2005 Kia Sedona

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$20,950

starting MSRP

2005 Kia Sedona

Key specs

Base trim shown

Overview

The good:

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

The bad:

  • Fuel economy
  • Tight entry to driver's seat
  • Second-row seat comfort
  • ABS not standard
  • No side-impact airbags

2 trims

Starting msrp listed lowest to highest price

  • LX

    $20,950

  • EX

    $23,550

Wondering which trim is right for you?

Our 2005 Kia Sedona trim comparison will help you decide.

Notable features

  • 195-hp, 3.5-liter V-6
  • Five-speed automatic
  • Optional DVD entertainment system
  • 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty

2005 Kia Sedona review: Our expert's take

Vehicle Overview
Launched in 2002, Kia’s Sedona is equipped with a 3.5-liter V-6 that works with a five-speed-automatic transmission. The 2004 Sedona got an interior and exterior freshening. Second-row captain’s chairs are available in the LX model for 2005, and the size of the rear drum brakes has increased.

Kia promotes the front-wheel-drive Sedona’s price and value. Its warranty covers the powertrain for 10 years or 100,000 miles. A redesigned Sedona appeared at the 2005 Chicago Auto Show; it will go on sale later in the year as a 2006 model.

Exterior
The Sedona’s styling breaks no new ground, so it’s similar to the competition. Its sleek appearance features a long sloping hood that leads into a grille that has 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 trim.

Interior
Sedonas can seat up to seven occupants. Depending on the model, the second row has standard bucket seats or a two-place bench seat. A three-person removable bench seat is installed in the third row. The Sedona has 10 cupholders.

Standard LX equipment includes front and rear air conditioning, twin glove boxes, a CD stereo, power windows and locks, cruise control, a tilt steering wheel, 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 DVD-based entertainment system, moonroof and leather upholstery, are offered.

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

Safety
Antilock brakes are optional, but side-impact airbags are not available. 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 stand out from the minivan 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, with only moderate delay when a downshift is necessary. The Sedona is exceptionally quiet, and it handles predictably. Not only is the steering pleasantly precise, but the Sedona is also easy to drive.

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

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.3
  • Interior design 3.9
  • Performance 4.1
  • Value for the money 4.1
  • Exterior styling 3.8
  • Reliability 4.0

Most recent consumer reviews

4.0

Very Reliable Family Mini Van

This is a great car for a family of 4-6. This is a smaller mini van and not as large as the Honda or Toyota...but great for a small family

5.0

Most reliable car I ever owned

It's a good Minivan. Never had a problem with it . I wish I can still keep it . But my mom needs to sell it.

4.0

Great Family Vehicle

The van was comfortable, reliable, great on gas, great family vehicle. It got us where we needed to go safely and comfortably. Would recommend to others any day.

See all 35 consumer reviews

Warranty

New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Kia
New car program benefits
Bumper-to-bumper
60 months/60,000 miles
Corrosion
60 months/100,000 miles
Powertrain
120 months/100,000 miles
Roadside assistance
60 months/unlimited distance
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
5 years or newer/less than 60,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
12 months/12,000 miles
Powertrain
10 years/100,000 miles
Dealer certification required
165-point inspection
Roadside assistance
Yes
View all cpo program details

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