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2015 Kia Sedona Review

The redesigned 2015 Kia Sedona has high-tech features and comfortable seating, but its lackluster highway acceleration, clumsy handling, and poor reliability rating hold it back in our rankings.

Pros & Cons

  • Quiet, upscale interior
  • Poor highway acceleration
  • Terrible predicted reliability rating
  • Uneven ride quality




Critics' Rating: 8.1
Performance: 5.3
Interior: 7.5
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.2
Safety: 9.8
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2015 Kia Sedona Overview

Is the 2015 Kia Sedona a Good Used Minivan?

The Sedona is an OK used minivan. It has great safety scores, lots of available features, and a quiet cabin. However, it has a low reliability rating, and its performance is mediocre compared to many rivals.

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How Much Is the 2015 Kia Sedona?

Based on almost 500 listings on our site, the average price of a 2015 Sedona is $20,700, which is about average for a used 2015 minivan. Prices range from $14,700 to $27,000 and vary depending on the vehicle’s condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2015 Kia Sedona Cost to Own?

The Sedona’s five-year costs for gas, insurance, repairs, and maintenance are projected to be around $25,000, or $5,000 per year.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Sedona?

For most shoppers, a used Sedona is a smarter buy than a new one. Prices for the 2019 Sedona start at around $27,000, which is about $6,300 more than the average price of a 2015 Sedona. This minivan has had few updates since 2015, so it doesn't make sense to spend quite a bit more money for a nearly identical vehicle. There are a few updates in the Sedona for 2019, including standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as available driver drowsiness monitoring.

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Similar to the new Sedona, prices for other new minivans start thousands of dollars above the average price of a used 2015 Sedona.

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Which Model Year of the Kia Sedona Is Best?

The 2015 Sedona is the first model of the minivan's third generation, which includes the 2017 Sedona. Since the only significant change for 2016 was the addition of a standard rearview camera, you can likely save money and get a similar minivan by sticking with the 2015 Sedona.

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How Reliable Is the 2015 Kia Sedona?

The 2015 Sedona has a poor reliability rating of two out of five from J.D. Power. A two is the lowest rating a vehicle can receive.

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2015 Kia Sedona Recalls

At the time of writing, there are two recalls for the 2015 Sedona. The first recall addresses potentially faulty power-sliding rear doors, and the second recall addresses the occupant detection system wire harness, which could break if a child car seat is being used in the front seat. Before buying any used vehicle, make sure all recalls have been addressed.

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Which Used Kia Sedona Is Right for Me?

The 2015 Sedona comes in five trim levels: L, LX, EX, SX, and SX Limited.

For the best value, go with the EX. It has seating for seven or eight and comes standard with leather seats, a rearview camera, a hands-free power liftgate, 18-inch alloy wheels, and fog lights. Its UVO infotainment system includes smartphone integration and an 8-inch touch screen.

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What Does Kia's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Kia offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles five years old or less and with fewer than 60,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale date. Kia’s certified pre-owned vehicles receive the balance of the original 10-year/100,000-mile new-car powertrain warranty, plus a one-year/12,000-mile comprehensive Platinum warranty on non-powertrain parts after the five-year/60,000-mile new-car warranty expires. Every CPO Kia must pass a 164-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Kia warranty page carefully.

According to our analysis, Kia has one of the best CPO programs among affordable car manufacturers.

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How Safe Is the Sedona?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the Sedona a 2015 Top Safety Pick. It earned the highest rating of Good in five crash tests. Properly equipped models received the lowest rating of Basic for front crash prevention. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the Sedona an overall safety rating of five out of five stars. It earned five stars in the frontal and side crash tests and four stars in the rollover evaluation.

A backup warning system comes standard in the Sedona. Available safety features include a rearview camera, a surround-view parking camera, front and rear parking sensors, blind spot detection, lane change assist, rear cross traffic alert, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, and forward collision warning. 

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2015 Kia Sedona Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2015 Kia Sedona or 2015 Honda Odyssey?

When it was new, the Honda Odyssey was named our 2015 Best Minivan for Families. It offers high-tech features and a comfortable and spacious interior. The Odyssey outshines the Sedona in performance, with terrific handling and excellent fuel economy, and it has a powerful V6 engine that easily accelerates the minivan to highway speeds. The Honda also has a higher reliability rating. It's the winner in this side-by-side competition.

Which Is Better: 2015 Kia Sedona or 2015 Toyota Sienna?

The 2015 Toyota Sienna tends to be more expensive than most used minivans, but it's worth the extra cost compared to the Sedona. The Sienna has quick acceleration, comfortable and composed handling, and it's available with all-wheel drive. The Sienna also bests the Sedona with a spacious, quality interior and third-row seating that offers enough room for adults.

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2015 Sedona Performance

How Does the 2015 Kia Sedona Drive?

The Sedona's performance leaves a lot to be desired. Its V6 engine is smooth and provides sufficient power for city driving, but it struggles when accelerating to highway and passing speeds. Handling is mediocre, with numb steering and noticeable body roll. Some find the ride to be bumpy, especially for passengers in the back, while others claim that it's smooth.

Under the hood of every Sedona is a 276-horsepower 3.3-liter V6 engine mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. This minivan comes only with front-wheel drive.

Does the 2015 Kia Sedona Get Good Gas Mileage?

The 2015 Sedona gets about 18 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway. Most minivans get better fuel economy. For example, the 2015 Nissan Quest will save the average driver about $150 in annual fuel costs compared to the Sedona.

2015 Kia Sedona Towing Capacity

The Sedona can tow up to 3,500 pounds, which is typical for a minivan.

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2015 Sedona Interior

How Many People Does the 2015 Sedona Seat?

The Sedona seats seven or eight people. There is plenty of room in the first two rows, and the reclining second-row seats have good legroom for most passengers and comfortable cushioning. The third row doesn't have a lot of legroom, and similar to other three-row vehicles, it is best left for smaller passengers.

Cloth upholstery is standard in the Sedona. Available features include leather upholstery, heated first- and second-row seats, ventilated front seats, reclining second-row seats with leg rests, rear-seat sunshades, and dual power-sliding side doors.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2015 Kia Sedona?

The second row in the Sedona has two full sets of LATCH car-seat connectors, and the third row has one full set of LATCH anchors and one seat with just a tether anchor. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the Sedona's LATCH system second-best rating of Acceptable for ease of use. The IIHS says all lower anchors are user-friendly, but the tether anchors are difficult to locate.

2015 Kia Sedona Features

The standard stereo in the Sedona comes with Bluetooth, a USB port, and satellite radio. The UVO infotainment system and an 8-inch touch screen come with all trim levels except the base Sedona L. Available upgrades include an eight-speaker sound system, navigation, smartphone integration, advanced voice commands, tri-zone automatic climate control, proximity keyless entry, and a cooled glove box.

The UVO system is user-friendly with a responsive touch screen, intuitive menus, and crisp graphics. The Sedona's audio and climate controls are logically laid out on the dashboard.

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2015 Kia Sedona Dimensions

Kia Sedona Cargo Space

The Sedona has a typical amount of room for a minivan, with 33.9 cubic feet behind the third row, 78.4 cubic feet behind the second row, and 142 cubic feet with all rear seats folded.

The third-row seats fold flat into the floor. The Slide-N-Stow second-row seats don't tuck into the floor, but they do fold in an upright, compact position against the first row to expand the cargo area.

2015 Sedona Length and Weight

The Sedona is 16.8 feet long, and its curb weight ranges from 4,411 to 4,720 pounds.

Where Was the 2015 Kia Sedona Built?

The 2015 Sedona was built in South Korea.


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