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2019 Kia Sedona Review

The 2019 Kia Sedona ranks midpack among minivans. It has a good predicted reliability rating, a comfortable ride, and user-friendly technology, but it offers less cargo space than several rivals.

Pros & Cons

  • Long list of features
  • Solid predicted reliability rating
  • Comfortable ride quality
  • Pleasing cabin
  • So-so handling
  • Below-average cargo space

New for 2019

  • Refreshed interior and exterior design
  • 7-inch touch screen, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay became standard
  • Eight-speed automatic transmission made standard
  • SX Limited trim discontinued

8.1

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 8.1
Performance: 7.6
Interior: 7.7
Total Cost of Ownership:
This model has never been fully tested for total cost of ownership. Its overall score is being calculated without total cost of ownership.
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Safety: 9.4
Reliability:
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2019 Kia Sedona Overview

Is the 2019 Kia Sedona a Good Used Minivan?

Yes, the 2019 Sedona is a good used minivan. It's a well-rounded option, though it doesn’t blow you away in any one area. This Kia offers a strong V6 engine and a comfortable ride, though fuel economy and handling are merely adequate. The cabin looks good, technology is intuitive, and the first two rows of seats are spacious and comfy. The third row is a little cramped, and cargo utility is nothing special.

Why You Can Trust Us

We analyzed 32 Kia Sedona reviews – along with reliability ratings, fuel economy estimates, and more – to help you decide if the 2019 Sedona is the right used car for you.

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How Much is the 2019 Kia Sedona?

Based on listings for the 2019 Kia Sedona, the average list price is $21,266. Prices range from $27,200 to $41,100 and vary depending on the vehicle’s condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2019 Kia Sedona Cost to Own?

We currently do not have projections for the 2019 Kia Sedona's five-year costs for gas, insurance, taxes, fees, repairs, and maintenance.

2018 vs. 2019 Kia Sedona: What's the Difference?

There are several notable differences between the 2019 and 2018 Sedona. Chief among them is the 7-inch touch-screen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay that became standard for 2019. Also for 2019, Kia refreshed the Sedona's interior and exterior design and replaced the six-speed automatic transmission with a standard eight-speed automatic. Lastly, the formerly top SX Limited trim was dropped from the lineup.

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Here are key changes for the Kia Sedona since it was redesigned for 2015:

  • 2016: rearview camera became standard
  • 2017: Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, automatic emergency braking, and adaptive headlights became available
  • 2018: no major changes
  • 2019: refreshed design; more infotainment features became standard; new standard transmission; shuffled trim lineup

If you're considering an older model, be sure to read our 2016 Sedona, 2017 Sedona, and 2018 Sedona full reviews to help make your decision. Also, check out our Best New Car Deals and Best New Car Lease Deals pages to learn about great deals and discounts you can find on new vehicles at your local dealer.

How Reliable Is the 2019 Kia Sedona?

The 2019 Kia Sedona has a good predicted reliability rating of four out of five.

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2019 Kia Sedona Recalls

There have been 1 safety recalls issued from NHTSA.

SEAT BELTS: REAR/OTHER:BUCKLE ASSEMBLY Recall Date: 03/17/2019
  • Summary: Kia Motors America (Kia) is recalling certain 2019 Sedona vehicles equipped with an 8-passenger seat arrangement. The seat belt buckle for the second-row middle seat may have been improperly installed on the wrong side of the seat, preventing the proper use of the 3-point seat belt. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 208, "Occupant Crash Protection."
  • Potential Number of Units Affected: 197
  • Consequence: A seat belt that cannot be properly used increases the risk of injury in the event of a crash.
  • Remedy: Kia has notified owners, and dealers will inspect the seat belt installation, and reinstall the seat belt buckle to the correct side if necessary, free of charge. The recall began April 8, 2019. Owners may contact Kia customer service at 1-800-333-4542. Kia 's number for this recall is SC177.
  • Dates of Manufacture: OCT 30, 2018 to NOV 27, 2018
  • Manufacturer Recall Number: SC177
  • NHTSA Campaign ID: 19V207000

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Which Used Kia Sedona Trim Is Right for Me?

The 2019 Kia Sedona is available in four trims: L, LX, EX, and SX. All models come with a V6 engine, an eight-speed automatic transmission, and front-wheel drive.

Pass on the lower trims and get an EX or SX model. The EX adds niceties like leather seats, more USB ports, blind spot monitoring, and satellite radio. Some features, such as a larger touch screen, ventilated front seats, and a surround-view parking camera system, are limited to the SX.

  • Kia Sedona L: Standard features in the Kia Sedona L include alloy wheels, cloth upholstery, manually adjustable front seats, a rearview camera, and a 7-inch touch-screen infotainment system with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, a four-speaker stereo, a USB port, and Bluetooth.
  • Kia Sedona LX: The Kia Sedona LX adds power-sliding rear doors, a second-row bench seat, an eight-way power-adjustable driver's seat, and a six-speaker stereo.
  • Kia Sedona EX: Additional features in the Kia Sedona EX include leather upholstery, heated front seats, tri-zone automatic climate control, satellite radio, two rapid-charge USB ports, wireless device charging, proximity keyless entry, front and rear parking sensors, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert. This trim also comes with a rack-mounted steering system, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a universal garage door opener, rear sunshades, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob. EX models with the Premium package have high-performance suspension dampers, an eight-way power-adjustable passenger seat, a third-row USB port, a cooled glove box, a household-style power outlet, a hands-free power liftgate, driver's seat memory settings, a sunroof, power-folding and heated outside mirrors, and an electronic parking brake. This package also includes stop-and-go adaptive cruise control, driver attention monitoring, forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, and automatic high-beam headlights.
  • Kia Sedona SX: The Kia Sedona SX includes all of the available features from the EX, as well as adaptive LED headlights, LED fog lights, two additional household-style power outlets, ventilated front seats, a heated steering wheel, an 8-inch touch screen, navigation, an eight-speaker Harman Kardon stereo, selectable drive modes, and a surround-view parking camera system.

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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 National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2019 Sedona an overall safety rating of five out of five stars, with five stars in the frontal crash and side crash tests and four stars in the rollover test.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 2019 Sedona the highest rating of Good in five crash tests and the second-highest rating of Acceptable in the passenger-side small overlap front test. The van's headlights received the lowest rating of Poor for how well they illuminate the road ahead.

The IIHS uses a different scale for grading collision avoidance features. The Sedona earned the highest rating of Superior for the effectiveness of its available vehicle-to-vehicle front crash prevention system.

Standard advanced safety features:

  • Rearview camera

Available advanced safety features:

  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Blind spot monitoring
  • Rear cross traffic alert
  • Stop-and-go adaptive cruise control
  • Driver attention monitoring
  • Forward collision warning
  • Pedestrian detection
  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Lane departure warning
  • Automatic high-beam headlights
  • Adaptive headlights
  • Surround-view parking camera system

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2019 Kia Sedona Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2019 Kia Sedona or 2019 Toyota Sienna?

The 2019 Toyota Sienna occupies a nearly identical spot in our rankings as the Sedona. The Sienna's main appeal in the class is that it's the only minivan available with all-wheel drive. It comes with a long list of standard active safety features, its third row is roomier than the Sedona's, and it offers several more cubic feet of cargo space. However, you'll likely pay thousands of dollars more for a used Sienna than you will for a used Sedona. Both of these vans have a good predicted reliability rating, but the Sedona has a nicer cabin and a higher safety score. Choosing between them depends on what you prioritize in a family hauler.

Which Is Better: 2019 Kia Sedona or 2019 Chrysler Pacifica?

The 2019 Chrysler Pacifica ranks a little lower than the Sedona, mainly because it has a below-average predicted reliability rating, which is about its only downside compared to the Kia. The Pacifica comes out slightly ahead in fuel economy, and it comes with family-friendly features such as a built-in vacuum and rear seats that fold flat into the floor. While the Sedona's interior is pleasing, the Pacifica's is a little nicer. The Chrysler also has more engaging handling. Both of these vans have straightforward infotainment systems and comparable safety scores. If you can look past its subpar predicted reliability, the Pacifica is the better pick.

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2019 Sedona Performance

How Does the 2019 Kia Sedona Drive?

There's little good or bad to note about the Sedona's ride and handling. It stays poised on winding roads, but it lacks any noticeable agility or engagement. The suspension easily deals with most bumps in the road, though the cabin will be disturbed if you drive over very uneven pavement.

Like all other vans in the class, the 2019 Sedona is powered by a V6 engine. It offers less horsepower than its rivals, but you likely won’t notice it. The Sedona accelerates swiftly, even when you have a full complement of people on board or when you’re loaded down with cargo.

  • Engine: 276-horsepower turbocharged 3.3-liter V6
  • Drivetrain: front-wheel drive
  • Transmission: eight-speed automatic
Does the 2019 Kia Sedona Get Good Gas Mileage?

The 2019 Sedona gets an EPA-estimated 18 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway. Those figures are below average for a minivan, but fuel economy doesn't vary much in the rest of this small segment. Class leaders get up to 19 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway.

2019 Kia Sedona Towing Capacity

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

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2019 Sedona Interior

How Many People Does the 2019 Sedona Seat?

The 2019 Sedona seats up to eight people across three rows. The base model has two second-row seats, while all other trims replace that with a three-person bench. Front-seat occupants enjoy comfortable and supportive accommodations. The middle row is welcoming, even for adult passengers, and it slides forward and backward so you can adjust the legroom. However, the Sedona's rear-most seats aren't as spacious as what you'll find in many other passenger vans.

This Kia has an impressive interior with upscale materials and surfaces and great build quality.

Standard seating features:

  • Cloth upholstery
  • Manually adjustable front seats

Available seating features:

  • Leather upholstery
  • Heated front seats
  • Ventilated front seats
  • Eight-way power-adjustable driver's seat
  • Driver's seat memory settings
  • Eight-way power-adjustable passenger seat
  • Power-sliding rear doors
  • Rear sunshades
  • Second-row bench seat
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob
  • Heated steering wheel
How Many Child Car Seats Fit in the 2019 Kia Sedona?

The 2019 Sedona has three complete sets of LATCH car-seat connectors, two for the second-row outboard seats and a third for the third-row passenger-side seat. The third-row middle seat also has a tether anchor. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave this LATCH system the second-highest rating of Acceptable for ease of use because the tether anchors can be hard to find.

2019 Kia Sedona Features

The Sedona's cockpit controls are neatly arranged and intuitive. Buttons and knobs for climate and audio shortcuts are easy to reach on the center stack, and everything is clearly labeled.

The touch screen sits flush within the dash and within short reach of the driver. It processes your commands quickly, provides easy operation, and features sharp graphics.

  • Standard infotainment features: a 7-inch touch screen, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, a four-speaker stereo, a USB port, and Bluetooth
  • Available infotainment features: an 8-inch touch screen, navigation, a six-speaker stereo, an eight-speaker Harman Kardon stereo, satellite radio, two rapid-charge USB ports, wireless device charging, a second-row entertainment system, and a third-row USB port
  • Other available features: tri-zone automatic climate control, proximity keyless entry, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a universal garage door opener, a cooled glove box, up to three household-style power outlets, and a sunroof

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2019 Kia Sedona Dimensions

Kia Sedona Cargo Space

The Kia Sedona has 33.9 cubic feet of cargo space behind its third row. Those seats fold flat into the floor to give you 78.4 cubic feet of space behind the second-row seats. The Sedona has a maximum cargo capacity of 142 cubic feet, achieved when you engage the Slide-N-Stow second row. The seats slide forward and fold up against the back of the front seats. That's in contrast to many other minivans that have fully removable seats or middle-row seats that fold into the floor. Overall, the Sedona's cargo capacities are low for the class.

2019 Kia Sedona Length and Weight
  • Length: 16 feet, 9 inches
  • Curb weight: 4,411 to 4,736 pounds
  • Gross vehicle weight rating: 6,085 pounds

Where Was the 2019 Kia Sedona Built?

Kia built the 2019 Sedona in South Korea.

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