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2009 Kia Sedona Review
A practical and functional minivan.
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For the 2009 model year, Kia made very little changes to the Sedona. Built with functionality and practicality in mind, this minivan is well-equipped with standard features. Good performance and a low price make the 2009 Kia Sedona a formidable contender in the minivan category.
Engines: 3.8-liter V-6
Transmissions: five-speed automatic with manual shift gate
Models: Sedona (SWB), Sedona LX (LWB), Sedona EX (LWB)
The only changes implemented by Kia for the 2009 Kia Sedona are to the technology available within the interior of the minivan. Satellite radio is made a standard feature for all three trim levels. MP3 connectivity and USB ports are also made standard across all trim levels. Lastly, a navigation system is added as an option for those who purchased the premium EX version of the 2009 Kia Sedona.
Some people may describe the styling of the 2009 Kia Sedona as classy and more stylish than other minivans, but there really is little to differentiate the Sedona from minivans produced by Toyota or Honda. All have four doors with dual sliding rear doors, which are manual in the base and LX models and are power in the EX version. The liftgate at the rear is also manual in the base and LX versions, but power operated for the EX trim line. The base and LX trim lines are fitted with 16-inch steel wheels, while the EX model comes with 17-inch alloy wheels.
While ease of use and practicality are important, some of the materials that are used in the 2009 Kia Sedona may feel cheap in comparison to the company’s competition. Controls on the console are clearly marked and within easy reach of the driver for use when driving.
There are three trim levels to choose from, but all versions can seat seven. Seating is comfortable and there is plenty of room for storage. The bucket seats that comprise the second-row seats can be slid forward and backward, folded down, or removed to increase cargo room and leg room. The third-row seats can be folded away in the Kia Sedona with the longer wheelbase or removed in the base model with the shorter wheelbase. While drivers will benefit from a less bulky minivan, extra time is needed to fold away the third row. In the longer 2009 Kia Sedona, the third row of seating has a 60/40 split and can be folded away. The third row of the shorter wheelbase is a removable bench with a 50/50 split.+I309
Performance & Handling
All trim levels of the 2009 Kia Sedona are fitted with a 3.8-liter, V-6 engine with a five-speed automatic and provide 250 horsepower and 253 lb-ft of torque. Acceleration is not bad for the minivan, although it can feel slow to build up speed, particularly for highway passing. The manual transmission can improve acceleration by allowing the driver to make shift changes quicker than with the automatic transmission.
Steering and handling is similar to most minivans. There is a noticeable lean felt when cornering, particularly at high speed. Overall, the ride is comfortable and quiet, with very little bumpiness.
As with most Kia models, the 2009 Kia Sedona has excellent crash test safety scores for both front and side impacts. Standard safety features include anti-lock disc brakes, a brake assist system, traction and stability control, front-side impact airbags, full-length side-curtain airbags, and front-seat active headrests.
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You Won't Like
- Low quality materials inside
A practical and functional minivan.
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