- Redesigned last year, seats seven or eight passengers
- Rearview camera now standard
- Five-star crash test rating from the NHTSA
A stylish people carrier with excellent safety ratings and seating for seven or eight passengers, the 2016 Kia Sedona adds a rearview camera to its standard equipment list for the new model year.
The Sedona got one of the most extensive redesigns we’ve seen last year, which transformed the Sedona from an afterthought with almost a decade-old styling to the modern minivan we see today. It all starts with the Sedona’s nose, which features Kia’s corporate grille and aggressive sculpting on the hood that gives it needed definition. Projector style headlights are standard, with LED positioning lights and taillights optional. Also available are powered sliding doors and a smart power liftgate, which opens the liftgate automatically if you stand behind it for three seconds with the keyfob in your pocket or purse.
There is only one engine option, a 276-hp, 3.3-liter V-6 that makes 248 pounds-feet of torque that is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. The Sedona is front-wheel drive only and when properly equipped can tow up to 3,500 pounds.
The Sedona is available in five trim levels: L, LX, EX, SX, and SX Limited. Changes for the new model year shift some features around the trim levels and a rearview camera is now standard on all models. The EX adds standard heated front seats and the L/LX get a new cloth material for the seats.
The redesign also stretched the Sedona’s wheelbase which gives passengers more room. Like the Optima, the Sedona has a driver-centric cockpit with the center console slightly canted towards the driver’s side to offer easier access to dashboard controls. The second-row seating is tracked, so it can slide forward and back, and also flips and folds forward. Moving rearward, the third-row bench splits 60/40 and can fold completely into the floor to form a flat cargo area. Standard interior features include air conditioning, cruise control, Bluetooth connectivity, twelve cup holders, USB port, and power windows/locks. Higher trim levels add features like leather upholstery, tri-zone automatic climate control, powered/heated front seats, Kia’s UVO infotainment system with expanded eServices, adaptive cruise control, and a navigation system.
Standard safety features include six airbags, a rearview camera, all disc antilock brakes, electronic stability control, and active front headrests. Extra safety technology is optional, including a blind spot detection system, rear cross-traffic alerts, forward collision and lane departure warnings, and a surround view monitor. The Sedona performed well on crash test, earning a full five-star overall rating from the NHTSA and a Top Safety Pick award from the IIHS.