2002 Kia Sedona Road Test Specs | Edmunds

2002 Kia Sedona - Road Test Specs

2002 Kia Sedona Minivan

(3.5L V6 5-speed Automatic)


Model year2002
StyleEX 4dr Minivan (3.5L 6cyl 5A)
Base MSRP$21,590
As-tested MSRP$23,210


Drive typeFront-wheel drive
Engine typeV6
Displacement (cc/cu-in)3.5
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)195 @ 5,500
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)218 @ 3,500
Transmission type5-speed automatic


Suspension, frontMacPherson struts, coil springs, antiroll bar
Suspension, rearFive-link, coil springs
Steering typeRack-and-pinion, power assisted
Tire brandHankook
Tire modelRA07
Tire size, frontP215/70R15
Tire size, rearP215/70R15
Brakes, frontFront-disc/rear-drum

Track Test Results

0-45 mph (sec.)6.6
0-60 mph (sec.)10.4
0-75 mph (sec.)16.0
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)17.8 @ 78.3
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)36
60-0 mph (ft.)152
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)59.6
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)41.1
Sound level @ idle (dB)Below 50
@ Full throttle (dB)74
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)74

Test Driver Ratings & Comments

Acceleration commentsThe 195-horsepower V6 has its work cut out for it, due to the 4,709 pounds of mass it is required to move. With a five-speed automatic controlling the power delivery, the engine feels peppier than it really is. We got the best out of it on the second attempt by using a torque-brake start and letting the transmission run through the gears automatically. The five-speed automatic surely helps this vehicle in the acceleration department.
Braking ratingAverage
Braking commentsBraking with a non-ABS vehicle is tough, since we are so spoiled by ABS. Our tester Kia came without this optional equipment. Making matters worse was the fact that rear disc brakes are not an available option. We got the best number on the first attempt with some slight wheel lock-up netting us a little tire smoke. The brakes seemed to be fair to modulate. Overall, it's not the best design, especially given this vehicle's goal in life of carrying cargo and passengers which will add to the weight and the stopping distances, but the numbers are competitive.
Handling ratingGood
Handling commentsVehicle handling from a minivan is not supposed to be corner-carving fun. The Sedona handled the cones better than average for the class. The rear of the vehicle would get loose as we zigged and zagged through the cones, but it was never uncontrollable. It was easily corrected with either steering input or modulation of the gas pedal. Not bad for 15 inch 70-series tires. Just think if they offered 16- or 17-inch wheels and tires. — Neil G. Chirico

Testing Conditions

Elevation (ft.)85
Temperature (°F)68
Wind (mph, direction)0 mph

Fuel Consumption

EPA fuel economy (mpg)Auto 15/20 Manual /
Edmunds observed (mpg)18
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)19.8

Dimensions & Capacities

Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)4,709
Length (in.)194.1
Width (in.)74.6
Height (in.)69.3
Wheelbase (in.)114.6
Legroom, front (in.)40.6
Legroom, rear (in.)37.2
Headroom, front (in.)39.4
Headroom, rear (in.)39.2
Seating capacity7
Cargo volume (cu-ft)21.8
Max. cargo volume, seats folded (cu-ft)128


Bumper-to-bumper5 years / 60,000 miles
Powertrain10 years / 100,000 miles
Corrosion5 years / 10,000 miles
Roadside assistance5 years / unlimited mileage
Free scheduled maintenanceNot available


Front airbagsStandard
Side airbagsNot Available
Head airbagsNot Available
Antilock brakesOptional
Electronic brake enhancementsEBD (Electronic Brake-Force Distribution)
Traction controlNot Available
Stability controlNot Available
Rollover protectionNot available
Emergency assistance systemNot available
NHTSA crash test, driverExcellent
NHTSA crash test, passengerExcellent
NHTSA crash test, side frontExcellent
NHTSA crash test, side rearExcellent
NHTSA rollover resistanceGood

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