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Being the top-spec iteration of Kia’s family-hauler, this minivan has it all, complete with business-class reclining middle row seats.

The Numbers

  • MSRP: $42,400 after $895 destination fee and $2,700 option list (SXL Technology Package)
  • 3.3-liter V6 mated to a 6-speed automatic with “Sportmatic” shifting capability
  • 276 horsepower and 248 lb-ft. of torque
  • 17 mpg in the city
  • 22 mpg on the highway
  • 19 mpg combined
  • Fits 7 passengers
  • Cargo Room: 142-cubic feet total with 78.4-cubic feet behind the second row (with third row seats down) and 33.9-cubic feet behind third row
  • Turning diameter of 36.8 feet

Our tester came with the SXL Technology Package, which is actually a form of safety suite including Xenon HID headlights, lane departure and forward collision warming systems, surround view monitor and dynamic cruise control.

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Hits

  • Very smooth ride with strong acceleration
  • Great steering diameter that beats the 2015 Toyota Sienna by almost a foot and makes getting out of tight parking spaces easier than expected
  • Top part of the steering wheel and much of the dashboard area take advantage of an ebony-like wood trim, which appeals to the eye, even if it’s not real
  • Additional leather trim on the steering wheel, gear lever and covering all seating surfaces add a premium feel, while heated and ventilated seats in the front (with a heated steering wheel) raise the minivan bar
  • Two sunroofs make interior cabin feel huge
  • Intuitive UVO eServices with premium navigation system continue to impress
  • A 360-degree camera view makes parking easy when aided by front and rear parking sensors
  • Blind spot monitoring and dynamic cruise control make road trips extremely civilized and safer
  • Middle row passengers get the royal treatment with manual side shades, powered dual-sliding doors, HVAC controls and reclining seats  (with footrest), just like in business class.
  • Third row is very handy as it gives smaller passengers and shorter adults a place to sit, and can be folded down into the floor,  creating a ton of space
  • Panoramic mirror in the driver’s portion of the headliner works well to keep an eye on small children seated in the rear
  • A 110-volt power inverter, plenty of USB ports, and cup holders for all keep the connected family charged up and hydrated while on the go
  • 100,000-mile/10-year warranty is best in segment

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Misses

  • Automatic windshield wipers are not available
  • At over 16 feet long, this minivan isn’t so mini, then again, are any these days?
  • Fuel economy of 17 city/22  highway/ 19 combined lags behind competition from Honda Odyssey (19 city/28 highway/22 combined) and Toyota Sienna (18 city/25 highway/21 combined)

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Retention Value

In regards to value retention, the Sedona sits in fifth place (out of eight) within the three-year-old mid-size van segment by holding 46.4% of its value in 2015.  The Sedona outperforms the segment value retention average of 52.5% for 2015.

Our Verdict Summed Up on Twitter

@NADAUsedCarGde says, “2015 @Kia #Sedona: This minivan has it all, complete w/business-class reclining middle row seats, lowest price tag in segment.”