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2017 Kia Sedona Performance Review

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


Performance: 7.6

Most minivans are used for transporting families, and the 2017 Kia Sedona is up to the task. It's got enough power for driving around town or on the highway, and its suspension soaks up most bumps in the road. Still, rough patches of pavement will be felt, especially at high speeds. Additionally, other minivans use less fuel than the Sedona.

  • Minivans are typically unremarkable from behind the wheel, and the Sedona is no exception. Its controls offer enough information to prudently guide the van, but nothing more." -- Edmunds (2015)
  • I enjoyed my drive along the snaking stretch of CA-84 that runs through the Santa Cruz Mountains, but despite its evident competence, the Sedona is not designed for conquering an undulating road in a hurry." -- Autoblog (2015)
  • "Of course we don't expect sports-sedan handling from this 4700-pound van, but competitors offer much more confidence-inspiring dynamics than the Kia's limp steering and sloppy body control." -- Automobile Magazine (2015)

Acceleration and Power

Like most minivans, the 2017 Sedona is powered by a V6 engine – in this case, a 3.3-liter V6 that makes 276 horsepower. A six-speed automatic transmission comes standard. The Sedona gets up to 18 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway. Most competitors are more efficient on the highway.

The V6 delivers decent acceleration, so you should have no trouble getting up to speed to merge onto the highway. The transmission generally makes good use of the engine's power, but you may find it struggles to find the correct gear when going uphill. Overall, though, the powertrain is well-suited for daily driving.

If you need to do any towing, note that the Sedona can pull up to 3,500 pounds when properly equipped. That's typical for a minivan, though the Chrysler Pacifica can tow a slightly heavier load.

  • "Even with its relaxed, easy-to-drive character, the Sedona manages to be among the quickest minivans we've tested, thanks to the smooth and powerful 3.3-liter V6." -- Edmunds
  • "The new Sedona is front-wheel drive and powered by a 276-horsepower 3.3-liter V6 with direct fuel injection that has already proven impressive in the Kia Cadenza sedan and Sorento SUV. It works wonderfully with the Sedona's 6-speed automatic transmission and delivers plenty of power for this family hauler. Acceleration is more than adequate." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • The powertrain is perfectly refined and smooth, but felt unresponsive and sluggish on hilly terrain due to the six-speed automatic's reluctance to downshift." -- Automobile Magazine (2015)

Handling and Braking

The Sedona has a mostly comfortable and composed ride, so it hits all the right notes for hauling a family. Still, some bumps are noticeable, especially when driving at high speeds. The Sedona's steering makes it easy to maneuver, which will be useful when you're trying to squeeze into a parking space. If you'll be driving on twisty roads frequently, you might be better off with the Honda Odyssey, which does a better job of staying level around corners. Drivers in snowy climates should consider the Toyota Sienna, which is one of the only minivans available with all-wheel drive. The Sedona, like most minivans, only comes with front-wheel drive.

  • Soft suspension elements and tuning will appeal to those seeking an isolated driving experience. At higher speeds the ride quality can get a little busy over rough pavement. Bigger bumps can be intrusive as well." -- Edmunds
  • "The Sedona's overall ride quality is soft and smooth, appropriate traits for a family hauler." -- Kelley Blue Book (2016)
  • … the Sedona's suspension is tuned for comfort, not for speed, and its hydraulic power steering system is both slow (3.2 turns lock-to-lock) and a little secretive. On the other hand, the Sedona delivers very well on the dynamic values important to families, providing a supple ride quality with nary a jolt and hushed interior noise levels that rival anything in the minivan/MPV class." -- Car and Driver (2015)

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