The Kia Sedona minivan had been on sale for four years in other parts of the world before it was first offered in the United States in 2002. The lowest priced minivan you could buy in this country, Sedona, like all models from Kia provided a wealth of content for the money.
Additionally, the model has consistently boasted a five-star safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in addition to one of the longest powertrain warranties out there at 10 years or 100,000 miles.
For a family on a budget, this often meant the difference between buying a brand new minivan with a warranty, or getting an older one and going repairs alone as the need surfaced. And while early versions of Kia’s Sedona did give up ground in key areas of content to the more expensive models from Chrysler, Ford, Honda, Nissan, and Toyota, (namely side airbags, traction control and foldaway rear seats) it nonetheless represented an outstanding bargain.
Thus, the first generation Kia Sedona went on to become the brand’s top selling model the year it debuted in the U.S. Since then, there have been two generations of Kia’s minivan offered to date.