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James Flammang
Contributing Editor - July 9, 2015

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.


Reasonably well equipped, the base-model Sedona comes with 17-inch alloy wheels, body-color outside door handles, black mesh grille, steering-wheel audio controls, seven-passenger seating, tilt/telescopic steering column, air conditioning, four-speaker audio, Slide-N-Stow second-row seat, split-folding third-row seats, cruise control, keyless entry, full-length side-curtain airbags, Bluetooth, and 12 cupholders.


Moving up one notch from a basic Sedona adds $2,100 to the MSRP, including silver-painted roof rails, eight-passenger seating (with second-row bench), six-speaker audio, and eight-way power driver's seats.


Adding $4,200 to the MSRP, the midlevel EX comes standard with power sliding doors, “smart” power liftgate with sensor, high-performance dampers, 18-inch alloy wheels, foglights, heated mirrors, illuminated ignition switch, illuminated dual glovebox with cooling, tri-zone automatic air conditioning, pushbutton start, leather-wrapped steering wheel, leather seating trim, heated front seats, Rapid Charge 2.1-amp USB jacks, and UVO eServices with rear camera.


Parting with another $3,700 for a Sedona SX brings LED rear combination lamps, memory seating/mirror system, Infinity eight-speaker audio, power passenger seat, heated second-row seats and ventilated front seats, and navigation.

SXL (Limited)

For an additional $3,500 over the SX, Kia’s Limited edition provides a number of extra features, starting with 19-inch chrome alloy wheels, a dual sunroof, and Nappa leather upholstery. Also standard: a uniquely-finished mesh grille, projector foglights, chrome outside door handles, Aeroblade wipers, unique front/rear panel trim, sliding storage tray on console, and wood-trimmed heated steering wheel. Safety extras include blind-spot detection with rear cross-traffic, and front/rear parking assist. Seven-passenger seating centers on lounge-type second-row seats.

CarsDirect Tip

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.

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