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2017 Kia Sedona Review

The 2017 Kia Sedona has a quiet, attractive cabin and good safety ratings. However, it has poor handling abilities and a weak powertrain that strains going up hills. The Sedona also lacks the family-friendly features of its rivals. As a result, it sits near the bottom of our minivan rankings.

Pros & Cons

  • Quiet, upscale cabin
  • Excellent safety ratings
  • Rivals have more family-friendly features
  • Low fuel economy for the class
  • Below-average predicted reliability rating

New for 2017

  • Automatic emergency braking, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto became available




Critics' Rating: 8.3
Performance: 7.6
Interior: 8.4
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.3
Safety: 9.8
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2017 Kia Sedona Overview

Is the 2017 Kia Sedona a Good Used Minivan?

The 2017 Kia Sedona isn’t as appealing as most rivals, but it’s a decent family vehicle for those on a tight budget. The Sedona’s highlights include an excellent safety rating and an upscale interior, which is pin-drop quiet even at highway speeds. However, the Kia Sedona’s cons outweigh its pros. On the performance front, the Sedona’s competitors have stronger powertrains, nimbler handling, and superior gas mileage. Unlike its rivals, the Sedona also lacks many of the features that keep kids occupied on long trips, which might be a deal breaker for some families.

Why You Can Trust Us

Our used car rankings and reviews are based on our analysis of professional automotive reviews, as well as data like crash test scores, reliability ratings, and ownership expenses. We researched 24 Kia Sedona reviews to help you decide if it’s the right used car for you.

The U.S. News Best Cars team has been ranking cars, trucks, and SUVs since 2007, and our staff has a combined 75 years of automotive industry experience. To ensure our impartiality, our staff never takes expensive gifts or trips from car companies, and an outside team handles the advertising on our site.

How Much Is the 2017 Kia Sedona?

Our site has nearly 1,550 listings for the 2017 Kia Sedona, with prices ranging from $18,400 to $24,800. The average list price is $21,400, making it one of the most affordable minivans available. The Chrysler Pacifica and Honda Odyssey both have average listing prices of more than $25,000. Exact prices vary depending on the model you choose and its condition, mileage, location, and features.

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How Much Does the 2017 Kia Sedona Cost to Own?

The 2017 Kia Sedona’s five-year estimated cost for gas, insurance, maintenance, and repairs is about $24,200, which is about average for the class. 

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Model?

The 2018 Kia Sedona’s starting price is about $5,600 higher than the average list price of the 2017 model. Kia didn’t make any major changes to the Sedona for 2018, so it’s best to save money and get a nearly identical 2017 model.

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If you’re shopping for a new minivan or a new 3-row SUV that’s close in price to the Sedona, you won’t have much luck. The 2018 Dodge Journey (starting at $22,995) is an option if price is the only concern, but we don’t recommend buying it. The Journey has limited cargo space, poor safety scores, and an underwhelming powertrain.

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Which Model Year of the Kia Sedona Is Best?

The 2017 Sedona is part of a generation that began with the 2015 Sedona. Besides the addition of a standard rearview camera for 2016, this Kia minivan has remained largely unchanged between the 2015 and 2017 model years. You can save yourself some money by going with a 2016 Sedona. The 2015 model had available rearview cameras, so you’ll save even more with one of those models.

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How Reliable Is the 2017 Kia Sedona?

The 2017 Sedona has a below-average predicted reliability rating of 2.5 out of five from J.D. Power.

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2017 Kia Sedona Recalls

As of this writing, the 2017 Kia Sedona has one recall for a power sliding door that may auto-reverse. Make sure a Kia dealer has performed all applicable recall repairs before you buy any vehicle.

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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 base Kia Sedona L comes with a USB port, a touch-screen infotainment system, a rearview camera, and Bluetooth. However, the Kia Sedona EX is probably the best trim for most families. It adds a power-sliding door and a hands-free liftgate, making it easy to load passengers and cargo into the minivan. It also comes with a cargo-area flashlight, leather upholstery, heated front seats, tri-zone automatic climate control, a 7-inch touch screen, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, two additional USB ports, a proximity key, push-button start, a cooled glove box, and rear parking sensors.

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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 as well as a one-year/12,000-mile comprehensive Platinum warranty on non-powertrain parts. 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 Kia Sedona has one of the highest safety scores in the minivan class. It earned a Top Safety Pick designation from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, as well as a top rating in all five crash tests. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave it an overall rating of five out of five stars. It also earned five stars in frontal and side crash tests, and four stars in the rollover test.

A rearview camera comes standard. Available safety features include blind spot monitoring, forward collision warning, adaptive cruise control, rear cross traffic alert, and a surround-view monitor.

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2017 Kia Sedona Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2017 Kia Sedona or 2017 Honda Odyssey?

The 2017 Honda Odyssey is undoubtedly a more appealing minivan in just about every way except price. It has arguably the most upscale interior in the class, as well as a user-friendly infotainment system. The Odyssey has more cargo and back-seat room than the Sedona, and it offers available sliding second-row seats. Unlike the Sedona, the Honda Odyssey is available with a rear-seat entertainment system. On the road, the Odyssey has fairly agile handling and maintains a comfortable ride over a variety of surfaces. By contrast, the Sedona has dull handling and a harsh ride on rough roads. The Odyssey also has a higher predicted reliability rating and better fuel economy. It also matches the Sedona’s class-leading safety score. Still, the Odyssey’s higher price may dissuade some potential buyers.

Which Is Better: 2017 Kia Sedona or 2017 Toyota Sienna?

The 2017 Toyota Sienna has an upscale interior, an intuitive infotainment system, and one of the largest cargo holds of any vehicle on the market. The Sienna’s engine is one of the strongest among minivans, making it a great option for highway commutes. Inside, the Sienna features top-notch materials. Its seats are comfortable, and its third row stands out as being one of few with adult-friendly space. The Sienna is also one of the only minivans available with all-wheel drive. It might cost a bit more than the Sedona, but the Sienna is a better minivan overall.

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2017 Sedona Performance

How Does the 2017 Kia Sedona Drive?

The Kia Sedona has a 276-horsepower V6 engine mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. The engine produces adequate power for local trips around town, but it feels underpowered on the highways and when climbing hills. The Sedona’s smooth ride will keep all occupants comfortable on long drives. However, this Kia handles poorly, even by lax minivan standards.

Does the 2017 Kia Sedona Get Good Gas Mileage?

The 2017 Sedona gets an EPA-estimated 18 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway, which is on the low end for the class.

2017 Kia Sedona Towing Capacity

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

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2017 Sedona Interior

How Many People Does the 2017 Sedona Seat?

The Kia Sedona has standard seating for seven, and its exceptionally quiet cabin features first-rate materials. You can increase the seating capacity to eight with an available second-row bench seat.

Stain-resistant cloth upholstery is standard. Leather upholstery, eight-way power-adjustable front seats, heated and ventilated front seats, heated second-row seats, second-row lounge seats, power-sliding rear doors, and a heated steering wheel are available.

While some minivans have roomier back seats, the Sedona is the only one that offers second-row lounge seats. They recline and have footrests so you can ride in comfort. Like many minivans, the Sedona has a third row with just enough room for kids. 

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2017 Kia Sedona?

There are three complete sets of LATCH car-seat connectors. Two are in the second row of seats, and one is in the third row. The third row also comes with an additional tether anchor. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave this LATCH system the second-highest rating of Acceptable for ease of use.

2017 Kia Sedona Features

Standard features in the Sedona include a USB port, Bluetooth, satellite radio, and a 5-inch touch screen. Optional features include a dual-pane sunroof, tri-zone automatic climate control, an eight-speaker Infinity audio system, HD Radio, an 8-inch touch screen, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, navigation, two additional USB ports, proximity key, and push-button start.

The Sedona’s dashboard controls are logically arranged and allow the driver to quickly change settings with minimal distraction from the road. Kia's UVO infotainment system is also straightforward, with a well-lit touch screen that has large digital buttons.

On the downside, family-friendly features are notably missing from the Sedona's options list. Rivals like the Honda Odyssey and Chrysler Pacifica are available with rear-seat entertainment systems to keep the kids entertained, along with built-in vacuum cleaners to keep the cabin clean.

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2017 Kia Sedona Dimensions

Kia Sedona Cargo Space

The Sedona has 33.9 cubic feet of cargo space behind its third row, which is more than most rivals offer. Fold down the third row, and you’ll have 78.4 cubic feet of space. The Sedona has a maximum cargo capacity of 142 cubic feet, which is about average for a minivan.

2017 Sedona Length and Weight

The 2017 Sedona measures 16.8 feet long. Its curb weight ranges from 4,411 to 4,736 pounds, depending on the trim. Its maximum gross weight is 6,085 pounds.

Where Was the 2017 Kia Sedona Built?

Kia manufactured the 2017 Sedona in South Korea.


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