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QUALITY | 7 out of 10
engine makes a semi-refined full-throttle growl and is reasonably quiet otherwise
interior noise levels that allow for easy three-row conversations
Kelley Blue Book
short on soft-touch surfaces and long on nondescript plastics
Roomy and versatile
Car and Driver
The 2009 Kia Sedona offers a reasonably comfortable, quiet ride, but interior materials are strictly average.
Reviewers take issue with the quality of the Sedona’s interior materials. Motor Trend remarks that the "Kia seems to use chintzier plastics and lower-grade leather in the interior...those plastics and leather have become glossier and more worn than the Odyssey's interior over a similar period." J.D. Power says, "Interior materials are acceptable and nothing more," noting that "leather on the steering wheel doesn't feel much like leather, and the cowhide on our EX model's seats was soft but artificial to the touch." Even MotherProof, otherwise pleased with the 2009 Kia Sedona, indicates that "interior materials consisted of an obvious plastic that lacked some luster." Cars.com reports the "cabin is short on soft-touch surfaces and long on nondescript plastics, but the materials are mostly in line with the price," but adds "one test EX suffered annoying rattles from the 2nd- and 3rd-row seats."
Cars.com advises that "third-row headroom in the short-wheelbase Sedona drops 1.9 inches compared to the long-wheelbase version, and shoulder room falls 3.3 inches. Second-row occupants lose 3.9 inches of legroom, as well." ConsumerGuide says of the 2009 Kia Sedona, "Front occupants find comfortable chair-height seats, yet there is ample headroom, [although] lanky drivers may want more rearward seat travel," adding that Kia Sedona's "tight 3rd row is adult comfortable for short trips only." MotherProof notes "lots of legroom...in the middle row, too, which made it a comfy ride for adult and child passengers alike."
MotherProof tells our experts at TheCarConnection.com that "there were eight cupholders...there was also ample storage space in the front: two glove compartments, a nice center console that held my huge purse/diaper bag with room to spare." In terms of cargo and storage space, the 2009 Kia Sedona is "roomy and versatile...[with] a flip-and-fold second row and a third row that disappears into the floor," according to Car and Driver. However, with the short version, "cargo capacity behind the third row drops considerably, from 32.2 cubic feet to just 12.9 cubic feet," reports Cars.com.
According to Kelley Blue Book, "interior noise levels…allow for easy three-row conversations." ConsumerGuide says the "engine makes a semi-refined full-throttle growl and is reasonably quiet otherwise"; however, they note, "Tire thrum and body rumble are noticed even during in-town driving, with wind rush joining in at highway speeds."
The 2009 Kia Sedona is roomy, comfortable, and quiet—though those who dwell on the details might find issue.