2019 Kia Sedona Minivan
The popularity of minivans is not what it used to be, as sport-utility vehicles have dominated the market in recent years. But not everyone wants or needs an all-wheel drive SUV and the increased fuel costs that come with it. Minivans still have their fans, for sure. They’re ideal for families, especially those with members who need the increased accessibility that a sliding back door provides.
While the market’s focus has shifted towards trendier vehicle classes, Kia has maintained all that makes its passenger-friendly Sedona so appealing. For the 2019 model year, buyers have the choice between a seven- or eight-passenger configuration with four available trim levels: L, LX, EX, and SX. They all have a 3.3-liter V6 engine under the hood, for a mighty 276 horsepower and 248 pound-feet of torque, with an eight-speed automatic transmission to provide a smoothly shifting ride.
Comfort and Convenience
The standard features on the base trim include Slide-N-Stow forward-collapsing second-row captain’s chairs (making this the seven-passenger version), a 60/40-split reclining and folding third-row bench seat, and dual-zone climate control. Additional equipment on the LX includes power-folding mirrors, power-sliding doors, rear privacy glass, a second-row bench seat that increases passenger capacity to eight, and a power-adjustable driver’s seat.
Standard features become more advanced with the EX trim, with roof rails, keyless entry and push-button start, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, leather upholstery, and heated front seats. There is also an optional EX Premium Package, which adds heated and power-folding side mirrors, a hands-free power liftgate, a sunroof, tri-zone automatic climate control, a power-adjustable passenger’s seat, driver-seat memory settings, one-touch power-folding rear seats, and a cooled glovebox. With the range-topping SX, all of the EX Premium Package’s features are bundled in addition to a sound-reducing windshield, ventilated front seats, and heated second-row seats.
Active safety aids don’t appear until the EX trim level, which gets confidence-boosting front- and-rear parking sensors and a blind-spot monitoring system with rear cross-traffic alert. With the optional EX Premium Package mentioned above, more driver aids are added: adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning with pedestrian detection, automatic emergency braking, and lane departure warning. All of these features are included as standard on the SX trim, which also adds a surround-view camera system.
For a base trim, the L gets a decent amount of technology in the form of a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system, a rearview camera, Bluetooth hands-free capability, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as a four-speaker audio system with USB and auxiliary input jacks. On top of all these features, the LX upgrades to a six-speaker audio system. Upgrades on the EX trim are a driver information display, a wireless phone charger, Kia’s Uvo3 eServices communications, and fast-charging USB ports; you can add the EX Premium Package for a third-row USB charge port and a 110-volt power outlet. Rounding out the list is the highest trim, the SX, which provides an additional 110-volt power outlet in the cargo area, an 8-inch touchscreen interface with integrated voice controls, a navigation system, and a Harman Kardon premium surround-sound system. A rear-seat entertainment system is offered as an option on the EX and SX trims.