Kia has become a major player in the mini-van market in North America. The reason for this success is the Kia Sedona mini-van. With most of the features that family car consumers are looking for and a reasonable base price of $20,700, combined with Kia’s 10 year/100,000 mile warranty, it has high appeal in the auto market today. The 2008 Kia Sedona comes in three trim/style choices with a wide variety of standard and optional equipment. All versions offer a 3.8 liter six cylinder engine, combined with a five speed automatic transmission that is built on a front wheel drive chassis. All three models include four wheel anti-lock brakes, stability and traction control, dual front air bags, second and third row air bags, and a remote controlled anti-theft alarm as standard equipment. Power windows and doors, as well as air conditioning, cruise control and tilt wheel are standard also. Dual zone air conditioning, and an in dash single disc CD player are also standard.
Kia Sedona Base model: With all of the standard features, the option list on the base model is not impressive. The base model Sedona offers a convenience package that includes a luggage rack, and carpeted floor mats. The base model Sedona offers a respectable fuel economy of 16 mpg(miles per gallon) in the city and 24 mpg on the highway. Overall, for a base model van, the Sedona has most of the options people look for in a mini-van at a reasonable price.
The LX version of the Sedona offers a little more in the way of options while standard equipment stays mostly the same, except for the larger rear cargo area, and starts at around $23,500. Optional features include dual power sliding side doors, a trailer hitch and towing package, and a rear entertainment system featuring an eight inch screen for the DVD player with remote and two wireless headsets. Even with the added weight of the extra rear cargo area, fuel economy does not suffer and stay at 16 mpg city and 24 mpg highway.
The Sedona EX model has the largest variety of options, to go along with the Sedona’s already impressive list of standard features, and starts at $26,200. The adding of a luxury package is nice and includes, leather seats, heated seats, power adjustable foot pedals, memory seat and mirror settings, and a power sunroof. Optional also is the premium entertainment package that includes a 605 watt 7.1 surround sound system, with a six disc cd changer, and thirteen Infinity speakers, that’s right thirteen. This is combined with the eight inch DVD system of the LX model. Also featuring the extended cargo area, the EX Sedona offers a power rear lift gate. Once again fuel rating stays the same at 16 mpg city and 24 mpg highway.
The Kia Sedona will continue to grow in popularity, and gain a strong fan base in the American market, as long as Kia keeps up the tradition of quality, reliability, and value, that they have established in the 2000’s.