2020 Kia Sedona

Performance


#3 out of 5 in Minivans

MSRP
$27,400
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2020 Kia Sedona Performance Review

Scorecard

Performance: 8.1

The 2020 Kia Sedona offers a comfortable ride over smooth pavement, stable handling, and plenty of horsepower. It has only two major knocks against it: Its fuel economy is below average for the minivan class, and the ride can be bumpy over rough roads.

  • "From behind the wheel the 2020 Kia Sedona is one of the most fun minivans to drive. It’s powerful, responsive and out on the road it magically feels smaller than it really is." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "But we still wish that the Sedona's ride quality was smoother and less prone to harsh impacts when driving on rough roads." -- Edmunds (2019)
  • Kia may have designed the Sedona to appeal to CUV buyers, but those expecting the Sedona to drive like anything but a minivan are in for a bit of a disappointment. That's not to say that's a bad thing -- the Sedona rides comfortably, handles well for its size, and gets moving quick enough for most buyers thanks to Kia's familiar 3.3-liter V-6, which was tuned to make more midrange power in the minivan." -- Motor Trend (2015)

Acceleration and Power

Its standard 276-horsepower 3.3-liter V6 isn't as robust as the engines found in both the Honda Odyssey and Chrysler Pacifica, but it has no problem getting a loaded Sedona up to speed. An eight-speed automatic transmission is also standard.

This Kia delivers an EPA-estimated 18 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway. The highway estimate is below average for the class.

  • "The 2020 Kia Sedona minivan offers only one engine for all four trims, and it’s a very good one. Kia’s proven 3.3-liter V6 provides 276 horsepower and 248 lb-ft of torque. That second figure, torque, is all-important when it comes to hauling heavy loads and attempting rapid passing maneuvers, both of which the Sedona accomplishes with ease." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • Floor the gas and the [Sedona] accelerates to 60 mph in 7.9 seconds. It's a competitive time, though the Honda Odyssey and the Chrysler Pacifica are quicker still." -- Edmunds (2018)
  • Acceleration is sufficiently brisk, with fuel economy acceptable but somewhat disappointing for a relatively new model." -- Autotrader (2018)

Handling and Braking

Some class rivals provide a more agile ride, but the front-wheel-drive Sedona holds its own among the competition. For the most part, the ride is comfortable, though it isn’t very smooth over rough pavement, and the Sedona remains stable when cornering.

  • "The minivan’s ride quality is smooth and comfortable, but the Sedona also handles well, with quick steering, good balance and excellent body control. It doesn’t lean way over in the turns and it doesn’t feel tipsy or top-heavy. You’ll be surprised how much this van likes to get thrown around." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The Sedona has a relaxed, easy-to-drive character, but it'll move out with authority when you need it to and demonstrates good handling manners. It's a minivan we could happily live with every day." -- Edmunds (2019)
  • The steering is light, effective, and thoroughly uninteresting. If it were more weighted, the Sedona would feel invincible." -- Autoweek (2015)
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2020 Kia Sedona

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