2020 Kia Sedona

2020 MODEL
$27,600 - $41,500
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2020 Kia Sedona Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Updated on: July 21, 2020
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Introduced almost two decades ago, the Kia Minivan – the Sedona has always been an underdog. To address the issue, Kia introduced an all-new Sedona in 2016 boasting un-minivan like exterior and interiors. The 2020 Kia Sedona inherits all that with little change. With a starting price of $27,400, the 2020 Sedona is cheaper than the competition.

Feature-wise, the Kia Sedona is priced lower than the competition across the trim and it should be high on your list if you need more features for the money you spend. Also, the 2020 Kia Sedona has performed well in crash tests and it's safe to say that it's safe. The build quality ensures the Sedona will serve you well after years of ownership.

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Pros

Spacious and comfortable cabin

Distinctive styling

An impressive list of standard safety features

A rich list of quirks and features

Cons

Thirsty powertrain

Dull driving dynamics

Sluggish Acceleration

No option for AWD

What's New?

No mechanical or design change over its predecessor


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$27600

bodystyle

4dr Minivan

passenger capacity

7

drivetrain

FWD

engine type

displacement

204 cu.in.

horsepower

276 hp @ 6000 rpm

torque

248 lbs.-ft. @ 5200 rpm

transmission

8-speed shiftable automatic

chassis

frame type

Unibody

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

12.6/12.6

dimensions

wheelbase

120.5 in.

length

201.4 in.

width

78.1 in.

height

68.5 in.

curb weight

4411 lbs.

ground clearance

6.7 in.

capacity

passenger volume

165.8 cu ft.

cargo volume

142 cu ft.

towing capacity

3500 lbs.

payload capacity

1674 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

7.6 sec.

standing ¼-mile

15.8 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

18/24/21 mpg

highway range

506.4 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

10 yr./ 100000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr. /100000 mi.

roadside assistance

5 yr. / 60000 mi.


Pictures & Videos

Exterior
Interior
Videos
2020 Kia Sedona Interior video

Styles

2020 Kia Sedona in Aurora Black color 2020 Kia Sedona in Silky Silver color 2020 Kia Sedona in Snow White Pearl color 2020 Kia Sedona in Venetian Red color 2020 Kia Sedona in Pantera Metal color
Aurora Black

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Features

5.0

Engine And Performance

9.0

Fuel Economy

4.0

Interior

8.0

Exterior

7.0

Safety

5.0

6.3

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


2020 Kia Sedona L

L

power
276 hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
21 combined

$27,600


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
L 4dr Minivan (3.3L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $27,600 MSRP (18/21/24) 276 hp @ 6000 rpm, 3.3 L, V-6, regular unleaded
8-speed shiftable automatic front wheel drive 7

2020 Kia Sedona LX

LX

power
276 hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
21 combined

$30,400


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
LX 4dr Minivan (3.3L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $30,400 MSRP (18/21/24) 276 hp @ 6000 rpm, 3.3 L, V-6, regular unleaded
8-speed shiftable automatic front wheel drive 8

2020 Kia Sedona EX

EX

power
276 hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
21 combined

$33,700


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
EX 4dr Minivan (3.3L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $33,700 MSRP (18/21/24) 276 hp @ 6000 rpm, 3.3 L, V-6, regular unleaded
8-speed shiftable automatic front wheel drive 8

2020 Kia Sedona SX

SX

power
276 hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
21 combined

$41,500


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
SX 4dr Minivan (3.3L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $41,500 MSRP (18/21/24) 276 hp @ 6000 rpm, 3.3 L, V-6, regular unleaded
8-speed shiftable automatic front wheel drive 8

Expert Review

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Although not much has been changed in the 2020 update, as the minivan was refresh completely in 2018. Powering the Sedona is a 3.3L V6 engine cranking out 276 horses and 248 lb/ft of peak torque, mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission in FWD configuration – it’s the only available powertrain option. So, if you need an AWD minivan, the Sienna is the only option and if you need a hybrid minivan, the Pacifica Hybrid is the only option. Also, the Sedona is thirstier than the competition with a combined rating of 21 mpg – 2 mpg shy of the competitors.

 

2020 Kia Sedona Angular Front View
2020 Kia Sedona Angular Rear View

5.0/10
Features

 

9.0/10
Engine and Performance

 

4.0/10
Fuel Economy

 

8.0/10
Interior

 

7.0/10
Exterior

 

5.0/10
Safety

 
 
 

2020 Kia Sedona Features

5.0/10

The L, LX, EX, and SX are the 4 trims available for the 2020 Kia Sedona. The base 2020 Kia Sedona L has a starting price of $27,400. The Sedona remains mechanically the same throughout the range and higher trims basically add more features and equipment. The Sedona LX ($30,200) most notably adds power sliding doors and gets the optional LX essentials premium package (+$2,400) adding leather upholstery and other luxury amenities.

 As you move up the trim ladder the standard list of features gets more and more additions. 

Trims

L

LX

EX

SX

MSRP

$27,600

$30,400

$33,700

$41,500

Engine

3.3L V6

3.3L V6

3.3L V6

3.3L V6

Features

Tricot Fabric Seats w/ YES EssentialsFabric Treatment

Features of L plus

Features of LX plus

Features of EX plus 

 

Front and Rear Passenger Air Conditioning

Dual Power Sliding Rear Doors, Privacy Glass

18-inch Alloy Wheels

Two-Tone Leather Trim with Heated and Ventilated Front Seats

 

Bluetooth Wireless Technology

8-Passenger Seating w/ 3-Passenger, 2nd-row seating

Two-Tone Leather Trim with Heated Front Seats


 

Cooling Glove Box

 

7-inch Color Touch-Screen Display, AM/FM/MP3 Audio System

8-Way Power-Adjustable Driver's Seat

Dual Power Sliding Rear Doors, Roof Rails

Surround View Monitor (SVM)

 

Rear-Camera Display

 

Integrated 2nd and 3rd Row Window Sunshades

Smart Cruise Control (SCC) w/ Stop & Go

 

Slide-n-Stow 2nd-Row Seats

 

UVO eServices w/ 7-inch Color Touch-Screen Display, AM/FM/MP3 Audio System

UVO eServices w/ Navigation, 8-inch Color Touch-Screen Display, SiriusXM Traffic and HD Radio, AM/FM/MP3/SiriusXM Audio System

 

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

 

Wireless Phone Charger, Rapid-Charge USB 2.1 Charger Ports

Harman Kardon Premium Surround Sound w/ Clari-Fi, External Amplifier & Subwoofer

 

Conversation Mirror

 

Tri-Zone Front and Rear Automatic Climate Control

110V Power Outlet, Center Console

We Recommend

Although the Sedona LX ($30,200) delivers plenty of equipment, the Sedona EX at $33,500 delivers goodies like standard leather upholstery and the power lift-gate at a reasonable price. We also recommend adding EX Advanced Premium Package ($2,800) for the advanced active safety features and driver assistance systems.

2020 Kia Sedona Engine and Performance

9.0/10

There is only one powertrain available in Kia Sedona – a 276 hp 3.3L V6 engine mated to an 8-Speed automatic delivering power exclusively to the front wheels. Although the engine delivers power smoothly, the 8-speed automatic ease out the engine to rev low on freeway resulting in higher efficiency and less stresses. 

2020 Kia Sedona Engine

The cabin is also incredibly silent even on the freeway. That said, the 8-speed Automatic doesn't compromise its cruising ability. Sedona beats the competition in braking performance though.

 

Models

Kia Sedona L

Honda Odyssey LX

Chrysler Pacifica Touring

Toyota Sienna L

MSRP

$27600

$30690

$33495

$31415

Engine

3.3L V6

3.5L V6

3.6L V6

3.5L V6

Transmission

8-Speed Automatic

10-Speed Automatic

9-Speed Automatic

8-Speed Automatic

Horsepower

276 hp

@6000 rpm

280 hp

@6000 rpm

287 hp

@6400 rpm

296 hp

@6600 rpm

Torque

248 lb-ft

@5200 rpm

262 lb-ft

@4700 rpm

262 lb-ft

@4000 rpm

263 lb-ft

@4700 rpm

Toyota Sienna leads the pack when talked about raw power, with 296 hp of power. it is followed by the Chrysler Pacifica with the power of 287 horses. The Sedona comes out to be the least powerful minivans. 

Acceleration

The Kia accelerates smoothly and effortlessly for everyday tasks like merging with freeway traffic. Also, its 0-60 mph time of 7.6 seconds is quite good for a minivan as the Pacifica and Odyssey showcase similar timings too. The Sienna is the fastest minivan taking 6.9 seconds for 0-60 mph run.

2020 Kia Sedona 60 mph in 7.6 seconds

 

Models

Kia Sedona L

Honda Odyssey LX

Chrysler Pacifica Touring

Toyota Sienna L

0-60 MPH

7.6 s

7.6 s

7.4 s

6.9 s

Quarter mile

15.8 s

15.9 s

15.6 s

15.3 s

Emission (Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15k mi/yr)

8.4

8.0

8.0

N/A

The 2020 Kia Sedona hits the quarter-mile light at 15.8 seconds. This is the second slowest among the class rivals. Toyota Sienna, once again, is the fastest 7-seater in the league to cover a quarter-mile. It requires 15.3 seconds for accomplishing the same.

Braking

The Kia Sedona gets 12.6-inch brake disks up front and 11.9-inch brake disk at the back. Even though this minivan weighs 4411 pounds, it can stop from 60 mph in 122 feet – properly impressive. For comparison, the Pacifica takes 131 feet to stop from 60.

Models

Kia Sedona L

Honda Odyssey LX

Chrysler Pacifica Touring

Toyota Sienna L

Brake Front (in.)

12.6

12.6

13

12.9

Brake Rear (in.)

11.9

13

13

12.2

Curb weight (lbs)

4411

4354

4330

4430

60-0 MPH (ft)

122

127

131

115

During the emergency brake test, Sedona requires a distance of 122 feet for coming to a complete halt when decelerated frantically from 60 MPH. This is the second-best halting distance among its class rivals. Toyota Sienna again comes out on top with the shortest braking distance of 115ft.

Ride and Handling

The Sedona has a pliant suspension that filters the most type of road undulations with ease, and with that soft suspension and boxy, heavy body, it’s commendable that the Sedona handles turns at high speed confidently. The hearty V6 engine produces enough power for the 2020 Kia Sedona to comfortably trip around towns. Though the ride starts feeling exhausted as soon as you hit the highways or start going up the hill. The Sedona promises to offer a comfortable ride even on long tours. Handling is poor and Kia Sedona starts feeling heavier around turns. The ride employs a standard strut suspension that, frankly, doesn't make the performance any better.

 

2020 Kia Sedona Fuel Economy

4.0/10

Kia Sedona gets 18 mpg in city and 24 mpg on the highway for a combined rating of 20 mpg. While the in-city number is okay, the highway efficiency is downright disappointing and the blame goes squarely on the 8-speed automatic transmission.

Models

Kia Sedona L

Honda Odyssey LX

Chrysler Pacifica Touring

Toyota Sienna L

MPG (city)

18

19

19

19

MPG (highway)

24

28

28

26

MPG (combined)

21

22

22

21

Other minivans shift to higher ratios when cruising on the highway but the Sedona’s 8-speed automatic still doesn't manage to chunk out a better economy than the rivals. Both the Chrysler Pacifica Minivan and the Honda Odyssey features a better-combined economy of 22 mpg.

2020 Kia Sedona Interior

8.0/10

The Sedona can seat up to 8-passengers in comfort with its liberal 165.8 cubic feet of passenger volume. While the first row has class average legroom, the second-row seats offer class-leading 41.1 inches of legroom to stretch out. However, the third-row seats with 34.8 inches of legroom fall behind the competitors and are a bit tight for adults.

The design is typical Kia – simple, usable and high quality. The plastics have great fit and finish levels with consistent panel gaps. The buttons are clearly labeled and intuitively arranged with clean horizontal lines and surfaces dominating the dashboard design. In fact, it’s quite German. That fixed center console with an upscale-looking gear lever heightens the appeal.

 

2020 Kia Sedona’s  Seating Layout

The Second-row headroom and legroom available on the Kia Sedona are 39.4 and 41.4 inches, respectively. Once again, the headroom, despite being ample, is least amongst the competition. Legroom, however, is better than any other car in the league. The 2020 Kia Sedona flaunts a headroom and legroom of 38.9 and 34.8 inches, respectively in the 3rd-row. This time, the headroom is on the higher side but the legroom is the tightest.

Models

Kia Sedona L

Honda Odyssey LX

Chrysler Pacifica Touring

Toyota Sienna L

Seating Capacity

7

7

7

7

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

39.8/63.9/40.9

40.7/63.1/40.9

40.1/63.8/41.1

41.0/65.0/40.5

Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

39.4/63.1/41.1

39.5/61.6/40.9

39.6/63.0/39.0

39.7/64.6/37.6

Third (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

38.9/59.4/38.4

38.4/59.2/38.1

38.7/59.2/36.5

38.3/61.1/36.3

The traditional sliding doors offer great accessibility to the spacious cabin and the power sliding door is available from Sedona LX onwards. The Sedona EX gets the tri-zone air-conditioning to keep the cabin heat in check. The leather-trimmed interior is available in Sedona EX and higher.

Infotainment System

While the base L and LX trims get a 5-inch touchscreen, the EX gets 7-inch UVO infotainment. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are available from Sedona LX onwards and the Sedona SX gets larger 8-inch infotainment. However, there are no rear-seat entertainment screens. For the audiophiles, an 8-speaker Infinity audio system is available on Sedona SX.

The 2020 Kia Sedona Infotainment Display

 

Cargo Capacity

The 2020 Kia Sedona has 33.9 cubic feet of luggage capacity with all seats up – that’s higher than the Chrysler Pacifica and the Honda Odyssey. However, with the third row folded, the Sedona has least in class luggage capacity of 78.4 cubic feet. Moreover, unlike the removable second-row seats in Sienna and Odyssey, the seats in Sedona cannot be removed entirely out of way.

Models

Kia Sedona L

Honda Odyssey LX

Chrysler Pacifica Touring

Toyota Sienna L

Cargo Volume (cu.-ft)

33.9

38.6

32.3

39.1

However, the cargo volume to seats 2 and seats 3 for 2020 Kia Sedona is 78.4 and 33.9 cubic feet, respectively. While the Honda Odyssey offers the most 93.1 cubic feet of cargo volume to seats 2, cargo volume to seats 3 charts is topped by Sienna with 39.1 cubic feet.

Interior Features

The Sedona has no dearth of interior features. Some of them are

  • 12 Cup Holders
  • 12V Power Outlets
  • 60/40 Split, Flat Folding 3rd-Row Seats
  • Active Eco System
  • Center Console w/ Armrest
  • Conversation Mirror
2020 Kia Sedona interior
2020 Kia Sedona front seat
2020 Kia Sedona rear seat
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2020 Kia Sedona Exterior

7.0/10

If the looks of the traditional minivans give you nightmares, the 2020 Sedona will impress you. While it’s big, the narrow glass area behind the C-pillar lends it a far sleeker look. There are plenty of horizontal lines running parallel to each other that gives an impression of lightness and hides the visual bulk. 

The 2020 Kia Sedona 3 quarter view

The Kia Sedona spans 201.4 inches in length – longer than Sienna but shorter than the Pacifica and the Odyssey. Hence, the Sedona will be less tricky than others to maneuver in town. Its wheelbase is equal to the Sienna at 78.1 inches. The Sedona has best-in-class ground clearance at 6.7 inches.

Models

Kia Sedona L

Honda Odyssey LX

Chrysler Pacifica Touring

Toyota Sienna L

Length (in)

201.4

203.2

203.8

200.6

Width (in)

78.1

78.5

79.6

78.1

Height (in)

68.5

68.3

69.9

68.9

Ground clearance (in)

6.7

N/A

5.1

6.5

Wheelbase (in)

120.5

118.1

121.6

119.3

Track width (in) F/R

68.7/69.0

67.3/67.2

68.3/68.3

67.7/67.7

Curb weight (lbs)

4411

4354

4330

4430

The 2020 Kia Sedona features an impressive ground clearance of 6.7 inches. In fact, it is the most amongst the class rivals. Honda Odyssey has the least ground clearance of 4.5 inches. Toyota Sienna, on the other hand, gives a close competition to Sedona with 6.5 inches of the same. Wheelbase for the 2020 Kia Sedona is 120.5 inches, more than that offered by the Honda Odyssey and Toyota Sienna. The Chrysler Pacifica Minivan supports the most wheelbase of 121.6 inches.

Exterior Features

The profile supported by the Sedona undoubtedly belongs to that of a minivan. Though there isn't anything great about it, the profile is simply good. Major exterior feats supported by the Kia include:

  • Auto Light Control
  • Black Mesh Grille
  • Body-Colored Door Handles
  • Projector Beam Headlamps
  • Rear Spoiler
  • Solar Control Glass
  • 17/18 inch Alloy Wheels
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2020 Kia Sedona Safety

5.0/10

The 2020 avatar of the Kia Sedona flaunts a strong safety and reliability scorecard. The ride gets a 4-star rating for rollover and 5-star rating for rest NHTSA parameters. The 2020 Kia Sedona is awarded a "Good" rating for roof strength and side strength. The excellent Surround View Monitor gives you a bird’s eye view of your car making navigation on tight spaces and parking a breeze. It’s only available on top-level SX trim.

2020 Kia Sedona flaunts a "Superior" front crash prevention. The ride comes with ESC, TCS, HAC, and EBD as standard safety and reliability features.

Some of the safety features of the 2020 Sedona are

  • Dual Front Advanced Airbags
  • Dual Front Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
  • Full-Length Side Curtain Airbags
  • Rollover Mitigation (ROM)
  • 3-Point Seat Belts for All Seating Positions
  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
  • Traction Control System (TCS)
  • Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS), 4-Wheel Disc Brakes
  • Front and Rear Crumple Zones

2020 Kia Sedona Competition

Kia Sedona vs Honda Odyssey

The 2020 Honda Odyssey is an all-new generation. Its newer and lighter platform means it’s larger and more spacious than Sedona but still delivers better fuel economy and stronger acceleration. It is also loaded with plenty of modern features including a child-friendly in-car vacuum cleaner. However, the Sedona has a classier interior, quieter cabin, and a lower starting price.

 

2020 Honda Odyssey

The Odyssey proudly wears the Honda name and is one of the pricy vans in the segment. It manages to give a tough time to the 2020 Kia Sedona. The ride is backed a 3.5L 6-cylinder engine. It is capable of delivering 248 hp of power along with 250 lb.-ft. of torque. Honda Odyssey has the best 0-60 MPH acceleration among its class rivals. The ride does so in 6.6 seconds. Moreover, Odyssey covers a quarter-mile in 15 seconds. The 7-seater has 4.5 and 118.1 inches of ground clearance and wheelbase, respectively, giving it a shorter turning radius.  

Kia Sedona Vs Chrysler Pacifica

The Chrysler Pacifica is spacious and versatile – just what you expect from a minivan. However, it’s also very upscale with high-quality materials and plenty of equipment. The performance is similar to that of the Sedona but Chrysler delivers better fuel economy. And if you need a hybrid minivan, Pacifica Hybrid is the only minivan currently on sale delivering impeccable fuel efficiency.

 

2020 Chrysler Pacifica

The Pacifica has a slower 0-60 acceleration than the Sedona. Nonetheless, the ride covers a quarter-mile 0.8 seconds faster than that of the Sedona. Pacifica also offers a better-combined fuel economy of 22 mpg. Pricing options for the ride start from $33,495, on the other hand, the Sedona is a cheaper option. 

Kia Sedona vs Toyota Sienna. 

The Toyota Sienna is the most dated minivan here. However, it is also the most spacious with class-leading luggage capacity in any cabin configuration. Plus, the Sienna is the only AWD minivan on offer – seal the deal if you live in snowy areas. That said, the Toyota Sienna does not offer Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Although the Sedona is less versatile, it’s definitely more upscale.

2020 Toyota Sienna

Toyota Sienna accelerates to 60 MPH in 7 seconds, making it slower only to the Honda Odyssey. The ride requires 115 feet for coming to a complete halt while decelerating constantly from 60 MPH. The Sienna offers the best-in-league headroom in the front and second-row.

2020 Kia Sedona Final Verdict

The 2020 Kia Sedona offers a great value for money with all its trims unlike some of its well-entrenched rivals. While the rivals offer all-out practicality and flexibility, the Kia adopts a car-like approach for its minivan. Moreover, with a total of 4 trims at its disposal, there are plenty of options that a buyer can mull over.

It has a fixed center console instead of a removable center console and the middle row is non-removable. Despite showing a pitiful performance and a sluggish acceleration, the Sedona prioritizes comfort. May it is a trivial ride or a long cruise, the ride allows passengers to stay in their comfort zone. Unlike its class rivals, 2020 Kia Sedona isn't a strict 7-seater. In fact, you can opt for the optional 2nd-row upgrade to let it accommodate 8 persons. 

Also, there is no hybrid or AWD on offer if you are looking for more efficiency or bad weather capability. However, if you want a minivan but with a more car-like character, the Sedona is a great package at an affordable price.

 

 

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