2020 Kia Sedona Safety Features

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2020 Kia Sedona: NHTSA and IIHS Ratings, and Safety Features

Updated on: July 20, 2020

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Duncan James 

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Overall Rating5 star
Overall Front Star Rating5 star
Front Driver Side5 star
Front Passenger Side5 star
Overall Side Star Rating5 star
Combined Side Barrier and Pole Ratings(Front Seat)Not Rated
Combined Side Barrier and Pole Ratings(Rear Seat)Not Rated
Side Barrier Driver5 star
Side Barrier Rear PassengerNot Rated
Overall Side Pole Star Rating5 star
Rollover Star Rating4 star
Overall Side Barrier5 star
Small Overlap Front(Driver)Good
Small Overlap Front(Passenger)Not Rated
Moderate Overlap FrontGood
Roof StrengthGood
Head Restraints and SeatsGood
Front Crash PreventionSuperior
Latch Ease of UseAcceptable

The safety of a car is a major factor that can make or break a deal. Kia knows this all too well. Irrespective of the price, all of Kia’s cars are packed with a bunch of active and passive features. The build quality is also very sturdy and Kia uses High Strength Steel Chassis that absorbs most of the impact in the event of a crash.

All the cars in the US are rated for their safety by IIHS and NHTSA. Both of these organizations carry out an array of crash tests under different circumstances and rate the cars according to their performances.

Insurance Institute for Highway Safety(IIHS) CRASH TESTS

The 2020 Kia Sedona hasn’t been rated by the IIHS yet. The 2019 Kia Sedona performed well in the crash tests carried out by IIHS. For most categories, it was rated “good” and “acceptable” in 2 categories. But the real blot on its record was the “poor” rating for the headlight category. 

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration(NHTSA)CRASH TESTS

Just like the IIHS, the NHTSA hasn’t rated the Sedona either. The 2019 Kia Sedona passed the NHTSA crash tests with flying colors. It received an overall rating of 5 stars, that could have been a perfect 5 star, if not for the rollover rating where it received 4 stars. 



All trims of 2020 Sedona is equipped with 6 airbags. Dual front, dual side curtains, and dual front seat-mounted. This makes the vehicle safer during high speed impacts.

Advanced Smart Cruise Control (ASCC)

ASCC available in the new Sedona will help you get the most out of your highway time by monitoring the traffic ahead of you and adjusting the cruise control accordingly.

 Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA)

FCA on board the Sedona is always on the lookout for the potential event of a frontal collision that may be due to the sudden breaking of the vehicle directly in front of you.

Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS)

LDWS reads and analyses the lane markings on the road and alerts you if you deviate from your intended lane.

360-degree camera

The 360-degree camera lets you see a bird’s eye view of your vehicle which makes parking and reversing in tight spaces easier.

Rear Cross-Traffic Alert

This system alerts you of moving traffic behind you when you are reversing the car.

Parking sensors

Parking sensors will notify you by beeping if you get too close to another vehicle or an object while in reverse. 


The prime competitors of Kia Sedona are Toyota Sienna, Honda Odyssey, and Chrysler Pacifica. Sienna performed well in both the crash tests. It was rated ‘good’ in most of the categories of the IIHS crash test while in the NHTSA crash tests, it received an overall rating of 5 stars. 

Odyssey received a ‘good’ rating in almost all the categories of the IIHS crash test and earned itself “2019 Top Safety Pick” award. It also narrowly missed a perfect 5-star overall rating in the NHTSA crash tests as it received 4 in the rollover rating. Pacifica has also earned itself the IIHS “2019 Top Safety Pick” award as it received ‘good’ in most of the categories of the IIHS crash tests. In the NHTSA crash tests, much like the Odyssey, it also missed the perfect 5-star overall rating owing to the 4 stars in the rollover rating.


Continuing the trend for Kia, Sedona is a well-built car that packs in a lot of safety features. Loved by its owners, there has been no major issue with the car apart from a passenger sensing defect in the older version of Sedona. To sum it all up, Sedona is a quintessential Kia car that balances reliability and safety to the best.

2020 Kia Sedona Safety and Reliability

2020 Kia Sedona Safety

The safety of a car is a major factor that can make or break a deal. Kia knows this all too well.

Front Airbags

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