Kia Sedona: The Musclecar of Minivans
September 01, 2006
Our Kia Sedona accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in 9.1 seconds and completes the standing start quarter mile 16.8 seconds at 84 mph. In the van's intro we mistakenly judged that performance as average for a van powered by a 3.8-liter 242-horsepower V6 backed by a five-speed automatic transmission. It's not average. We just took the Sedona, a Honda Odyssey, a Toyota Sienna, a Nissan Quest and a Chrysler Town and Country to the test track as part of an upcoming comparison test and the Kia was the quickest.
I drove the Kia home last night and was really surprised by its oomph off the line. Leadfoot moms can pin the kids juice box to the back window through three gears. Sadly that response doesn't continue once the van is up to speed. Even in slow city traffic the engine's power is muted by the transmission's unwillingness to downshift and its premature engagement of top gear. To correct the 5-speed's poor tuning, I make judicious use of the shifters manual gate, but wish I didn't have to.
Edmunds.com Executive Editor Scott Oldham, 8256 miles