| This is a post written by Joseph Cheo Fontanez aka Atypical Dad |
I’ve never seen myself as the minivan type. The stereotype of the “uncool” minivan is very common. But the Kia Sedona SX-L with its slick styling, both inside and out, dispels those stereotypes and does it all while being extremely practical.
When I first saw the Kia Sedona SX-L, I was a little apprehensive about driving it. My everyday vehicle is a 4 door compact car. (The last time I drove a vehicle the size of the Sedona SX-L was when my dad was teaching me how to drive his conversion van more than 25 years ago.)
I was concerned about how well I would be able to maneuver the Sedona SX-L through traffic, and most importantly, into tight parking spots. But driving the Sedona was a breeze and had the technology to make that so.
Kia Sedona SX-L Safety Features
The first feature I noticed as I pulled out of the parking lot was the Blind Spot Detection system which engaged because there was a car double parked behind me as I was pulling out. I thought that was such a great feature.
Each rear view mirror is equipped with an icon that lit up whenever there was a vehicle in your blind spot, and an alarm that goes off when you signal.
It also proves invaluable during nighttime driving by allowing you to switch lanes more confidently and safely. Paired with the Lane Departure Warning System the Sedona’s driving assistance features go a long way in terms of driving safely.
Now the parking experience in the Sedona SX-L was nothing short of fantastic. My worries about parking were immediately put to rest.
The parking assist feature includes a rear camera and front and back sensors. This made navigating into parking spots, no matter how tight, a breeze.
The full car view that is displayed on the head unit almost feels as if Kia commissioned a personal drone for each Sedona to fly over and transmit a picture to the driver when parking. It’s that good. The ability to park and limit how often the driver needs to look back while doing so is a revelation that all drivers can appreciate.
These safety features are normally found on vehicles with heftier price tags. Yet the Kia Sedona SX-L also packs some other options, that to my and my family’s delight, are not just exclusive to those cars.
Other Cool Features of the Kia Sedona SX-L
My favorite of which were the seat coolers. I didn’t know I needed a seat cooler until I turned it on. And after a long hot day at Disney it was a welcome relief.
The second-row reclining seats were my father-in-law’s favorite feature. They actually made me envious that I had to do all the driving. But I got to relax on them from time to time during stops and they were sleep inducing comfortable.
The dual sunroofs provided for a scenic view of the Florida skies and really added to the driving esthetic.
Lisa thought it was cool too, you can read her post: What She Said: The Kia Sedona SX-L
Road tripping in the Sedona provided comfort and space. It made me nostalgic for the days when my parents would pack us all into our station wagon for whatever day trip they had planned, and how we all looked forward to those trips.
The Kia Sedona SX-L makes you look forward to driving whenever to wherever. It’s the car that families of today can set off in comfortably to locations of their choosing while doing so with all the amenities and luxuries of cars twice the price.