2012 Kia Sedona vs. Its Competition

2012 Kia Sedona 4-door Wagon LX Side Exterior View
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

Minivans are the best way to move mass quantities of people and cargo, and some minivans are better for the task than others.

The Chrysler minivans, both the Dodge Grand Caravan and Chrysler Town & Country, are older designs but earn top safety scores in the class, have new powertrains and interiors, and offer the best seat flexibility and entertainment options in the class.

The Toyota Sienna and Honda Odyssey were new for the 2011 model year, and the Sienna's four-cylinder option is a frugal choice, while Honda's pricing means paying top dollar just to get a six-speed automatic and Bluetooth.

The new Nissan Quest is a little smaller than all these minivans, and feels it--but it's the least convenient, with small side-door openings and seats that don't fold flat into the floor.

2012 Kia Sedona 4-door Wagon LX Side Exterior View2012 Kia Sedona
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2012 Chrysler Town & Country2012 Chrysler Town & Country
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2012 Honda Odyssey 5dr EX Angular Front Exterior View2012 Honda Odyssey
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Quick Specs
The aging Kia Sedona still offers the usual minivan virtues of people-carrying and cargo-toting, but there are newer, more flexible, safer choices.
The 2012 Chrysler Town & Country isn't substantially different from the Dodge Grand Caravan, but it's fully equipped and a significant bargain compared to well-equipped minivans from Japan.
With its worst penalty-box trim neatly excised, the 2012 Dodge Grand Caravan is a high-functioning box on wheels.
The 2012 Honda Odyssey is the priciest of the minivans, but innovative seating and excellent handling set it apart from all the rest.
It's less spacious and less flexible than before, but the 2012 Nissan Quest drives better than other minivans.
It's not as flexible as some minivans, but the 2012 Toyota Sienna is large, safe, and still has options for four-cylinder power and all-wheel drive.
MSRP From     
Gas Mileage     
18 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy
Gas V6Gas/Ethanol V6Gas/Ethanol V6Gas V6Gas V6Gas I4
EPA Class     
Minivan - 2WD2WD Minivan2WD Minivan2WD Minivan2WD Minivans2WD Minivan
Style Name     
4-Door Wagon LX4-Door Wagon Touring4-Door Wagon American Value Pkg5-Door LX4-Door S5-Door 7-Pass Van I4 FWD (GS)
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
Passenger Doors     
Body Style     
Passenger van4 DoorPassenger Van4 Door4 Door Minivan5 Door Reg WB
Automatic w/manual shiftAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticContinuously variable ratioAutomatic
Detailed Spec Comparison
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