I like the car just a little concerned about the battery. The 2 year old car had an aftermarket battery already. According to Kia it requires a "KIA" battery as we found out it left us stranded a few times with a dead battery. Kia replaced with a Kia battery and haven't had an issue in 3 weeks. Other than that the car has been great.
The staff at Edmunds.com tested the current version of the Sedona for a year and raved about it. Their typical comments wondered why more people weren't buying a Sedona over the much more popular Sienna or Odyssey. Frankly, it seemed obvious to me since Kia/Hyundai did not have the best reputation among Asian automakers. But the fact is this company has made huge strides in quality production in the past few years and their cars are now serious contenders. We decided to check out the Sedona after reading the Edmunds blog and talking to friends who own one. After the test drive, we were convinced, too. The Sedona drives like a sports car, with tight steering and a lively suspension. The V6 engine has a surprising amount of kick. Yet on a 2,500 mile round trip vacation this summer we consistently got 25 combined MPG. We love the seating configurations and storage capacity, especially the cargo well in the back that holds the rear seats when they're folded flat. The air conditioning is super-powerful, the brakes are flawless, and the other controls are mostly intuitive and thoughtfully arranged. We would like the front seats to be a bit more comfortable for the long hauls, and some of the controls and interior materials seem to be lacking in quality. But overall we're very pleased about our decision to go with the Sedona. I urge any family in need of a minivan not to pass it up as you make your choice.
We were cramming in 2 kids and a dog into an Outback before this so the extra room for us and all of our outdoor gear is a huge luxury. If you have small kids I highly recommend upgrading to the auto open side doors b'c the doors are a bit heavy for a small child to open. We have also owned a Jeep Commander which is similar in size and this drives way better and has lots more room. The only thing we had to give up was the 4-wheel drive. This is a great family vehicle at a price much cheaper than a Honda or Toyota.