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2015 Kia Sedona: Practicality Problems?

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author photo by Doug DeMuro February 2016

So far we've had mostly good things to say about our 2015 Kia Sedona long-term test car. But one of our editors recently noted a few concerns he has about the van's practicality -- a noteworthy demerit in a segment full of highly practical challengers.

The tester, our senior automotive data specialist Dwight Cunningham, said he thinks the Sedona provides more than adequate space in the front row and middle row of seats for adults and children alike. In the third row, however, Dwight says the Sedona is a little tight -- particularly for adults, who will have trouble with headroom and legroom. Dwight also noted that the process for stowing the third row of seats can be awkward and cumbersome until you get used to it.

Another practicality complaint relates to our 2015 Kia Sedona's observed fuel economy. In a recent mix of city and highway driving, the Sedona returned just 18.5 miles per gallon -- a figure that places it in the heart of SUV territory. We generally expect higher numbers from minivans, as rivals tend to do better. The Honda Odyssey, for instance, touts an Environmental Protection Agency-rated 19 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway, while the Toyota Sienna boasts 18 mpg city/25 mpg hwy. A recent road trip saw an average of about 22 mpg.

Of course, these concerns aren't enough to dissuade us from recommending the Sedona to shoppers interested in an excellent new minivan, but they might be enough to warrant a more thorough test drive before you sign the papers.

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