For 2011, the Sedona receives a light styling update (the new grille is the most noticeable change) and a smaller-displacement, more powerful V6 engine. Kia has also discontinued the short-wheelbase version of the Sedona. Otherwise, the rest of the van carries over essentially unchanged from last year. For a complete review, see our report on the 2009 Kia Sedona as well as our brief update on the 2010 Kia Sedona (Base MSRP: $22,195 to $28,695).
Only one engine is available in the 2011 Kia Sedona: a 3.5-liter, 271-horsepower V6 mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. This drivetrain delivers an Environmental Protection Agency-estimated 18 mpg city, 25 mpg highway and 21 mpg combined driving.
Standard safety equipment includes antilock brakes and stability control, front and side airbags for front-seat passengers and side curtain airbags for all three rows of seats. The federal government has updated its crash-test procedures and ratings for 2011, and as of this update, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has not yet tested the 2011 Kia Sedona using the current standards. The government has given the minivan a 4-star rollover-resistance rating.
In independent crash tests by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the Kia Sedona achieves the highest rating of Good in both front- and side-impact evaluations. IIHS's new roof-strength tests have not yet been performed on the 2011 Kia Sedona.
The 2011 Kia Sedona LX models start at a base price of $24,595, while higher-end Sedona EX models start at $29,195. The basic warranty provides coverage for five years or 60,000 miles, while Kia's powertrain warranty is for 10 years or 100,000 miles.
For explanation of model-year revisions and additions, as well as trim-level descriptions, driving impressions and styling critiques, Edmunds.com is hard to beat as a succinct and informative source.
Review: 2011 Kia Sedona, Editors of Edmunds.com
Our last full review of the Kia Sedona covers the 2009 model. Other than the deletion of the short-wheelbase model and the installation of a new engine for 2011, the reviewer observations here pertaining to comfort, convenience, overall space, etc. continue to apply.
Review: 2009 Kia Sedona, Editors of ConsumerSearch.com, Feb. 2009
The official EPA fuel-economy estimates for the 2011 Kia Sedona are 18 mpg city, 25 mpg highway and 21 mpg combined driving. Consumers can compare the ratings for the Kia Sedona against those of any other minivan at this website.
Review: 2011 Kia Sedona, Editors of FuelEconomy.gov
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration overhauled its crash-test procedures for 2011, and at the time we checked only rollover-resistance results were available for the Kia Sedona. It scores 4 stars in that test.
Review: 2011 Kia Sedona Van Fwd, Editors of SaferCar.gov
5. Insurance Institute for Highway Safety
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety conducts its own independent crash tests and gives the Kia Sedona its highest rating for front- and side-impact tests. Roof-crush resistance for the Sedona has not yet been tested by IIHS.
Review: Kia Sedona, Editors of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety