The minivan market in Canada, while not large compared to other vehicle segments, is surprisingly competitive. In this space, we find the Dodge Grand Caravan, the Toyota Sienna and the Honda Odyssey, as well as the Kia Sedona, all competing for attention of canadians and their dollars.
Kia’s 2021 Sedona is the Korean automaker’s third-generation family van to enter the market. So what does this new iteration of the Sedona bring to the table?
Well, first of all, an interesting style. Where most minivans tend to look like vans or vans, Kia makes its 2021 Sedona look like an SUV. Its lines are crisp and smooth and the feeling one gets when looking at the Sedona is that this vehicle is something substantial but elegant. The front sports a nice grille that doesn’t overwhelm the eye or the design of the front of the vehicle, and the SX Tech model I drove had LED headlamps, LED daytime running lights, and running lights. LED positioning lights, all of which add to the pleasing appearance of this Sedona.
Inside, there are additions that will make it a serious contender for anyone looking to buy a minivan.
First of all, the cargo space. This is the reason why people buy minivans – to transport children between school or events, to easily transport large things. You know the chorus. Well, in this department, the 2021 Sedona delivers on its promises. The third row can be folded into the tubs located just behind them, and the second row seats can be slid and stowed away for even more space. To break it down, you get behind the first row some 4,022 L (142.0 cubic feet) of cargo capacity; 2,220 L (78.4 cu ft) behind the second and 960 L (33.9 cu ft) behind the third row. So, no more complaining about not having room to bring those Billy shelves home from Ikea or having to pack the kid’s bulky sports equipment.
The interior styling of the 2021 Sedona tends towards simplicity, which may seem unusual in a market that makes the interiors of vehicles of this size as luxurious as possible. But to say that the simplicity of this Sedona’s interior implies inferiority or “cheapness” is a mistake. Behind the wheel, this Sedona has given a distinct upscale vibe with impressive and refined interior materials.
The second row isn’t your typical bench seat, but âSlide and Stowâ seats that are comfortable to sit on with a smaller center seat that can be stowed away to provide a little extra elbow room. There’s plenty of legroom in the second row, and the seats recline so much that I can imagine someone taking a necessary nap there during a long road trip. My son certainly did as he could lean back and enjoy the ride while listening to his music. The second row also offers plenty of ways to charge devices with a 15V power outlet and USB port. The 60/40 third row rear seats were also comfortable, but the legroom could be a bit tight for someone taller than six feet or who really likes to stretch.
Front legroom is also ample, and the front seats feature gray leather upholstery and a nice touch of red stitching; and the passenger seat can also recline a bit, which my wife loved. The dashboard materials have a high quality feel with beautiful leather finishes. But I was very impressed with Kia’s decision to continue to use physical controls for many features.
Today I find that too many vehicles are now trying to do too much through the infotainment system. Too much scrolling and too many submenus that too often cause confusion and frustration. I might be old-fashioned, but I like having buttons and knobs to push and here the Sedona does a great job of creating key vehicle and infotainment functions – such as climate control for the front and rear, or access radio, map function or the like. media – accessible via individual buttons. No need to scroll through a menu on the 8-inch infotainment screen.
Now this screen size may not look large compared to some that are included today with some vehicles of similar size, but for me it is the perfect size, with crisp graphics and very responsive to the touch. The infotainment system offered all the now standard connectivity features one would expect such as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Bluetooth connectivity and an inbuilt navigation system which was very good, a nice addition to have even with the access to the ubiquitous Google Maps or Waze. .
And like all vehicles today, you get a host of safety and driver assistance features, including Lane Departure Warning System, Driver Attention Warning, and Collision Avoidance. before.
One cool feature for me – and one that I’ll always pay extra for – is the sound system. This 2021 Sedona comes with an 8-speaker Harman / Kardon audio system. I listen to a lot of music when I drive – opera, classical and jazz – so a good sound system is something I crave in a vehicle. And this Harman / Kardon did not disappoint. The audio was excellent, and with the cabin surprisingly quiet, even at low volumes, the audio system provided clear and distinct sound right up to the third row.
The 2021 Sedona sports a 3.3L GI V6 engine with an 8-speed AT transmission and develops 276 horsepower with 248 lb-ft of torque. The engine delivered a lot of power, with excellent acceleration and was never strained to reach the speeds I need. Handling was smooth, both on the highway and in town. And for such a large vehicle the fuel economy, while not spectacular, was better than I expected from such a large vehicle.
So if you’re looking for a versatile and practical minivan that offers plenty of space, a few cool extras, and a touch of refined styling, the 2021 Kia Sedona is something you should seriously consider.
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