Used 2008 Kia Sedona Van/Minivan
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The 2008 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 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 than what you might get come trade-in time, the Sedona should be at the top of your shopping list.
You'll Like This Car If...
If you like saving money but won't sacrifice very much to do so, you'll be excited to see just how well the 2008 Kia Sedona stacks up against some of the category's finest.
You May Not Like This Car If...
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.
What's New for 2008
No major changes for 2008.
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 enough 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 second-row, removable, reclining captain's chairs with a one-touch fold-and-flip function that allows for easy access to a three-passenger third row; when you've got more cargo than people to transport, the 60/40-split third row folds flat into the floor. Highlights 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. That our loudest grumblings concern relatively minor matters of interior aesthetics is indicative of just how far the Sedona -- and Kia -- have come.
Except for its vertical taillamps, the Sedona doesn't carry itself much differently than a Toyota Sienna, which wouldn't be impossible to mistake for a Honda Odyssey. The Kia is also about the same size as those competitors, if not a little longer, taller and wider than both. 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.
Notable Standard Equipment
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, second-row captain's chairs, remote keyless entry, tilt steering wheel, 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.
Notable Optional Equipment
Stepping up to the Sedona EX adds fog lights, power driver's and front passenger's seats, heated mirrors, AM/FM/CD/MP3/Aux stereo system, auto-dimming rearview mirror, HomeLink, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, power third-row vent windows, compass, 17-inch alloy wheels and wood-like trim that's contained to the center of the dash. Options available only on EX models include 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.
Under the Hood
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.
250 horsepower @ 6000 rpm
253 lb.-ft. of torque @ 3500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 16/23
The short-wheelbase Sedona has a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) starting just under $21,500, while a fully-loaded EX tops out around $33,000. Fair Purchase Prices reflect real-world transaction prices, so be sure to check them 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. And 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 versus the Honda Odyssey, Toyota Sienna and the bigger Nissan Quest.
Kia Sedona Consumer Reviews
June 15, 2017
Absolutely best mini van for the money!
Bought this vehicle in 2010 with 21,000 miles for 15,000. Was a fleet vehicle from a rental company in New Jersey. Absolutely no...
May 23, 2017
excellent for city ,interstate and canada & mexico
the room for 6 plus luggage is remarkable
March 08, 2017
Got this car just before XMas and lovin it so far!
Always check the reviews... which I did and saw all good on this vehicle...So far I love it... lots of room and seats 7 with cargo room...
July 14, 2016
Truly exceptional vehicle
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. ...
June 27, 2016
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...
November 02, 2015
Overall good mini-van 2009 EX
I call her Bad Vannah. Power seats, windows, mirrors, doors, and hatch are great. Very good kick down power for the vehicle type. Dealer...
August 20, 2015
Fantastic Work Vehicle
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...
July 24, 2015
Has a power scooter lift battery operated in rear.
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...
July 11, 2015
Best van I've had yet.
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...
June 09, 2015
got get up an go, got plenty of room an comfort
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...