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Kia Sedona

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The Good

The 2012 Kia Sedona provides excellent value for a relatively low price, offering loads of standard features and a comfortable ride.

The Bad

On the whole, the vehicle feels a little dated. As you might expect from a value-priced minivan, the Kia Sedona runs thin on luxury and refinement.

The Bottom Line

This is an excellent option for budget-conscious families seeking reliable, affordable transportation.

Price

Kia offers the 2012 Sedona in two different trim packages: the entry-level LX, and the well-equipped EX. While the EX does offer more in the way of standard features, the LX is nicely equipped in and of its own right.

MSRP: $24,900 to $29,190

Average paid: $24,165 to $27,275

Performance

Acceleration and power

The 3.5 L V6 engine is capable of fairly impressive power outputs, peaking at 271 horsepower and 248 lb/ft of torque. It accelerates from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 7.6 seconds, which is rather quick for its class. Impressively, the 2012 Kia Sedona achieves these numbers without sacrificing a whole lot in the way of fuel economy, maintaining ratings of 18 miles per gallon in the city and 25 miles per gallon on the highway.

Handling and braking

Reviews of the Kia Sedona rate its handling at about average; the vehicle handles much the way you would expect from a minivan, with a smooth and steady ride but limited cornering and maneuvering abilities. However, its braking capabilities are impressive; Kia Sedona reviews found that the minivan can come to a full stop from a speed of 60 miles per hour in 125 feet – a compact and impressive braking distance. Anti-lock front and rear disc brakes are standard on both trim packages.

Interior

Seating

The front bucket seats both slide and recline, and are manually adjustable. They feature adjustable active headrests and dual armrests, and offer support for your lower back. Second row seats are identical, but they are foldable and removable. The third row seating is a folding 60/40 split bench seat, bringing the total passenger capacity of the vehicle to seven. With an endlessly configurable interior and well-designed seats, the Kia Sedona’s interior is both roomy and comfortable. The standard seat trim is double raschel-style cloth.

Features

One area in which the Kia Sedona outranks most of its competitors is in its list of standard features. In addition to common features like power windows, power door locks and dual-zone climate control with an air filter, the 2012 Sedona also comes with a standard entertainment system/DVD player, which is ideal for keeping children occupied during longer trips. This equipment is optional on most other minivans in its class.

Other noteworthy features include tilt steering, remote keyless entry, an electric rear window defogger with a programmable timer, and a built-in alarm system. There’s also plenty of lighting for all three passenger rows.

Cargo space

Cargo volume is specified in three different ways: standard cargo space, cargo space to the second row seats, and total cargo space (with the third row seats folded down and the second row seats removed). These measure as follows: there is 32.2 cubic feet of standard cargo space, 80.1 cubic feet with the third row seats folded down, and a maximum of 141.5 cubic feet of cargo space with all but the front row seats removed or retracted. This is among the highest cargo capacities in its class, making this vehicle a very good choice if you have a regular need to haul large amounts of cargo.

Safety

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2012 Kia Sedona a four-star rating for rollover resistance. However, overall crash safety, front crash safety and side impact safety ratings were not available.

Standard safety features include ISOFIX child seat restraints, rear child safety door locks, a reverse warning system, impact bumpers, traction control, electronic stability control, electronic brake force distribution, brake assist, power mirrors with integrated turning signals, a tire pressure monitoring system and a steering column which is specially designed to absorb front impact. Airbags are also present in all three seating rows, with dual-stage front airbags providing added protection to the driver and front-seat passenger.

Specifications

The 2011 Kia Sedona benefitted from the addition of a new V6 engine and an updated automatic transmission. Compared to last year’s version, the 2012 Kia Sedona is unchanged.

  • Transmission: 6-speed automatic with overdrive
  • Drivetrain: Front-wheel drive
  • Engine Type: Gasoline V6
  • Engine Size: 3.5 L
  • Horsepower: 271 @ 6300 rpm
  • Torque: 248 lb/ft @ 4500 rpm
  • MPG, City: 18 MPG
  • MPG, Highway: 25 MPG
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