The 2017 Kia Sedona is a declaration to the world that you are a productive member of the species – well done for raising the next generation.
This year, the Sedona adds advanced safety features available such as Forward Collision Warning with Automatic Emergency Braking to help increase its level of safety. An improved infotainment system with Apple CarPlay was also added this year to most models. Base Sedonas start with L models, go up to LX, EX, SX models and top out at SXL models.
The Sedona scores a very respectable 6.5 on our overall scale, thanks to its comfortable ride and high safety scores. (Learn more about how we rate cars.)
The review continues below
Style and performance
The Kia Sedona doesn’t commit a lot of styling or performance penalties, but won’t be mistaken for a sports car anytime soon. The Sedona does its best on the exterior with clean, sleek lines up front that won’t offend you. From the side, it’s clear the Sedona is a displacement engine, and we agree with that.
Inside, the Sedona is mostly functional, with a horizontal dashboard layout that’s a bit chunky, but not offensive.
Ditto under the hood. The Sedona borrows Kia’s corporate 3.3-liter V6 found in its premium sedans that helps haul the two-ton van around town without much fatigue. A 6-speed automatic is standard in all vans and helps it fade into the background and achieve a combined mileage of around 20 mpg. The best thing we can say about the powertrain is that it doesn’t spoil the ride smoothness and we love it that way.
Multi-link front and rear suspension cushions even the toughest road conditions, but when put into action, the minivan shifts to minivan mode. The cabin rocks and heaves, just like your passengers if you start canyoning in the Sedona.
Comfort, safety and functionality
The advantage of the Sedona is its comfort inside the sheet metal. Most vans will be configured to seat eight people – the top trims replace a second row bench with “first class” captains’ seats that are downright opulent.
The second row folds forward, but doesn’t fold flat into the floor like Chrysler’s new Pacifica, which maximizes the Sedona’s cargo capacity. Traders may not appreciate that a 4×4 piece of building material doesn’t fold flat, but most families can find plenty of cargo space in the 142 cubes available behind the first row.
It would be better if the passengers in the third row still worked on the multiplication tables and their spelling tests. Adults and teens with longer legs are unlikely to hold the rear, unlike the Honda Odyssey or Toyota Sienna. In numbers, the Sedona rivals larger vans, but the third row is just a few inches missing to be more comfortable.
Like more and more minivans, the Kia Sedona is now better at advanced safety and its crash test results are impressive. It has been awarded an overall five-star rating by the federal government, and the insurance-funded IIHS has called it the best safety pick this year thanks to the advanced safety features available such as collision warning. front with automatic emergency braking.
However, these features can get expensive. In lower versions, adding these features can cost over $ 4,000, and in higher versions it will cost no less than $ 2,800. Fortunately, the Sedona comes with a standard rear-view camera and all that skeletal strength that has helped it almost pass official crash tests.
In base trims, the Sedona includes Bluetooth streaming, a 5.0-inch touchscreen, 17-inch wheels, and seating for seven. Walking through the trims adds comforts like a 7.0 or 8.0 inch touchscreen, heated and ventilated leather seats, larger wheels, Apple CarPlay, nappa leather, dual sunroofs, black wheels. 19 inches and a panoramic camera system.
An impressive rear seat entertainment system isn’t available in the Sedona – only the top-of-the-line SXL models can add a screen for the rear seats and even then it’s not that impressive. For the same price, you can get a pair of iPads and charge them through the upgraded USB chargers.