2015-2016 Kia Sedona Minivan Review
The all-new Sedona is a big improvement for Kia’s new “Multi-Purpose Vehicle.” It’s arguably the sharpest looking minivan on the market with a tastefully upgraded interior and exterior. It is also more flexible for families than before. For example, all trim levels offer three full LATCH seating positions, two in the 2nd row captain’s chairs and a third on the passenger side of the back row. The third row center seat has a 4th top-tether location as well. The Slide-N-Stow feature in the 8-passenger trim offers the easiest 3rd row door access in any minivan. There’s a lot to like with the new Sedona, but does it stack up to the family favorite, Honda Odyssey?
Let’s start with some basic information and features. Please note that since this video was made, the NHTSA awarded the 2015 Sedona a 5-star overall safety rating. The IIHS updated its ratings methods for 2015, requiring an auto-brake front crash prevention system for its 2015 Top Safety Pick “Plus” award. The new Sedona did very well in all the IIHS crash tests but did not earn the “Plus” award, since it lacks such a front crash prevention system. Visibility is decent, with a standard rear-view camera on all but the lowest trim level. SX versions get the nicer Surround view monitor. Our Sedona also came with the accessory tablet holder is a handy feature, but it protrudes and is very hard so it seems like a potential risk to a child in a frontal crash.
In Part II of the video, we discuss some of the aspects of the second row in the 8-passenger trim as well as the third row that is common to both 7- and 8-passenger models. In the 8-passenger trim, the second row should fit various 3-across carseat configurations, as the middle seat is wide enough for some carseats. Since there is no LATCH or tether in the middle, that seat is best suited for a booster seat or a seatbelt installation of a narrow, rear-facing carseat. The seat cushion and seat back side bolsters may affect placement of wider carseats in the second row. In the third row, the middle seat is quite narrow and 3-across will be a challenge, but might be possible with a selection of very narrow carseats/boosters.