Comfortable ride, quiet interior. The 2020 Kia Sedona supplies a comfortable ride, one that’s on par with the Kia Cadenza, the brand’s large sedan. Stick with the base 17-inch wheels, and you’ll find the best ride.
Inside, the cabin is spacious and quiet. Excellent fit and finish, along with ample sound-deadening materials insulate passengers from most outside noises. It seats as many as eight, and there's 142 cubic feet of cargo space available with the second- and third-row seats folded. The only demerit is that the seats don’t fold into the floor as they do in the Dodge Grand Caravan.
Costly safety features. Generally, Kia offers a lot of vehicle for the money. Most models have a long list of features that’ll cost you extra elsewhere. However, the Kia Sedona misses the mark here, as its advanced driver assist safety technologies are reserved exclusively for the EX and SX trims – and you’ll still have to pay more to get them.
These features include automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control, and more. Paying extra for what the Toyota Sienna offers standard removes the value proposition from the Sedona.
Generous power, poor fuel economy. The 3.3-liter V6 engine powering the Sedona is a familiar one. It's used in a variety of applications across the Hyundai-Kia universe. In the Sedona, it produces 276 horsepower, making it one of the most power-dense engines in its class.
But it still trails such rival models as the Toyota Sienna and Chrysler Pacifica in the run up to 60 mph. It's also behind the Dodge Grand Caravan and Honda Odyssey, the two other models in this narrow segment.
Perhaps the difficult thing with Kia’s old V6 is its fuel efficiency. Despite working with an eight-speed automatic transmission, the Sedona earns an EPA-estimated 21 miles per gallon combined, which is the same as the brand’s Sorento and Telluride with all-wheel drive.
That's infotainment! We applaud Kia for its long list of infotainment features, including the 7-inch touchscreen display, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility, and Bluetooth.
Work your way up through the Sedona’s trims and you’ll find the usual features, including satellite radio and wireless phone charging. Navigation becomes standard on the top-trim SX, but with smartphone compatibility, why pay extra for it?
Final thoughts. We think Kia loses some customers who want the advanced safety features but aren’t willing to upgrade their trim to access it. The value proposition for a well-equipped minivan is about $40,000, and you’ll pay more to get the safety features you want in your 2020 Kia Sedona.
Kia’s long warranties are always a strong selling point. However, they're not fully transferable, which means the term and miles are reduced for the subsequent purchaser. But for the long-term Sedona owner, the bumper-to-bumper and powertrain warranties are clear winners.