Prepping for Back to School In Style with the Kia Sedona
I am honestly ashamed at myself for how long I waited to start getting the kids ready for back to school. This year our toddler attended Summer School through the Extended School Year Program due to his Autism. I think I was so focused on helping him have a smooth summer session that I didn’t realize that summer was coming to an end, and I didn’t have the kid’s school supplies taken care of as yet. Usually I would coupon and get the basic like crayons, pencils, folders, and notebooks. This year I didn’t get any of that done during the summer, so I found myself running around town a week before school started, trying to find the best deals around.
Luckily for us we were test driving the 2015 Kia Sedona SX-L that week, so running errands and getting around town was a breeze and the kids loved trying out the new car. There are so many reasons I could share about why this is the perfect family car, or at least it was for us. We had a serious case of car envy when it was time for this beauty to be picked up.
A good car for our family of six needs a lot of trunk space and when you’re shopping for three kids for school you need all the trunk space you can get. The Kia Sedona had more than enough trunk space for all our shopping needs. We were able to fit groceries for two weeks in the truck with ease. Even when we decided on a last-minute trip to the beach for a family outing the trunk held all the food for seventeen people.
These seats also fold down so if you need extra room for bigger items then you can have it. The captain’s chairs slide forward giving you lots of space. Families moving children into college dorms or apartments would love having the space in the trunk because it would be perfect to fit all those dorm essentials. Plus when you’re done putting everything in, just close with the push of a button.
We didn’t have to stress about extra long shopping days with the kids because the first class lounge seating provided the ultimate level or comfort and style when traveling. I wanted to ride in those seats just to feel like I was being chauffeured around town. Even when the chairs were in lounging position passengers in the third row still had enough space to feel comfortable.
Although my picture doesn’t do it justice there are dual sunroof on this car. I was quite impressed with that feature since it allowed us to give the kids the chance to have the rear one open at night for gazing at stars. My husband spent the most time with the car since he would drive it to work, he told me that he loved the lights when driving at night. So one night after dinner we jumped in the car and headed out for a late night drive and I have to say the lights were very bright, allowing us to take the long way home. You know the scenic route that doesn’t have much lights. We would usually only travel on those roads during daylight hours but we were able to master those roads just like we normally would. Those front projection fog lights with LED positioning lamps do make night travel safer.
For a third row these seats are pretty roomy. We had two car seats back here and one of the kids could easily sit in the middle of both car seats. I know there is a lot of room back there because when I attended the Monkey Kingdon Event with Disney, I had the opportunity to ride around in the Sedona and I would stretch out on the whole back seat and relax.
Keeping my whole family connected is key. Everyone has some sort of device to keep them busy in the car. The Sedona has USB ports in the front and the rear of the car. Someone who aided in designing this car must have known this feature was needed for big families.
Our current vehicle has quite a few cup holders but not enough for six people. We always had space for cups or bottles of water when riding around in this car. There had to be at least ten of them, that’s more than enough for our family. The week we had the car, temperatures outside were above ninety. It was very hot outdoors. In addition to the heated seats this car also has cooling seats, they felt heavenly.
When you live in suburban and urban areas parking can be a hassle. My husband didn’t get his parallel parking skills down till he moved to Baltimore from Tulsa. He loved having the parking assist feature of this car. No more opening the doors to see if he’s in the lines, no checking to see if anything is behind him. All you do it watch the screen and let it guide you. The Sedona gives you an ariel view as well as additional views when parking.
We loved this car, and my husband said he received lots of compliments on the car from several people. You know you are riding in style when you pull up at the supermarket and you can see the people outside mouthing to each other ‘That’s a nice mini-van’. I can definitely see us owning one of these in the future. The Kia Sedona has a starting price of $26,100 and comes with lots of features standard, plus you can upgrade to another model for even more features. To learn more about the 2015 Kia Sedona visit them online www.kia.com. See what others are saying about Kia by following the hashtag #DriveKia.