2005 Kia Sedona
There are 25 user reviews for the EX trim shown below
- Comfot, Optional SunRoof, Good Value, Lots of Cup Holders, Warranty
- Bad Gas Mileage for a MiniVan, Keyless Entry Range, Turning Radius
Well, we finally bought a minivan and it's a Kia, who would've thought? Like most American's, I associate the brand Kia and Hyundai with a cheap product that will drive like a tank and not last more than 30,000 miles. Honestly I am embaraased to drive a vehicle that has the Kia stamped on it and am looking for a way to remove the emblems.
However, its not fair to stereotype their product. The 2005 Kia Sedona EX that we purchased is Sage Green with a beige bottom and has very light fabric inside. The front and captain seats in the middle row are more comfortable than that of a Caravan or Freestar. The engine has a 5 speed transmission which keeps it quieter than the Freestar or Caravan's 4 speed. This Van has more room in it than a standard Caravan but less than a Freestar, this van is more in the middle between a Caravan and Grand Caravan, yet its several thousand less than a Grand. The interior of this van is much more appealing than any other domestic product and feels very light and airy. I am hoping my MPG gets better as my last tank which was mostly highway miles turned up a 16 MPG, not good.
This van drives well and is excellent on the highway, it is comfortable on long trips. Once again this is where the 5 speed auto transmission shines. Its not the smoothest riding van out there but it does a fair job on buffering out highway imperfections, interior noise from the road is held to a minimum. You'll have no problem talking to those sitting in the last row while you're driving.
The seats do not fold into the floor, but are not difficult to get in and out of the van either. They are not light but managebale, if your a small petite female you will probably need help. I am leaving the split bench seat that's in the very back out of the van and in my garage, because I don;t need them unless company comes and visits.
Overall this Van is better than all Domestic products that are priced similarly or more but does not meet up with the more expensive Japanses imports. If I had all the money in the world I'd buy a Honda Odyssey (best van on the market) but since I am budget minded I chose the Kia because of its value and refinement over the domestic products.
Afterall folks, this is a Minvan we're talking about. It's not supposed to be exciting to buy, its to be practical and the Kia Sedona seems to be a very practical decision indeed.
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