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QUALITY | 7 out of 10
short on soft-touch surfaces and long on nondescript plastics
Roomy and versatile
Car and Driver
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
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 down the third row 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.
ConsumerGuide says, "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." And regarding that SWB version, 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."
MotherProof notes "ample storage space in the front: two glove compartments, a nice center console that held my huge purse/diaper bag with room to spare," all in addition to eight cup holders. In terms of cargo and storage space, the 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. Overall, ConsumerGuide likes the interior design, saying all controls in the cockpit "are within easy reach, are nicely sized, and are clearly marked."
Interior materials and surfaces aren't the brightest aspect for the 2010 Kia Sedona. 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." Motor Trend includes more unsatisfying details: "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." Even MotherProof, otherwise pleased with the 2009 Kia Sedona, indicates that "interior materials consisted of an obvious plastic that lacked some luster." Cars.com is more satisfied when keeping the price in mind, reporting 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."
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." 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."
The 2010 Kia Sedona—especially in LWB form—provides all the passenger and cargo space you'd want in a minivan, but it lacks the details and refinement present in some other models.