The Sedona’s wheelbase has increased by almost a few inches from the previous version, but in terms of overall length and cabin dimensions, it now sits within a few inches of the overall length of its main rivals.
In numbers, it’s 201.4 inches long, with a 120.5-inch wheelbase. The total volume behind the front seats is 142 cubic feet, or 78.4 cubic behind the second row and 33.9 cubic behind the third row seat. A Honda Odyssey, for comparison, is 202.9 inches long on a 118.1-inch wheelbase, with 148.5, 93.1, or 38.4 cubic feet of space behind its rows of seats.
On our personal use scale, it ranks higher than the smaller and narrower Mazda 5 and Nissan Quest, about on par with the Honda Odyssey and Toyota Sienna, and not as flexible as the Chrysler Town & Country and the Dodge Grand Caravan, which have our beloved fold-out second row seats.
The Sedona offers up to eight seats, plus the kind of versatility that always seems to be at its best in people carriers. Kia has raised the seating position of the driver’s seat somewhat for better visibility, and although the higher dashboard refines the outward view a bit, the front seats appear to be able to soothe the bodies of adults on vacation in. family across the country.
In second place, Kia is trying to have it both ways. It doesn’t tidy up its seats like Chrysler vans – a feature that we think really maximizes the usefulness of a vehicle that’s meant to be an all-in-one. However, on most trims, the Sedona has what’s called Slide-n-Stow, an arrangement that can slide the middle row seats forward and raise their lower cushions, compacting the seat vertically in. a space very close to the front seats. It leaves behind a low, flat floor without the need to remove the seats, although there isn’t the internal length to do some of the things Chrysler vans can do – haul a full-size sofa with it. the closed tailgate, for example. A 4X8 sheet of plywood will fit the back, but only if loaded at an angle above the forward-leaning second row seats.
On the top Sedona SX-L, Kia ripped off those non-removable sliding seats and installed so-called âfirst-classâ lounge seats with retractable legrests and winged headrests. These seats can also move side to side in a limited amount, to create a wider path from the front to the rearmost seats, but they also cannot be removed. Kia thinks it’s an acceptable compromise and quite distinct from Japanese minivan offerings, which also don’t have a fallback feature. The Sedona’s exposed seat rails are open to attract a lot of grime, but they’re wide enough to clean easily.
As for the third row, it is small, and not suitable for teenagers or adults, unlike the Sienna and Odyssey rear seats. Headroom is shy and the entry space is barely a foot wide, even with the sliding seats moved forward. The third row seat is 60/40 split and folds flat into the ground.
Elsewhere in Sedona, storage is quite extensive. There’s a huge, deep front center console and several usable storage bins around the doors and dashboard. Top-of-the-line Sedona have a sliding armrest on the console and a tiered tray. USB and charging points are easily accessible, and some models offer high-power USB ports and 115-volt outlets for on-the-go charging.
In the outgoing versions of the Sedona, refinement lagged somewhat; Kia is now describing the Sedona as the quietest in its segment, with all sorts of new measures like wheelhouse padding, double-seal sliding doors and new engine bay soundproofing. In the vehicles we drove, all SX Limited models, the Sedona was exceptionally quiet, with a substantial feel one just doesn’t get in a Chrysler minivan. It’s tasteful at that $ 42,000 level, but we haven’t seen any with the base fabric yet or Yes! Essentials splash-proof interior trim.
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