2021 Kia Sedona Performance

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2021 Sedona Performance

The Kia Sedona will lap the Nurburgring faster than a professional long-distance runner. If that doesn't impress you, then nothing else it can do will. In all seriousness, the Sedona is more than competent when it comes to hauling people around. Sure, it's not going to light up the tires or the drag strip, and it won't offer any thrilling moments through the corners, but it does the van thing pretty well. Its naturally aspirated V6 engine is as smooth as silk and offers good pulling power throughout the gears. Driving through suburban roads is comfortable, and there's enough poke to get things going at a reasonable rate. Out on the highway, the van is adept at cruising at highway speeds, and there's a decent amount of go left for overtaking maneuvers.

2021 Sedona Performance Photos

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2021 Kia Sedona Front View Driving
2021 Kia Sedona Headlights On
2021 Kia Sedona Engine

Engine and Transmission

As has done duty for the last few years in the Sedona, a 3.3-liter V6 engine propels families across the USA. It remains unchanged, still producing 276 hp and 248 lb-ft of torque. Power is sent to the front wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission, which does a commendable job of shifting through the gears. It's not as powerful as its competitors, with vans such as the Honda Odyssey producing 280 hp from its 3.5-liter V6, but there's more than enough power on tap for most driving situations. Even better is the way that V6 delivers its strength: it's smooth and compliments the refined driving experience on offer here. However, the lack of power combined with the Sedona's large dimensions and portly weight means that hustling up to highway speeds requires a heavy dose of the throttle. Fortunately, the powertrain never sounds strained, and noise within the cabin is kept acceptably low.

2021 Kia Sedona Performance Specs:

Kia Sedona TrimsKia Sedona EnginesKia Sedona HorsepowerKia Sedona TransmissionsKia Sedona DrivetrainsKia Sedona MPG/MPGE
LX3.3L V6 Gas276 hp @ 6000 rpm8-Speed AutomaticFWD21 MPG
EX3.3L V6 Gas276 hp @ 6000 rpm8-Speed AutomaticFWD21 MPG
SX3.3L V6 Gas276 hp @ 6000 rpm8-Speed AutomaticFWD21 MPG

2021 Sedona Gas Mileage

It is impossible to expect a large family transporter to offer everything. The Sedona looks good, drives great, and is rather practical, but it carries a bunch of weight and is powered by a rudimentary V6 engine, so gas mileage will never be a highlight. According to the EPA, the 3.3-liter V6 will chug 18/24/21 mpg on the city/highway/combined cycle. The fact that it can keep its head above the 20 mpg mark is commendable, but driving in traffic and hauling heavy loads will most certainly see those numbers drop into the teens. By comparison, the 2021 FWD Toyota Sienna, which comes exclusively as a hybrid, will manage an impressive combined figure of 33 mpg according to the manufacturer, while the Honda Odyssey will achieve 19/28/22 mpg. With a fuel tank capacity of 21.1 gallons, the 2021 Kia Sedona will be able to travel up to 443 miles.

2021 Kia Sedona Fuel Capacity

Kia Sedona TrimsLXEXSX
Kia Sedona Fuel Economy (Cty/Hwy)18/2418/2418/24
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