2014 Kia Sedona Review

April 25, 2014
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If you have a big family and are in the market for a great vehicle for them, you should include Kia’s minivan, the Sedona, in your shopping list. At a starting MSRP of below $26,000, it offers a powerful V6 engine, three rows of seats, and an impressive 10-year/100,000-mile warranty. It’s a budget family vehicle that does not seem and feel like it.

NEW FOR THE 2014 SEDONA

  • standard fog lights
  • iPad/smart tablet holder
  • minor exterior styling changes

UNDER THE HOOD

Powering the 2014 Kia Sedona is a 3.5-liter V6 engine that puts out 269 horsepower and 246 pound-feet of torque. The front wheels receive power through a 6-speed automatic transmission. The 2014 Sedona’s EPA fuel economy is rated at 17/24/20 mpg (city/highway/combined). These figures make some of the Sedona’s rivals such as the Toyota Sienna and Honda Odyssey more fuel-efficient.

ON THE ROAD

Even if there’s only one engine available for the Sedona, the V6 is more than capable of pulling the minivan. It produces ample power for the Kia, causing it to perform nicely around town and on highways. The ride quality is not compromised. Passengers can comfortably take a nap on longer trips. And lastly, the suspension is secure around turns. But there’s really nothing remarkable about Sedona’s handling.

INSIDE THE 2014 SEDONA

The cabin of the 2014 Sedona does not feel like it’s priced lower than most of its rivals. All seats—front, second-row captain’s chairs and third-row bench seat—are comfortable, perfect for long trips, and provide good legroom. The abundance of storage spaces is also remarkable. For 2014, Kia added a center folding tray where you could stash your iPad or a similar device. Cargo space is not bad as well. It offers up to 141.5 cubic feet of space.

KEY FEATURES

There are two trim levels offered for the 2014 Kia Sedona.

The Sedona LX comes with 16-inch steel wheels, privacy glass, satellite radio, USB port, auxiliary audio jacks, iPad/tablet device holder, keyless entry, cruise control, tilt steering column, front-row side table with cup holders, back-up warning system, second-row captain’s chairs, 60/40 split folding third-row bench seat, fog lights, and cloth upholstery.

In addition to or replacing some of the abovementioned features, the Sedona EX has 17-inch alloy wheels, dual-zone automatic climate control, power liftgate, rearview camera display in auto-dimming rearview mirror, trip computer, leather seats, heated power-adjustable front seats, wood interior trim, and leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob.

Rain-sensing wipers, power sunroof, navigation system, 8-speaker Infinity audio system, and driver memory function are offered as options.

Photo credit: kia.com, thecarconnection.com

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