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Kia Sedona Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 3.5 L V 6-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 5-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 195 hp @ 5500 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 14/18 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

Review of the 2002 Kia Sedona

  • Minivans are a necessary evil in life. The Sedona proves that there needn't be salt in the wound by providing this affordable, well-rounded package.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Unbeatable price, attractive array of standard goodies, great warranty package.

  • Cons

    Missing some key minivan features, engine could use more power.

  • What's New for 2002

    Kia joins the minivan rumble with the introduction of the Sedona, the lowest-priced minivan in America. Standard on the Sedona are such niceties as air conditioning, power windows, cruise control and auto on/off headlights. Upscale EX models get a CD player, interior wood trim and power front seats. All Sedonas benefit from Kia's impressive Long Haul Warranty with drivetrain protection for 10 years or 100,000 miles.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

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Bad experience. unsafe .. and

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Vehicle: 2002 Kia Sedona EX 4dr Minivan (3.5L 6cyl 5A)

Warning- XXX -Warning Fair Warning to anyone considering this car. It is totally unsafe as it will just 'turn off' in the middle of driving- anywhere. Not good for what most buy as a 'family' car. Left my wife and kids stranded 3 times and me several times as well. Could be fuel pump/filter, air mass sensor, TPS, IPM Module, Junction Box, cold air sensor, or the key cylinder. My mechanic is stumped. Rust Bucket too. The sliding door handle fell off and there are other small hardware issues. At least I get $ 250.00 to haul her away. I cannot in good conscience sell this to another party based on what I know. Bottom line- KIA's reliability just plain sucks!! Enough said.




140,000 miles and still going

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Vehicle: 2002 Kia Sedona EX 4dr Minivan (3.5L 6cyl 5A)

We bought our Sedona new in 2002. It was a daily driver while the kids were in car seats, now it's our road-trip and weekend car. We bought one of the first ones that came off the boat, and it had all the problems the reviewers said it would have. The good news is, when those faulty parts failed it was covered under warranty and they were replaced with improved parts. I was pleased that Kia had redesigned the faulty parts (not all auto makers do this), and we have had zero problems with the replacement parts. We had thought we would buy a new(er) van, but after looking at the options, we decided to keep the old one a while longer. It's that good!




120k miles and still going

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Vehicle: 2002 Kia Sedona EX 4dr Minivan (3.5L 6cyl 5A)

We got this van new, and after 11 years and over 120K miles an update is in order. This van was new to this country in 02, and there were a number of issues. Ours was one of the ones built earlier in the year, and we had the expected issues come up, but they replaced all the faulty bits with the improved ones, and no problems with those parts since. We have driven this van all over the US and it has performed like a champ. We initially got this van to fit kids in car seats, and now use it mostly for family outings and road trips. The original engine and transmission are still going strong. This van has been a great value.



1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Great

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Vehicle: 2002 Kia Sedona EX 4dr Minivan (3.5L 6cyl 5A)

bought new in 2002, even though i try not to buy the first model year for any vehicle. my mileage has been a consistent 28 mpg hwy with 6 large people and luggage. plenty of power.




10 yrs and still looks/drives

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Vehicle: 2002 Kia Sedona EX 4dr Minivan (3.5L 6cyl 5A)

Update: Took the Sedona in at 99.5k miles because trans was slipping into 5th gear. After submitting much paperwork showing detailed maintenance, KIA replaced trans free, along with motor mounts and exhaust which had cracked. Wow! So now at 107k miles, the thing is clean and runds well. I had to replace the door handle that just came off in my hand. $30 and 2 hrs work. I'm thinking of trading it in on a Rondo. I'd prefer the better gas mileage and no one seems to know just how nice those Rondos were, so they are priced low. Go KIA!!!



3 of 3 people found this review helpful

Best van out there!

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Vehicle: 2002 Kia Sedona EX 4dr Minivan (3.5L 6cyl 5A)

We bought our Sedona in 2002 and have put over 120,000 miles on it. It is very reliable and comfortable. We get about 14 mpg in city and 24 on hiway. 2002 was the first year for this car, and ours was built early in the year. We read the reviews before we bought, and knew that certain things would break, and they did, and they were covered by the warranty. Kia put stronger versions of those parts on vans sold later in the year, so if you're buying a used one, look at the MFG date and get one built later in the year. Example: transmission and engine mounts, and sun roof cable. When ours broke, we discovered they had changed the spec to different, stronger ones.



Full 2002 Kia Sedona Review

What's New for 2002

Kia joins the minivan rumble with the introduction of the Sedona, the lowest-priced minivan in America. Standard on the Sedona are such niceties as air conditioning, power windows, cruise control and auto on/off headlights. Upscale EX models get a CD player, interior wood trim and power front seats. All Sedonas benefit from Kia's impressive Long Haul Warranty with drivetrain protection for 10 years or 100,000 miles.

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 14
  • cty
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  • 18
  • highway
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