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Rankings & Research

The 2009 Kia Sedona ranking is based on its score within the 2009 Minivans category. Currently the Kia Sedona has a score of 8.0 out of 10 which is based on our evaluation of 44 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.

8.0

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 8.6
Performance: 7.5
Interior: 7.8
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.3
Safety: 9.2
Reliability:
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2009 Kia Sedona Review

The 2009 Kia Sedona is a great minivan for safety- conscious shoppers, but reviewers said it lacks the interior quality and performance of other top minivans.

Pros & Cons

  • Great safety ratings
  • Loaded with standard features
  • Cheap interior materials
  • Dull exterior styling

New for 2009

  • Satellite radio and USB port became standard
  • EX offered optional navigation system

2009 Kia Sedona Overview

The 2009 Kia Sedona’s exterior styling may be bland, but the Sedona is a capable family hauler that’s loaded with plenty of standard features. As a result, the Sedona remains competitive with top minivans in the class since it was redesigned in 2006. The Sedona gets solid marks for its safety. Reviewers felt that the 2009 Sedona lacked the interior quality and performance of other minivans.

There are three available trims on the Sedona: base, LX and EX. All come equipped with a 3.8-liter V6 engine that generates 250 horsepower. While reviewers generally approved of the engine’s performance when it was new, a few critics felt that the Sedona needed more power. The Sedona’s fuel economy and cargo space are similar to most minivans in the class.    

The base Sedona comes loaded with features that normally cost extra. Satellite radio, an eight-speaker stereo with a USB port, cruise control and power windows all come standard. Available features include a back-seat DVD entertainment system, navigation, dual power-sliding doors and tri-zone air conditioning.

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Other Cars to Consider

The 2008 Honda Odyssey is the better-looking alternative to the Sedona’s bland styling. Both have excellent safety ratings, but you should consider the Odyssey for its powerful engine, eight-passenger capacity and extensive interior features. As a result, the 2008 Odyssey performs better in nearly every aspect, which lead reviewers to believe the Odyssey was one of the best minivans to buy when it was new.   

If you want a refined interior and good performance, you should consider the 2008 Toyota Sienna. The Sienna scored higher in nearly all categories, but didn’t perform as well in crash tests. If you don’t want to sacrifice interior quality, the Sienna should be on your list.

Compare the Sedona to the Odyssey and Sienna »

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