Not a single consumer in today’s auto market can deny that Kia is ambitious. The release of the very awesome and lethal Stinger GT, the wildly Eco-conscious models like the Niro, and the quirky and fun city navigators like the Soul come to mind. The Sedona is for the customer that needs minivan capability, value-minded pricing, and a little necessary injection of fun into shuttling duties. Powered by a 276-hp V-6 with a six-speed transmission, it has room for 8 passengers, and plenty of storage space for the necessities you may have to pack to heed your destination’s call.
The EPA rates the Sedona at 18/24 mpg city/highway for the L, LX, and EX trims, with the most sufficient being the SX trim, currently rated at 18/25 mpg. Cargo space on all options is a startling 22.9 cubic feet with the third row in place, 78.4 feet behind the second row, and 142 cubic feet situated directly behind the front. A 5-inch touchscreen for the UVO3 infotainment system, Bluetooth connectivity, a USB port, and rear view camera are all situated on board as standard options. For those who are looking to add to the mix and improve features, you can opt to choose a 360-degree camera, navigation features, 8-inch touchscreen, an Infinity audio system, leather upholstery, additional USB ports, an LCD display in between the gauges, heated and ventilated front seats, and reclining second-row captain’s chairs.
Most of the consumer base that is looking to add a minivan to their fleet is going to put safety features pretty high on their list. The NHTSA graced the Kia Sedona 2017 with a five-star overall safety rating, and during IIHS testing, the vehicle received a score of “Good” on all crash tests, and a “Superior” rating on the front crash prevention test. This took place after the successful aversion of a 12-mph and 25-mph collision. When you drive off the lot with a brand-new Sedona, you can exude confidence by avidly putting to use adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning, lane departure warning, blind spot warning, and rear cross-traffic alert.
The features that were new for 2017 were automatic emergency braking, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay integration, dynamic bending lights on the SX and SXL trim, an available acoustic windshield, and seat switch governing power for the passenger’s side. Competitors for this model include the Chrysler Pacifica, Honda Odyssey, Toyota Sienna, and the Nissan Quest. The well-versed website TheCarConnection.com stated that the Sedona is “a viable alternative to more popular vans that could cost much more; for less than $30,000 to start, it makes a strong case on value”.
It’s easily understood that the Sedona won’t compete with a sportscar anytime soon, but the classy and practical lines in the front are tasteful while still evoking modern style, and the horizontal dash layout has been created and tested to offer the best in functionality. You’ll enjoy how front and rear multilink suspensions are able to damp out most harsh road conditions, and there is a bit more upright version of the Kia Grille, to help add extra class to the interior. There are separate car categories for a very distinct reason, and we all reach the time in life where practicality and space make the most sense. The Sedona is the perfect choice for these milestones, and one that will keep your drive time able to meet up with daily demands no matter what the circumstances!