By KBB.com Editors
KBB Expert Rating: 6.6
If you've been shopping the minivan market lately, you know that the days of the cheap family hauler are long gone. Price tags around $30,000 are not uncommon on some minivans, and that's just an entry-level price, which is why we think the 2012 Kia Sedona minivan is so brilliantly positioned. With a starting price below $26,000, the 2012 Kia Sedona minivan isn't some stripped-down model designed to lure you in and then hit you with expensive options. The 2012 Kia Sedona is a well-equipped, well-regarded minivan capable of matching the horsepower and safety ratings of the segment's top sellers. And, while resale figures for the 2012 Kia Sedona minivan rank well below those of the Honda Odyssey and Toyota Sienna minivans, the savings in the showroom, coupled with the Sedona's 10-year/100,000-mile warranty, may be enough to convince shoppers this is one leap of faith worth taking.
If you think you have to pay big money to get big content, the 2012 Kia Sedona minivan proves otherwise. An unbeatable warranty coupled with an IIHS Top Safety Pick award should be enough to dampen any lingering doubts.
About the only reason not to like the 2012 Sedona would be its still relatively unknown long-term reliability record and perhaps its somewhat bland styling. Also, those who lease or regularly trade in their vehicles probably won't be impressed by the Sedona's low resale values.
The 2012 Kia Sedona minivan remains largely unchanged from last year, with the exception of an available rear-seat DVD entertainment system on the LX trim (previously available only on the EX).
Driving Impressions There is nothing "van-like" about the 2012 Kia Sedona minivan's ride and handling. Overall, driving the Sedona is a pretty uneventful chore, with strong acceleration made possible by the potent...271-horsepower V6. The 2012 Kia Sedona's 6-speed automatic is a really fine transmission, showing no signs of gear hunting or abrupt gear changes under hard acceleration. Fuel economy figures are about the same as other minivans in the segment. The Sedona's 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. For the most part, we found the Sedona's steering and braking to be above-board, and the interior sound levels are sufficiently low as to allow normal conversation between people sitting in different rows. If the front-wheel-drive Sedona has one shortcoming, it's the rather large turning circle (39.6 feet to be exact) that limits maneuverability, not to mention U-turn efficiency, in tight confines.
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.
Even though it isn't the most responsive manu-matic transmission, the ability to choose your own gears will be especially welcomed by those who also appreciate the 2012 Kia Sedona's relatively eager handling.
With room for up to seven passengers, the 2012 Kia Sedona minivan offers plenty of room in all three rows, as well as a flexible seating set-up that allows for an easily- configurable combination of passengers and cargo. The Sedona doesn't offer a second-row bench seat, instead providing two, removable captain's chair-style seats with reclining seatbacks and a one-touch fold-and-flip device. Third-row occupants enjoy a small but comfortable 60/40 split-bench seat that folds flush with the floor to create an impressive 141.5 cubic-foot cargo hold (second-row seats removed). Compared to other minivans, the 2012 Kia Sedona's interior plastics aren't as soft or attractively styled, and the color palate consisting of beige and gray is a bit boring. On the plus side, there are lots of storage areas, including a dual glovebox and covered side storage bins. Available features of note include the EX's dual power-sliding side doors and power rear vent windows.
Compared to the exterior styling of the Nissan Quest and Honda Odyssey, the 2012 Kia Sedona definitely looks dated. But, next to a Dodge Grand Caravan, it's actually not so bad. Remembering that styling is the least of a minivan owner's concerns; the Sedona includes a lot of noteworthy functional features. Large side glass and a massive front windshield provide excellent visibility for all, although the Sedona's sloping hood can make it difficult for some drivers to gauge the front of the vehicle. To help with rearward vision, the 2012 Kia Sedona comes with standard rear parking sensors to warn the driver of objects near the vehicle's rear bumper. EX models go a step further with a rearview backup camera and rearview mirror display. 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.
In addition to a 3.5-liter V6 and a 6-speed automatic transmission, the 2012 Kia Sedona LX includes tri-zone air conditioning, power locks, power mirrors, power windows, dual sliding rear doors, manual rear vent windows and cruise control. The AM/FM/CD/MP3 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.
Stepping up to the 2012 Kia Sedona EX minivan adds fog lights, power driver's and front passenger's seats, heated mirrors, 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 an auto-dimming mirror with HomeLink and a rearview camera. The up-level EX trim offers the Luxury Package that includes leather seating, heated front seats, sunroof, power-adjustable pedals, memory, tri-zone automatic climate control and a power sunroof. The Premium Entertainment Package includes an Infinity 7.1 Surround Sound system with 10 speakers, an in-dash 6-disc CD changer and rear DVD entertainment system with two wireless headsets, while the Navigation Package adds navigation and an Infinity sound system.
The 2012 Kia 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 6-speed automatic transmission, the Sedona merges, passes and deals with traffic with ease, whether it's on the highway or headed to the supermarket.
271 horsepower @ 6,300 rpm
248 lb-ft of torque @ 4,500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 18/25
By Pinky on Thursday, January 22, 2015
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 156,000overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "Power/comfort drivability"
Cons: "leak / sliding door issues"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"Always dependable...has been to Florida & Maine without an issue. At 65 mph+ avg.26 mpg.Comfortable in all 7 seats! Good power. Moved mowers, college students and friends...plenty of room in & on this vehicle. DVD player, CD and power heated seats worked flawless for the past 8 years. Local driving only averages 19 mpg, one power sliding door was always a problem after first year and sun roof leaked in pouring rain."
7 people out of 16 found this review helpful
By CD on Thursday, January 15, 2015
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 11,000overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "Good price, lots of whistles & bells, good gas mil"
Cons: "Rear door isn't electric"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"I never expected to own a van but I had no other choice in order to continue driving by myself after I needed to start using an electric wheelchair because of being on oxygen. My Sedona was retrofitted with a hydraulic lift, accessible from the rear door. By being able to use the rear row, which came with easily removable seats, I was able to maintain ample space for 4 passenger The seats in the middle row will still roll up and secure against the backs of the front seats if extra storage is needed, but they aren't removable. The backup camera is extremely useful. Especially when backing in to park when I want to access the rear door to use the lift. After driving it, I know I would be just as happy with this vehicle even if I didn't have to have a van. Some of the things I like are: cruise and stereo controls on the steering wheel, Sirius Radio, Blue Tooth, lots of storage in the dash, a tray with built in cup holders between the front seats that can be folded down when not in use, extra cup holders in the front and side doors, separate front and rear heat and cooling system, rear window wiper and defroster. I'm sure there are others I'm just not thinking of right now."
2 people out of 6 found this review helpful
By bye bye kia on Saturday, January 10, 2015
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 110,000overall rating 6 of 10rating details
Pros: "inexpensive to buy, lots of included features"
Cons: "low resell value, poor quality, not built to last"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 4
"Bye bye Kia, bye bye. i have owned two now and we are done. While I like the value paid for the features provided, the overall quality of the car is not built to last, not to mention the resell value or lack thereof. My high level advice, figure on getting a hundred thousand miles out of it and then get rid of it. Why? Because stuff will start breaking left and right after that, it will always be something. The car becomes a bit of a money pit and a major inconvenience. The parts for it are not cheap either. I can't tell you how many times I have replaced the headlight bulbs at $25 a pop, and I'm also tired of the different size wiper blades."
10 people out of 19 found this review helpful
By Jan on Tuesday, January 06, 2015
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 81,000overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "very comfortable as a van or roomy like a truck"
Cons: "Problem w/horn. Took long time for them 2 find&fix"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"Have had 1 or 2 recalls which were performed at no charge at dealership. Had problems with horn, which they had a hard time locating the problem but it was taken care of under warranty. It turned out to be a loose screw that was located (I think) near the motor mount or something. Have had no problems at all with this vehicle but just some maintenance expense. I love this vehicle. It is the most comfortable vehicle that I have ever had. The motor is so quiet, you hardly notice it is running. I can remove middle two seats and fold rear seats into floor to make huge cargo space. It is like having a truck.More cupholders than a person will ever use. @ 2 glove compartments, tinted windows, back windows roll down. has 4 doors, plus hatchback. Seats 7 very comfortably"
5 people out of 8 found this review helpful
By Pilgrim on Monday, November 17, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 105,000overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "Comparable to the Toyota Sienna in dependability"
Cons: "Inferior carpet."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"It accelerates well, corners well, has roomy interior, nice sound system with USB port which is really nice. It has three 12 volt sockets, two up front and one in the rear, easy fold down seats with a deep well in the very rear for groceries or other purchases. I've gotten as much as 25 mpg on the highway with just two adults, but average city and highway, averages about 17+ mpg (we often carry 6 passengers). We rented a 2014 Dodge van and aside from the automatic doors, we were glad when we got back home into our KIA, which accelerated, stopped, and handled much better than that new Dodge."
31 people out of 55 found this review helpful
By PoppaLeon on Wednesday, October 22, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 135,000overall rating 7 of 10rating details
Pros: "Price, room, ride"
Cons: "Leg room. Only if you are shorter than 5' 10""
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7
"I Love my KIA Sedona EX for traveling state to state. Rear DVD is a big plus, as well as comfortable leather seats, and CD changer. Only one MAJOR problem. I am 6' 1" and there is not enough leg room for myself, nor my son who is 5' 11" I thought buying a minivan would provide more room. Sedona is built for short drivers"
12 people out of 22 found this review helpful