2012 Kia Sedona Consumer Review: great open road/sleazy options

2012 Kia Sedona - Consumer Review

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LX Passenger Minivan (3.5L V6 6-speed Automatic)

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great open road/sleazy options/2 idiotic features
By buzzk on


2012 Kia Sedona LX 4dr Minivan (3.5L 6cyl 6A)


we drove several of these til the dealer came up with the colors my wife wanted; on a blustery crosswind day, we compared Sedona to the 4 & 6 cylinder Siennas & the Oddysy in a 6+ mile run on I-70 & a winding, hilly no-shoulder 2-lane. the Sedona & Toyotas were very good & close, the Honda conspicuously less controllable in the twistys & harder to keep in a straight line in freeway crosswinds. We now have 20k on the car & changed to a decent tire-Cooper CS4 at 15k. Drives beautifully. OTOH the autolock/unlock is an idiotic security nightmare, hoodlums will love it, you are a sitting duck when you park.
July 2016 update: the idiotic auto lock/unlock control is still a security nightmare [ALL doors unlock EVERY TIME it's put in park] & the dealership is hopeless/worthless to fix it. Doubt if they give a flip. OTOH the window down-door-stop dangerous idiocy [manual sliding door only opened part way if window was down a little] was an easy fix. - just remove the stop. This was important as if you opened it vigorously it bounced off the stop & closed -very hard!!- on adult or kid's fingers/hand/arm/head... ER visit or worse!! Options issue: in 2012 heated mirrors only came w/over-priced packages with junk we didn't want.

An important plus is the excellent all-direction visibility , thanks to large unobstructed windows, is better than ANY other van we've driven, then, or since then. Luckily, once you are rolling down the road it's a great car, so we're keeping it. However, thanks to the locks & heated mirror issue, we are very unsure about buying a KIA in the future. I would suggest if, in one of these vans, you are attacked in a parking lot or hurt by the sliding door, you contact a lawyer.

January 2017. we again have re-shod with brand new Cooper's CS5's and the open road handling is even better than the CS4's. it's still smooth, comfortable & has enough power to easily spin the wheels [which we do rarely] . We have generally learned to quickly re-lock the car after putting it in park, but it still infuriates me. Idiotic designs always do. However, we're still keeping it. The overall car is still quite good.

Best Features

  • Outward visibility
  • Active safety
  • Headlights
  • Parking aids
  • Climate control
  • Repair frequency
  • Engine
  • Transmission

Worst Features

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