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Buying the 2021 Instead of a 2020 Kia Sedona Is a Waste of Money

With only about five minivans on the market for 2021, there aren’t a lot of choices. The Kia Sedona is a good option, although it has been around for a bit. If you need that minivan to haul around your family, you may be interested in saving some money on your vehicle. Skip the 2021 Kia Sedona and stick with the 2020 model year to save a few bucks.

Changes between the 2020 and 2021 Kia Sedona

There are very few changes between the 2020 and 2021 model years of the Kia Sedona. Both are part of the third generation, which was introduced for 2015. One alteration is that the L trim level, which had been the base trim for 2020, has been discontinued for 2021. This leaves the LX, EX, and SX trims to pick from. In addition, the Venetian red paint color and the Camel-color interior on the LX trim have been discontinued.

Price differences

According to Edmunds, there’s very little difference in price between a Kia Sedona from 2020 and one from 2021. The difference just comes from the change in trim level options. A 2020 model year Sedona starts around $27,600 for the L trim, while a 2021 Sedona starts around $30,400 for the LX trim.

The 2021 EX trim begins at $33,700, and the 2021 SX trim starts at $41,500. The 2020 Sedona has the same starting prices for the trims after L. The LX starts at $30,400. The EX starts at $33,700, and the SX starts at $41,500.

The trim levels

The 2020 Kia Sedona L trim has a four-speaker audio system. In most other respects, it’s the same as the LX trim. The LX trim jumps to a six-speaker audio system. It also adds tinted rear and side windows, power-sliding doors, eight-passenger seating (rather than seven), and a power-adjustable driver’s seat.

The EX trim switches from 17-inch wheels to 18-inch ones, adds leather seats and heated front seats, and includes wireless charging. It also provides front and rear parking sensors, blind-spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alert. The EX Premium package adds features like a sunroof, hands-free liftgate, driver-seat memory settings, forward collision mitigation, lane-departure warning, adaptive cruise control, and more.

The top SX trim has a larger 8-inch touchscreen (rather than a 7-inch screen on the other trims) and navigation with real-time traffic and weather updates. It also has an eight-speaker audio system, ventilated front seats, a heated steering wheel, LED headlights, and a surround-view camera system.

The 2020 and 2021 Kia Sedona

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Car and Driver doesn’t consider the Kia Sedona to be the top minivan but finds it still to be “affordable and handsome.” Car and Driver also feels that the Sedona offers good value and nice style as well.

Both model years of the Kia Sedona have a 3.3-liter V6 engine, which produces 276 hp and 248 lb-ft of torque. The engine is paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. All-wheel drive is not an available option. The Sedona does get great safety scores, but its fuel efficiency is “mediocre.”

While the second-row seats cannot be removed like in other minivans, they can be outfitted with captain’s chairs with recliner footrests, heated seats, leather upholstery, and adjustable headrests. The infotainment system of either size is compatible with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. A Rear Seat Entertainment package provides amusement for kids with 10-inch touchscreens added to the backs of both front-seat headrests.

If now’s the time to buy a new Kia Sedona minivan, there’s an easy way to save yourself some money. Go with the L trim of the 2020 Kia Sedona. By giving up just a few features, you could save $2,800.