2018 KIA Sedona Review - By: Kyle Edward
Utility & Comfort:
I've probably left you scratching your head. After all, what do little tikes, pineapples, squirrels and a mini fridge all have in common with the Sedona? Well, you can comfortably fit one of each into this van; but let's face it, if you have a squirrel in your vehicle then you probably have bigger things to worry about. But with all of its little cubies and storage space, he might get comfy and you'll never even know that little critter is along for the ride. Unfortunately, all of the seats can't fold into the floor but they still manage to make the most of what they have. The 3rd row does fold flat into the trunk and the middle row has a lot of movement flexibility.
Middle Seat Thrones:
If you want to make the neighbors feel bad about their new Pacifica purchase just invite them over to check out the middle seats of your Sedona. They recline (a lot!), have a footrest, move significantly forward or backward and have oversized headrests. It's really the ultimate road trip vehicle with space in the back for luggage and super comfy seats.
They Didn't Forget About The Driver:
With all of this talk about the rear passengers living in the lap of luxury, it's hard to imagine the driver would be treated to anything less. With an extremely soft heated leather steering wheel, cooled and heated seats it's safe to say they're in good hands too.
Boring But High-Quality Interior:
As far as minivans go, the interior of the Sedona features a rich wood-like trim, soft leather seating surfaces, high-quality leather steering wheel, and shift lever, plus large easy to press buttons for commonly used interior functions. Some vans have a really poor quality/fit and finish but that's not an issue for the Sedona. KIA has always been good at making a vehicle feel well put together. The design, however, leaves something to be desired with just a long flat dash and a few buttons for the radio and climate it's nothing special.
Acceptable Power But Poor Fuel Economy:
The Sedona is equipped with a 3.3-liter V-6 which produces 276 hp @ 6,000 rpm and 248 lb-ft @ 5,200 rpm it's an adequate amount but really nothing to write home about. What is disappointing, however, is the 22 highway MPG and 19 city. What are we driving here, a Super Duty? Now if it was a more powerful van with low 300s in horsepower and torque it would be a different story but that's not the case. The Honda Odyssey manages to get nearly 30 on the highway and has more power.
Styling The Box:
It's not easy to make a box on wheels look good, but the designers over at KIA HQ did a fine job creating a captivating style. Most apparent is the large front grill which is tied into the LED headlamps eloquently. The side panels see a little styling and the rear hatch looks fancy with bright lux LED taillamps. Higher end trim levels (like out tester) even have chrome wheels and door handles so you can outshine everyone at the middle-school pickup line.
Not A Bad Option:
The Sedona isn't a bad option if you're looking for the most comfortable van and you're willing to sacrifice on fuel economy and utility. This segment is still dominated by Honda and Chrysler and with their big budgets for mini-vans, it's hard to compete. Granted the Sedona has been around in the same form since 2015 and it's held up well, but it's time for an update.