Monthly Archives: October 2012

2012 Kia Sedona Review

We rented one of these from Thrifty to drive from Fort Lauderdale to Key West and back.

Lots of power – it feels like it is turbo-charged when you demand passing power.  But in ECO mode it sips gas (the ECO light would go off if you depress the accelerator enough). I think it held about 16 gallons and we were able to drive from Fort Lauderdale to South Beach to Islamorada with a couple of little trips to restaurants in between.  We made it all the way to Key West and then back to the 7 mile bridge before we had to stop for gas.

Extremely smooth shifting.  Responsive steering.  Accelerator pedal is very sensitive.

Moderate road noise – not as loud as an Dodge Durango SUV but not as quiet as a Hyundai Sonata sedan.

ECS was probably my chief complaint as the AC would freeze us one second and then get too hot the next even though we don’t adjust the dial.  However, when you demand power from the engine it cuts off the accessories.  Brilliant!

I missed not having automatic doors but when the vehicle was level they basically close themselves with the same effort to pull the handle on a regular door.

Folding third-row seats was awkward at first but we got the hang of it pretty quick.

The standard back-up sensors were a life-saver, I almost backed into a sign!

Excellent wet weather handling.

Overall if we were looking for the best bang for the buck on a new minivan I would definitely  consider the Kia Sedona.  These South Korean companies really know their stuff!

Motion Tests Day 10

Definitely need the packing kits for these actuators.  They are leaking like a sieve!

M2d is installed.  From the factory they come set for 0 to +10 VDC with the closed position at +5 VDC – I had to change the DIP switches after I had it installed (note for future installations) to work with -10 VDC to +10VDC so that 0 VDC is our closed position.  One question is whether or not that 0 VDC can be “floating” for short periods of time.

I didn’t have any weight on the platform (only 380 pounds) but because of the leaking I couldn’t continue with the tests.  However, when the pressure in the actuator exceeded 30 PSI or so the seal “locked” and it was quite strong – all my might I couldn’t get it to budge (which is really promising).