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2011 Kia Sedona

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2011 Kia Sedona Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 6.4

In the world of minivans, the 2011 Kia Sedona is a giant. It offers almost all the features, power and safety of the best minivans, but it costs thousands of dollars less. From its 10-year/100,000 mile warranty to its long list of standard features, the 2011 Kia Sedona is an excellent choice for a family on a tight budget. If there is a fly in the ointment, however, it's the Kia Sedona's resale figures, which rank well below the class leader Honda Odyssey and even below the traditionally underachieving Dodge Caravan. Still, if long-term ownership is more important than retained value, the 2011 Kia Sedona promises years of happy commuting and low monthly payments.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you think saving money on your next minivan purchase means sacrificing features, comfort and power, the 2011 Kia Sedona will make you think again.

You May Not Like This Car If...

While the 2011 Kia Sedona looks competitive on paper, in person the styling both inside and out is rather generic. Also, those who lease or regularly trade in their vehicles probably won't be impressed by the Sedona's low resale values.

What's Significant About This Car?

The 2011 Kia Sedona receives an all-new 3.5-liter V6 engine capable of making up to 271 horsepower. That's 23 more horsepower than the previous 3.8-liter V6. A new six-speed automatic transmission replaces the old five-speed. This combination helps improve fuel mileage by two miles per gallon in the government's highway driving cycle. Also new are side mirror turn signal indicators. Now standard on all models, Bluetooth allows hands-free operation of most cellphones. A new, slightly revised grille, shared by other Kias, differentiates the 2011 from the 2010.

Driving the Sedona

Driving Impressions For a minivan, the 2011 Kia Sedona delivers a pretty pleasing driving experience. It corners well, brakes well and accelerates with surprising vigor. The new six-speed automatic displays no sign...

of gear hunting, delivering seamless shifts and excellent fuel economy. The captain's chair seating is fairly comfortable, but the seat bottoms proved a bit short for our long legged occupants. Seating in the third row is also well designed, but best suited to young children who don't have to worry about legroom. The Sedona's overall ride is smooth and controlled, and interior sound levels are low enough that we could easily hold a conversation with the second and third-row passengers. On the flip side, the Sedona's turning circle is quite large (39.6 feet) and its ability to maneuver into tight parking spaces is limited.

7.1 Surround Sound System
An available 10-speaker, Infinity audio system features front- and second-row center-channel speakers. It 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.

2011 Kia Sedona Details
Interior

The 2011 Kia Sedona's seven-passenger layout consists of four captain's chair-style seats. The two in the second row are both removable and reclining. The second row seats also feature a one-touch fold-and-flip device permitting easy access to the 60/40 split bench third-row seat. When not hauling people, the third-row seat can be folded flush into the floor, creating an enormous 141.5 cubic-foot cargo hold. Features of note include power windows in the sliding side doors, a dual glovebox and available power rear vent windows. On the downside, the Sedona's plastic parts feel rather hard and cheap, the faux wood center console is just downright tacky and interior colors are limited to beige and gray.

Exterior

While the Honda Odyssey and Nissan Quest have raised the bar for minivan styling, the Kia Sedona sails into 2011 with its same ho-hum appearance. But this is a minivan, not a luxury car, so function should trump form. Its sharply sloping front nose makes it a bit difficult to see the front end when parking, but large side glass makes for excellent 360-degree visibility. The base LX models feature rear sensors designed to warn the driver of objects near the rear of the vehicle, while the up-level EX trim includes a rearview camera to help backing in tight quarters. The EX comes with 17-inch aluminum wheels, while 16-inch covered steel wheels are standard on the LX. Other standard EX features include fog lights and roof rails.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

In addition to a 3.5-liter V6 and a six-speed automatic transmission, the base Sedona LX includes tri-zone air conditioning, power locks, power mirrors, power windows, dual sliding rear doors and cruise control. The AM/FM/CD sound system comes with auxiliary and USB inputs, steering wheel mounted audio controls, SIRIUS Satellite Radio and Bluetooth hands-free cellphone connectivity. Standard safety equipment includes front, front-side and three-row side-curtain airbags, advanced anti-lock brakes (ABS), tire pressure monitoring system and electronic stability control, all of which are either currently or imminently government mandated.

Optional Equipment

Stepping up to the 2011 Kia 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 and power sliding side doors and tailgate. The Power Package, available only on the base LX trim, adds power sliding side doors, automatic headlamps, 16-inch alloy wheels and a rearview camera. The up-level EX trim offers the Luxury Package that includes leather seating, heated front seats, sunroof, power-adjustable pedals and tri-zone automatic climate control. The Premium Entertainment Package includes an Infinity 7.1 Surround Sound system with an in-dash six-disc CD changer and rear DVD entertainment system with two wireless headsets.

Under the Hood

The Sedona's 3.5-liter, 24-valve, all-aluminum powerplant with continuously variable valve timing makes it one of the most powerful minivans. Combined with a responsive new six-speed automatic transmission, the Sedona merges, passes and deals with traffic with ease, whether it's on the highway or headed to the supermarket.

3.5-liter V6
271 horsepower @ 6300 rpm
248 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 18/25

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2011 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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