The minivan segment hasn’t received much love in recent years; image-conscious consumers who’d rather buy SUVs mean many minivans in the segment haven’t been redesigned in some time. That hasn’t stopped Kia from reviving its Sedona for 2015, now with crossover-SUV-infused styling and that hard-to-beat cargo functionality of a minivan. Inside the Sedona’s 142 cubic feet of maximum cargo volume are some trick features.
Cars.com reviewer Kristen Varela writes in her first drive of the Sedona, “Kia’s Slide-N-Stow second-row seats do a nifty jig to fold, slide up and lock against the front seats when more cargo space or third-row access is needed; this process is easy and can be done single-handed, though I still think Chrysler’s Stow ‘n Go seats take the cake.”
Then there’s the Sedona’s nifty power liftgate that brings a new twist to the hands-free power tailgate.
“With Kia’s power liftgate (standard on the upper three trims), you stand within the 1-foot detection-range around the minivan’s rear with the key fob in your pocket or purse. The Sedona will beep for 3 seconds, letting you know you’re within range, and then it will beep faster to alert you that the liftgate is opening. You step out of the way, load up all your stuff and then once your hands are free, press a button to close the liftgate. The height of the open liftgate is easily programmable by simply pulling it down manually,” Varela said.
See how well common cargo items fit in the Sedona below.