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2008 Kia Sedona

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2008 Kia Sedona Review

A good minivan for families on a budget but extra features are limited.

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Then 2008 Kia Sedona is an affordable and practical minivan that is a good value for families living on a budget. The 2008 Kia Sedona comes in Base model, the LX, and the EX. The V-6 engine is refined and more powerful than older models for better performance and more power. The ride is quiet and comfortable, and road noise is kept to a minimum. The safety ratings and crash-test ratings are good enough that drivers can feel safe carrying children. There is a model available with a shorter wheelbase for smaller families that want to spend less. The 2008 Kia Sedona is a good value for the price tag that comes on it.

The Range

Body Styles: minivan
Engines: 3.8-liter V-6
Transmissions: five-speed automatic
Models: Kia Sedona, Kia Sedona LX, Kia Sedona EX

What's New

There are no major changes in the 2008 Kia Sedona models. For the most part, the 2008 models are the same as the 2007 models.


The 2008 Kia Base and LX models are manufactured with 16-inch steel wheels. Like other EX models, the Kia Sedona EX is manufactured with 17-inch alloy wheels. All three models come with a temporary steel spare tire that is mounted on the underbody. All three models have very similar features for the roof and glass. Privacy glass is used to keep the people outside from watching the passengers. A rear defogger is equipped to help keep the rear view visible for the driver in cold or humid driving conditions. The Base model and LX model both have swing-out rear quarter windows while the EX model’s rear windows are powered. A rear wiper helps the rear defogger clear the view in all three models. On the EX model, a roof rack is available to allow for extra carrying capacity. All three models have a rear liftgate door that allows access to the rear cargo area. Cargo tie-downs are also standard on all three models.


The front seat features are the same for the LX and Base models. There is plenty of room for the driver and front passenger so they can be comfortable. The driver seat has manually adjusted lumbar support to help prevent back pain on long drives. The front seats are cloth bucket seats in the Base and EX models, but velour in the EX. The EX model has some extra features for the front seats. The driver seat is eight-way adjustable, and the passenger seat is four-way adjustable; both are powered instead of manual. The rear seat’s features are the same on all three models. Roomy with reclining rear seats, the third-row seats are split-bench folding seats. Rear ventilation ducts are installed to keep the air circulation fresh. All three models have remote power locks and power mirrors, while only the EX model of the Kia Sedona has heated mirrors to ward off frost and fog. Two 12-volt outlets are available in all three Sedona models. On all three models, cruise control can be found on the tilt steering wheel. With front door pockets, overhead console storage, and front-seat back storage, passengers can always find a place to put what they want to bring with them. The audio system is 172-watts and has eight speakers with a single-disc CD player as well as auxiliary MP3 audio input.

Performance & Handling

There are not extra options for the engine, as all three Kia Sedona models have a 250-horsepower, 3.8-liter V-8 installed that puts out 253 lb-ft of torque. There are also no extra options for the transmissions, as all three models come with a five-speed automatic with front-wheel drive. The power is not bad in the Sedona: the big minivan can make if from zero to 60 mph in 9.3 seconds. Passing and merging in the 2008 Kia Sedona is easy. The ride is smooth and quiet, but handling lacks any sense of sportiness.


A four-wheel ABS with ventilated front discs and solid rear discs is accompanied with electronic brakeforce distribution to make braking easy and well balanced. All three rows of seats are protected with head airbags. Only the front has dual airbags mounted on the side. Stability control and traction control are part of the Sedona package.

EPA Fuel Economy

Kia Sedona: 16/23 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Eight-speaker audio system
  • Decent fuel economy for a minivan
  • Low price
  • Three rows of head airbags
  • Powerful V-6 engine

You Won't Like

  • Lack of comfort features
  • Fast depreciation
  • Utilitarian vehicle

Sum Up

A good minivan for families on a budget but extra features are limited.

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