2009 Kia Sedona

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$21,245-$27,745
$20,430-$25,710
16 CITY / 23 HWY
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Overview

What Changed for 2009:
  • Minor changes for the 2009 model year
  • Navigation available on EX models
  • Satellite radio optional on all Sedona models
  • New upgraded carpet in all models
Overview
The Kia Sedona minivan was redesigned in 2006. For 2007, a short-wheelbase (SWB) version joined the lineup, making Kia one of the few automakers to offer both short- and long-wheelbase (LWB) versions of its minivans. For 2009, the automaker has left the Sedona relatively unchanged. Navigation and satellite radio are new options, and all models receive upgraded carpeting.

All 2009 Kia Sedonas are covered by a 5-year/60,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty with 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain coverage.

Model Lineup
While the LWB Kia Sedona is sold in both LX and EX trims for 2009, the SWB has only one trim level, which is similar in content to the lower-level LX LWB and includes power windows, mirrors, and locks; tri-zone air conditioning; 8-speaker AM/FM/CD stereo; cruise control; and keyless entry. The EX LWB gets fog lights; upgraded stereo with 8 speakers and MP3 capability; power-adjustable front seats; leather-wrapped steering wheel; and a roof rack. New for 2009, Kia is offering in-dash navigation on the EX models, and satellite radio on all trim levels.

SWB Sedona models as well as the LX LWB get 16-inch steel wheels, while the EX LWB flashes 17-inch alloy wheels. Option packages add features such as power-operated sliding doors, power-adjustable pedals and a back-up warning system to the EX LWB.

Powertrain
Both SWB and LWB versions of the 2009 Kia Sedona are powered by a 250-hp, 3.8-liter V-6 engine that drives the front wheels through an electronic 5-speed automatic transmission with Sportmatic. The 2009 EPA fuel-economy estimates for the Sedona are 16 mpg city/23 mpg highway.

Safety
Standard safety equipment on the 2009 Kia Sedona includes front air bags; front-seat side air bags; full-length side curtain air bags covering all three rows; anti-lock brakes; electronic stability control; and active front headrests.

According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the 2006-2008 Sedona minivan gets a \"Good\" rating in both frontal-offset and side-impact crash tests (the 2009 model, a carryover, should perform identically). The 2009 Kia Sedona earned 5-star ratings (the agency's highest) in frontal- and side-impact testing by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

Technology
While the Kia Sedona may not be a rolling showcase of technical innovation, the van does offer multiple seating configurations. Both the SWB Sedona, which is about a foot shorter, and the LWB versions come with 7 seats, including flip-and-fold second-row seats. The third-row seats fold into the floor on LWB Sedona models, while that row splits, folds and can be removed in SWB models. The seats are shifted slightly forward in the SWB model, decreasing second-row leg room by about 4 inches. There is 12.9 cubic feet of storage space behind the third-row seat of the SWB model, compared to 32.2 for the LWB model. Also, a rear-seat DVD player with a 9-inch monitor and two headsets is an option on LWB models.

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