With the rise of the crossover, the minivan segment is as thin as it’s been since the 1980s. Kia, however, keeps on trucking – or should we say “vanning” – with its recently redesigned Sedona. With the 2017 Sedona’s near-perfect interior comfort and soft ride, it may seem like the ideal family car, but it’s far from perfect.

Pricing and Equipment

The 2017 Kia Sedona starts from $26,900 in its L trim level. While that’s a strong price, the EX trim will be the most popular trim among buyers because of its features and competitive $33,600 starting price. This trim comes with:

  • Eighteen-inch wheels
  • Fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Power liftgate
  • Keyless entry and ignition
  • Tri-zone climate control
  • Leather seating with heated front seats
  • Seven-inch touchscreen display

Buyers looking for even more features can add the EX Advanced Premium Technology Package for $2,800 and gains features like power front seats, integrated seat memory, blind-spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alert.

All Sedonas rely on a 3.3-liter V6, producing 276 horsepower and 248 pound-feet of torque, and a six-speed automatic transmission. The most efficient Sedona – the stylish SX trim – returns 18 miles per gallon in the city and 25 on the highway.

Performance Pros

Kia Sedona
  • The ride is soft and absorbs bumps effortlessly, even with the optional 19-inch wheels.
  • The 3.3-liter V6 has plenty of power to move this heavy minivan.
  • Max towing capacity of 3,500 pounds.
  • Stable steering tracks true and straight on the interstate with very little wandering.

Performance Cons

  • With a full load of passengers and a trailer, the Sedona may struggle.
  • The suspension can get into a rhythmic bounce on some imperfect interstates.
  • Not at all good in the corners due to its high center of gravity and heavy curb weight (but what minivan is?).
  • Six-speed transmission feels dated when Chrysler is using a nine-speed auto for the Pacifica and Honda will sell both nine- and ten-speed autos on the Odyssey.

Interior Pros

  • Higher trim levels boast plenty of soft-touch materials and K900-like styling details.
  • The first- and second-row seats are impressively comfortable.
  • Lots of small storage areas for tucking away items.
  • The cabin is a very quiet space, even at higher speeds.

Interior Cons

Kia Sedona
  • The third row is on the smaller side, and not great for teenagers.
  • Getting to the third row is tight.
  • Lacks the maximum cargo room of its competitors.

The Most Pleasant Surprise

Driving the Sedona is surprisingly comfortable. Its ride is about as good as a non-luxury vehicle can get, and its interior is extremely quiet. Pair this peacefulness with the premium features in the higher trim levels, and buyers may think they’re in a higher-end vehicle.

The Least Pleasant Surprise

We understand that minivans aren’t marketed as performance vehicles, but the Sedona really struggles with moving quickly. It also pitches and rolls too much, making everyone inside feel quite uneasy.

The Bottom Line

Kia has come a long way with its models’ premium features and cabin quality, and the Sedona is no exception. Plus, this minivan is a decent buy for the money. It does, however, have some glaring issues: handling woes, a tight third row, and its below-average max cargo capacity. That said, the comfy ride and whisper-quiet interior could push many families to look past these issues. Whether the Sedona is amazing or mediocre depends on what each buyer expects from their minivan.