2017 Kia Sedona Review
2017 Kia Sedona Review
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Mark Takahashi has worked in the automotive industry since 2001. He has written thousands of car-related articles and tested and reviewed hundreds of vehicles over the course of his career. Mark has also contributed to Motor Trend, Auto Aficionado, Chevy High Performance and several motorcycle magazines in various roles. Mark is also a juror on the North American Car, Truck and Utility Vehicle of the Year Awards and can be seen regularly on the Edmunds YouTube channel and sometimes representing the company in media interviews.
- The distinctive cockpit looks more like a car's than a minivan's
- You get a lot of features for the money
- The second-row seats are quite versatile
- Cabin remains pleasantly quiet on the highway
- Fuel economy is unimpressive
- Slightly less cargo capacity than rivals
For 2017, the Kia Sedona receives some new optional features, including automatic emergency braking, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration, upgraded xenon headlights and an acoustically insulated windshield (which should make the Sedona even quieter at highway speeds).
The 2017 Kia Sedona is a worthy alternative to the top-rated minivans from Honda and Toyota. Besides the lower price and higher feature content, the Sedona scores points for its quick acceleration, quiet ride and carlike interior. The powerful engine does put a dent in fuel economy, and the cargo capacity is a bit smaller than that of rivals, but neither should be a deal breaker for savvy shoppers. Furthermore, its top safety score will give you some reassurance when transporting your most precious cargo, and Kia backs the car with the most generous warranty in the industry.
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Cost to DriveCost to drive estimates for the 2017 Kia Sedona L 4dr Minivan (3.3L 6cyl 6A) and comparison vehicles are based on 15,000 miles per year (with a mix of 55% city and 45% highway driving) and energy estimates of $3.57 per gallon for regular unleaded in Virginia.
Monthly estimates based on costs in Virginia
$216/mo for Sedona L
Avg. Midsize Minivan
What's it like to live with?
The Kia Sedona is a value-packed choice among modern minivans. To try out the ownership experience, Edmunds' editors conducted a one-year test, covering more than 20,000 miles in the process. Could this Kia minivan be right for you? Read our Sedona long-term test to learn more. Note that while we tested a 2015 Sedona SXL, the 2017 Sedona is of the same generation and most of our observations apply.
Edmunds' Expert Rating3.5 / 5
The Kia Sedona represents a strong value among minivans, delivering a long list of features, strong performance and a pleasing design. Though it comes up a little short in terms of utility, we're confident most families will find it more than capable.
Each vehicle typically comes in multiple versions that are fundamentally similar. The ratings in this review are based on our full test of the 2015 Kia Sedona SX Limited Minivan (3.3L V6 | 6-speed automatic | FWD).
NOTE: Since this test was conducted, the current Sedona has received some revisions, including a few more standard and optional features. Our overall findings remain applicable to this year's Sedona, however.
|Overall||3.5 / 5|
Overall Driving comment: Even with its relaxed, easy-to-drive character, the Sedona manages to be among the quickest minivans we've tested, thanks to the smooth and powerful 3.3-liter V6. Though it's not athletic, it demonstrates good handling manners, making it a minivan we could happily live with every day.
The Sedona's ample power gets it to 60 mph in 7.9 seconds, which is quick for a minivan. The six-speed automatic transmission gives smooth rev-matched downshifts via the console-mounted shift lever.
The Sedona has moderately firm brake pedal that is responsive and intuitive-feeling for a minivan. Brake performance is as good or better than in rivals. In our emergency stop test, it braked from 60 mph in an impressively short 119 feet.
There's very little steering feel or effort for the driver, which shouldn't be a big deal for most drivers. A little more of both would give a more connected feeling, though.
Handling isn't as composed as in the class-leading Honda Odyssey, but the Sedona does little to upset the average minivan driver. It's big and heavy, and you'll feel those attributes if you try to hustle it, but it's competent in normal use.
Other than the overly light steering, the Sedona is very easy to drive. The six-speed automatic transmission shifts slowly but smoothly, and the minivan is easy to maneuver in tight parking lots.
The Sedona is plenty comfortable for a long road trip packed with people and cargo. SX models benefit from reclining second-row seats, and these captain's chairs represent some of the most comfortable in the class.
The front seats are relatively soft and have enough support to keep you comfortable during multi-hour stretches behind the wheel. The second-row recliners offer a surprising amount of legroom, and third-row comfort is similar to what competitors offer.
Soft suspension elements and tuning will appeal to those seeking an isolated driving experience. At higher speeds the ride quality can get a little busy over rough pavement. Bigger bumps can be intrusive as well.
Noise & vibration4.5
The Sedona is one of the quietest minivans whether it's at idle, under full-throttle acceleration or cruising down the highway at 70 mph. Unlike some competing V6s, the Sedona's engine is smooth and well silenced.
The Sedona's top-trim SX Limited model offers one of the nicest interiors in the segment, with luxurious stitched leather on many surfaces. It's a well-organized and easy-to-use design typical of the brand with a fixed center console that is unique among minivans.
Ease of use4.0
The flat dash with large, easy-to-read buttons organized in a horizontal arrangement is simple and intuitive. The larger touchscreen navigation and infotainment screens are also easy to use, and we like the dedicated physical knobs for critical functions.
Getting in/getting out3.0
The Sedona's seat height and doors accommodate easy entry and exit, and the standard second-row seats offer a collapse function that helps with third-row access. Power-sliding doors are standard on the LX trim and higher.
The Sedona's third row will accommodate adults, though they won't be so comfortable back there for long hauls. The legroom with the reclining second-row seats is better than the Sienna, but overall space is marginally less than the competition.
Overall outward visibility is good thanks to large windows and relatively thin windshield pillars. A backup camera is standard on all trims, and the SX Limited's surround-view camera takes much of the guesswork out of parking in tight spots.
Overall quality is as good as or better than the competition with sturdy construction that inhibits squeaks and creaks inside. The interior materials are also praiseworthy, featuring well-grained plastics, supple leather and attractive stitching.
The Sedona falls a bit short when it comes to cargo capacity and versatility, but the majority of owners will still find it plenty capable. If the second-row seats were removable, this score would likely improve.
The fixed center console may be attractive, but it doesn't offer the storage space found in rivals. Other bins and pockets are on the small side, as well.
Maximum cargo space is 142 cubic feet, which is slightly less than the competition. The lack of removable second-row seats in any trim level further hurts usability.
Child safety seat accommodation4.5
With the sliding second-row captain's chairs, installing a child seat is remarkably easy. There is plenty of room for rear-facing configurations, and the LATCH anchors are easily located and accessed. The same holds true for the third-row seats.
Which Sedona does Edmunds recommend?
The Sedona's midlevel EX trim adds a lot of convenience and luxury features, making it feel and function like a modern minivan. If the price premium makes you wince, we suggest going no lower than the supporting LX trim.
2017 Kia Sedona models
The Kia Sedona minivan can accommodate up to eight passengers and is available in five trim levels: L, LX, EX, SX and SX Limited. All models are powered by a 3.3-liter V6 engine (276 horsepower and 248 pound-feet of torque) that sends power to the front wheels via a six-speed automatic transmission.
Standard feature highlights for the Sedona's base L trim include 17-inch alloy wheels, Slide-N-Stow forward collapsing second-row captain's chairs (reducing seating capacity to seven), stain-resistant cloth upholstery, a 60/40-split reclining and folding third-row bench seat, air-conditioning with rear controls, Bluetooth, a 5-inch touchscreen, a rearview camera and a four-speaker sound system with a USB input.
The LX trim adds power-folding mirrors, power-sliding doors, rear privacy glass, a second-row bench seat (increasing passenger capacity to eight), a power driver seat and a six-speaker audio system.
The EX hits what we think is the sweet spot of the Sedona lineup. On this trim you also get 18-inch wheels, foglights, heated mirrors, roof rails, a height-adjustable power tailgate, front and rear parking sensors, upgraded shock absorbers, keyless ignition and entry, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, tri-zone automatic climate control, leather upholstery, heated front seats, sunshades for the second and third rows, a cooled glovebox, a portable flashlight, a 7-inch display, UVO3 eServices emergency telematics and additional USB charge ports.
The SX trim reverts back to the seven-passenger configuration with second-row captain's chairs (the bench is available as an option) and adds a power front passenger seat, ventilated front seats, driver-seat memory functions, heated second-row seats, an 8-inch touchscreen, a navigation system, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone app integration and an eight-speaker Infinity premium audio system. A blind-spot monitoring system with rear cross-traffic alert is also included.
The range-topping eight-passenger SX Limited trim adds 19-inch wheels, adaptive xenon headlights, adaptive cruise control, a heated steering wheel and a household power outlet. Even more advanced safety features come with the SX Limited, including forward collision warning and mitigation (with automatic emergency braking), a lane departure warning system and a surround-view camera system.
Many features on the higher trims are available as options on the lower trims. Other add-ons such as a dual-panel sunroof, first-class lounge-style seating for the second row (without Slide-N-Stow) and premium leather upholstery are available only on the SX Limited trim. A rear-seat DVD entertainment system is offered on all models.
4.2 out of 5 stars
Most helpful consumer reviews
5 out of 5 stars
KIA Sedona is a fabulous vehicle
Peter Beinetti, 12/21/2016
2017 Kia Sedona SX Limited 4dr Minivan (3.3L 6cyl 6A)
Reviews complain about gas mileage, but I don't know why. My wife and I took an 8000 mile road trip and got 24.5 mpg -- loaded with people and luggage. The last two days we took a 400 mile road trip and we got 26.7 mpg. We were in the mountains on the 8000 mile trip and I used the manual shifting a lot. No manual shifting on the Pacifica, which we compared with the Sedona before we … bought it. Sedona handles extremely well with a very good turning radius. Pacifica about 3 feet larger radius. We test drove both and the smaller Sedona radius was obvious. Dash layout on the Sedona is well thought out, and attractive. The nav system is the best I've ever used, by far. Vehicle is extremely quiet, and tracks perfectly on the interstate. It's quick -- I saw car magazine reports that rated it at 7.4 seconds 0-60. That's fast for a large vehicle. I keep saying vehicle because it looks and acts more like an SUV than a minivan. Nappa leather is great, airplane type second row seats are a true luxury. Dual sun roof really lets the light inside. I've driven the Pacifica, Odyssey and Sienna -- I think the Sedona is the best vehicle. Update to my review one year later: I still think the Sedona SXL is a great vehicle. We have over 16,000 miles on it, and have had no problems. We are currently on a 12,000 mile road trip around the USA, with about 3,000 miles completed. Average MPG so far on the trip is 24.7. Handling on the interstate continues to be perfect, ride is excellent. No complaints whatsoever. It is now January 2018 and we have 28,500 miles on the Sedona. Our 12,000 mile trip ended up to be 12,600 miles, and we averaged 24.5 mpg. I can't figure out why the Sedona is rated low on gas mileage, I think it's fabulous. So far we have had zero problems. I've never had a car before, with over 28,000 miles on it, that didn't have something go wrong. It still rides great, and handles well. I thought our 12,600 miles trip would be very tiring. It turned out to be just the opposite. The Sedona is comfortable, and easy to drive. Lots of power, no problems in CA keeping up, or passing, on the freeways. The last car I had, a 2015 SUV, had what I call 'high effort' steering. It made for very tiresome driving. On our Sedona we can choose between two different steering efforts. I'm 78 years old and it's a joy to drive the car. Update July 2018. We are on another road trip, so far 4400 miles. Again, the Sedona has performed perfectly. MPG on this trip is 24.9 to-date. There is really nothing more to say, except that my wife and I love the car. Update January 2019. Best car we've ever had! Still not one problem, and we have 43,500 miles on it. It's an easy car to drive, all the high tech works perfectly. There's not much more I can say. It was the best buying decision my wife and I ever made. Oh, I should say this. My wife DID NOT want a minivan -- now she loves it!
5 out of 5 stars
A wonderful minivan
Joseph Friedman, 07/17/2018
2017 Kia Sedona LX 4dr Minivan (3.3L 6cyl 6A)
I purchased my Kia Sedona in 2017. It's just a great minivan. It has been operating perfectly. The safety and advanced electronic features make for a great ride. I always look forward to getting into it and driving away. I wanted a minivan that could hold all the professional gear that I need to carry with me on jobs. It has a bit less cargo space than the Dodge Grand Caravan that I … had earlier. The only thing that I miss is the fold down seats in the 2nd row that the Grand Caravan had. The other manufacturers like Honda and Toyota also don't have fold down seats into the floor so I chose the Kia for its safety features. It's been a wonderful purchase. My opinion of it has not changed. I still love driving it. And it has kept me safe. It was a great purchase. I have not driven the vehicle that much over the five years. I have 22,000 miles on it, which is really nothing. It will last me for many more years.
5 out of 5 stars
Could not have wished for a better minivan!!!!
2016 Kia Sedona EX 4dr Minivan (3.3L 6cyl 6A)
We absolutely LOVE our Sedona! We spent a lot of time looking at minivans and trying to find the right one that would be safe for our family. After driving the Sedona we knew it was what we needed. It is always a little scary buying a new car but we have had it for a few months now and are still incredibly happy with it. I actually told my husband the other day that after owning this I … will probably always want a minivan it is so comfortable.
5 out of 5 stars
CUVs are for chumps
2016 Kia Sedona SX Limited 4dr Minivan (3.3L 6cyl 6A)
If you need three rows of seats every day, and do not have $65K for a new Suburban, minivan is the ONLY way to go. We had downsized from 2005 Yukon XL to a 2014 Pathfinder, and that was fine for a while. But when surprise baby #4 came along, we realized the limitations of the CUV. Access to third row was a daily nuisance (constant flipping and folding of seats - easier in the … Pathfinder than most of the competition, but still a thing that has to be done), and most importantly, cargo space in the way back is very limited. We took our annual Florida trip with two adults, four kids. Luggage stuffed to the gills, and a cargo platform hanging off the trailer hitch for extra capacity. We had some serious saggy butt. It handled alright, but clearly was not designed to actually carry a full load of people AND stuff. This was the trip that convinced me it was time to return the lease a bit early and get into a van. Wife wasn't quite ready to go dork mobile, but she eventually admitted if there was a really nice van than looked okay and had all the features she wanted, she would consider it. The Sedona and new Pacifica made her very short list. 3 minutes walking around the Sedona and marveling at the space and luxury finishes, and she was sold before I could even test drive. This one evidently has a bit less room behind the third row than Odyssey and Sienna, but it is downright cavernous compared to even the biggest CUVs (Chevy Traverse). And loading the baby is so much easier with sliding doors. These are all things I knew, but Mrs. Cool needed to live with her Pathfinder for a few months before coming around. We went for the SXL Tech 8-seater in dark blue - it's actually a really nice looking vehicle, and not just "for a van". I've stored away that 2nd row "jump seat" to create an aisle for two of the big to easily walk through to the third row. But I did want that 8th seat, just in case we have an extra passenger (grandma) for a long trip, or perhaps we will want to fold half of the third row to max out cargo space for beach gear next summer. And, I didn't really need the sun roofs, which we never used in the last car, and which they say compromise headroom in the third row where two of our growing young teens reside. Also didn't really care about the "lounge seats". One of them just has a baby carrier on top, and honestly there's not enough leg room back there to really utilize the "ottoman" feature for a teenager, unless he scoots all the way back and steals all the leg room from the third row. Just not something we would ever get any use out of, while the 8th seat has potential uses. Anyway, this is quite simply the most luxurious vehicle we've ever owned. The interior materials are beautiful, and I hope they are durable as well. I'd prefer darker leather, but other long term tests I read say they hold up well. The gadgets are "Sofa King" cool - I've never had many of these features before. Xenon headlights, automatic high beams (this really works!), radar cruise control (again, this actually works great - it can't do stop and go traffic, but it will take you down to about 5 mph and back up again), blind spot monitors, birds-eye-view camera for parking. I don't love the chrome wheels, although they look sharp it's going to be a lot of effort for the boys to keep them clean :) The bluetooth audio doesn't seem to work with the newest iPhones, you have to plug in to USB to get any sound from your phone. Nor does it read texts as it says. Wish it was apple car play instead of UVO. But the navigation is decent. I thought Nav was stupid, since that is free on everyone's phone anyway. But having it integrated into the dash is nice, and its directions on the info screen between the gauges driver side is cool. When we get the XM activated, will see how good it is at traffic. Cooled seats are a Texan's best friend. I'm 6'3" and have plenty of leg and knee room, even with the bulky baby carrier behind me, and his seat scooted forward a bit to give the third row boys some extra space. Wife is 5'1", so memory settings for seat and mirrors were an essential feature for us. We had the dealer install remote start, and it works fine with the factory key fob, though it will only run for 30 seconds once a door has been opened. We had been used to starting up the AC and taking our time loading groceries. Instead, you have to jump up front and hit the ignition if you want it to keep running, but that's a minor complaint. The ride is very quiet, and it really smooths out with a full load. Enough power, transmission is responsive. Steering is very light at low speeds but firms up nicely for the highway. The price was very fair, lots of features for the money. I am a little bit hesitant about Kia long term reliability in general, but we will be covered b2b for the duration of the lease, so I was willing to give it a chance. Overall, we are both very pleased with this vehicle.
We have a limited number of reviews for the 2017 Kia Sedona, so we've included reviews for other years of the Sedona since its last redesign.
2017 Kia Sedona video
BRYN MACKINNON: I'm Bryn MacKinnon, and this is an Edmunds expert rundown of the 2017 Kia Sedona. As minivans go, the 2017 Kia Sedona is kind of a breath of fresh air. The crossover inspired styling is one thing that sets it apart, and there's also a burly v-6 under the hood that gives you quick acceleration when you need it. As expected from Kia, you get a lot of features for your money. And then there's Kia's excellent warranty coverage for extra peace of mind. What's the catch? Well it's not really a catch, but subpar fuel economy is the price you have to pay for that quick acceleration. There's also a bit less cargo space than you get in rival vans. Inside the Sedona you'll find plenty of rear passenger space. Although the second row seats don't do neat things like Chrysler's Stow 'n Go seats for example. So you lose a little versatility there. Up front, look at how the center console rises up between the seats and connects with the dashboard. That's another SUV like element that distinguishes the Sedona from its unabashedly vanney rivals. We like Kia's touchscreen, by the way. It's simple to use and responds quickly to your taps. The bottom line is that Sedona's got a vibe all its own. And that's pretty impressive for a minivan. Of course, you got to check out the Honda Odyssey and Toyota Sienna if you're in the market for a minivan. And the new Chrysler Pacifica is another strong rival. But the Sedona is right in the mix and well-worth a test drive. For more Edmunds expert rundowns, click the link to subscribe.
2017 Kia Sedona Expert Rundown Review
In the market for a minivan with quick acceleration, quiet ride and carlike interior? Shop the 2017 Kia Sedona. Here's a quick rundown of what we like, what we don't and the bottom line from the Edmunds editors.
2017 Sedona Highlights
|Combined MPG||20 MPG|
|Cost to Drive||$216/month|
|Cargo Capacity |
All Seats In Place
|Drivetrain||front wheel drive|
|Warranty||5 years / 60,000 miles|
Our experts like the Sedona models:
- UVO3 eServices
- This system automatically notifies emergency services with your location in the event of a crash in which the airbags deploy.
- Blind-Spot Detection System
- This system lets you know if there's a car in your blind spot as well as if there's a car approaching when you're backing up.
- Autonomous Emergency Braking
- We can't catch everything all the time. If you get distracted, this system will hit the brakes if you don't see that traffic has slowed.
NHTSA Overall Rating5 out of 5 stars
The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.
- Frontal Barrier Crash RatingOverall5 / 5Driver5 / 5Passenger5 / 5
- Side Crash RatingOverall5 / 5
- Side Barrier RatingOverall5 / 5Driver5 / 5Passenger5 / 5
- Combined Side Barrier & Pole RatingsFront Seat5 / 5Back Seat5 / 5
- RolloverRollover4 / 5Dynamic Test ResultNo TipRisk Of Rollover13%
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.
- Small Overlap Front Driver-Side TestGood
- Small Overlap Front Passenger-Side TestNot Tested
- Moderate Overlap Front Test – OriginalGood
- Moderate Overlap Front Test – UpdatedNot Tested
- Side Impact Test – OriginalGood
- Side Impact Test – UpdatedNot Tested
- Roof Strength TestGood
- Rear Crash Protection / Head RestraintGood