2003 Kia Sedona

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2003 Kia Sedona Review
Safety and standard features add up to a great value.

By Mitch McCullough, NCTD Editor-in-Chief


2003 Kia Sedona Review Overview

Kia Sedona offers an exceptionally good value for a big family that doesn't want to break the budget on a minivan. The Kia Sedona is bigger than a Dodge Caravan and comes loaded with popular features, even more for 2003. Yet the Sedona costs thousands less than popular minivans.

Though relatively inexpensive, the Sedona is among the few minivans that have earned the Federal government's top five-star crash rating for both driver and front-seat passenger, in both front and side-impact tests. That's an important consideration in a family taxi.

Model Lineup

Kia Sedona is available in two trim levels, LX ($19,620) and EX ($21,835). Kia says Sedona prices are more than $4500 less than comparably equipped domestic and Japanese brands.

Both models are powered by a big 3.5-liter V6 engine mated to a five-speed automatic transmission. They provide seven-passenger seating and come standard with sliding doors on both sides.

LX is equipped well, even without options. Standard equipment includes front and rear air conditioning, power mirrors, power front windows, cruise control, an overhead console with storage, rear window defroster and wiper/washer, interior lighting, three power outlets, eight-way manually adjustable driver's seat, a tilt steering column, even floor mats. New for 2003 is a standard six-speaker AM/FM/CD stereo.

EX adds remote keyless entry, chrome exterior trim, fog lights, woodgrain interior trim, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a luggage rack, heated mirrors, power rear quarter windows, power seats for driver and passenger, second-row captain's chairs in place of the standard two-seat bench, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a folding table, a trip computer, alloy wheels, and an AM/FM/CD/cassette stereo with eight speakers.

The short list of options includes anti-lock brakes (ABS) for $595, a roof rack for the LX ($175), and a trailer hitch ($350). A Leather Package ($850) and power sunroof ($575) are available only on the EX.

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2003 Kia Sedona
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Overall Rating 5 Out of 5 Carz

Comfort 5 Out of 5 Carz

Value 5 Out of 5 Carz

Reliability 5 Out of 5 Carz

i bought the ex brand new in 2003.i have 5 kids at the time i had twins age 3 and a 7 year old who rode in rear and a 2 year old and a 1 year old in the middle captain chairs.the car seats fit nice and snugly.and i was able to get the kids in and out with ease.i didnt pay the god awful price they asked for other like vans and i still have had no mechanical issue other than oil changes and i put new front brakes on this year(2008) theyt said my rear brakes have at least 2 more years left.the fron brakes were only 230.00 for the highest quality on the market.we lived in denver and took it in the mountains it climbs like a champ.and it dont over heat on the down hill like some vans can.the trim is great and none has fallen off.the comfort level is fantstic.when family and friends come over and we leave together everyone wants to take the roomy van.seats come out great.i have loaded 40 bags of top soil and even 20 bags of mulch no problems with the shocks.buy one you wont regret it. schelle

posted by schelle | on Nov 09 2008