2018 Kia Sedona Walk Around


Styling of the Sedona might qualify as virtually timeless, but nothing about its appearance ranks as adventurous. A few years back, Kia’s minivan looked sufficiently compelling visually, but freshly redesigned and recently-launched competitors, such as Chrysler’s Pacifica, have altered the minivan landscape.

Sitting upright, the Sedona grille is bracketed by LED running lights. Along the body, designers have exercised restraint with the chrome trim, though sheetmetal creases do tend to attract the eye. A bodyside step-up at the rear makes the glass appear to narrow, making the roof almost seem to disappear toward the back.

Interior

Traditional-type luxury rules the Sedona cabin, at least in upper trim levels with their leather-upholstered seats. Lesser-level models aren’t quite as enticing, but detail work has been adapted from Kia’s upscale sedans.

Not only is the cabin quiet on the road, it’s easily reconfigurable. In eight-passenger models, the second row contains a bench seat that slides forward, tucking against the front seats. The third-row seat folds into the floor, fully out of the way.

Seven-passenger Sedonas substitute a pair of captain’s chairs, which provide a pleasing lounge-type ambiance but take up more space than the bench would. Even so, the cabin doesn’t seem cluttered.

Horizontally laid-out, the dashboard is a bit dull, but regions of piano-black trim helps with eye appeal. So do two-tone color schemes. Upper trim levels benefit from soft-touch materials on the doors and dashboard.

Front and second-row seats promise fine comfort, but third-row space is the smallest in a contemporary minivan. Head clearance out back is limited, too. Front seats are wide and abundantly padded, separated by a wide center stack.

Small-item storage consists of dual gloveboxes (one cooled), door and dashboard bins, and a massive center console. Top models add a tiered tray and a sliding console armrest. UVO infotainment is simple to use and Apple CarPlay compatible.

With second- and third-row seats folded, cargo space can reach 142 cubic feet. With all seatbacks upright, volume totals 33.9 cubic feet, growing to 78.4 cubic feet with the third row down.

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