2007 Kia Sedona

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$20,695

starting MSRP

2007 Kia Sedona

Key specs

Base trim shown

Overview

The good:

  • Passenger accommodations
  • Additional power
  • Safety ratings
  • Ample standard equipment

The bad:

  • Some cheap interior parts

3 trims

Starting msrp listed lowest to highest price

Wondering which trim is right for you?

Our 2007 Kia Sedona trim comparison will help you decide.

Notable features

  • Short and long versions available
  • 3.8-liter V-6
  • Fold-into-floor third-row seat
  • Power windows in sliding doors
  • Six airbags, ABS and electronic stability control

2007 Kia Sedona review: Our expert's take

By Courtney Messenbaugh

The verdict:

Versus the competiton:


My first time was memorable simply because it was just that: My first time. It wasn’t exactly filled with magical moments, and, quite frankly, it lacked the frills and finesse I was hoping for, but it will always hold a special place in my heart. Yup, I’ll never forget the first time I drove a minivan – specifically, a Kia Sedona.

It’s true. Until two weeks ago, I was a minivan virgin. Perhaps, as with other notable firsts, my expectations were too high. What was I expecting? Polka dots and moonbeams to swirl around my head? The earth and sun to move? I don’t know, but the bottom line is, while the Kia Sedona has a lot to offer for such an affordable car, I’d like to find a minivan with more frills.

At the beginning, the Sedona lured me with its cute looks. It seemed more stylish and better-looking than other minivans. I decided I liked it, giving no thought to how we’d relate to each other beyond the superficial. Once we got to know each other a little better, though, it turned out there were a few things that just didn’t work for me.

First of all, this baby was kind of hard to steer. It often felt as if it just didn’t know how to move the parts it came equipped with. It was also very loud in there, as if the Sedona had no insulation from the outside world. The sliding doors in the base model I drove were heavy and cumbersome to open and close. (The LX and EX can have power sliding doors, which I would highly recommend.) I also had a hard time folding the third-row seats down when I needed to store bigger things. I had to put those seats down to accommodate my stroller, which was a pain. If I’m driving a minivan, I’d like to not have to struggle for storage space. Plus, the interior materials consisted of an obvious plastic that lacked some luster, if you know what I mean. It had all the necessary components, and they all worked fine, they just didn’t do it for me.

All that said, with a starting price around $20,000, I must admit there were some magical elements for such an affordable car – elements I certainly will remember and look for in my next minivan. For starters, there were eight cupholders! Because I often have several beverages going at once – water, coffee, etc. – that made me pretty happy. There was also ample storage space in the front: two glove compartments, a nice center console that held my huge purse/diaper bag with room to spare, and lots of legroom. There was a lot of legroom in the middle row, too, which made it a comfy ride for adult and child passengers alike.

Another bonus about the Sedona’s second row is that the windows on the sliding doors roll down – I never knew minivan sliding-door windows could do that! Plus, those sliding doors have pinch protection so the little ones’ tiny digits don’t get caught. The stereo had a good sound, which is a must given my need to either throw in some kiddie rock to soothe my son or crank up my own music to drown out his cries when my soothing plight has become futile. There are two sets of Latch connectors in the second row that are easy to get to, and a conversation mirror up front allows you to see your whole brood while you drive. You know, looking over that list of goodies, maybe my first time was a little more magical than I initially gave it credit for being.

Truth be told, the Sedona is probably a pretty good car for anyone with a growing family, because we all know that the more kids you have, the more practical your spending habits need to be. At the end of the day, this is a car that works, is super affordable and has ample room for the driving mommy and her daily entourage of goodies and accessories.

As for me, maybe it didn’t work out between the Sedona and I because I just want to explore my other options in minivans. I’m sure the Sedona could work out a nice relationship with someone else. I guess what I’m trying to say, Kia Sedona, is it’s not you, it’s me.

*For more information on the Kia Sedona and its safety features, visit Cars.com. With questions or comments regarding this review, write to editor@motherproof.com.

LET’S TALK NUMBERS

Latch Connectors: 2

Seating Capacity (includes driver): 7

IT’S THE LITTLE THINGS THAT COUNT

Storage Compartments (Puny, Fair, Ample, Galore): Fair – Ample

Cargo/Trunk Space (Puny, Fair, Ample, Galore): Fair – Ample

SENSE AND STYLE

Family Friendly (Not Really, Fair, Great, Excellent): Fair – Great

Fun Factor (None, Some, Good Times, Groove On): Good Times

Specs

2007 Kia Sedona

Base price: $20,695

Price as tested: $21,645

Engine: 250-hp, 3.8-liter V-6

Fuel: 18/25 mpg

Length: 189.4″

Width: 78.1″

Ground Clearance: 6.6″

Turning Radius: 19.1′

Cargo space: 12.9/61.8/121.3 cu. ft.

NHTSA Crash-Test Ratings

Frontal Impact

Driver’s side: 5 Stars

Passenger’s side: 5 Stars

Side Impact

Front occupant: 5 Stars

Rear occupant: 5 Stars

Rollover resistance: 4 Stars

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.6
  • Interior design 4.4
  • Performance 4.3
  • Value for the money 4.4
  • Exterior styling 4.2
  • Reliability 4.3

Most recent consumer reviews

2.7

Very disappointed

Was excited to buy this van. Love the comfort and conveniences. However those don't amount to much when it is always in the shop. Parking brake lights come on, then all the other dash lights pop on, then car stops dead in its tracks. On the third alternator. Is December, bought used with new alternator in June. Barely driven due to covid and work from home. I'm sure this would have happened more if I were driving more. I'm afraid to go anywhere now that the weather is cold. I don't have money to just trash this junket and get another. Anyone else have this issue and how was it corrected?

5.0

Surprisingly... a great vehicle.

250 hp. 3.8l V6. It has some pickup. Drove across the country with no problems. Interior is comfy as xxxx. You can get a used one for a good price.

4.6

Most reliable car

Kia Sedona is such a reliable car it has been taken all over California, so many times in Las Vegas and in Mexico it has a total of 263,400 miles on it everything is still factory nothing has changed a really company.

See all 31 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/60,000 miles
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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