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2016 Kia Sedona OVERVIEW
Kia calls its Sedona a multi-purpose vehicle, rather than a minivan, despite the presence of sliding side doors. Said to “transcend” the conventional minivan, and thereby erase any remaining stigma of that prosaic body style, Kia gives Sedona some design touches that suggest a more modern appearance, approaching a crossover look. Sedonas come in seven- or eight-passenger seating configurations.
What's New for 2016
Redesigned totally for 2015, the Sedona sees only limited changes for its second model year. All models now have a standard rear backup camera. L and LX versions get new tricot seat material, replacing knit, and the EX gains standard heated front seats. When equipped with a Technology Package, SX and SXL now have eight-passenger seating. SXL now has side sills with chrome accents, said to complement the standard 19-inch chrome wheels.
Choosing Your Kia Sedona
Plenty of appealing features are available on current Sedonas, but choosing more technology raises the price substantially. Sedonas include 2.1-amp USB charging ports and 115-volt AC outlets. The dual glove box includes cooled lower storage area. Kia’s UVO infotainment and telematics system (standard on upper models) incorporates features that let parents track teenage drivers: Geo-fencing, Speed Alert, Curfew Alert, and Driving Score. SX/SXL trims may be equipped with Lane Departure and Front Collision Warnings.
All Kia Sedonas are front-wheel drive. The 3.3-liter V6 develops 276 horsepower and 248 pound-feet of torque. Kia says midrange torque has been enhanced for 2016. A six-speed Sportmatic is the sole transmission. Expect to get about 18 mpg in city driving and 24 or 25 mpg on the highway (20-21 mpg combined), but the EPA estimates only 17/22 mpg from the SXL (Limited) model.
The 2016 Kia Sedona comes in five trim levels.
Substantial price differences between each trim level give the customer a wide range to choose from, but can raise the outlay considerably. A practical, basic LX will satisfy a lot of shoppers, though those with a deeper purse might be tempted by the extras in an EX. Reduced gas mileage helps make the SXL the least-prudent choice.