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2016 Kia Sedona: New Car Review

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Kia still makes a minivan, which may come as a surprise to some, especially considering how big players such as Ford, GM and VW have dropped their minivans. The 2016 Kia Sedona is alive and well, though, and it's emerged as one of the most attractive, best-equipped family haulers money can buy. Just one look, and you can tell from the Sedona's assertive exterior styling that it means business. This is a distinctively good-looking van, with muscular features Kia says are inspired by crossover SUVs. Inside, you'll have all the features minivan buyers expect, along with a snug driving position putting the shift lever beside you on the console, like in a crossover. The look of the dashboard, including the buttons, gauges and the materials, is decidedly upscale. The Sedona also comes standard with a 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty.

Is the 2016 Sedona the best minivan you can buy? We're not ready to go that far, but without a doubt, it's a fully competitive minivan for the money. This is the first Sedona able to go toe-to-toe with the Honda Odyssey and the Toyota Sienna, and that's a big win for Kia.

What's New for 2016?

For 2016, all Sedona models gain a rear backup camera. The EX trim gains heated front seats, while SX and SXL models offer 8-passenger seating when equipped with the Technology package.

What We Like

Distinctive styling; generous features; unique second-row seats with flip-forward cargo mode; strong value

What We Don't

Unimpressive fuel economy; narrow rear quarter windows limit side vision

How Much?

$27,295-$46,000

Fuel Economy

All Sedona minivans employ front-wheel drive and a 3.3-liter V6 engine generating 276 horsepower and 248 lb-ft of torque. The transmission is a 6-speed automatic.

Fuel economy estimates from the Environmental Protection Agency start at 18 miles per gallon in the city and 24 mpg on the highway for the L, LX and EX trim levels. The SX takes it up a notch to 18 mpg city/25 mpg hwy, but the SXL drops to 17 mpg city/22 mpg hwy. Overall, these aren't bad numbers, but the Odyssey's are significantly better.

Standard Features & Options

The 2016 Kia Sedona is offered in L, LX, EX, SX and SXL trim levels, with 7- or 8-passenger seating.

The L ($27,295) 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 seatbacks 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 ($29,395) also receives alloy wheels, roof rails, LED running lights, power-folding mirrors, rear privacy glass, a power driver's seat, a 6-speaker audio system and the UVO electronics suite with a mobile app providing monitoring and control of various vehicle systems.

The EX ($33,595) throws in larger 18-inch wheels, fancier LED running lights, fog lights, heated mirrors, a power lift gate (with programmable height adjustment), power-sliding doors, 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 an Infinity audio system with eight speakers and HD Radio.

The SX ($37,295) boasts LED taillights, driver memory settings, a power passenger seat, heated seats (first and second rows), cooled front seats, fancier leather upholstery, driver-selectable steering and transmission calibrations, an upgraded color trip computer, an 8-in touchscreen with navigation, a voice-command system and a blind spot monitoring system with rear cross-traffic alert.

The SXL ($40,795) throws in larger 19-in wheels, chrome exterior trim, front parking sensors, a heated steering wheel with wood trim, additional wood interior accents and second-row lounge seats with extendable leg rests and winged headrests.

For the LX, a Convenience package is offered, bundling the cooled glove compartment, UVO eServices, heated front seats, power-sliding doors and rear sunshades.

For the EX, a Premium package bundles 4-way driver power lumbar support, memory settings, the power front passenger seat, heated second-row seats and the blind spot monitoring system with rear cross-traffic alert.

For the SXL, a Technology package contributes automatic xenon headlights, a surround-view parking camera, lane-departure warning, adaptive cruise control and a forward-collision warning system.

All trims can be outfitted with a tow hitch and a rear-seat entertainment system.

Safety

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gives the Sedona a 5-star overall crash-test rating, while the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gives the Sedona its highest rating of Good in all crash-test categories and names it a Top Safety Pick.

The 2016 Sedona comes with anti-lock disc brakes, stability control and six airbags (front, front-side and full-length side-curtain). Options include a surround-view camera, rear cross-traffic alert, lane-departure warning and a forward-collision warning system (bundled with adaptive cruise control).

Behind the Wheel

In our interior evaluation, we were impressed by the 2016 Sedona's upscale vibe. The placement of the shifter definitely has something to do with it. Most minivans have shift levers on the dashboard, but the Sedona's is between the seats on the prominent center console, just like in a crossover. There's more to the high-quality interior than that, however. The buttons and switchgear look like they've been yanked from the Cadenza luxury sedan, and the materials are easily class-competitive. The previous Sedona was all about being generic, but the new one's not afraid to stand out.

Seat comfort is solid all around in the Sedona, with enough room for full-sized adults in the third row. The optional 8-passenger layout utilizes a removable middle seat for the second row, and the second-row seats have a Slide-N-Stow feature to help maximize cargo space, collapsing upright against the first-row seatbacks. Operation is pretty straightforward, and we like that the Sedona doesn't require the backbreaking task of removing the second-row seats to achieve full cargo capacity. The only letdown is the SXL's lounge seats, which don't offer Slide-N-Stow, so if you plan to haul a lot of stuff, the top-of-the-line Sedona probably isn't the best fit.

On the road, the 3.3-liter V6 sounds a bit coarse at higher rotations per minute, but in general, it's well-behaved. Acceleration is sufficiently brisk, with fuel economy acceptable but somewhat disappointing for a relatively new model. Road noise is noticeable but held to reasonable levels on most surfaces. We found the ride rather firm with the SXL's 19-in wheels aboard; for optimal ride comfort, stick with the 18s (EX and SX) or the 17s (L and LX).

Other Cars to Consider

2016 Chrysler Town & Country -- Descended from the Dodge Caravan that started the whole minivan craze, the Town & Country lags behind in terms of material quality, but it's still a good value.

2016 Honda Odyssey -- The Odyssey has the best fuel economy of the bunch, and its driving dynamics are highly refined.

2016 Toyota Sienna -- The Sienna's 3.5-liter V6 is the strongest and most satisfying engine in this segment, and the 2016 Sienna is the only minivan to offer all-wheel drive.

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.

Autotrader's Advice

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, UVO and other handy features for under $30,000.

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