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2008 Kia Sedona EX
A side view of a light blue 2008 Kia Sedona EX, with San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge in the background

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. 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.

A view of the front interior of a 2008 Kia Sedona EX

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

A three-quarter rear view of a light blue 2008 Kia Sedona EX near the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco

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.

Base Price: $26,195 / As Tested: $32,220

Technical Specifications

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

Engine: 3.8-liter 24-valve DOHC V6
Horsepower: 250 hp @ 6,000 rpm
Torque: 253 lb-ft @ 3,500 rpm
Transmission: 5-speed electronically controlled automatic, overdrive

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

Brakes: vented disc in front, solid disc in rear; all wheels with ABS, electronic brake force distribution and electronic brake assist
Suspension: independent, MacPherson struts with coil springs and anti-roll bar in front; multi-link with struts and coil springs in rear
traction control, vehicle stability control

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

EPA City: 16 mpg
EPA Highway: 23 mpg

Smog Index: .4

Safety: dual front airbags, dual front seat-mounted side airbags, full-length side curtain airbags, tire pressure monitor

Likes: smooth ride, easy braking, very comfortable

Dislikes: rear visibility is not so great

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(Updated: 05/07/08 SCV)

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