Like the previous model, the 2006 Sedona is available in two trim levels, LX and EX, both of which feature an all-new, more powerful 3.8-liter 24-valve V6 engine, producing class-leading 244 horsepower. The 2006 Sedona’s longer wheelbase and increased length and width contribute to the minivan’s nearly 15-percent improvement in passenger room over the previous Sedona . More attractive exterior and interior styling and additional equipment – like fold-in-the-floor third row seating, six standard airbags and three separate climate zones covering all three rows, and available power remote-operated side doors and rear lift gate – were designed to bolster Sedona’s established position as a safety and value leader in the highly competitive minivan market.
Sedona defies traditional minivan styling with a distinctly European look, including clean, crisp lines, a gradually rearward sloping roof and wheels pushed outboard to the corners creating a more muscular appearance. The modern, eye-catching wheels – 16-inch steel (LX) and 17-inch double-spoke alloy (EX) – tuck snugly into the four corners of Sedona’s tautly chiseled body, while a bold front grille treatment and privacy glass hint at quiet authority. The body-colored front grille incorporates clear-lens halogen projector-type headlamps and matches body-colored bumpers fitted with a step plate in the rear for easier access when needed. The EX trim level adds solar glass in the windshield and front side windows for extra UV protection, auto head lamps, a front grille with chrome bars and integrated fog lights, rear chrome garnish and available back up warning system with sensors embedded in the rear bumper.
Steel unibody construction, side-impact door beams and energy-absorbing bumpers
Six standard airbags, including advanced dual front, front seat-mounted side and full-length side curtain air bags with protection for all three seating rows
Advanced seat belt design
4-wheel disc brakes with ABS and electronic brake force distribution (EBD)
Electronic stability control (ESC), traction control system (TCS) with brake assist
Front active head rests and energy-absorbing steering column
Tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS)
Sedona continues to deliver on Kia’s commitment to provide leading standard safety in its full line of vehicles. A steel unibody construction yields a strong, rigid structure and, along with front and rear energy-absorbing bumpers and side-impact door beams, helps keep the cabin safe and secure.
Sedona employs six standard airbags: dual advanced front, front seat-mounted side and full-length side curtain air bags for all three seating rows. Sensors controlling the dual advanced front supplemental restraints determine the position of the seat for the driver, while passenger-seat weight sensors determine if the front passenger seat is occupied. A central unit decides whether to activate single- or dual-stage airbag deployment depending on passenger weight. Standard front active headrests move up and forward to help mitigate neck injuries to front occupants in the event of a rear-impact collision, and an energy-absorbing steering column helps reduce the possibility or severity of chest injury to the driver in a collision.
The all-new Sedona minivan offers an advanced seat belt design which also aids in passenger protection. Three-point seat belts with height adjustable anchors in front and second row seats help provide a safe and comfortable arrangement for passengers of different sizes. Front seat belt pretensioners reign in extra slack to reduce forward motion in certain frontal collisions. If a collision is severe, front seat belt force limiters release the seat belt webbing in a controlled manner to help minimize the chance of injury. A lower anchor tether child (LATCH) restraint system in second and third rows helps hold child seats more securely and is also standard on all Sedona models.
A four-channel, four-sensor, anti-lock brake system (ABS) is standard as well. A central ABS controller automatically pulses brake pressure during hard braking conditions, preventing lock-up and loss of steering so the driver is able to maintain control and help steer clear of potential harm. This system also incorporates electronic brake force distribution (EBD), which helps to distribute braking force between the front and rear wheels depending on weight-loading, apportioning more brake force to the rear when the vehicle is loaded with rear passengers or cargo. The EBD and ABS work together to monitor wheel grip conditions, which helps to ensure smooth, straight line stopping.
Also standard is a traction control system (TCS) with brake assist as well as electronic stability control (ESC). Traction control minimizes wheel spin by applying brake pressure to the slipping wheel, and by reducing engine power when necessary. Brake assist supplements the driver’s brake input to maintain full brake pressure throughout a panic stop. ESC acts as the “brains” of the safety systems by monitoring key vehicle functions such as brake force pressure, vehicle speed and direction the vehicle is traveling. Sedona’s ESC uses a series of sensors to detect when an unstable condition develops and then rapidly coordinates the individual efforts of TCS, brake assist and ABS to help adjust throttle and/or apply select brakes to help the driver regain control. Sedona’s ESC system is so rapid and precise that it is virtually indiscernible to the driver.
Additional standard safety equipment includes a high-line tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS), which alerts drivers if one or more tires are under inflated. An illuminated readout on the dash lets drivers know the exact tire(s) needing inflation so corrective action can be taken.
Playing directly into Kia’s “exciting and enabling” brand image, Sedona embraces numerous design, practicality and fit-and-finish touches. The handsome and stylish interior uses new top-grade cloth and optional leather fabrics and seats up to seven passengers.
- Comfortable passenger seating with fold-in-the-floor third row seats and folding, removable second-row captain’s chairs
The roomy and comfortable seats, including four captain’s chairs, are finished in double Raschel (LX) or Moquette (EX) full cloth, or leather trim. A six-way adjustable driver’s seat with lumbar support and four-way adjustable passenger seat are standard on the LX and an eight-way power adjustable driver’s seat with four-way power adjustable passenger seat come standard on EX models. The Luxury Package, available on EX models, adds leather trim seats, front seat warmers, power adjustable pedals and programmable memory settings for the driver seat, mirror and adjustable pedal positions. The Luxury Package also includes steering wheel-mounted audio controls, a power sliding sunroof, automatic climate control, engine immobilizer and the backup warning system.
With easily adjustable or removable seats and 141.5 cubic feet of total cargo space Sedona can adapt to a variety of activities and cargo needs. Fold-in-the-floor third-row seats provide customers with the option to configure the rear of the vehicle to allow for more cargo when not carrying seven passengers. With two simple motions the 60/40-split bench seat can be transformed from upright seats to a flat cargo space, while the same two motions performed in reverse order set them back to the upright position.
The second-row captain’s chairs employ a one-touch flip-and-fold feature that requires the use of only one hand for easy access to the third row. They also can be folded up or removed entirely with the use of a quick release and built-in rollers, allowing additional cargo space.
- Tri-zone air conditioning, heating and ventilation
To provide the maximum amount of comfort for all passengers the all-new Sedona features three separate climate zones with fans and controls available to all three rows of seating. Automatic climate control is available on EX models with the Luxury Package.
- Convenient dual sliding doors with power windows and automatic power rear lift gate
In addition to remote keyless entry with alarm, power locks, mirrors and windows with driver’s one-touch express down motion, dual sliding doors come standard on both the Sedona LX and EX, making for easy ingress and egress. The dual sliding doors also feature integrated power windows. And with the available Power Package (EX) customers receive power dual sliding doors and a power rear lift gate, which can be operated from the inside by the push of a button or by using the remote key fob.
Other intricate touches include a convenient bag hook located at knee level on the center stack for front-seat passengers, and side-view mirrors that automatically angle downward when the vehicle is put in reverse so as to give the driver a better view of any low obstructions.
Powered by an all-new 3.8-liter 24-valve V6 engine producing class-leading 244 horsepower and 253 lb-ft. of torque, the front wheel drive 2006 Sedona provides more power than its primary competitors Dodge Grand Caravan, Toyota Sienna and Chevy Uplander. It has 25-percent more horsepower than the previous-generation Sedona, and is more than capable of hauling a carpool group to soccer practice or towing a pair of personal watercraft to the lake for a weekend outing. The advanced 3.8-liter DOHC engine features:
Lightweight aluminum block and cylinder heads for reliable and durable performance
Multi-port electronic fuel injection for efficient combustion
A sophisticated 24-valve design with four valves per cylinder for advanced performance
Dual Continuously Variable Valve Timing (CVVT)
Sedona’s all-new powerplant is mated to an electronically controlled five-speed automatic transmission with overdrive and Sportmatic™ shifting. A precisely tuned four-wheel independent suspension system is comprised of MacPherson struts with coil springs and a stabilizer bar in front and a multi-link design with coil springs and stabilizer bar in the rear. Kia engineers tuned Sedona’s springs, shocks and bushings to the passenger and cargo load demands of a minivan while maintaining smooth and easy-to-maneuver handling. The Sedona suspension system combines with power rack-and-pinion steering, Sportmatic™ shifting and class-leading power to create a responsive and rewarding driving experience.
Stopping power also has increased from the previous-generation model with the addition of a power-assisted four-wheel disc braking system with larger diameter 11.7-inch vented front disc brakes and 11.9-inch solid rear disc brakes.
Standard P225/70R16 all-season tires feature an advanced tread design for excellent grip in a variety of weather conditions and road surfaces with limited tire noise. EX models wrap 17-inch alloy wheels in 235/60R17 Michelin tires.
The all-new 2006 Sedona offers more standard comfort and convenience features than the previous model and many of its competitors. Ample personal storage space is strategically located throughout the cabin, including a front-console CD storage box, glove box with dual compartments, covered storage boxes in the upper dash and third row, an overhead sunglasses container and 14 drink holders. A front-row, folding side table houses four drink holders and extends upward from the base of the passenger seat so it is easily accessible to the driver, front- and second-row passengers. Three 12-volt power outlets and assist grips for all three rows also are also standard on Sedona.
Enhancing driver comfort are more standard amenities such as a tilt steering column, cruise control, rear window wiper/washer and defroster, and an overhead console featuring a digital clock, dual map lights and a conversation mirror, which reduces the need to turn around or use the rearview mirror for communication with second- and third-row passengers.
Also standard are dual extendable vanity mirrors with covers, interior lighting with delay out timing, cargo lamp with on/off switch, rear cargo area shopping bag holders, rear cargo area net hooks, garment hooks and an AM/FM/CD audio system with eight speakers.
Sedona EX models add even more upscale comfort and convenience finishes. Fine quality wood grain accents, leather wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, AM/FM/Cassette/CD/MP3 audio system with eight speakers, illuminated vanity mirrors, electrochromatic rear view mirror with HomeLink®, power rear quarter windows, a trip computer with compass and four 12-volt power outlets all come standard with the Sedona EX. Also standard on EX models are dual body-color heated power side-view mirrors and roof racks (optional on LX).
An optional DVD entertainment system with two wireless headsets and remote control is offered on both LX and EX models, an especially helpful feature when entertaining children on long road trips. A Premium Entertainment Package available on Sedona EX takes the audiovisual experience to the next level. The Premium Entertainment Package delivers more than 600 watts of power to 13 strategically located speakers and showcases a six-disc in-dash CD changer along with a DVD player, two wireless headsets, remote and eight-inch viewing monitor.
Like all vehicles sold by Kia Motors America, the 2006 Sedona is covered by Kia’s Total Protection Package, which includes a comprehensive 5-year/60,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty, 10-year/100,000-mile limited powertrain warranty, 5-year/100,000-mile limited anti-perforation warranty, 1-year/12,000-mile tire & road hazard protection warranty and five years of roadside assistance.