2009 Kia Sedona

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$21,245

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2009 Kia Sedona

Key specs

Base trim shown

Overview

The good:

  • Safety ratings
  • Price
  • Execution of power sliding doors
  • Second-row space
  • Well-equipped base model
  • Lengthy warranty

The bad:

  • Reliability
  • So-so cabin quality
  • Suspension noise
  • Automatic-transmission operation
  • No telescoping steering wheel
  • Limited front-seat adjustment range

3 trims

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Notable features

  • Short and regular versions available
  • Standard V-6 and automatic
  • Seats seven
  • Fold-flat third row (not on short version)
  • Related to Hyundai Entourage

2009 Kia Sedona review: Our expert's take

Vehicle Overview
Kia is one of a handful of carmakers to offer a minivan in both short- and long-wheelbase versions. Both offer the same standard V-6 engine. The long-wheelbase Sedona comes in standard LX and upscale EX trim levels. The short-wheelbase Sedona is available in a single, base trim level. The Hyundai Entourage is closely related to the Sedona.

The Sedona competes with the Honda Odyssey and Dodge Grand Caravan.

New for 2009
The 2009 Kia Sedona gets standard Sirius Satellite Radio with three months of free service and a USB connection port for MP3 players. EX models get an optional navigation unit.

Exterior
At 189.4 inches long, the short-wheelbase Sedona is about a foot shorter than the long-wheelbase version. Both minivans are 78.1 inches wide. The long-wheelbase version is on par with other minivans in the segment.

  • Available 16- or 17-inch wheels
  • Standard power mirrors
  • Fog lights standard on EX
  • Heated front windshield standard on LX and EX
  • Power sliding doors optional on LX, standard on EX
  • Power tailgate standard on EX
  • Power sunroof standard on LX, optional on EX

Interior
The Sedona’s seven-occupant interior features one-touch flip-and-fold seats in the second row for easier access to the rear. Long-wheelbase models have a standard 60/40-split third-row seat that can fold into the floor. In the short-wheelbase Sedona, the rear seat folds down, but not into the floor.

Third-row headroom in the short-wheelbase Sedona drops 1.9 inches compared to the long-wheelbase version, and shoulder room falls 3.3 inches. Second-row occupants in the short-wheelbase version lose 3.9 inches of legroom versus the long-wheelbase Sedona. Cargo capacity behind the third row drops from 32.2 cubic feet in the long-wheelbase version to just 12.9 cubic feet in the short-wheelbase Sedona. Overall, there’s 172.3 cubic feet of passenger space in the long-wheelbase model, which bests the Grand Caravan and Odyssey.

  • Available cloth or leather seating surfaces
  • Standard air conditioning with three-zone controls
  • Standard front- and second-row power windows
  • Standard power door locks and keyless entry
  • Standard cruise control
  • Optional navigation system (EX)
  • Optional Infinity audio system with 11 speakers (EX)
  • Optional rear DVD player with 8-inch monitor (LX and EX)

Under the Hood
The five-speed automatic transmission includes a manual-shift mode, something few minivans offer.

  • 250-horsepower, 3.8-liter V-6 with 253 pounds-feet of torque
  • Five-speed automatic transmission

Safety

  • Standard side-impact airbags
  • Standard side curtain airbags
  • Standard antilock brakes
  • Standard electronic stability control
  • Standard traction control
  • Optional back-up warning system (LX and EX)

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.6
  • Interior design 4.4
  • Performance 4.2
  • Value for the money 4.4
  • Exterior styling 4.3
  • Reliability 3.9

Most recent consumer reviews

5.0

Second Kia I owned

This was the second Kia I owned. I just traded it in. This vehicle has a lot of room. I used as my primary family vehicle. Great for vacation, road trips, family and friends airport taxi and girls basketball team.

5.0

Most reliable car I've owned.

The Kia van has met all our needs. We have used it a lot to travel as well as help our friends and family move items too bulky to fit in other vehicles except trucks. It always amazes us how much cargo you can stuff in the back if you remove the rear seats. Excellent suspension system for hauling heavy items. Still doesn't use oil or exhibit any leaks. Engine still runs smoothly and air conditioning excellent. Cross winds have little effect on tracking down the road.

4.6

At 226,000 miles I can’t complain

I have owned this van since 15,000 miles. We have 4 kids and it has been a wonderful vehicle for our family. At 226,000 miles the 2 oxygen sensors and catalytic converter are going and repair cost is more than the book value of the van. Check engine light is now on because of that but van still drives, our mechanic says it could last up to another year. I have enjoyed every minute driving this vehicle and it has Had no problems except those due to wear and tear.

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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
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