2020 Kia Sedona

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$27,200 - $41,100

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2020 Kia Sedona Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide


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Anuron Deka Content Writer Updated on: November 13, 2019


The 2020 Kia Sedona, with the tiger-nose grille, makes the design aesthetically pleasing while the comfortable interiors and the list of modern tech features gives it an advantage over the rivals. As a hauler for either your family or cargo, the Kia Sedona is the perfect minivan for your garage. Despite being a bit weaker than the other minivans, the Sedona's engine is fun and efficient for city rides.

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Pros

SUV-like character

Plethora of safety features

Impressive sound insulation

Cons

Rough ride over undulations

The engine feels under-powered on the highways

What's New?

It is essentially the same car as its predecessor


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$27200

bodystyle

4dr Minivan

passenger capacity

7

drivetrain

FWD

engine type

displacement

204 cu.in.

horsepower

276 hp @ 6000 rpm

torque

248 lbs.-ft @ 5200 rpm

transmission

8-speed shiftable automatic

chassis

frame type

Unibody

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

brake rotors (f/r)

68.7/69

dimensions

wheelbase

120.5 in.

length

201.4 in.

width

78.1 in.

height

68.5 in.

curb weight

4411 lbs.

ground clearance

6.7 in.

capacity

passenger volume

165.8 cu ft.

cargo volume

142 cu ft.

towing capacity

3500 lbs.

payload capacity

1674 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

7.7 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

18/21/24 mpg

highway range

506.4 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

5 yr. / 60000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

10 yr. / 100000 mi.

powertrain warranty

120 months. / 100000

corrosion warranty

5 yr. / 100000 mi.

roadside assistance

5 yr. / 60000 mi.



Styles

 2020 Kia Sedona in Aurora Black color  2020 Kia Sedona in Celestial Blue color  2020 Kia Sedona in Pantera Metal color  2020 Kia Sedona in Silky Silver color  2020 Kia Sedona in Venetian Red color  2020 Kia Sedona in Aurora Black color  2020 Kia Sedona in Celestial Blue color  2020 Kia Sedona in Pantera Metal color
Aurora Black

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Ratings

Features

5.0

Engine And Performance

5.0

Fuel Economy

4.0

Safety

5.0

4.8

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2020 Kia Sedona L

L

power
276 hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
21 combined

$27,200


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
L 4dr Minivan (3.3L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $27,200 MSRP (18/21/24) 276 hp @ 6000 rpm, 3.3 L, V-6, regular unleaded
8-speed shiftable automatic front wheel drive 7

 2020 Kia Sedona LX

LX

power
276 hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
21 combined

$30,000


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
LX 4dr Minivan (3.3L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $30,000 MSRP (18/21/24) 276 hp @ 6000 rpm, 3.3 L, V-6, regular unleaded
8-speed shiftable automatic front wheel drive 8

 2020 Kia Sedona EX

EX

power
276 hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
21 combined

$33,300


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
EX 4dr Minivan (3.3L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $33,300 MSRP (18/21/24) 276 hp @ 6000 rpm, 3.3 L, V-6, regular unleaded
8-speed shiftable automatic front wheel drive 8

 2020 Kia Sedona SX

SX

power
276 hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
21 combined

$41,100


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
SX 4dr Minivan (3.3L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $41,100 MSRP (18/21/24) 276 hp @ 6000 rpm, 3.3 L, V-6, regular unleaded
8-speed shiftable automatic front wheel drive 8

Expert Review

4.8

Overall Rating


Starting at $27,980 the Kia Sedona with its 3.3L 6-cylinder engine makes a convincing case for itself. With the new 8-speed transmission replacing the 6-speed, the drive is smoother than ever before. Despite all the plus points, the Kia faces stiff competition from the minivans like Chrysler Pacifica, Toyota Sienna, and Honda Odyssey. Let's see how the Kia performs.

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5.0/10
Features

 

5.0/10
Engine and Performance

 

4.0/10
Fuel Economy

 
 
 

5.0/10
Safety

 
 
 

2020 Kia Sedona Features

5.0/10

The Kia Sedona comes in four trims, starting with the Sedona L at $27,200 all the way to the most premium minivan - the Sedona SX - priced at $41,100. While the Sedona L is great for using as a fleet vehicle, upgrading to the EX or even the SX is highly recommended if you're planning on using the minivan as a daily driver.

Model L LX EX SX
MSRP $27,200 $30,000 $33,300 $41,100
Key Features 17-inch wheels Power-folding mirrors 18-inch wheels LED foglights
  Automatic headlights Power-sliding doors Roof rails Sound-reducing windshield
  Tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel Rear privacy glass Keyless entry and push-button ignition Ventilated front seats
  Height-adjustable driver seat 2nd-row bench seat (increasing passenger capacity to eight) Leather-wrapped steering wheel Heated second-row seats
  Slide-N-Stow forward-collapsing second-row captain's chairs (seven-passenger configuration) Power-adjustable driver's seat and a six-speaker audio system Auto-dimming rearview mirror 8-inch touchscreen
  Stain-resistant cloth upholstery   Driver information display Surround-view camera
  60/40-split reclining and folding third-row bench seat   Leather upholstery Navigation system
  Dual-zone climate control (with front and rear controls)   Heated front seats Voice-controlled infotainment
  7-inch touchscreen   Wireless phone charger Harman Kardon surround-sound system
  Rearview camera   Kia's Uvo3 eServices communications  
  Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration   Front and rear parking sensors and a blind-spot monitoring system with rear cross-traffic alert  
  4 sound system with USB and auxiliary audio input jacks      

We Recommend

The Kia Sedona EX coming is the best value-for-money trim in the minivan in the lineup. You can equip the optional EX premium package which adds upgraded shock absorbers, adaptive cruise control, and tri-zone automatic climate control.

2020 Kia Sedona Engine and Performance

5.0/10

Other than the overly light steering, the Sedona is very easy to drive. The … minivan is easy to maneuver in tight parking lots. -Edmunds

Engine and Transmission

With a thrifty 3.3L V6 under the hood powering the front wheels, the Kia Sedona makes a modest power of 276 hp and torque of 248 lb-ft. Although lackluster performance may not be a dealbreaker for most, the unimpressive 8-speed automatic transmission often mix shifts and is a hassle in stop and go city traffic.

Models

Kia Sedona L minivan

Toyota Sienna L minivan

Dodge Grand Caravan SE

Chrysler Pacifica L minivan

Honda Odyssey LX minivan

Ford Flex SE

MSRP

$27,980

$32,160

$27,595

$28,340

$31,085

$30,285

Engine

3.3L V6 Gasoline Direct Injection

3.5L V6 Regular Unleaded

3.6L V6 Regular Unleaded

3.6L V6 Regular Unleaded

3.5L V6 Regular Unleaded

3.5L V6 Ti-VCT

Transmission

8 Speed Automatic

8 Speed automatic

6 Speed Automatic

9 Speed Automatic

9 Speed Automatic

6 Speed Automatic

Horsepower

276 hp@ 6000rpm

296 hp@ 6600rpm

283 hp@ 6400rpm

287 hp@ 6400rpm

280 hp@ 6000rpm

287 hp@ 6600rpm

Torque

248 ft-lbs@ 5200rpm

263 ft-lbs@ 4700rpm

260 ft-lbs@ 4400rpm

262 ft-lbs@ 4000rpm

262 ft-lbs@ 4700rpm

254 lb-ft @ 4500rpm

The Toyota Sienna and Chrysler Pacifica more powerful minivans with a beefier V6 making 296 hp and 287 hp, along with the Ford Flex with a similarly powered engine. The Kia Sedona has the least power of the lot with 276 hp to the wheels. The 9-speed automatic in the Pacifica and the Odyssey are smoother and reliable.

Acceleration

Although acceleration figures may not tell you the full story about the minivan's full capabilities, however, the Kia Sedona takes less than 8 seconds to reach 60 miles an hour from a standstill, and onward through the quarter-mile in about 16 seconds. Despite the soft suspension, the Kia Sedona holds onto the tarmac pretty well when accelerating.

Models

Kia Sedona L minivan

Toyota Sienna L minivan

Dodge Grand Caravan SE

Chrysler Pacifica L minivan

Honda Odyssey LX minivan

Ford Flex SE

0-60 MPH

7.9 sec

7.0 sec

7.9 sec

7.4 sec

6.6 sec

7.0 sec

Quarter mile

16.1 sec

15.4 sec

15.7 sec

15.6 sec

15 sec

16.8 sec

Engine

3.3L V6 Gasoline Direct Injection

3.5L V6 Regular Unleaded

3.6L V6 Regular Unleaded

3.6L V6 Regular Unleaded

3.5L V6 Regular Unleaded

3.5L V6 Ti-VCT

Emission

(Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

8.4

8.0

8.9

8.0

8.0

9.2

The fastest one to 60 is the Honda Odyssey taking merely 6.6 seconds, most sedans can't manage that. Followed by the Ford Flex with 7.0 seconds on the clock. The Kia Sedona ties with the Grand Caravan taking the same time in the 60 mph sprint, however, the Dodge pulls ahead in the quarter-mile.

Ride and Handling

The Kia Sedona ride is outstandingly plush and compliant, a prerequisite for minivans during long tours or if you're planning to use it as a daily driver. Even though the Kia is quite smooth for the city streets, maneuvering tight spaces are quite a feat in itself. At higher speeds, the road holding ability and good driving dynamics shine through

The competition, however, benefits from driver-assist features like collision warning, which makes the job of city driving and parking much easier. The Honda Odyssey and the updated Chrysler Pacifica handles well not only in the city but also on the highways.

Braking

The minivans brakes work quite well considering the massive curb weight, however, the pedal feels mushy and the suspensions have a hard time keeping up with sudden braking. Using brakes continuously through the day does not cause any significant brake fade.

Model

Kia Sedona L minivan

Toyota Sienna L minivan

Dodge Grand Caravan SE

Chrysler Pacifica L minivan

Honda Odyssey LX minivan

Ford Flex SE

Brake Front (in.)

12.6

12.9

11.9

13

12.6

12.8

Brake Rear (in.)

11.9

12.2

12

13

13

13.0

Curb Weight (lbs.)r

4411

4430

4510

4330

4354

4637

60-0 MPH (ft.)

118

N/A

N/A

145

N/A

125

Among the minivans tested for their braking distance, the Kia Sedona has the shortest stopping distance of 118 feet when stopping from 60 miles an hour. The Chrysler Pacifica takes the longest, 145 feet of tarmac to stop from 60 mph.

2020 Kia Sedona Fuel Economy

4.0/10

Although untested by the EPA for fuel economy, the Sedona chugs like its Oktoberfest. With a decent 21 miles to the gallon combined fuel economy, it's can fit your fleet as an efficient work van. Comparatively, the other minivans in the segment boast similar numbers of 22 miles to the gallon, ergo the high gear ratios in the 9-speed transmission make the drive surprisingly efficient on highways.

Model

Kia Sedona L minivan

Toyota Sienna L minivan

Dodge Grand Caravan SE

Chrysler Pacifica L minivan

Honda Odyssey LX minivan

Ford Flex SE

MPG (city)

18

19

17

18

19

16

MPG (highway)

24

27

25

28

28

23

MPG (combined)

21

22

20

22

22

19

Range (city/highway)

380/506

380/540

340/500

342/532

371/546

298/428

Tank Capacity (gal)

21.1

20.0

20.0

19.0

19.5

18.6

2020 Kia Sedona Interior

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. - Edmunds

Seating and Comfort

Engineers at Kia haven't just worked on the outside, they have also added a few more bells and whistles on the inside. The Sedona offers a wide range of family-friendly features and ergonomics to the users. Materials feel premium, more so than the rest of the minivans along with reclining seats, extendable footrests, and options like heated seats and leather upholstery.

Model

Kia Sedona L minivan

Toyota Sienna L minivan

Chrysler Pacifica L minivan

Dodge Grand Caravan SE

Honda Odyssey LX minivan

Ford Flex SE

Passenger capacity

7

7

7

7

7

7

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

39.8/63.9/40.9

41.0/65.0/40.5

40.1/63.8/41.1

39.8/63.7/40.7

40.7/63.1/40.9

41.8/58.4/42.6

Second

(Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

39.4/63.1/41.1

39.7/64.6/37.6

39.6/63.0/39.0

39.3/64.1/36.5

39.5/61.6/40.9

40.5/58.1/44.3

Infotainment System

With upgrades like optional smartphone connectivity, wireless charging, dual-touchscreen 10-inch rear-entertainment, and Harman Kardon audio system, the 7-inch infotainment system comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto can be upgraded to an 8-inch unit. USB and Bluetooth connectivity

Cargo Capacity

The Kia Sedona has seats that can be stowed to increase the cargo capacity of the minivan, essentially converting your people carrier into a full-fledged cargo hauler. Boasting 142 cubic feet more than the Chrysler and the Dodge. The sliding doors and the huge rear door miles loading and unloading the van child's play.

Model

Kia Sedona L minivan

Toyota Sienna L minivan

Chrysler Pacifica L minivan

Dodge Grand Caravan SE

Honda Odyssey LX minivan

Ford Flex SE

Cargo Volume (ft.3)

142.0

150.0

140.5

140.3

158.0

83.2

The biggest cargo bay award goes to the Honda Odyssey, with 158 cubic feet volume, the Honda has no equal. The Chrysler and Dodge have equal capacities of 140 cubic feet at the rear.

2020 Kia Sedona Exterior

The minivan profile is two-box timeless, and the 2020 Sedona does well enough with what it's been given on the outside. The grille sits upright, framed by LED running lights and a generally light touch on the chrome. - Car Connection

Design and Dimensions

After a full aesthetics makeover, the Kia Sedona aligns with the modern Kia design language. Starting things off with the massive tiger-nose grille up front, the design transitions across the front fascia and along with the bodywork with smooth lines. There are no edgy elements, unlike most 2020 cars to make it look futuristic and gaudy. At the sides, you're greeted by huge sliding doors that reveal the cabin inside.

Model

Kia Sedona L minivan

Toyota Sienna L minivan

Dodge Grand Caravan SE

Chrysler Pacifica L minivan

Honda Odyssey LX minivan

Ford Flex SE

Curb weight (lbs.)

4411

4430

4510

4330

4354

4637

Length(in)

201.4

200.6

202.8

203.8

203.2

201.8

Width(in)

78.1

78.1

78.7

79.6

78.5

75.9

Height(in)

68.5

68.9

68.9

69.9

68.3

68.0

Ground clearance (in)

6.7

6.5

5.8

5.1

4.5

6.0

Wheelbase (in)

120.5

119.3

121.2

121.6

118.1

117.9

Track width (in) F/R

68.7/69

67.7/67.7

65.6/64.8

68.3/68.3

67.3/67.2

65.4/65.4

Kia Sedona is a minivan with the largest ground clearance of the lot, sitting tall at 6.7-inches from the ground. The Kia is also pretty narrow and short, positively affecting the maneuverability of the minivan. Aside from that, the Toyota is the shortest of the bunch, while the Flex is the narrowest. The Chrysler is the tallest minivan among the competition, while the Honda odyssey sits the lowest to the ground.

2020 Kia Sedona Safety

5.0/10

2020 Kia Sedona comes with a lot of standard safety features such as

  • Automated Emergency braking
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Adaptive Cruise control
  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC) And Roll Stability Control...
  • ABS And Driveline Traction Control
  • Side Impact Beams
  • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
  • Low Tire Pressure Warning
  • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags
  • Curtain 1st, 2nd, And 3rd Row Airbags
  • Airbag Occupancy Sensor
  • Rear Child Safety Locks
  • Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts

2020 Kia Sedona Competition

Kia Sedona vs Honda Odyssey

Honda Odyssey is one of the long-reigning class leaders in the minivan segment. Along with a plethora of features and creature comforts, comes an efficient engine and smooth transmission. The 280 hp Odyssey also boasts the largest cargo bay. The interiors on the Kia, however, feel more refined and ergonomically designed for the users. From the outside, the Kia Sedona is a stunning minivan compared to the edgy and awkward design of the Honda. If you don't mind the slightly smaller cargo bay and are looking for a budget minivan, the Kia is the better choice.

Kia Sedona vs Chrysler Pacifica

The Chrysler Pacifica is another one of the good looking minivans along with the Kia Sedona. The Pacifica has a better and more powerful engine along with a smoother shifting 9-speed to go with better laid out interiors and infotainment. The Cargo capacity is nearly identical among the two, however, the Sedona benefits from a higher ground clearance. Between the two, the Chrysler Pacifica is the obvious choice.

2020 Kia Sedona Final Verdict

Along with the aesthetics, the Kia Sedona comes with great interiors and ergonomic infotainment. The premium materials on the inside make the cabin habitable as a daily driver. The engine lacks flair and the transmission is very forgettable, but as a vehicle is not meant for high-performance driving the drivetrain is adequate for your needs.