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 taxilady7 on Sunday, March 02, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 213,000overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "Smooth, quite engine and comfortable"
Cons: "Expensive to repair and find parts"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8
"I have owned this vehicle for 4 years! It drives well, quite engine, and my taxi customers are very comfortable riding in it for 20 miles or 100 miles! The cost of repairing it is the biggest fight! The parts are hard to find with out major expense! If you don't get the original part from on-line or a junk yard, I have found the local auto stores' after market parts don't last as long or work as well! The front end has been my major night-mare! Sway bar links have to be replaced every year, struts every year, headlight blubs blow every three months, and I have to have a repair shop put it up on a rack to put the blubs in! But these little van rides so smooth! I am now searching for another one!"
By stryker83 on Sunday, February 09, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 187,759overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "great van, got it used for great deal"
Cons: "not enough power outlets for passengers."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"I have a LONG commute now with new job and unfortunately need better mileage for my >100mile round trip commute! It's a great van... has a couple re-call's yet to get done at dealer. Works well... kept up on filters and fluids and always had winter tyres put on each year. Most are highway miles. It's a great van, working well.. has remote start and after market stereo with bluetooth/aux in. Has trailer hitch and pin connector for trailer, fog lamps window air deflectors."
By Hal on Saturday, February 01, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 92,000overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "good pickup handles well"
Cons: "never gets out of 4th gear below 40 MPG"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"Nice Mini Van minor mechanical issues handles well only complaint is that when driving below 40 mph the gas mileage is only about 14 to 15 MPG However on the Highway it gets about 22 to 23 MPG"
2 people out of 4 found this review helpful
By John on Saturday, January 18, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 15,000overall rating 1 of 10rating details
Pros: "Four wheels and an engine"
Cons: "Terrible value"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1
"Got this van when we expanded our family. About a year and a half since then and now I found out Kia Sedona is the number one vehicle for loss of value. Today looked up my value on kbb and found that the news report was right. We are further upside down on this van a year and a half after purchasing it than we were when we took it off the lot. This van is now barely worth anything even though we still owe money on it. Thank you Kia for teaching me a life lesson. This will be the ONLY Kia this family ever owns. I'd say regret is something I know."
5 people out of 14 found this review helpful
By 3 Boys mom on Tuesday, January 14, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 110,000overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "Versatile, powerful, 3 zone climate control"
Cons: "Sometimes it rattles in certain spots"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"This van is very reliable. It has great features and works well for our family. It has a powerful (V6) engine, especially for a minivan. The seats and cargo area are very versatile, with fold-flat 3rd row seats. Lots of cup holders. 3 zone climate control is great, esp for road trips. It handles like a car, corners well, and has sport mode transmission! It also has tons of air bags and good safety ratings. Love it!"
1 person out of 1 found this review helpful
By cate8 on Monday, January 13, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 130,000overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "great to drive. convenient to transport passenger"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7
"Ya, sure it's a mini van. Laugh if you want to. I can take off faster than you can! This KIA is amazing. I have had no major trouble since I bought it brand new."