Our 2016 Kia Sedona Review

I have never seen myself as the mini van type. To be honest, I really enjoy driving smaller, zippy cars. It’s what I am use to. Though to be fair – there are mini vans, and then there are cool vans with a lot of storage and a long list of really nice features. With that being said, I recently had the opportunity to test drive the 2016 Kia Sedona SXL for an entire week. I’m not saying that I am ready to give up my Grand Prix for a mini van just yet, but this vehicle definitely changed my views on driving one.


We put the 2016 Kia Sedona SXL to the ultimate test, a family camping trip. By family, I mean two adults, one basset hound, and three teenagers. I was shocked at how much stuff we were able to fit in the back of this van.

Our campground is over a five hour drive, so comfort and space are both a real priority. The 2016 Kia Sedona SXL did not disappoint.


The teens list of favorite features:

BLUETOOTH® Wireless Technology
Infinity® Surround Sound Audio System
USB 2.1 Charger Ports
Integrated 2nd- and 3rd-Row Window Sunshades
Cooling Glove Box
DVD Player

The parents list of favorite features:

Airbags, and lot’s of them.
Active Eco System
Voice-Command Navigation with 8″ Touch Screen Display, & SiriusXM® Traffic
Back-Up Warning System
Surround View Monitor
Parking Assist, with Front and Rear Sensors
Lane Departure Warning System
Auto-Dimming Mirror with HomeLink®
50/50 Split-Folding 3rd-Row Seats


The back up camera is out of this world. It displays a view of the vehicle from above as well as a 360° view of everything surrounding the vehicle.

Sporting Kia’s usual good looks and quality, I really enjoyed driving 2016 Kia Sedona SXL. Where it lacks the pick-up and power that I am use to, the van gains in space and comfort. The drivers seat is crazy comfortable. The gas mileage seemed to be pretty good. We averaged around 23 mpg on the highway. The long list of safety and tech features are a win! If we were a larger family with younger children, I could easily see us owning this mini van.

Disclosure: I was delivered a 2016 Kia Sedona SXL to drive for seven days. No monetary compensation has been exchanged. Photos used and the opinions express are honest and my own. I was not asked or influenced in any way to write a positive review by Kia . I am disclosing this information as part of the legal FTC blogger regulations.

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  1. Janet W. says:

    Wow what great features and I love how spacious this vehicle is! Perfect for any family!

  2. This looks way better than the mini van we used to have. That DVD player would have really helped on those long car rides.

  3. I’m in the market for a car, not necessarily a mini-van, but I’ve been looking at Kias, and they’ve sparked my interest because of their low prices!

  4. Liz
    Twitter: yesnofilms

    That back-up camera looks awesome! I bet the van was comfy for your trip, too.

  5. Lisa JOnes says:

    Sounds Like A Great Car & Just The Savings On Gas Alone These Days!! So Many Gadgets & Perks Would Love To Get For My Next Car!!

  6. This looks like a great vehicle! I have heard good things about Kia. I love all of the extras and the backup camera!

  7. Oh, voice controlled navigation? That sounds awesome! It’s not a feature I’ve ever experienced, but it sounds awesome. I love the integrated sun shades in the rear windows too. That’s essential for my kids.

  8. Pam Wattenbarger says:

    My daughter and my son in law have a Kia Soul. I wasn’t sure about Kia before they got their car, but I really like the brand now!

  9. I love my Kia Rondo. I don’t think I could ever have a mini van again, but if I did that would be the one. Amazing space!

  10. Anita Fonte says:

    OMG I didn’t know that you get a USB port. That would save me $$ on buying chargers. I love that feature.

  11. What a great family car. Kia has come a long way. The back up camera and blutooth are so high end. I would love to test drive a Sedona.

  12. The 2016 Kia Sedona SXL looks like the perfect family car especially for vacations. I don’t have children at home anymore but am very involved in animal rescue. I need a larger car for transporting animals and delivering food to shelters. I will keep this car in mind.

  13. I definitely don’t consider myself mini van kind of person, but for travel it would be super nice. We just did a huge road trip and it would have been so much more comfortable to have the extra space for storage (and the dogs!).

  14. I really like this car! I had the chance to try one and I loved all of the smart features! They’re so nice.

  15. thw 2016 Kia Sedona looks like a fantastic ride. I like several of the features. the back up camera for sure and ALL the room for so much STUFF–which we seem to have alot of these days!

  16. What a great vehicle to review, looks like it has a lot of space and I love the looks this Kia Sedona!

  17. The Kia Sedona look huge and very accommodating for a family! Great review!

  18. Oh wow. This Kia Sedona is indeed a great family car! Look at all the stuff you were able to pack in the back. The interior is roomy and love all the hi-tech perks!

  19. Robin Rue says:

    I love how much space there is to this vehicle! With a family with two boys and tons of adventures, I need something like that.

  20. I need a new car. I’ve had a mini-van for 13 years now, but you can’t go wrong with them. This one is cute!

  21. Ron Leyba says:

    This looks and sounds like a truly great ride. Love to try and test it too, soon!

  22. When we went to Disney World a few years back, it was four of us and all our stuff packed into a little Jeep Liberty. When we got back, we realized that we had to have a bigger car for long trips like that. So, I know where you are coming from with the room for long trips. Glad to see you had what you needed.

  23. Bonnie @wemake7 says:

    Oh wow! This looks like the perfect vehicle for our large family. The kids would love being able to watch their movies.

  24. i just got a 2016 kia sorento and i love it. the backup camera has changed my life!

  25. It looks like you had a lot of fun with your rental! I recently got a new car and the updated features are so nice!

  26. Sounds like a great vehicle.. I need a bigger vehicle for my family.. thinking to purchase a SUV soon

  27. Kendall says:

    What an awesome car! I love bigger SUVs they’re so great for everything you need!

  28. vickie couturier says:

    very nice ,i would love to drive one of these