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2009 Kia Sedona Van

4dr SWB

Starting at | Starting at 16 MPG City - 23 MPG Highway

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2009 Kia Sedona Van

Benefits of Driving a 2009 Kia Sedona Van

With more standard equipment than rival vans, the Sedona makes a strong appeal on value for the money. The Sedona is also arguably one of the safest minivans, with a full roster of safety equipment and top crash-test scores; it has been named a Top Safety Pick from the IIHS.

What's new for 2009?

For 2009, Sirius satellite radio compatibility--including a trial 3-month subscription--is standard on all Sedonas. An auxiliary input and MP3-compatible USB connector is also newly standard. A navigation system is optional on the Sedona for the first time, though it's only offered on the top EX trim.

Model Strengths

  • Wealth of standard features
  • excellent safety reputation
  • choice of two different sizes
  • good handling

Model Review

The Sedona comes in two different lengths--short-wheelbase (SWB), and long-wheelbase (LWB). The LWB models are about a foot longer overall. In either length, the front-wheel-drive Sedona is powered by a 250-horsepower, 3.8-liter V6 engine, mated to a 5-speed automatic transmission with Sportmatic manual control.

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Source: The Car Connection

TheCarConnection.com has driven the Kia Sedona, along with other minivans, to bring you firsthand driving observations and an assessment of its safety, features, and value. TheCarConnection.com also researched reviews relevant to the 2009 Kia Sedona and included highlights that will best help shoppers looking for a good family vehicle.

Kia is one of a few manufacturers still producing both short- and long-wheelbase versions of the same van (as of 2008, Chrysler dropped its short-wheelbase models). Curiously, Kia's partner company internationally, Hyundai, offers only the long-wheelbase model in its Entourage lineup.

All model Sedonas--including Base, LX, and EX--are powered by the same 3.8-liter V-6 engine found in Kia's luxury sedan, the Amanti. The engine produces 250 horsepower, which makes it at least competitive with every other minivan. The transmission is a five-speed automatic. Economy ratings are similar to those of other minivans at 16 mpg city, 23 highway.

Chrysler leads the minivan world in terms of features. Kia does not offer anything quite like Chrysler's Stow 'n Go seats, but the standard seating for seven works just fine as is. If you need maximum cargo room, the second row of seats is removable, but it's heavy. Compared to the Town & Country or Dodge Grand Caravan, the 2009 Kia Sedona feels like it's a generation behind.

Detailing is minimal in the styling of the 2009 Kia Sedona, making it a plain but well-proportioned vehicle. Inside, the Sedona is well-equipped and just as straightforward in terms of style and function. Passenger room is identical for all long-wheelbase models. The added wheelbase increases cargo volume from 12.9 cubic feet behind the third-row seat to 33.2 cubic feet. This is a significant difference that will matter to some families. However, if you put the third row into service only rarely, then you may do just fine with the short-wheelbase 2009 Sedona base model. Additionally if you're looking at the SWB Sedona, you should be aware it has a less-useful seating arrangement that requires removing, rather than folding, the third row to get a flat cargo floor.

The short-wheelbase Sedona model zips along impressively on the road. It feels quite maneuverable due to its light weight, tight turning radius, and an even slightly faster steering ratio. Competitors such as the Mazda5 and Honda Odyssey corner flatter and have more feel through the steering wheel. These vans are also more refined, but if you're going for value, it's OK to give up some refinement.

Typical for Kia, the Sedona is equipped with important safety equipment, yet priced toward the low end of its competitive set. When it comes to safety, the 2009 Kia Sedona includes anti-lock brakes, stability and traction control, plus front, side, and side curtain airbags (that cover all three rows of seats). Performance in government and IIHS crash tests is excellent.

For 2009 a few new garnishes are added to the Sedona's feature list, including Sirius Satellite Radio capability and MP3-USB connectivity, standard on all trim levels (the EX receives three months of complimentary service and an optional navigation system). There's little to choose from in available options. Generally, customers decide between the three models, Base, LX, or EX, and take what they offer. Only a handful of options (such as a DVD entertainment system, heated front seats, and so on) are available, but this helps keep the Sedona simple to build, which in turn maintains the low price.


The Bottom Line:

Of the available minivans, the 2009 Kia Sedona is one of the most affordable, but it doesn't skimp on what counts for families.

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What do the Safety Ratings mean?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) performs independent crash testing of new vehicles and then assigns them a score based on their performance. The overall crash test rating is based on how a vehicle performs in the following tests:

Driver Crash Grade:

Measures the chance of a serious injury to a crash test dummy that is placed in a driver's seat and driven into a fixed barrier at 35 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less chance of injury.

Passenger Crash Grade:

Similar to the driver crash grade, only now the focus is on the passenger.

Rollover Resistance:

Simulates an emergency lane change to measure the likelihood of a vehicle rolling over. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less risk of rollover.

Side Impact Crash Test - Front:

Focuses on the front side of a vehicle. It simulates crashes that can occur in intersections by striking a 3,015-pound weight against the side of a vehicle at 38.5 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 5 percent or less chance of injury.

Side Impact Crash Test - Rear:

Similar to the front side impact test only now the focus is on the rear passenger.

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Original Warranty  help
Original Warranty
An original warranty is the warranty associated with a vehicle when it is brand new. In addition to the original warranty, select items, like tires, are typically covered by respective manufacturers. Also, an act of Federal law sometimes provides protection for certain components, like emissions equipment.
The original warranty is often broken down into multiple sections, including:
Basic Warranty:
Typically covers everything except for parts that wear out through normal use of the vehicle. Examples of non-covered items are brake pads, wiper blades and filters.
Drivetrain Warranty:
This warranty covers items the basic warranty does not protect. Wear and tear items such as hoses will not be covered, but key items like the engine, transmission, drive axles and driveshaft often will be.
Roadside Assistance:
The level of service differs greatly with this warranty, but many manufacturers offer a toll-free number that helps provide assistance in case you run out of gas, get a flat tire or lock your keys in the car.
Corrosion Warranty:
This warranty focuses on protecting you from holes caused by rust or corrosion in your vehicle's sheet metal.
Please check the owner's manual, visit a local dealership or look at the manufacturer's website to learn more about the specifics of the warranties that apply to a vehicle.

Basic 5 Years/60,000 Miles
Drivetrain 10 Years/100,000 Miles
Corrosion 5 Years/100,000 Miles
Roadside Assistance 5 Years/60,000 Miles 24-hour roadside assistance

Kia Certified Pre-Owned Warranty  help
Certified Pre-Owned Warranty
To be eligible for Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) status, vehicles generally must be recent models with relatively low mileage. CPO vehicles must also pass a detailed inspection, outlined by the manufacturer, which is measured by the number of inspected points.
Warranty coverage can vary from one manufacturer to the next. While most certified pre-owned programs transfer and extend the existing new car warranty terms, others offer a warranty that simply represents an additional year and mileage value. Always check with the manufacturer for the specific warranties they offer.
Common features and benefits of Certified Pre-Owned warranties include:
Age/Mileage Eligibility
To even be considered for certification, a car must be a recent model year and have limited mileage. The exact requirements are established by individual manufacturers.
Lease Term Certified
Some manufacturers offer certified pre-owned cars for lease. The length of the lease is often shorter than a new car lease, but it will cost you less.
Point Inspection
These inspections entail a comprehensive vehicle test to ensure that all parts are in excellent working order. The point inspection list is simply a numbered list of exactly what parts of the car are examined. While many inspections range from a 70- to 150-point checklist, most are very similar and are performed using strict guidelines. Ask your local dealer about specific details.
Return/Exchange Program
Some manufacturers offer a very limited return or exchange period. Find out if you will get the sales tax and licensing/registration fees back should you return or exchange the car.
Roadside Assistance
Most certified pre-owned programs offer free roadside service in case your car breaks down while still under warranty.
Special Financing
Reduced-rate loans are available through many certified pre-owned programs. Manufacturer-backed inspections and warranties help eliminate the risks involved with buying pre-owned, so buyers who qualify can take advantage of the great offers.
Transferable Warranty
When a new car warranty transfers with the certification of the car and remains eligible for the next owner, it is known as a transferable warranty. Once the original transferable warranty expires, an extended warranty takes effect.
Warranty Deductible
This is the amount for which you are responsible when repair work is performed under the warranty. Some manufacturers require a deductible while others don't, so always ask.

120-months/100,000-mile Powertrain warranty from original in-service date
Age/Mileage Eligibility up to 5 model years old w/ less than 60,000 miles
Lease Term Certified No
Point Inspection 150
Return/Exchange Program No
Roadside Assistance 10-Year/Unlimited Mileage from In-Service Date
Transferrable Warranty Yes
Warranty Deductible $50

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