2015 Kia Sedona Review

Earlier in September Drive Shop USA arranged to have a fabulous 2015 Kia Sedona delivered to my house. I came home from work on a Friday night, and there it was. My precious.

I was really excited to test drive this vehicle. James and I had often discussed whether or not a mini-van would be a good choice for our family. I had also never driven a Kia, so there was that aspect too. Two firsts for me.

When I got home from work that Friday evening, the kids and James were already home. Ella and Ronin were super excited by the vehicle and demanded that I immediately take them for a ride in our neighborhood, with the sunroof open. But then once we got in the vehicle we realized that is had TWO sun roofs! That's right, DUAL POWER SUNROOFS!

I was so excited by the two sunroofs that I didn't get a picture, so I borrowed the one above from Kia.

The #TampaTrio all loved the gadgets in this vehicle. This car is made for kids with so many amazing features but all three of my gang thought that the captains’ seats that can adjust in multiple ways, including front to back, side to side, reclining ability, and footrests that can raise up and slide out were just the coolest thing ever. The third row did not have this option available, so they all took turns riding in the third row. 

When I think of the word "mini-van" my mind immediately pictures a Dodge Grand Caravan from the 1980's

Rather than call the Sedona a mini-van, Kia uses the term "multi-purpose vehicle."  And it truly is a MPV.

The kids also loved the large side windows. We didn't realize at first that the windows were functional but once we did, the kids wanted the sunroof open and the windows down A.L.L. the time!! 

They also really liked the heated and cooled seats. It reminded Ella of the week we spent with the Audi Q7. Laughing

I was also quite impressed with the large cargo area. Even with the third row up all the time, there was still plenty of room for groceries. And I also liked the SiruisXM radio.

There were really so many great features on this vehicle. Surround View Monitor System which displays real-time camera images with a bird’s eye view.

Remote Keyless Entry System, Forward Collision Warning System, Blind-Spot Detection, Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, a slew of UVO eServices and a Smart Power Liftgate. Another tech favorite was the multiple USB charger ports and power outlets. It also had an AUX port so I was able to bring my tablet and listen to my audio books.

I also had the opportunity to use the GPS system and I liked it. It was so much better than using the app on my phone.

 

I really enjoyed the week I got to spend with the Kia Sedona MPV. It was not only an attractive vehicle, but it was very functional. Lots of cup holders, separate climate control units, large fun windows, and enough room for all 5 of us, plus Matthew. 

In a week of driving I barely used 1/2 a tank of gas. My commute is minimal and I had to work the only weekend I had the car, so I wasn't able to go anywhere "fun" with it. But I loved it.

And when we went out with dad, he didn't hit his head when I went over a speed bump.

The Kia is a winner in our book.

 

What I'm Reading Wednesday

This week I finished The White Queen and In the Unlikely Event by Judy Blume. Yes, THAT Judy Blume. The one and only Judy Blume.

Oh how I loved her books when I was a pre-teen. From Fudge to Tiger Eyes to Are You There God? It's me Margaret, I lived and breathed Judy Blume in the late 1970's and early 1980's. It came full circle when my two daughters both started reading some of Blume's "tamer" novels like Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing. And I was so happy to hear that they loved her writing just as much as I had at their age.

I was so excited that I finally got a copy of her newest book (and it's for adults too!!) In the Unlikely Event. I had been on the wait list for quite some time.

What a great story. In The Unlikely Event takes place in the early 1950s when the United States is dealing with the Korean War along with changing social mores. Miri Ammerman is the daughter of a single mother whose father left before she was born. Miri learns to negotiate a difficult adolescence with her loving family as they, and everyone in her hometown of Elizabeth, New Jersey, deal with the unexpected and unexplained rash of airplane crashes literally in their backyards.

3 planes fell from the sky over a 2 month period and changed the lives of thousands of people.

This story, while based on factual events is a work of fiction.

The story focuses on how several of the impacted characters deal with this tragedy and then ultimately life as they re-group years later.

The main female protagonist, Miri, is wonderfully developed and you can see the author's gift in creating rich and believable female teenage characters. The story is told from many points of view (over 20) and some of these characters are not as richly developed. One of my biggest challenges was getting engaged in the story early on with the POV continually changing 

Many great descriptions of life in the 1950's are included -- from the music to the food to the current events. I really enjoyed reading about life back in the 1950's. 

Reading Judy Blume as an adult did not give me the same feelings as when I was a child, but that's ok. I'm not the same person I was 30+ years ago. I grew up, and so did Judy.

Were you a Judy Blume fan as a child? Have you read any of her books as an adult?

What I'm Reading Wednesday

I don't know about you all, but my life has been super busy. Lots of library programming, activities with my children, and then of course the things that I like to do for fun, it seems like I am rarely having time to even sleep.

But I always find time to read.

This week I finished Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty.

This is the 3rd book I've read by Liane Moriarty, having previously read What Alice Forgot and The Husband's Secret.

I do believe that Big Little Lies has been my favorite book by her. I really liked the characters, and the twist that she always has in her books was GREAT in this book. I honestly didn't see it coming. So good. Highly recommend.

 

I also recently have become obsessed with the TV Show The Tudors. In 2013 I watched The White Queen and really liked that TV mini-series. During the opening credits I noticed that it was based on a book by Philippa Gregory. I remember watching the movie The Other Boleyn Girl also by Philippa Gregory and I loved that movie, too. So what's a book lover to do that wants to know more about life in 16th century England? Well, read more books by Philippa Gregory.

So that's what I'm doing.

I have started reading The Boylen Inheritance. Just eleven days after King Henry VIII had his second wife Anne beheaded for treason, he married Jane Seymour who gave him a son, Prince Edward, but died soon after his birth.  King Henry needed more sons to secure his line and safeguard the House of Tudor, he looked overseas for this next bride and picked Anne of Cleves but would soon be side-tracked by the young, vivacious Katherine Howard.  I'm about 3 chapters in and it's quite good. Hopefully I don't get sidetracked by another book but I likely will. I've been waiting for 6 months for All The Light We Cannot See and I am next in line....so, that book might take priority over finishing The Boylen Inheritance. 

 

Have you read anything by Philippa Gregory??