The 2006 Kia Sedona people carrier has successfully passed a series of frontal and side impact crash tests commissioned by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
With its official five-star safety rating, the car, however hideous it is, makes a very strong claim of becoming a family van of choice thanks to its roomy interior with seven full-size seats and numerous comfort features that include a climate control system and a passable stereo with standard (!) 2DIN dimensions that allows to easily swap it to something a bit more premium.
Although its interior won’t stun you with tastefully combined materials and textures, the instruments gauges are easily readable and the controls on the central stack are easy to grasp. The steering wheel, too, doesn’t look particularly sexy, but is thick enough for a comfortable grip and its six buttons (three on the left operate the stereo and three on the right are here for cruise control) are also easy to use.
Of course, there is an extremely cheap feel about the interior and, if you are more into craftsmanship and attention to details, you should probably look for something more upscale (and also more expensive), but, again, the level of ergonomic seems to be quite remarkable: a must for a person who wants to bring his or her family home safe and sound.
Sharing its platform with the European Kia Magentis mid-size sedan, the 2006 Kia Sedona (it is also known as Carnival on other markets) was officially introduced last year both as a short- and a long wheelbase model.
As usual, the second-generation Sedona got a trifle bigger than the first iteration of the model.
Measuring 5130 mm in length, the long wheelbase version of the van is 20 centimeters (almost 8 inches) longer than the 2005 Sedona, which was available only in one size.
The updated car also got 8.5 centimeters wider measuring 19850 mm in width and 10 mm lower (1760 mm against 1770 mm) than the older vehicle.
While headroom for the passengers remains adequate, thanks to lower profile the vehicle’s aerodynamic drag has been slightly reduced.
As the recent test shows, the 2006 Kia Sedona has also got safer.
In its official press release Kia does not elaborate only saying that its ‘commitment to safety’ was established with the very first generation of the Sedona carriers when it first saw the light about four years ago.
Current Kia Sedona / Carnival offers not only passive safety but also such standard safety equipment as six airbags, front active headrests, ESC, ABS with EBD, TCS with brake assist, and a tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS).
Filled with regular gasoline, the car delivers 16 mpg in the city cycle, 23 mpg on the highway and about 18 mpg in the combined cycle. It can go up to 342 miles on its 21-gallon tank.
For a basic price of $22,995 the Korean company offers you a car equipped with a 224hp 3.8-litter 24-valve V6, fold-in-the-floor third row seating, three separate climate zones covering all three rows, etc.
On the North American market, the Sedona competes against such people-carriers as the Ford Freestar, Honda Stream and Dodge Grand Caravan.
2006 Kia Sedona technical specification
Body Type: 5-door van
Layout: front engine + FWD
Engine: 244 hp @ 6000 rpm, 253 lb.-ft. (242 Nm) @ 3500 rpm, 3.8-liter, V6, DOHC
Transmission: 5-Speed electronically controlled Sportmatic, overdrive
Top Speed: N/A
0 – 62 mph: N/A
Fuel Economy EPA city / highway / combined cycle mpg (l/100 km): 16 / 23 / 18 (14.7 / 10.2 / 13.1)
Exterior Dimensions (L/W/H/Wheelbase) (inches): 202.0 / 78.3 / 69.3 / 118.9
Ground clearance (inches): 6.57
Track (frt/rr): 66.3 / 66.3
Curb to curb turning circle (feet): 39.6
Curb Weight: 4387 lbs (4646 lbs with all optional equipment installed)
Coefficient of Drag (Cd): N/A
Seating Capacity: 8 (2/3/3)
Cargo capacity (cu ft): 32.2 / 80.1 / 141.5
Payload (max w/ occupants and cargo): N/A
Towing Capacity (max): N/A
Direct Competitors: Buick Terraza, Dodge Caravan, Mazda MPV, Honda Odyssey