Kia Sedona

Kia Sedona

Offering a spacious interior that can seat seven and hold a large amount of cargo, the trimmed down 2014 Kia Sedona SUV is a great choice for families who need a comfortable ride to soccer practice, errands, and road trips.

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MODEL OVERVIEW

Anyone who needs to store large items such as music equipment, bicycles, snowboards, or furniture will find this car useful. The seats in the second and third rows individually fold down to create more space. For example, fold the right seats of the third and second row and you have enough space for a surf board while still seating up to five passengers.  

Kia only makes two trims for the Sedona--the LX and EX. Both trim levels are equipped with a 3.5-liter V6 engine that makes 269 hp. Features available for each trim is the diffirentiating factor. The LX comes standard with LED headlights, rear and front controls for the air conditioning, and USB and auxiliary outlets to connect MP3 players or your cell phone to enjoy music. The EX has more tech features including the rear-view camera, displayed on your rear-view mirror, remote-powered sliding doors and trunk, car locks on the rear-view mirror, sunroof, and garage door opener. 

If you choose a model that comes with a tow hitch, the Sedona has a towing capacity of 3,500 lbs, enough power to tow small items such as dirt bikes or jet skis.  

For people who are considering an older Sedona, you may want to start your search with 2006 or newer models. In 2006 Kia added a lighter engine, transmission, and suspension which made the second-generation Sedona almost 400 pounds lighter than its predecessor. In 2011, Kia changed to a six-speed automatic transmission attached to a smaller 3.5-liter V6 that makes 271 hp. Since its launch, the Sedona has always used a front-wheel drive transmission.

KIA SEDONA SAFETY RATINGS

According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the 2014 Kia Sedona performed well in most of the crash tests it was subjected to. On every test the IIHS runs, vehicles receive the following ratings: good, acceptable, marginal, or poor. If you are looking for the safest car, you should focus on 2006 models and newer. From 2002 to 2005, the IIHS only conducted the front moderate overlap test—which tests for how well the car protects the driver in the event of a head-on crash—and the Sedona earned an "Acceptable" rating each year it was tested.

Thanks to a redesign in 2006, the Sedona has earned a "Good" rating on the front moderate overlap test every year. It has also earned a "Good" rating in side crash testing and head restraints and seats testing from 2006 to 2014. Unfortunately, the Sedona has earned a "Poor" rating in the roof strength test every year since 2006. This test measures how much pressure the roof can sustain before it is crushed five inches.