2016 Kia Sedona - Miami, FL
Kia continues to knock it out of the park with its crossover segment, and its updated Sedona is no exception. The Sedona offers a stylish update on classic minivan design, offering parents a vehicle that gives them the passenger space they need but doesn't make them feel embarrassed to be seen in it by friends.
Even the skeptical are won over once they take a look inside and see all the bells and whistles the Sedona has to offer.
The 2015 Kia Sedona was such a strong offering that few changes were needed. Kia introduces the 2016 model with some subtle upgrades, but the Sedona still offers the features that fans of the brand have come to know and love.
Minivans aren't known for their ability to blast off to 60 in just a few seconds or to navigate off-road terrain. The focus is on a comfortable and quiet ride with enough power to navigate city traffic easily but not so much that it compromises fuel efficiency. That's what the Sedona delivers.
The 2016 Kia Sedona comes with a 3.3-liter gasoline direct injection (GDI) V6 engine paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. The power train puts out 276 horse power and 248 pounds per feet of torque.
The V6 is strong enough to pull you out of mud if you get caught in the rain, and it can tow up to 3,500 pounds of cargo.
Fuel efficiency is 18 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway.
The power train is also designed to deliver a smooth and quiet ride -- especially important when you are driving with small children and need to keep the cabin as quiet as possible so they can nap.
The quieter ride is also a benefit when you have older children who are causing enough noise on their own.
You don't want the extra distraction!
Amplitude Selected Dampers contribute to the quiet ride, and rear strut reinforcement and a high-strength chassis make for easier handling. With these changes, the Sedona will drive like butta.
Minivans are primarily considered family vehicles, and that makes safety a top priority for successful models.
The 2016 Kia Sedona has been designed with safety in mind, and it has already earned a 5-star overall safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Safety is built into the frame of the new Sedona. Advanced High-Strength Steel is used to build the majority of the frame (76 percent), which creates a more rigid and lighter-weight frame, making the Sedona both safer and more fuel-efficient.
Reinforced roof pillars are designed to distribute force upon impact, and the A-pillars are reinforced by ultra high-strength steel tubes.
The 2016 Kia Sedona also comes with standard safety features such as stability and traction control, backup camera, Hill-start Assist Control, brake assist, Electronic Brake Force Distribution, Roll Over Mitigation, Cornering Brake Control and anti-lock brakes.
Features that improve safety and contribute to a more convenient driving experience include a surround-view camera, forward-collision alert, blind-spot detection, and rear-traffic alert. These features help expand the driver's field of vision to detect potential obstacles more quickly and to reduce the risk of accident.
Passenger and Cargo Room
Of course, most people buy minivans because they offer more room for families, including additional space for friends and gear. The 2016 Kia Sedona can seat seven with three rows of seating. The SX and SXL trims offer seating for eight when you opt for the Technology Package.
Cloth seating with a modern pattern is included on the base model, but leather seating is available for higher trim levels. The cloth includes antimicrobial protection for spills, as well as anti-static protection. The cloth is also treated for stain protection.
These are ideal features in a family friendly minivan, where spills and crumbs are likely to add up quickly. The seating is designed with comfort in mind, and it includes retractable leg rests and winged head rests.
The seats are adjustable to create just the right amount of leg room, and the third seat folds down flat to make more cargo room.
Second-row heated seats are optional, but heated and ventilated front seats are standard. Tri-zone climate control ensures that every passenger has a comfortable ride.
At the rear, a smart power liftgate makes it easy to load cargo even when you have your hands full. Just stand near the liftgate with the fob in your pocket, and the liftgate will open automatically. The rear row has a 60/40 spilt for more loading options, or you can fold it down completely and store it in the floor.
The 2016 Kia Sedona comes with five trim levels so that you can get the features you want. The base level is the L, which comes with all the standard features mentioned above. The next trim level, the LX, comes with additional features such as power-folding outside mirrors and the UVO eServices infotainment system, which includes navigation and premium audio capabilities.
The infotainment system also includes parental controls such as speed and curfew alert and geo-fencing.
The EX trim add features such as front fog lights, additional USB ports, and push button start. The SX trim package offers Nappa leather seating, an Infinity surround sound premium audio system, voice-command navigation and a bigger 8-inch display, and blind-spot detection.
The top trim level, the SXL, adds 19-inch chrome alloy wheels, side sills with chrome accents, surround-view camera, and first-class lounge seating.
Every trim level features the same power train, so there are no additional engine or transmission options.
Pricing and Release Date
The base level 2016 Kia Sedona will start at $27,295, which is a slight price increase over the 2015 model. However, the model also includes several new features, which many buyers will find well worth the slightly higher cost.