Affordable Vans: 2017 Kia Sedona

2017 Sedona

Families looking for their next affordable auto should strongly consider the 2017 Kia Sedona. Because this auto is a year old already, you will get to take advantage of depreciation while still getting the latest features. To make it even better, the 2017 Sedona was an affordable option even when it was new. This means you can easily stay within your budget and buy this minivan.

Engine and Efficiency

2017 Sedona

Driving the 2017 Kia Sedona puts you in control of a 3.3-liter V6 powertrain. The engine is more than enough to get this minivan moving and let you pass or merge without concern. It works with a 6-speed automatic transmission. Thanks to these mechanics, the Sedona has a soft ride and combined fuel economy of 20 mpg. As you drive, you will appreciate the multilink suspension in the rear and front that dampen most harsh road conditions. Another positive for the Sedona is its ability to tow as much as 3,500 pounds, perfect for family getaways to the lake.

Seating and Cargo

2017 Sedona

Many Sedona configurations give you seating for eight passengers. However, you should have no trouble finding a 2017 model with second-row “first-class” captains’ chairs for added comfort. These seats recline and feature retractable headrests and leg rests. They also move slightly sideways to make it easier to get to the third row. The third row is best left to children since even teenagers with longer legs will wish they had a bit more space back there.

Although the second row will not fold flat, it does collapse forward to enhance cargo space. You will find plenty of storage throughout the Kia Sedona, including dual glove box holders, a deep center console, and multiple storage bins throughout. With all seats occupied, you get 33.9 cubic feet. This goes up to 78.4 cubes by folding down the third row and 142 cubic feet if you fold down both rear rows.


2017 Sedona

Another strong point for the 2017 Kia Sedona is the standard and optional features. All models get at least a 5-inch touchscreen, and higher trims offer a 7- or 8-inch version. You can also find a Sedona with ventilated and heated leather seats, larger wheels, Nappa leather, a surround-view camera system, Apple CarPlay, and dual sunroofs. The Sedona can feature a cooled glove box that is ideal for drinks. You can also get a rear-seat entertainment system, but only on the top model and just with a single screen. However, there are uprated USB chargers, so you can easily keep a pair of tablets in the minivan for entertainment.


The Kia Sedona was one of just two minivans to earn the status of an IIHS Top Safety Pick or higher for the 2017 model year. In terms of safety features, a rearview camera is standard with available surround-view cameras. You also get expected features, like stability control and plenty of airbags. The available safety systems include forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking.

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