Kia's minivan makes a better mobile lounge than it does a road machine. Its strikingly-posh interior is a standout for a minivan. That could make the Sedona a terrific people mover -- if all people did was sit in it. But, alas, the luxury impression vanishes as you pull away from the curb.
We bought a relatively modest mid-level EX to test. But it feels much grander inside, featuring two-tone leather seats with luxurious piping as well as heated front and rear seats. The leather-wrapped steering wheel feels rich in your grip, and wood trim completes the lounge-like atmosphere. Ultimately, the Sedona is a disappointment in the more core minivan attributes.
The biggest letdown is the ride. It's way too stiff for a family mobile. The rear has a tendency to pound over bumps and reverberate discordantly through the cabin. What's more, our Sedona suffered from a cacophony of squeaks and rattles.