2015 Kia Sedona

Only Missing the Jacuzzi. Luxurious seven-passenger minivan.

  • Likes
  • Ride comfort
  • quietness
  • interior space
  • feature availability
  • materials quality
  • Dislikes
  • Fuel economy

While it is not cheap, Kia's uplevel people-mover comes packed with amenities and features like tri-zone automatic climate control and a surround-sound audio system.

With three rows of "first class" napa leather seats, the Korean-made Kia Sedona SXL positions itself as family transport with limo-like comfort. In a bid to avoid the unfashionable "minivan" label and to remain relevant in the age of crossovers and mini-SUVs, Kia calls the Sedona a "multipurpose vehicle" rather than a van.

However multipurpose this vehicle might be, the Sedona has all the qualities of a minivan, from its spacious three rows of seating to the sliding side door. Embracing the genre only highlights the appeal of this well-equipped people-mover. Families will likely appreciate the configurable seating, large cargo area and wealth of entertainment features available. Our platinum silver burgundy test example had only one option: the $2700 technology package, which added lane-departure warning, a surround-view monitor, forward-collision warning and smart cruise control. What came standard was an impressive list of features including fold-in-the-floor rear seats, a pair of handy 110 volt power inverters and Kia's UVO infotainment system.

Though the Sedona is luxurious and its interior is attractively styled, it doesn't offer as much utility as some of the competition, since its second-row seats can't be removed or folded completely flat. The third-row seats do fold into the floor, but if you use your minivan for weekend Home Depot trips or to move furniture and other large items, the lack of a flat loading space would make the Sedona less useful than it could be, given its interior volume.

We found the ride to be very comfortable and the cabin extremely quiet. Handling was not exactly sporty, but then, sportiness is hardly the reason one buys a $40k minivan. The 3.3-liter V6 felt just-adequate, especially considering many competing crossovers and SUVs offer larger-displacement or turbocharged engines.

Warranty/Service: 5-year/60,000 mile new vehicle warranty, 10-year/100,000 mile powertrain warranty, 7-year/unlimited mile anti-perforation warranty, 5-year/unlimited mile roadside assistance

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Specs

Base Price: $39,700

As Tested: $39,700

  • 17 / 22 mpg
  • EPA
  • 7.8 sec
  • 0-60
  • 276 hp
  • Horsepower
  • Engine: 3.3-liter V6
  • Horsepower: 276 hp
  • Torque: 248
  • Transmission: 6-speed automatic
  • Curb Weight: 4,656 lbs
  • Wheelbase: 120.5 in
  • Length: 201.4 in
  • Width: 78.1 in
  • Height: 68.5 in
  • Turning circle: 36.8 ft
  • Brakes: Front and rear disc with ABS
  • Suspension: N/A
  • Traction: Stability Control standard, nondefeatable
  • 0-60 mph: 7.8 sec
  • EPA City: 17 mpg
  • EPA Highway: 22 mpg
  • Combined MPG: 19 mpg
  • Seating Capacity: 7
  • Safety: Dual front and side air bags, full-length side curtain airbags

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