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2018 Kia Sedona Interior Review

Scorecard

Interior: 8.4

Just because the Sedona has one of the lowest base prices in the class, don't assume it feels cheap inside. The cabin looks and feels very luxurious, with first-rate materials in all models. The SX Limited is especially high-end, but even in lower trims, all surfaces are nicely textured and soft to the touch. The Sedona has excellent build quality inside, too. The first two rows of seats are comfortable and roomy, while the third row is more cramped. The Sedona's cabin controls are straightforward. Most competitors are available with smart family-friendly features you can't get in the Sedona.

  • "Overall quality is as good as or better than the competition. Sturdy construction inhibits squeaks and creaks inside. The interior materials are also praiseworthy, featuring well-grained plastics, supple leather and attractive stitching." -- 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 2018 Sedona has seats for seven (eight when equipped with an optional removable second-row center seat) 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.

With nicely cushioned front seats and a roomy second row, the Sedona is a great companion on road trips. The available second-row lounge seats are especially comfortable. The back seats aren't quite as spacious as those in some competitors like the Toyota Sienna or Honda Odyssey. They’re best suited to small children.

There are full sets of LATCH child-seat connectors on the outboard second-row seats and the passenger-side third-row seat. The middle third-row seat has only an upper tether anchor.

  • "The front seats are relatively soft and have enough support to keep you comfortable during multi-hour stretches behind the wheel. The second-row recliners offer a surprising amount of legroom, and third-row comfort is similar to what competitors offer." -- Edmunds
  • The Sedona is roomier than a 3-row SUV, but trails rivals like the Odyssey and Sienna in back-seat room." -- Kelley Blue Book (2017)
  • 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)

Interior Features

The Sedona comes standard with 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 and Apple CarPlay smartphone integration, 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 center stack controls are smartly arranged to be within an easy reach from the driver's seat. The touch-screen infotainment system, which Kia calls UVO, has user-friendly menus and controls. The system has large on-screen buttons and a brightly lit display that further adds to its appeal. Many competitors offer more family-friendly features than the Sedona.

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  • "The dashboard has large, easy-to-read buttons organized in a horizontal arrangement. It's simple and intuitive. The larger touchscreen navigation and infotainment screens are also easy to use, and we like the dedicated physical knobs for critical functions." -- Edmunds
  • "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 (2017)
  • "… 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

Most competitors have more cargo space than the Sedona’s 33.9 cubic feet behind the third-row seats, 78.4 cubic feet with the third row folded, and 142 cubic feet with the Slide-N-Stow second-row seats in the forwardmost position. The Slide-N-Stow seats make it fairly easy to use all the available cargo space, since they slide forward and upward against the first-row seats. To access the full cargo area of some rivals, you have to physically remove the heavy seats from the minivan. Optional cargo features include a hands-free power liftgate, a cooled glove box, and a removable cargo-area flashlight.

  • "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 (2017)
  • 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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