2004 Kia Sedona

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Key Specs

of the 2004 Kia Sedona. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

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

Notable Features of the 2004 Kia Sedona

  • 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 Overview

By Cars.com Editors
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.


Exterior
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.


Interior
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 th...
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.


Exterior
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.


Interior
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.

Safety
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.


Latest 2004 Sedona Stories

Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(3.5)
Performance
(3.6)
Interior Design
(3.4)
Comfort
(3.8)
Reliability
(3.5)
Value For The Money
(4.0)

What Drivers Are Saying

(3.0)

very unreliable car

by JoFuhrmanBoy from Glendale, CA on September 15, 2017

This car is very average but has many problems throughout its lifetime. It does fine as a local driving car but is not good for high adventure, off roading, or even mountainous terrain. Read full review

(4.0)

Best vehicle I've ever had

by Eobrien on March 23, 2017

We bought our Sedona web we had put third child and it has proven invaluable to our family. The gas mileage is wonderful. The captains chairs in the second row being full sized accommodates adults as ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2004 Kia Sedona currently has 3 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2004 Kia Sedona has not been tested.

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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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