When you think “mini-van” what do you think of? I can tell you that before driving the 2016 KIA Sedona, I thought of a mini-van as a “mom-car” and a vehicle that was as far from being cool as you could get. The KIA Sedona is not your average mini-van ~ not even close!
I actually drove a mini-van in the 90’s and although it was roomy, it wasn’t my dream vehicle and never really enjoyed driving it, but I recently had the opportunity to test drive the 2016 KIA Sedona for a week and LOVED it! This is a vehicle that I’d be proud to drive around town and happy be seen driving.
The KIA Sedona offers the ultimate in power and comfort with high-tech gadgets and features like the Smart Power Liftgate. No hands and no feet required as the liftgate automatically opens when it senses the smart-key. Awesome! The second-row seating is unlike any other mini-van as well with not only the slide and stow feature but also heated second row seats. This was great because during this particular week, it was cold and my kids really enjoyed having the option to heat up a bit on the way to school. There is also a third-row seat which makes the van extremely roomy and comfortable for any trip whether a short trip or a road trip! Speaking of road trips…the Rear View Conversation Mirror was awesome! I could see everyone clearly without being distracted from driving.
The kids also enjoyed the built-in console mounted DVD system that included 2 wireless headphones and remote control. I really enjoyed the DVD system because it was the ideal solution for keeping them occupied while in the vehicle. The entire interior was so impressive with leather seats, automatic climate control, heated and ventilated front seats, push-button start, heated steering wheel, and so much more! Of course, the SIRIUS XM Satellite Radio System is always a favorite of mine as I love being able to listen to the 80’s all of the time. For additional devices, there are multiple AC outlets and USB charging ports throughout the vehicle.
As for safety, the KIA Sedona can’t be beat! This particular vehicle had a safety feature that I had never experienced before and still think is super cool ~ Forward Collision Warning System ~ Wow! The high-tech smart cruise control feature allows the vehicle to detect when you are getting too close to the vehicle in front of you and automatically slows down. This is truly an amazing feature.
Additional Safety Features:
- Dual Front Advanced Airbags
- Front Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
- Full-Length Side Curtain Airbags
- Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children (LATCH)
- Anti-Lock Braking System
- Traction Control System
- Electronic Stability Control
- Tire Pressure Monitoring
- Lane Departure Warning
- Surround Viewing Monitor
This is by far a vehicle with the most room and comfort all in one. Even the Power-Sliding Anti-Pinch Doors are built for convenience. With four different devices to operate the doors, including the key fob, control is simple and easily in reach at all times. Great dual sunroofs, window shades, luxury seats, ample cargo room, the generous console space and heated outdoor mirrors are all features that make the design of the 2016 KIA Sedona a winner!
Disclaimer: Thank you to KIA Motors USA and DriveShop for giving me the opportunity to experience the above vehicle.