2016 Kia Sedona review, ratings, specifications, price and pictures,

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The 2016 Kia Sedona comes in five trim levels: L, LX, EX, SX and SX Limited. With such a model lineup, there’s a Sedona to suit everyone, from drivers looking for basic strippers, to value-added family vans, and even luxury sedan substitutes.

The base $ 27,295 Sedona L is available in a seven-passenger configuration and includes a retractable third-row seat; standard power windows, locks and mirrors; speed regulator; air conditioner; tilt / telescopic steering; steering wheel audio and telephone controls; Bluetooth; AM / FM / CD player with USB port; keyless entry; rear parking sensors; and 17 inch alloy wheels. For 2016, it also adds a standard rear view camera.

The $ 29,395 Sedona LX comes with a second row bench seat that brings the occupant count to eight. It also adds a power-adjustable driver’s seat, UVO smartphone connectivity, privacy glass and roof rails. Buyers can also opt for power sliding side doors, heated front seats and a cooled double glovebox.

Power sliding side doors and a power tailgate are standard on the $ 33,595 Sedona EX, as are leather seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, cooled glove box, keyless start, fog lights, heated mirrors and 18 inch wheels. Heated front seats are also standard this year. Blind spot monitors and heated second row seats are optional.

The $ 37,295 Sedona SX gets the seven-seat configuration, plus an eight-speaker Infinity audio system, power front passenger seat, heated second-row seats, ventilated front seats, navigation system and LED taillights.

The $ 40,795 Sedona SX Limited is fairly well equipped with all of the SX’s features except the sliding second row seats. In its place, it gets second row lounge seats. Other standard features include nappa leather upholstery, heated wood-wrapped steering wheel, panoramic sunroof and 19-inch wheels. Available options include panoramic cameras, adaptive cruise control, and lane departure and forward collision warning systems.

The Sedona doesn’t offer on-board data to feed the entertainment freak. All of its infotainment features depend on your smartphone, an idea we love. The next-generation UVO infotainment system includes app features from iTunes and Google Play (including compatibility with Pandora, iHeartRadio and Yelp) as well as SiriusXM Travel Link information on traffic weather, prices for the fuel, and more. UVO also uses Siri Eyes Free connectivity and Google local search systems to help you find and navigate to points of interest.

Among the cooler features of the Sedona, besides its glove box, is a smart tailgate feature that senses when the remote is closed for three seconds, when it opens. The Sedona also features Kia’s first high-power USB charging port and a 115-volt AC outlet. With your iPad or tablet, these features can replace the folding rear entertainment system, and you won’t have to lug around your record library.

Finally, the Sedona is Kia’s first model to offer geo-fencing, speed and curfew alerts, as well as a behavior-based “driving score”. All of these features might come in handy in keeping an eye on your teenage driver, not that they are particularly excited to be driving in an empty van.

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