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Kia Sedona Review

The 2016 Kia Sedona ranks 8 out of 8 Minivans. This ranking is based on our analysis of published reviews and test drives of the Kia Sedona, as well as reliability and safety data.

The 2016 Kia Sedona's luxurious, quiet interior impresses critics, but its slow acceleration and sloppy handling disappoint them.

According to the automotive press, the 2016 Kia Sedona's V6 engine has enough power for city driving, but reviewers say the Sedona feels slow on the highway. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard. The 2016 Sedona gets an EPA-estimated 18/24 mpg city/highway, which is typical for the class. Critics report that the Sedona has clumsy handling, even for a minivan. They write that the Sedona's brakes could be stronger and its steering feels unresponsive. Some say the Sedona rides uncomfortably as well, though others think it has a smooth ride.

The interior of the 2016 Kia Sedona is quiet and luxurious, with top-notch materials, according to automotive journalists. The dashboard controls and infotainment system are easy to use, critics say. The Kia Sedona has a typical amount of cargo space for a minivan. Reviewers note that a number of rivals have more spacious rear seats. Standard features include satellite radio, Bluetooth, a USB port, a rearview camera and a 4.3-inch touch screen. Available features include dual sunroofs, a cooled glove box, tri-zone automatic climate control, power-sliding rear doors, a power liftgate, an eight-speaker Infinity audio system, a surround-view parking camera system, adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic monitoring, lane departure warning, forward collision warning, front and rear parking sensors, navigation, Kia’s UVO infotainment system, leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats and reclining second-row lounge seats with built-in footrests.

  • "Whether bought as a value-oriented 8-passenger family shuttle or in 7-passenger premium form decked out in wood, leather and the latest technology, the Sedona is now a serious rival to established minivans such as the Honda Odyssey, Toyota Sienna and Chrysler Town & Country." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The Honda Odyssey may still rule this derby, but the new Sedona, regardless of whether you call it a minivan or an MPV, figures to run closer to the front of the pack." -- Car and Driver (2015)
  • "With the third-generation Sedona, Kia has focused too much on appearances and not enough on basic minivan tenets such as comfort, practicality, and family friendliness. Its luxury and style impress on the red carpet, but there's not enough substance underneath to bring Kia's MPV up from the B-list." -- Automobile Magazine (2015)
  • "If you're after a minivan with ample features for marginally less than most of the competition, the Sedona is your van." -- Edmunds (2015)

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Other Minivans to Consider

Critics say the Dodge Grand Caravan has a potent engine and responsive handling for a minivan. They also appreciate the Grand Caravan's convenient Stow 'n Go second- and third-row seats, which fold flat into the floor.

The Honda Odyssey has more cargo space and gets better fuel economy than the Kia Sedona. Reviewers say the Odyssey has a powerful engine, a smooth ride and sharp handling for its class.

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Details: 2016 Kia Sedona

The 2016 Kia Sedona seats up to eight people and comes in L, LX, EX, SX and SX Limited trims. Every trim has a 3.3-liter V6 engine, a six-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive. The Sedona was redesigned for the 2015 model year and sees few changes for 2016. As a result, this overview uses applicable research and reviews from the 2015 and 2016 model years.

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Review Last Updated: 8/17/15

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