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2006 Kia Sedona LX Review

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A three-quarter front view of a 2006 Kia Sedona LX

In short: A well-equipped family hauler with a bargain price.

Kia is on a roll. Every new model the Korean manufacturer introduces is radically improved from the car that preceded it and the Sedona is no exception. The previous edition was a commendable first shot at the big boys, but fell far short. Version 2.0 is ready for prime time.

Borrowing cues from other car makers’ family haulers (most notably the Honda Odyssey and Toyota Sienna), the Sedona features new minivan musts like a fold-flat third row, sliding door power windows and the latest safety technology. To please lead-footed moms and automotively repressed dads, Kia borrowed the 244-horsepower V6 from the Hyundai Azera making the Sedona far quicker than any minivan should be. Plus, with only a $1,200 rear-seat DVD entertainment system, our base model tester rang in at a bargain-basement price of $24,865. If you’re a family on a tight budget, this is your ride.

2006 Kia Sedona LX

Despite that low price, the Sedona is no stripper. The standard LX comes with tri-zone air conditioning, four captain’s chairs, CD player and keyless entry. The optional DVD system with two wireless headphones and remote control will keep the kids properly sedated, while the fourteen cupholders should keep them sufficiently hydrated. (Although why any vehicle needs twice as many cupholders as seats is a mystery). The interior design is clean and simple, with primary controls within easy sight and reach. The plastics and upholstery are of decent quality, although a few squeaks and rattles were heard in the rear quarters. Also, our several-shades-of-gray interior was a rather somber place to spend time in—the upgraded EX model thankfully comes with wood trim.

The interior of the 2006 Kia Sedona LX

The Sedona comes with a full array of safety equipment including ABS, traction control, curtain air bags, seat belt pretensioners and front active headrests. Plus, energy absorbing bumpers, side-impact door beams and a new steel unibody structure will help keep your precious cargo secure. Kia’s lengthy warranty should also add a different piece of mind.

The Sedona is pretty anonymous to look at (heck, it’s downright dull), but its impressive mix of equipment, versatility, power and especially price make it stick out in the minivan crowd. Kia has proven once again that just because the price is low doesn’t mean a car has to be cheap.

Read a review of the 2008 Kia Sedona EX

A three-quarter rear view of a 2006 Kia Sedona LX

Warranty/Service: 5-year/60,000 mile basic warranty; 10-year/100,000 mile powertrain warranty; 7-year/unlimited rust protection; 5-year/unlimited mile towing assistance.

Base Price: $23,665 / As Tested: $24,865

Technical Specifications

Performance Data

Vehicle type: front-engine, front-wheel-drive, 7-passenger, 5-door van

Engine: 3.8-liter V6
Horsepower: 244 bhp @ 6000 rpm
Torque: 253 lb-ft @ 3500 rpm
Transmission: 5-speed automatic

Curb weight: 4,387 lbs
Wheelbase: 118.9 in
202/78.1/69.3 in
Turning circle: 39.6 ft

Brakes: four-wheel disc with ABS and electronic brake assist
Suspension: independent front and rear
traction control, vehicle stability control

Safety: front air bags, front side air bags, side curtain air bags, tire pressure monitor

0-60 mph: 7.5 seconds
Top Speed: n/a

EPA City: 18 mpg
EPA Highway: 25 mpg

Likes: Low price; well-equipped; long warranty; powerful and quick engine

Dislikes: Boring looks even for a minivan; shades-of-gray interior; some rattles

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(Updated: 12/19/11 NW)

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