I purchased a Sedona new in june 2011, from day one I had nothing but small problems with it and the dealer just didn't seem to know how to fix it. First the radio had a mind of its own, when playing the cd, it shutoff and played the radio, when playing the radio it changed stations, some times it even shut off completly.Eighteen months later and a total of 12 days in the shop and a replaced radio(so they said) it was still broken.
Some of the other problems bad idle pully, bad batteries, loose ground wires preventing the windows or locks to work and one dealer wanted 450 to fix. nothing but headaches finally traded it in at 18 months and loss $8000 in the process.
The interior was ok.. the exterior was sharp looking. The extra standard features like back up senors, and directionals in the mirrors were nice, but they had to add these things just to get someone like me to purchase it .. The price was nice but you get what you pay for.. this was just not a good vehicle....
Teach the tech how to fix problems, it took the shop two tries to replace the battery, haveing placed an underpowered aftermarket in the van the first time. Then trying to charge $450 for a new wiring harnest, when I took it to a different shop it was a loose ground wire.. The also need better tires, I had two replace two in less than a year because of defects.
My 2011 Sedona was $6000 less out the door than Sienna and has a better warranty. Our local Kia dealership is also a well respected family business. Sienna drove slightly better but certainly not $6000 worth! Truth is with two kids & a dog to haul around it needs to be comfortable, solid & safe - it is. The Sedona's 3.5 V6 is powerful, willing, and sounds really good winding out. The auto shifts cleanly and manual mode works well in the hills. The 18/25 mileage figures are accurate. I meet or exceed these numbers when driven calmly. 5600 miles so far and one problem (sticky purge valve = rough idle) fixed without problem under warranty with loaner provided. Happy so far with my first Kia.
Comfortable family cruiser.
Durable well constructed plastics (good for kids).
Bluetooth works well and call clarity is good.
Accurate mileage ratings.
Steering wheel controls.
Throttle tip-in is too aggressive for my tastes. A gentle foot is required for a slow pull away.
Telescoping wheel should be included.
For driver's over 6 ft the front seat would be better with an extra inch of rearward travel.
Exterior design is pleasant but forgettable (similar to last generation Odyssey). Sedona could use some cosmetics to make it look as nice as the other new Kias.
This is my 3rd Kia Sedona.
I have owned a 05 Sedona XL , a 05 Kia Sedona EX
now a 11 Kia Sedona LX.
I have found the Sedona to be an excellent vehicle,
I have taken many trips in the van as well as to drive it dailey.
I have never had any issues with the cars performance or maintenance.
My kids love the DVD premium system.
Van is very comfortable.
Traded in an '04 Odyssey which was a reliable tank of a minivan for this '11 Sedona.
Got $3K off in rebates/incentives so the deal was sweet for a minivan that doesn't have nearly the bells & whistles and frills of the new model Odyssey and Siena.
But it gets the job done by transporting our 5 member family quickly & safely to where we need to go.
First thousand miles have been smoooooth...
upgrade the look of the interior plastic.
parts fit well but just looks cheap & gaudy...