In general, car manufacturers supply their press fleets with high-end vehicles. There’s a good reason, of course, since these models feature the best and coolest features in the business. That’s why I was more excited than you might think when I got the chance to drive a rented 2015 Kia Sedona LX over Labor Day weekend in San Diego. As our long-term Kia Sedona SX chaperone, I was curious not only to see what the low-end model offered, but also how well it held up in the rental fleet.
The Sedona LX I drove got a $ 1,900 amenity package, giving it a retail price of around $ 31,000. It’s about $ 6,300 less than our long-termer, and unsurprisingly, things like leather seats, power tailgate, navigation, automatic air conditioning, push-button ignition and a few more are missing. things. What it has is the same 276 horsepower 3.3-liter V6 engine and the same 6-speed automatic transmission, comfortably controlled suspension, and attractive interior and exterior styling that made the Sedona surprisingly popular here.
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A cut above a standard rental
Even without cowhide leather seats and fully automatic, the more basic Sedona felt way above the usual rental car rate. The manual air conditioning blew enough on hot days that the children in the third row complained that they were TOO cold. The audio system synced perfectly with my iPhone – a rental car with working Bluetooth?!? – and the USB connection was useful for recharging and personalized melodies. There were also power sliding doors, a rear view camera with a clear view of the small UVO screen, and satellite radio. Thanks to the $ 1,900 rental convenience package, there were also heated front seats, blinds, a refrigerated glove box and double power doors. The only thing I really missed was the smart electric tailgate on our long-haul Sedona, and in all honesty, I managed to live without that particular feature long before I realized it was a must-have, and I could. do without it again.
As far as durability goes, well, this pickup was pretty new to the fleet with only around 2,500 miles on the clock, and it’s hard to say what kind of long-term durability it might have. Suffice it to say though, I’ve been impressed and happy to see that those who can’t quite hit our SX-level model don’t have to feel cheated.
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