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UPDATED: Sep 3, 2019

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The 2011 Kia Sedona minivan is among the top of minivans when it comes to reviews. The auto press reports that the Kia Sedona is a good value due to its long warranty and extensive standard features.

Equipped with a V6 engine the Sedona is more powerful than many of its competitors and has a very affordable base price of $24,595, which makes it more than $5,000 less expensive than the priciest minivan on the road, the Chrysler Town and Country. It also beats out the Honda Odyssey by over $3,000.

Learn more about auto insurance rates for the Kia Sedona by reading on or enter your zip code above to compare auto insurance quotes online!

Kia Sedona Auto Insurance Rates

Edmunds projects that Kia Sedona owners’ auto insurance premiums will average $1,690 annually or $141 a month. This cost of auto insurance is fairly high when compared to those of other minivans.

Mazda 5 owners are projected to pay just $98 a month to insure their minivans, and families who drive the Toyota Sienna will pay around $125 a month, Edmunds reports.

For Dodge Grand Caravan auto insurance, the typical family pays $122 per month, and Honda Odyssey owners pay around $110 per month.

Costs for Kia Sedona Repairs

Edmunds anticipates that owners will not incur any repair costs for their Kia Sedonas until the fifth year of ownership, at which point they can expect a bill of $636. This total is lower than that projected for the Sienna, at $732, or the Honda Odyssey, at $787.

Repair rates for the Dodge Grand Caravan and the Mazda 5 are also higher than the Sedona’s at $848 and $812, respectively.

Maintenance Costs for the 2011 Sedona

Maintaining the Kia Sedona will cost the typical driver $4,025 over five years, reports Edmunds. The first-year maintenance costs are expected to be $370, and they will be around $726 for the second year.

Routine maintenance rates will fall below $500 again during the third year of ownership, and Sedona drivers can expect scheduled maintenance bills of $1,179 during the fourth year they own their vehicles.

During the fifth year of ownership, costs will increase to $1,285.

Although the 2011 Sedona’s repair costs are low compared to its competitors’, its maintenance costs are on the high side. Rates for maintaining the Toyota Sienna are a bit higher than the Sedona’s, at $4,148, but expected routine maintenance costs for the Mazda 5 are only $3,387.

The anticipated costs for the Dodge Grand Caravan are $3,121, and routine maintenance costs for the Honda Odyssey should total just $2,819 over five years.

Fuel Costs for the Kia Sedona

The Kia Sedona doesn’t offer stellar fuel economy, but its numbers are quite respectable for a minivan. It gets 18 city mpg, which is the same city mileage that the Honda Odyssey offers. It’s also two miles per gallon more than the city fuel efficiency ratings for the Nissan Quest and the Town and Country.

The top-rated minivans in terms of city fuel efficiency are the Mazda 5 and the Toyota Sienna. The Sedona gets 25 mpg highway, a rating that’s second only to the Honda Odyssey’s 27 mpg and the Mazda 5’s 28 mpg.

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Safety Ratings for the Sedona

The Sedona earned the highest possible crash test scores for rear, front, and side-impact crashes from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

However, it hasn’t been tested for its ability to withstand rollovers yet, and it hasn’t been subjected to the federal government’s battery of collision tests, either.

If you’re looking for a vehicle that’s been more thoroughly tested, consider the 2011 Sienna or the Odyssey. Both of these vehicles were named “Top Safety Picks” by the IIHS.

Kia Sedona Safety Features

The Sedona is outfitted with head and side airbags in all three of its rows. It’s also equipped with integrated systems designed to assist the driver, including dynamic stability control, traction control, emergency brake priming, and anti-lock braking.

The minivan also features head restraints in the front passenger’s and driver’s seats, as well as tire pressure monitoring and turn signal mirrors. Additional features for Sedona passengers’ safety include the following:

  • Electronic brakeforce distribution
  • Child seat anchors
  • Fog lights

Warranty for the 2011 Kia Sedona

The Kia Sedona’s warranty is best-in-class. The bumper-to-bumper limited warranty extends for 60 months (five years) or 60,000 miles, while the minivan’s powertrain warranty is good for ten years or 100,000 miles.

By way of comparison, the Honda Odyssey’s powertrain warranty is the same length as the Sedona’s limited warranty, and the Odyssey’s limited warranty only lasts for 36 months (three years) or 36,000 miles.

The warranty for the Toyota Sienna is the same as the Odyssey’s.

Kia Sedona Reliability Ratings

Although the 2011 Sedona is covered by an extensive warranty, its reliability score from J.D. Power and Associates is only 5.0 out of 10. This is the lowest score for any of the eight minivans on the market.

The Mazda 5, Nissan Quest, Dodge Grand Caravan, and Volkswagen Routan all earned 6.0s, and the Sienna and the Chrysler Town and Country earned 7.0s. The Honda Odyssey scored a 9.0.

Kia Sedona Performance and Features

U.S. News calls the Sedona’s handling “nimble,” and Motor Week calls it “competent.” Its 3.5 liter V6 generates 271 horsepower, which is “more than enough” for daily commuting, Edmunds concludes.

While reviewers don’t give the Sedona’s interior high marks for style, they applaud its generous features, which include power doors and locks, cruise control, and keyless entry.

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