The 2019 Kia Sedona is a minivan with very distinct and aggressive styling. First introduced as part of the 2015 model upgrade, new features have been added to the 2019 model to keep it competitive. There are four models in the range, the L, LX, EX, and SX. They all come with the same 3.3-liter V6 engine, which is connected to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Horsepower across the range is rated at 276, with 248 lb-ft of torque and all models are front-wheel drive.
Compared to competitors in its class such as the venerable Honda Odyssey, Toyota Sienna and Chrysler Pacifica, the Kia has a lot to offer including great features like a 360-degree camera, wireless charging and triple zone climate control, as well as the most important attributes of any minivan, namely adequate space and comfort. A brilliant all-rounder, the Sedona's main drawbacks are having slightly less space than some of the competitors, a sometimes bumpy ride, and below-average fuel economy.
One of the biggest updates for the 2019 model is replacing the old six-speed automatic with an eight-speed automatic. This was done to increase performance, as well as fuel economy. Other upgrades include an updated front bumper and air intakes, front and rear lights, as well as new wheel designs. There's also power sliding door buttons to make getting in and out even easier. The old single rear screen entertainment has been replaced by two 10.1-inch touchscreens with screen mirroring and internet access.
The 2019 Kia Sedona has an updated front bumper and air intake as well as some redesigned wheels.The front has a prominent "tiger nose" grill found on most modern Kia vehicles, along with aggressive upswept lights to either side. The side profile is the usual generic minivan shape, while the rear has a rear spoiler and tasteful LED light clusters that wrap around the tailgate. The higher trims like the EX and SL add chrome accents to make the Sedona look even more stylish.
All the trims in the Sedona lineup have the same length of 201.4 inches on a wheelbase of 120.5 inches. It has a height of 68.5 inches and width of 78.1 inches. The curb weight of the LX is 4,443 lbs, while the EX weighs in at 4,503 lbs, the L tips the scales at 4,411 lbs, and the weight of the SX comes in at 6,085 lbs. All the trims have a ground clearance of 6.7 inches. In comparison, the Honda Odyssey is slightly bigger with a length of 203.2 inches, height of 68.3 inches, and width of 78.5 inches.
There are six external colours available in the Sedona range, but certain colors are only available with certain trims. Snow Pearl White, Silky Silver and Aurora Black are available on all trims. Panthera Metal, Venetian Red, and Celestial Blue are only available on the LX, EX and SX. The Platinum Graphite and Titanium Bronze from the 2018 lineup have been discontinued.
Snow White Pearl and Aurora black costs an extra $395 and are available with Camel Beige and Dark Graphite interiors respectively. Venetian Red will set you back $295 and is available with the Camel Beige interior. Pantera Metal and Silky Silver come at no extra cost and are available with the Dark Graphite interior. Celestial Blue also has no extra cost and is available with the Camel Beige interior.
All the models in the Sportage range are front-wheel drive and use the same 3.3-liter V6 engine which makes 276 horsepower and 248 lb-ft of torque. All the models also use an eight-speed automatic transmission, a notable upgrade from the six-speed automatic used in the 2018 model. The V6 provides plenty of power, so the Kia never feels like it's running out of steam, even when fully loaded. The 0 to 60 mph time is an average 7.9 seconds, with a top speed of 140 mph. The Sedona has a decent towing capacity of 3,500 lbs, which is more than many crossover SUVs and minivans such as the Honda Odyssey, which can only tow 3,000 lbs.
In comparison, the Honda Odyssey has a 0 to 60 mph time of 7.4 seconds and will keep accelerating to a top speed of 140 mph. Both the Honda Odyssey and Toyota Sienna deliver more horsepower, as well as better fuel economy when compared to the Kia Sedona, but the Sedona comes with a cheaper base price and longer warranty than either of its rivals. Despite being less powerful than its rivals, the Sedona still feels quick and has no problems accelerating or overtaking.
All the models in the Kia lineup have the same 3.3-liter V6 engine mated to an eight-speed transmission, and make 276 horsepower and 248 lb-ft of torque. In comparison, the Toyota Sienna has a 3.5-liter engine with an eight-speed transmission that produces 296 horsepower, while the Honda Odyssey also has a 3.5-liter V6 and eight-speed transmission that delivers 280 horsepower.
For 2019, the Sedona was given un upgrade from a six-speed transmission to an eight-speed transmission. This was done to increase performance and fuel economy, but even with the new transmission the Sedon still lags behind its competitors in both performance and fuel economy.
Although the Sedona is less powerful than its rivals, the difference can hardly be felt. Around town the Sedona is a pleasure to drive because of its eagerness to get off the line and despite its size, it has great maneuverability. When driving on the freeway, it's refreshing to never have to worry about power and always have that extra bit on tap for overtaking. Even when loaded the Sedona feels light and unhampered by the extra weight.
Considering that the Sedona is less powerful than its rivals, it is still a pleasure to drive due to its brisk acceleration. In the beginning it's odd to take turns at such wide angles due to the size of the Sedona, but the light and responsive steering makes it easier. The 360-degree surround camera is a blessing in a car of this size and makes parking in tight spots easier. The Sedona feels composed as it effortlessly glides from place to place faster than many smaller cars. The agile handling makes winding roads a breeze to drive on and while the suspension is soft enough to filter out the bumps, it never feels bouncy.
There are three drive modes available, namely comfort, eco, and sport. There really isn't much of a difference between them, but at least the eco mode doesn't impede performance like it does on many other cars.
Overall the Kia Sedona delivers a great all-round driving experience. The performance and handling is exceptional, while the ride is smooth and braking performance is good. The Sedona is the perfect car for anyone looking to go on a long trip with many passengers, who want to travel in comfort.
Since all the trims use the same 3.3-liter V6 gasoline engine mated to an eight-speed transmission, the economy figures are the same. They get 18/24/21, which is quite low, but expected with the 3.3 liter V6. With a tank of 21.1 gallons, the Kia Sedona has a range of 443 miles. In comparison, the Toyota Sienna has slightly better economy figures of economy figures of 19/27/23 and a range of 460 miles. The Honda Odyssey has gets 19/28/23 and offers a range of 448 miles.
Both the Sienna and the Odyssey have slightly better economy compared to the Sedona, and also have a longer range.
The Interior of the Sedona is well put together and very classy. The dash has a solid feel to it, with all the instrumentation in a very easy to use layout. The infotainment unit is embedded in the dash and offers buttons in a neat horizontal layout, which can be used instead of the touchscreen. The front seating is very comfortable and supportive, while the second row gets reclining captain's seats that would be at home in the first class cabin on a plane. There's an optional removable third seat that fits between the two second row seats, to increase the seating capacity to eight should the need arise. The third row of seats is far more spacious than what most seven-seater SUVs have on offer these days, although a bit cramped for taller occupants.
The seating capacity of the Sedona is seven, which can be changed to eight by adding the optional third seat on the second row of seating. While more spacious than most comparably-sized SUVs, the third row could still have a bit more space as lofty adults might struggle a bit on long journeys. In the front there's 39.8 inches of headroom and 40.9 inches of legroom. The second row of seating has headroom of 39.4 inches and legroom of 41.1 inches. At the back there's only 36.6 inches of headroom and a copious 59.4 inches of legroom. While the Sedona isn't the most spacious vehicle in its class, it still offers enough space and comfort for most families.
The interior of the Sedona is better than most minivans, and probably better than many SUVs out there. The seats on the L and LX models are cloth-covered, while the EX and SX get leather-covered seating. Although the dash has the normal plastic with faux chrome accents found in many cars today, it has a solid feel and is very functional with the button well-placed for easy access. The L only comes with Dark Graphite cloth seats, while the LX has the choice of either Dark Graphite or Camel Beige cloth seats. Both the EX and the LX come with either either Dark Graphite and Camel Beige in leather.
The cargo space behind the third row seats is minimal as can be expected with a minivan, but the third row of seats can fold completely flat and the second row of seats fold forward in what Kia calls "Slide and Stow" to open up cavernous storage space. With the third row of seats upright the cargo space is an average 33.9 cu-ft, but with the seats down it opens up to a whopping 142 cu-ft.
There is also storage space for small things with the glove box, front, rear and third row cup holders, a cooled storage compartment, overhead console storage, front seatback storage and front and rear door pockets. It also has a cooling glove box to keep the drinks and snacks cool.
The Sedona has more than enough space for most people's needs, although the small storage compartments are more compact than ones on some rival vehicles.
Kia has loaded the Sedona with features to make long distance driving a pleasurable experience. The basic L model comes with a rearview camera and seven-inch touchscreen, cruise control, and air conditioning with front and rear controls. Going up the range there's even more features like tri-zone climate control, dual power sliding side doors, surround view monitor, heated front seats, wireless charger and smart power liftgate. In terms of driver aid features, the Sedona has lane departure warning, driver attention warning, blind-spot detection and rear cross collision warning. The Sedona sports enough features to easily compete with some premium vehicles out there and provide a comfortable and safe journey.
The Kia Sedona excels in the infotainment department with some brilliant features. Even the entry-level L model comes standard with a seven-inch touchscreen, four speakers, Bluetooth connectivity, a rearview camera, AM/FM radio, USB and AUX ports, as well as Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Going higher up in the range , Kia's UVO system is added, as well as an upgrade to six speakers and SiriusXM satellite radio. For the sound aficionados out there, a Harmon Kardon premium audio system with eight speakers is available as an option on the EX and comes standard on the SX trims. Rear passengers will appreciate the dual screen rear seat entertainment which comprises of two 10.1 inch touchscreens that offer screen mirroring and internet connectivity. In addition to the touch capability, the infotainment unit also has traditional buttons and knobs, to make operations a bit smoother.
The 2019 Kia Sedona hasn't had many complaints and has had no recalls compared to the 2018 model, which had a recall for the powersliding door which didn't auto-reverse when obstructed and for the front passenger airbag deploying when there is a child seat in the front seat. Kia is the market leader when it comes to warranties and the powertrain has a warranty of ten years/100,000 miles, while the basic warranty is five-years/60,000 miles. There's also the anti-perforation warranty of five years/100,000 miles and a roadside assistance plan of five-years /60,000 miles. In the event of the vehicle being sold, the powertrain warranty isn't transferable although this is the case in some rivals.
The Kia Sedona performs admirably in the safety department and has a NHTSA best possible rating of five stars. The 2018 Sedona received a 2018 Top Safety Pick by the IIHS, and the 2019 model received the best possible rating of good in most of the tests.
Safety is of paramount importance when driving a minivan, especially if it will be carrying children, and in that department the Sedona is impressive. Standard safety features include dual front side-mounted airbags, front, rear, and third row head airbags, emergency brake assist, child seat anchors, rearview camera, post collision safety system, four-wheel ABS, emergency braking preparation, traction control, tire pressure monitoring, and stability control. Going higher up in the range there are also driver aids such as lane departure warning, driver attention warning, forward collision warning, forward collision avoidance assist, surround view monitor, and park distance warning.
Considering that most people are buying SUVs these days, the Sedona proves that a minivan can be an excellent alternative, especially when it comes to carrying seven or more passengers. It has very few disadvantages like below average fuel economy and not being a class leader when it comes to space.
Otherwise, the Kia is strong in almost every department. The V6 engine always has enough grunt no matter how loaded the car is and the eight-speed automatic provides smooth shifts. The ride is decent and the cabin feels insulated from the outside world, although the occasional big bump can disrupt the tranquility from time to time. Kia has also tried to cure the boring minivan styling by having distinct and aggressive styling in the front and rear.
The infotainment and features should be enough to keep the passengers entertained even on the longest journeys, while they perch on the comfortable, supportive seating.
The cheapest model in the Sedona range is the L, which starts at an MSRP of $27,200. Above the L is the LX, which starts at $30,000 and the EX which starts at $33,300. The top of the range SX starts at $41,100. These prices exclude tax, registration and licensing as well as the destination charge of $995.
In comparison the Toyota Sienna starts at $31,315 for the base model XLE, going up to $48,890 for the Limited Premium edition. The Honda Odyssey starts at $37,710 for the EX-L, going up to $47,070 for the Elite.
The 2019 Sedona range has four trims, the L, LX, EX and SX. All models are front-wheel drive and use the same 3.3-liter V6 engine mated to an eight-speed transmission.
The L comes as standard with 17 inch rims, a seven-inch touchscreen with rearview camera, four speakers, Bluetooth connectivity, steering wheel-mounted controls, USB and AUX ports, AM/FM radio, MP3, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. It also has cruise control, remote keyless entry, alarm and air conditioning with front and rear controls.
The LX is above the L and adds a middle seat in the second row to take the seating capacity to eight. It also adds power-sliding doors, power-folding mirrors, a power adjustable driver's seat and a six-speaker audio system.
The EX adds 18 inch rims, a driver information display, leather upholstery, a wireless charger, heated front seats, roof rails, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, keyless entry with push-button start, and auto-dimming rearview mirror, third row sunshades, Kia's UVO system, and rapid charge USB ports. It also adds driver aids such as front and rear parking sensors and blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert.
The SX is the top of the range model and has even more features such as absorbers, fog lights, sunroof, driver seat memory functions, tri-zone automatic climate control, heated seats and a hands free power liftgate, eight -inch infotainment unit with Harmon Kardon premium audio package.
The Sedona comes with one package that adds many useful features, as well as many accessories that can improve the specs of the vehicle. The EX premium package is only available on the EX and costs $4,800. It adds heated outside mirrors, electronic parking brake, tri-zone automatic climate control, smart power liftgate, power sunroof, 110V power inverter, projector beam front fog lights, cooling glove box, auto-dimming rearview mirror, four-way driver's seat power-adjustable lumbar support, eight-way power-adjustable front passenger seat and integrated memory system.
There's also other accessories and features that are available individually like remote start, push button start at $499, hood deflector at $109, roof bike attachment $185, roof cargo box at $485, tow hitch at $503 and more.
It's tempting to say that the EX is the one to go for because of its balance of features and price, but the SX is really the one to choose. This is the type of car that's worth going all out for the top of the range model. The EX with the EX premium package costs $38,100 and the SX costs $41,100. With only $3,000 the difference between the two, the SX is worth the extra money. While the SX might not have as many features as the top of the range Honda Odyssey and Toyota Sienna, it's far cheaper and provides amazing value. The Honda Odyssey starts at $47,070 which is almost six thousand more expensive than the SX. The Toyota Sienna Limited Premium Edition is $48,890, a massive $7,700 price difference.
Toyota's are synonymous with reliability and the Sienna is no different. The current Sienna has been around for almost eight years and has been updated regularly in that time. Unlike the Sedona, it has the option of all-wheel drive, as well as a more powerful 3.5-liter V6 engine which makes 296 horsepower compared to the Sedona's 275 horsepower. Although the Toyota has the larger engine, it still as better economy figures of 19/27/23 compared to the Kia's 18/24/21. The Sienna also has more cargo room and passenger space than the Sedona.
The Kia boasts a more modern design and it really shows. The Kia has a more modern, aggressive look as well as of the best interiors in the class. Although the Toyota is larger, the Sedona feels more comfortable. While both cars have decent infotainment units, the Sedona has Android Auto, which isn't available on the Toyota. Considering that the base Sedona starts at $27,200 and the base Sienna starts at $31,315, the Sedona is better value for money and has a longer warranty.
The Honda Odyssey is already in its fifth generation and is known for being a leader in its class. It's powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine connected to either a nine-speed automatic, or ten-speed automatic and makes 280 horsepower compared to the Sedona's 275 horsepower. Like the Sienna, the Honda also has better fuel economy than the Sedona at 19/28/23. The Honda also has a fantastic interior and great handling. In the infotainment department it has a Wi-Fi hotspot function which the Sedona doesn't have.
The Sedona sports a brilliant interior which can rival the Honda. It also has slightly more cargo space at 33.9 cu-ft vs the Honda's 32.8 cu-ft. The powertrain warranty on the Sedona is ten years/100,000 miles, while the basic warranty is five-years/60,000 miles. That's way more than the Odyssey which only has a five-year/60,000 mile powertrain warranty and three-years/36,000 mile general warranty
Both of these cars are brilliant all-rounders, but the Honda narrowly wins because of having better performance and fuel economy.
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