2020 vs 2021: What's the Difference?
When transitioning the Sedona from 2020 to 2021, Kia decided to keep most things the same. One thing of note is that the L trim, which was the base model offered in 2020, is no longer available. That leaves three trims for the 2021 model year, starting with the LX. Additionally, the bright red exterior paint color that was previously available has been taken off the production line.
What Do the Various Trim Levels Offer?
The three trims of the 2021 Sedona are the LX, EX, and SX. From a performance standpoint, the three trims are the same, as they all use V6 engines.
There are significant differences when it comes to safety. While the LX has standard components like crumple zones, anti-lock brakes, and traction control, it lacks the driver-assist systems seen in the other trims. The EX has blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic warning, and a parking distance alert program; many other driver-assist technologies are options at this level. These advanced systems are standard on the X, and they include frontal collision warning and emergency braking and lane departure warning. The SX's adaptive cruise control system lets the minivan adjust its speed on the highway if the vehicle in front of it has changed how fast it's traveling.
More differences between the trims are evident when examining the outside of the Kia Sedona. The LX and EX both have body-color door handles while the SX is upgraded with chrome ones. The SX has a power sunroof and a "smart" liftgate that can open when someone stands behinds it with the smart key in close proximity. Plus, the SX is the only trim with LED front fog lights and taillights. For convenience, both the EX and SX have sliding doors that can be easily opened by simply pushing a button.
As part of their technology packages, the EX has the addition of SiriusXM and the SX has integrated navigation. The SX has a premium sound system to enhance its audio quality, and it comes with heated and ventilated front seats. For comfort, the EX has heated front seats, and its seats are trimmed in leather. In the LX, there are tricot fabric seats.
Which Trim is Right for Me?
Cost is going to be a factor when it comes to selecting a Sedona. It's important to keep in mind that the LX has a starting price of about $30,000 whereas the SX tops things off with a starting price of $41,500. This is a fairly significant difference. While the SX can impress potential buyers with its advanced technology, comprehensive safety package, and high-end interior, it will likely only appeal to those with bigger budgets.
When choosing between the LX and EX, the EX seems like it could be the better deal. Its smart key and push-button start are very convenient to use, and its cabin feels upscale with leather upholstery. Since the EX has more safety components built into it than the LX has, it may be able to attract more attention the base model.
What Kind of Technology Does it Have?
Technology has become such a major part of everyday life. In recognition of that, Kia has integrated many high-tech systems into the 2021 Sedona. Wireless charging is part of the top two trims, as is a pair of 2.1-amp USB charger ports.
Bluetooth is featured on every Kia Sedona. This makes it easier for a driver to keep his/her hands on the wheel while making phone calls. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are both standard, and the base model has a seven-inch touchscreen. On the mid-level EX trim, there's also a seven-inch touchscreen, but the difference is that it supports SiriusXM Radio. On the SX, the touchscreen is upgraded to an eight-inch version, and it has navigation and SiriusXM Traffic.
How Does It Perform?
Under the hood of the Kia Sedona, there's a V6 engine. It has a displacement of 3.3 liters, and it gives the minivan the ability to tow up to 3,500 pounds. This is a pretty respectable amount, especially considering that some people might think of the Sedona as more of a family-friendly vehicle than a model that's ready to haul heavy loads.
This Kia has 276 horsepower and nearly 250 pound-feet of torque. It's used in conjunction with an electronically controlled eight-speed transmission. The transmission has a Sportmatic function so that a driver can manually shift, if he/she prefers being in greater control. Only front-wheel drive is available.
Is It Safe and Reliable?
The Sedona can be considered a very reliable vehicle. Kia has built a reputation for manufacturing vehicles that can be counted on for years.
Though they're not standard, many driver-assist technologies can be incorporated into the Sedona's safety package. These include warning and mitigation systems that work to prevent frontal collisions. Sensors can detect the presence of vehicles and pedestrians in the Kia's path. There's a driver attention warning system that sends out an alert when it seems someone's attention is fading. All of these elements are part of the SX's collection of safety features, which also includes a surround view monitor.
Unfortunately, these systems are not available on the Sedona LX. On the EX, there are a few sensors to help the driver stay aware of vehicles that may be hard to see, and several other technologies are optional.
What's the Interior Like?
The Sedona can either have tricot fabric or leather seats. Power-adjustable front seats are standard, and heated and ventilated front seats are available. Every Sedona has Slid-n-Stow seats in the middle row. This means that these seats can be folded up and slid forward to create more room in the cargo area. The standard seating configuration lets the minivan accommodate eight people, with the middle seat in the middle row being removable.
What are the Alternatives to this Model?
Other minivans that may be similar to the Kia Sedona are the Toyota Sienna, Chrysler Pacifica, and Honda Odyssey.
Note: All Kia Sedona lease prices and dollar figures above are approximate amounts. Prices are subject to change without notice.