The Kia Sedona is a minivan that arrived to the market in 2002, after the segment had already reached its peak. Despite its late debut, the Sedona has long offered the best combination of seating and storage capacity for any Kia model.
2015 to Present: Kia Sedona
The third-generation Kia Sedona was introduced in 2015. It is one of the few Kia models that doesn't have a Hyundai variant, although the similar Hyundai Entourage was sold in North America for two years beginning in 2007. Hyundai and Kia are Korean manufacturers operating within the same automotive group.
Since its arrival, the third-generation Kia Sedona has utilized one powertrain combination: a 3.3-liter V6 engine making 276 horsepower and 248 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive are standard. This model is EPA-rated at 18/25 mpg city/highway.
The Kia Sedona's exterior features a broad grille with the brand's recognizable tiger nose design. Wraparound headlamps with LED accent lights, a distinctive lower grille opening and stylish projector beam fog lights give this minivan a more expressive look.
Like other models in this segment, the Sedona is dominated by its glass house exterior. Along its profile, bold character lines and body sculpting are apparent. The beltline rises dramatically behind the second-row dual sliding doors for a sporty touch. Powerful shoulders, color-keyed side mirrors, and an available dual power sunroof are other notable features. At the rear the Kia Sedona has a spoiler, reflector lights and wraparound combination lamps with LED accents.
Kia offers the third-generation Sedona in five trim levels: L, LX, EX, SX and SXL. Seating is for seven or eight, with slide-and-stow second-row seats standard and a 50-50 split-folding third row present. The base trim lacks some of the amenities found elsewhere, but all models are equipped with keyless entry, a tilt-and-telescopic steering column, steering wheel-mounted cruise and audio controls, air conditioning, power accessories, an audio system, dual glove boxes, 12 cup holders, Bluetooth connectivity,12-volt outlets, a USB port and an auxiliary input jack.
Kia's UVO infotainment system, heated front seats, a cooling glove box and integrated second- and third-row window sunshades are available from the LX edition on up. Leather seats, navigation, heated second-row seats, ventilated front seats and a heated steering wheel are available or optional with the SX and SXL editions.
This model has 108.1 cubic feet of passenger volume. The Sedona has 33.9 cubic feet of standard storage space and 78.4 cubic feet with the third-row folded flat. Towing capacity measures 3,500 pounds.
The Kia Sedona competes with minivans like the Chrysler Town & Country, Toyota Sienna, Dodge Grand Caravan, Honda Odyssey and Nissan Quest. Shoppers might also look at the seven-passenger Kia Sorento when considering this brand.
Earlier Kia Sedona Models
The first-generation Kia Sedona arrived in 2002 and was in production through 2005. The original model is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine making 195 horsepower, which is paired with a five-speed automatic transmission.
Several hundred pounds heavier than competing models, fuel economy for the 2002 and 2003 models came in at an abysmal 14/18 mpg city/highway, but then improved to 14/21 mpg city/highway for the next two years. Sold in LX and EX trims, the first-generation Sedona lacked many of the amenities offered by its competitors, including sliding side doors, a power liftgate and a fold-flat rear seat.
The second-generation Kia Sedona was produced from 2006 to 2014 (no 2013 model was offered). From 2006 to 2010, the Kia Sedona was powered by a 3.8-liter V6 engine making 240 horsepower and paired with a five-speed automatic transmission.
From 2007 to 2010, the Sedona was offered in long- and short-wheelbase models, the latter removing five inches and providing a removable 50-50 split-folding bench in the third row. Keyless entry, power accessories along with front and rear climate control switches were standard. EX editions brought in alloy wheels, a power liftgate and power-adjustable seats. Available options included leather seats, a navigation system and a rearview camera. Satellite radio and a USB jack were introduced in 2009, while Bluetooth connectivity followed for the 2011 model year.