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2007 Kia Sedona

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2007 Kia Sedona Review

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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.

You'll Like This Car If...

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.

You May Not Like This Car If...

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.

What's Significant About This Car?

A short wheelbase model joins the long wheelbase LX and EX models.

Driving the Sedona

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.

While its 39.6-foot turning circle isn't out of line for a vehicle of its size, the Sedona isn't as maneuverable in tight parking lots as some of its competitors. Getting people and cargo into and out of the Sedona—one of the more important tasks for a minivan to do well—is easy, especially when equipped with power sliding doors and a power liftgate.

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.

Sportmatic Transmission
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.

2007 Kia Sedona Details
2007 Kia Sedona photo Interior

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 Sedona—and Kia—have come.

Exterior
2007 Kia Sedona photo

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.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

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.

Optional Equipment

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.

Under the Hood

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.

3.8-liter V6
244 horsepower @ 6000 rpm
253 lb.-ft. of torque @ 3500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 18/25

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2007 Kia Sedona Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
7.9
Out of 10

Based on 322 Ratings for the 2006 - 2014 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.2/10
    Quality
    8.0/10
  • Reliability
    8.3/10
    Performance
    8.3/10
  • Comfort
    8.5/10
    Styling
    8.4/10

Meets my needs very well

By on Tuesday, July 08, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 38,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Looking for a great value and warranty this is it!"

Cons: "None"

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."

WORST CAR I'VE EVER OWNED

By on Wednesday, June 25, 2014

I owned and sold this car
Reason: POOR QUALITY CAR

10 1.0
overall rating 1 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
1/10
Value
1/10
Reliability
1/10
Quality
1/10
Performance
5/10
Styling
1/10
Comfort
8/10

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

great van for the money! very reliable!

By on Wednesday, June 18, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 127,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

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

One of the best vehicles we own,

By on Monday, June 09, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 150,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

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

Bought Brand New, Still Going Strong!

By on Thursday, April 17, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 102,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

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

Built like a tank

By on Sunday, April 06, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 20,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "fabulous mpg for a big V6"

Cons: "none"

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

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