Versatile, family-friendly, and modern can all be used to describe the 2018 Kia Sedona and Toyota Sienna, two popular minivans that rival each other in looks, performance, comfort, and technology. Which one is the better one for your family? That mostly depends on your needs for safety and comfort, since the vans are relatively similar in other areas. One area where the Sedona takes the lead is safety, which isn’t too surprising since Kia consistently makes safety its priority with its vehicles. Each of its five trim levels includes hill start assistance, traction and stability control systems, advanced braking assistance, and cornering brake control, helping it earn the IIHS Top Safety Pick award. Meanwhile, the Sienna takes the prize in the comfort department. Flexible seating for up to eight is available in both vans, and the Sienna includes reclining middle seats and an optional fold-down seat in the middle row for extra space. Drivers and passengers can enjoy a quieter cabin, too, as all trims include a laminated windshield for noise cancellation and side-window acoustic glass. The Sienna also pulls slightly ahead in economics, with a fuel range of up to 19 mpg city and 27 mpg highway, compared to the Sedona’s 18 mpg city and 24 mpg highway.
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