2018 Sedona New Car Test Drive
The Kia Sedona minivan continues to be a value-priced alternative to the competition. This third-generation Sedona was launched as a 2015 model, so it's a fairly new product.
The 2017 Kia Sedona adds available advanced safety features, such as forward collision warning with autonomous emergency braking. Upper versions of the 2017 Sedona gain an upgraded UVO e-Services infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The 2017 Sedona SXL adds HID headlights with dynamic bending to better illuminate curves.
Performance isn't usually a high priority for minivan buyers, but few are likely to be disappointed by the powertrain. Offered only with front-wheel drive, the Sedona contains a 3.3-liter V6 that produces 276 horsepower and 248 pound-feet of torque. That's the same engine used in Kia's upscale Cadenza. A 6-speed automatic is the sole transmission.
Gas mileage isn't as thrifty as some might expect, estimated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) at 20 mpg Combined city and driving. For the minivan class, that figure is around average.
Ride quality is where Kia's minivan excels. Occupants can look forward to a relatively soft, comfortable road experience, enhanced by a pleasantly quiet cabin, especially in upper trim levels. Adding to the enjoyment is a satisfying infotainment system.
Although the Sedona is attractive, it's undeniably a minivan, promising a useful level of practicality but short on imaginative details. In other words, it's precisely what most minivan buyers hope for and expect to obtain.
Kia makes its Sedona available in five trim levels: base L, LX, EX, SX, and top-rung SXL. An optional Prestige package for Sedona SXL includes lounge-style second-row seating, Nappa leather, and a dual sunroof.
Three trim levels have eight-passenger seating with a second-row bench. A Slide-n-Stow provision moves seatbacks closer to the front, and seat bottoms can flip up. Sedona L and Sedona SX versions get seven-passenger seating, with a pair of reclining captain's chairs in the second row. Third-row seats are mainly for youngsters.
Sedona has done well in crash-testing. Only two minivans have been declared Top Safety Picks by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Sedona is one of them, courtesy of newly available advanced safety features, including forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking. Those features are standard for the top Sedona SXL trim level, and offered in a costly option package for other models. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave Sedona a five-star overall crash-test score, and a four-star rollover rating. A rearview camera is standard on all trim levels.
Sedona L ($26,800), the seven-passenger base model, includes a rearview camera, Bluetooth, keyless entry, anti-soil cloth upholstery, a 5.0-inch touchscreen, and 17-inch alloy wheels. (Prices are MSRP and do not include destination charge.)
Sedona LX ($28,850) adds a second-row bench for eight-passenger seating, power driver's seat, power sliding rear doors, and power-folding outside mirrors. Most Sedona options, including leather seating and advanced safety features, are available on LX.
Sedona EX ($33,600) adds a 7.0-inch touchscreen, 3.5-inch driver information display, cooled glovebox, heated leather seats, leather-wrapped steering wheel, pushbutton start, front/rear parking assist, power liftgate, rapid-charging USB ports, and 18-inch wheels.
Sedona SX ($36,900) gets an 8.0-inch screen, navigation, Apple CarPlay, Infinity premium audio, seven-passenger seating, power front passenger seat, ventilated front seats, heated second-row seats, blind-spot detection, and 18-inch machine-finished wheels. Sedona SXL ($41,900) comes with the advanced safety suite, leather/wood steering wheel, 19-inch chromed alloy wheels, high-intensity headlights with automatic leveling, and surround-view camera system.