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Three-row minivans are no longer really mini, nor do they come cheap, a fact borne out by the numerous minivans wearing $40K price tags. But, the Kia Sedona for 2014 bucks this trend, offering two well-equipped trims and a price starting right around $27,000. And that price doesn't get you some barely equipped model that looks like rental reject, no sir. The Sedona features a powerful standard V6 engine, full complement of safety features and plenty of goodies to keep you and the family happy for hours on end. Add to this Kia's amazing 10-year/100,000-mile warranty and increasing resale value, and the 2014 Sedona minivan starts to look like a really big deal.
By CubsFanMom on Sunday, July 12, 2009
overall rating 10 of 10rating details
"We did not want to buy a mini-van, but realized we needed to cave once baby #3 arrived and oldest started school and we needed space to help with carpools. The most important thing was safety so we agreed to buy the safest minivan out there, and were surprised to find that consistently that was the Kia Sedona. We drove a Honda Odyssey, a Toyota Sienna and a Town & Country along the way. Frankly, a minivan's a minivan. We went into it sure we'd go for the Honda or the Toyota, but stuck to our commitment to safety and bought the Sedona. It's been two years, and it's been a great great vehicle. Has good (deep) storage behind the 3rd seat, the back seats fold into the floor and the middle ones pop right out if needed. The back up sensors and mirrors that auto adjust when you back up are nice, and the power/leather/wood grain make it feel like a step up from the minivans I grew up with. There are ample cup holders. I really like not having to "dig" for the LATCH hooks in the seats (in our other car they are hidden behind a flap of leather and are cumbersome to find). If you are especially big/tall, there is not a lot of room in the front. My husband is 6'2" and it works, but if he were any taller it would not be comfortable. We have had zero mechanical problems. Overall, we were surprised to buy a Kia, but have been very very happy with it."
57 people out of 57 found this review helpful
By Dad of two young boys on Saturday, September 13, 2008
overall rating 10 of 10rating details
"First of all I am quite frugal and I hate buying cars. We have a 99 Hyundai Elantra and a 2003 Santa Fe. We purchased the Santa Fe because we were going to have the boys. It turns out that the Santa Fe was much smaller than we realized once we got car seats in it. So, in comes the minivan sage of life. I did a good deal of research and it came down to the Kia, a Hyundai and the Dodge. Near as I can tell the Hyundai and Kia were the same vehicle with some styling differences. And the thing that made me consider the Dodge Caravan was the new “lifetime Warranty”. The Hyundai was something like $3000 more than the Sedona so the Sedona was hands down over the Hyundai. So then it was down to the Dodge and the Kia. Dodge had a better power train warranty but a poorer bumper to bumper warranty. From what I have seen, the power train usually has few problems but things like power windows and heaters have a way of failing after about 3 or 4 years. Also the Dodge had a much smaller engine, and in test drives, I could really tell the difference. Where the Dodge was slow to accelerate both from a standstill and while passing, the Kia had plenty of pep. The Kia accelerated smoothly but if I gun it, it stands up and takes notice. The Dodge did have a slightly smoother ride but not by much. Gas mileage is pretty good at about 23 on the highway. The Dodge had 24 but with only a 175 horse engine vs. the Kia’s 250. We purchased the Base LX model with floor mats and roof rails. I guess the roof rails are ok and it is hard to find one without them. Just about everything you want in a van is standard. Power this and that, cruise, cd player and the stow and go 3rd row seats. My little guys just love being able to work the sliding doors on their own, no power but easy enough so that my 2 ½ year old can open and close it himself. And, the windows in the sliding doors go down as well. That comes in handy when we are saying by to grandma and grandpa. Fittings are all top notch and the inside looks great. I like the fold down center consol in the front seat and the three zone cooling is sharp too. In the Dodge all of these things were extra. In the end we got what I thought was a great deal on the car. It took me over a month of looking and test driving and talking with different dealerships. In the end, I finally made a vehicle purchase that I felt good about with no reservations. I got a great price on a really good van. Anyway, great van. I am sure I will keep it until long after the warranty expires."
30 people out of 30 found this review helpful
By Cutes12 on Wednesday, May 14, 2008
overall rating 8 of 10rating details
"I've put 15,000 miles on my Sedona so far & am quite pleased overall except for an occasional mysterious inability to get it to start, & of course the dealership cannot ever find or reproduce the problem. So, its been in the shop 6x in 9 mos. & still strands me occasionally. As soon as this problem is corrected it will be an excellent vehicle. The comfort & features are excellent for the very reasonable price. I recently considered trading it for a crossover, but decided against it when I discovered that my Kia's value had plummeted to nearly half it's new value in only 9 mos. My previous van was a Chrysler Town & Country, which was nice, but had so little power that I had to shut the A/C when going up hills. The Kia has excellent get-up-and-go & literally flies up hills. The fuel economy is good, but I was not too happy to be told by the dealer after the sale was completed, that I must use mid-grade fuel for it to run propertly, which adds to the fuel expense. The excellent safety features (side airbag curtains) make me feel like my family is really safe. The excellent warranty is also a bonus, so at least I have plenty of time to get that starting problem worked out! Aside from that one problem I believe it to be an excellent vehicle & excellent value. I would purchase a Kia again."
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