Call me crazy, but I had a blast driving this bus home last night. I'm certainly not a minivan guy (although I did put A LOT of miles on my dad's long-wheelbase Aerostar in high school), but something about the Sedona had me ready to call all my friends and offer to be the DD for a night of debauchery. Tons of room, great power, and an exterior that doesn't attract any special attention works for me.
I suppose some people will complain about the cheap interior materials, but I think they are a blessing in a minivan. My experiences with small children leave me under the impression that kids are always sticky, dirty, or sneezing. Why spring for luxurious appointments if they will soon be covered in vomit, snot, or spilled soda? I'd say the interior materials are actually nicer than those in the current crop of Chrysler vans since the plastic is softer. You don't need to worry about your kids getting a cut from a sharp edge.
I was most surprised by the power this V-6 puts out. There's one straight stretch of smooth road on my commute and this monster easily hit triple digits. I thought I was going about 70 mph. That's how smooth and powerful this engine is. Like Jean, I'm very impressed by the roll-on acceleration at highway speeds. And at low speeds this Kia seems to put the power down much better than our 4S Chrysler Town & Country.
If I needed a minivan, there's no way I'd spend the extra money on a Chrysler, Toyota, Honda, Nissan, or Volkswagen.
Phil Floraday, Senior Online Editor