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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.

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Customer Reviews

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Do not buy used

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

Non stop problems, poorly made everything is cheapy parts! Engine mounts, power steering hose, pistons wrong. Brakes are cheap, heater and ac are weak. Transmission issues. Wow I really really regret buying this car and kept thinking this would be the last repair. It never stops! The doors rust and rot so they don't slide right. Then the rear hatch struts that hold up the back door don't work and no after market parts fit. Problems with spark plugs, and the design of the car make repairs very costly because they have to pull out all the parts to get to the parts. Such a disaster please don't consider buying one no matter how cheap you see it for sale locally! Fuel sensors went bad...



1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Great minivan!

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

My dad bought this van years ago, and now I drive it to and from work very often. It is a great van, and we haven't really had many problems with it. However, if a door is not shut properly, it will wear down the battery. Otherwise, it is great and very reliable. The outer paint is a little worn due to high temperatures when we go to the desert, but it doesn't affect the car's performance. I have not seen any of the problems with transmission, A/C, or anything else and the van is almost at 38,000 miles.




Kia's first van is a

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

This van has been such a blessing. We needed to get an affordable van that was able to have a wheelchair lift installed, we had no idea that it was going to be such a great van. It was very comfortable, great visibility. We have only had 1 problem in the 6 years that we have had it, and it was still under warranty when the A/C went bad. Oh great Warranty too. We have a lot of experience with Kia since the sedona, would recommend any of the 10 models to people.



1 of 1 people found this review helpful

I must be lucky!

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

After 5 years and 78,000 miles I have nothing really bad to say about my Kia minivan. It gets 22-23 MPG on the highway loaded with as much as we can stuff in it. The ride and handling are very nice. Repairs? I've only had one and that was front brakes at 72,000 miles. I had the timing belt and water pump changed at 60,000 for the warranty and, that's it. First set of tires lasted 48,000 and the current set of Michelin's are a little more than half worn at 30,000 miles. Is everything perfect? Nope. The plastic parts around door thresholds, etc., are waaaay too thin. They crack and break easily. Taking the seats in and out is a real pain. If I could buy another one like this one I would in a minute!




Scared to drive !

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

This van is a piece of junk. Alternator went out. A/C compressor blew up. Back brakes leaking fluids. Small things inside van breaking: visor mirror cover, ashtray cover, back seat compartment cover. It has terrible terrible gas mileage. My mystery check engine light goes off and on as it pleases. The exhaust fumes are terrible. We are military and live 12 hours from our home state and I am scared to drive it. I am upside down if I trade it in , but I am willing to sacrifice a few dollars for the safety of me and my children. I actually felt safer in my 1995 Hyundai Accent. This is a no-buy.




Spotty quality.

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

Terrible gas mileage - about 12 city, 16 or 17 highway. Eats front end tires quickly due to the heavy weight. At 49,000 miles I've already gone through 2.5 sets of 60,000 mile tires on the front. I've had to have the front brakes worked on twice, already replacing the brake rotors - not covered in warranty. A/C isn't very cold anymore, and the engine (or tranny?) is getting very noisy at only 49,000 miles. I'm expecting something to go wrong within the year. Also - BEWARE - make sure you do all of the required servicing at the required mileage intervals or your warranty may be void. Check with dealer. There are a number of services that need performed at various intervals.



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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