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2008 Kia Sedona

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2008 Kia Sedona Review

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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.

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 2008 Kia 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 New for 2008

No major changes for 2008.

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.

2008 Kia Sedona Details
2008 Kia Sedona photo Interior

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.

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 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 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.

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
250 horsepower @ 6000 rpm
253 lb.-ft. of torque @ 3500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 16/23

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2008 Kia Sedona Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
7.9
Out of 10

Based on 348 Ratings for the 2006 - 2014 models.

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

Has a power scooter lift battery operated in rear.

By on Friday, July 24, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 63,000

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: "Excellent vehicle and equipment perfect everyone."

Cons: "None-comfortable and alot of power for a van."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"This van has given me the freedom with my power scooter that I never had before. The 2K power lift lets you drive your scooter or wheel chair onto the ramp and with a push of a button it automatically lifts and re-tracks into the rear cargo bay keeping the scooter dry and safe from theft, rainy weather, or rear end collisions. It also is removable to allow for the third passenger seat row."

Best van I've had yet.

By on Saturday, July 11, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 79,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Power, ride and handling."

Cons: "None."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"I have a 2009 LX. This is the third van I've had. The others were a Grand Caravan and the other was an Olds. The Sedona rides far better and has more power thanks to the 3.8 v6. For the five years I've had it its been trouble free."

2 people out of 4 found this review helpful

I like this car but...

By on Thursday, June 25, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 34,375

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Comfortable ride, good cargo space"

Cons: "Gas hog in town!"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 5

"Mileage for in-town driving was misleading. We have a lot of traffic lights in our town, very few of them synchronized. So instead of the company's claimed 17 MPG we are averaging about 14, and it has been as low as 12. Highway, though, is another matter. For pure interstate driving (fill up before entering, and again just after exiting), we've gotten up to 26 MPG, a couple over the suggested mileage. My wife and I are seriously considering a second car for in-town driving, just because of this gas mileage issue. We are retired and have been getting by with just the one vehicle. But in-town gas pumps are not our friends."

8 people out of 18 found this review helpful

got get up an go, got plenty of room an comfort

By on Tuesday, June 09, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 29,000

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: "great price an best warrenty of any vehicle I own,"

Cons: "no cons"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"cannot beat this vehicle for traveling, or anything you need to do,the best overall vehicle I ever own, got the get up an go with the gas milage you would expect."

10 people out of 18 found this review helpful

Reliable

By on Saturday, May 30, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 198,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Very Reliable and low maintenance."

Cons: "Road noise can be an issue sometimes."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"A great reliable van for those on a budget. I have driven it across the country and back (18 hr driving days) with no signs of struggle. I put over 40,000 miles on it last year alone and it is still holding up."

13 people out of 22 found this review helpful

first and last KIA

By on Saturday, May 30, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 9,800

10 5.0
overall rating 5 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
5/10
Value
Not Rated
Reliability
5/10
Quality
1/10
Performance
3/10
Styling
2/10
Comfort
1/10

Pros: "none"

Cons: "list is to long"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"Own a 2014 Kia Sedona just 10.000 miles. Bought it with just 6.800 miles on it. That should have told me something there, the first owner didn't like it either. Way to complicated to operate as far as all the switches to operate sunroof,sliding doors, etc. etc. There are switches on the ceiling, the dash,the door panels. should be placed all in one location. The center console in worthless and in the way even though it folds down. Bad idea. The backup camera is a total joke and very annoying! Will more than likely have dealership disconnect."

4 people out of 14 found this review helpful

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