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Actual rating will vary with options, driving conditions, habits and vehicle condition.
The standard features of the Kia Sedona L include 3.3L V-6 276hp engine, 6-speed automatic transmission with overdrive, 4-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS), side seat mounted airbags, curtain 1st, 2nd and 3rd row overhead airbag, airbag occupancy sensor, air conditioning, 17" aluminum wheels, cruise control, ABS and driveline traction control, electronic stability.
Starting at: $26,400
|L FWD Search New||$26,400||276-hp 3.3L 6-cyl||6-spd auto||18 / 24|
|LX FWD Search New||$28,500||276-hp 3.3L 6-cyl||6-spd auto||18 / 24|
|EX FWD Search New||$32,700||276-hp 3.3L 6-cyl||6-spd auto||18 / 24|
|SX FWD Search New||$36,400||276-hp 3.3L 6-cyl||6-spd auto||18 / 24|
|SX-L FWD Search New||$39,900||276-hp 3.3L 6-cyl||6-spd auto||18 / 24|
On the road, Sedona meets the usual minivan performance standards. Power is delivered smoothly, if at a moderate level, though it’s wholly adequate if lightly loaded.
Our impression was that the Sedona feels much like one of Chrysler’s minivans. Even with available 19-inch wheels, ride quality scores as excellent, though it can get bouncy over certain bumps.
Handling is essentially ordinary, but solid and secure. Virtually no wander is evident during Interstate driving, where the engine emits a pleasing sound. If pushed hard through a corner, the tires squeal, signaling a regression to minivan behavior.
Sedona’s weight keeps fuel economy down. Base models are estimated at 18/24 mpg City/Highway, or 20 mpg Combined. The SX is rated at 18/25 mpg, but with its electric power steering, the SXL drops to 17/22 mpg.
The Kia Sedona is more about function, less about taking risks with styling. Still, the minivan looks quite good, imparting a hint of class that suggests it’s capable of performing more than humdrum daily duties.
Only a glance is needed to affirm that you’re looking at a minivan, though, despite Kia’s claim that Sedona is actually a multi-purpose vehicle. Sitting between swept-back headlights, a more upright version of Kia’s familiar grille fits neatly into the front end. Some of Sedona’s heft is obscured by an upsweep in the shoulder line. An available smart tailgate opens when the keyfob is detected.
Inside, the Sedona shines, with a cabin that qualifies as charming. Laid out horizontally, the instrument panel has a two-tone appearance and glossy piano-black trim. Soft-touch surfaces appear on the upper dashboard and doors. High-quality materials are evident, and fine detail work ranks with Kia’s top sedans.
Front seats feel rather soothing, ready to provide comfort during a lengthy journey. All told, Sedona interiors stand significantly apart from the customary minivan, though base models get spill-proof cloth upholstery that’s more drab.
Kia advises that the Sedona is built with abundant high-strength steel, and layers of sound-deadening materials keep the cabin blissfully quiet. Overall, Sedona has a feeling of substance that’s lacking in Chrysler’s popular minivans.
The third row is small, fit only for youngsters, whereas an Odyssey or Sienna third row can accept adults, at least of shorter stature. Headroom is restricted, and entry space is narrow.
All infotainment functions relate to the driver’s smartphone. Sedona is the first Kia model to offer Geo-fencing, Speed Alert, Curfew Alert, and Driving Scope, to keep track of teen drivers.
Considering practical merits, the Kia Sedona matches the Honda Odyssey and Toyota Sienna, and it’s bigger than a Nissan Quest or Mazda 5. Flexibility falls short of the familiar Chrysler/Dodge minivans, with their handy stow-away second-row seats. Asked to choose, we’d lean toward the midgrade Sedona EX as best value, though many buyers will be satisfied with a sensible, less-costly model.
Driving impressions by Kirk Bell, The Car Connection. James M. Flammang contributed to this report.
The 2016 Kia Sedona comes in five trim levels: L, LX, EX, SX, SXL.
Sedona L ($27,295) has a seven-passenger configuration with Slide-N-Stow second-row seats and Yes! Essentials upholstery. An ample standard-feature list includes air conditioning; power windows, locks, and mirrors; a tilt/telescopic steering column; cruise control; steering-wheel audio/phone controls; Bluetooth; CD player; USB port; and rear parking sensors. Alloy wheels hold 17-inch tires, and a rearview camera is newly standard.
Sedona LX ($29,395) gets eight-passenger seating that includes a second-row bench, plus a power driver’s seat, tricot cloth seat upholstery, UVO smartphone connectivity, six-speaker audio, roof rails, and privacy glass. Options include power sliding side doors, heated front seats, and a cooled dual glovebox.
Sedona EX ($33,595) upgrades with leather seat upholstery, heated front seats, power sliding side doors, a power tailgate, pushbutton start, cooled glovebox, foglights, heated mirrors, and 18-inch wheels. Blind-spot monitoring is optional.
Sedona SX ($37,295) features eight-speaker Infinity audio, a power front passenger seat, ventilated front seats, heated second-row seats, navigation system, LED taillights, and seven-passenger seating.
Sedona SXL ($40,795) has all the features of the SX except that second-row lounge seating is installed. Standard fare includes Nappa leather upholstery, a heated wood-trimmed steering wheel, panoramic sunroof, and 19-inch wheels.
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