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    2002 Kia Sedona - EX

    Pros: sunroof

    Cons: The interior lights need to stay on longer until you insert the key in the ignition.

    Advice: Buy it you would definitely get your money worth and then some.

    This is the best vehicle I've ever owned. It drives smoothly and quietly. There is a lot of storage space. I love my sunroof, cd/cassette player and most of all the sound. This vehicle has a sound system that you would never imagine coming from a minivan. The price was great compared to others I had seen. I thank the Kia Company for this vehicle a job well done.

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    2002 Kia Sedona - EX

    Pros: Roominess 7 passengers.

    Cons: Lack of options

    Advice: Check it out before makeing an oppinion!

    I found this vehicle to be roomy, very comfortable, smooth, quiet, and it seemed to have plenty of power,I rate it to be excellant! And I would say it is priced right!

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    2002 Honda Odyssey - EX

    Pros: Engine and Powertrain Upgrade

    Cons: Low end speaker sound AM/FM/CD stereo system

    Advice: Try to get a better price by dealing with the fleet or internet manager

    Some minor rattling from both sliding doors. Quieter engine, definitely more horsepower and pickup from stop due to 5-speed Auto tranny. A major improvement! Tires are wider and lower aspect ration for performance. Wheels are forged differently to prevent rim scuffing. Now with 4-wheel disc brakes! Minor cosmetic changes. Honda emblems may be too large. Overall, Honda, has done an outstanding job!

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    2002 Kia Sedona - EX

    Pros: price

    Cons: wheel covers

    Advice: watch out for overpriced 'dealer fees' ie mudguards, enviromental pkg

    The test drive was good. The van has good pick-up and handling. The ride was comfortable, even on the poorly maintained roads around the dealership. There is an unusual amount of storage bins. No loud road noise was noticed, the radio was difficult to operate. There is not much room cargo room in the rear with the third row seats in place but the seat is easily removed. A good choice for the money when compared to other minivans

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    2002 Kia Sedona - EX

    Pros: Comfort of interior layout

    Cons: The van is narrow compared to others; golf clubs are tight fit

    Advice: Be wary of dealer pricing. Check tire pressure. Skip ABS.

    This van runs so quietly, it is difficult to believe it is a Kia. Great pick-up, excellent ride, attractive interior. Leather upholstery is tastefully done. Kia engineers appear to have picked out all the good elements from the competition, improved on them, and then lowered the price. Initial ride was too harsh until I lowered the tire pressure from 45 pounds to 35 pounds. Ride improved immensely. Every door and compartment closes with a Lexus quality thunk. Even the radio appears to be good. I purchased for about $1000 under MSRP, but some dealers are increasing price by $1495 for something they call 'market value adjustment'.

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    2002 Toyota Sienna - LE

    Pros: The seating and road handling.

    Cons: The dealer and Toyota's lack of response in resolving simple problems.

    Advice: Make sure the vehicle is 100% before you buy it. Find a good dealer and document any problems, don't be rushed. Check for damaged interior plastic parts.

    This van drives great. Like a car. It's fun to drive and offers most of the comforts of a car.

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    2002 Kia Sedona - EX

    Pros: Quiet ride and engine performance (acceleration/hill climbing etc.)

    Cons: Though the rear seat is comfortable I wish it had the hide-away feature that Mazda MPV and Honda Odyssey have.

    Advice: Due to supply and demand most dealers are asking MSRP, beware those asking even more.

    Earlier this year we purchased a Hyndai Santa Fe, which we are very happy with. That experience made us willing to look at another Korean manufacturer. The Sedona EX is very nicely equipped, with almost every option already included. One thing that stood out during our test drive was how exceptionally quiet the vehicle is. The 3.5 liter V6 performs nicely on steep grades (important here in Colorado), and is one of the factors that influenced us to select the Sedona over the Mazda MPV (2.5 liter engine). Gas mileage is not its strongest point though, as it appears poorer than other 3.5s on the market, such as the Honda Odyssey. The 10 year 100,000 mile powertrain warranty is a definite selling point. The driver sets high relative to the dash, and has a good view and sense of the location of the front end when parking and maneuvering (not the case in many minivans). The shift lever for the 5-speed automatic is located on the dash/console. We found it convenient yet out of the way. It provides a comfortable, yet stick shift-like control of the transmission. One unusual feature was the number of storage compartments, in addition to the glove compartment. I think I remember at least three. Regarding seating, the fully adjustable 8-way driver's seat and 4-way front passenger's seats are very comfortable. Middle and rear passengers' seats are also comfortable for adults. The only thing I'd change would be to have the hide-away rear seating configuration that MPV and Odyssey have. The two places I rated the Sedona less than 100 were quality and appearance. That is not due to identified flaws, just it is difficult to rate quality without including durability, which we don't know yet. Regarding appearance it is nice, but to me does not stand out anymore than most minivans. After all folks, it is a minivan. ;-) Though dealers (including the Autobytel referral) are asking MSRP due to limited supply, the Sedona is priced very competitively, far less than its Honda and Toyota counterparts. At this point we have not purchased yet, but believe the Sedona may currently be the best value in a minivan.