Phone, GPS and Tablet Mounts for a Kia Sedona

Kia Sedona MountsI think this is the first minivan we have looked at when it comes to mount recommendations.  The Kia Sedona is a nice wide vehicle and that usually means finding good locations for phone, GPS and tablet mounts is easy.  Well, that wasn’t necessarily the case with the Kia Sedona.

A photo of the Kia Sedona interior accompanies this article.  We took a good look at what will and will not work in this vehicle.  There are some locations that are better than others and a few that will not work at all.

We’ve reviewed several Kia models in the past and finding good mounts ranges from easy to a bit of a challenge.  This one wasn’t too hard.

Like most minivans, the interior is spacious.  The windshield isn’t significantly sloped and that will work well.  The vents are wide and horizontal so good for mounts.  The cup holders are in the middle and positioned towards the front of the vehicle.  The dash is wide and flat.  Looking down at seat bolts, they’re fully covered, so that won’t work.  And a CD player is optional.  It wasn’t in the model we looked at so we’re going to skip this location too.

So let’s move on to a few recommendations.

Starting with the windshield, consider the Arkon MegaGrip Suction Cup Windshield and Dash Mount.  The suction mount features a vacuum locking assembly with a pivoting arm.  The device swivels 360 degrees.  The expandable smartphone cradle opens to 3.4 inches so almost any phone will fit even with a case.

The mount also comes with an adhesive disk that you can stick to the dash to turn the mount into a console mount.  The mount will work quite well on the dash of the Kia Sedona too.

Remove the cradle from this mount to expose a Garmin compatible 17mm ball.  Attach a Garmin GPS cradle’s socket to the ball and this becomes a very good GPS mount.  As mentioned, you can use it as a GPS mount on the windshield or dashboard of the Kia Sedona.

The middle vents are another good location within the Kia Sedona for a smartphone or GPS.  Horizontal vents always work well for phones and GPS devices so let’s look at a recommendation.

Consider the Square Jellyfish Jelly-Grip Car Air Vent Mount.  The Square Jellyfish Jelly-Grip mount can be used to hold most phone models with or without a case or skin.  It has a ball and socket so the cradle swivels into any orientation.  The cradle opens to 3 5/8 inches so it will fit most phones with or without a case.

Like the previously discussed mount, remove the phone cradle to expose a 17mm ball.  This is the size needed to pair up with a Garmin GPS cradle.  We reviewed the Square Jellyfish mount awhile back.  I have used this personally and it’s a good mount.

The cup holder is probably the best location for mounting a small to midsize tablet.  Nothing larger than an Apple iPad Mini.  This location is good for apps that can be setup prior to the drive and not need to be accessed while driving.  So it’s good for music apps, not recommended for a GPS app.

Consider the iKross Cup Holder Mount for Tablets and Phones.  These mounts include two cradles: one for a phone and one for a tablet.  The mount is adjustable and solidly made to easily handle the weight of a tablet or a smartphone.  You will see a lot of mounts on the market for tablets or cell phones.  This is the only car mount kit that we know of to offer two different cradles, one for the phone, the another for a tablet.

So in summary, when it comes to the Kia Sedona, the windshield, dash, vent and cup holder are good locations for mounting a device.  The seat bolt is a poor choice.  The CD player, if you have one, might be ok, but since our model did not have one, we aren’t sure.