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SAFETY | 7 out of 10
'Good,' frontal and side impact; 'good,' rear/seat; 'poor,' roof strength
Five stars Overall; five stars frontal; five stars side impact
The 2014 Kia Sedona has crash-test performance that's a mixed bag—acing some tests and flunking others.
The aged structure that the Sedona carries forward with, for another year, shouldn't add up to any meaningful change versus a few model years ago.
That said, the Sedona gets a pretty good set of rationgs—with a few exceptions. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) gives the Sedona top 'good' ratings for frontal, side, and rear impact, although the Sedona gets just 'poor' ratings in the roof strength category, corresponding to protection in a rollover. The IIHS hasn't yet tested the Sedona in its tougher new small overlap frontal test. Otherwise, the federal government recently retested the Sedona, and it still stands up well, with five-star ratings across the board.
Safety equipment is good, with standard items including anti-lock brakes; stability and traction control; and front, side, and side curtain airbags (that cover all three rows of seats). A backup warning system is also a standard feature in the base LX. Outward visibility isn't great compared to other vans, but it's better than most taller crossovers.
The 2014 Kia Sedona has all the safety basics expected in a minivan--but its older structure might put it a step behind in crash tests.