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Capable, comfortable, and impressive.

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If you need more from your daily driver, a modern minivan delivers your family in style while maintaining your curb credibility. The third generation 2021 Kia Sedona is an eight-seater minivan with refined road manners, classy interior touches, and plenty of power to match.

Count on everything you'd want from a minivan to be in the 2021 Sedona, along with the family-minded conveniences that make journeys a breeze. Dual power sliding rear doors and a slide-and-stow, second row mean your passengers can jump in and out with ease. The interior cabin space of this 16.7 ft long vehicle is a pleasingly plush, upscale zone suitable for eight adults or little ones to get cozy in. No matter who you take along for the ride, the 2021 Kia Sedona has room for your crew.

While we currently do not have many 2021 Kia Sedonas on our lots, we look forward to selling more in the future. If you love the 2021 model, you should also consider prior model years of the Kia Sedona with similar features.

Here's what you'll learn in this 2021 Kia Sedona review:

Key Specs & Features

MPG

  • The 2021 Kia Sedona has a 3.3L V6 engine with automatic transmission, delivering an EPA-estimated 22 mpg combined.1

Cargo Space

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  • 33.9 cu-ft of cargo volume behind third-row seats
  • 78.4 cu-ft of cargo volume behind second-row seats
  • 142.0 cu-ft of cargo volume behind front row seats

Towing Capacity

  • All 2021 Kia Sedonas have an estimated towing capacity of 3,500 lbs. with the 3.3L engine, when properly equipped.2

Seating capacity

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  • Seats eight passengers
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Engine Options

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  • 3.3L six-cylinder gasoline engine, generating an output of 276 horsepower and 248 lb-ft of torque (all trims)

Tech Features

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  • Android Auto, Apple CarPlay®, and Siri® Eyes Free
  • Hill-start assist control
  • Rapid-charge USB ports (EX, SX trims)
  • Surround-view monitor (SX trim)
  • Bluetooth® wireless hands-free connectivity

Rankings

The Kia Sedona has a strong sales history at CarMax. It has been featured in these ranking lists:

5 Reasons to Buy

1. Family Comforts with a Ton of Conveniences

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If you want a minivan that works hard, the 2021 Kia Sedona has got you covered. Cargo storage is plentiful, with 78.4 cu-ft of cargo volume behind the second row. Settling in for a longer journey? The Sedona features rear privacy glass, front and rear door bottle holders, 12 cup holders, smartphone connectivity, and an easy-to-navigate entertainment system.

2. EX Premium Option Package

The EX Premium package is a smartly thought-out upgrade that's available for the mid EX trim and standard for the top of range SX trim. While not a whole trim class in itself, you get a good mix of luxury, tech, and driver-assistance aids. If you're after a sunroof, hands-free liftgate, driver memory settings, adaptive cruise control, and much more, it's worth looking for a Sedona with this package.

3. Driver-Minded Tech

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Plentiful driver-assist features on the 2021 Sedona keep you firmly in control of every journey. On the EX trim, you'll find front and rear parking sensors and blind-spot monitoring. The top of range SX trim has built-in navigation and a 360-degree overhead camera, for those close parking spots you might find yourself in at the mall.

4. Everyone's Entertained

It's nice to know you can slide into the 2021 Kia Sedona and find the latest entertainment and sound systems for your family to enjoy. All trims have smartphone connectivity, Bluetooth capability, USB ports, and an intuitive touchscreen display. Driving around with movie fans in the back rows? An available option (EX and SX trims) is Kia's rear-seat entertainment system: twin 10.1-inch display screens that come with wireless headphones and a remote control.

5. A Capable Powertrain

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Your sensible family minivan actually has as much acceleration oomph as some sporty two-door coupes! Under the hood of the 2021 Kia Sedona is a 3.3L V6 engine, driving power to the front wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission. If you're regularly hauling family, friends, equipment, and groceries, the Kia Sedona has the power to back you up on both rugged mountain roads and city streets.


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What You Need to Know

Available Trims

LX: Includes 17-inch alloy wheels, proximity keyless entry, automatic headlights, rear privacy glass, cloth upholstery, power-adjustable driver's seat, seven-inch touchscreen, six-speaker audio system, USB port, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, rearview camera, and more.

EX: Adds 18-inch wheels, roof rails, keyless entry and ignition, remote-open sliding rear doors, leather upholstery, heated front seats, two further USB ports, wireless charging pad, front and rear parking sensors, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and more, including access to the EX premium add-on package, and an optional rear-seat entertainment system.

SX: Adds EX premium package, LED headlights, high beam assist, power sunroof, a noise-reducing windshield, heated steering wheel, ventilated front seats, eight-inch touchscreen, voice recognition, navigation system, eight-speaker Harmon Kardon® audio system, 360-degree camera system, forward collision warning, and more.

Available Colors

  • Aurora Black (available upgrade)
  • Celestial Blue
  • Panthera Metal
  • Silky Silver
  • Snow White Pearl (available upgrade)

Interior

  • Seating for eight passengers
  • 33.9 cu-ft of cargo storage behind the third row
  • 78.4 cu-ft of cargo volume behind the second row
  • 12 cup holders
  • Slide and stow second-row seat function

Average CarMax Prices

The 2021 Kia Sedona is a newer model year and we currently have a limited number in our inventory. See below for average CarMax prices for previous model years of the Kia Sedona.3

  • 2012 — Average pricing less than $11,5003
  • 2013 — N/A3
  • 2014 — Average pricing less than $14,0003
  • 2015 — Average pricing less than $16,5003
  • 2016 — Average pricing less than $18,5003
  • 2017 — Average pricing less than $19,0003
  • 2018 — Average pricing less than $23,5003
  • 2019 — Average pricing less than $24,0003
  • 2020 — Average pricing less than $26,0003

Similar Model Years

If you like the 2021 Kia Sedona, check out some previous model years of this vehicle with similar features.

Safety

The 2021 Kia Sedona has been rated overall 5/5 by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Certain vehicles may have unrepaired safety recalls. Click here to look up a specific vehicle.

Similar Vehicles

If you're interested in the 2021 Kia Sedona you should also check out these similar vehicles from previous model years.

Honda Odyssey

The Honda Odyssey glides out of driveways thanks to some streamlined handling and an insulated cabin. All 2017–2019 Honda Odysseys are powered by a 3.5L V6 engine delivering power to the front wheels via a six-speed automatic transmission (2017) or a choice of a nine- or ten-speed automatic transmission (2018–2019 models). Interior space for passengers and cargo is also generous, seating seven in its base LX trim and eight in all other trims. The 2018–2019 Odyssey also benefits from 38.6 cu-ft of cargo storage behind the third row. Other standard features of the 2018–2019 Honda Odyssey include:

  • Automatic climate control
  • USB charging port
  • Rearview camera
  • Traction control
  • Passenger airbag occupant sensing deactivation

Chrysler Pacifica

The upscale Chrysler Pacifica is the all-wheel drive animal that's as comfortable carting your loved ones as it is hauling camping and sporting equipment, thanks to a generous 140.5 cu-ft of total cargo space. As a replacement to the Town & Country model, the first-generation Pacifica (2017–2019) is well equipped at base trim level, with plenty of option packages and six trim levels (2018–2019). Seating seven as standard (with an optional eight-seat configuration), the 2017–2019 Pacifica has a 3.6L V6 engine, delivering an EPA-estimated 22 mpg combined.1

The 2017–2019 Chrysler Pacifica LX trim includes:

  • LED daytime running lights
  • Six-speaker audio system
  • Traction and stability control
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto (from 2018)
  • Emergency braking assist

Toyota Sienna

Part of its third generation, the 2017–2019 Toyota Sienna is a practical choice for a family minivan. It features 39.1 cu-ft of dedicated cargo storage and a robust 3.5L six-cylinder engine pumping out 296 horsepower and 263 lb-ft of torque through an eight-speed shiftable automatic transmission. The really smart thing about the 2017–2019 Sienna is the choice of front-wheel or all-wheel drive, five trim levels, and the availability of nifty features that give a high end, tailor made feel to an already impressive minivan.

Features of the 2018–2019 Toyota Sienna base L trim include:

  • Forward-collision warning with pedestrian detection
  • Five USB ports
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Tri-zone automatic climate control
  • Rearview camera

The Bottom Line

For everyday jaunts and weekend adventures with the whole family, the Kia Sedona has the class and confidence to make every drive enjoyable. Thanks to some courteous road manners and its abundant interior comforts, this thoughtfully designed minivan caters to one and all. Your passengers may never want to leave.

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1Fuel economy figures are based on EPA estimates for when vehicle sold as new. Fuel economy may vary for reasons like driving conditions and vehicle history. Unless specified, figures are for vehicles equipped with an automatic transmission. See fueleconomy.gov.
2Various factors may impact towing capacity, including weight of passengers, cargo, and options/accessories.
3Based on prices on carmax.com in January 2, 2019 through June 4 2020. Actual prices may vary based on your selected model year, features, and trim packages. Prices do not include taxes, tags, titles, and any applicable fees.
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