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2002 Kia Sedona Review

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Vehicle Overview
Kia has been on a roll, introducing a succession of important new models. The most recent addition is the Sedona, the first minivan from the South Korean automaker to reach the U.S. market. Introduced at the New York Auto Show in April 2001, the Sedona went on sale in summer 2001. Serving as the automaker’s fourth introduction in the past two years, Kia considers this minivan to be its most important new product in the United States since the Sportage sport utility vehicle.

Following the lead of its other models, Kia promotes the front-wheel-drive Sedona’s price and value, along with what has been called its “class-leading array of exclusive features.” Kia’s Long Haul Warranty covers the powertrain for 10 years or 100,000 miles. During the first year of production, the company expects to make about 25,000 minivans available to dealerships.

Exterior
Kia’s minivan breaks no new ground in styling, so it’s similar to the competition. Sleek and integrated in appearance, the Sedona has a character line down its sides. A long, sloping hood leads into a horizontal-bar grille that sits between multireflector headlights, and body-colored bumpers, mirrors and bodyside moldings are installed.

Dual sliding side doors are standard. The step-up EX model adds a body-colored roof rack and defogger-equipped mirrors, fog lights and alloy wheels, as well as additional chrome body trim.

Interior
The Sedona seats seven occupants with bucket seats in the first and second rows and a sp...

Vehicle Overview
Kia has been on a roll, introducing a succession of important new models. The most recent addition is the Sedona, the first minivan from the South Korean automaker to reach the U.S. market. Introduced at the New York Auto Show in April 2001, the Sedona went on sale in summer 2001. Serving as the automaker’s fourth introduction in the past two years,  Kia considers this minivan to be its most important new product in the United States since the Sportage sport utility vehicle.

Following the lead of its other models, Kia promotes the front-wheel-drive Sedona’s price and value, along with what has been called its “class-leading array of exclusive features.” Kia’s Long Haul Warranty covers the powertrain for 10 years or 100,000 miles. During the first year of production, the company expects to make about 25,000 minivans available to dealerships.

Exterior
Kia’s minivan breaks no new ground in styling, so it’s similar to the competition. Sleek and integrated in appearance, the Sedona has a character line down its sides. A long, sloping hood leads into a horizontal-bar grille that sits between multireflector headlights, and body-colored bumpers, mirrors and bodyside moldings are installed.

Dual sliding side doors are standard. The step-up EX model adds a body-colored roof rack and defogger-equipped mirrors, fog lights and alloy wheels, as well as additional chrome body trim.

Interior
The Sedona seats seven occupants with bucket seats in the first and second rows and a split bench in the third row. Second- and third-row seats slide fore and aft and can be reclined and removed. Child-seat anchors are installed in the second row. An overhead console is standard, the instrument panel contains a storage bin and seatbacks hold map pockets. The standard eight-way power driver’s seat features lumbar support.

Standard LX equipment includes dual air conditioning, twin glove boxes, power windows, battery-saver circuitry, cruise control, a tilt steering wheel, tachometer, six-speaker cassette stereo, four power access points, an intermittent rear wiper/washer and rear privacy glass. The EX model adds such extras as four captain’s chairs, woodgrain instrument-panel trim, lighted vanity mirrors, a keyless entry system, cassette/CD stereo system with two extra tweeters, and a folding table. Ten cupholders are installed in the EX, compared to only eight in the LX model. Power window switches in the EX allow the driver and third-row passengers to open or close the rear quarter windows.

Only a handful of options will be offered, including a power tilt/slide moonroof, two-tone body cladding, leather upholstery and a programmable garage-door opener.

Under the Hood
The Sedona carries a 3.5-liter dual-overhead-cam V-6 engine that develops 195 horsepower. Kia claims it has the largest-displacement engine available in an import-brand minivan. The V-6 runs on regular gasoline and drives a five-speed-automatic transmission. When Kia introduced the Sedona in 2001, the automaker claimed the five-speed was the only such installation in a minivan, but the 2002 Honda Odyssey has a similar transmission.

Safety
Dual front airbags are standard, but side-impact airbags are not available. Antilock brakes are available as an option, but only on the EX model. Child-safety seat anchors are installed in the second row.

Driving Impressions
Comfortable, smooth-riding, refined and energetic, the new Sedona scores high in each important minivan attribute. Taken as a whole, the Sedona ranks as top-notch all around — even if it doesn’t reach far above the pack in any specific category. Add its modest sticker price, and Kia clearly has another high-value model to be reckoned with. Kia developers probably peered closely at the competition and wound up with a strong contender for minivan sales.

The Sedona takes off in a hurry. Even when trudging up long grades, the V-6 pulls the minivan along effortlessly. The five-speed-automatic transmission responds smoothly, with only moderate delay when a downshift is needed. The Sedona is exceptionally quiet and handles predictably. Not only is steering pleasantly precise, but it’s also an easy vehicle to drive. Plenty of helpful storage compartments are provided.

The seats are comfortable, with plenty of space all around, but the second-row seats are a bit hard. On the down side, getting into the driver’s seat isn’t quite as easy as in some minivans, unless the seat is pushed back. The sliding side door on our test-drive model also proved to be balky. With an EPA-estimated fuel economy of 15 mpg city and 20 mpg highway, gas mileage lags behind the competition. But those are about the only quibbles that have emerged for Kia’s appealing, if unexceptional, new model.

 

Reported by Jim Flammang  for cars.com
From the cars.com 2002 Buying Guide

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

3.8
12 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(3.6)
Performance
(3.8)
Interior Design
(3.6)
Comfort
(3.9)
Reliability
(3.5)
Value For The Money
(4.1)

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(5.0)

Owned for 17 years. Great,reliable family van.

by Harmonious from LA on July 29, 2018

Great reliability, comfort, value and original warranty. Smooth ride like a sedan. Adequate power even to tow a small boat or trailer. Many long road trips with the family enjoyed over 17 years. Read full review

(2.0)

I used this car for 10 years.

by R. LaBelle from Fort Lauderdale, FL on December 22, 2017

It had great performance. Easy to drive. It was a real hauler. It has a trailer hitch which we used to haul our 25 ft I/O Boat. Read full review

Safety

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Recalls

The 2002 Kia Sedona currently has 4 recalls


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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Sedona received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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