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. Having borrowed cues from other carmakers’ family haulers (most notably the Honda Odyssey and Toyota Sienna), the Sedona features minivan musts like a fold-flat third row, sliding door power windows and the latest safety technology. To please lead-footed moms and automotive-repressed dads, Kia even put in a 250 hp engine, making the Sedona far quicker than any minivan should be.
Along with speed, the standard EX comes with tri-zone air conditioning, four captain’s chairs, a trip computer with compass and cruise control, and keyless entry. The optional DVD player paired with an 18” monitor helps keep the kids properly sedated, while the nine cupholders should help keep them sufficiently hydrated. Other options include audio controls on the steering wheel, and two-position memory for the driver’s seat, outside mirrors and power-adjustable pedals. The interior design is clean and simple, with primary controls within easy sight and reach. While the plastic and upholstery are of decent quality, the interior has several shades of gray and is a somber place to stay in. Fortunately, the EX comes with wood trim.
The Sedona has a full array of safety equipment including ABS, traction control, curtain airbags, seat belt pretensioners and front active headrests. Plus, energy-absorbing bumpers, side-impact door beams and a steel unibody structure helps keep your precious cargo secure. Kia’s lengthy warranty should also add to your peace of mind.Perhaps the Sedona looks anonymous, but it has an impressive combination of equipment, versatility, power and price, which make it stick out in the minivan crowd. Kia proves that just because the price is low, it doesn’t mean the car has to be cheap.
Read a review of the 2006 Kia Sedona LX
Warranty/Service: Ten-year/100,000-mile powertain warranty; five-year/60,000-mile basic warranty; five-year/100,000-mile anti-perforation warranty; five-year/60,000-mile 24-hour roadside assistance.