minvans

52 Cars in 52 Weeks part 46 and 47: Toyota Sienna and Kia Sedona

Two vans in a row?  Yep, that’s the way it turned out.  Sienna.  Sedona.  Sienna.  Sedona.

The Sienna is the Toyota of minivans. If by that, you wonder, do I mean that it’s reliable, competent and businesslike to the point of being socially awkward, and blessed with a design that’s interesting but still has a bit of committee-design language to it and looks like it’s wider on the bottom than on the top, then I’d say “yes, absolutely.” And if you were to wonder aloud if these were bad qualities for a minivan to have, necessarily, I’d say, “no, not really.”

Challenging it this week is the Kia Sedona, which is, unsurprisingly, the Kia of minivans. If by that, you wonder, do I mean that it’s outdated and kind of a half-assed clone of existing vans, I’d say, “No! Not any more!” The Sedona’s all new for 2015, you see, and like just about everything else Kia has done for the past five years, it’s an attitude-laden upstart that’s done its homework and represents a serious challenge to the established nameplates it’s competing with. Continue reading