2021 Kia Sedona

What’s new

  • The L trim level has been discontinued
  • Part of the third Sedona generation introduced for 2015

Pros & Cons

  • Distinctive SUV-like cockpit design
  • Lots of features for the money
  • Pleasantly quiet cabin at highway speeds
  • Slightly less cargo capacity than in rivals
  • Busy ride over rough pavement and large bumps
MSRP Starting at
$30,400

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2021 Kia Sedona Review

While three-row SUVs are very popular, you still can't beat a minivan for family hauling duties. Power-sliding rear doors make minivans a cinch for kids to get in and out, and a deep cargo well behind the third-row seat gives you space for securing and hauling extra cargo. The 2021 Kia Sedona builds on top of these traditional minivan strengths with expressive styling and a pleasant interior.

Even though this Sedona dates back a few years — it was last redesigned for 2015 — Kia's minivan stacks up well against newer rivals. The overall impression of the cabin is one of quality and comfort, with nicely textured plastics, soft leather and ample seat cushioning. The Sedona also has one of the most intuitive infotainment systems around, plus a full complement of advanced driving aids available on mid-trim models. Buyers on a budget should also be satisfied with its competitive pricing. While the Chrysler Voyager is less expensive overall, the price for the Sedona's mix of features can't be beat.

While the Sedona doesn't have any fatal flaws, it does have a slightly rougher ride and a little less cargo space than competitors. We also expect a fully redesigned Sedona to come out next year. If you're looking for the most up-to-date minivan, you might want to wait for Kia to pull the wraps off the redesigned version.

What's it like to live with?

This version of the Kia Sedona debuted in 2015. Edmunds added one to our fleet for a one-year test that covered more than 20,000 miles. We liked the Sedona, though it lagged behind competitors in some areas, especially fuel economy. Kia has since made some improvements, but most of our observations from that test still apply to the 2021 Sedona.

Which Sedona does Edmunds recommend?

The LX is attractively priced, but its list of equipment is pretty basic. The next-level EX is our preferred trim because it adds a wealth of features and upgrades for a reasonable price bump. You can also add the EX Premium package if you want more goodies without springing for the top-trim SX.

Kia Sedona models

The 2021 Kia Sedona minivan comes in three trim levels — LX, EX and SX — all of which come standard with eight-passenger seating. Under the hood is a 3.3-liter V6 engine (276 horsepower, 248 pound-feet of torque) that drives the front wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission.

LX
Standard features for the base Sedona LX include:

  • 17-inch alloy wheels
  • Automatic headlights
  • Power-adjustable driver's seat
  • A 7-inch touchscreen
  • A six-speaker audio system
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration

EX
The EX adds a bunch of features and costs just a bit more than the LX. Its upgrades include:

  • 18-inch wheels
  • Roof rails
  • Keyless entry and ignition
  • Remote-controlled sliding rear doors
  • Rear sunshades
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Heated front seats
  • Leather upholstery
  • Three charge-only USB ports
  • A wireless charging pad
  • Front and rear parking sensors (alerts you to obstacles that may not be visible behind or in front of the vehicle when parking)
  • Blind-spot monitoring (alerts you if a vehicle in the next lane is in your blind spot)
  • Rear cross-traffic alert (warns you if a vehicle behind you is about to cross your vehicle's path while in reverse)

The EX Premium package bridges the gap between the EX and range-topping SX. Features on this package include:

  • Heated and power-folding mirrors
  • Chrome exterior trim
  • A sunroof
  • A hands-free liftgate
  • An auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Tri-zone automatic climate control
  • Driver memory settings
  • Four-way power lumbar adjustment for driver's seat
  • A power-adjustable passenger's seat
  • A 110-volt household-style power outlet
  • Forward collision mitigation (warns you of an impending collision and applies the brakes in certain scenarios)
  • Lane departure warning (alerts you if the vehicle begins to drift out of its lane)
  • Adaptive cruise control (maintains a driver-set distance between the Sedona and the car in front)

SX
The SX is the most luxe Sedona available. Starting with the EX's contents, it adds:

  • EX Premium package
  • LED headlights
  • A noise-reducing windshield
  • Selectable drive modes
  • A heated steering wheel
  • Ventilated front seats
  • An 8-inch touchscreen
  • Voice recognition
  • A navigation system
  • An eight-speaker Harmon Kardon audio system
  • 360-degree camera system (gives you a top-down view of the Sedona and its surroundings for tight parking situations)

Consumer reviews

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    Features & Specs

    SX 4dr Minivan features & specs
    SX 4dr Minivan
    3.3L 6cyl 8A
    MSRP$41,500
    MPG 18 city / 24 hwy
    SeatingSeats 8
    Transmission8-speed shiftable automatic
    Horsepower276 hp @ 6000 rpm
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    EX 4dr Minivan features & specs
    EX 4dr Minivan
    3.3L 6cyl 8A
    MSRP$33,700
    MPG 18 city / 24 hwy
    SeatingSeats 8
    Transmission8-speed shiftable automatic
    Horsepower276 hp @ 6000 rpm
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    LX 4dr Minivan features & specs
    LX 4dr Minivan
    3.3L 6cyl 8A
    MSRP$30,400
    MPG 18 city / 24 hwy
    SeatingSeats 8
    Transmission8-speed shiftable automatic
    Horsepower276 hp @ 6000 rpm
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    Safety

    Our experts’ favorite Sedona safety features:

    Uvo eServices
    Notifies emergency services with your location in the event of a crash in which the airbags deploy.
    Blind Spot Collision Warning
    Lets you know if there's a car in your blind spot or if one is approaching when you're backing up.
    Forward Collision Avoidance
    Detects if a head-on crash is imminent and applies the brakes to avoid or mitigate the crash.

    NHTSA Overall Rating 5 out of 5 stars

    The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.

    Frontal Barrier Crash RatingRating
    Overall5 / 5
    Driver5 / 5
    Passenger5 / 5
    Side Crash RatingRating
    Overall5 / 5
    Side Barrier RatingRating
    Overall5 / 5
    Driver5 / 5
    Passenger5 / 5
    Combined Side Barrier & Pole RatingsRating
    Front Seat5 / 5
    Back Seat5 / 5
    RolloverRating
    Rollover4 / 5
    Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
    Risk Of Rollover13%

    IIHS Rating

    The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.

    Side Impact Test
    Good
    Roof Strength Test
    Good
    Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
    Good
    IIHS Small Overlap Front TestNot Tested
    Moderate Overlap Front Test
    Good

    Kia Sedona vs. the competition

    Kia Sedona vs. Honda Odyssey

    The Honda Odyssey has been our favorite minivan since its latest generation debuted in 2018. We're impressed by the Odyssey's high-quality interior materials and thoughtful features, such as a vacuum cleaner and a rear-cabin camera for keeping an eye on the kids. The Odyssey is generally more expensive than the Kia, but it's also a much nicer minivan.

    Compare Kia Sedona & Honda Odyssey features

    Kia Sedona vs. Toyota Sienna

    The Toyota Sienna is fully redesigned for 2021, complete with significantly upgraded interior appointments and a hybrid powertrain. This is a minivan you'll want to keep an eye on, but the next-generation Sedona — due for the 2022 model year — might give the new Sienna a run for its money.

    Compare Kia Sedona & Toyota Sienna features

    Kia Sedona vs. Chrysler Pacifica

    The Chrysler Pacifica is a solid pick for a minivan. It's easy to fold its second-row seats into the floor, allowing you to switch your family-hauling minivan into a cargo van in just a few minutes. You can also get the Pacifica with all-wheel drive. The Sedona counters by offering more advanced driver safety features as standard plus a longer warranty.

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    FAQ

    Is the Kia Sedona a good car?

    The Edmunds experts tested the 2021 Sedona both on the road and at the track. You probably care about Kia Sedona fuel economy, so it's important to know that the Sedona gets an EPA-estimated 21 mpg. What about cargo capacity? When you're thinking about carrying stuff in your new car, keep in mind that the Sedona has 33.9 cubic feet of trunk space. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a Kia Sedona. Learn more

    What's new in the 2021 Kia Sedona?

    According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2021 Kia Sedona:

    • The L trim level has been discontinued
    • Part of the third Sedona generation introduced for 2015
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    Is the Kia Sedona reliable?

    To determine whether the Kia Sedona is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the Sedona. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the Sedona's average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more

    Is the 2021 Kia Sedona a good car?

    There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2021 Kia Sedona is a good car. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2021 Sedona is a good car for you. Check back soon for the official Edmunds Rating from our expert testing team Learn more

    How much should I pay for a 2021 Kia Sedona?

    The least-expensive 2021 Kia Sedona is the 2021 Kia Sedona LX 4dr Minivan (3.3L 6cyl 8A). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $30,400.

    Other versions include:

    • SX 4dr Minivan (3.3L 6cyl 8A) which starts at $41,500
    • EX 4dr Minivan (3.3L 6cyl 8A) which starts at $33,700
    • LX 4dr Minivan (3.3L 6cyl 8A) which starts at $30,400
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    What are the different models of Kia Sedona?

    If you're interested in the Kia Sedona, the next question is, which Sedona model is right for you? Sedona variants include SX 4dr Minivan (3.3L 6cyl 8A), EX 4dr Minivan (3.3L 6cyl 8A), and LX 4dr Minivan (3.3L 6cyl 8A). For a full list of Sedona models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

    More about the 2021 Kia Sedona

    2021 Kia Sedona Overview

    The 2021 Kia Sedona is offered in the following submodels: Sedona Minivan. Available styles include SX 4dr Minivan (3.3L 6cyl 8A), EX 4dr Minivan (3.3L 6cyl 8A), and LX 4dr Minivan (3.3L 6cyl 8A).

    What do people think of the 2021 Kia Sedona?

    Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2021 Kia Sedona and all its trim types. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2021 Sedona.

    Edmunds Expert Reviews

    Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2021 Kia Sedona and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2021 Sedona featuring deep dives into trim levels and features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

    Our Review Process

    This review was written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.

    We're also regular people like you, so we pay attention to all the different ways people use their cars every day. We want to know if there's enough room for our families and our weekend gear and whether or not our favorite drink fits in the cupholder. Our editors want to help you make the best decision on a car that fits your life.

    What's a good price for a New 2021 Kia Sedona?

    2021 Kia Sedona SX 4dr Minivan (3.3L 6cyl 8A)

    The 2021 Kia Sedona SX 4dr Minivan (3.3L 6cyl 8A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $43,610. The average price paid for a new 2021 Kia Sedona SX 4dr Minivan (3.3L 6cyl 8A) is trending $1,476 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

    Edmunds members save an average of $1,476 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $42,134.

    The average savings for the 2021 Kia Sedona SX 4dr Minivan (3.3L 6cyl 8A) is 3.4% below the MSRP.

    Available Inventory:

    We are showing 1 2021 Kia Sedona SX 4dr Minivan (3.3L 6cyl 8A) vehicle(s) available in the Ashburn area.

    2021 Kia Sedona EX 4dr Minivan (3.3L 6cyl 8A)

    The 2021 Kia Sedona EX 4dr Minivan (3.3L 6cyl 8A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $35,550. The average price paid for a new 2021 Kia Sedona EX 4dr Minivan (3.3L 6cyl 8A) is trending $1,476 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

    Edmunds members save an average of $1,476 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $34,074.

    The average savings for the 2021 Kia Sedona EX 4dr Minivan (3.3L 6cyl 8A) is 4.2% below the MSRP.

    Available Inventory:

    We are showing 21 2021 Kia Sedona EX 4dr Minivan (3.3L 6cyl 8A) vehicle(s) available in the Ashburn area.

    2021 Kia Sedona LX 4dr Minivan (3.3L 6cyl 8A)

    The 2021 Kia Sedona LX 4dr Minivan (3.3L 6cyl 8A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $31,720. The average price paid for a new 2021 Kia Sedona LX 4dr Minivan (3.3L 6cyl 8A) is trending $1,293 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

    Edmunds members save an average of $1,293 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $30,427.

    The average savings for the 2021 Kia Sedona LX 4dr Minivan (3.3L 6cyl 8A) is 4.1% below the MSRP.

    Available Inventory:

    We are showing 29 2021 Kia Sedona LX 4dr Minivan (3.3L 6cyl 8A) vehicle(s) available in the Ashburn area.

    Which 2021 Kia Sedonas are available in my area?

    Shop Edmunds' car, SUV, and truck listings of over 6 million vehicles to find a cheap new, used, or certified pre-owned (CPO) 2021 Kia Sedona for sale near. There are currently 147 new 2021 Sedonas listed for sale in your area, with list prices as low as $31,720 and mileage as low as 0 miles. Simply research the type of car you're interested in and then select a car from our massive database to find cheap vehicles for sale near you. Once you have identified a used vehicle you're interested in, check the AutoCheck vehicle history reports, read dealer reviews, and find out what other owners paid for the 2021 Kia Sedona. Then select Edmunds special offers, perks, deals, and incentives to contact the dealer of your choice and save up to $5,993 on a used or CPO 2021 Sedona available from a dealership near you.

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    Edmunds has deep data on over 6 million new, used, and certified pre-owned vehicles, including rich, trim-level features and specs information like: MSRP, average price paid, warranty information (basic, drivetrain, and maintenance), features (upholstery, bluetooth, navigation, heated seating, cooled seating, cruise control, parking assistance, keyless ignition, satellite radio, folding rears seats ,run flat tires, wheel type, tire size, wheel tire, sunroof, etc.), vehicle specifications (engine cylinder count, drivetrain, engine power, engine torque, engine displacement, transmission), fuel economy (city, highway, combined, fuel capacity, range), vehicle dimensions (length, width, seating capacity, cargo space), car safety, true cost to own. Edmunds also provides tools to allow shopper to compare vehicles to similar models of their choosing by warranty, interior features, exterior features, specifications, fuel economy, vehicle dimensions, consumer rating, edmunds rating, and color.

    Should I lease or buy a 2021 Kia Sedona?

    Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.

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