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The 2020 Kia Sedona offers a smooth ride and an intuitive infotainment system, but it doesn’t provide as much passenger space as other minivans.
(KNDMA5C14L6067528) Kia Sedona Lx 2020
The 2020 Kia Sedona succeeds at blending the style of a crossover with the utility of a minivan. While it’s the only Kia with sliding doors, its stylish shell helps it avoid the dreaded soccer-mom stereotype. Perhaps more intriguing is Sedona’s value proposition, which undercuts more popular alternatives that are outfitted with similar features. Unfortunately, it does lack the innovative options and flexibility of those same rivals. Still, the Kia has a spacious cabin, smooth ride quality, and copious driver-assistance options. The 2020 Sedona may not be the cream of the minivan crop, but it does boast great safety ratings and a velvety V-6 engine.
(KNDMA5C14L6067528) Kia Sedona Lx 2020
What’s New for 2020(KNDMA5C14L6067528)?
Since Kia gave its minivan a mild makeover the previous model year, the 2020 Sedona (KNDMA5C14L6067528) carries over unchanged. Although it’s overshadowed by more popular minivans such as the Honda Odyssey and the Chrysler Pacifica, the Kia still delivers a well-rounded package that includes contemporary tech and features.
Engine, Transmission, and Performance
Smooth and refined, the Sedona’s V-6 is well-matched to its people-moving mission and rarely transmits any harshness into the cabin. Around-town driving is stress-free, but hustling the Sedona up to highway speeds requires liberal use of the gas pedal.
The Sedona handles competently but doesn’t inspire backroad rowdiness—this is a minivan, after all. Its ride is placid over smooth pavement, but it doesn’t soak up bumpy surfaces the same way the Chrysler Pacifica does.
The heft of the steering wheel is weighted perfectly—not too heavy, not too light—and the Sedona is easily maneuverable at parking-lot speeds. It’s a setup we like, even if the steering doesn’t provide a great deal of feedback from the road ahead.
Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG
The Sedona is rated by the EPA at 18 mpg city and 24 mpg highway—more or less the same as last year’s model despite the new transmission.
We haven’t had the chance to put a 2019 model through our highway fuel-economy testing, but the one we previously tested delivered a respectable (but hardly class-leading) 25 mpg. When compared with our long-term Chrysler Pacifica, which delivered 33 mpg, Sedona’s performance is disappointing.
Sedona buyers have lots of options in the infotainment department. A 7.0-inch touchscreen system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration is standard while upgrading to the SX increases the screen size to 8.0 inches and adds navigation with real-time traffic and weather updates; all models come with USB and Bluetooth connectivity. An optional rear-seat entertainment system mounts 10-inch touchscreens to the backs of both of the front-seat headrests.
Overall Safety Rating (NHTSA)
The Sedona earned top marks from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and received the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s second-highest award—Top Safety Pick—for its performance in the testing regimens of both agencies. A suite of driver-assistance features is available, but not much is standard, and high-tech active-steering features aren’t available. Key safety features include:
- Available automated emergency braking
- Available lane-departure warning
- Available adaptive cruise control
Warranty and Maintenance Coverage
Kia—and its sister company Hyundai—is known for its long, 10-year powertrain warranty and generous five-year bumper-to-bumper coverage. The Sedona beats all comers with its standard policies, but the purchase of a Toyota Sienna includes two years of complimentary scheduled maintenance.
- The limited warranty covers 5 years or 60,000 miles
- Powertrain warranty covers 10 years or 100,000 miles
- No complimentary scheduled maintenance
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