Kia unveiled an updated 2019 Sedona last month at the 2018 New York International Auto Show, but the 2018 model continues to appeal. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety announced that the minivan qualifies for its Top Safety Pick award when equipped with two optional features: a front crash prevention system and uplevel headlights.
The Sedona earned a good rating in the driver-side small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraint tests. Its optional automatic braking system also scored a superior rating for front crash prevention. According to IIHS, the minivan automatically avoided a crash during tests at 12 mph and 25 mph.
Lastly, model-year 2018 Sedonas built after May 2017 and equipped with the optional high-intensity discharge, curve-adaptive headlights earned a good rating. IIHS notes that the system comes with a helpful high-beam assist function, which automatically switches between high beams and low beams depending on oncoming traffic.