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2020 Kia Sedona Review

The 2020 Kia Sedona places near the top of our minivan rankings. The Sedona offers a smooth ride, a user-friendly infotainment system, and an excellent predicted reliability rating, but it doesn't provide as much passenger space as its rivals.

Pros & Cons

  • Affordable starting price
  • Long warranty
  • User-friendly technology
  • Comfortable ride
  • Smaller third row than many rivals

Rankings & Awards

The 2020 Kia Sedona's #2 ranking is based on its score within the Minivans category. It was the winner of our 2020 Best Minivan for the Money award. Currently the Kia Sedona has a score of 8.4 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 34 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 7.9
Performance: 8.1
Interior: 8.0
Safety: 9.0
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 Is the Kia Sedona a Good Minivan?

Yes, the Sedona is a good minivan. It boasts supportive seats, a solid amount of cargo space, a long warranty, a terrific predicted reliability rating, and one of the lowest base prices in the class. Additionally, its V6 engine delivers plenty of power for your daily commute. For its combination of quality and value, we named the Sedona our 2020 Best Minivan for the Money.

Should I Buy the Kia Sedona?

With an affordable starting price, a comfortable ride, and straightforward infotainment technology, the Sedona is a good value. Still, you'll want to cross-shop before making your purchase decision. The Honda Odyssey has more passenger space than the Sedona, and the Chrysler Pacifica comes with additional standard features.

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Should I Buy a New or Used Kia Sedona?

The 2020 Sedona is part of a generation that debuted for the 2015 model year, and several changes have been made over the years.

A rearview camera became standard for 2016, while automatic emergency braking, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto became available for 2017. There were no major changes for 2018, but for 2019, Kia replaced the Sedona’s slow-shifting six-speed automatic transmission with a smoother-shifting eight-speed automatic. Kia also made Apple CarPlay and Android Auto standard in the 2019 Sedona and discontinued the SX Limited trim.

There are no major changes for the 2020 Sedona, so we recommend opting for the nearly identical and likely more affordable 2019 model and its updated transmission.

If you're considering an older model, be sure to read our 2017 Sedona, 2018 Sedona, and 2019 Sedona reviews to help make your decision. Also check out our Used Car Deals page to learn about savings and discounts you can find on used vehicles.

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We Did the Research for You: 34 Reviews Analyzed

We’ve analyzed 34 Kia Sedona reviews, as well as performance specs, interior dimensions, fuel economy ratings, and more, to give you all the information you need to make a smart car-buying decision.

This 2020 Sedona review incorporates applicable research for all models in this generation, which launched for 2015.

Why You Can Trust Us

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How Much Does the Kia Sedona Cost?

The base 2020 Kia Sedona starts at $27,400, which is below average for the minivan class. Midlevel LX and EX trims start at $30,200 and $33,500, respectively. The top-of-the-line SX trim goes for $41,300.

Check out our U.S. News Best Price Program for great savings at your local Kia dealer. You can also find excellent manufacturer incentives on our Kia deals page.

Kia Sedona Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: Kia Sedona or Honda Odyssey?

The Kia Sedona and Honda Odyssey are both great minivans but for different reasons. The Sedona is a better value for shoppers on a budget. Its base trim costs $3,000 less than the Odyssey's, and it has more standard tech features, including a touch screen and Apple CarPlay (which are options in the Honda). The Odyssey is the better pick if you can spend a bit more. It offers more interior space, better fuel economy, and helpful features that let you talk to and closely monitor children in the rear seats.

Which Is Better: Kia Sedona or Chrysler Pacifica?

The Chrysler Pacifica is one of the more expensive options in the minivan class. If you're put off by the Pacifica's near-$34,000 starting price, stick with the Sedona. Otherwise, there’s a lot to like about this Chrysler. It has a wealth of standard technology, including safety features like blind spot monitoring and rear cross traffic alert (both are optional in the Sedona). It boasts one of the nicest cabins in the class, and the optional rear Stow ’n Go seats can fold down into the floor for easy-access cargo space. Add in great fuel economy, and the Pacifica is a definite contender. It doesn't rank as highly as the Sedona because it has a subpar predicted reliability rating, while the Kia's is excellent.

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Sedona Interior

How Many People Does the Sedona Seat?

There's standard seating for seven in the Sedona, and the seats are both comfortable and supportive. An optional second-row bench seat increases seating capacity to eight. The Sedona's third row isn't as spacious some class rivals', but it has plenty of interior room for a minivan.

Sedona and Child Car Seats

The Sedona has three complete sets of LATCH connectors for the second-row outboard seats and the third-row passenger-side seat, as well as an upper tether for the third-row middle seat. The upper tethers are hard to find, but the lower anchors are easy to access.

Sedona Interior Quality

The Kia Sedona has an upscale interior. Its refined cabin features quality materials, even in the base model.

Sedona Cargo Space

The Sedona has 33.9 cubic feet of space behind the third row, 78.4 cubic feet behind the second row, and 142 cubic feet overall. That's average for the class. The Slide-N-Stow second-row seats are easy to use, but some critics say that if the seats could be fully removed, it would increase cargo flexibility. A hands-free power liftgate is available.

Sedona Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

The Sedona’s standard UVO infotainment system features a 7-inch touch screen. It has intuitive and easy-to-use controls, including handy physical buttons for audio and climate controls. Other standard features include Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, a four-speaker stereo, a USB port, and Bluetooth.

Available features include an 8-inch touch screen, wireless device charging, navigation, voice recognition, HD Radio, satellite radio, a rear-seat entertainment system, an eight-speaker Harman Kardon stereo, and additional USB ports.

For more information, read What Is Apple CarPlay? and What Is Android Auto?

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Sedona Performance

Sedona Engine: One Strong Powertrain

The Sedona comes with a 276-horsepower V6 engine, and it's paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. Even with a full load of passengers, the Sedona provides ample power and solid acceleration.

Sedona Gas Mileage: A Bit Below Average

This Kia delivers an EPA-estimated 18 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway. The city estimate is about average, but the highway rating is below average for a minivan. Several rivals have lower annual fuel costs than the Sedona.

Sedona Ride and Handling: Nice for a Minivan

The Sedona's handling and steering aren't as engaging as what you’ll find in the Honda Odyssey, but it's still one of the best performing minivans in the class. It has a comfortable ride and good body control. The Sedona is only available with front-wheel drive.

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Sedona Reliability

Is the Kia Sedona Reliable?

The 2020 Kia Sedona has an outstanding predicted reliability rating of 4.5 out of five from J.D. Power.

Kia Sedona Warranty

Kia covers the Sedona with a five-year/60,000-mile basic warranty and a 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty.

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How Much Does It Cost to Insure a Kia Sedona?

The cost of insuring a Kia Sedona will depend on a variety of factors, including your deductible, the level of coverage that you want, and the type of insurance that you choose. Your age, gender, location, credit score, and driving record can also have an impact on your insurance rates. Check out our car insurance guide to find the best policy for you.

Sedona Safety

Sedona Crash Test Results

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2020 Sedona an overall safety rating of five out of five stars. The Sedona earned five stars in the frontal and side crash tests and four stars in the rollover evaluation.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 2020 Sedona the highest rating of Good in five of six crash test categories. The Sedona also received the top rating of Superior for front crash prevention, when equipped with the optional forward collision warning system. The van earned the second-highest rating of Acceptable for the passenger-side small overlap front crash test but the lowest rating of Poor for the effectiveness of its headlights.

Sedona Safety Features

The Sedona comes standard with a rearview camera. Available advanced safety features include front and rear parking sensors, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, lane departure warning, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, driver drowsiness monitoring, adaptive cruise control, and a surround-view parking camera system.

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Sedona Dimensions and Weight

The Sedona is about 16.8 feet long. Its curb weight ranges from 4,411 to 4,736 pounds.

Where Is the 2020 Kia Sedona Built?

Kia builds the 2020 Sedona in South Korea.

Which Kia Sedona Model Is Right for Me?

The 2020 Kia Sedona comes in four trims: L, LX, EX, and SX. All models feature a 276-horsepower V6 engine, an eight-speed automatic transmission, and front-wheel drive. The base trim has a solid number of features that should appeal to many shoppers, especially considering its low price point. But it doesn’t come with as many standard amenities as several of its rivals.

We recommend opting for the EX trim, which has seating for eight people and several active safety features. It’s also the only trim that's available with a package. If you add the EX Premium package, you’ll get a trim that's nearly as well-equipped as the range-topping SX, but it won't cost as much.

Kia Sedona L

The L trim starts at $27,400. It comes with cloth upholstery, manual sliding doors, Slide-N-Stow second-row seats, proximity keyless entry, and a rearview camera. It also features the UVO infotainment system with a 7-inch touch screen, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, a four-speaker stereo, a USB port, and Bluetooth.

Kia Sedona LX

Starting at $30,200, the LX trim adds a second-row bench seat, power sliding doors, an eight-way power-adjustable driver's seat, and a six-speaker stereo.

Kia Sedona EX

The EX trim has a starting price of $33,500. It comes with leather upholstery, heated front seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, front and rear tri-zone automatic climate control, satellite radio, wireless device charging, and push-button start. Standard driver assistance features include front and rear parking sensors, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert.

The EX Premium package ($4,800) adds a sunroof, a hands-free power liftgate, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, lane departure warning, driver drowsiness monitoring, adaptive cruise control, heated outside mirrors, and a cooled glove box.

Kia Sedona SX

The top-of-the-line SX trim starts at $41,300. It comes with LED fog lights, heated outside mirrors, a hands-free power liftgate, a sunroof, front and rear tri-zone automatic climate control, an eight-way power-adjustable passenger seat, ventilated front seats, and a heated steering wheel. Standard infotainment features include an 8-inch touch screen, navigation, voice recognition, HD Radio, a rear-seat entertainment system, an eight-speaker Harman Kardon stereo, and additional USB ports.

Standard safety features include lane departure warning, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, driver drowsiness monitoring, adaptive cruise control, and a surround-view parking camera system.

Check out our U.S. News Best Price Program for great savings at your local Kia dealer. You can also find excellent manufacturer incentives on our Kia deals page.

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The Final Call

The 2020 Kia Sedona offers a good amount of cabin space, a composed ride, and family-friendly technology, but some minivan rivals provide roomier third rows and better fuel economy.

Don’t just take our word for it. Check out comments from some of the reviews that drive our rankings and analysis.

  • "As utilitarian as it is, the minivan is still the best way to move big families and all their stuff, which is why the 2020 Kia Sedona makes such a great choice. Available in four trim levels, the 2020 Sedona minivan undercuts its competitors’ entry-level prices by thousands of dollars, yet even in base form it’s hardly what we’d call a stripped-down model." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Certainly, the Sedona does all the standard minivan stuff well. A strong V6 engine, generous cabin accommodations and impressive seat comfort help move seven or eight passengers effortlessly." -- Edmunds (2019)
  • "Is the Kia Sedona the best minivan you can buy? We're not ready to go that far, but it's certainly a competitive minivan for the money. This is the first Sedona able to go toe-to-toe with the Honda Odyssey and the Toyota Sienna, and that's a big win for Kia." -- Autotrader (2018) 


Expert Advice

Last Updated: January 30, 2020

Dismal Sales: The Kia Sedona was by far the slowest selling model in the minivan class last year. Even the Toyota Sienna, ranked second to last in minivan sales, sold about five times better than the Sedona in 2019. Kia dealerships moved 11.1 percent fewer Sedona models last year compared to 2018.

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