Over the last 15 years, the Kia Sedona has gotten better with age. No one would have dreamed that a novice Korean auto builder would make fun-driving and affordable vehicles capable of handling stiff competition from Honda and Toyota. Kia’s hard work and strategy of undercutting prices of top imports has really brought in record sales. The 2007 Kia Sedona exemplifies how far this company has progressed over the previous six years.
The last generation of the Sedona minivan disappointed everyone for its high curb weight, bad fuel economy, poor handling, and mediocre acceleration. After the second generation launched last year with a complete redesign, the Kia Sedona came out with great acclamations. The length of the wheelbase extends by eight inches and the curb weight lessens by 400 pounds by switching to an aluminum engine, independent suspension, and a much lighter transmission.
Overall, the 2007 Kia Sedona seems quite impressionable, especially the longer-wheelbase trim. Even though it doesn’t have quite the advanced or polished road manners as some other favorite vans, factor in the price and extended warranty advantages, and you find one of the most compelling minivans.
Body Styles: minivan
Engines: 3.8-liter V-6
Transmissions: five-speed automatic
Models: Kia Sedona, Kia Sedona LX, Kia Sedona EX
For 2007 the Kia introduces a model with a short wheelbase. It measures 12.6 inches less than the usual version and the turning radius gets slightly tighter. It proves more affordable because of cutting out a few optional and standard features, particularly the third-row fold-flat seating. While still getting the third row, the halves need to physically be removed for more cargo room. For that reason, small families might choose a more user-friendly vehicle. Another update for 2007 increases the power to 250 horsepower.
The 2007 Kia Sedona comes in two sizes: a short-wheelbase referred to as SWB, which sits on a 114-inch wheelbase, and the long-wheelbase called LWB, which has a 119-inch wheelbase. The minivan seats seven, although only the LWB comes with third-row fold-down seating. The base and LX come with steel 16-inch wheels, while the EX has bigger 17-inch wheels of alloy and includes foglights and crossbars on the roof rack. Optionally, Kia offers the power liftgate, sunroof, and trailer hitch along with power-sliding dual doors.
The base and LX Sedona have a good amount of standard features that include cruise control, captain’s chairs in the second row, three-zone air-conditioning, a CD player with an eight-speaker stereo, keyless entry, power windows, and privacy glass. Stepping up to the LX adds power front seats, rear-quarter power windows, and the sophisticated leather-wrapped shift knob and steering wheel. Factory options provide additions, such as the DVD rear entertainment system, heated seats, automatic climate control, Infinity 7.1 surround sound with 13 speakers, adjustable pedals, and leather upholstery.
Inside of the 2007 Kia Sedona, the functional style is evident with solid-quality materials, decent plastic placement, and softly padded armrests. The controls for climate controls may be difficult to maneuver while driving because of the placement, but the audio controls seem easy. Cargo room in the LWB Sedona totals a maximum of almost 142 cubic feet and the shorter wheelbase version offers about 121 cubic feet.
Performance & Handling
All of the Kia Sedonas come equipped with front drive and 3.8-liter V-6 that generates 250 horsepower and 253 lb-ft torque. The engine matches with a five-speed automatic as the standard transmission. Fuel economy reaches a fair 25 mpg for highway driving, and acceleration over shines the completion at a quick nine seconds getting up to 60 mph from a standstill. Overall, its quickness impresses, and the 2007 Kia Sedona has good highway passing abilities.
Standard safety features on the 2007 Kia Sedona consist of anti-lock brakes, side airbags, active headrests, complete curtain airbags, brake assist, stability control, a tire pressure monitor, and traction control. Only the Sedona EX has the optional features of adjustable pedals and back-up sensors. The Sedona earns five stars in all NHTSA side and front crash tests. It also fares well in IIHS tests, earning a score of ""good.""
EPA Fuel Economy
Kia Sedona: 16/23 mpg city/highway
Kia Sedona LX: 16/23 mpg city/highway
Kia Sedona EX: 16/23 mpg city/highway
- Extended warranty
- Short wheelbase availability
- Excellent value
- Refined and powerful V-6
- Quiet ride
- Plentiful storage
You Won't Like
- No third-row fold-flat seats in shorter van
- Interior material quality below par
- Fewer features than competition
Not exactly perfect, but a practical, well-equipped, and affordable minivan.
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