Test Drive: 2021 Kia Sedona

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The minivan market in Canada, while not large compared to other vehicle segments, is surprisingly competitive. In this space are the Dodge Grand Caravan, Toyota Sienna and Honda Odyssey, as well as Kia’s Sedona, all competing for The attention of Canadians and their dollars.

Kia’s 2021 Sedona is the Korean automaker’s third-generation family minivan to hit 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 minivans or minivans, Kia is making 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 yet elegant. The front sports a nice grille that doesn’t overwhelm the eye or the vehicle’s front design, and the SX Tech model I drove came with LED headlights, LED daytime running lights and running lights. LED lights, all of which add to the pleasing appearance. of this Sedona.

Inside, there are additions that will make it a strong contender for those looking to buy a minivan.

First, the cargo space. That’s what people buy minivans for – to transport kids between school or events, to haul big things easily. You know the chorus. Well, in that department, the 2021 Sedona delivers. The third row can be folded into the tubs just behind them and the second row seats can be slid and stowed to give even more space. To sum up, behind the first row is a cargo capacity of 4,022 L (142.0 cu. ft.); 2,220 L (78.4 cu. ft.) behind second row and 960 L (33.9 cu. ft.) behind third row. So no more complaining about not having room to bring home those Billy shelves from Ikea or having to pack the kid’s bulky sports gear.

The 2021 Sedona’s interior styling tends toward simplicity, which might seem unusual in a market that makes interiors of vehicles 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 gave a distinct upscale vibe with impressive and refined interior materials.

Review the 2021 Kia Sedona SX Tech

The second row isn’t your typical bench, but “Slide and Stow” seats that are nice to sit on with a smaller center seat that can be stowed away to provide a bit more elbow room. There’s plenty of legroom in the second row, and the seats recline to such a degree that I can imagine someone taking a necessary nap during a long road trip. My son definitely did as he could lean back and just 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 rear third-row seats were also comfortable, but legroom might be a little tight for someone over six feet tall or who really likes to stretch out.

Legroom up front is ample, too, and the front seats are upholstered in gray leather and a nice touch of red stitching. and the passenger seat can also recline a bit, which my wife absolutely loved. The dashboard materials have a high-quality feel with beautiful leather finishes. But I was very impressed with Kia’s decision to continue using physical controls for many features.

Today, I find that too many vehicles try to do too much with the infotainment system. Too much scrolling and too many sub-menus that too often cause confusion and frustration. I might be old-fashioned, but I like having knobs and buttons to push and here the Sedona does a great job of creating key vehicle and infotainment functions – such as climate control for the fore and aft, or access to radio, map function or other media – accessible via individual buttons. No need to scroll through a menu on the 8-inch infotainment screen.

Now, this screen size may not seem large compared to some that are included today with some similarly sized vehicles, but for me it is the perfect size, with crisp graphics that are very responsive to the touch. The infotainment system offered all the now standard connectivity features you’ve come to expect such as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Bluetooth connectivity and an integrated 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 plenty of safety and driver assistance features, including Lane Departure Warning, Driver Attention Warning and Collision Avoidance. before.

One feature that I found interesting – and one that I will always pay extra for – is the sound system. This 2021 Sedona was equipped 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 want 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 delivered clear, distinct sound all the way to the third row.

Review the 2021 Kia Sedona SX Tech

Review the 2021 Kia Sedona SX Tech

The 2021 Sedona comes with a 3.3L V6 GI engine with an 8-speed AT transmission and develops 276 horsepower with some 248 lb-ft of torque. The motor delivered plenty of power, with excellent acceleration and never strained to get to the speeds I needed. Handling was smooth, both on the highway and around town. And for such a large vehicle, the fuel economy, while not spectacular, was better than I expected from a vehicle of this size.

So if you’re looking for a practical and versatile minivan that offers plenty of space, nice extras and a touch of refined style, the 2021 Kia Sedona is something you should seriously consider.

Jhe vehicle was provided to the writer by the automaker. Content and vehicle ratings were not subject to to approval.

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