I did this one a couple weeks ago. Let me explain. I was at a used dealer scoping out something and they had a used 2011 Kia Sedona cranberry red sitting there. Always sort of looking at family cars, I asked if I could grab some keys and so I took it for a quick spin.
Reason: I had read that the Sedona had inherited the revisions to the corporate Kia v6 as well as the 6 speed automatic. So I wanted to see how refined and what sort of nuts it had since i had read an article about it recently.
Strong, smooth powertrain
Value for the dollar
'Good' level of refinement
Decent basic interior arrangement
updated tech (bluetooth, USB)
ok ride and handling for a van. stable and secure.
Dated styling inside and out
Plastics and cloths from a previous decade
ergonomics and controls from a previous era in time
second row seats fold and tumble only
tall center of gravity
feels like you are driving a bus (although not a terribly sloppy one)
this is the OLD Kia
surpassed by the competition
Not really worth writing a lot about but the main gist of this review was to sample the powertrain and I must say it is quite good. Which is to say its up to par with any other v6 today. The van for a van had nuts. The rest of the van......well, time moves on. There's no real functional fault with it as a commodity. Space and function are provided. You can make handsfree calls and plug in a flash drive. If you are big and large there is plenty of room to spread out. I did not examine any of the child toting aspects of the vehicle.
For the prices these are going for these days, and the price of everything else if you are looking at a van, it's probably ok. It's hard to justify one though, with all the new updates on the Chrysler vans. Your money is probably better spent on those to be honest, as well as any other choice.
there is no unique selling proposition to this Kia.
While not a bad vehicle, the best way to classify it is that its now a cellar dweller in its class. By no means is it such to give it a D. I will say C- plus factoring in the new engine and trans and we'll just be pleasant and give it a
Edited by regfootball, 05 February 2011 - 05:28 PM.