It may be time for you to consider a KIA Sedona minivan. Kia of Orange county gave us a chance to test drive the 2016 KIA Sedona SXL and I was sad to give it back. As a family of five, we have found that a minivan is just so convenient. If you are on the market for a comfortable new ride, check out all the bells and whistles on this baby!
Let me start with this fun button…….
This is the in-seat air conditioner / heater button available for both driver and passenger. The Two Tone Leather seats are comfy enough but on a hot day this makes you want to drive a little more. You can also get the optional 2nd row heated outboard seat cushions. The driver seat comes with a fully automatic adjustments including back support and Nappa leather seats. Pictured above are the heated steering wheel, eco drive mode, parking assist, the the overhead / backup camera buttons.
The Sedona dashboard is easy to use with all kinds optional items.
Starting at the top, the map / navigation was very easy to use and set. I used it just about every time we drove the vehicle. You have on screen options or you can use the Navi button or Map / Voice for audio directions as you drive. It has its own volume so you can hear it over the music. The phone button was easy to use for hands free driving. It has an Bluetooth auto pairing option to connect your device and took less than a minute to set up. SERIUSxm radio comes set up with it too. Down below are the climate control. It has a Tri Zone Climate control system so the driver, passenger, and kids can all have different temperatures.
My favorite driving feature was the Smart Cruise control. Cruise control is great until you get into a little traffic. At that point you have to use the resume button or reset your cruise repeatedly or turn it off. The Sedona uses a forward collision system. It knows how far the car is in front of you and auto adjusts the speed accordingly. When you are out of traffic, it resumes full speed. Another cool item is the Lane Departure warning system. This lets you know if you start to drift out of your lane. For those of you who may not like this, there is an off button on the dashboard. You can feel pretty safe when you group those features with the blind spot detection and five star crash rating for both driver and passenger. The Sedona also received a 5 star rating for side collisions for both front and rear seats.
Parking the KIA is simple with front and rear sensors that beep, a backup camera, and an overhead camera. I am not sure how it is the overhead camera works, but you can see the whole car and what is around it. Parallel parking was easy. I could see the car in front, behind, and the curb next to me. Check out the picture below. The side mirrors also tilt down so you can see the curb.
KIA Sedona overhead and backup camera
Another cool feature are the USB outlets that are all over the car. There were several USB outlets in the front in addition to the two lighter ports. Another set of USB ports are in the middle row so the kids can charge their IPads and devices. It also has a standard outlet there and one in the back. These have to be turned on by a switch in the front and works while the car is running.
Slide and Tow upgraded 2nd row seats.
This made it so much easier for the kids to get into the back row. Very cool. The standard seats are First Class lounge seats. You know, like a recliner with the foot rest that comes up. I wonder if you could get a recliner on one side and slide and tow on the other. The seats in the back have a slide up sun shield also to dim out the sun if the kids want to sleep.
Here a couple more fun facts. It comes with a push button start system. You keep the keys in your pocket. It registers your key electronically and you can even unlock the car without taking your keys out. The driver seat has a memory so it adjust back to your favorite spot. When you push the car off button, the seat retracts to let you out. At night, the door handles light up as you walk up. You can also open the doors with your remote. The middle and back doors have an auto close button that the kids can use. It comes with a V6, 6 speed automatic transmission with Sportmatic (manual shifting) that gets 17 city and 22 highway miles to the gallon.
Lastly, it is so spacious. We were able to fit our entire family of five and luggage for six nights! We had plenty of room to spare too! On long road trips this made traveling so much easier. Everyone had a separate space, it was perfect! Check out the video Harry made below….
Thank you again to KIA of Orange County for letting us borrow a brand new KIA Sedona for 10 days. We miss it already and are seriously considering upgrading next year! Do you have a KIA Sedona? What do you love about it? Please share in the comment section below.