2016 kia sedona Model Overview
New for 2016
For 2016, all variants of the Kia Sedona now come standard with a rearview camera. L and LX models receive a new cloth upholstery with a different pattern while the EX grade add heated front seats as standard. The SX and SXL variants are now available with an eight-passenger seating configuration when equipped with the Technology package.
The 2016 Kia Sedona is a minivan that’s available in seven- or eight-passenger configurations.
One powertrain is available in the 2016 Sedona, a 3.3-liter V-6 rated at 276 hp and 247 lb-ft of torque that’s paired to a six-speed automatic transmission. Fuel economy varies depending on the trim level, with the SX trim achieving the best fuel economy at 18/25 mpg city/highway. The L, LX, and EX grades are rated at 18/24 mpg while the range-topping SXL is the least fuel efficient at 17/22 mpg.
Cargo space is generous in the 2016 Sedona at 33.9 cubic feet behind the third row, 78.4 behind the second row, and 142 cubic feet behind the first row. Seating is comfortable especially in the first and second rows but the third row is cramped and lacks headroom when compared to competitors including the Honda Odyssey.
Standard safety features include dual front, front-side, full-length side curtain airbags. Blind spot warning and rear cross-traffic alert are optional on the EX trim and standard on SX and SXL grades. Forward collision warning, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control and the 360-degree view camera are available only on the SXL variant as part of the Limited Technology package.
The NHTSA gave the 2016 Sedona a five-star overall safety score (out of a possible five-stars) while the IIHS awarded the 2015 model the Top Safety Pick designation after earning a Good score in five crash tests (Good is the highest possible score).
Trims, Packages, and What’s Standard
The base L trim comes standard with 17-inch alloy wheels, Bluetooth connectivity, a USB port, rear parking sensors, and cloth upholstery. Stepping up to the LX grade adds power folding side mirrors, Uvo infotainment system, a second-row bench seat for three passengers, power driver’s seat, and a rearview camera. Opting for the mid-level EX variant adds 18-inch alloy wheels, solar control windshield and front door windows, a 3.5-inch meter cluster, a power tailgate, dual power sliding doors, power front windows, leather upholstery, and keyless entry and start. Options available in the EX trim include blind spot warning, rear cross-traffic alert, a 3.5-inch Supervision cluster, and heated second row seating.
Higher trim levels such as the SX come standard with an eight-inch infotainment touchscreen, an Infinity premium audio system, ventilated front seats, heated second row seating, drive mode selector, and combination LED taillights. For the most premium experience, consider the range-topping SXL grade, which comes standard with 19-inch chrome finish alloy wheels, LED positioning lights, Nappa Leather upholstery, first class lounge seating for the second row, and a heated leather-wrapped steering wheel with a wood inlay. The SXL is available with the Limited Technology package, which also adds two sunroofs, HID headlights, 360-degree view camera, 3.5-inch Supervision cluster, forward collision warning, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, a 110-volt power inverter in the rear cargo area, and smart high beam headlights.
What We Think
In a 2015 First Test review, we said the Sedona’s interior delivers in spades, featuring plenty of amenities and a cabin that’s truly luxurious especially in the SXL model with its second-row captain’s chairs that are inspired by first class airline seats. Kia’s infotainment system continues to be one of the best with easy to use controls and The comfort in the second row, however, doesn’t carry over to the third row, which is cramped and lacks headroom when equipped with the dual sunroof. Additionally, the mechanism for stowing the third row is fussy while the second row only slides forward against the back of the front seats. In a comparison test that also included the Chrysler Town & Country, Honda Odyssey, Nissan Quest, and Toyota Sienna, the Kia Sedona won because it was the most stylish, comfortable, and best-driving of the five minivans evaluated. We noted that on the road, the Sedona was fun on the road and had well-controlled body motions that made it more stable on the road. Additionally, the 276-hp V-6 has plenty of power for passing and merging on the highway.
The Kia Sedona SXL is essentially the luxury car of minivans thanks to its upscale cabin and first-class-inspired second-row captain’s chairs.
- Luxurious interior
- Easy to use infotainment system
- Comfortable second row seating especially with the captain’s chairs
You Won’t Like:
- Fuel economy is slightly lower than its competitors
- Cramped third row
- Second row doesn’t stow under the floor