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2016 Kia Sedona SX Update 2: Minor Interior Faults

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 3/16/2016 Motor Trend Staff, Robin Trajano

After spending more time with the Sedona, I'm starting to notice some of its small faults. The interior as a whole is quite nicely designed and well put together. Design is nothing to write home about, but it's purposeful and easy to use. Fit is top notch, and materials are great for the price point, but one gripe I have is the plastic piano black trim on the center console, dashboard, and door panels. It seems to be a trend with manufacturers, as you can find them in interiors across many brands. Although it is sleeker than fake wood and gives the interior a more upscale look, I can't stand how easily they get scratched up. It is already showing its age and will only get worse. Also, like black exterior paint, they are very difficult to keep clean. I prefer the matte trim that comes in the lower trim levels (L and LX) because they seem more scratch-resistant.

2016 Kia Sedona SX interior view© Provided by MotorTrend 2016 Kia Sedona SX interior view Another interior gripe is how cumbersome it is to remove the second-row jump seat. It is difficult to remove and install because it is heavy and oddly shaped without real handles. You'll need to be careful not pull your back while taking it out, and knowing which handle/strap to pull next is a bit confusing, but anyone should be able to do it with the printed instructions attached to the chair. Once it was removed, though, I was able to fit inside the Sedona a queen-sized bed frame with a large headboard with ease.

Despite these few complaints, the van continues to prove its usefulness as a photo shoot tool. On a recent Lamborghini Aventador SV shoot ( watch the Ignition episode here ), I decided to try shooting out of the sliding door for a nice low rear three-quarter action shot. I folded up the Slide-N-Stow second-row seats and laid face down across the floor while shooting out of the open sliding door. It allowed me to take a shot that wouldn't be possible in another car or without the use of a rig. It produced some very dramatic shots. I also learned that the power sliding doors will still close while at speed. Very useful.

More on our long-term Kia Sedona SX here:

2016 Kia Sedona SX front three quarters static© Provided by MotorTrend 2016 Kia Sedona SX front three quarters static
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