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PERFORMANCE | 7 out of 10
acceleration proved to be enough to give it a fighting chance
geared for rapid acceleration
comfortable for a minivan, but it is not quite car-like
this baby was kind of hard to steer
The 2008 Kia Sedona appears to offer good, reliable transportation for a reasonable price.
Reviews studied by TheCarConnection.com's team of automotive experts agree that the Kia Sedona has a fair amount of pep. According to Cars.com, "the 2008 Kia Sedona's 3.8-liter V-6 develops 250 hp and 253 pounds-feet of torque." J.D. Power reports that "the Kia Sedona responds to the accelerator with enthusiasm," while Motor Trend notes that "acceleration proved to be enough to give it a fighting chance in cutthroat Los Angeles traffic, making it a sleeper of sorts...passing nimbler sedans or meaner-looking SUVs made driving a minivan easier on the ego."
Car and Driver attests that "the transmission shifts almost imperceptibly," but ConsumerGuide says "the automatic transmission [was] very slow to kick down." Nonetheless, J.D. Power advises "it is geared for rapid acceleration if the driver pushes down on the pedal with authority, or it smoothly upshifts at low rpm when moving along in a leisurely fashion."
Sedona fuel economy figures average "17.9 mph for the life of the car and frequently noted as impressive on long road trips," according to Motor Trend. ConsumerGuide cites slightly higher figures: "[the 2008 Kia] Sedona averaged 22.7 mpg in mostly highway driving, 18.1 with more city use...a second test model averaged 16.1 mpg in mostly city driving and gas-eating acceleration tests...Sedona uses regular-grade gas." The EPA rates the Sedona at 16/23 mpg.
When it comes to ride quality, ConsumerGuide remarks, "Sedona is comfortable for a minivan, but it is not quite car-like. The suspension smoothes out small bumps well, but it bounces some over larger humps." J.D. Power declares, "Kia has done a terrific job with the suspension tuning on the Sedona...absorbent over bumps yet able...to produce stable handling, the Kia rides and drives like a Toyota Sienna with a little extra communication tossed in for the driver and motion control for the passengers." Maneuverability leaves something to be desired, however; while the Kia Sedona 2008 "39.6-foot turning circle isn't out of line for a vehicle of its size, the Sedona isn't as maneuverable in tight parking lots as some of its competitors," according to Kelley Blue Book. Meanwhile, the test driver at Mother Proof says "this baby was kind of hard to steer...it often felt as if it just didn't know how to move the parts it came equipped with."
The 2008 Kia Sedona performs well within the minivan range.