The 2020 Kia Sedona proves that a large vehicle can still be incredibly stylish and sophisticated, while having room for up to eight passengers, and tons of room for cargo. The newest Sedona is part of the third generation, which was introduced in 2015. This very versatile minivan was introduced to the American public in 2002, and originally sported a pretty dull design that very much reflected the boxy minivan culture of the late 1990s. Today, Kia has graced the Sedona with a sportier visage that leans more into SUV styling. A more luxurious interior, with all of the safety and technology, features that a large crowd needs during long road trips, offer the comfort that modern drivers want, as well. While the design elements are geared towards transporting families, the flexibility of the seating arrangements makes this a vehicle that can move many people AND a whole bunch of “stuff,” too. For drivers who need a vehicle that can stow, tow, and move, the 2020 Kia Sedona offers all the right elements.
The Power to Move Everyone
The Kia Sedona has been designed to provide a smooth, comfortable ride for seven or eight passengers. Under the hood is a 3.3L V6 engine, which is paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission. The result is an impressive 276 horsepower and 248 lb-ft of torque, which allows Sedona to tow up to 3,500 pounds when properly equipped. This engine also offers a budget-friendly fuel economy, which makes it an excellent choice for long road trips and adventures. Drivers can anticipate an average of 18 miles per gallon city and 24 miles per gallon on the highway.
One way in which the 2020 Kia Sedona excels is in its intuitive family-friendly design. It’s clear that engineers wanted to create a vehicle that could stand up to the unique challenges of regularly moving eight passengers. From fabric choices to smart technology, the Sedona delivers a stress-free experience for all drivers.
It starts with seats that are covered in an intelligent, YES Essentials fabric, which is stain-proof, odor-proof, and reduces static transfer. This means a dropped snack or a spilled drink is no problem with easy cleanup. The seats can also be configured to permit a variety of cargo and passenger combinations. The Slide-N-Stow seat design allows the third row to be stashed under the floor of the vehicle. The second row can be folded upright, as well. Drivers can choose heated and ventilated front seats as an option, with three heat settings and three cooling settings to provide ultimate comfort during summer and winter journeys.
Special safety technology has been added to Sedona’s many options as well. The Anti-Pinch Sliding Doors prevent accidental snags and injuries, with sensors that can tell when an object is in the path of the door as it closes. An available Surround View Monitor provides the view from four exterior cameras to provide a birds-eye view of the vehicle’s surroundings on the dash screen, allowing drivers to be aware of anything or anyone who might be in the path of travel. A Smart Power Liftgate option allows drivers to open the rear even with hands full of cargo with a Smart Key. The sensor will detect the key and automatically open, eliminating the need to shift and shuffle the things you’re carrying awkwardly.
There are small details that provide extra assistance, too. A cooling glove box can store items that need temperature control. Tri-Zone Climate Control allows passengers in all seats to remain comfortable. A total of twelve cupholders ensures that every beverage has a stable place for the duration of the trip, too.
The 2020 Kia Sedona is offered in four trim packages, each loaded with features that ensure comfort and safety on any trip.
The base L trim includes Slide-N-Stow, second-row captain’s chair-style seating with the YES Essentials fabric treatment to prevent stains and odors. And then the third-row bench seats fold and recline with a 60/40 split. In this configuration, the vehicle fits seven passengers. Speaking of seven, there is a seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and Bluetooth integration as well as USB and auxiliary audio inputs. Drivers will also enjoy 17-inch wheels, automatic headlight, and manually adjustable seats and steering wheel.
The next trim level is the LX, which adds power features, including two power sliding rear doors and folding mirrors, as well as a power-adjustable driver’s seat. The second-row captain’s chairs are replaced with a bench seat, allowing comfortable spots for up to eight passengers. The sound system is upgraded from a four-speaker system to a six-speaker system that includes tweeters mounted in the dashboard for a more stereophonic experience.
The EX trim provides many of the features that make the 2020 Kia Sedona an excellent choice for groups that go on frequent adventures together. Roof rails are added for moving extra cargo, bicycles, or even a kayak. Keyless entry and push-button ignition help out harried drivers, and a wireless phone charger and additional USB charge ports make sure you never lose touch. Sunshades for the second and third-row ensure passengers are comfortable at all times of day, while the heated front seats soothe weary muscles and cold bodies. An automatically dimming rearview mirror, front and rear parking sensors, and blind-spot monitoring help drivers stay safe.
A Premium Package is optional for the EX trim and adds a full suite of even more helpful features. From upgraded shock absorbers for a smoother ride to a sunroof, the Premium package has a lot to offer. The rear seats power fold at the touch of a button and USB charge ports are available in all three rows. Driver seat memory functions are added, as well as a 110V power outlet. Additional safety technology includes adaptive cruise control, which ensures drivers never follow too closely, a forward collision alert that can also detect pedestrians, a lane departure warning, and automatic emergency braking for forward-collision mitigation.
The top trim package is the SX, which manages to add even more luxury to the EX Premium features. Not only do SX drivers enjoy rear privacy glass, but a sound-reducing windshield, as well. The front seats are heated and ventilated on this trim, and the second-row seats are heated. Two 110V power outlets are available in the front and cargo area. LED fog lights and headlamps improve visibility at all hours and in all weather, too. The eight-inch touchscreen voice-controlled infotainment system is accompanied by a surround-view camera, navigation, and a premium Harman Kardon surround-sound audio system. Drivers of the EX and SX packages can also choose to add a rear entertainment system to keep fidgety passengers occupied during long trips.
Why Kia Sedona?
From a full host of well-engineered safety features, to design that keeps all passengers comfortable no matter how long the drive is, the 2020 Kia Sedona promises drivers confidence and versatility. Regardless of the chosen trim, drivers will have access to plenty of features that make sense for their lifestyle. If you need space, power, and style, then the 2020 Kia Sedona is the right choice for you.