Kia's Sedona minivan is new from the ground up this year, with 15 percent more passenger room and 25 percent more power than its predecessor. Inside, there's a fresh interior with such standard features as six air bags (including side curtain air bags that protect passengers in all three rows), ABS-assisted brakes, stability control, traction control, and a tire pressure monitoring system. With removable captain's chairs and fold-into-the-floor third-row seats, the Sedona can carry up to 141.5 cubic feet of cargo. The dual sliding doors contain power windows, and opting for the Power Package nets power sliding doors and a power lift gate.
Originally introduced in 2001-and the first Kia to earn a Five Star crash rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration-the new 2006 Sedona is available in two trim levels: base LX and up-level EX. Both trims feature an all-new, 3.8L V-6 engine, sending 244 hp through a 5-speed automatic transmission to the front wheels. Standard safety fare includes dual advanced front air bags, front seat-mounted side air bags, and full-length side curtain air bags for all three rows of seating. Additional standard safety features include front active headrests, electronic stability control, ABS with electronic brake-force distribution, a traction control system with brake assist, and a tire pressure-monitoring system.
Some of the LX's standard features include three-zone climate control, a tilt steering column, cruise control, rear window wiper/washer and defroster, and an overhead console featuring a digital clock, dual map lights, and a conversation mirror. Also standard are dual extendable vanity mirrors with covers, interior lighting with delay-out timing, a cargo lamp with on/off switch, rear cargo area shopping bag holders, rear cargo area net hooks, garment hooks, and an AM/FM/CD audio system with eight speakers.
Sedona EX models also receive wood-grain accents, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, an AM/FM/Cassette/CD/MP3 audio system with eight speakers, illuminated vanity mirrors, an electro-chromatic rear-view mirror with HomeLink, power rear-quarter windows, a trip computer with compass, and four 12-volt power outlets. An optional DVD entertainment system with two wireless headsets and remote control is offered on both LX and EX models, and a Premium Entertainment Package is also available on Sedona EX; it delivers more than 600 watts of power to 13 speakers and includes a six-disc in-dash CD changer along with a DVD player, two wireless headsets, remote, and eight-inch viewing monitor.
With 15 models competing in the Midsize Van category, consumers have a difficult decision to make, especially with stalwarts like the Chrysler Town & Country, Dodge Caravan, Honda Odyssey, and Toyota Sienna vying for their hard-earned dollars. Buyers in this group are looking for value, accommodations for up to eight passengers, and a comprehensive safety package.
According to the J.D. Power and Associates Sales Report,SM the Dodge Caravan/Grand Caravan led the segment in sales in 2005, with 226,771 units sold during the calendar year. Following closely was the Caravan's cousin, the Chrysler Town & Country (180,759 units in 2005). Next were the Honda Odyssey (174,275) and Toyota Sienna (161,380). Kia's Sedona sold 52,837 units for the year.
|LX (A5)||5 speed automatic||$23,195||244-hp / 3.8L 6-cyl||18/25|
|EX (A5)||5 speed automatic||$25,795||244-hp / 3.8L 6-cyl||18/25|