By KBB.com Editors
The Sedona minivan is a consumer's best friend and a nightmare for rival manufacturers. In just a few short years, Kia has transformed the Sedona from a middle-of-the-road minivan into a first-rate transport. With class-leading horsepower and safety ratings, seating for eight and a 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty, it's hard to argue with the Sedona. Toss in a sticker price thousands less than a comparably-equipped Honda Odyssey or Toyota Sienna and the Sedona looks downright unbeatable. Of course, the Sedona's resale figures can't compare with its Japanese rivals, but if the initial bottom line is more important than what you might get come trade-in time, the Sedona should be at the top of your shopping list.
If you like saving money but won't sacrifice very much to do so, you'll be excited to see just how well the all-new Sedona stacks up against some of the category's finest.
The Sedona's up-front collection of knobs and buttons isn't as attractive as some of its competitors' and its biggest disadvantage is its mediocre (but improving) resale value.
A short wheelbase model joins the long wheelbase LX and EX models.
Driving Impressions Impressive cornering limits (which will rarely, if ever, be explored in the real world) combine with a powerful engine and smooth-shifting five-speed automatic transmission to provide an around-town eagerness that...makes the Sedona as enjoyable to drive as any minivan on the road. It's also pleasant enough on the highway, with comfortable seating and interior noise levels that allow for easy three-row conversations.
7.1 Surround Sound System
An available 13-speaker, 660-watt Infinity audio system features front- and second-row center-channel speakers and delivers impressive music and movie performance.
Even though it isn't the most responsive manu-matic transmission, the ability to choose your own gears will be especially welcomed by those that also appreciate the Sedona's relatively eager handling.
The Sedona's seven-passenger layout consists of two removable, reclining captain's chairs with a one-touch fold-and-flip function that allows for easy access to a three-passenger third row; when you've got more cargo than people to transport, the 60/40-split third row folds flat into the floor. Highlights include second-row opening windows and a multitude of storage options like dual glove boxes. Shortcomings consist of a gauge cluster that's unexciting, a center control panel that's uninspired and available wood-look trim that's reminiscent of wood-paneled wagons and dens from the Brady Bunch era. That our loudest grumblings relate to relatively minor matters of interior aesthetics is indicative of just how far the Sedonaand Kiahave come.Exterior
Except for its vertical taillamps, the Sedona doesn't carry itself much differently than a Toyota Sienna, which wouldn't be impossible to mistake for a Honda Odyssey. The Kia is also about the same size as those competitors, if not a little longer, taller and wider than both. Sedona EX trims are differentiated externally from entry LX versions by 17-inch aluminum wheels (versus 16-inch covered steel wheels), fog lights and roof rails.
In addition to a 3.8-liter V6 and a five-speed automatic transmission, the base Sedona LX includes tri-zone air conditioning, power locks, power mirrors, power first- and second-row windows, dual sliding rear doors, cruise control, AM/FM/CD sound system, second-row captain's chairs, remote keyless entry, tilt steering wheel, cloth interior, 16-inch covered steel wheels and several storage compartments. An impressive list of standard safety equipment includes front, front-side and three-row side-curtain airbags, advanced anti-lock brakes (ABS), tire pressure monitoring system, electronic stability control and traction control.
Stepping up to the Sedona EX adds fog lights, power driver's seat, heated mirrors, AM/FM/Cassette/CD/MP3 stereo system, auto-dimming rearview mirror, HomeLink, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, power third-row vent windows, compass, roof rack, 17-inch alloy wheels and wood-like trim that's contained to the center of the dash. Options available only on EX models include leather seating, heated front seats, driver's position memory, sunroof, power sliding doors and liftgate, power-adjustable pedals, front-row automatic climate control, steering wheel-mounted audio controls, an Infinity 7.1 surround sound system with an in-dash six-CD changer and rear DVD entertainment system with two wireless headsets. There's also a less sophisticated rear DVD entertainment system that's available on both LX and EX models.
The Sedona's 24-valve, all-aluminum powerplant with continuously variable valve timing makes it one of the most powerful minivans on the road. Combined with a responsive five-speed automatic transmission, the Sedona merges, passes and deals with traffic with ease, whether it's on the highway or headed to the supermarket.
244 horsepower @ 6000 rpm
253 lb.-ft. of torque @ 3500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 18/25
By Pinky on Thursday, January 22, 2015
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 156,000overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "Power/comfort drivability"
Cons: "leak / sliding door issues"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"Always dependable...has been to Florida & Maine without an issue. At 65 mph+ avg.26 mpg.Comfortable in all 7 seats! Good power. Moved mowers, college students and friends...plenty of room in & on this vehicle. DVD player, CD and power heated seats worked flawless for the past 8 years. Local driving only averages 19 mpg, one power sliding door was always a problem after first year and sun roof leaked in pouring rain."
7 people out of 16 found this review helpful
By CD on Thursday, January 15, 2015
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 11,000overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "Good price, lots of whistles & bells, good gas mil"
Cons: "Rear door isn't electric"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"I never expected to own a van but I had no other choice in order to continue driving by myself after I needed to start using an electric wheelchair because of being on oxygen. My Sedona was retrofitted with a hydraulic lift, accessible from the rear door. By being able to use the rear row, which came with easily removable seats, I was able to maintain ample space for 4 passenger The seats in the middle row will still roll up and secure against the backs of the front seats if extra storage is needed, but they aren't removable. The backup camera is extremely useful. Especially when backing in to park when I want to access the rear door to use the lift. After driving it, I know I would be just as happy with this vehicle even if I didn't have to have a van. Some of the things I like are: cruise and stereo controls on the steering wheel, Sirius Radio, Blue Tooth, lots of storage in the dash, a tray with built in cup holders between the front seats that can be folded down when not in use, extra cup holders in the front and side doors, separate front and rear heat and cooling system, rear window wiper and defroster. I'm sure there are others I'm just not thinking of right now."
2 people out of 6 found this review helpful
By bye bye kia on Saturday, January 10, 2015
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 110,000overall rating 6 of 10rating details
Pros: "inexpensive to buy, lots of included features"
Cons: "low resell value, poor quality, not built to last"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 4
"Bye bye Kia, bye bye. i have owned two now and we are done. While I like the value paid for the features provided, the overall quality of the car is not built to last, not to mention the resell value or lack thereof. My high level advice, figure on getting a hundred thousand miles out of it and then get rid of it. Why? Because stuff will start breaking left and right after that, it will always be something. The car becomes a bit of a money pit and a major inconvenience. The parts for it are not cheap either. I can't tell you how many times I have replaced the headlight bulbs at $25 a pop, and I'm also tired of the different size wiper blades."
10 people out of 18 found this review helpful
By Jan on Tuesday, January 06, 2015
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 81,000overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "very comfortable as a van or roomy like a truck"
Cons: "Problem w/horn. Took long time for them 2 find&fix"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"Have had 1 or 2 recalls which were performed at no charge at dealership. Had problems with horn, which they had a hard time locating the problem but it was taken care of under warranty. It turned out to be a loose screw that was located (I think) near the motor mount or something. Have had no problems at all with this vehicle but just some maintenance expense. I love this vehicle. It is the most comfortable vehicle that I have ever had. The motor is so quiet, you hardly notice it is running. I can remove middle two seats and fold rear seats into floor to make huge cargo space. It is like having a truck.More cupholders than a person will ever use. @ 2 glove compartments, tinted windows, back windows roll down. has 4 doors, plus hatchback. Seats 7 very comfortably"
5 people out of 8 found this review helpful
By Pilgrim on Monday, November 17, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 105,000overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "Comparable to the Toyota Sienna in dependability"
Cons: "Inferior carpet."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"It accelerates well, corners well, has roomy interior, nice sound system with USB port which is really nice. It has three 12 volt sockets, two up front and one in the rear, easy fold down seats with a deep well in the very rear for groceries or other purchases. I've gotten as much as 25 mpg on the highway with just two adults, but average city and highway, averages about 17+ mpg (we often carry 6 passengers). We rented a 2014 Dodge van and aside from the automatic doors, we were glad when we got back home into our KIA, which accelerated, stopped, and handled much better than that new Dodge."
31 people out of 55 found this review helpful
By PoppaLeon on Wednesday, October 22, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 135,000overall rating 7 of 10rating details
Pros: "Price, room, ride"
Cons: "Leg room. Only if you are shorter than 5' 10""
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7
"I Love my KIA Sedona EX for traveling state to state. Rear DVD is a big plus, as well as comfortable leather seats, and CD changer. Only one MAJOR problem. I am 6' 1" and there is not enough leg room for myself, nor my son who is 5' 11" I thought buying a minivan would provide more room. Sedona is built for short drivers"
12 people out of 22 found this review helpful