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By Cars.com Staff
September 28, 2009
Vehicle Overview Kia offers its minivan in both short- and long-wheelbase versions. Both have the same standard V-6 engine. The long-wheelbase Sedona comes in standard LX and upscale EX trim levels. Competitors include the Honda Odyssey and Dodge Grand Caravan.
The Sedona competes with the Honda Odyssey and Dodge Grand Caravan.
New for 2010 A sonar-based backup warning system becomes standard on the LX and EX, and a new backup camera is optional. The 3.8-liter V-6 engine was recalibrated, and the city mileage rating increases by 1 mpg to 17 mpg; horsepower is unchanged at 244.
Exterior At 189.4 inches long, the short-wheelbase Sedona is about a foot shorter than the long-wheelbase version. Both minivans are 78.1 inches wide. The long-wheelbase version is on par with other minivans in the segment.
Available 16- or 17-inch wheels
Standard power mirrors
Optional fog lights
Optional heated front windshield
Optional power sliding doors
Optional power liftgate
Optional power sunroof
Interior The Sedona's seven-occupant interior features one-touch flip-and-fold seats in the second row for easier access to the rear. Long-wheelbase models have a standard 60/40-split third-row seat that can fold into the floor. In the short-wheelbase Sedona, the rear seat folds down, but not into the floor.
As one would expect, interior room shrinks in the short-wheelbase version of the Sedona.
Available cloth or leather seating surfaces
Standard air conditioning with three-zone controls
Standard front- and second-row power windows
Standard power door locks and keyless entry
Standard cruise control
Optional navigation system
Optional Infinity audio system with 11 speakers
Optional rear DVD player with 8-inch monitor
Under the Hood The five-speed automatic transmission includes a manual-shift mode, something few minivans offer. The city mileage rating increases by 1 mpg to 17 mpg for Sedona's 3.8-liter V-6 from internal tweaks, but horsepower is unchanged at 244.
244-horsepower, 3.8-liter V-6 with 253 pounds-feet of torque
Five-speed automatic transmission
Standard side-impact airbags
Standard side curtain airbags
Standard antilock brakes
Standard electronic stability control
Standard traction control
Standard backup warning system (LX and EX)
Available backup camera
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