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KBB Expert Rating: 6.5
Three-row minivans are no longer really mini, nor do they come cheap, a fact borne out by the numerous minivans wearing $40K price tags. But, the Kia Sedona for 2014 bucks this trend, offering two well-equipped trims and a price starting right around $27,000. And that price doesn't get you some barely equipped model that looks like rental reject, no sir. The Sedona features a powerful standard V6 engine, full complement of safety features and plenty of goodies to keep you and the family happy for hours on end. Add to this Kia's amazing 10-year/100,000-mile warranty and increasing resale value, and the 2014 Sedona minivan starts to look like a really big deal.
Big families often have tight budgets, which is why the 2014 Kia Sedona is the model minivan. Safe, well equipped and reasonably priced, the Sedona may not hold its value as well as a Honda or Toyota, but it can more than match them for features, comfort and power.
The 2014 Kia Sedona's so-so resale value and overall reliability ratings may be a deal killer for some, as may the van's somewhat bland styling. Also, if you need the added traction offered by all-wheel drive, only Toyota's Sienna still offers it.
The 2014 Kia Sedona minivan receives a minor front end freshening, new wheels and standard fog lights on both trims. Inside, a new storage console for smart tablets is standard.
Driving Impressions The 2014 Kia Sedona's 269-horsepower V6 is a strong performer, backed by a 6-speed automatic that shows no signs of gear hunting or abrupt gear changes under hard acceleration. The...Sedona's captain's-chair seating is fairly comfortable, although some drivers did complain the seat bottoms proved a bit short for those with longer legs. 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 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.
INFINITY AUDIO SYSTEM
An available 10-speaker, Infinity audio system delivers impressive sound maximized by the Sedona's large, open cabin.
SMART TABLET STORAGE BINS
Our ever increasing need to be connected 24/7 can be problematic when it comes time to put down our devices. In the 2014 Sedona, Kia has specifically made a place to safely store a smart tablet or small laptop.
With room for up to seven passengers, the 2014 Kia Sedona minivan offers plenty of room in all three rows, as well as a flexible seating setup that allows for an easily- configurable combination of passengers and cargo. The Sedona doesn't offer a 2nd-row bench seat, instead providing two removable captain's chair-style seats with reclining seatbacks and a 1-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 (2nd-row seats removed). Available features of note include the EX's dual power-sliding side doors and power rear vent windows.Exterior
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 2014 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.
In addition to a 3.5-liter V6 and a 6-speed automatic transmission, the 2014 Kia Sedona LX includes tri-zone air conditioning, power locks, power mirrors, power windows, dual sliding side doors with power windows, 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, fog lights, Sirius Satellite Radio, and Bluetooth hands-free cellphone connectivity. Standard safety equipment includes front-seat and 3-row side-curtain airbags, advanced antilock brakes (ABS), tire-pressure monitoring and electronic stability control. The EX adds leather, heated and power front seats, alloy wheels, a rearview camera and roof rack.
Stepping up to the 2014 Kia Sedona EX minivan also adds power driver's and front passenger's seats, heated mirrors, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, power 3rd-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 headlights, 16-inch alloy wheels, and an auto-dimming mirror and a rearview camera. The up-level EX trim offers the Luxury Package that includes a power sunroof, power-adjustable pedals, seat memory and rain-sensing wipers. The Navigation Package adds navigation and an Infinity sound system.
The 2014 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.
269 horsepower @ 6,300 rpm
246 lb-ft of torque @ 4,500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 17/24 mpg
The 2014 Kia Sedona LX has a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) starting under $27,000, while a fully-loaded EX tops out around $35,000. Kelley Blue Book's Fair Purchase Price reflects real-world transaction prices in your area, so be sure to check it before you buy. Also, be sure to click on the Incentives tab to see what deals the manufacturer is offering. A comparably-equipped Toyota Sienna, Chrysler Town & Country or Honda Odyssey will cost thousands more. While Kia's impressive 10-year/100,000-mile limited warranty works in the Sedona's favor, predicted resale values that fall well short of the category's best can neutralize the up-front savings.
By Jockey Goon (KS) on Monday, December 09, 2013
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 113,000overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"We have a 2008 with the 3.8 and 5 speed auto transmission. I bought this van as a test to see if Kia really did measure up. Wife LOVES the power and the mileage isn't bad (21-22 MPG each tank of fuel mixed highway city). Lots of room and its been very reliable. I avoided the power doors and it's actually pretty limited on options - but does have the 3 zone climate control. Brakes at 80K and no other real repairs. Wife likes the seating (she's small) but I find the seats uncomfortable (I'm 6' 230 pounds) after half an hour. We haul 4 kids (14-11-4-2) every day of the week."
4 people out of 8 found this review helpful
By chris (NC) on Wednesday, December 04, 2013
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 57,000overall rating 7 of 10rating details
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 5
"I am disappointed how the van 'sits' on the road, it feels a bit flimsy/light weight. I bought this van brand new. Battery died after 3 years. A/C has always had problems, the key gets extremely hot in the ignition (even on cold days), and the break pedal 'sticks' once in a while (quite concerning). Dealership can't find anything wrong. I bought it at a pretty good price, it's paid for, so I'll just keep driving and hope that it'll hold up for a while."
By NDC (TX) on Saturday, November 16, 2013
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 33,000overall rating 1 of 10rating details
Pros: "fair price for product"
Cons: "doesn't honor warranty"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1
"The vehicle had not been a bad vehicle at all during the first 18 months of ownership. It was a good product for the price. HOWEVER, at less that 33,000 miles the engine completely failed, and Kia has refused to honor their warranty to repair it. They claim that the maintenance records are not 'reliable' because I had the oil changes done at a small, local vender, not at the dealership or a national chain. Therefore, according to them, I failed to maintain the vehicle properly. They want $8,000 to fix the problem and the vehicle is only worth $12,500. They will not even try to meet me half way or anything!"
4 people out of 4 found this review helpful
By rob (NC) on Sunday, November 10, 2013
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 26,000overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "confortable ride ,has everyhing"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"Execellant vision,comfort seats,ease of controls,mileage 24mpg...has everything others are looking for"
1 person out of 1 found this review helpful
By Jenn (OR) on Friday, October 11, 2013
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 65,000overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"We have had no service issues in the past six years, not one (we have had regular maintenance like oil changes of course.) We chose this van for the value for our money, I didn't realize we would love it as much as we have. I love it for the convenience of it. Two kids under six, How did I ever make it without electric doors? My husband loves it (even thought he wanted to hate it) for the versatility. With all the seats out we can transport full size sheets of plywood. )apparently that is a good thing). This minvan is QUICK. I love being in a multi-line stop light in front, no one expects the miniv to dart out in front, however, the low gearing of the engine gets us out first in front of everyone almost every time. The only thing missing is the back up camera. Over all 10 if it had that. Convenient, versatile and powerful for a great price. You can't go wrong."
4 people out of 5 found this review helpful
By Debbie (MA) on Thursday, September 26, 2013
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 130,000overall rating 8 of 10rating details
Pros: "Dependable, roomy, great for a family"
Cons: "I would have prefered 4WD"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"We have a medium size family and the car has worked out great. Plenty of room for our kids and their friends. We have had very few issues w/the car outside of normal maintenance. Our kids are getting older so we don't have the same needs as we did previously and that's why we are looking for something different. Good solid car!"
2 people out of 2 found this review helpful