Minivans used to be small and inexpensive modes of family transportation, but over time, they’ve all grown much larger and much more expensive. The former is good thing, as most families need maximum room for kids, cargo, dogs, sporting gear and whatever else needs hauling. The latter point is not so good, which is why buying a used 2016 Kia Sedona makes so much sense. Better still, if you purchase a Kia Sedona through Kia’s certified pre-owned program, the original 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty is reinstated from the vehicle’s original date of sale.
Compared to rivals like the Honda Odyssey and Toyota Sienna, the Sedona offers equal levels of style, sophistication and interior amenities. The Sedona also receives top safety marks, and its standard V6 engine has more than enough power to move a fully loaded van. And although the Sedona’s somewhat vague electric power steering isn’t as precise or direct as that of the Honda Odyssey, we don’t imagine many minivan buyers will find it to be a deal killer.
In 2016, a rear backup camera was added to the standard equipment list, while the EX trim gained heated front seats.
What We Like
Handsome styling; lots of standard features; a powerful V6 engine; reclining second-row seats with footrests on SX Limited trim; excellent safety features and crash-test scores
What We Don’t
Average fuel economy; advanced driver-assist features only available on top Limited trim; vague response from SX’s electric power steering
Fuel Economy & Engine Specs
The Kia Sedona offers only one engine choice, that being a 3.3-liter V6 good for 276 horsepower and 248 lb-ft of torque. A 6-speed automatic transmission routes power to the Sedona’s front wheels. EPA fuel economy estimates vary according to trim level. The L, LX and EX earn an estimated 18 miles per gallon in the city and 24 mpg on the highway, while the SX trim earns 18 mpg city/25 mpg hwy. The heavier SX Limited version lowers figures to 17 mpg city/22 mpg hwy.
Standard Features & Options
The 2016 Sedona comes in five trims: L, LX, EX, SX and SX Limited. All offer the choice of 7- or 8-passenger seating.
The base Sedona L comes standard with 17-inch alloy wheels, manual sliding doors, rear parking sensors, a rear backup camera, a height-adjustable driver’s seat, second-row seats that fold and slide forward for increased cargo space, air conditioning with a rear-passenger control panel, cruise control, Bluetooth for phone and streaming audio, a USB port and a 4-speaker audio system with satellite radio.
The LX adds 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 adds 18-in wheels, heated mirrors, heated front seats, a programmable power liftgate, power-sliding doors, keyless ignition, LED running lights, fog lights, 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 8-speaker Infinity audio system plus HD Radio.
The SX brings driver memory settings, a power passenger seat, ventilated front seats, first- and second-row heated seats, upgraded leather upholstery, an 8-in color touchscreen with navigation, Drive Mode Select driver-selectable steering and transmission calibrations, an upgraded color trip computer and a blind spot monitoring system with rear cross-traffic alert.
The SX Limited brings 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, an optional Convenience package adds the cooled glove compartment, heated front seats, power-sliding doors and rear sunshades. EX trims could be equipped with the Premium package, which includes 4-way driver’s-side power lumbar support, power front passenger seats, seat memory, blind spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert and heated second-row seats.
A tow hitch and a rear-seat entertainment system is optional on all trims.
The Kia Sedona holds average resale values, far below those of the Honda Odyssey and Toyota Sienna, slightly below the Nissan Quest, but on par with the Chrysler Town & Country. To get a better idea of the Kia Sedona’s price range in your area, we suggest checking the used-car values at KBB.com. You can also search the Autotrader Classifieds to see what models are currently for sale in your area.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has issued the following recalls for the 2016 Kia Sedona.
A recall was issued regarding the power sliding side door. The door may not auto reverse when it senses an obstruction, possibly resulting in injury to occupants.
Recall repairs are required by law, even if the vehicle is out of warranty. Your dealer can check to see if the repairs were performed and, if not, will fix the car at no charge to you. You can also check the NHTSA website; simply enter your vehicle’s identification number for a list of performed recall repairs.
Safety Ratings & Warranties
Both NHTSA and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) give the 2016 Sedona high marks in all crash tests, with the minivan scoring five stars in the NHTSA front- and side-impact tests and four out of five stars in the rollover test. The IIHS calls the 2016 Sedona a Top Safety Pick, giving it their best rating of Good in all crash-test categories, though only a Basic rating in the crash-avoidance category.
The Kia Sedona left the factory with a 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty and a 5-year/60,000-mile basic warranty. The powertrain warranty reverts to the 5-year/60,000-mile coverage unless you purchase the Sedona through Kia’s CPO program, in which case the original 10-year/100,000-mile plan is reinstated from the vehicle’s original purchase date. The car also undergoes a 164-point inspection, 10-year/unlimited mileage roadside assistance, plus limited reimbursement coverage for rental car, towing and breakdowns.
Other Cars to Consider
2016 Honda Odyssey — The Odyssey is the segment champion, offering better resale figures, fuel economy and interior room than the Sedona. However, a used Odyssey will cost more than a similarly equipped Sedona, and its warranty isn’t as strong.
2016 Toyota Sienna — The Sienna also holds better resale values than the Sedona and so will cost more on the used lot. We think the Sedona offers a nicer interior and more features, but the Sienna offers the option of all-wheel drive, a bonus for those who have to deal with snow in the winter months.
2016 Chrysler Town & Country — The Town & Country isn’t as stylish as the Sedona, and its resale values are pretty much on par with the Kia’s. The Chrysler’s stowable seats are easier to operate than the Kia’s, and its V6 has a bit more power with similar fuel economy.
We’d opt for a nicely equipped EX or SX trim. However, if you want more advanced driver-assist features, such as lane-departure warning, adaptive cruise control and forward-collision warning, the SX Limited is your only choice.