Families on the lookout for a great looking minivan should consider the 2014 Kia Sedona, especially since it has just landed a 5-star overall safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s -NHTSA.
The minivan took top marks in the front and side impact tests, while picking up 4 stars in the roll-over test.
The great performance in the safety tests serves as a nice addition to the comfort and convenience already delivered by the Sedona.
2014 Sedona Safety Features
It’s easy to understand why Kia’s large minivan performed so well when you take a look at the standard safety features it comes with.
There are all kinds of airbags to be found, including curtain bags, front-seat mounted side air bags, as well as the standard bags found in front.
The Sedona also comes with anti-lock braking -ABS, active front headrests, and electronic brake force distribution -EBD, which measure the load and weigh of the car before applying the necessary braking force.
The EBD system is truly adaptive, as it takes wheel grip conditions into account in order to improve stability and control.
Other safety features found in the Sedona include a tire pressure monitoring system -TPMS, electronic stability control -ESC and a traction control system -TCS.
The TCS works in tandem with the ABS to deliver improved traction when taking off and accelerating on slippery surfaces. Any type of wheel slip detected by the ABS will result in engine control that adjust torque to suit the conditions.
The TCS is also in place to detect when one or more of the wheels is spinning faster than the speed of the minivan.
It will then apply the brakes as needed. Both systems work together to reduce wheel spin and improve vehicle control for the driver.
The ESC system works with the others to prevent oversteer and understeer situations by applying individual brakes as needed. This is especially effective on slippery roads and in emergency situations.
More Information About Updated Kia Sedona
The 2014 Kia Sedona comes in a pair of different trim levels, LX and EX, using an updated front bumper and grille to deliver a sleeker look than older models.
New additions also include 17-inch multi-spoke wheel that are standard on the EX and optional on the LX, LED positioning lights and standard fog lamps across both trims.
Also included is a rather unique storage compartment that can house all kinds of different electronic devices. The EX comes with leather trimmed seats, automatic climate control, and front seat heaters, all standard.
Under the hood you will find a 3.5-liter V6 engine producing 269 hp and mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission with Sportmatic clutchless shifting.
The 2014 Sedona LX starts at just $25,900 MSRP and comes with a host of standard features, such as air conditioning, SiriusXM Satellite Radio, Bluetooth wireless technology with voice recognition, MP3 connectivity and steering wheel-mounted audio controls.
The 2014 Sedona EX starts at $30,900 MSRP.
Kia Sedona Frontal Crash Test Video
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