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#856 of 999 I Felt That 2007 Sedona Engine/Gas Pedal Difficult To Control
Feb 19, 2007 (6:23 am)
I just tested 2007 Sedona Short Wheel Base. The dealer ran out of Long Wheel Base version, but assured me that SWB has exactly the same engine, transmission, everything except shorter tail and narrower body.
During testing, I felt that the engine had a lot of power. However, the gas pedal did not seem to respond "linearly" to input. Sometimes pressure on the pedal had little acceleration. Other times a slight push on the pedal brought a surge of power to the engine and the minivan noticeably dashing forward. I simply could not control the speed in the same precision as my old sedan, or Toyota Sienna and Honda Odyssey I tested in the same day.
My wife had the exactly same feeling, and was even more scared. That made us unable to seriously consider Kia Sedona.
I felt sad that highly-praised Kia Sedona could not be a competitive choice for us against expensive and sometimes arrogant Toyota and Honda. If not Kia, there is no other potential contenders in the next decade in the minivan market. I really hope that Kia can work on this issue quickly, and solve this seemingly straight-forward problem. To me, it seems that Kia can just copy whatever linkage mechanism between gas pedal and engine used by Toyota and Honda, or even VW. I do not think such a basic feature is protected under patent or trade secret. Can Kia designers and engineers simply drive their own minivan and think a little?
On the other hand, this style of gas pedal response may be some kind of legitimate driving style I have never experienced. Just as I never feel at home in the "Asteroid" game to control the alien spaceship using only the thrust, many other gamers may found that control more intuitive.
What is everybody else's experience? Or is my style or skill shut myself from a portion of market?
Feb 19, 2007 (6:28 pm)
My wife mentioned after her first couple trips that she felt the accelerator on our 2006 felt a little strange, but I don't remember exactly in what way. I haven't really noticed anything out of the ordinary, but I'll try to pay more attention the next time I drive the van.
#858 of 999 Re: I Felt That 2007 Sedona Engine/Gas Pedal Difficult To Control [dongliu]
Feb 20, 2007 (10:18 am)
did you ask the dealer if you could try another vehicle on the lot?
#859 of 999 Re: Accelerator feel [bluedevils]
Feb 20, 2007 (12:58 pm)
It feels to me there is some non-linear opening of the throttle body. Almost a lag if you will, where it doesn't open initially or only a small amount and then releases and opens after that delay, causing the "surge" in acceleration with the same depression of the accelerator. I observed this during our test drive and was concerned with it too. In practice, after 1 month of ownership, it's not an issue. I've either grown used to it and adjusted my driving style (most likely) or the ECU is learning my driving style and this is not an issue any longer. In any event, I don't even notice this in normal driving now.
#860 of 999 My first KIA
Feb 21, 2007 (12:02 pm)
We needed more room for the family so I traded my 2005 Subaru Outback for a 2006 Sedona LX - and so far we all really like this van. It's silver and looks pretty darn good with lots of power for a mini-van. I never thought I would buy a KIA but after extensive research and test driving, I was sold plus my monthly payment is lower now.
Why pay more for a Honda or Toyota?
#861 of 999 Re: I Felt That 2007 Sedona Engine/Gas Pedal Difficult To Control [dongliu]
Feb 21, 2007 (6:32 pm)
I have a 2006 EX fully loaded. The first time i test drove the car i nearly got whiplash! The gas pedal is touchy and after 5 months with the car i have finally adjusted my driving habits and now the car drives evenly and we are one. I love the car, the way it drives and have enjoyed every minute driving it.
#862 of 999 MP3 PLAYER??
Feb 21, 2007 (8:24 pm)
The Sedona EX is supposed to be able to play MP3's. How exactly do you do this? I looked in the manual and I do not understand how to do this. Maybe I am misunderstanding what MP3 means. My understanding is you could take your IPOD player and plug it into your car radio and have it play thru your car speakers. Please help. thanks
#863 of 999 Re: MP3 PLAYER?? [brian1]
Feb 22, 2007 (4:18 am)
Brian, the stereo system plays MP3 files. If you download music to a CD then you are able to play it in the CD player. There is an adapter you can buy from IPOD that will allow you to play your IPOD through the stereo system. I hope in the next upgrade of the EX they do put in the jack for the IPOD like other car makers are starting to do.
#864 of 999 throttle response
Feb 22, 2007 (3:21 pm)
I'm sure the Sedona, like many new cars these days, has "drive-by-wire" instead of a mechanical linkage. It does take some getting used to, but after 1,000 miles of driving our '06 Sedona EX, I wouldn't say it is any more or less drivable compared to the '04 Sienna we had.
#865 of 999 Re: I Felt That 2007 Sedona Engine/Gas Pedal Difficult To Control [user777]
Feb 22, 2007 (9:09 pm)
The dealer told me that there was only one 2007 Sedona SWB for testing that day. There was even no inventory for Sedona lowest model.
It seems nowadays the dealers (including Toyota and Honda) have little or no inventory of low-end models. So far I have not test driven a Honda Odyssey LX yet, only the EX-L.
Just read the news that this January, compared to last January, Toyota sale increase 9.5%, Honda 2.5%, and Kia 25% (mostly because of Sedona).
However, my wife does not like Sedona from the beginning, for various reasons, or not much reason at all. That is why we ran out of interest after the first test drive.