Make no mistake; Kia designers are proud of the many awards earned by the Sedona minivan, culminating last year in a “Top Recommended Vehicle” award from Edmunds.com. Kia’s designers have never been comfortable resting on their laurels, however. They’d rather be busy developing and executing the innovations that will win tomorrow’s awards. For the new 2011 Kia Sedona, those innovations include a new engine and transmission, increased fuel economy and more standard features.
In well-equipped LX and upscale EX trims for 2011, the Kia Sedona (MSRP $24,494) has garnered eight five-star crash safety ratings from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), as well as four “Top Safety Pick” rankings from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) since its introduction. Illustrating Kia’s established commitment to delivering superior safety and unsurpassed value, the 2011 Kia Sedona boasts power, comfort and efficiency improvements that keep it at the forefront of innovation in the minivan segment.
The big news for 2011 is found under the Sedona’s hood. The new 3.5-liter, dual overhead cam V6 makes 248 lb/ft of torque and 271 hp – that’s a 27-hp increase despite a reduction in displacement from the outgoing 3.8-liter V6. There’s also a new six-speed, electronically controlled Sportmatic® automatic transmission (up one gear from last year). The Sportmatic features a “Sport” mode, along with manual shift control. This new powertrain combination boosts the Sedona’s fuel economy rating to 25 highway mpg, up from 23 mpg for the 2010 model.
You’ll sometimes hear minivans referred to as “family haulers.” That may sound a bit disparaging, but Kia understands that for most buyers, a minivan’s primary job is transporting loved ones. Kia earned the many awards we mentioned (the IIHS dubbed the Sedona the “safest minivan ever tested”) by making safety job one. To that end, the new Sedona features an impressive array of airbags and active restraints including active front headrests and full-length side-curtain airbags for all three rows of seats.
The Sedona also delivers security at speed with leading-edge driver-assistance technology such as Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Traction Control (TCS) and a four-channel, four-sensor Antilock Brake System (ABS) with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD). ESC works in concert with these other systems to give you assured control no matter the road you travel, even applying the brakes at individual wheels to regain traction on slippery surfaces or during emergency maneuvers.
Kia’s designers also understand the importance of comfort, amenities and utility in a family vehicle. Even the base LX model overwhelms with its exhaustive list of standard features. Among them, you’ll find two second-row captains’ chairs and a 60/40 split third-row bench. Remove the captains’ chairs and fold the third-row seat into the floor and you’ll get a cavernous 141.5 cubic feet of cargo volume.
Further LX standards include Bluetooth with Voice Recognition, a six-speaker AM/FM/CD/MP3 sound system with SIRIUS Satellite Radio, USB and auxiliary input jacks, steering wheel-mounted audio controls, front and rear air conditioning and a folding, extendable side table with four cupholders mounted between the front seats.
Opting for the Power Package on the LX gets you items like dual power-sliding doors, 16-inch alloy wheels and an auto-dimming rearview mirror with HomeLink universal remote and Rear Camera Display. The available trailer hitch makes it easy for you to take advantage of the Sedona’s 3,500-pound towing capacity.
In addition to all the LX standard features and the Power Package equipment, the EX model delivers a six-way power driver’s seat and a four-way power passenger’s seat. You also get 17-inch alloy wheels, front foglamps, chrome door handles and side moldings, a power tailgate, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and interior wood-grain accents.
For buyers seeking the ultimate in comfort and infotainment technology, the EX offers three personalization packages. Luxury Package highlights include heated front seats, leather seat trim, Tri-Zone Automatic Temperature Control and a power tilt/sliding sunroof. The Navigation Package nets you a navigation system and a bump to an Infinity® eight-speaker sound system. Finally, the Premium Entertainment Package delivers a rear-seat DVD Entertainment System with wireless headsets and remote control, and a top-of-the-line Infinity® audio system with an in-dash six-disc CD changer and 10 speakers.
While you’re outfitting the Sedona to best meet the needs of your family, don’t forget the added value and security you’ll get from Kia’s comprehensive warranty package, which includes a five-year/60,000-mile roadside assistance plan to go with its 10-year/100,000-mile Limited Powertrain Warranty and five-year/60,000-mile Limited Basic Warranty.
Recognized as a segment leader in safety, luxury, performance and value, the new Kia Sedona has already received another award for its innovative designers to add to their collection: U.S. News & World Report has named it the “Best Minivan for the Money” for 2011.