Kia Sedona 2015-2021: what you need to know before buying

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Despite the popularity of SUVs, a minivan will always be the vehicle of choice for families. On the second-hand market, it is difficult to find a more affordable vehicle than a Kia Sedona thanks to the lower than average starting price and the significant depreciation of the Korean brand’s products.

The launch of the all-new 2022 Carnival has been applauded by many automotive journalists, but how is Kia’s former minivan doing? Here’s what you basically need to know about the 2015-2021 Sedona…

Even today, the outgoing Sedona still looks stylish, especially in higher trims. The range is structured as follows: L, LX, LX+, SX, SX+, SXL and SXL+. The last three were replaced by the SX Tech in 2020.

Photo: Jeremy Alan Glover

Inside, the dashboard is modern and functional, and the front seats are very comfortable, but storage is a bit lacking. In the second row, some models have fold-out captain’s chairs. A smart electric tailgate was also available.

Under the hood, the 276-hp V6 – a tad less powerful than the competition, but enough to tow up to 3,500 pounds like the competition – is mated to a six-speed (before 2019) or eight-speed automatic transmission. It consumes an average of 11.6 L/100 km. The drivetrain is front-wheel-drive only, and the four-wheel independent suspension is tuned for comfort. It’s not the most dynamic minivan in the class, but it’s still fun to drive.

Photo: Jeremy Alan Glover

Overall, the standard equipment is generous, but don’t miss the high-end features like the 360-degree camera system, which comes in handy during parking maneuvers. Also, be aware that Kia’s initial warranty is 5 years/100,000 kilometers on the vehicle and powertrain, which means that the majority of older generation used Sedonas are still covered.

Kia has come a long way in recent years in terms of quality, but still has a few bumps in the road when it comes to reliability. Additionally, five safety recalls have been issued with the Sedona. The weirdest is an intermittent issue that causes the turn signals to activate in the opposite direction the driver intended.

Look for a Certified Pre-Owned Kia Sedona that has passed a multi-point inspection and whose history you know before signing the purchase contract. Good shopping!

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