Shortly after debuting in an all-new iteration for 2015, the Kia Sedona was named to Ward’s prestigious Top 10 Interiors list.
Combined with high safety scores, all the modern must-have content (at the time, anyway), and plenty of room and selection, this van continued to find homes in Canadians’ driveways after a great space , great flexibility and great value.
Seven- and eight-seat models were available, with total interior volume approaching 4,700 L. You’ll find 960 L of space behind the rearmost seats in the Sedona, 2,200 L behind the second row and more than L with both rear rows stowed.
Advanced camera and radar-based safety systems were offered, and the Sedona offered little less than the very latest in modern connectivity, including an accessible touchscreen infotainment interface and full media connectivity. Premium features such as climate-controlled leather seats and an upgraded audio system could be specified, as could a three-zone climate control system.
The Kia Sedona was offered in several very affordable versions when it was new, which should translate into compelling choices on the used market for an affordable and roomy vehicle. Note that used models with optional safety equipment, however, may sell for higher prices than expected.
Under the hood, the Sedona offered 276 horsepower from Kia’s 3.3-liter V6 engine, along with six- or eight-speed automatic transmissions. All models were front-wheel drive.
What Owners Like
Sedona owners tend to report a quiet cabin, an easy-to-use touchscreen infotainment system, a good set of connectivity features, a comfortable and forgiving ride, and comfortable seats, especially in models with upgrades. optional seats.
What owners don’t like
Some Sedona owners want better fuel efficiency, as well as a more responsive and confident feel to handling and response.
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Avoid This Used Sedona
In this thread, a Sedona owner admits missing 34,000 miles of an oil change because the vehicle’s previous owner turned off the oil change reminder system. Missing an oil change can damage the engine and will tend to void remaining warranty coverage. Missing multiple oil changes can result in serious and fatal engine damage.
Check all service records to make sure you’re not buying a used Sedona that’s been neglected like this one. Note that neglected maintenance can lead to major powertrain damage that is not covered by warranty and could cost you dearly.
Finding a used model with complete service records and that is familiar to its selling dealership is ideal for maximum peace of mind.
here’s another one discussion in which some Sedona owners debate how long an oil change interval should be to save money and the effects it may have on their remaining warranty. Don’t underestimate the ability of a previous owner’s negligence to void the warranty on the unit you are considering. Always obtain complete maintenance records before purchasing.
Doors and tailgate
In at least two long forum posts, some Sedona owners complain about power doors and tailgates that can open on their own, possibly leaving valuable vehicle contents exposed. While careful handling of the vehicle key fob can help prevent accidental opening of remote doors and tailgates, some owners have reported the need to replace the door hardware to fix the problem.
Keep an eye on your used Sedona and be careful with the remote key fob. If you notice doors or tailgates opening on their own, have a dealer investigate. here are some discussion on power sliding doors not locking properly, possibly due to a weak or faulty door motor.
Problems with power sliding doors are among the most frequently reported by the Sedona homeowner community. Note that ensuring your used Sedona is running on a healthy battery can help prevent electronic problems, which can also lead to power door and tailgate malfunctions.
Battery and charging
Some owners have reported problems with dead or dying batteries, as well as batteries that randomly discharge or do not hold a charge. An unhealthy battery and charging system can cause a multitude of problems in various vehicle systems. Sometimes a problem with the battery or charging system causes a warning light to illuminate in the instrument cluster. Other times it won’t.
To reduce potential headaches related to the Kia Sedona’s battery and charging system, there are a few steps buyers can take. First, have the battery and charging system tested by a professional and replace the battery with a high quality unit if it does not pass the test with flying colors. Second, consider using a smart battery charger or trickle charger when your Sedona will be parked for long periods of time. This step can continually recharge and condition the Sedona’s battery, reducing problems and extending its life. Third, be sure to unplug any USB-connected media devices you leave in the vehicle when not in use, as they can significantly contribute to parasitic battery drain in certain situations.
Washer fluid reservoir
Some Sedona owners have reported washer fluid leaks, possibly caused by a cracked windshield washer reservoir or pump. Most did not. Confirm that the washer fluid reservoir is full before your test drive and that the windshield sprayers are working as intended. Also inspect the area under the vehicle for signs of windshield washer fluid leaks. The tank is located inside the front fender of the Sedona. In many cases, customers have had parts replaced under warranty to repair leaks.
Some owners have reported issues with the Sedona’s air conditioning, including poor performance, inconsistent operation, and difficulty reaching desired temperature and cool air distribution. These issues can cost you money, so it pays to do some testing before you buy.
Confirm that cold air is available from all exits, in all rows of seats. Make sure the cold airflow is steady by watching the temperature for a moment or two before moving on to the next outlet you’ll be checking. While checking each output, adjust the temperature from cold to medium to hot, pausing in between to confirm temperature changes as expected.
After your test drive, with the vehicle parked and the engine warm, crank the air conditioning to maximum and confirm consistent cooling performance for a minute or two. Any issues found here warrant further investigation by a technician before purchasing.
Test drive buyers have a few important checks to make before purchasing a used Kia Sedona for maximum peace of mind. If the unit you’re considering doesn’t show the possible signs of failure described above, you’re well on your way to a comfortable, spacious family hauler that stands out for its strong safety and value scores.
IIHS: Top Security Pick (2015)
NHTSA: 5/5 stars (2015)
Here is a list of remember.