Kia Sedona Overview

Kia Sedona The Kia Sedona minivan has proven to be a hit with the automotive press and consumers alike. Right out of the gate, the Sedona had almost everything needed to be a success in the minivan segment. Starting at around $20,000 and loaded with features, the Kia Sedona delivered in the key areas of build quality, passenger comfort, crash test scores and storage space. The major criticism of the first Sedona concerned its pudginess -- it weighed some 400-700 pounds more than its rivals, which blunted acceleration at higher speeds and didn't do much for cornering ability. Still, overall performance was relatively refined, if not exciting. With the second-generation Sedona benefiting from a diet and more power under the hood, Kia's minivan is no longer huffing and puffing to catch up to the more expensive class leaders. In fact, it's breathing down their necks. For consumers interested in a quality minivan at a very agreeable price, the Sedona is well worth the consideration.

The Kia Sedona is a minivan available in either long-wheelbase (LWB) or short-wheelbase (SWB) form. The longer version substitutes a 60/40-split fold-flat third-row seat in place of the short wheelbase's 50/50-split removable bench. The SWB Sedona is offered in base trim only, while the LWB offers a choice between LX and top-level EX trims. The base and LX trim comes with tri-zone air-conditioning, keyless entry, full power features, satellite radio and a USB audio jack. The EX has a few more features, and it can be further equipped with power-sliding doors, a power liftgate, a DVD entertainment system, a navigation system and leather upholstery. All Sedonas have a full complement of safety features and boast top safety scores as well. For power, the Sedona has a 3.8-liter V6 good for 250 horsepower and 253 pound-feet of torque.

Riding on a 119-inch wheelbase and chrome rims, the long-wheelbase Kia Sedona is nearly the same size as a Honda Odyssey. As expected, there is plenty of legroom for all three rows, though the third-row seat is still best left to little kids due to a low cushion and tight headroom. Maximum cargo, although a few cubic feet short of the class leaders, is still generous at 142 cubes, and plenty of cubbies abound for quick stowage of things like cell phones, purses and snacks. The short-wheelbase Sedona offers 5 fewer inches of length. Although pricier than the previous generation, the latest Sedona still undercuts the competition by at least a couple of thousand dollars and should be a top candidate for almost any minivan shopper.

Kia Sedona Accessories And Features

EPA Classification 2WD Minivan
Engine Type Gas V6
Displacement 3.8L/231
Fuel System MPFI
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 244 @ 6000
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 253 @ 3500
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
Trans Type 5
Trans Description Cont. Automatic w/OD
Trans Description Cont. Again Sportmatic shifter
First Gear Ratio (:1) 3.79
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 2.06
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.42
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.03
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.73
Reverse Ratio (:1) 3.81
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 3.33
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 17
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 23
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) - TBD -
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) 8.6
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 4365
Suspension Type - Front Independent
Suspension Type - Rear Independent
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) MacPherson Strut
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) Multi-link
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) - TBD -
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) - TBD -
Brake Type Power
Brake ABS System 4-Wheel
Disc - Front (Yes or ) Yes
Disc - Rear (Yes or ) Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 11.7 x - TBD -
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 11.9 x - TBD -
Front Tire Size P225/70R16
Rear Tire Size P225/70R16
Spare Tire Size Temporary
Front Wheel Size (in) 16 x - TBD -
Rear Wheel Size (in) 16 x - TBD -
Spare Wheel Size (in) Temporary
Front Wheel Material Steel
Rear Wheel Material Steel
Spare Wheel Material Steel
Steering Type Power Rack & Pinion
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall - TBD -
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) 3.3
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 38.2
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - TBD -
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 21.1
Wheelbase (in) 113.8
Length, Overall (in) 189.4
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 78.1
Height, Overall (in) 69.3
Track Width, Front (in) 66.3
Track Width, Rear (in) 66.3
Min Ground Clearance (in) 6.6
Rear Door Opening Height (in) - TBD -
Rear Door Opening Width (in) - TBD -
Liftover Height (in) - TBD -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in) - TBD -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in) - TBD -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in) - TBD -
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in) - TBD -
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in) - TBD -
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in) - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft3) 121.3
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft3) 61.8
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft3) 12.9
Passenger Capacity 7
Passenger Volume (ft3) 161.6
Front Head Room (in) 40.9
Front Leg Room (in) 41.7
Front Shoulder Room (in) 63.2
Front Hip Room (in) 59.2
Second Head Room (in) 39.8
Second Leg Room (in) 37.0
Second Shoulder Room (in) 65.3
Second Hip Room (in) 65.8
Third Head Room (in) 36.4
Third Leg Room (in) 33.9
Third Shoulder Room (in) 57.2
Third Hip Room (in) 49.3