Shopping for a minibus? I can’t say I blame you. They are generally more spacious, more affordable, and more family-friendly than the similar-sized SUVs currently in vogue. The 2020 Kia Sedona lacks some of the features that tend to draw people to this segment, like second row seats that fold into the floor or an onboard vacuum. It doesn’t come with all-wheel drive either – if that’s important to you, the Toyota Sienna is your only minivan option. But the Sedona offers a lot of style, feel, and build quality at a relatively reasonable price.
A stable, compound way to move a lot of people.
Among the minivans currently on the market, I rank it among the most beautiful. The front is sleek and proportioned, and the side is tidy with clean lines. The only thing that takes it off is the track for the sliding door, which Kia has yet to disguise in the rear window like other automakers have. The interior is equally attractive, using layers of varied materials and stitching in an elegant layout that conveys a sense of quality.
Security: 7.5 / 10
The Sedona can be equipped with a number of safety features, but you’ll have to pay more for most of them. The 2020 Sedona has a significantly simplified trim package compared to last year’s version, and the SX trim is the cheapest way in the lineup to achieve blind spot detection and cross traffic alert. rear, priced at $ 40,490 with shipping. There is a longer list of equipment on this top-of-the-line SX Tech model, including lane departure warning, driver attention warning, automatic high beams, forward collision avoidance and active speed regulator with stop and start. Obtaining these features will cost you an additional $ 3,100.
Any van is automatically among the most convenient vehicles you can buy. The Sedona is distinguished by its easily movable second row seats that provide access to the third row, which lowers with relatively little effort. However, it doesn’t get an exceptionally high score here as it lacks some of the features that make some competitors really excel. Some people really like an on-board vacuum, for example – although with so much space in the back, it wouldn’t be very difficult to carry a handheld.
But most importantly, to gain access to the entire 4,022-liter cargo space behind the first row, the second-row seats must be removed and stowed. FCA’s vans are the only vans that have second-row seats that fold flat into the floor, but they sell as well as they do for good reason.
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For the most part, the Sedona is well regarded from a usability perspective. I took four passengers in the three hour drive, and whenever one of them looked for a button to open a sliding door, another cup holder, or a USB port, they were never far away. My only gripe is that the layout of the power button, then the air vent, then the 7-inch infotainment screen puts the controls on the right side of the screen far enough away for everyone except the lankiest drivers.
There are some surprising elements here, both positive and negative. On the plus side, heated front seats and steering wheel are standard, as are keyless entry systems and a refreshing glove box. A wireless phone charger is standard equipment of the LX trim – which is especially interesting because Android Auto and Apple CarPlay features are also standard, and any phone that uses them needs to be plugged in and would therefore be charging anyway, which makes the charger somewhat redundant, although useful for other passengers.
On the other hand, leather upholstery and dynamic low beams are SX Tech characteristics; and ventilated seats are not available at all, nor are heated exterior seats for the second row.
Power: 7.5 / 10
The only powertrain available for the Sedona is a naturally aspirated 3.3-liter V6 that produces 276 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 248 lb-ft of torque at 5,200 rpm. Across the segment as a whole, these figures are slightly below average. The difference in how it looks in real life, however, is almost imperceptible. While it takes a while for the power to build up while picking up speed, it feels pretty solid once it’s there, and the eight-speed automatic transmission does a good job of keeping things there. where they need to be.
As for the Sedona’s comfortable seating and space, consider me impressed. During that three hour drive I mentioned, we pushed a 6’4 “soldier into the third row for the entire duration. Not only did he not complain, he claimed he was quite comfortable. I think his exact words were: “It’s more comfortable than a flying coach! The rest of us lived big compared to plenty of space to lay out and store drinks, snacks, and appliances along the way. I’m especially won over by the fact that the layout can accommodate eight people, but if you don’t need the middle second row seat, it lowers down to become an armrest with cup holders for the two outboard seats. .These may not be captain’s seats, but with children it is easier and more functional.
Driving feeling: 8/10
For the most part, the Sedona comes across as a stable, compound way to move a lot of people or things. It can bounce a bit on vertical bumps in the road, but most minivans do.
Front-wheel drive is the only setup available here, which has worked well for this week of testing with its nice, clear late spring weather. For the type of winter driving that most people are likely to do in a vehicle like this, fitting winter tires to the standard 17-inch wheels – or the 18-inch wheels added to the SX trim – should do the trick in most cases. case.
Fuel economy: 7.5 / 10
The Sedona’s fuel economy, rated by Natural Resources Canada, is slightly better than the segment average, at 12.7 liters per 100 kilometers in the city, 9.9 on the highway and 11.5 in combination. . My week with her, which saw about 75% of highway driving, allowed me to conclude with a fuel consumption of 10.5 L / 100 km.
The perception of value here really depends on individual priorities. Yes, there are some things you have to be prepared to forgo that other minivans have to offer. But especially in its lower trims, Kia has packed a lot of good looks and desirable features into a well-priced package that in some ways feels more expensive than it actually is.
It is becoming increasingly difficult to find vehicles that can move seven to eight people at a time, and that are equally well equipped, for less than $ 45,000. It may not have some of the niceties that Kia has become known for, like the heated rear seats, or some of the features prized by its competitors like the folding second row seats. But if what you need most is a way to move a crowd that is beautiful and modern but doesn’t break the bank, the Sedona is a solid option.