A van is a great way to haul around your entire family, without squishing everyone into the back of a sedan. If you have more than two kids, you have probably, at some point, considered getting a van or mini-van, that allows you to get your family around in comfort—and probably with less bickering. Over the last ten years, the van has somewhat fallen out of profile. A downturn in the economy and rising gas prices meant that buyers wanted smaller, more fuel-efficient cars, even if they weren’t exactly functional for the large family.
Now that the economy has started to recovery, families are once again seeing the benefits of a large vehicle—one that gets their family where they want to go, without sacrificing fuel efficiency. That’s what the Kia Sedona has to offer. It’s a stylish minivan with plenty of power and options to make it great for the family of four or more that wants to enjoy their commutes and road trips, instead of being trapped together in a less-than-ideal compact sedan.
The current Sedona minivan has more advanced technology and better features that previous model years, making a great choice for families looking for a vehicle with a little more room that won’t break the bank. There are also a number of accessories you can add to your Sedona to make it even more functional.
1. The Splash Guards Kit
Here in New Jersey, we get plenty of rain and snow. That means a set of splash guards are essential for your Sedona. As you zip around town on your way to work or to drop the kids off at school or running errands, splash guards will prevent the water, snow, or ice from being sprayed up into the van’s undercarriage.
Why is this important? Because, as you already know, cars in New Jersey, because of the moisture, are more susceptible to corrosion. If you can keep the moisture out of your Sedona’s components, you’ll see less corrosion over time, and that means a longer life for your van, which in turn means lower repair or replacement costs. While splash guards might seem like an unimportant addition to your vehicle, they are one of the best ways to help prevent moisture from damaging all of the vital, moving metal parts in your van.
2. All Weather Rubber Mats
If you have kids or pets, these are essential. The new Sedona has an upgraded interior and it’s definitely one of the biggest selling points. That means that you want to keep it in optimal condition for as long as possible. If you have kids or pets, you know how difficult it is to keep them from getting mud, snow, rocks, sand, and all manner of mess on the mats of your van.
While you could attempt to make everyone clean off their shoes before they’re allowed to get into your Sedona, there’s an easier way to keep your interior looking clean and beautiful. That’s with all-weather rubber floor mats. Whether you have an avid soccer player that gets into the van covered in mud and grass, or whether you have a big dog that’s bound to be a little muddy after a hike, these floor mats will protect your interior from whatever is tracked into your vehicle. They’re much easier to clean than the fabric mats below and if you buy them directly from your Kia dealership, you’ll get a set made specifically for your Sedona, with a perfect fit.
3. Trunk Cargo Mat
As a busy family, you probably do more than your fair share of “toting.” Even just dropping the kids off at school can mean three backpacks, three pairs of shoes, three lunches all strewn in your van’s cargo area. It’s where you put your groceries after a shopping trip, where you stow your son’s bike when you pick him up from a friends, and where you put the art supplies you need to take to the PTA meeting tonight.
Your cargo area gets a lot of action—that’s what it’s there for. But it also means that it’s the first part of your car to get worn and scuffed up. There is a way to prevent this, however, with a carpeted trunk cargo mat. This mat is designed to protect the interior of your cargo area, so you can get on with your errands, without worrying about ruining the beautiful interior of your Sedona. Again, if you buy one right form your dealership, you’ll get a mat that fits your van perfectly.
4. Rear Cargo Organizer
Besides the stylish interior (and exterior), another selling point of the Kia Sedona is cargo space. There’s plenty of it, making your Sedona more functional than other vans on the road, whether you need lots of space for luggage on a road trip or for shopping sprees. A rear cargo organizer is a great way to maximize your cargo space.
The one offered by Kia is a net that you can use to capture loose items like shoes, delicate groceries, or shopping bags, so they are at your fingertips whenever you might need them. It can even help keep your Sedona clean, by keeping muddy shoes or other dirty items off of your cargo area.
5. Chrome Accents
Is this a functional accessory? Maybe not—but it is a stylish one. The Kia Sedona has taken some serious design hints form European cars, and a little bit of chrome around the windows only adds to that. While most Sedonas don’t come with this standard, it’s easy enough to add, and it only makes your van look more stylish and expensive. It’s a great way to take your Sedona to an entirely different level.