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2010 Kia Sedona ReviewThe Good
Great safety scores and features, a comprehensive and lengthy warranty, the standard features you need, a respectable ride, and plenty of room for storage and passengers make the 2010 Kia Sedona a practical value.The Bad
The 2010 Sedona’s low initial price can be offset by expensive scheduled maintenance, and low-quality interior materials put a small damper on its quantity of features.
The CarGurus View
The 2010 Kia Sedona does what a minivan should: safely transports a family and its goods in reasonable comfort at a reasonable cost. It has some warts, but this is a minivan, after all.
At a Glance
Let’s be honest. A minivan is practical by definition. And the 2010 Kia Sedona has "practical" embedded in its DNA. This seven-seater comes with ample comfort and convenience goodies for less money then the competition, has a class-leading warranty, offers storage for small and large alike, and aces crash tests. It offers value, dependability, and safety – if that’s not what you’re looking for in a minivan, maybe you should be looking for something else.
The Sedona makes a few changes as it gradually evolves from its last redesign in 2006. There’s now a standard back-up warning system for the LX and EX trims and a rear-view camera for the EX, and its V6 engine gains 1 mile per gallon in efficiency while losing a touch of power (6 hp).
The Sedona comes in three trims - the short-wheelbase (113.8 inches) Base trim and the long-wheelbase (118.9 inches) LX and EX. The Sedona’s true value can be seen in the features list for the $22,000 Base trim: electronic stability control, traction control, four-wheel antilock brakes with electronic brakeforce distribution and brake assist, air conditioning, cruise control, power accessories, keyless entry, and an AM/FM/CD/MP3 stereo with USB/auxiliary input jacks.
The LX trim has the longer wheelbase (which adds a foot to its overall length), a 60/40-split fold-in-the-floor third row (replacing the base’s 50/50-split bench), the back-up warning system, cloth seat trim, and options for a Power Package (dual power-sliding doors and a rear-view camera) and a DVD entertainment system. The EX trim upgrades with standard power front seats, heated mirrors, power rear quarter windows, dual power-sliding doors, trip computer, foglamps, roof rack, 17-inch alloy wheels, and options for heated seats, power-adjustable pedals, sunroof, leather seat trim, tri-zone automatic climate control, a multifunction steering wheel and a navigation system.
All Sedona trims are front-wheel drive and powered by a 3.8-liter V6 that produces 244 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 253 lb-ft of torque at 3,500 rpm, a decent bit of power that is held back only by its cumbersome curb weight (between 4,365 and 4,646 pounds). Fuel economy (17 city/23 highway/19 combined mpg) is average for the class.
There’s only one available transmission for the Sedona – a five-speed electronically controlled Sportmatic transmission with overdrive. Testers like the upshifts and feel the Sedona reaches high speeds smoothly, but they also feel it’s somewhat reluctant to downshift for merging at high or low speeds.
Ride & Handling
The Sedona shouldn’t be pushed through hairpin turns, but it does handle smoothly through corners at reasonable speeds and can be maneuvered into (relatively) tight places in urban settings. It maintains handling integrity at highway speeds, the cabin stays quiet, and the driver’s comfort is completed with front seats that offer plenty of headroom, easy access, and clear sightlines. And a fold-down “table” (oversized cargo tray) provides convenient storage between the front seats.
Cabin & Comfort
The Sedona's removable second-row captain’s chairs are very comfortable and roomy enough for any size adult. The third row is advertised as a three-seater, but it's probably best left to two adults or three kids.
The long-wheelbase LX and EX trims offers a whopping 142 cubic feet of cargo room with the second-row chairs removed and the 60/40-split third row folded into the floor. The short-wheelbase base trim has a removable third-row bench that is more labor-intensive than the fold-away third row, but it does make 121 cubic feet of space available when you get it out of the minivan. Not only does the Sedona have enough room to move big objects, it has an army of storage cubbies and beverage holders to handle an overflow of smaller objects. There is also a usefully deep cargo area behind the third row.
As mentioned above, the Sedona’s quantity of features is generous for the price. The overall feel of the cabin, however, is more in line with its dollar figures. Not that the Sedona feels cheap, but the interior features a few hard plastics and bland stylings. If these shortcomings concern you, remember the price.
The Sedona has a comforting list of safety features: advanced front airbags, front seat-mounted side airbags, full-length side curtain airbags, active front headrests, front and rear crumple zones, an impact-absorbing steering column, side-impact door beams, and the already-mentioned electronic stability control, traction control, brake assist, and electronic brakeforce distribution.
All those features proved their worth in various tests. The Sedona earned five out of five stars in front-impact and side-impact crash tests held by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and received the top mark of Good from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety in similar tests.
What Owners Think
Opinions among Sedona owners seem to vary depending on how the minivan is used. If owners take it for errands and to get around town, they have nothing but praise for the Sedona. They like its roominess, drivability, convenience features, and their low monthly payments. But if they commute with it, or transport a soccer travel team, or put on big miles any other way, they have issues with expensive scheduled maintenance and minor unscheduled breakdowns.
However, even those owners who are rapidly driving their Sedonas into the ground don’t give it a one-star or "1 on a scale of 10" rating. They usually find some positive things to say, cough up three stars, and admit they probably won’t buy another one, but maybe shouldn’t have bought one in the first place.
Have Laptop, Will Travel. I'm retired and travelling the country in a 34' motor home. I'm really digging meeting people . . and sometimes their cars . . . getting a sense of what makes this nation tick. The plan is to visit all the national parks in the continental US, then cruise to Alaska to visit Denali, and to Hawaii to check out Haleakala and the Hawaii Volcano's national parks. Anyhow, when I'm not horsing the motor home around the roadways, I'm tooting around in the 2012 Ford Focus that we tow behind, or making runs to Home Depot and various malls with the 2004 F-150 that just won't die.