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2012 Kia Sedona

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2012 Kia Sedona Review

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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.

You'll Like This Car If...

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.

You May Not Like This Car If...

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.

What's New for 2012

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 the Sedona
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.

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 who also appreciate the 2012 Kia Sedona's relatively eager handling.

2012 Kia Sedona Details
Interior

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.

Exterior

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.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

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.

Optional Equipment

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.

Under the Hood

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.

3.5-liter V6
271 horsepower @ 6,300 rpm
248 lb-ft of torque @ 4,500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 18/25

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2012 Kia Sedona Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
7.9
Out of 10

Based on 353 Ratings for the 2006 - 2014 models.

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  • 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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