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2011 Kia Sedona Performance Review

Note: This performance review was created when the 2011 Kia Sedona was new.


Performance: 7.6

Minivans aren't generally thought of as performance vehicles, and the Sedona lives up to that reputation. While it's not the best choice for thrill-seekers, those seeking a minivan with easy-to-live with drivability, a decent amount of power from its new V6 and predictable handling won't be disappointed with the Sedona.

  • "Like our class favorite, the Honda Odyssey, the Sedona provides surprisingly nimble handling dynamics." -- Edmunds
  • "On our handling course we found the Sedona to be competent if ordinary." -- Motor Week

Acceleration and Power

The 2011 Kia Sedona comes with a new 3.5-liter, 271-horsepower V6 engine. Reviewers don’t say much about the new engine, but those that do say it is powerful. Reviewers also don’t say much about the new six-speed automatic transmission. The EPA rates both the LX and the EX at 18 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway.

  • "The 2011 Kia Sedona provides more than enough power for average family-hauling duties." -- Edmunds

Handling and Braking

Reviewers seem to be somewhat impressed with the Sedona’s handling. Being a minivan it suffers from body lean and a general orientation towards comfort. Still, at least one reviewer compares the Sedona’s handling to the Odyssey’s; high-praise in the minivan segment.

  • "While most minivan drivers favor comfort over cornering prowess, it's nice to know that the Kia can aptly swerve around some of life's unexpected obstructions." -- Edmunds
  • "Laps up miles in smooth, spacious comfort." – Car and Driver
  • "There's some built-in understeer, meaning you sometimes have to feed more steering into a corner as you speed around it, but if it were any more direct it might be darty." -- New Car Test Drive
  • "Stopping distances are reassuringly short when the brakes are applied hard. Braking was short and secure." -- MSN

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