By KBB.com Editors
The 2010 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 of dollars 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 to you 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 don't want to sacrifice comfort and niceties to do so, you'll be excited to see just how well the 2010 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.
The Sedona's 3.8-liter V6 engine has been re-tuned for improved fuel economy, while a new rear backup warning system is made standard on both LX and EX trims. EX trims also feature a standard rearview camera.
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 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 removable, reclining captain's chairs in the second row with a one-touch fold-and-flip function that allows for easy access to a three-passenger third row. If you've got more cargo than people to transport, the 60/40-split third row folds flat into the floor, expanding the trunk area. Highlights inside the Kia Sedona 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. Those are our loudest grumblings concerning relatively minor matters of interior aesthetics, and are 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 the previous generation Toyota Sienna, which wouldn't be impossible to mistake for a Honda Odyssey. The Kia is also about the same size as its competitors, if not a little longer, taller and wider than some. 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 with auxiliary and USB inputs, SIRIUS Satellite Radio, second-row captain's chairs, remote keyless entry, tilt steering wheel, rear backup warning system, 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 stereo system, auto-dimming rearview mirror, HomeLink, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, power third-row vent windows, compass, rearview camera, 17-inch alloy wheels and wood-like trim. Long-wheelbase Sedona LX options include power sliding side doors and a rearview camera. Options available only on EX models include navigation, 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.
244 horsepower @ 6000 rpm
253 lb.-ft. of torque @ 3500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 17/23
By jaup2 on Tuesday, July 22, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 16,000overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "It's a great price for what I paid, fun to drive.."
Cons: "no cons as of yet."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"I bought this van right off the truck, with only 4 miles on it... I traded in my 2012 Kia sportage, loved that car to. Do to medical demands I had to go bigger, which was the van. I never test drove it on the lot.. I knew my sportage was good so I had no problems believing this van wouldn't be good to.. It's been a year, I still miss my sportage, but wouldn't trade my sedona either.. It hasn't given me any problems as of yet. What can I say... I Love my Kia!"
By tomerikac on Friday, July 18, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 59,000overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "functional, roomy, dependable, great on trips"
Cons: "not real luxurious, seems to go through tires"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"This is our 3rd Kia and 2nd Sedona. We are pleased overall with all our Kias, especially this one. It is very roomy, great for trips, has been dependable, and with fair gas mileage. The extra seats have come in handy and with the 3rd row down, it is a hauler for many things. Ours is the LX and I wish I could have found a well priced used EX instead. However, we are happy. We will probably drive it for many more years."
By AZ2KC on Monday, July 14, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 150,000overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "Value, Reliability. Cost per mile is unmatched"
Cons: "slight road noise (easily fixed w/ better tire)"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"I bought this new in 2007. I have high praise for this van. I have owned Dodge Grand Caravan and Honda Odyssey. This was a fraction of the price new of those and had much better reliability. 2 minor issues, the head light bulbs would burn out quickly when using after market bulbs. One set of OEM bulbs later and no more issues. Last issue was slight road noise. Upgraded factory tires (which I got 67k miles out of) to better quality tire and its now quiet. I would definitely buy another. My driving conditions are varied. The first 2/3rds of its life was stop and go city traffic and the last 50k have been more highway style driving. The only thing I would ask from Kia is to make the rear wiper blade assembly available in aftermarket so I don't have to go to dealership for replacement. I had 2 small warranty claims during the 5/60 and they were handled quickly and done right the first time."
2 people out of 4 found this review helpful
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