While it isn't revolutionary, the Sedona manages to improve upon features offered by most of its competition. A convex rearview mirror to spy on the kids? Kia's got it, but it's design pivots, letting the driver survey the entire interior. Power pop-out quarter windows? Nothing new at all, but Kia manages to put switches for them in the third row - something I've never seen in a Chrysler minivan.
Likewise, I'm utterly floored by the powertrain in this van. I've just driven Chrysler's 3.8-liter V-6/ six-speed automatic combination in a Dodge Grand Caravan SXT, and it's nowhere as strong or as smooth as the 3.8-liter V-6 and five-speed automatic in the Sedona. I'm reluctant to call a minivan 'fun,' but the droves of power - even at highway speeds - is more than entertaining.
I'm all for simple interiors - especially in a van like this, but I'd like to see a bit more refinement inside, especially with Kia's switchgear. Some buttons seem randomly arranged on the dashboard, while the power lock cylinders clank loudly throughout the van.
Those are small annoyances, I grant you, and considering Kia's pricing (our LOADED tester was just over $32k), I'd be hard-pressed not to seriously shop one of these against a Grand Caravan if ever in the market.
Evan McCausland, Web Producer