When it comes to value, minivans inherently have a lot to offer due to having ample interior volume and a lengthy list of features. And while there are only a few competitors to choose from in the minivan segment, the rivalry between each one is fierce. The Honda Odyssey and Toyota Sienna are the two front runners, while rivals like the Chrysler Pacifica and Dodge Grand Caravan tend to sit in the shadows. However, one other choice, the Kia Sedona, could actually prove to be a better value than all the rest. Let’s take a closer look at it.
The Kia Sedona provides the “need” over the “want”
The Kia Sedona might look the most minivan-like of all the minivans. That’s because it has a bulky and square look that doesn’t mask its utility like its competitors. And while some prospective buyers might like their minivan to look like a “swagger wagon,” the Sedona means business and does a great job of not looking the part, but doing the part. For example, some notable standard features include Apple Carplay capability, Slide-n-Stow second-row seats, a seven-inch touchscreen display, and handy, flat-folding third-row seats.
Top-line competitors, like the Honda Odyssey, don’t offer nearly as much in their base form and definitely not at the same price, as the Kia Sedona starts at $27,600, which is thousands less than both of its Japanese rivals.
The top-trim Sedona has so much to offer
The base Sedona might have everything you need, but not everything you want. In that case, you can step up to the higher EX or top-trim SX to gain features like leather seating, second-row captain’s chair, power-sliding rear doors, a power tailgate, LED headlights, and a 360-degree camera. Other options include driver-assist features like lane departure warning, blind-spot assist, and adaptive cruise control, while those looking to make the Sedona the “ultimate road trip” vehicle will find comfort and joy in the first-class second seats that recline and have fold-out leg rests.
The Kia Sedona also boasts some of the best cargo room in its class with 33.9 cubic feet of storage space behind the third row, which is plenty of room for everyone’s cargo. Rear-seat occupants will also be treated to a nice view with the available rear-seat entertainment system and dual-row panel sunroofs.
It also has great power
Lastly, the Kia Sedona has ample power that is more-than-competitive with others in its class, thanks to a 3.3-liter V6 engine that produces 276 horsepower and 248 lb-ft of torque. In case towing is needed, the Sedona can also tow up to 3,500 pounds.
It’s definitely a great value
Regardless of the Korean badge that it wears, there’s no denying that the Kia Sedona does offer an excellent case for value pricing. It has a low starting price, and even when all the boxes are checked, it will only cost around $45,000, which is still thousands lower than the Honda and Toyota. And while getting over the stigma of owning a minivan could take some time for most families, the Kia Sedona has all the right stuff to make it happen and provide the needed utility in the long run.