It’s been two months since we gave an update on our long-term Kia Sedona, and the love affair continues. Maybe now more than ever, since it remains an important member of this family as we move ourselves eastward. We’ve doubled our miles since the last time, and are hovering close to the 15,000 mark. We are going to wait until we land in our new home in Henderson, Nevada, before seeking out a Kia dealership in town to do the next service. Hoping for a better experience than the previous ones.
Because we’ve been packing and making numerous round trips from the old to the new place, we haven’t had a lot of fun side trips; however, before we sold our house, we did have a great opportunity to take the Sedona to Aspen, Colorado, for the introduction of the 2016 Kia Optima.
We traveled from Los Angeles to Las Vegas for the first short leg, then the next morning left about 6 a.m. to make it to Snowmass Village in time for the 6 p.m. dinner call. Glad we left early, because we forgot about the time change going through Arizona. Plus it takes an extra 30 minutes to crawl through town before getting to the village. We were fortunate the weather remained sunny and clear, so didn’t have to fret over getting snow covered. On our trip, we drove (there and back home) 1,800 miles, and got our best fuel economy ever, at 28.6 mpg, besting the EPA’s number of 25 highway. The Sedona continues to display exemplary behavior. No acting up, no oddball problems. Just smooth riding, great handling through the passes, and excellent power, even at altitude.
That trip occurred the middle of October. Since then, we’ve done a lot of little things, like scored some interview questions with Peter Schreyer, head design guru at Kia. Via email, we quizzed him on the design of the Sedona, and he had some great things to say. We’ve included those responses at the end of this update. We hope to get some face time with Peter at a later date.
The Sedona also continues to rack up awards, the biggest being named the winner of the Ultimate Minivan Challenge by Cars.com and MotorWeek. It also was just named the minivan of the year by the Hispanic Motor Press. It also took home trophies for the J.D. Power and Associates APEAL award, Autobytel 2015 Van/Minivan of the year, and Ward’s 10 Best Interiors list. We knew from the start that we picked a winner for our long-term vehicle.
Which brings us current on the Kia Sedona minivan. We have big plans when we get to the Las Vegas area to get some outstanding photography of the Sedona at Valley of Fire, Red Rock Canyon, Lake Mead, and the many other natural settings that make Nevada such a great state. We might even venture to Area 51 to catch an alien or see if Elvis is still alive. Stay tuned.
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Photography © Team Killeen and courtesy Kia Motors America