Automakers can brand minivans as “cool” all they want, but almost all of them are quite lame. To purchase a minivan is to wave a white flag on your youth, as you embark on a life of big box stores, bulk diapers and soccer practice. It doesn’t have to be this way, and the 2015 Kia Sedona is a fighting chance at driving a cool family vehicle.
The Mazda5 is one of the only fun-to-drive minivans out there, but it is a little small for the practicality of most families. We don’t know what the new Sedona drives like yet, but at least it looks the part. Until now, Kia’s minivan offering was an anonymous also-ran.
But the new appearance is more like that of a crossover. In fact, Kia is the first to admit that styling is influenced from the CUV market. And why not? Crossovers are just minivans and wagons for people too insecure to own a minivan or a wagon. Kia also tries to pump up the Sedona’s cred by calling it a MPV (multi purpose vehicle), but as far as we can tell, “multi-purpose” means either soccer or lacrosse practice.
Still, the Sedona has a broad and, dare we say, elegant (compared to rivals) interior layout. The cabin is fitted with YES essentials, which makes the seating anti-microbial and stain-resistant– the only minivan in its segment to have this.
The Sedona also features the next generation of UVO infotainment system. Operated by the large, central touch screen, it has new features like GeoFencing, which would allow a parent to control where a young driver could not go. It also allows downloads of select apps from iTunes and Google play, and still comes with features like iHeartRadio. We’re also all about functions like Yelp and local business searches powered by Google, making this a very well-connected minivan.
With all the tech features, younger drivers might actually like driving the Sedona. With the SUV-like front end, we could live with it too.