The front-wheel-drive Sedona has long been at the forefront of the minivan segment and the third-generation model continues to be its best again. The minivan features a wide stance and cab-forward look, with a front end that integrates the Kia corporate grille. Sedonas ride on a chassis that Kia says is 36-percent stiffer than any other van in its class, while its body is comprised of advanced high-strength steel and pressed hardened steel for rigidity and collision protection.
The Sedona features an independent rear suspension, amplitude selective dampers and an isolated rear sub-frame, which Kia claims provides superior handling. Equally important, the Sedona is quiet, thanks to wheelhouse padding, double-sealed sliding doors and extra sound deadening in the engine compartment.
A direct-injected 3.3L V6 powers the Sedona. With variable induction and continuously variable valve timing, the engine produces 276 horsepower and 248 lb-feet of torque. The engine is mated to a 8-speed Sport-Matic transmission and delivers enough get up and go for your everyday traffic on or off any highway.
Three trims are offered: LX, EX, SX. Standard features on the LX include 17-inch alloy wheels, a rear spoiler, projector beam headlights, variable intermittent windshield wipers and integrated LED turn signals in the mirrors. Inside, there's a 6-speaker SiriusXM audio system, Bluetooth hands-free connectivity, a sonar-based backup warning system, steering-wheel-mounted audio and cruise control, 12-volt outlets, power accessories, air conditioning and three rows of seating with stain-resistant fabric upholstery, Kia's innovative Slide-n-Stow second-row seats and a 50/50 split-folding third row.
The LX adds power folding mirrors and privacy glass, along with adjustable headlights, LED accent lights and roof rails. Kia's UVO eServices Infotainment system connects with your personal devices, and a rear backup camera is also standard. Rounding out the base features are a 7.0-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, cloth upholstery.
The EX comes standard with 18-inch alloy wheels, heated mirrors, solar control glass for reduced interior heat buildup, fog lights, dual power sliding doors, and a height-adjustable power liftgate. Inside there are two 2.1-amp USB chargers for portable electronic devices, driver and passenger one-touch power windows, tri-zone automatic climate control, an auto-dimming rearview mirror with HomeLink, push-button start, keyless entry, push-button start, also with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and leather seating with second-row seating for three passengers.
The Sedona SX adds to the already stacked EX model with machine-finished 18-inch alloys, an Infinity surround sound audio system, voice command navigation with an 8-inch display, blind-spot detection and rear cross traffic alert, ventilated front leather seats and heated second-row seats with reclining lounge and footrests. Drive Mode Select adjusts steering and shift points for to suit driver preference.
Safety has not been overlooked in the Sedona, and standard on all trims are a host of airbags, electronic stability control, traction control, anti-lock brakes, rollover mitigation, brake assist, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control (SX only) and more.
Quality Interior Materials And Features
Standard V6 And Front Wheel Drive Only
Impressive Luxury In SX Trim
The 2021 Kia Sedona returns largely unchanged this year from the previous 2 years. Only the entry-level L trim is discontinued.
The Kia Sedona minivan faces tough competition in a narrow but hotly contested segment that includes offerings from Toyota, Honda and Nissan. The Kia more than holds its own. With a range of trims offering every amenity and technology one could hope for, premium materials, innovative seating with room for eight and an attractive starting price, the Sedona is worth a look.