Monday, December 21, 2015

2016 Kia Sedona SXL

I have now had the opportunity to test drive almost every Kia on the market, but I do believe that the Sedona has been my favorite. 

With 3 kids I need the space, and I LOVE the sliding, automatic doors that a minivan offers. But please be assured that you aren't driving a soccer mom van when you drive the Sedona. You are driving a very high tech, amazing vehicle that anybody can be proud to be seen in. 

Does this sound like you? The Kia Sedona might be perfect!

With an MPG of 18/25, the Kia Sedona is one of the most fuel efficient minivans on the market.

For my test drive I received the Kia Sedona SXL, which is the highest end of their models, but that also means it's packed full of features

A rear backup camera has become one of my favorite features in any vehicle, and I'm so happy to know that by 2017 they will be standard in EVERY vehicle!

However, the Kia Sedona took it an extra step further. With cameras located on the trunk, front grille and side mirrors, it allows for a full vehicle visibility. When you put your car in reverse, you see the below. The left is your standard backup camera and the right is a 'top view' so it's easy to see how close you are to objects and curbs! This didn't take long to get used to and now I'm upset MY car doesn't have this feature!! It was definitely one of my favorites!

 Steering wheel mounted controls make your life easier with things right at your fingertips. Keeps your eyes on the road and keeps you less distracted, but allows you to adjust the volume, set cruise control and change your station with ease.

The center console was busy, with a lot going on, however it was easy to navigate. Radio was a full touchscreen and the climate controls were self explanatory. I had no trouble adjusting to this aspect of the Kia Sedona.

 Heated and cooled seats and a heated steering wheel make your life that much more comfortable

a VERY deep center console for all your storage needs!

Power lift tailgate and power doors. Also the reason I drive a minivan as my primary vehicle, these are my favorite feature about having a family vehicle and make my life more simple.

 Rear DVD screen

One of the roomiest 2nd rows I've ever seen!

The Kia Sedona is obviously a minivan, but the SXL I drove was an 8 seater. 2 in front and 3 in each of the rear rows. Fully accommodating for almost any size family.

But it also had really neat features in the rear.

I've never seen a seat fold like the Sedona 2nd row did. You turn this knob to 'unlock' the seat...

And then it just flipped straight up. It made a LOT of room for people to get into the rear seat.

 The center seat in the 2nd row folded down with cup holders, or it stays up to seat that 8th passenger.

This is the 3rd row legroom with the 2nd row ALL the way back. When that row is moved forward it leaves about an extra 8" of space back here. It was VERY roomy!
 A VERY large trunk space!

The 3rd row seats fold two ways. They can fold down and then flip back to leave a fully flat 3rd row section, perfect for traveling...
 Or they just flip down. Still great for traveling and leaving that flat surface for more luggage.

And then of course, a feature I've come to love in a few vehicles I've tested is the adaptive cruise control. This means if a person in front of you is going slower than your cruise control is set at, the vehicle automatically slows down to leave a certain about of space between the vehicles. I drove this Kia 2.5 hours to my grandma's house each way and didn't have to touch my pedals all the way up and down I-75!
You can see here I have it set at 76, but the car in front of me was doing 71 so my vehicle had slowed down to that speed as well.

and this was nice too. When you unlock the car, the handles have a backlight that lights up. 

I can honestly say that I loved this Kia more than my own minivan (a 2014). It had some really neat features and I did not feel like I was driving a Kia in this at all. I felt much more ritzy in this vehicle. 

The Kia has the best warranty on the market of 10 years or 100,000 miles and they are one of the safest on the road as well. 

Now, the basic model of the Kia Sedona starts at a base price of $26,400. The SXL that I drove starts at $39,900 and the one I drove was $43,690. However this is still cheaper than my van fully decked out, so Kia is still standing true to one of the cheapest, but safest brands on the road. 

There are also LOTS of options. You can get the captains chairs in the 2nd row, or the bench with 3 seats like I received. 

Overall, I would ABSOLUTELY recommend the Kia Sedona and I'm highly considering it for my next purchase.

*Disclaimer, I received a Kia Sedona for a 1 week test drive. All opinions here are 100% my own and I was not compensated to write this post, other than receiving the vehicle.