The Kia Sedona is the automaker's first minivan, and as an ultimate family-hauler, the minivan became a hotly contested market in the industry. Although it was the most inexpensive minivan when it hit the market, outfitting the ride with many options, it could become expensive.
The 2002 Kia Sedona has a 3.5-liter V-6 that brings 195 horsepower to an automatic five-speed transmission, the first ever for a minivan. Although it's slow when up against some competitors, its smooth power delivery should be sufficient. It's excellent for families whose commutes involve driving through school zones and urban streets. Measures taken to cut costs are apparent in the absent features of traction control and side airbags. Also the power sliding doors are not available; however, manual doors are easy opening and extremely light. In addition to excellent features, it also receives excellent crash test scores unlike some of its competitors. It earns five stars in all categories in NHTSA testing, even without stability control and side airbags.
Body Styles: minivan
Engines: 3.5-liter V-6
Transmissions: five-speed automatic
Models: Kia Sedona LX, Kia Sedona EX
The 2002 Kia Sedona has a reputation of the least expensive minivan on sale in America. Standard features include air-conditioning, cruise control, power windows, and automatic headlights. The EX receives wood trim, power seats, and a CD player; meanwhile, all models benefit from an impressive drivetrain protection warranty.
The 2002 Kia Sedona has similar minivan styling as the competition; the appearance is sleek with character lines down each side, and a horizontal-bar grille accentuates the minivan’s sloping hood. Other attractive exterior features are body-colored bumpers, multi reflector headlights, and matching body moldings. Dual-sliding doors for the sides are standard as well as variable intermittent wipers, rear defogger, rear intermittent wiper, and rear liftgate door. The EX add fog lights, chrome body trim, and color-matching roof rack, and the LX has 15-inch steel wheels and the EX wears alloy wheels.
The 2002 Kia Sedona’s cabin is suitable for seven passengers with two rows of bucket seats and split bench seating in the back. The seating slides, reclines, and all seats can be reclined, adjusted, or removed completely. Second-row seats have child seat anchors for safety. The instrument panel has one storage bin, and map pockets are located in the seatbacks while the overhead console can hold smaller items. The seats feature lumbar support as standard equipment.
The 2002 Kia Sedona LX models have twin glove boxes, dual air-conditioning, cruise control, battery-saver circuitry, tachometer, tilt steering wheel, rear privacy glass, four-speaker stereo with cassette player, and multiple power access points. The EX adds wood grain trim for the instrument panel, lighted vanity mirrors, folding table, captain’s chairs, and keyless entry. Altogether, there are 10 cup holders in the EX minivan and eight for LX models. Power-operated window switches close and open the rear quarter windows.
Performance & Handling
The 2002 Kia Sedona is powered by a 3.5-liter DOHC V-6 that produces 195 horsepower and runs on regular gas. It's teamed up with an automatic five-speed transmission and can take off quickly with the V-6 powering it effortlessly. The driving experience is comfortable and smooth yet energetic and refined. With a modest price tag, It's an excellent choice in the minivan segment.
The 2002 Kia Sedona offers child seat anchors are in the second row seats. Anti-lock brakes are optional only on the EX model. Although side airbags are unavailable, the front dual airbags are a standard feature. Government testing yielded perfect crash test scores in all areas, except rollover tests receiving four stars.
EPA Fuel Economy
Kia Sedona: 14/28 mpg city/highway
- Matchless price
- Great warranty benefits
- An array of standard features
You Won't Like
- Less powerful engine
- Missing key features
Proves its worth with a well-rounded, affordable package.
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