Most car manufacturers have spent decades to perfect their cars, Kia Sedona is the new kid in this class. But since its debut in 2002, the Kia Sedona has grown from an inexpensive price to a high-tech cruiser capable of countering class leaders. This is one of the most affordable vehicles in its class, with spacious interiors, high-quality materials and flexible seating arrangements provide much more appeal than its value.
The 2018 Kia Sedona does all the minivan work well. It can carry seven or eight passengers easily thanks to the powerful V6 engine, comfortable seats and extensive cargo can also load many items, so it is perfect for large families. Even on the SX Limited model, the second-line captain’s seat offers deployable thigh rests and airline-style headrests with folding wings.
Trim and Features
The 2018 Kia Sedona is a seven or eight-passenger minivan sold in five trim levels: the base L, LX, EX, SX and SX Limited.
Standard feature for the base L include 17-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlights, dual-zone climate control, a height-adjustable driver seat, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, Slide-N-Stow forward-collapsing second-row captain’s chairs, a 60/40-split reclining and folding third-row bench seat, stain-resistant cloth upholstery, a 5-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth, a rearview camera, a four-speaker sound system with a CD player and a USB port.
The 2018 Kia Sedona LX adds power-sliding doors, power-folding mirrors, rear privacy glass, an eight-way power driver seat with two-way power lumbar, a second-row bench seat (increasing passenger capacity to eight) and a six-speaker audio system.
The 2018 Kia Sedona EX adds 18-inch wheels, upgraded shock absorbers, LED daytime running lights, foglights, roof rails, a windshield wiper de-icer, heated mirrors, front and rear parking sensors, keyless ignition and entry, a height-adjustable power tailgate, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, a driver information display, tri-zone automatic climate control, heated front seats, leather upholstery, sunshades for the second and third rows, a portable flashlight, a cooled glovebox, Uvo3 eServices emergency telematics, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone integration, a 7-inch touchscreen and additional USB charge ports.
The 2018 Kia Sedona SX trim adds a blind-spot monitoring system with rear cross-traffic alert, LED taillights, ventilated front seats, driver-seat memory functions, an eight-way power front passenger seat, four-way lumbar adjustment for the driver, heated second-row seats, second-row captain chairs (seating capacity to seven), a navigation system, an 8-inch touchscreen and an eight-speaker Infinity premium audio system. A second-row bench seat available as an option.
The 2018 Kia Sedona SX Limited trim is eight-passenger and adds 19-inch wheels, upgraded foglights, adaptive xenon headlights with automatic high-beam control, chrome door handles, a sound-reducing windshield, adaptive cruise control, a household-style power outlet and a heated steering wheel. Also standard is a surround-view camera system, a lane departure warning system, forward collision warning and mitigation with automatic emergency braking.
Most higher trims features are available as options on the lower trims. The Prestige package for the SX Limited adds a dual-panel sunroof, lounge-style seating for the second row and premium leather upholstery. A rear-seat entertainment system is offered on all models.
The 2018 Kia Sedona is powered by a 3.3-liter V6 engine that produces 276 horsepower and 248 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed automatic transmission sent the power to the front-wheel. In performance testing, the Sedona SX-L accelerates from zero to 60 mph in 7.9 seconds, which is average for its class. With the optional hitch installed, the Sedona can tow up to 3,500 pounds.
EPA fuel economy estimated at 21 mpg combined (18 city/25 highway) for the L, LX and EX trims, which is about average for this class. The SX rated at 20 mpg combined (18/24), while the SX-L drops to a subpar 19 mpg combined (17/22).
The 2018 Kia Sedona interior is one of the best of any minivan, with its classy gauges and buttons on the dash and center console among the front seats. Console-mounted levers are easier to use than shifter mounted in other full-size minivans. It’s like a crossover, and certainly distinguishes Sedona. But the downside, you lose the extra storage you’ll get with the minivan with the open console area.
Comfort seats are good in all three rows, with adult space sizes even at the very back. The 2018 Kia Sedona offers 33.9 cubic feet of cargo space behind the third row seat and 78.4 cubic feet with the third seat folded to the floor. The process of folding requires a bit more effort. It’s a bit easier to fold the second row of Slide-n-Stow seats forward and open 142 cubic feet of space. Sienna and Odyssey provide 150 and 148 cubic feet, but only if you take off the heavy second row seats.
Release Date and Price
The base Sedona L retails for $27,990 (include $990 destination charge). The LX starts at $29,990, while the EX priced at $34,690. The Sedona SX starts at $37,990 and the most expensive Sedona SX Limited starts at $42,990.