DadCAMP Drives 2016 Kia Sedona SXL

Our Florida escape was mostly perfect. Mostly, because the weather wasn’t entirely warm enough to relax on the beach, and I planned a little too much road tripping into our itinerary.

We took a spring break to Orlando, Cocoa Beach, and Deerfield Beach for a family week of exploring and chasing animals. My wife is on the road for work and not a fan of driving when we go on vacation. But I had to for this trip. We needed to see Disney, rockets, panthers, alligators, turtles, and beaches on this trip to make everyone happy – so that meant some driving.

I reached out to Kia, amazing sponsor of the Dad 2.0 Summit each year, and arranged for us to drive a 2016 Kia Sedona SXL on our trip. I am not a minivan guy, mostly because of the tvs all up in the headrests, but this ride didn’t have that. It had space, gadgetry, comfort, and glide. And most of all, despite all the driving, we ended our trip relaxed and happy.

Disclaimer: I’m not a car guy. I don’t know about torque, statistics, engine sizes and all that. This review is talking about the creature comforts of driving over 1000 kilometres in a week with a couple kids around south Florida. I’ll talk about the little things, often the kind of things that make our break your enjoyment of a vehicle.

Kia Sedona SXL

DadCAMP Drives The 2016 Kia Sedona SXL

The 2016 Kia Sedona SXL is roomy. You can have a family of four ride comfortably with the kids in the back in captain’s chairs and the third row folded down for all the gear, or you can keep that third row up and avoid the nittiness of kid’s touching each other by separating them even further.

When we got home and dropped in to our usual family SUV, my wife remarked at how much tighter it felt. Think king sized bed vs queen sized bed and you’ll appreciate how much extra space (without being a tank) the Kia Sedona offers.

It’s a stylish ride too. Both doors slide open to get kids in and out from either side, and it’s got enough curves and angles to not look like a big long box on wheels.

Kia Sedona

kia sedona doors

sedona sxl

The tech is pretty cool, too. Simple things like light up door handles when you unlock the car at night made an impression.

Kia Sedona Door Handles
There’s a simple extra mirror that let’s you spy on the kids in the back seat.

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There are dual sun roofs; one for the front seats the other for the middle row.

kia sedona sunroof

My boys liked the ability to kick their feet up in the back seat with a recliner. This is so simple and perfect. Little legs often dangle off car seats and booster chairs and this little extra support let my kids sit comfortably without squirming. Now make sure they take their shoes or boots off before they kick up the foot rest, but it’s just a great kid-friendly addition to the ride.


The GPS often didn’t match up with my pre-printed Google Maps directions, but it was good at avoiding toll roads. The search tool for some destinations wasn’t always perfect either, it needed a specific address to find a place, and it needed to be spelled correctly . I’m so used to predictive search in Google and voice search on my phone, that I found myself getting frustrated a few times.


You have to remember it’s a van, not the internet, so treat it with the “old school” care of a few years ago and you’ll get to where you want to go efficiently.

Final Thoughts

All in all? I loved it. I immediately got home and priced one out. As the boys are getting older and the carpooling of not just them, but them and their friends increases, this would be handy. It’s big enough my wife can carry her work gear on the road and I can pack it full for camping trips. The Kia Sedona is now on our radar for the next vehicle upgrade.

Have A Look

Here’s a video review of the 2016 Kia Sedona SXL Zacharie and I shot as we drove around South Florida on our trip:

Thanks to Kia for the use of the 2016 Kia Sedona SXL on our family road trip. Also thanks to Kia for once again stepping us a sponsor of the Dad 2.0 Summit. I borrowed another Sedona for a ride around DC checking on the Pentagon and more and enjoyed the ride from the back seat while a dad pal drove. I still loved it.

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