Reviewers agree that Sedona’s engine provides competitive acceleration. 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." According to Cars.com, "the 2009 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.”
J.D. Power also advises that the Sedona "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." Car and Driver attests that "the transmission shifts almost imperceptibly," but ConsumerGuide says "the automatic transmission [was] very slow to kick down."
The EPA rates the Sedona at 16/23 mpg. According to Motor Trend, the Sedona’s fuel economy figures average "17.9 mph for the life of the car and frequently noted as impressive on long road trips.” ConsumerGuide cites slightly higher figures: "[the 2009 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."
When it comes to ride quality, 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." 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." Maneuverability leaves something to be desired, however; while the Kia Sedona 2009 "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 MotherProof 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."