2021 Kia Sedona SX Tech is our host in this article.
In North America, the minivan segment is a shrinking one. Much fewer players than in the SUV categories are in this segment. More than a decade ago, Kia and Hyundai entered the game. By then, Kia Sedona and Hyundai Entourage, the corporate cousins were almost identical vehicles with different badges only. Later Hyundai left this segment but Kia stayed. And now the Sedona is a contender with better products and value proposition for every generation.
The new 4th generation Sedona, aka Carnival in many markets, was already launched in Korea. The current and 3rd generation Sedona/Carnival introduced in 2014 is still on sale. This model helped Kia to demonstrate its determination and capabilities to offer a competitive and attractive product.
The 2021 model year is the last for the Sedona before the replacement in late 2021. For clients who do not want to wait for the new model have an opportunity to choose a mature yet still modern and attractive product in the minivan segment.
2021 Kia Sedona SX has a more SUV-like style with smooth and clear lines. The nice-looking grille dominates the front design. Our tester, the SX Tech model is very-well equipped with LED headlights, LED daytime running lights and LED positioning lights that add elegance to its design.
2021 Kia Sedona SX: Engine and Powertrain
The 2021 Sedona has a 3.3L V6 GI engine mated to an 8-speed AT transmission delivering 276 horsepower and 248 lb-ft of torque. This combination is pretty much in line with what other and more established players offer. With sufficient power and very good acceleration, it is a good match for a large vehicle like this. The handling is pleasant too, both on the highway and in the city.
2021 Kia Sedona SX: Interior
As you sit behind the steering wheel you notice ample space in the front and a premium feel. The front seats have gray leather upholstery complemented by red stitching. The instrument cluster, the dashboard with the infotainment screen create a nice and even luxurious atmosphere. The passenger seat can also recline although limited. I love the fact that Kia has physical control buttons for almost all basic functions such as; temperature control for the front and rear, or accessing the radio, map function or other media and avoids touchscreen controls. Connectivity for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard with the SX Tech package.
And like all vehicles today, you get plenty of safety and driver assistance features, including Lane Departure warning system, Driver Attention Warning and Forward Collision-Avoidance.
2021 Kia Sedona SX: Seating and Cargo Space
What would matter more than space and flexibility when you buy a minivan? Notoriously (and funnily) known as “soccer mom” vehicles, minivans are preferred mostly by large families with kids. Minivans are also well suited to transport large items easily. As a travel manager and a private tour guide, I can add with confidence that minivans are great for long rides with small groups of up to four.
Although I did not have a chance to take the Sedona for a long trip, this vehicle would be a great companion for long rides.
The second row is intelligently designed with two captain chairs and a smaller center seat that can be stowed to provide extra elbow room. The legroom is generous and the second-row seats recline to provide a kind of business-class comfort for long road trips. With a 15V power outlet and USB port, the second-row seats claim to be the best place in the vehicle. The third row rear 60/40 seats are also comfortable, but the legroom might be a bit tight for someone who is over six-foot or likes to really stretch.
Sedona’s third-row seats can be folded into the tubs sitting just behind them. The second-row seats can be slid forward and also stowed away (although not so practical as with a Pacifica or Caravan) creating more space. When you slide it forward, the second-row seats fold smartly and allow easy access to the third row. The cargo capacity behind the first row is around 4,022 L, 2,220 L behind the second and 960 L behind the third row. This is a lot of space to transport big a stuff and/or the luggage of a family of four or five.
2021 Kia Sedona SX: Driving Impressions
2021 Kia Sedona SX has a settled and comfort-oriented ride. The ride quality is impressive, the sound isolation is noticeably good and the acceleration is effortless.
2021 Kia Sedona SX: Pricing and Specifications
For pricing and specifications of our tester, the SX Tech please see the window sticker below:
2021 Kia Sedona SX: Conclusion
In a segment dominate by Chrysler Pacifica, Honda Odyssey, Kia Sedona does not look like a major player at first sight. But, you should never underestimate the continuous improvement Koreans made in the last two decades. Kia attempted to join the full-size SUV market with the Borrego first in 2008. The market did not pay much attention. But Koreans made a magnificent return with the Telluride (and the Palisade, its Hyundai cousin).
And even before the arrival of the all-new 2022 Sedona, the 2021 model deserves serious consideration.
For more information please visit: http://www.kia.ca
Article and Photos by Varol McKars