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2018 Kia Sedona

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 12/12/2017 Motor Trend Staff

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You'll Like

  • Well-built interior
  • Comfortable ride
  • Second-row captain's chairs are super comfortable

You Won't Like

  • Not very efficient
  • Tight third row
  • Stowable second row seats not available

New for 2018

The 2018 Kia Sedona is unchanged except for the some exterior color updates. Silky Silver replaces Bright Silver and Celestial Blue replaces Midnight Sapphire. Beachwood Pearl has been discontinued.

Trim Levels (Interior and Exterior Options)

The 2018 Kia Sedona is a front-drive minivan with seating for up to eight passengers and is available in five trim levels.

Sedona L: The base Sedona L comes with 17-inch alloy wheels, cloth upholstery, a sliding second row, a 5.0-inch touchscreen, a four-speaker audio system, Bluetooth connectivity, a USB port, keyless entry, and a rearview camera.

Sedona LX: Moving up to the LX trim adds power-folding side mirrors, power sliding doors, eight passenger seating, eight-way power adjustable front seats, a 3.5-inch multi-information display, and six-speaker audio system.

Sedona EX: Mid-level EX models adds 18-inch alloy wheels, fog lights, silver roof rails, leather upholstery, heated front seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, tri-zone climate control, a larger 7.0-inch touchscreen, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay integration, additional USB ports, keyless start, and front and rear parking sensors.

Sedona SX: The second highest trim adds LED taillights, a power-operated passenger seat, ventilated front seats, an Infinity premium audio system, a drive mode selector, heated second row seats, an 8.0-inch touchscreen, navigation, and blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert.

Sedona SXL: As the most luxurious variant of the Sedona, the SXL trim adds HID headlights, 19-inch alloy wheels, a mesh grille, a heated steering wheel, and a 360-degree view camera system. Nappa leather upholstery, dual sunroofs, and second-row captain's chairs are optional only on the SXL.

Performance and Fuel Economy

The 2018 Sedona is powered exclusively by a 3.3-liter V-6 with 276 hp and 248 lb-ft of torque paired to a six-speed automatic transmission. EPA fuel economy ratings are 18/24 mpg city/highway for the L, LX and EX trims. The SX trim is the most efficient at 18/25 mpg while the range-topping SXL grade is the least efficient at 17/22 mpg.

Safety

In NHTSA testing, the 2018 Sedona received a five-star overall rating (out of a possible five stars). The IIHS has yet to fully test the 2018 Sedona but the 2017 model received a Good score on five crashworthiness tests, and in the headlights test, the 2017 model received a Poor rating (Good is the highest possible score). In the front crash prevention test, the Sedona received a Superior rating after it avoided 12- and 25-mph collisions (Superior is the highest rating for the front crash prevention test). As a result, the Sedona received the 2017 Top Safety Pick award from the IIHS.

Active safety and driver assistance features are available on the LX trim and higher and it includes lane departure warning, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, blind spot warning and rear cross-traffic alert.

Utility

The 2018 Kia Cadenza has 33.9 cubic feet of cargo space behind the third row, 78.4 cubic feet behind the second row, and 142 cubic feet behind the front seats. When properly equipped, the 2018 Sedona can tow up to 3,500 pounds.

What We Think

In a 2015 First Test, we said it offers a comfortable ride and respectable handling for its size. The second row, especially with the optional captain's chairs, offer high levels of comfort. However, the third row is on the tight side, particularly with the sunroof that eats into passenger head room. There's also a lack of folding second row seat stowage, which means the Sedona isn't as practical as rivals such as the Chrysler Pacifica.

In a 2015 comparison test that also included the Toyota Sienna, Honda Odyssey, Nissan Quest, and the recently discontinued Chrysler Town & Country, the Kia Sedona won because of its combination of style, comfort, and respectable driving dynamics. Its interior was also the best of the bunch with high quality materials all around, Nappa leather upholstery, and a comfortable second row.

Cool Fact

The optional second-row captain's chairs on the 2018 Sedona were inspired by long haul first class seats on airplanes.

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