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2017 Kia Sedona Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2017 Kia Sedona was new.

Scorecard

Interior: 8.4

The 2017 Kia Sedona has a luxurious cabin fitted with high-end materials, especially in the range-topping SXL trim. It's very quiet, too, with little road noise making its way into the cabin. The controls are thoughtfully arranged and easy to reach. While the Sedona's rear seats aren't as roomy as those in some rivals, you can choose the exceptionally comfortable available second-row lounge seats, which are fit for a king.

The Sedona's infotainment system is straightforward and easy to use, but it offers fewer family-friendly features than some competitors. Cargo room is on the small side for a minivan, but the Slide-N-Stow second-row seats make it easy to access all available space.

  • "The Sedona's top-trim SX Limited model offers one of the nicest interiors in the segment, with luxurious stitched leather on many surfaces. It's a well-organized and easy-to-use design typical of the brand with a fixed center console that is unique among minivans." -- Edmunds
  • "In remaking the Sedona, Kia put a priority on noise suppression, and the work has paid off. This Kia minivan is exceptionally quiet." -- Kelley Blue Book (2016)
  • "I'm a big fan of the Sedona's interior. Kia designed this vehicle with the intention of bringing something both premium and versatile to market, and after spending a couple hours in it, there's no question in my mind that they've succeeded." -- Autoblog (2015)

Seating

The base Sedona seats seven on standard stain-resistant cloth upholstery. Leather upholstery, eight-way power-adjustable front seats, heated and ventilated front seats, heated second-row seats, second-row lounge seats, and a heated steering wheel are optional. You can also get an insert for the middle position in the second row to increase seating capacity to eight.

Some minivans, including the Toyota Sienna and Honda Odyssey, offer roomier back seats, but only the Sedona has second-row lounge seats. They recline and have footrests so you can ride in comfort. There's enough room for kids in the third row, but adults will feel cramped.

The Sedona has full sets of LATCH car-seat connectors on the outboard second-row seats and the passenger-side third-row seat. The middle seat in the third row has an additional upper tether. All of the upper tethers are hard to locate, but the lower anchors are easy to find and reach.

  • The Sedona is roomier than a 3-row SUV, but trails rivals like the Odyssey and Sienna in back-seat room." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • The third row is, as is the case with most three-row vehicles, a place better left to kids and adults of a smaller stature." -- Autoblog (2015)
  • "These reclining captain's chairs with extendable footrests are designed to emulate first-class airplane seats and live up to their billing by providing enormous amounts of legroom and plush cushioning." -- Automobile Magazine (2015)

Interior Features

Standard features in the 2017 Kia Sedona include a 5-inch touch screen, Bluetooth, a USB port, a four-speaker audio system, satellite radio, and a rearview camera.

Optional features include a dual-pane sunroof, power-sliding rear doors, 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, a proximity key, push-button start, a 360-degree camera, adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, lane departure warning, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, and front and rear parking sensors.

The Sedona's dashboard controls are easy to reach from the driver’s seat, and they're logically arranged, so you can quickly turn up the heat when the kids in the back tell you they're cold. Kia's UVO infotainment system is straightforward, with intuitive menus and features. The touch screen is well-lit and has large, easy-to-see digital buttons. There's a long list of driver assistance features to help keep you and your family safe, too.

Family-friendly features are notably absent 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 occupied on long drives, along with built-in vacuum cleaners to quickly clean up any messes or spills.

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  • "It's easy to appreciate the new 2017 Sedona's contemporary cockpit layout. It looks great and the controls are intuitive and easy to reach. Plus Kia still uses a touch screen for its infotainment system, which keeps things from getting overly complicated." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Infotainment and HVAC controls are arranged horizontally and are intuitive to use." -- Edmunds (2015)
  • "… the appealing horizontal dashboard layout is also surprisingly simple to use, with clearly marked buttons and a large, bright touchscreen for Kia's intuitive UVO infotainment interface." -- Automobile Magazine (2015)

Cargo

The Sedona has less cargo room than most other minivans, with 33.9 cubic feet of cargo space behind the third row, 78.4 with the third row folded, and 142 with the standard Slide-N-Stow second-row seats in their upright position. The Toyota Sienna and Honda Odyssey both offer closer to 150 cubic feet of overall cargo space. However, to use all that room in the Sienna or Odyssey, you'll have to physically remove the heavy second-row seats. Not so in the Sedona thanks to the Slide-N-Stow seats, which simply slide up and forward against the first-row seats. Still, if you need a minivan for easy hauling, the Stow 'n Go seats in the Chrysler Pacifica and Dodge Grand Caravan easily fold into the floor, giving you a large, flat surface for cargo.

The Sedona comes standard with Slide-N-Stow second-row seats and split-folding third-row seats. A hands-free power liftgate, a cooled glove box, and a removable cargo-area flashlight are available.

  • "To achieve maximum cargo volume, the new Sedona's track-mounted middle-row seats fold up and slide forward to stack against the front row. Third-row seats then fold below floor level. It's all very easy to use and keeps you from having to remove big heavy seats and store them in the garage." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Kia's decision to not offer removable seats is based on consumer feedback. However, there's no denying the fact that ultimate cargo volume (the ability to carry a 4-by-8-foot sheet of plywood, for example) is easier in a van with no seats." -- Edmunds (2015)
  • "The [Slide-N-Stow] mechanism works pretty smoothly, and although the seats look a bit strange pressed up against the front row, like kids peeking over the front occupants' shoulders, they open up a competitive 142 cu ft. of space." -- Autotrader (2015)

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