The Sedona is a fine minivan manufactured by KIA. Sedonas are excellent alternatives to Toyota and Honda minivans which often sell for higher prices due to brand demand. Used Sedonas offer solid performance, a quiet and comfortable ride and confident handling. Given its long warranty and attractive pricing, a used Sedona from this generation makes a good choice for a families looking for maximum minivan value. The Sedona has been manufactured from 2006 to date and the design encompasses 3 generations.
The first-generation Kia Sedona ran from 2002-’05 and went with the “most features for the money” strategy. In addition to providing a lot for families on a budget, the first-generation Sedonas also boasted excellent build quality and impressive crash test scores. It was powered by a modest 3.5-liter 195-hp V6. Two trim levels were offered: well-equipped LX and plusher EX.
The second-generation Kia Sedona minivan debuted in 2006 and ran through 2013. Originally, the second-generation Sedona was powered by a 3.8-liter V6 with 244 horsepower and 253 pound-feet of torque. Output went up to 250 hp from 2007-’09. A five-speed automatic was standard. For ’11 the Sedona received a more sophisticated 3.5-liter V6 (rated at 271 hp and 248 lb-ft of torque) matched to a six-speed automatic. Given its superior power and fuel economy, if you have a choice we recommend this powertrain over the earlier one. From 2007-’10, the Sedona was also offered in a short-wheelbase model that gave up 5 inches to the regular Sedona and featured a 50/50-split removable third-row bench. It was offered in base trim only.
LX and EX Trim Levels:
Available in LX and EX trim levels, even the most basic Sedona has a full complement of safety features. These include full power features, front and rear climate controls and keyless entry. For ’09 and later, satellite radio and an iPod/USB audio jack are added. Bluetooth connectivity was added for ’11. Springing for the EX means added luxury features such as a power liftgate, power seats, alloy wheels, and a trip computer. Leather upholstery, a DVD entertainment system, a navigation system and a rearview camera were optional on the EX.
Reviewers citied the Kia Sedona for its comfortable seating, roomy cabin, quiet ride and high crash test scores.