2004 Kia Sedona

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2004 Kia Sedona

Key specs

Base trim shown


The good:

  • Interior space
  • Performance
  • Driving ease
  • Quietness
  • Ride comfort

The bad:

  • Fuel economy
  • Difficult entry and exit
  • Second-row seat comfort
  • ABS not standard
  • No side-impact airbags

2 trims

Starting msrp listed lowest to highest price

  • LX


  • EX


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Notable features

  • Optional DVD entertainment system in both models
  • 195-hp V-6
  • Five-speed automatic
  • Five-star crash-test ratings
  • 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty

2004 Kia Sedona review: Our expert's take

Vehicle Overview
Kia has been busy during the past few years introducing a succession of important new models. One recent addition to the lineup is the Sedona, which launched for 2002 as the first minivan from the South Korean automaker to reach the U.S. market.

For 2004, the Sedona gets an interior and exterior freshening and the redesigned grille features a larger Kia logo, and the wheels and wheel covers have been restyled. Both the base LX and upscale EX models can now be equipped with a DVD entertainment system.

Following the lead of its other models, Kia promotes the front-wheel-drive Sedona’s price and value. The automaker’s warranty covers the powertrain for 10 years or 100,000 miles. Kia also promotes the Sedona’s five-star frontal and side-impact ratings in National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) crash tests.

Kia’s minivan broke no new ground in styling, so it’s similar to the competition. Sleek in appearance, the Sedona has a character line down its sides. A long, sloping hood leads into a grille featuring a horizontal-bar design and multireflector headlights.

Dual sliding side doors are standard. The higher-end EX model adds a body-colored roof rack, fog lights, alloy wheels and additional chrome body trim.

The Sedona seats seven occupants on bucket seats in the first row and benches in the back. The second- and third-row seats slide fore and aft and can be reclined or removed. Bucket seats are installed in the second row of the EX model.

Standard LX equipment includes front and rear air conditioning, twin glove boxes, a CD stereo, power windows, cruise control, a tilt steering wheel, a tachometer, an intermittent rear wiper and washer, and rear privacy glass. The EX model adds heated mirrors, power rear-quarter windows, lighted vanity mirrors, keyless entry and a cassette/CD stereo. Only a handful of options, including a moonroof and leather upholstery, are offered.

Under the Hood
Kia’s 3.5-liter dual-overhead-cam V-6 engine develops 195 horsepower. The V-6 runs on regular gasoline and drives a five-speed-automatic transmission.

Dual front airbags are standard, but side-impact airbags are not available. Antilock brakes are optional. Child-safety seat anchors are installed in the second row.

Driving Impressions
Taken as a whole, the Sedona ranks as top-notch even if it doesn’t reach far above the pack in any specific category. The Sedona is comfortable, smooth riding, refined and energetic — it scores high in each important minivan attribute. Take its modest sticker price into consideration, and Kia clearly has another high-value model.

The Sedona accelerates in a hurry. Even when trudging up long grades, the V-6 pulls the minivan along effortlessly. The transmission responds smoothly and with only moderate delay when a downshift is necessary. The Sedona is exceptionally quiet and handles predictably. Not only is the steering pleasantly precise, but this minivan is also easy to drive.

Most of the Sedona’s seats are comfortable and spacious, but the second-row seats are a bit hard. Getting into the driver’s seat isn’t quite as easy as it is in some minivans, and the EPA-estimated gas mileage lags behind the competition. But those are about the only quibbles for Kia’s appealing, if unexceptional, minivan.

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 3.6
  • Interior design 3.3
  • Performance 3.5
  • Value for the money 3.6
  • Exterior styling 3.3
  • Reliability 3.4

Most recent consumer reviews


The worst vicheal I've ever had

The van is bad on gas 12 miles a gallon it's always having problems with the wheel barring and breaks had to be replace 3 time in less than 6 months.


Kia Botched this one

This van seemed good when I got it ( used ) ! Now the driver's side ft., Window Switch was loose and Wild ( Broken ) ! The moon-roof switch Did Not fully close the moon-roof ( Either ) ! I came to find out that This was Standard in All 2004 Kia Sedona's ! ( Yes Others Complained ) And because of this the rain comes through the - 1 inch ( 22 mm ) moon-roof opening and gets onto the headliner, After That it runs to the Console above the rear view mirror so Now 4:00 o'Clock is H:00 O'Clock and 10:00 reads ) 0:00 and other funny times ! Thank God i didn't add transmission Fluid before I " Accidentally " found out that anything other than SPF-III will destroy the transaxle ! That means No Dextron 3 ! There definitely Are good things with this vehicle ! But I can't remember them right now . Negative are the Planed obsolescence In the window switches ( Leading to other deterioration ) ! A Transmission that you HAVE to REMOVE to CHANGE The Filter ! Not to mention A Chemical Composition in the seals and friction materials That WILL be Destroyed if the Wrong Transmission Fluid is added and It's a Strange One at That !! Other then That Kia is hoping that you and your wife Agnus will come down to the Dealership and " Buy a New One " ! Oh Yea ! / Hurry-up, Agnus we want get there and buy another piece of Junk !


worst car i ever owned

bought this piece of junk new. moved from wa to fl in dec 2009, took 8 days. constant breakdowns, could not get it aligned, front eud sooo poorly made, thin metal. tranny out at 70k. kia would not honor warranty. so disgusted i sold it for scrap. should have gone directly from assembly line to scrap heap.

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New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Kia
New car program benefits
60 months/60,000 miles
60 months/100,000 miles
120 months/100,000 miles
Roadside assistance
60 months/unlimited distance
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
6 years or newer/less than 80,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
12 months/12,000 miles
10 years/100,000 miles
Dealer certification required
165-point inspection
Roadside assistance
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