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2015 Kia Sedona Review: Goodbye, Minivan Hello Multi-Purpose Vehicle

When you head to Vegas with a team of 5, you need a large vehicle that is easy for people to jump in and out of at a moment’s notice. Thankfully, the 2015 Kia Sedona fit the bill on our latest jaunt to Las Vegas during CES 2015. We ended up nicknaming it the Scooby van for obvious reasons. Some people might have scoffed at the fact we were traveling around in a minivan, but friends – this isn’t your average minivan. In fact, this is a Multi-Purpose Vehicle!

That’s right – we would never be caught on the Vegas strip in a minivan! So we absolutely loved the name change to Multi-Purpose Vehicle. Good going Kia marketing gurus.

For our trip around Vegas, we were provided with the Kia Sedona SX-L, which has everything you need to satisfy this exhausted tech team. USB ports for charging your devices, and comfortable seats that recline in the second row for falling asleep from exhaustion. Not only are the seats delicious to nap in, but the Nappa leather seat trim just adds another level of luxury to the vehicle. Let’s not forget the impressive Infinity surround sound system to keep your head bobbing up and down the strip. The Sedona also has enough cargo space to throw in all your gear, and several super tall plastic drinking cups.

While many may refrain from calling a minivan hot… the Kia Sedona SX-L is certainly a looker. It offers sleek refined lines – 19” alloy wheels and LED lights. Like we said, this is no average minivan but one handsome car inside and out. The engine is no slouch either with a V-6 engine that produces 276 hp and 248 lb-ft of torque. Gas mileage is decent for this size of a vehicle and we emptied our entire tank over a 10 day span with a mix of highway and street miles.

At any given time we were able to fit 6 to 8 people comfortably in this MVP. If we really wanted to push it – 10 could have actually squeezed in. And while it may not be as comfy, as the 2nd row of seating, the third row has come a long way from feeling like you are sitting on rocks.

Unfortunately, one of our biggest gripes with the 2015 Kia Sedona is the opening and closing of the right and left sliding passengers doors. When they worked, they worked flawlessly – but when they didn’t, we found ourselves yanking on the handle or forcing it closed because the mechanism controlling the doors was just too slow. So most of the time we resorted to just using the remote to open the doors when in a hurry. It was quicker and more efficient than pulling on the handle. It also wasn’t immediately clear where you could find the button to open the door from inside the 2015 Sedona. After a while we got the hang of it, but we still would have liked this to be a little bit less cumbersome.

On the other hand, handling of the 2015 Sedona is tight and fast given the size of the vehicle. With the help of blind-spot detection and parking assist cameras that give you a birds-eye view while you are doing a crazy K-turn– there is no excuse if you hit someone – seriously, get off the road.

Kia’s UVO infotainment system has also gotten some much needed refinements. It’s now easier than ever to navigate to the nearest In-N-Out Burger or club. And when we needed a little extra air, we opened up the Power Sunroof.

Verdict

We may have been fortunate to test the Kia Sedona SX-L which features almost every trim you could possibly want and starts at $39,700, but the base model of the 2015 Sedona is pretty impressive too and starts at just $26,100. All in all, the Sedona is definitely not the minivan of yore. In fact don’t you dare even call it that. So goodbye Minivan, hello Multi-Purpose Vehicle.

The Good: This isn’t your average minivan. Comfortable seating for all passengers. Great handling. UVO Infotainment system is better than ever.  Gas mileage is decent given the size of the vehicle.

The Bad: Sliding doors can be temperamental.