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2003 Kia Sedona Review
Made well, reasonably priced.
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The 2003 Kia Sedona is in its second year of production, and it continues to impress. Although it doesn’t spin the wheel in terms of interior or exterior design, the Kia Sedona delivers a lot of features and performance without raising the price to extreme levels. Price marks an important point for minivan owners, and Kia makes it a mission to offer a lot while keeping the van affordable for young families. Adding to that value Kia provides the 10 year, 100,000 mile warranty with the Kia Sedona at sale. This extended warranty provides a great value if want a used model. It carries over if something breaks. The Kia Sedona has excellent crash test scores as well.
This marks the first minivan introduced by this South Korean automaker.
Engines: 3.5-liter V-6
Transmissions: fiver-speed automatic
Models: Kia Sedona EX, Kia Sedona LX
The 2003 Kia Sedona receives only minor upgrades, since this marks only its second year on the market. New features include new taillights for the exterior, a new audio faceplate, and remote fuel door release in the cabin. The LX also gets a CD player. The EX features a keyless entry system, as well as leather armrests and leather lower seat portions. Finally, a trailer hitch remains available for all Kia Sedonas.
The exterior of the Kia Sedona looks very similar to the rest of the competition. It has a sleek appearance for sure, with plenty of curves and sloping surfaces. The sloping hood leads down to a grille characterized by a horizontal pattern. The grille sits between two multi-reflector headlights. The bumpers, mirrors, and body siding all match.
All 2003 Kia Sedonas have dual sliding doors, one on each side of the vehicle. Standard features on the LX include 15-inch steel wheels, all-season tires, full wheel covers, intermittent windshield wipers, privacy glass, a rear defogger, swing-out rear quarter windows, an intermittent rear wiper, power door locks, power windows, one-touch power window controls, and a liftgate. The EX also adds a roof rack, fog lights, and alloy wheels. A power moonroof provides an option.
The interior of the 2003 Kia Sedona offers a lot of room. It seats seven passengers comfortably. The standard configuration includes two bucket seats up front, with a second- and third-row bench in the LX and second-row bucket seats for the EX. The EX also has an eight-way adjustable driver’s seat with lumbar support.
The LX offers a manual seat with lumbar support, cloth upholstery, bucket front seats, folding rear back seats, manual folding third-row seating, rear ventilation ducts with fan control, a front console with storage, cup holders in each row, front seatback storage, 12V power outlets for each row, a tilt-adjustable steering wheel, front and rear air-conditioning, front and rear reading lights, dual vanity mirrors, six speakers, and an AM/FM stereo with a single CD player. The EX also offers heated mirrors, power rear-quarter windows, lighted vanity mirrors, a keyless entry system, and a cassette/CD stereo. Optional features include a leather upholstery and a programmable garage door opener.
Performance & Handling
The Kia Sedona uses one engine type, a 2.5-liter DOHC V-6 that produces 195 horsepower. The V-6 pairs with a five-speed automatic transmission.
The Kia Sedona does not provide a bad ride at all. The minivan has a very smooth ride, and the V-6 engine handles itself well. The V-6 struggles somewhat when pushed. This should be expected considering the huge curb weight of the Sedona. Long grades seem the worst. Acceleration from a standstill actually moves quite spritely. Even with the big engine, the ride remains quiet. Steering feels precise and responsive, more than you can say with other minivans. For the mid-weight price, the 2003 Kia Sedona delivers a lot.
The Sedona handles itself well in safety tests. The NHTSA gives the 2003 Kia Sedona five out of five stars for driver and passenger safety, as well as front and rear side impacts. Rollover crash tests score four out of five stars. The IIHS awards the Kia Sedona a grade of ?Acceptable,? the second highest, for frontal-offset crashes.
Standard safety features include child seat anchors, ventilated front disc brakes, rear drum brakes, rear-door child safety locks, two front and rear headrests, front seat belt pretensioners, electronic brake force distribution, and front and rear multi-adjustable headrests.
EPA Fuel Economy
Kia Sedona EX: 14/18 mpg city/highway
- Lots of features
- Crash scores
- Solid build
You Won't Like
- High curb weight
- Low gas mileage
- Missing key features
- Expensive collision repairs
Made well, reasonably priced.
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