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John Diether
Automotive Editor - November 1, 2019

2020 Kia Sedona OVERVIEW

What's New

The 2020 Kia Sedona sees no changes this year, but it's still up with the times. The popular minivan received a thorough refresh in 2018, and a new transmission and styling updates last year. The current Sedona debuted in 2015.

Choosing Your Kia Sedona

The Kia Sedona comes in four trim levels: L, LX, EX, and SX. Pricing starts at $28,445 including destination for the L and goes all the way to $42,345 for the SX.

Engine Choices

Every Sedona is powered by a 3.3-liter V6 engine that produces 276 horsepower and 248 pound-feet of torque. An eight-speed automatic transmission sends power to the front wheels.

Fuel economy is typical for a minivan. The Sedona is EPA-rated at 18 miles per gallon city, 24 mpg highway, and 21 combined. Towing capacity tops out at 3,500 pounds.

Passenger and Cargo Capacity

The Kia Sedona starts out with second-row captain's chairs for seven-passenger seating. All models above the base L have a three-person second row that permits seating for eight. When not in use, the middle seat can fold into to a console – effectively creating captain's chairs – or be removed from the vehicle to free up space.

With all seats filled, the Sedona offers 33.9 cubic feet of cargo space. On both configurations, the second-row outboard seats collapse and slide forward, and the third row folds flat into the floor. With the third row out of the way, there's 78.4 cubic feet of cargo capacity. With both gone, total cargo capacity is 142 cubic feet, which is far more than any SUV or crossover can offer.

Safety Features

Advanced driver assistance technology is limited to the top two trims. The L and LX carry nothing beyond the federally-mandated rearview camera.

The EX gets blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and front and rear parking sensors. Additional features like adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning, lane departure warning, and a driver alertness monitor are available in the EX Premium Package, which costs $4,800 and includes many other creature comforts. All of this equipment comes standard on the SX, along with a surround-view camera system.


The standard infotainment setup features a 7-inch touchscreen, four speakers, a USB port, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. Upgrading to the LX brings six speakers. The EX adds wireless device charging and a second USB port.

The SX also gets an 8-inch touchscreen, navigation, and a Harman Kardon audio system, and a household-style power in the center console and cargo area.

L - From $28,445

The L comes equipped with basics like dual-zone climate control, automatic headlights, a conversation mirror, and 17-inch alloy wheels. Families will be happy with the 12 cup holders and remote keyless entry.

The base L is held back by a manual driver's seat, 3.5-inch driver information display, and projector beam headlights.

LX - From $31,245

The Sedona LX builds on the L and tacks on several key features: eight-passenger seating, dual power-sliding rear doors, rear privacy glass, a two-way power driver seat with lumbar support, and a six-speaker audio system.

EX - From $34,545

The EX gets leather seating surfaces, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, heated front seats, and rear sunshades. Other upgrades include 18-inch wheels, roof rails, and push button start.

The $4,800 EX Premium Package includes the aforementioned advanced safety features plus a sunroof, a power hands-free liftgate, an eight-way power driver seat, a four-way power passenger seat, tri-zone automatic climate control, a cooling glove box, fog lights, and heated outside mirrors.

A dual-screen rear entertainment system can be added for $1,500.

SX - From $42,345

The Sedona SX comes standard with the EX Premium Package's equipment, plus ventilated front seats, LED fog lights, the Harman Kardon audio system, a heated steering wheel, and infotainment voice controls. Don't forget about the 8-inch touchscreen or surround-view camera system.

Compare Sedona Trims Side-By-Side

CarsDirect Tip

The lack of safety technology on the L and LX makes the EX the proper starting point in the 2020 Kia Sedona lineup in our opinion. It also happens to offer the most equipment for the money.

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