Kia’s 2016 Sedona Minivan – Dreams Do Come True

2016 Kia Sedona SX-L
Class: Minivan
Fuel Economy: 17/22
Base Price: $26,400 (Model as driven $39,900)

For many years my family was in the “minivan” stage, and while I took a breath when we were able to downsize, a new grandchild has made me long for the days of roomy interiors and modern techy gadgets. And then I met the 2016 Kia Sedona. Ah, dreams do come true!

The 2016 Kia Sedona SX-L is a modern-day dream vehicle that looks less like a minivan and more like a crossover. Depending on your chosen configuration, the Sedona will be either a seven- or eight-passenger vehicle offered in five trim lines from basic to luxury. I spent a week in the luxury trim so you could say I’m slightly spoiled.

2016 Sedona SX Limited

At a glance the Sedona is a family vehicle with extra sass in the outer appearance, so diaper bag toting dads have nothing to fear in terms of a sharp looking ride. The luxury model comes with leather seats, foglights, a refrigerated glovebox, a heated steering wheel, dual power sunroofs, 19” wheels and so much more! I like that the dashboard is less fussy and extremely user-friendly offering innovative technology must-haves like USB ports, Bluetooth connectivity, navigation system and HD audio system.

Power? You got it! Kia’s minivan offers a 3.3-liter V6 engine cranking out 276 horsepower with 248 lb/ft of torque and a six-speed automatic transmission. If you live in an interstate-woven city such as I do, you’ll understand and share my appreciation for that burst of power that safely maneuvers you onto the highway in merging situations.

This momma always checks out safety with any vehicle and the Sedona is equipped with MANY features that get my stamp of approval. Anti-lock brakes, traction control, parking sensors, rearview backup camera, full vehicle surround camera, airbags (front, side, curtain, etc.), lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring, and the list just keeps on going. Plus the Sedona earned a five star overall crash rating in government crash testing so, there’s that.

2016 Sedona EX

A few of my favorite things…

  • Rearview camera is STANDARD on all models! Such an awesome safety feature in my opinion, and I’m so excited to see it available across the board on all models.
  • The SX-L model offers super cool second row seating that reclines and presents extendable foot rests. Ever been on a long trip and need to prop your feet up for even a few minutes? This feature is for you!
  • The 115-volt power outlet is a technology win for me because I love to work in the car while the hubby is driving and I’m often in need of a power source.
  • The height-adjustable power liftgate is awesome! How many times have you stood at the trunk thinking how nice it would be for it just to open? If you have the remote on you and stand there for only three seconds, it will do just that (and yes, I checked it out…many times)! This is great at the grocery store!
  • Rear entertainment system – perfect for long road trips or that drive to grandma’s house.
  • The center front console is BIG! Lots of room for my “stuff.”

Clearly Kia has a winner in the 2016 Sedona and I can say with confidence that it offers a more appealing exterior along with a roomy, comfortable interior and a nice ride. For more information, please visit or head out and test drive one for yourself!

Kia provided the vehicle, insurance and a tank of gas for this review. All opinions are totally my own. Photos are courtesy of Kia. 

Becky J. Beall

Becky is a travel and automotive journalist with 20+ years experience in writing and editing. She is also a radio show host, television personality and speaker.

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