2009 Sedona New Car Test Drive
The Kia Sedona has just about everything the Honda Odyssey has, except the reputation, for a lot less money. Based on our observations, Toyota and Honda do have an edge on quality, ride and handling, but the Sedona is a compelling value in this class, offering convenience, comfort, style and performance.
From the outside, the Sedona looks classy and stylish. Inside, there's seven-passenger seating with seats that easily collapse to create a vast cargo space. Every cabin convenience known to man is either standard or available. Storage space is everywhere you turn, and there are no fewer than 14 cup holders.
The Sedona has achieved a five-star crash rating in all seating positions from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), and earned a Top Safety Pick rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).
Kia says it designed the Sedona by studying other minivans, choosing the best features, and improving them. The Sedona engine, for example, is a modern V6 tuned to 250 horsepower and 253 pound-feet of torque. That's more than a match for the Honda Odyssey's 244 hp and 240 pound-feet. And, just like the Odyssey, the Sedona backs up that power with a responsive five-speed automatic transmission and a sophisticated suspension.
The Sedona was all-new for 2006. For 2009, Sirius Satellite Radio capability, with auxiliary, MP3 and USB connectivity, is standard on all three trim levels, with three months of complimentary service. There is also an optional navigation system, available on the EX trim level.
The 2009 Kia Sedona is offered in two wheelbase lengths. Both seat seven, with the shorter, SWB version giving up mostly luggage space, and a little passenger space in both the second and third rows. The short version comes in a single trim level. The long-wheelbase (LWB) version comes in two trim levels.
The Sedona SWB ($21,245) comes with cloth upholstery, two rows of two captain's chairs, and a removable 50/50-split bench in back. The first two rows get power windows; third-row windows tilt out manually. Three-zone climate control also comes standard, along with power locks with remote keyless entry, two 12-volt power outlets, intermittent wipers front and rear, privacy glass, eight-speaker CD sound system with auxiliary input jack, cruise control, tilt steering wheel, overhead console, and 16-inch tires on steel wheels. Options include a Convenience Package ($300) consisting of roof rails and carpeted floor mats; roof-rail cross bars ($200); and just the floor mats ($150).
The Sedona LWB LX ($24,245) gets upgraded cloth upholstery and a full heated front windshield, along with additional space in both the second and third rows. The 60/40-split third row folds flat into the floor, instead of being removable. Optional are a trailer hitch ($375), and a DVD entertainment system ($1,200) with two wireless headsets and remote. A Power Package ($1,000) includes dual sliding power doors and a back-up warning system.
The Sedona LWB EX ($27,745) comes with an even more deluxe cloth interior and adds power front seats, leather-wrapped steering wheel, power rear quarter windows, automatic headlamps, fog lights, heated side mirrors, roof rails, dual power sliding doors, solar-control windshield, self-dimming rearview mirror, Homelink garage door opener, trip computer with compass, illuminated vanity mirrors, a cargo net, and 17-inch alloy wheels with lower-profile tires.
Options for Sedona EX include the Luxury Package ($2,400) with leather upholstery, heated front seats, power adjustable pedals, a memory function (for seats, pedals, and mirrors), automatic climate control, steering-wheel-mounted audio controls, sunroof, back-up warning system, and an engine immobilizer; and the Premium Entertainment Package ($1,500), consisting of a 660-watt stereo with 7.1 Surround Sound, 13 Infinity speakers, and an auxiliary input jack, and a DVD player with eight-inch monitor, two wireless headsets, and remote. Navigation is available ($1,600), but navigation and the Premium Entertainment Package cannot be ordered together. Safety features include frontal airbags (the front passenger airbag turns itself off if a child is in the seat), side-impact airbags (for torso protection) for front-seat passengers, side-curtain airbags (for head protection) for the outboard passengers in all three rows of seats, and anti-whiplash active headrests in front. Also standard are electronic stability control with traction control, anti-lock brakes with electronic brake-force distribution (ABS with EBD) and brake assist, and a tire-pressure monitor.