2018 Kia Sedona
Not only has Kia been ranked Highest in Initial Quality based on its results in the 2016 and 2017 J.D. Power Initial Quality Studies, but Kia is a great automaker because they offer a diverse model lineup. Kia Motors makes everything from electric vehicles to sedans to SUVs, and to minivans like the Kia Sedona. The Sedona is powered by an efficient engine, and the interior and exterior features vary from trim to trim.
Avail. Highway Economy
Standard Infotainment System
Found on all 2018 Kia Sedona minivan trims is a 3.3-liter DOHC V6 engine. Able to generate 276 horsepower and 248 lb-ft of torque, much of its power can be attested to its engineering - the DOHC design, dual continuously variable valve timing (CVVT), and gasoline direct injection (GDI). CVVT alters the frequency of an engine’s cylinders valve lift event when intaking fuel and air and exhausting the resulting fumes. DOHC takes the strain off of each cylinder by splitting this process between two routes. GDI is simply a better form of fuel delivery, and together, these designs not only help the minivan achieve its optimal performance but also great fuel economy across the lineup.
Driving and Handling
Being that the Kia Sedona has only one drivetrain and one engine, all trims are paired to an electronically controlled 6-speed automatic transmission with overdrive and Sportmatic. Sportmatic transmissions allow the driver to change gears manually if they wish. Nearly all 2018 Kia Sedona trims have the same fuel economy of 18 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway. The Sedona SX trim gets 25 mpg in the city, and the Sedona SX Limited has a fuel economy of 17/22 mpg city/highway.
When it comes to the exterior of the Kia Sedona, a good amount of nice features are shared across the lineup, with mainly novelties and luxury items popping up on high-tier trims. On either trim, consumers can expect exterior mirrors with LED turn-signals, solar control glass for the front windshield, heated rear glass with a timer, a rear window wiper, auto on/off headlights, and a rear spoiler. Oddly enough, heated exterior mirrors aren’t standard and start as an option on the Sedona LX.
Available features found on select trims in the 2018 Kia Sedona lineup consist of a smart welcome that lights up in presence of the key fob, dual power sunroofs, solar control glass on the front windows, a sound-absorbing windshield, a smart power liftgate that opens in presence of the key fob, privacy glass for the rear seats, LED positioning lights, roof rails, and more. The Sedona L and LX trims ride on 17-inch alloy wheels. The Sedona EX and SX trims ride on 18-inch alloy wheels. 19-inch alloy wheels with a chrome finish are on the Sedona SX Limited.
Features for the cabin jump around a little more for the Kia Sedona to up the ante for high-tier trims. Cloth trims the seats for the Sedona L and LX trims, whereas the rest of the lineup has leather upholstery with premium Nappa leather available on the SX Limited. Other features consumers can find as a standard include slide-n-stow second row seats and a 40/40 split-fold third row seat when it comes to seating configurations. The Sedona LX and EX trims come with an 8-way power adjustable driver seat, and the Kia Sedona EX and SX Limited come with an 8-way power adjustable front passenger seat. Heated front and second row seats are available on the Sedona EX, SX, and SX Limited trims, and ventilated front seats can be found on the Sedona SX and the Sedona SX Limited.
When it comes to convenience, favorable features tend to lean more towards the middle and high-tier trims. Aside from an active eco driving system standard, consumers will find the following features available or standard on trims starting with the Sedona EX and up: an auto-dimming rearview mirror with HomeLink, integrated second and third-row sunshades, triple-zone automatic climate control, a Smart Key with push-button start and engine immobilizer, and drive mode select. For extra comfort, consumers may also find a leather-wrapped and heated steering wheel and a leather-wrapped gear shift knob in the cabin. The minivan has a total of 142 cubic feet of cargo space available with the second- and third-row seats stored away.
Technology offers a little reprieve for those wanting a minivan on a budget. The Sedona L and LX trims may only come with SiriusXM radio with five speakers and a touchscreen display, but the Sedona LX is available with a 7-inch color touchscreen display with UVO eServices, which is standard on the Sedona EX. The Sedona SX and Sedona SX Limited come with an 8-inch color touchscreen with UVO eServices, HD Radio, and SiriusXM Traffic. The Sedona EX, SX, and SX Limited trims have Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, which is an available feature on the Sedona LX. A four speaker system comes on the Sedona L, LX, and EX trims, and the Sedona LX and EX trims also have dash-mounted tweeters. The Sedona SX and SX Limited trims have an Infinity 8-speaker system with a subwoofer.
Safety Features and Warranty
The 2018 Kia Sedona minivan has all the basic features one would expect for a modern vehicle. Included are: dual-stage front and front-seat mounted airbags, full-length side curtain airbags, traction and stability control systems, brake assist systems, LATCH child seat tether system, and a rearview camera. Advanced and automatic safety features consumers can opt-in for on all but the base trim (L) are parking assist with front and rear sensors, autonomous emergency brakes, forward collision warning, lane departure warning, smart cruise control, blind-spot detection, and rear cross traffic alert. A surround view monitor is only available for the Sedona SX and SX Limited trims.
All Kia vehicles come with the 10-year or 100,000 mile warranty program which includes: a 10-year or 100,000-mile limited powertrain warranty, a 5-year or 60,000 mile-limited basic warranty and a 5-year or 100,000-mile limited anti-perforation warranty.