The Kia Sedona is Kia’s entry into the minivan world. It maintains a rather bland balance of style that doesn’t grab attention, but simply works. Kia has made one of the safest minivans on the road. With such standard safety features as Disc Brakes, ABS, Traction Control, Stability Control, six airbags and a systems to monitor tire pressure on the go. In fact, the Insurance institute for highway safety has labeled the Sedona as the safest minivan they have ever tested. The NHTSA also awarded it a 5 star crash rating.
In a very competitive field dominated by Honda and Toyota, the Sedona continues to receive high praise. It is often voted a Best Buy when it comes to value for the money.
The Sedona comes in two varieties, or rather two sizes. A long wheel base version, which offers over 5 extra inches of wheelbase and more than 20 cubic feet of cargo space, not to mention that the third row of seating has more room in every direction for a paltry 20 pound weight penalty over the short wheelbase version.
Body styles: Minivan
Engines: 3.5L V-6
Transmissions: 5-speed automatic
Models: SWB, LWB LX, LWB EX
The 2011 Sedona gets a new 3.5-liter V-6 which offers 27 more horsepower than the outgoing 3.8-liter six. Also, a six-speed automatic replaces last year’s five-speed automatic. The combination helps improve fuel economy by 2 mpg on the highway. New styling cues include the tabbed signature Kia grille and new wheel designs, and the interior adds new technology features.
The 2011 Sedona gets a few new styling cues, such as new 16-inch wheels (steel wheel covers and alloys) and new 17-inch alloys on the EX model, and a new grille across the line. Otherwise, it continues to look like a basic minivan.
Power-adjustable seats are optional on the Sedona, as is three-zone air-conditioning (two-zone is standard). Steering wheel audio controls, Bluetooth, and EcoMinder indicator are standard. Homelink was added to the rearview mirror and a cluster ionizer feature was added (EX).
During the last test of the Sedona, it recorded a 0-to-60 mph of 8.0 seconds, which was faster than the Honda Odyssey. Now that the Sedona gains 27 horsepower, that number is bound to be better. The Sedona’s engine wasn’t as refined as the Odyssey’s, but with the new 3.5-liter under the hood, that’s now bound to better as well. The Sedona stops from 60 mph in an impressive 125 feet.
Dual front airbags, dual front seat-mounted side airbags, and side curtain airbags for all rows are standard on the Sedona, as are four-wheel discs with ABS, electronic brake distribution, and brake assist. Also standard: stability and traction control.
18 mpg city/25 mpg highway
- Great value
- Powerful V-6
- Good fuel economy
- Dull styling
- Boring standard cloth seats
- No flip-and-fold third row
Vying to be the best in class
- Honda Odyssey
- Toyota Sienna
- Chrysler Town & Country