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2018 Kia Sedona

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2018 Kia Sedona Expert Review

By Scott Oldham -- Contributing Editor

KBB Expert Rating: 8.7

A favorite with families looking for a comfortable, versatile and safe minivan, the popular 2018 Kia Sedona is available with seating for seven or as many as eight passengers. Available in five trim levels, the 2018 Kia Sedona fits a range of budgets, and with a starting price under $28,000, it’s less expensive than the Honda Odyssey and Toyota Sienna. All five are powered by a strong 276-horsepower 3.3-liter V6 and smooth 6-speed automatic transmission, a combination that gives the front-wheel-drive Sedona ample acceleration. The new Sedona also offers a smooth ride, a well-crafted interior and a much longer warranty than the Chrysler Pacifica. Many high-tech safety systems are available, including Autonomous Emergency Braking and Blind Spot Detection. When equipped with Forward Collision Warning, the new Sedona earns a Top Safety Pick + rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

You'll Like This Car If...

If you’re looking for a stylish family hauler with a smooth ride, a comfortable interior and the highest safety ratings you’ll like the 2018 Kia Sedona. It’s also a strong value, with a cavernous interior, a powerful V6 engine, a class-leading warranty and a starting price around $28,000.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If you’re looking for an all-wheel-drive minivan you’re looking in the wrong place. Only the Toyota Sienna offers all-wheel drive in this class. Also, the Kia Sedona is not offered as a hybrid. The only hybrid in the minivan class is the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid, and it is the most fuel-efficient minivan available.

KBB Expert Ratings

  • 8.7
  • 8.4
  • 8.3
  • 8.6
  • 8.6
  • N/A
How It Ranks
2018 Kia Sedona Low/wide front photo What's New for 2018

Changes to the new Kia Sedona for 2018 are limited to a few new available colors. Silky Silver replaces Bright Silver, Celestial Blue replaces Midnight Sapphire and Beachwood Pearl is no longer available.

Driving the Sedona
2018 Kia Sedona Front angle view photo
Driving Impressions

From behind the wheel the 2018 Kia Sedona is one of the most fun minivans to drive. It’s powerful, responsive and out on the road it magically feels smaller than...

... it really is. Unlike some of its rivals, the Sedona doesn’t make you feel like you’re the captain of a cruise ship. The minivan’s ride quality is smooth and comfortable, but the Sedona also handles well, with quick steering, good balance and excellent body control. It doesn’t lean way over in the turns and it doesn’t feel tipsy or top-heavy. You’ll be surprised how much this van likes to get thrown around. And it has plenty of power. The large 3.3-liter V6 has a strong kick off the line and its 276 horsepower give it a satisfying surge of passing power out on the highway. Steep grades, even when the Sedona is packed with people and possessions, are not a problem.

AROUND VIEW MONITOR
Optional on the SX and standard on the SX Limited trim levels, the Around View Monitor makes parking and maneuvering the 2018 Kia Sedona much easier, especially in tight spaces. It uses cameras mounted around the minivan’s exterior to provide the driver with a 360-degree bird’s-eye view of the vehicle and its surroundings.

AUTONOMOUS EMERGENCY BRAKING
Optional on the 2018 Kia Sedona LX, EX and SX, and standard on the top SX Limited trim level, this system reads the road ahead for obstacles in your path, including vehicles or pedestrians. If it determines a collision is imminent and the Sedona’s driver is not taking action, it will apply the brakes for you.

2018 Kia Sedona Details
2018 Kia Sedona Dashboard, center console, gear shifter view photo Interior

Like its competitors, the new Kia Sedona has three rows of seats and seating for eight or seven passengers, the latter figure reserved for higher-end trims with the desirable 2nd-row chairs. Although cavernous inside and more spacious than most 3-row SUVs, the Honda Odyssey, Toyota Sienna and Chrysler Pacifica are larger and provide more people space and more cargo capacity behind the 3rd-row seats. Seat comfort is excellent, especially with the First Class Lounge Seating option, which equips a Sedona SX Limited with reclining 2nd-row seats worthy of a living room. We also appreciate the Sedona’s contemporary cockpit layout. It looks great and the controls are intuitive and easy to reach.

Exterior
2018 Kia Sedona photo

Kia design has become a world leader regardless of price point, and the new 2018 Kia Sedona is a looker, especially in SX Limited trim wearing its chrome 19-inch wheels. Kia set out to make this family vehicle look more like an SUV and less like a minivan. Key elements are a hoodline with less slope, side panels with minimal creases, and a beltline rising from the windshield pillar to the rear of the van. The front fascia features Kia’s signature “tiger nose” grille and LED accents for the headlights, while the rear sports a roof spoiler and LED taillights.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

Available in five trim levels, there’s a 2018 Sedona for essentially every budget. Standard equipment on the L includes AM/FM/CD/satellite audio system with 5.0-inch touch screen, Bluetooth and USB/auxiliary inputs, a rearview camera, air conditioning with front and rear controls, and the all-important pop-out "conversation mirror" to keep an eye on back-seat shenanigans. Other road-trip perks include 12 cup holders and tricot-fabric upholstery with built-in stain-resistance. Safety features include a bevy of airbags, traction and stability systems, and hill-start assist control. As with all new Kias, the Sedona has an excellent 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty.

Optional Equipment

Adding features to the new Kia Sedona means climbing trims. The LX includes 8-way-power driver's seat, power-sliding rear doors and power-folding outside mirrors. EX models add quite a bit more value with a power-operated liftgate, leather seating, Kia's updated UVO infotainment system, USB 2.1 charger ports, backup-warning system, and tri-zone climate control. SX models have Infinity premium audio, 8-inch touch screen with navigation, ventilated front seats, blind-spot monitoring and LED headlights. Top-line SX Limited models up the luxe factor with Nappa leather, lounge seating, dual sunroofs and a heated steering wheel. Other options include smart cruise control and forward-collision and lane-departure warnings.

Under the Hood
2018 Kia Sedona Engine photo

The new 2018 Sedona is front-wheel drive and powered by a 276-horsepower 3.3-liter V6 with direct fuel injection that has also proven impressive in the Kia Cadenza sedan and Sorento SUV. It works wonderfully with the Sedona’s 6-speed automatic transmission and delivers plenty of power for this family hauler. Acceleration is more than adequate. The Kia Sedona's towing capacity is rated at 3,500 pounds. EPA fuel-economy ratings are 18 mpg in the city, 24 mpg on the highway on the three lower trims, and decrease slightly in the generously equipped SX Limited model. Those numbers are competitive for the class.

3.3-liter V6
276 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm
248 lb-ft of torque @ 5,200 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 18/24 mpg (L, LX, EX models), 18/25 mpg (SX), 17/22 mpg (SXL)

The 2018 Kia Sedona has a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) starting at about $28,000 for a base L model including a $950 fee for destination. On the other end, the top-line SX Limited begins at nearly $43,000 and can climb a few thousand higher with options. Realistically, a mid-trim EX model that starts at roughly $34,500 represents a very good value. The Sedona is among the least expensive full-size minivans. The Nissan Quest and Chrysler Pacifica start around the same price, while the Honda Odyssey and Toyota Sienna are a couple thousand beyond the Sedona's base price. Before buying, be sure to check the KBB.com Fair Purchase Price to see what others in your area are paying for their new Kia minivan. When it comes to resale value the Sedona has typically trailed that of the Sienna and Odyssey.

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