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#432 of 999 2006 Sedona Awesome, but I have to mention ...
Jan 23, 2006 (10:25 am)
According to my dealer, My Sedona EX was the first one purchased in Canada (I purchased January 3rd). Could be just a sales pitch from the dealer but anyway ...
I traded in 2003 version and so far have no regret. All the good thing that have been said so far holds through so I don't need to repeat them. I will just point out the concerns I have so far and everyone can comment.
1. I had winter wheels one my '03 so the first thing I did was to go over to Canadian Tire to enquire on getting winter wheels. The 17in rims with 6 lugs and also the tire will have to be special ordered. Kind of pricey too ... oops.
2. The dealer had installed the remote starter in my '03 and it works beautifully. They have installed it in this '06 (so they say), but did not get it to work. They say they are still awaiting to get circuit schematic from Kia (??). They event went as far as to say they can't get info from Kia Korea(???). Anyway I am waiting still ... patiently.
3. They've taken away the power control from the passenger front seat. I expect this will be a future upgrade.
4. The radio has already been mentioned, but I have to mention again that what comes installed in the top-of-the-line model is a real step backwards. I think they are saving the good radios for future upgrade.
5. Because of the sub-standard radio, the DVD they installed can only be played through FM. This make the steering wheel Mode button useful for flipping between radio (FM1) and DVD (FM2). So far so good. Side effect is the FM sound whistles with the sound of the engine. The guys at FutureShop/BestBuy says that some grounding is not done properly. ... Well at least I get to hear when the motor changes gear. I have my eye on the Eclipse AVN5435 so I am not too worried.
6. I have been to three gas stations where the pump nozzle does not seem to like the gas tank head of the '06 Sedona. One (the very first one) overflowed, two kept shutting off (like the do when the tank is full). I find there is a special way you have to position the nozzle to get it to work. Not really nice in the Canadian winter. On the bright side, it's been a mild winter so far. I have been to other pumps that work just fine, so .... who knows. .... oh ... I got a free car wash at the pump that overflowed (I blamed the pump and the attendant gave me a free wash).
I got a few more concerns that I will add a little later, but right now the boss is coming around.
The ride experience is a big improvement, comfort and convenience are definitely big improvements. Let's hope the support structure also made a forward step, and KIA will definitely become a top choice.
#433 of 999 Actual Gas Mileage report: '06 EX
Jan 29, 2006 (4:57 pm)
I just took a long road trip up to Michigan and back. So far, here is our averages with about 700 miles on the Sedona:
Driving up to Michigan: 24.9 MPG 74 MPH
Driving back down 75 to Ohio: 20.5 MPG 74 MPH
The weather driving back down today was terrible, with a heavy wind and rain, so I had the wipers, lights, and defrost on.
Overall, I think the mileage is realistic compared to the EPA numbers. I was really pleased with the mileage on the way up. I also cross-compared the MPG average shown on the trip computer, with actuals with the pump receipts, and they are spot on.
This van just ate up the miles. I still felt refreshed and comfortable after the 4 hour drive.
There stereo isn't half-bad,when you set the bass to +6. Not a high quality sound mind you (poor sound stage, boomy bass), but for a soccer mom vehicle, it's passable. It's no Mark Levinson system, but for the price, I shouln't have too high an expectation.
#434 of 999 Re: Actual Gas Mileage report: '06 EX [ekoegler]
Jan 31, 2006 (6:07 pm)
keep us posted on your van's fuel economy as the engine continues to break in. You should see improvement once your van has a few more thousand miles on it.
Seems Kia has cut corners on the sound system. Our 2002 has what I consider a very good system. In fact, it is much better than I would have expected in a $24,000 minivan. I'm an audio enthusiast, not an audiophile, to give you an idea where I'm coming from. Our Sedona's stereo sounds as good as most of the audio-company branded stock systems (Bose, Infinity, etc) I've heard in other non-luxury vehicles. Pretty tight and reasonably deep bass, surprising clarity and detail and pretty good dynamic range. I consider the stereo to be one of our Sedona's strong suits.
#435 of 999 Re: 2006 Sedona Awesome, but I have to mention ... [qualquiera]
Feb 05, 2006 (2:40 pm)
I live in Ontario and am in the market for a minivan. Just curious how much over invoice you were able to get your Sedona for? Were there any other incentives they offered? I don't see much on their website in the way of offers, not surprisingly.
I'm assuming you cross-shopped it with the Honda/Toyota offerings. If you did, was there any specific deal-clincher that you made you go for the Kia? Thanks!
#436 of 999 Reviews anywhere?
Feb 05, 2006 (2:43 pm)
I see Edmunds hasn't even done a First drive of the new Sedona. Has anyone found any extensive reviews of the Sedona. Even better would be a direct comparison test of this against the competition. Maybe the media's waiting for the Hyundai version to debut before doing a thorough comparison.
Feb 06, 2006 (6:49 am)
You'll find a rather extensive review of the new SEDONA on AUTOMOBILE.COM (their magazine website) posted late December, 2005. No side-by side comparison, but several specs, features and dimensions referenced. If I didn't know better, I'd say KIA paid handsomely for the praise, but the SEDONA stands on its own merits!
#438 of 999 Re: 2006 Sedona Awesome, but I have to mention ... [tmalik]
Feb 07, 2006 (9:22 am)
There was not much incentive being offered. At the time is was just a $512 off.
I was split between getting the Oddy/touring pkg or the Sedona/Luxury. Was looking at ~$16,000 difference. Although not exactly apple-apple, but this week I am having an eclipse navigation unit and some other whistles installed ($3000) in the Sedona. That is taking me closer to apple-apple.
The Sedona is definitely not an oddy, but it does compare well. I do prefer the Oddy, but am not disappointed I went with the Sedona, especially at $12000 less for near equivalent.
Feb 07, 2006 (9:40 am)
I like $12,000 a lot, myself. If you decide you don't want it, my address is...
#440 of 999 Re: $12,000 [ateixeira]
Feb 08, 2006 (7:49 am)
As I write this the bottom line is I can buy
A Dodge Grand Carivan SXT for LESS than the BASE 2006 KIA sedona.
The Grand Carivan SXT has many more features than the KIA
It also has a $4K rebate and the 2006 KIA SEDONA HAS ZERO.
Lets go KIA, get you act together if you want more market share.
#441 of 999 Re: $12,000 [rover222]
Feb 08, 2006 (10:07 am)
Well, it's a new van, and has a lot more horsepower. Wait a year if you are bargain hunting.
I saw a base Caravan (SWB 4 cyl) for $13k. I'm sure it's bare bones but it was interesting to see vans are sold for that cheap.