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2016 Kia Sedona Review

The 2016 Kia Sedona offers plenty of active safety features and fares well in crash tests. However, it has poor driving dynamics, a somewhat weak engine, and a low reliability score. These shortcomings pull it toward the bottom of our used minivan rankings.

Pros & Cons

  • Quiet, handsome interior
  • High safety rating
  • Lots of optional active safety features
  • Sluggish highway acceleration
  • Clumsy handling
  • Somewhat uncomfortable ride
  • Low reliability rating

7.8

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 8.5
Performance: 7.2
Interior: 8.4
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.6
Safety: 9.8
Reliability:
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2016 Kia Sedona Overview

Is the 2016 Kia Sedona a Good Used Minivan?

As far as used minivans go, the 2016 Kia Sedona is OK. It has a quiet and well-built interior, but its ride quality and handling leave plenty of room for improvement. Additionally, the Sedona has a lower reliability rating the average used minivan.

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How Much Is the 2016 Kia Sedona?

The 2016 Sedona’s relatively low price is one of its advantages. On average, this minivan costs around $19,700, which is almost $10,000 lower than the average price of a 2016 Honda Odyssey. Based on 460 listings for the 2016 Sedona on our site, the Sedona has a price range of $16,000 to $29,000. A vehicle’s condition, mileage, and location also have an impact on used car prices.

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How Much Does the 2016 Kia Sedona Cost to Own?

Over five years, expect to pay around $24,900 to insure, fuel, repair, and maintain a 2016 Sedona. That’s pretty close to what these expenses run on a 2016 Toyota Sienna or 2016 Chrysler Town & Country.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Sedona?

Compared to the cost of a new 2018 Sedona, a nearly identical used 2016 Sedona saves you thousands of dollars. At $27,000, the starting price of a 2018 Sedona is more than $7,000 higher than the average list price of a 2016 model. There have only been a few updates to the options list in the past two years. For example, upper trim levels now come with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and autonomous emergency braking. These are certainly convenient extras, but they’re hardly worth the steep price increase.

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Given the Sedona’s below-average price for its class, there are no new minivans that are close in price. If you need transportation for seven or more, plan to spend closer to $30,000 for a new minivan or 3-row SUV.

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How Reliable Is the 2016 Kia Sedona?

The 2016 Kia Sedona has a reliability rating of 2.5 out of five from J.D. Power. That's below average for a vehicle in general (a score of three is average), and it's one of the lowest ratings among minivans.

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2016 Kia Sedona Recalls

At the time of writing, there are no recalls for the 2016 Kia Sedona.

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Which Model Year of the Kia Sedona Is Best? 

The 2016 Kia Sedona is part of the vehicle's third generation, which began with the 2015 model year and includes the 2018 Sedona. Scores are similar throughout this generation, and the only notable change for the 2016 model was the addition of a rearview camera as standard. You can save yourself some money by going with a 2015 Sedona.

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Which Used Kia Sedona Model Is Right for Me?

There are five Sedona trims: L, LX, EX, SX, and SX-L. The SX-L trim is the most upscale of the bunch, and it also offers the most tech and driver assistance features. If price isn't a factor, the SX-L is the trim to choose. If you're looking to save some money, however, go with a middle trim like the EX. It has plenty of technology, but it lacks the upscale feel of the highest trims.

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Certified Pre-Owned Kia Sedona Warranty

Kia doesn’t offer as much coverage for its certified pre-owned vehicles as brands like Honda and Toyota. But given this minivan’s below-average reliability score, you should still consider buying a certified pre-owned Sedona. 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 Platinum warranty for non-powertrain parts. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Kia warranty page carefully. The model's original sale date determines whether it is eligible for the CPO program.

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How Safe Is the Sedona?

The Kia Sedona has high safety ratings. It was named a Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave it a five-star overall rating.

A rearview camera comes standard in the Sedona. Available driver assistance features include adaptive cruise control, front and rear parking sensors, a surround-view camera, rear cross traffic alert, blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning, and forward collision warning.

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2016 Kia Sedona Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2016 Kia Sedona or 2016 Honda Odyssey?

The Honda Odyssey has arguably the nicest interior of any minivan. It seats up to eight and has more cargo space than the Sedona. There are plenty of standard and available features, including many active safety options like blind spot monitoring and lane departure warning. The Odyssey gets better gas mileage than the Sedona, and it handles well for a minivan. The Honda Odyssey has a higher average price than the Sedona, but it's a better all-around vehicle and worth the extra money.

Which Is Better: 2016 Kia Sedona or 2016 Toyota Sienna?

The Toyota Sienna has a quality interior, a user-friendly infotainment system, and one of the largest cargo capacities of any vehicle on the market. It did pretty well in crash tests and has a higher reliability rating than the Kia. The Sienna has a strong engine and is one of the few minivans to offer all-wheel drive. Even though used Sienna models cost more than used Sedonas on average, the Toyota is the better minivan overall.

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2016 Sedona Performance

How Does the 2016 Kia Sedona Drive?

The Kia Sedona features a 276-horsepower V6 engine mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. The engine is fine for city driving, but it feels underpowered on hills and highways. Some think the Sedona's ride is smooth, but others say it's bumpy – especially for rear-seat passengers. The Sedona handles poorly, even by lax minivan standards.

Does the 2016 Kia Sedona Get Good Gas Mileage?

The base Sedona’s 18 mpg city rating is pretty typical for a minivan. However, it returns 24 mpg on the highway, which is the lowest in the class. 

2016 Kia Sedona Towing Capacity

The Sedona can tow up to 3,500 pounds when properly equipped.

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2016 Sedona Interior

How Many People Does the 2016 Sedona Seat?

The Sedona's cabin is quiet and features upscale materials. It seats up to eight, though seating for seven is standard. The Sedona's third-row seats are too small for adults, but the second row provides an impressive amount of legroom.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2016 Kia Sedona?

There are three full sets of LATCH car-seat connectors: two in the second row of seats, and one in the third row. The third row also comes with an additional tether anchor. While the lower anchors are user-friendly, it can be challenging to locate the tether anchors. This results in a second-place Acceptable score for LATCH ease of use from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

2016 Kia Sedona Features

Standard features in the Sedona include a USB port, Bluetooth, satellite radio, and a 4.3-inch touch screen. There are also several available features, including power-sliding rear doors, dual sunroofs, an eight-speaker Infinity audio system, a cooled glove box, navigation, and the UVO touch-screen infotainment system. The controls for cabin tech are easy to reach and use, and the large touch screen is clear and legible.

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2016 Kia Sedona Dimensions

Kia Sedona Cargo Space

The Sedona has a maximum cargo capacity of 142 cubic feet, which is typical for this class. However, it has more room behind the third row than most minivans (33.9 cubic feet).

Kia Sedona Length and Weight

The Sedona measures 16.8 feet in length. Its curb weight ranges from 4,414 to 4,656 pounds, depending on the trim. The maximum gross weight of the Sedona is 6,085 pounds.

Where Was the 2016 Kia Sedona Built?

The 2016 Sedona was built in South Korea.

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