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Kelley Blue Book ® - 2002 Kia Sedona Overview

Vehicle Overview from Kelley Blue Book

KBB.com 2002 Kia Sedona Overview

Mission to "Wow"
About two years ago, Kia showed its dealers a concept for an all-new minivan. It was powered by a four-cylinder engine and had a somewhat basic interior. Rather than move forward, Kia's engineers and product planners decided to take their time, look at what was missing from the minivan market and create something that would have both the press and the public saying, "Wow." With the introduction of the Kia Sedona, the public and the press will no doubt be saying, "Mission accomplished."

The Sedona is available in two trim levels, LX and EX. Both models include a long list of impressive standard features including a class-leading 195-horsepower V6 engine that's as smooth and quiet as anything we've driven from the Sedona's rivals. When teamed to the five-speed electronic transmission—a feature you won't find in any other minivan, foreign or domestic—the Sedona achieves an EPA rating of 15 mpg city/20 mpg highway—oh, and it runs on regular unleaded, not premium like some V6's. On the road, the Sedona feels solid and secure with excellent steering response, firm brakes and good visibility all around.

Accessing the Sedona's roomy interior is a breeze, thanks to the dual-sliding side doors. Once inside, you may find yourself wondering if this is a minivan or a luxury car. LX models—which start at a remarkable $18,995—include rear privacy glass, dual power mirrors, front and rear air conditioning, power front windows, power door locks, cruise control, tilt-wheel, third-row split-bench seat, 8-way manually-adjustable driver's seat and an AM/FM stereo with cassette and 6-speakers. The EX trim adds even more luxuries including power rear-vent windows, 8-way power driver's seat with power lumbar support, 4-way power passenger seat, automatic light control and a combination cup holder and tray table that folds flush against the passenger-side front seat. Even when all the option boxes are checked, including leather seats, sunroof and ABS, a fully loaded EX remains below $25,000. One item missing from the options list is a video entertainment system, though Kia tells us they are working on that.

Of course, safety tends to be a major issue among those who buy minivans, so the Sedona has been equipped with dual-front airbags, side-door impact beams and front-seat seatbelt pretensioners with force limiters. Sadly, there is no option for a side-curtain airbag, which would nicely round out the safety features. Still, when you consider the high content level, excellent fit and finish and the standard 10-year/100,000 mile engine/drivetrain warranty (5-year/60,000 bumper-to-bumper) you won't want to overlook Kia's new minivan.

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