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2021 Kia Sedona
Select a Different Model (3 Available): EX
Fuel Economy $ 18 / 24 mpg
Safety (IIHS) Good
Cargo (Std/Max) 34/142 cu.ft.
Seating (Std/Max) 8/8
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2021 Kia Sedona MODEL OVERVIEW

Pros

  • Smooth ride
  • Generous standard equipment
  • Comfortable first and second rows

Cons

  • Non-removable second row
  • Not very efficient
  • Driver assistance tech only offered on top two trims

Now one of the last minivans left in the U.S. market, the Kia Sedona remains a value play among family vehicles. As with most minivans, the Kia Sedona offers clever solutions that add extra versatility, including a third row that folds into a tub below the floor of the cargo area. A rear-seat entertainment system that can stream content from personal mobile devices is available on upper trim levels to keep your passengers entertained while on the road.

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What's New

  • The L trim has been discontinued, making the LX the new base model
  • Venetian Red exterior color discontinued
  • LX models are no longer available with the Camel Beige interior

What We Think

The Kia Sedona is one of the older minivans in its segment, but the family hauler wins some points with its comfortable first- and second-row seats as well as its extensive creature comforts in SX guise. Kia's minivan also offers pleasant driving dynamics, with good body control and a supple ride. The powerful V-6 engine provides good power, too, and doesn't feel lacking when you accelerate.

One of the Kia Sedona's main shortcomings is the way the second and third rows operate when you need to move them around. They're bulky to stow and limit the minivan's flexibility. The second row in particular can't be removed except for the center position, making the Sedona less family-friendly than competitors like the Chrysler Pacifica and Toyota Sienna.

Performance and Fuel Economy

The 2021 Kia Sedona is powered by a 3.3-liter V-6 with 276 hp and 248 lb-ft of torque. An eight-speed automatic is the only transmission offered. EPA fuel economy ratings are 18/24 mpg city/highway, a bit lower than others in this class.

Safety

The 2021 Kia Sedona received a five-star overall rating from the NHTSA (out of five stars).

Blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert are standard on the EX and SX trim. Lane departure warning, forward collision warning, front automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, driver attention alert, automatic high beams, and adaptive cruise control are part of an option package in the EX grade or standard on the range-topping SX trim.

Cargo Space and Towing

When all seats are up, the 2021 Kia Sedona has 33.9 cubic feet of cargo space. Folding the third row into the tub under the cargo floor increases capacity to 78.4 cubic feet. Total capacity with the third row folded and the second row pushed into the back of the front seats is 142.0 cubic feet. Towing capacity is 3,500 pounds when properly equipped.

Technology

The base 2021 Kia Sedona LX gets a 7.0-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, and a six-speaker audio system. An 8.0-inch touchscreen, built-in navigation, an eight-speaker Harman Kardon audio system, and a rear-seat entertainment system are offered on the SX trim.

Trim Levels (Interior and Exterior Options)

2021 Kia Sedona LX

Exterior: 17-inch alloy wheels, power-sliding side doors, rearview camera
Interior: 3.5-inch instrument cluster display, one USB port, cloth upholstery, eight-way power driver's seat, 7.0-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, Bluetooth, six-speaker audio system, keyless entry

2021 Kia Sedona EX

Exterior: Front and rear parking sensors, 18-inch alloy wheels, silver roof rails
Interior: Leather upholstery, heated front seats, leather-wrapped steering wheel, three-zone climate control, wireless charging, keyless start, two fast-charging USB ports
Safety: Blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert

2021 Kia Sedona SX

Exterior: LED headlights, LED fog lights, chrome door handles, hands-free tailgate, sunroof, 360-degree view parking camera system
Interior: Eight-way power front passenger's seat, driver's seat memory, ventilated front seats, heated steering wheel, 8.0-inch touchscreen, built-in navigation, eight-speaker Harman Kardon audio system, third-row USB port
Safety: Forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, front automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, driver attention warning, adaptive cruise control, automatic high beams

Available Options

EX Premium package: 18-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights, LED fog lights, 360-degree view parking camera system, ventilated front seats, heated steering wheel, automatic high beams, forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, front automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, driver attention warning, built-in navigation, eight-speaker Harman Kardon audio system

Rear-Seat Entertainment System (EX and SX only)

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2021 KIA SEDONA SPECIFICATIONS
OVERVIEW
FEATURES
WARRANTY/RECALL
SAFETY
REBATES
Engine Name
Engine: V6 3.3 Liter Lambda II
Transmission Name
Transmission, Sportmatic 8 Speed Automatic Mode Select with Manual Mode
Trim
EX
Class
Minivan
Horsepower
276@6,000
Standard MPG
18/24
Body Style
Van
Drivetrain
FWD
Fuel Type
Unleaded Regular
Seating Capacity
8/8
Package Invoice Retail
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Corrosion Warranty Miles
100,000
Maintenance Warranty Months
none
Corrosion Warranty Months
60
Powertrain Warranty Miles
100,000
Full Warranty Miles
60,000
Powertrain Warranty Months
120
Full Warranty Months
60
Roadside Assistance Miles
60,000
Maintenance Warranty Miles
N/R
Roadside Assistance Months
60
IIHS Best Pick
0
NHTSA Rating Front Driver
Not Rated
IIHS Front Moderate Overlap
Good
NHTSA Rating Front Passenger
Not Rated
IIHS Front Small Overlap
Good
NHTSA Rating Front Side
Not Rated
IIHS Overall Side Crash
Good
NHTSA Rating Overall
Not Rated
IIHS Rear Crash
Good
NHTSA Rating Rear Side
Not Rated
IIHS Roof Strength
Good
NHTSA Rating Rollover
Not Rated
Amount Description Expiry Date
$0 0% Financing available for varying term lengths : 36, 48, 60, 66 Months - Kia announces special APR Financing on select models. 07-06-2021
$0 0.9% Financing for a maximum term of 72 Months - Kia announces special APR Financing on select models. 07-06-2021
$0 1.9% Financing available for varying term lengths : 75, 84 Months - Kia announces special APR Financing on select models. 07-06-2021
$400 Kia announces a Bonus Cash on select models for eligible military personnel. 06-30-2021