-in footrests. That may sound like a lot of options but this is a family car and anyone carting kids from soccer to music lessons, to ice cream shops will tell you that every one of these features are necessary.
2016 Kia Sedona- first drive
The infotainment system was easy to use; we tried it out, turned on the nav system and was on our way for our 2016 Kia Sedona test drive. We noticed that the standard V6 engine was powerful enough around town but lacked that highway acceleration that we like. This engine, mated with a six-speed automatic transmission, gets an EPA-estimated 18/24 mpg city/highway, which is typical for the class.
As for the drive itself, we felt that the Sedona felt clumsy and its handling wasn’t on par with other minivans available. It did have a smooth ride, but cornering and driving over bumpy roads made us feel like something was amiss.
For a minivan, the Kia Sedona has a lot of luxurious features that we liked. It’s handling left us wondering if this would be a minivan that we would choose for our family though.