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
    There are 4 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

    Reliability

    Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how used vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system.

    Overall Reliability
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    Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey for over 300,000 vehicles, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how 2000 through 2021 vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system. NA 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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    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)
    Wind noise

    "Wind noise from passenger side windows at times."

    Anonymous, PA (2016 Kia Sedona SX 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)

    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)

    Brakes

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

    What Owners Say

    Premature brake wear

    "Brakes need repairing more often than seems they should, every 15,000 miles or so."

    Anonymous, (2016 Kia Sedona EX 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)

    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)

    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)

    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.

    What Owners Say

    Fuel injection system

    "2 fuel injectors failed"

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

    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

    Drive System

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

    Engine Major

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

    Transmission Minor

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

    Climate System

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

    Engine Cooling

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

    Paint/Trim

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

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    This score shows whether the model had more or fewer problems overall than the average model of that year, calculated from the total number of problems reported by subscribers in all 17 trouble spots.
    Recalls
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    POWER TRAIN
    Aug 10, 2022
    A vehicle rollaway increases the risk of a crash and injury.
    Summary:
    Kia America, Inc. (Kia) is recalling certain 2016 Sedona and Sorento vehicles. The vehicles may have been manufactured with faulty automatic transmission shift lever assembly components, preventing the shift lever from locking, which can allow the vehicle to rollaway.
    What should you do:
    Dealers will inspect and replace the automatic transmission shift lever assembly components, as necessary, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed October 7, 2022. Owners may contact Kia customer service at 1-800-333-4542. Kia's number for this recall is SC246.
    For more information:
    Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.nhtsa.gov.
    NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 22V612000
    Potential Number of Units Affected: 28065
    ELECTRICAL SYSTEM, EXTERIOR LIGHTING
    Sep 17, 2021
    A turn signal activating in the opposite direction of what was intended by the driver increases the risk of a crash.
    Summary:
    Kia Motors America (Kia) is recalling certain 2015-2017 Sedona vehicles. The Smart Junction Box (SJB) software logic may not properly interpret the signals received from the multifunction switch, which could cause the turn signal to activate in the opposite direction of what the driver intended.
    What should you do:
    Dealers will update the SJB software, free of charge. Owner notification letters were mailed November 12, 2021. Owners may contact Kia customer service at 1-800-333-4542. Kia's number for this recall is SC217.
    For more information:
    Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.nhtsa.gov.
    NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 21V725000
    Potential Number of Units Affected: 88576
    ELECTRICAL SYSTEM
    Feb 19, 2019
    If a child is in a child seat in the front seat, a broken ODS wiring harness will not prevent the front passenger air bag from deploying in the event of a crash, increasing the risk of injury to the child.
    Summary:
    Kia Motors America (Kia) is recalling certain 2015-2018 Sedona vehicles equipped with manually-adjusted front passenger seats. Over time, the Occupant Detection System (ODS) wiring harness located underneath the front passenger seat may break from the seat being occupied.
    What should you do:
    Kia will notify owners, and dealers will remove the wire harness clip to prevent the wiring harness from breaking. If the harness is found damaged, the front passenger seat cushion will be replaced. These repairs will be performed free of charge. The recall began March 19, 2019. Owners may contact Kia customer service at 1-800-333-4542. Kia's number for this recall is SC175.
    For more information:
    Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
    NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 19V109000
    Potential Number of Units Affected: 94389
    ELECTRICAL SYSTEM, STRUCTURE
    May 23, 2018
    If the door closes on an occupant, there is an increased risk of an injury.
    Summary:
    Kia Motors America (Kia) is recalling certain 2015-2018 Kia Sedona vehicles equipped with a power sliding door (PSD). The PSD may not auto-reverse when its closing is obstructed.
    What should you do:
    Kia will notify owners, and dealers will reprogram the PSD module software, free of charge. The recall began on June 18, 2018. Owners may contact Kia customer service at 1-800-333-4542. Kia's number for this recall is SC164.
    For more information:
    Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
    NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 18V338000
    Potential Number of Units Affected: 106428
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