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 Dev on Tuesday, July 08, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 38,000overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "Looking for a great value and warranty this is it!"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8
"No mechanical, body, instrumentation or convenience issues. Gas mileage is acceptable given vehicle weight & size. Interior/exterior finish is good. Handles, rides comfortably and w/reasonable quietness. Cargo space and passenger access is very good. Std features are good."
By UAV Guy on Wednesday, June 25, 2014
I owned and sold this car
Reason: POOR QUALITY CAR
Pros: "Cheap car"
Cons: "It's cheap for a reason. Electrical nightmare"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1
"I bought this car new, and within the first year, I replaced the battery, only to have to replace that battery less than 2 years later. I have replaced 2 of the door lock actuators, only to replace all 4 less than 6 months later. I've replaced the assist handle on the passenger side when it crumbled in my wife's hand one day. Replaced the back up camera when it started working intermittently. In the last 7 months I have averaged a trip to the garage for warranty work every month. Oh and on the doors giving me issues, KIA was worthless in helping out, I called the 800 number just for them to tell me they couldn't do anything until it happens 3 times, when I told them the doors had already failed me 3 times they said well it will have to happen again before they could do anything. I took the car and traded it in for a Toyota and will never own another KIA again."
4 people out of 6 found this review helpful
By Michelle on Wednesday, June 18, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 127,000overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Cons: "14 mpg city and 17 on hwy"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"I have been driving this van for six years and have nothing negative to say. It has never needed anything beyond a battery and brakes. The inside looks good and it drives solidly."
1 person out of 3 found this review helpful
By The Romo's on Monday, June 09, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 150,000overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "Good WARRANTY nice smoth driving"
Cons: "no cons"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"THIS IS ONE OF OUR BEST VEHICLE WE OWN, WE USE TO TRAVEL A LOT WITH IT UNTIL WE GOT OUR FORTE AND NOW WE ALSO OWN A SORENTO. KIA HAS THE BEST WARRANTY ON THE MARKET NO WONDER HYUNDAI AND KIA ARE THE BEST TO SHOP."
3 people out of 4 found this review helpful
By JackieO on Thursday, April 17, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 102,000overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "Roomy interior & storage area, great acceleration"
Cons: "Center console not removable, only collapses"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"Bought this van brand new in 2006, most dependable car I've ever owned! My husband has been through 3 SUVs since '06 and each have had many problems while my van has been our family's go-to. The interior is super roomy, the 2nd row captains chairs are invaluable because of 2 tall teenagers and a preschooler and all their friends! Like other reviewers have mentioned, I love to surprise the young adults that pull up next to me at red lights, makes me giggle every time! My only issue is that we've had to replace the headlights a few times, easy DIY. Just surpassed 100K miles, hoping to get another 100K!"
13 people out of 17 found this review helpful
By Kia Loyalist on Sunday, April 06, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 20,000overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "fabulous mpg for a big V6"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"This is one heavy duty van. I looked at all the others. It's a 2012 LX and I've put 20K miles on it so far. Never a problem. Some competitor vans might be a slight bit more refined, but none drove as solid or handle as well as the Sedona. It even has 6-lug wheels. Lots of power and no strain even when full of people and luggage. Great MPG for a big V6. As good as 27 hwy with a load. I wish I would have held out for the EX, but that's because I like all the toys. For what we need it's a perfect van and was far less expensive than all the competition. I also had a 2012 Optima EX that I just traded in for a 2013 Sportage EX. I'm locked into their products. The Optima had 78K miles and never a single problem."
5 people out of 7 found this review helpful