At first, I was a little skeptical about purchasing a Kia brand car because I have never owed a Kia. But when my Oldsmobile Silhouette broke down, I need another van rather quickly because I have 3 small children. Well let me tell you, I was pleasantly surprised. This Kia Sedona handles very well on the road and it has plenty of room for my kids and all their stuff. This van has been a pleasure to drive.
Best minivan we saw and test drove and we tried all the top brands, saved Kia for last because we didn't think this would be our favorite but it was by far! I'm 6'3" and have plenty of room in the front with the seat all the way back AND in the seat behind it even with the front still all the way back, plus the technology and features and safety all combine for the perfect car for us.
The staff at Edmunds.com tested the current version of the Sedona for a year and raved about it. Their typical comments wondered why more people weren't buying a Sedona over the much more popular Sienna or Odyssey. Frankly, it seemed obvious to me since Kia/Hyundai did not have the best reputation among Asian automakers. But the fact is this company has made huge strides in quality production in the past few years and their cars are now serious contenders. We decided to check out the Sedona after reading the Edmunds blog and talking to friends who own one. After the test drive, we were convinced, too. The Sedona drives like a sports car, with tight steering and a lively suspension. The V6 engine has a surprising amount of kick. Yet on a 2,500 mile round trip vacation this summer we consistently got 25 combined MPG. We love the seating configurations and storage capacity, especially the cargo well in the back that holds the rear seats when they're folded flat. The air conditioning is super-powerful, the brakes are flawless, and the other controls are mostly intuitive and thoughtfully arranged. We would like the front seats to be a bit more comfortable for the long hauls, and some of the controls and interior materials seem to be lacking in quality. But overall we're very pleased about our decision to go with the Sedona. I urge any family in need of a minivan not to pass it up as you make your choice.