By KBB.com Editors
The 2008 Kia 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 people mover. With horsepower near the top of its class, a "Top Safety Pick" rating by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), seating for seven 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 2008 Kia 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.
No major changes for 2008.
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.
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 second-row, 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 concern relatively minor matters of interior aesthetics is indicative of just how far the Sedona -- and Kia -- have 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. Base models come in short wheelbase guise, while the LX and EX trims have longer wheelbases. The 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 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 and front passenger's seats, heated mirrors, AM/FM/CD/MP3/Aux stereo system, auto-dimming rearview mirror, HomeLink, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, power third-row vent windows, compass, 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-disc 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.
250 horsepower @ 6000 rpm
253 lb.-ft. of torque @ 3500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 16/23
By taxilady7 on Sunday, March 02, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 213,000overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "Smooth, quite engine and comfortable"
Cons: "Expensive to repair and find parts"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8
"I have owned this vehicle for 4 years! It drives well, quite engine, and my taxi customers are very comfortable riding in it for 20 miles or 100 miles! The cost of repairing it is the biggest fight! The parts are hard to find with out major expense! If you don't get the original part from on-line or a junk yard, I have found the local auto stores' after market parts don't last as long or work as well! The front end has been my major night-mare! Sway bar links have to be replaced every year, struts every year, headlight blubs blow every three months, and I have to have a repair shop put it up on a rack to put the blubs in! But these little van rides so smooth! I am now searching for another one!"
By stryker83 on Sunday, February 09, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 187,759overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "great van, got it used for great deal"
Cons: "not enough power outlets for passengers."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"I have a LONG commute now with new job and unfortunately need better mileage for my >100mile round trip commute! It's a great van... has a couple re-call's yet to get done at dealer. Works well... kept up on filters and fluids and always had winter tyres put on each year. Most are highway miles. It's a great van, working well.. has remote start and after market stereo with bluetooth/aux in. Has trailer hitch and pin connector for trailer, fog lamps window air deflectors."
By Hal on Saturday, February 01, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 92,000overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "good pickup handles well"
Cons: "never gets out of 4th gear below 40 MPG"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"Nice Mini Van minor mechanical issues handles well only complaint is that when driving below 40 mph the gas mileage is only about 14 to 15 MPG However on the Highway it gets about 22 to 23 MPG"
2 people out of 4 found this review helpful
By John on Saturday, January 18, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 15,000overall rating 1 of 10rating details
Pros: "Four wheels and an engine"
Cons: "Terrible value"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1
"Got this van when we expanded our family. About a year and a half since then and now I found out Kia Sedona is the number one vehicle for loss of value. Today looked up my value on kbb and found that the news report was right. We are further upside down on this van a year and a half after purchasing it than we were when we took it off the lot. This van is now barely worth anything even though we still owe money on it. Thank you Kia for teaching me a life lesson. This will be the ONLY Kia this family ever owns. I'd say regret is something I know."
4 people out of 13 found this review helpful
By 3 Boys mom on Tuesday, January 14, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 110,000overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "Versatile, powerful, 3 zone climate control"
Cons: "Sometimes it rattles in certain spots"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"This van is very reliable. It has great features and works well for our family. It has a powerful (V6) engine, especially for a minivan. The seats and cargo area are very versatile, with fold-flat 3rd row seats. Lots of cup holders. 3 zone climate control is great, esp for road trips. It handles like a car, corners well, and has sport mode transmission! It also has tons of air bags and good safety ratings. Love it!"
1 person out of 1 found this review helpful
By cate8 on Monday, January 13, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 130,000overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "great to drive. convenient to transport passenger"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7
"Ya, sure it's a mini van. Laugh if you want to. I can take off faster than you can! This KIA is amazing. I have had no major trouble since I bought it brand new."