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You'll Like The 2009 Kia Sedona If...

If you like saving money but won't sacrifice very much to do so, you'll be excited to see just how well the 2009 Kia Sedona stacks up against some of the category's finest.

You May Not Like The 2009 Kia Sedona If...

The Sedona's up-front collection of knobs and buttons isn't as attractive as some of its competitors' and its biggest disadvantage is its mediocre (but improving) resale value.

What's New

All Sedonas receive a new AM/FM/CD stereo with MP3 USB-input port and a three month subscription to SIRIUS Satellite Radio. A new navigation audio unit is now available on the EX trims.

Interior Features

The Sedona's seven-passenger layout consists of two second-row, removable, reclining captain's chairs with a one-touch fold-and-flip function that allows for easy access to a three-passenger third row; when you've got more cargo than people to transport, the 60/40-split third row folds flat into the floor. Highlights include second-row opening windows and a multitude of storage options like dual glove boxes. Shortcomings consist of a gauge cluster that's unexciting, a center control panel that's uninspired and available wood-look trim that's reminiscent of wood-paneled wagons and dens from the Brady Bunch era. That our loudest grumblings concern relatively minor matters of interior aesthetics is indicative of just how far the Sedona – and Kia – have come.

Exterior Features

Except for its vertical taillamps, the Sedona doesn't carry itself much differently than a Toyota Sienna, which wouldn't be impossible to mistake for a Honda Odyssey. The Kia is also about the same size as those competitors, if not a little longer, taller and wider than both. Base models come in short wheelbase guise, while the LX and EX trims have longer wheelbases. The Sedona EX trims are differentiated externally from entry LX versions by 17-inch aluminum wheels (versus 16-inch covered steel wheels), fog lights and roof rails.

Driving Impressions

Impressive cornering limits (which will rarely, if ever, be explored in the real world) combine with a powerful engine and smooth-shifting five-speed automatic transmission to provide an around-town eagerness that makes the Sedona as enjoyable to drive as any minivan on the road. It's also pleasant enough on the highway, with comfortable seating and interior noise levels that allow for easy three-row conversations. While its 39.6-foot turning circle isn't out of line for a vehicle of its size, the Sedona isn't as maneuverable in tight parking lots as some of its competitors. Getting people and cargo into and out of the Sedona – one of the more important tasks for a minivan to do well – is easy, especially when equipped with power sliding doors and a power liftgate.

Pricing Notes

The short-wheelbase Sedona has a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) starting around $22,000 while a fully-loaded EX tops out around $33,000. Fair Purchase Prices reflect real-world transaction prices, so be sure to check them before you buy. Also, be sure to click on the Incentives tab to see what deals the manufacturer is offering. A comparably equipped Toyota Sienna, Chrysler Town & Country or Honda Odyssey will cost thousands more. And while Kia's impressive 10-year/100,000-mile limited warranty works in the Sedona's favor, predicted resale values that fall well short of the category's best can neutralize the up-front savings versus the Honda Odyssey, Toyota Sienna and the bigger Nissan Quest.

Notable Equipment

In addition to a 3.8-liter V6 and a five-speed automatic transmission, the base Sedona LX includes tri-zone air conditioning, power locks, power mirrors, power windows, dual sliding rear doors, cruise control, AM/FM/CD sound system with auxiliary and USB inputs, SIRIUS Satellite Radio, second-row captain's chairs, remote keyless entry, tilt steering wheel, cloth interior, 16-inch covered steel wheels and several storage compartments. An impressive list of standard safety equipment includes front, front-side and three-row side-curtain airbags, advanced anti-lock brakes (ABS), tire pressure monitoring system, Electronic Stability Control and traction control.

Notable Options

Stepping up to the Sedona EX adds fog lights, power driver's and front passenger's seats, heated mirrors, auto-dimming rearview mirror, HomeLink, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, power third-row vent windows, compass, 17-inch alloy wheels and wood-like trim that's contained to the center of the dash. LWB LX options include power sliding side doors and rear backup sensors. Options available only on EX models include navigation, leather seating, heated front seats, driver's-position memory, sunroof, power sliding doors and liftgate, power-adjustable pedals, front-row automatic climate control, steering wheel-mounted audio controls, an Infinity 7.1 Surround Sound system with an in-dash six-disc CD changer and rear DVD entertainment system with two wireless headsets. There's also a less sophisticated rear DVD entertainment system that's available on both LX and EX models.

Favorite Features

7.1 Surround Sound System

An available 13-speaker, 660-watt Infinity audio system features front- and second-row center-channel speakers and delivers impressive music and movie performance.

Sportmatic Transmission

Even though it isn't the most responsive manu-matic transmission, the ability to choose your own gears will be especially welcomed by those that also appreciate the Sedona's relatively eager handling.

Under the Hood

The Sedona's 24-valve, all-aluminum powerplant with continuously variable valve timing makes it one of the most powerful minivans on the road. Combined with a responsive five-speed automatic transmission, the Sedona merges, passes and deals with traffic with ease, whether it's on the highway or headed to the supermarket.

3.8-liter V6

244 horsepower @ 6000 rpm

253 lb.-ft. of torque @ 3500 rpm

EPA city/highway fuel economy: 16/23

Editors' Notes

The 2009 Kia Sedona minivan is a consumer's best friend and a nightmare for rival manufacturers. In just a few short years, Kia has transformed the Sedona from a middle-of-the-road minivan into a first-rate people mover. With horsepower near the top of its class, a "Top Safety Pick" rating by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), seating for seven and a 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty, it's hard to argue with the Sedona. Toss in a sticker price thousands less than a comparably-equipped Honda Odyssey or Toyota Sienna and the Sedona looks downright unbeatable. Of course, the Sedona's resale figures can't compare with its Japanese rivals, but if the initial bottom line is more important than what you might get come trade-in time, the Sedona should be at the top of your shopping list.

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2009 Kia Sedona Base

My 2009 Kia Sedona is a very reliable vehicle. It has not needed any major repairs, just normal wear and tear type work like tires, brakes, etc. The model we have is the shorter one so it doesn't have a lot of room behind the back seats for storage but there is a small area. I like how the middle seats are easy to fold down in order for my kids to get into the backseat easier. The AC/heat is still working great! The seats are comfortable even for long drives. The glove box has a lot of room. There is a drawer under the passenger seat for some extra storage. If the back windows are down the door will not lock when it is open. The 3rd row windows only crack open, they are not full windows. It does very well in winter conditions. We have a tough driveway for winters and it seems to always get us out after we have shoveled/snowblowed the driveway. The audio controls are pretty user friendly, although to change the sound from right to left or back to front took me awhile to figure out. It seems to get good gas mileage. My kids think that the seats are comfortable. There is not a lot of room in the 3rd row if you are using a car seat or booster seat but someone can still sit in the middle seat, it is just tight. Overall it is a GREAT vehicle and has never let us down.

- Beth R

It is functional for my family, even if I don't love it.

2009 Kia Sedona

Although this wasn't my first choice of vehicles, my previous vehicle got totaled in an ice storm and we had to buy a newer car. Going from a CR-V to a minivan was a definite size increase. I love the flexibility that we have in seating: captains chairs, backseat, fold down part or all of the backseat for more storage/trunk space, head space (I can be in the back buckling my Little's buckles no problem). I dislike the electric opening doors. Although they were great for the first year, after that we had problems with one of them not functioning properly (liking to NOT close) and have since turned off the power doors which makes them more heavy to close.

- Nondi K

Kia Sedona. The Benefits of a Reliable Family Vehicle.

2009 Kia Sedona LX

I frequently haul large loads of equipment and long lengths of boards easily, due to the size and to move the seats. We easily traveled with 6 people and the luggage, as well as camping equipment for a week. It comfortably seats 8 with normal use. I love all the compartments, dashes, and cup holders. In the years that we have had it, we have only had to have the tires rotors ground down, windshield wipers, light bulbs, and regular maintenance. Car seats fit well and are easily accessible for both sides of the vehicle. Visibility is good. It does not cost a lot to maintain or buy parts for. I would purchase another if I needed to.

- Jennifer W

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