With a lively powertrain and comfortable seating for seven or eight, the 2016 Kia Sedona is a minivan that offers great value and crossover styling.

Pricing and Equipment

All 2016 Kia Sedona trims are powered by a 3.3-liter V6 engine that produces 276 horsepower and 248 pound-feet of torque. Shifting comes courtesy of a six-speed automatic transmission. The Sedona is available with seating for seven or eight passengers, and is available in five trim levels:

  • The $26,400 base L boasts standard second-row Slide-N-Stow seats now wrapped in long-wearing tricot material.
  • The $28,500 LX
  • The $32,700 EX
  • The $36,400 SX includes an Infinity surround sound system, voice command navigation, and a drive mode selector.
  • Sedona's top-of-the-line $39,900 SXL features premium Nappa leather lounge seating, a leather-and-wood steering wheel, and a list of extras that could fill the entire review.

Prices do not include an $895 destination charge.

Performance Pros

Kia Sedona

We've found that the Sedona's powertrain offers plenty of power and excellent mid-range torque that provides extra go when you need it. Driving dynamics are excellent for a larger vehicle, especially in typical day-to-day situations. Sudden avoidance emergency maneuvers will never be the strong point of a vehicle in this segment and the Sedona is no exception.

  • That said, a few minutes behind the wheel and you might forget you're driving what Kia calls a "multipurpose vehicle" (sorry Kia, it's a minivan) and your senses will tell you that the Sedona has much more in common with driving a large sedan than a massive SUV.
  • Higher trim levels are equipped with three selectable drive modes: Normal, Comfort and Eco. The Comfort mode gently reduces steering effort at the expense of fuel economy, while the Eco mode reduces transmission and throttle response to improve efficiency.

Performance Cons

Gas mileage, while not bad for the segment, is reduced significantly in the highest SXL trim level:

  • L, LX, & EX trims earn a decent 18 mpg city, 24 mpg highway and 20 mpg combined.
  • The SX trim, thanks to its selectable Eco mode, produces a respectable 18 city, 25 mpg highway, 21 combined.
  • For the luxurious SXL trim, gas mileage drops to 17 mpg city, 22 mpg highway and 19 mpg combined.

Interior Pros

Kia Sedona Interior

The 2016 Sedona, like all minivans, strives to provide maximum space for passengers and cargo. Seating is nicely bolstered and comfortable.

  • The standard tricot material found in the lower trim levels is designed to resist stains and hold up well over time.
  • The leather-trimmed seats found in the EX and SX models are of the highest quality, and the Nappa leather found in the SXL is downright luxurious and plentiful. I cannot even imagine how many hides it takes to wrap that many seats in leather.

Kia's technology packages are thorough and up-to-date, with plenty of outlets for charging in all but the L and LX trims.

  • Bluetooth connectivity comes standard in all trim levels as does an AM/FM/CD/MP3/SiriusXM Audio System, with a 4.3-inch touchscreen.
  • Higher trim levels are fit with Kia's Uvo services and a brilliant sounding 8-speaker Infinity surround sound system.

Interior Cons

The Sedona's total cargo space is dead last in the segment. Kia has designed the Sedona to maximize the utility of all 142 cubic feet, though, and it feels just as big as almost any competitor -- with the exception of the cavernous Toyota Sienna, which beats the Sedona by 8 cubic feet.

The Most Pleasant Surprise

Kia Sedona Driver Consoles

The Sedona bucks the minivan trend by keeping its gear shifter in the center console -- like an SUV. It's much better than a gear shifter that screams "minivan" by protruding from the dashboard.

The Least Pleasant Surprise

The Sedona may look a lot like an SUV, but my teenagers repeatedly reminded me that I was, indeed, driving a minivan.

The Bottom Line

The 2016 Kia Sedona is a value leader in the minivan segment, offering more standard and optional features at a significantly lower price point than many of its comparably equipped competitors. The SUV-like styling is good enough to fool most passersby, and its fit and finish is nearly impeccable.