Minivans are an endangered species thanks to the onslaught of crossovers taking their spots in family garages and driveways. That said, upgraded models like the new Honda Odyssey and the Chrysler Pacifica have started a neo-revolution for this family-hauling class. But the 2018 Kia Sedona, with its dated interior, sloppy handling, and ancient powertrain, is behind the times.

Best Value

There are five trims to choose from in the 2018 Kia Sedona lineup, but one stands out as the best value: the midrange EX. This trim not only comes with plenty of desirable features like a cooled glove box, three-zone climate control, 7-inch touchscreen, higher-output USB ports, leather upholstery, rear parking sensors, heated seats, and rear parking sensors, but it also rings in at a decent price.

  • Model: 2018 Kia Sedona EX
  • Engine: 3.3-liter V6
  • Output: 276 hp / 248 lb-ft
  • Transmission: Six-speed automatic
  • Fuel Economy: 18 City / 24 Hwy
  • Drivetrain: Front-wheel drive
  • Options: EX Advanced Premium Technology Package ($2,800, automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning, lane-departure warning, adaptive cruise control, blind-spot detection, rear cross-traffic alert, heated second-row seats, seat-position memory, and power passenger’s seat)
  • Base Price: $34,690 (destination fees included)
  • Best Value Price: $37,490 (destination fees included)

Performance

Kia Sedona

The 2018 Sedona delivers a supple ride that works well for long hauls. Plus, it tracks well with limited wandering on the road.

The 3.3-liter V6 is adequately powerful at 276 horsepower and 248 pound-feet of torque. This plays a large part in the Sedona's 3,500-pound towing capacity.

But as this a tall and heavy van, body lean is significant in the corners. Also, its six-speed automatic transmission is a dinosaur in this world of nine- and 10-speed gearboxes. This lack of an advanced transmission likely plays a large role in the Sedona's subpar fuel economy ratings, which go as low as 18 miles per gallon city, 24 highway, and 20 combined.

Interior and Exterior

Minivans are never going to win any beauty contests, but in a battle of the uglies, the Sedona is stylish. At least on the outside. The Kia Sedona also packs a ton of sound-deadening materials in its two-box design, leading to a surprisingly quiet cabin.

Hiding spots are plentiful on the Sedona. This leaves lots of cubbies to stash those pocket-dwelling items or the kids' toys for when they get restless on long journeys.

Inside, the Sedona has a hard time keeping up with the pack. Its instrument panel is a little too plain, and some of its attempts to jazz things up seem forced. The rear seat is also the smallest in its class, taking away its ability to haul adults comfortably.

The Best and Worst Things

The 2018 Kia Sedona offers incredible comfort. From its soft ride to its second-row lounge seats, everything just feels right. Plus, its advanced infotainment system is on-point and easy to use.

With its soft ride also comes soft handling, making cornering in this heavy beast a little scary. The body starts leaning earlier than expected, and the tires start crying for mercy without warning.

Right For? Wrong For?

Kia Sedona

Families who take a lot of long-haul road trips will find its soft ride and peaceful cabin welcoming, even after 12 hours on the road. The 2018 Sedona is built for highway cruising.

As a commuter vehicle, the Sedona’s so-so fuel economy and inability to hold its weight upright in the corners drops it down a few notches below its Japanese and American rivals.

The Bottom Line

The Sedona does what it’s supposed to do well: haul passengers comfortably. But in today’s world of buyers wanting do-it-all vehicles, like the thrifty Pacifica Hybrid or the nice-handling Odyssey, the Sedona is way behind.