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2018 Kia Sedona Performance Review

Scorecard

Performance: 7.8

The 2018 Kia Sedona has laid-back performance appropriate for a family hauler. It's not particularly agile, but it has a smooth ride and is easy to maneuver. The Sedona's punchy V6 provides plenty of power, though it's not as fuel-efficient as some competitors.

  • "Other than the overly light steering, the Sedona is very easy to drive. The six-speed automatic transmission shifts slowly but smoothly, and the minivan is easy to maneuver in tight parking lots." -- Edmunds
  • 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

Powering the 2018 Sedona is a 3.3-liter V6 engine that puts out 276 horsepower. A six-speed automatic transmission comes mated to the V6. The Sedona gets up to 18 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway, which is a bit low compared to rivals.

Getting up to speed is easy thanks to the V6's ample power. For the most part, the automatic transmission seamlessly uses the engine's muscle, though it sometimes hunts for the right gear when the minivan is driving up steep hills.

  • "[The engine] … 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 (2017)
  • "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 (2017)
  • 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

Ride comfort and maneuverability matter most to minivan buyers, and the Sedona excels at both. The suspension soaks up rough patches of road, though it can feel a bit jittery at freeway speeds. The power steering does not feel sporty like in the Honda Odyssey, but it does make the Sedona easy to steer around tight spaces. The Sedona is only available 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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