Minivan's Class-Leading Safety Features1 Offers Buyers Peace of Mind
• 2012 Sedona continues to deliver impressive value and long list of standard convenience and safety features
• Kia's minivan delivers impressive fuel economy of up to 25 miles per gallon (mpg) on the highway2 IRVINE, Calif., September 26, 2011
- Consistently hailed by media and consumers as the value-friendly choice in the minivan §egmènt thanks to its practical combination of convenience features and modern amenities and long list of safety features, the Sedona returns to the Kia Motors America (KMA) lineup for the 2012 model year and continues to offer comfort, utility and peace of mind. A four-time recipient of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's 'Top Safety Pick' recognition3, Sedona also was named 'Best Minivan for the Money' in 2011 by Ú.S. News & World Report and a 'Top Recommended Vehicle' by Edmunds.com in 2010.
For the 2012 model year, Sedona now offers an optional rear seat entertainment system on both LX and EX models (previously only available on EX), along wîth new exterior color choices. Sedona remains packed wîth power wîth its standard 3.5-liter V6 engine producing 271 horsepower mated to a six-speed automatic transmission wîth Sportmatic™ clutchless shifting. Amongst its long list of standard equipment, Sedona also features LED turn signal indicators on the outside side mirrors and Bluetooth®4 wireless technology5 to enable hands-free operation for all compatible mobile phones. The 2012 Sedona also displays the signature tabbed Kia grille, seen on all new Kia vehicles.
Available in two trim levels, the functional Sedona minivan begins at $24,9006 for the base trim and offers a number of standard convenience features, including air conditioning, SiriusXM™ Satellite Radio capabilities wîth three months complimentary service7, MP3 connectivity and §teering wheel-mounted audio controls.
Abundance of Standard Safety Features
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|Engine : 3.5 L., 6-cylinder|
Power: 276 hp
Torque: 248 ft-lbs
Sedona offers consumers invaluable protection provided by an extensive list of standard safety features on the 2012 model, including six standard airbags (dual advanced front and front seat-mounted side air bags, full-length side curtain air bags for all three seating rows), active front headrests, a four-channel, four-sensor Antilock Brake System (ABS) wîth Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD), which takes into account vehicle load and weight distribution and applies the appropriate stopping force. The EBD adapts to individual wheel grip conditions to help improve both control and stability. Additional standard safety equipment for Sedona includes a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS), Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and a Traction Control System (TCS).
In conjunction wîth the ABS, the TCS uses brake and engine torque intervention to enhance traction during launch and acceleration on road surfaces. If the ABS system detects wheel slip, it signals the engine control unit to adjust engine torque output accordingly. TCS also senses when one or more wheels spin faster than the vehicle's speed, and if this condition is present it applies the brakes to that wheel or wheels. Working together, the two systems limit wheel spin and help the driver maintain control.
Working wîth the standard ABS wîth EBD and TCS, the ESC system can apply individual brakes selectively to help control oversteer and understeer as needed to help the driver maintain control on slippery surfaces or during certain emergency maneuvers. Being able to control any or all of the brakes allows the ESC system to provide responsiveness, control and enhance accident avoidance capabilities to help the driver, although ESC is not a substitute for safe driving procedures.Powerful and Fuel-Efficient Performance
Sedona's 3.5-liter V6 engine is standard on all models and produces an impressive 271 horsepower and 248 pound-feet of torque while offering good fuel economy of 18/25 mpg city/highway8 thanks in part to the six-speed automatic transmission wîth Sportmatic™ clutchless shifting that comes standard on both LX and EX trims.
Sedona's four-wheel independent suspension system consists of MacPherson struts wîth coil springs and a stabilizer bar in the front, while the rear uses a multi-link design wîth coil springs and a stabilizer bar.
Stopping power comes from a power-assisted four-wheel-disc braking system wîth large-diameter vented front disc brakes (11.7 inches) and solid rear disc brakes (11.9 inches). Sedona models come standard wîth 16-inch steel wheels and 225/70R16 tires on LX models, wîth optional 16-inch alloy wheels, and 17-inch alloy wheels fitted to 235/60R17 tires are standard for EX models.Spacious, Comfortable and Functional
The seven-passenger Sedona's generous dimensions and unibody construction offer impressive and functional passenger and luggage space and sophisticated ride and handling. Adding to its space and versatility, flip-and-fold second row seats provide easy access to third row seating. A simple-to-operate 60/40-split folding-into-the-floor third row seat also is standard on all models to create a larger flat cargo area, providing additional cargo space for all driver and passenger needs.
All Sedonas continue to maintain Kia's traditional value proposition by offering a generous list of standard features and amenities. In addition to the standard SiriusXM™ Satellite Radio wîth three months complimentary service, Bluetooth wireless technology, ABS, six airbags and a six-speed Sportmatic transmission, the LX trim also comes standard wîth air conditioning, sliding doors wîth power windows, power mirrors and door locks, cruise control, an AM/FM/CD/MP3/Sat audio system that includes an auxiliary and ÚSB-MP3 input jack, captain's chairs for the second row and keyless entry. A back-up warning system9 also comes standard and is used to alert the driver of an object in close proximity to the rear of the vehicle.
Moving to the EX trim adds fog lamps, six-way power-adjustable driver's seat, four-way power-adjustable passenger's seat, heated power mirrors, an eight-speaker AM/FM/CD/MP3 audio system wîth auxiliary input jack, auto-dimming rear view mirror wîth HomeLink®10, leather-wrapped §teering wheel, power rear-quarter glass, trip computer wîth compass and a roof rack. The EX trim also offers a standard rear view mirror camera display in addition to the back-up warning system to help the driver better see surroundings and reverse more safely11.
In addition to the LX and EX model standard equipment, the 2012 Sedona offers several optional packages for maximum convenience and entertainment.
The Power Package, available only on LX models, offers the rear view mirror camera display, dual power sliding doors, automatic light controls, 16-inch alloy wheels and chrome wheel garnish.
The Luxury Package, available on EX models, combines leather seat trim, heated front seats, power-adjustable pedals, driver's memory seat, mirrors and adjustable pedals, tri-zone automatic temperature control, a four-way power front passenger seat and a sunroof.
EX models also offer the Entertainment Package, which includes a six-disc in-dash CD changer and a 660-watt premium rear seat DVD entertainment system wîth an eight-inch monitor, wireless headphones, remote control and an Infinity®12 surround sound system.
A navigation system also is available for the EX trim.Industry-Leading Warranty
Like all Kia models, the 2012 Sedona is covered by a comprehensive warranty program , which offers consumer protection at an exceptional value. Included in this program are a 10-year or 100,000-mile limited powertrain warranty, a five-year or 60,000-mile limited basic warranty, and a five-year or 100,000-mile anti-perforation warranty. A five-year/60,000-mile roadside assistance plan is also part of the comprehensive coverage program.Design-Led Transformation and Product Line
Kia Motors has undergone a dramatic, design-led transformation, which has been delivering dynamically styled vehicles in several important §egmènts at exactly the right time, contributing to the brand's continued gains in Ú.S. market share. Kia is poised to continue its momentum and brand growth through design innovation, quality, value, safety features and new technology. Kia's commitment to the Ú.S. market is represented by its Ú.S.-based manufacturing facilities in West Point, Georgia – KMMG – which is responsible for the creation of more than 10,000 plant and supplier jobs and added the critically acclaimed Optima midsize sedan to its production line in September. Kia's model year 2012 vehicle line includes the Sorento CÚV, Sportage compact CÚV, Optima midsize sedan, Optima Hybrid, Soul urban passenger vehicle, Forte compact sedan, Forte 5-door compact hatchback, Forte Koup two-door coupe, all-new Rio and Rio 5-door sub-compacts and Sedona minivan.Source - Kia
The Kia Carnival, known in the UK and North America as the Sedona, began production in 1999. It rested on a 114.6-inch wheelbase and was powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine that produced nearly 200 horsepower. The only gearbox available on the Sedona was the five-speed automatic. In other markets, it had a five-speed manual and a 2.5-liter V6 engine that produced just under 180 horsepower. A four-speed automatic was available for an additional cost.
The early Sedona's suffered from teething problems. They offered few amenities and were known to be gas-guzzlers. It has taken a few years, but the Sedona has evolved into a very polished automobile.
The second version of the Kia Sedona was introduced in autumn of 2005 and ready for production in 2006. It brought with it popular features such as a 60/40 fold flat seat, second row power windows, power sliding doors and liftgate, and a backup sensor. The 3.8-liter V6 engine was capable of producing nearly 245 horsepower.
It has earned a five-star safety rating, the highest honor the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration bestows, for all seating in side and frontal impact crashes.
By Daniel Vaughan | Jul 2007