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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 New for 2011

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 353 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

Truly exceptional vehicle

By on Thursday, July 14, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 98,486

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Safe, comfortable, reliable, seats 7"

Cons: "low resale value, OEM tires"

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

"I purchased my 2006 Sedona new in 2006. Here's why I love it: Safety: The Sedona was the highest safety rated minivan in 2006. Reliability: Runs like a champ. Nothing to report here, but I will say the 60,000 mile warranty was peace of mind while I had it (even if I never needed it). It does seem to eat headlights - I can swap one out in 10 minutes in the Menards parking lot for about $10. Ride Quality: Some of the best seats in the automotive world. Two cross country moves, two cross country road trips, and many day trips have confirmed. Also, the materials still look like new - seriously, they used top-notch textiles here. Performance: It's no sports car, but hit the gas and you'll be shocked at the power. Drives great in the snow, and the transmission shifts are very smooth. Visibility is very good for a minivan. Cost: This vehicle was several thousand dollars less than competitors. It has required no maintenance. Insurance cost is low. Negatives: Resale value is pretty bad. Lucky for me, I plan to drive it until good electric cars are actually affordable."

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

worst vehicle ever!

By on Thursday, July 14, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 77,000

10 2.0
overall rating 2 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
2/10
Value
5/10
Reliability
2/10
Quality
2/10
Performance
2/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "very spacious"

Cons: "unreliable, frequently requires repairs"

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

"We purchased this vehicle new/used with 10,000 miles on it after hearing great things about KIA from friends. The day we purchased it before we even arrived home the check engine light came on. It took 5 trips back to the dealership to determine which sensor was setting the light off. Of course the 100,000 mile warranty was limited to 60,000 miles as we were the second owners. During our first 50,000 miles we spent more time in the repair shop than with any other vehicle we have ever owned. The O2 sensor went multiple times, the side door would not close, windshield wipers stopped working, to be honest I cannot even remember what all the trips were for but they were frequent and inconvenient. At 62,000 miles a part within the transmission went and required a $600 repair. We are now at 77,000 miles (car is 6 years old so mileage has been reasonable) and have to replace the entire transmission for the cost of $1700. The exterior has stood up to the challenging NY winters and it is a spacious vehicle with lots of room however we are unable to open the side doors on cold winter days as they freeze shut and are nearly impossible to open. We have kept up with the recommended maintenance on this vehicle but rarely go 6 months without it breaking down. Definitely not what would be considered a reliable vehicle. For what we saved in the purchase of the vehicle we have more than made up for in the ongoing repairs it has required. This will be the first and last KIA purchase we make."

Excellent van.

By on Monday, June 27, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 180,000

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: "Driveability, dependability, and comfort."

Cons: "None"

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

"This van rides like a large, well made car. The engine is quite peppy, yet still maintains great mileage for a van. The interior is spacious enough for 7 people and still allows for a generous amount of stowage. We have used our Sedona for numerous road trips and it is one of the most comfortable vehicles I have ever taken on a trip. We have had one repair for a broken front axle at about 100 K miles. A $600 repair, probably caused by a chuck hole. Only expense on this vehicle other than routine maintenance. If you keep the oil changed, and do the recommended service, this is a trouble free vehicle."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

Overall good mini-van 2009 EX

By on Monday, November 2, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 86,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Comfort, handling, durability."

Cons: "Frequent low beam bulb failure."

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

"I call her Bad Vannah. Power seats, windows, mirrors, doors, and hatch are great. Very good kick down power for the vehicle type. Dealer replaced ECM and did some recall work on the chassis. Ride comfort and climate controls are very good. Handling characteristics are also good. Considering the vehicle type, weight, comfort, and power, 15 (city) to 23 (highway) mpg is completely acceptable to me. Doors and windows still seal tightly, and paint finish is still nice after 6 years. The vehicle is not garaged, and has not been washed more than a dozen times. No rust. I don't beat on cars, but I do challenge their durability, and the Sedona has proven itself admirably. I also experienced a high incidence of low beam bulb failure (remove 15 fasteners to change a bulb), but it hasn't happened in quite a while, and might be faulty bulbs versus poor design on Kia's part."

14 people out of 28 found this review helpful

Fantastic Work Vehicle

By on Thursday, August 20, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 190,000

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
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Reliable & comfortable with good gas mileage"

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

"Driven over 190,000 miles and it's still going strong. The van is comfortable and reliable. I frequently load it to capacity and it operates well loaded or empty. I'm still getting excellent gas mileage typically 19-21 mpg average."

25 people out of 37 found this review helpful

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."

10 people out of 21 found this review helpful

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