Kia's latest minivan makes a better mobile lounge than it does a road machine. Its strikingly-posh interior is a standout for a minivan. That could make the Sedona a terrific people mover -- if all people did was sit in it. But, alas, the luxury impression vanishes as you pull away from the curb. We bought a relatively modest mid-level EX to test.
Alerts
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Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit.
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.

Owner Reports

Worse Better
Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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2002
NA
2003
NA
2004
NA
2005
NA
2006
NA
2007
NA
2008
NA
2009
NA
2010
NA
2011
NA
2012
NA
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NA
2015
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2019
NA
Reliability Trouble Spots
Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
NA
Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
NA
Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
NA
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
NA
Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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2002
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2003
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2005
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2010
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NA
Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS available, standard from 2006. ESC, side and head protection air bags standard from 2006.
Road Test

Kia's latest minivan makes a better mobile lounge than it does a road machine. Its strikingly-posh interior is a standout for a minivan. That could make the Sedona a terrific people mover -- if all people did was sit in it. But, alas, the luxury impression vanishes as you pull away from the curb.

We bought a relatively modest mid-level EX to test. But it feels much grander inside, featuring two-tone leather seats with luxurious piping as well as heated front and rear seats. The leather-wrapped steering wheel feels rich in your grip, and wood trim completes the lounge-like atmosphere.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear, 3 third
Drive Wheels
Front
Warranty

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

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Body Styles
minivan
Transmissions Available
  • 6-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 3.3-liter V6 (276 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2016 Kia Sedona owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

CD player

"Had problems with cd not ejecting at times. When playing using USB also had issues. Sometimes when you start up cd/radio would not work but would work when you shut everything off and started again. Most of the time it worked without problems."

Denis C., CA (2016 Kia Sedona LX 3.3-L V6)
Display screen goes blank

"Display screen went black when van was about 6 months old. Returned it to the dealer who ordered a new unit and replaced it when it came in a few weeks later. No issues with the replacement."

Peter C., VA (2016 Kia Sedona SX 3.3-L V6)
External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

"Phone would sync but Phone GPS voice directions and Phone music wouldn't play through car speakers and wouldn't play through phone speaker either. The system was reset 3 times before it worked properly."

Wendy Jo G., AZ (2016 Kia Sedona LX 3.3-L V6)
Voice control commands

"Voice recognition is very poor. Difficult to enter addresses and be understood. Often, it will not even recognize a simple yes or no."

Peter C., VA (2016 Kia Sedona SX 3.3-L V6)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Squeaks or rattles

"Squeaks from 2nd row seats"

Anonymous, IL (2016 Kia Sedona LX 3.3-L V6)

"There are squeaks and rattles in the rear interior of the van and with the blower of the air conditioning unit. Narrowed down some of the sound coming from the safety restraints in the rear. |Squeaks when air conditioner fan is blowing coming from rear of cabin has not been corrected."

Anonymous, FL (2016 Kia Sedona EX 3.3-L V6)

"Loose trim piece covering the jack. Dealer fixed under warranty."

Alan F., CO (2016 Kia Sedona LX 3.3-L V6)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

Oil leaks

"Rear main bearing seal leaked. Dealer did a fine job of repairing. I feel good about the experience. Otherwise a fine car and I would recommend"

James C., IN (2016 Kia Sedona LX 3.3-L V6)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

Other/unsure

"It rarely is accurate. It will sound sometimes when no one is in front of me. Then other times it will not sound when it should. it is unreliable and cannot be trusted."

Martin W., KY (2016 Kia Sedona SX 3.3-L V6)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Bushings

"There is a noise or clunk in the left front suspension when driving on wet roads. I have had it to the dealer 2 times under warranty and they can't find anything wrong, even though it is still making the noise. Now it's out of warranty. This van has been to the dealer as many times in 2 years as our 2002 Odyssey (that we still own) has in its lifetime. These should net be difficult problems to fix. I think this is as much a dealer problem as it is a Kia problem."

Jared G., IL (2016 Kia Sedona LX 3.3-L V6)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Doors or sliding doors

"Electronics on the opening and closing of sliding doors have been a bit wonky!"

Anonymous, FL (2016 Kia Sedona 3.3-L V6)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"There is a problem with the turn signal stalk. Occasionally the left turn signal will not come on when flipping the stalk down. It may need to be pressed down again even though the stalk is in the left detent position. It's clearly a switch issue, but it's an intermittent problem and I've complained about it more than once. The dealer hasn't fixed it because they haven't been able to duplicate it."

Jared G., IL (2016 Kia Sedona LX 3.3-L V6)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

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