- Spacious interior
- Strong acceleration
- Seating arrangement (LWB versions)
- Uninspiring handling
- Lack of powertrain refinement
- Fewer tech and entertainment options than rivals
- SWB version lacks handy folding third row
The 2010 Kia Sedona is one of the most affordable minivans, but most practically minded families won't know the difference.
The 2010 Kia Sedona is one of the few minivans still on the market that's available both in short- and long-wheelbase (SWB and LWB) versions. Both models come with three rows of seating, though the arrangements themselves are quite different. The Sedona is related to the Entourage, from Kia's international partner Hyundai, though the Entourage has only been a long-wheelbase van—and isn't even offered for 2010.
Whether you're opting for the base SWB, or LX or EX versions of the LWB version, all 2010 Sedonas are powered by a 244-horsepower, 3.8-liter V-6. Although a little coarser-sounding than some of the V-6 engines in rival vans, the engine is relatively smooth and has plenty of torque to move either version quickly with the five-speed automatic transmission—which is smooth but a bit slow to downshift at times. Thanks to revised engine tuning for 2010, the Sedona achieves a slight boost in city fuel economy; it's now rated at 17 mpg city, 23 highway, which is about the same as other minivans.
There's nothing quite like Chrysler's trick Swivel n' Go seats on the 2010 Kia Sedona, but long-wheelbase versions have a seven-passenger setup that's quite convenient for those who have to regularly fold the third row down and expand cargo. In those LWB Sedonas, it neatly folds into the floor; however, in the SWB Sedona, it needs to be removed—like minivan models of the past—if you want a flat cargo floor. Otherwise, the Sedona is simple and straightforward inside, with little detailing or glossy trim, though first- and second-row seats are quite comfortable. The added wheelbase of LWB models brings more cargo space: 33.2 cubic feet behind the third row versus just 12.9 cubic feet in SWB versions—however, the SWB version is a bit easier to maneuver and park.
While the Sedona is priced at the low end of the minivan class, it doesn't miss any safety points. Anti-lock brakes, as well as stability and traction control, plus front, side, and side curtain airbags (that cover all three rows of seats) are all standard on the 2010 Sedona, and its performance in NHTSA and IIHS crash tests has been top-notch. Newly standard on the LWB versions of the 2010 Kia Sedona is a backup warning system, though outward visibility is already quite good.
The 2010 Sedona, like most Kia models, comes with a generous list of standard features but few options—which makes it simple to build and helps enable the low price. Customers decide simply between the three models, Base, LX, or EX, and take what they offer. Base models do come quite well equipped, with keyless entry, cruise control, tri-zone automatic climate control, and a sound system with auxiliary input and USB port. LX models also come with power side doors, and EX models add larger alloy wheels, fog lamps, heated mirrors, a power tailgate, upgraded upholstery, and other extras. Only a handful of options, including a DVD entertainment system, heated front seats, and a navigation system, are available.