2003 Sedona New Car Test Drive
Kia Sedona offers an exceptionally good value for a big family that doesn't want to break the budget on a minivan. The Kia Sedona is bigger than a Dodge Caravan and comes loaded with popular features, even more for 2003. Yet the Sedona costs thousands less than popular minivans.
Though relatively inexpensive, the Sedona is among the few minivans that have earned the Federal government's top five-star crash rating for both driver and front-seat passenger, in both front and side-impact tests. That's an important consideration in a family taxi.
Kia Sedona is available in two trim levels, LX ($19,620) and EX ($21,835). Kia says Sedona prices are more than $4500 less than comparably equipped domestic and Japanese brands.
Both models are powered by a big 3.5-liter V6 engine mated to a five-speed automatic transmission. They provide seven-passenger seating and come standard with sliding doors on both sides.
LX is equipped well, even without options. Standard equipment includes front and rear air conditioning, power mirrors, power front windows, cruise control, an overhead console with storage, rear window defroster and wiper/washer, interior lighting, three power outlets, eight-way manually adjustable driver's seat, a tilt steering column, even floor mats. New for 2003 is a standard six-speaker AM/FM/CD stereo.
EX adds remote keyless entry, chrome exterior trim, fog lights, woodgrain interior trim, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a luggage rack, heated mirrors, power rear quarter windows, power seats for driver and passenger, second-row captain's chairs in place of the standard two-seat bench, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a folding table, a trip computer, alloy wheels, and an AM/FM/CD/cassette stereo with eight speakers.
The short list of options includes anti-lock brakes (ABS) for $595, a roof rack for the LX ($175), and a trailer hitch ($350). A Leather Package ($850) and power sunroof ($575) are available only on the EX.