2005 Kia Sedona
There are 25 user reviews for the EX trim shown below
- Price, features, warranty.
- Road/air noise, smallish seats.
My wife and I bought this car (EX model) two weeks ago, and immiediately took a trip in it. We also looked closely at the Chrysler Town and Country, but went with the Kia becasue of the hard-to-beat price, mostly. It ended up being about $3500 cheaper than the similar T&C, and it came with more little niceties. Why a minivan? Baby, of course. It's a lot easier getting her into a car seat through a sliding side door, and a lot easier to get to her if the need arises.
Features you will appreciate more than you might think: the back seats have vents (over the windows), and the fans can be controlled from the back. "Are you getting any A/C back there?" YES. (The Chrysler only had puny under-the-front-seat vents, and they did not do the job. You could get better rear vents - for about $1700 extra. Outrageous.) Also, there was an outlet (lighter jack) in the armrest of the back row seats.
My favorite feature: flip-up tray between the front seats. For those of us who like to eat fast food in the car, this saves a lot of mess. My other car has old fries under the seats and salt everywhere.
Plenty of power - we drove through Kentucky and Tennessee, where 85-90 MPH is the norm, even in the hills. Nobody passed us.
Lots of gadgets for the money - the EX trim gives you electric seats/locks/windows, the little ceiling console with clock, CD and Cassette, lots of defrosters, etc. Seats come completely out, if you want to move stuff. Plenty of legroom.
The noise was a little more than I would have liked. You had to turn the radio up a bit to hear well. And there is nothing about the seats that make you want to sleep. Good for driving, bad for napping. Space is cramped in the back - leave that third row for the kids, because adults will have a hard time getting back there. Row 2 is OK, though. Surprisingly, we had a hard time finding a spot to lay a baby down to change her. I think I'm going to remove the third row seats most of the time.
I hope this helps you. Don't let the Kia name scare you off - they have imporved greatly. I also own a 2003 Hyundai, so I know a little about cheap cars. The Hyundai has been great, and I think the Kia will be great, also.
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