Distinctive styling; generous features; unique second-row seats with flip-forward cargo mode; strong value
Unimpressive fuel economy; narrow rear-quarter windows limit side vision
Other than some new paint color choices, the 2018 Kia Sedona carries over with no changes of note.
We see the most value in the Sedona's reasonably priced LX trim level. You'll have cloth upholstery instead of leather, so it'll be one less thing to worry about. You also have a power driver's seat, alloy wheels and power-sliding doors, and you can add autonomous emergency braking, adaptive cruise control and heated side mirrors while staying under the $35,000 mark.
The 2018 Kia Sedona is offered in L, LX, EX, SX and SXL trim levels, with 7- or 8-passenger seating.
The L ($27,850) comes standard with features such as steel wheels, manual sliding doors, rear-parking sensors, a rear backup camera, a height-adjustable driver's seat, second-row seats that flip forward against the first-row seat backs to increase cargo space, air conditioning with a rear-passenger control panel, cruise control, Bluetooth phone and audio, a USB port and a 4-speaker audio system with satellite radio.
The LX ($29,850) also receives alloy wheels, roof rails, LED running lights, power-folding mirrors, rear privacy glass, power-sliding doors, 8-passenger seating, a power driver's seat and a 6-speaker audio system.
The EX ($34,550) throws in larger 18-inch wheels, fancier LED running lights, fog lights, heated mirrors, a power lift gate (with programmable height adjustment), heated front seats, keyless ignition, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, 3-zone automatic climate control, leather upholstery, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, a cooled glove compartment, rear sunshades and UVO3 eServices with Apply CarPlay and Android Auto.
The SX ($37,850) boasts LED taillights, driver memory settings, second-row captain's chair seating, a power passenger seat, heated seats (first and second rows), cooled front seats, driver-selectable steering and transmission calibrations, an upgraded color trip computer, an 8-in touchscreen with navigation, an Infinity audio system with eight speakers and HD Radio, a voice-command system, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and a blind spot monitoring system with rear cross-traffic alert.
The SXL ($42,850) throws in larger 19-in wheels, auto-leveling HID headlights, a heated steering wheel, adaptive cruise control, an Around-View Monitor, lane-departure warning, forward-collision warning and autonomous emergency braking.
The LX offers the Advanced Technology package, which adds a blind spot monitoring system with rear cross-traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, a supervision gauge cluster, autonomous emergency braking, dual-heated power mirrors, forward-collision warning and lane-departure warning. The Essentials Premium package brings Smart Key keyless entry and push-button start, a cooled glove box, front- and rear-parking sensors, roof rails, leather seating, heated front seats, second- and third-row sunshades, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
For the EX, an Advanced Premium Technology package includes the contents of the LX's Advanced Technology package and adds driver's-seat memory and power lumbar support, an 8-way power passenger seat and heated second-row seats.
The SX trim offers the Advanced Touring package with autonomous emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, Dynamic Bending Headlights, automatic high beams, HID headlights, a 110-volt outlet, lane-departure warning, forward-collision warning, a surround-view monitor, an acoustic windshield and a heated steering wheel.
For the SXL, the Prestige package brings Nappa leather seating, reclining second-row seats with leg-rest extensions and dual-power glass sunroofs.
All trims can be outfitted with a tow hitch and a rear-seat entertainment system.
|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|
2018 Chrysler Pacifica -- The Pacifica is much sleeker-looking and offers a more powerful engine, more stylish interior and the option of plug-in hybrid model. However, a loaded Pacifica costs thousands more than a similarly equipped Sedona.
2018 Honda Odyssey -- The Honda Odyssey is all new this year with more power, a larger and more versatile interior and the better fuel economy than the Sedona. Its driving dynamics and advanced safety features are highly refined.
2018 Toyota Sienna -- The Sienna's 3.5-liter V6 is the strongest and most satisfying engine in this segment, and the 2018 Sienna is the only minivan to offer all-wheel drive. Emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, lane-departure warning and automatic high beams all come standard on every Sienna.
Used Mercedes-Benz R-Class -- A 2010-2015 3-row R-Class was basically a luxury minivan with four conventional doors instead of a couple of sliding doors, and it's brilliant to drive. Look for the BlueTEC turbodiesel model for better fuel efficiency and low-end torque.