ABS available, standard from 2006. ESC, side and head protection air bags standard from 2006.
Kia's new-for-2002 Sedona marks the first incursion by a Korean automaker into the crowded U.S. minivan market. It uses a refined 3.5-liter V6, developed by corporate parent Hyundai for use in the XG350 sedan, and a five-speed automatic transmission. The Sedona's interior shows commendable attention to detail, with lots of storage bins and good fit and finish. Convenience features include dual sliding doors and either a second-row bench seat (in the LX model) or a pair of captain's chairs (in the EX). The third-row seat is a split 50/50 bench. On the road, the Sedona corners a bit reluctantly. The ride is decent, but the van's high curb weight hinders acceleration.