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2018 Kia Sedona Vs. 2018 Toyota Sienna

split screen image contrasting the 2018 kia sedona to the 2018 toyota sienna

After having spent years stigmatized as symbols of resignation and joyless practicality, minivans are experiencing a bit of a renaissance. If you’ve been paying attention to the vehicles you see on the road around you, chances are you’re noticing more of these mass people movers and for a good reason. Minivans offer seemingly-limitless space for people and cargo, making them an excellent vehicle for a family of six or an individual with a penchant for antique furniture restoration.

With its most recent iteration bringing a sophisticated and commanding style, the Kia Sedona has been a breakout example in this class – helping to lead the public back to minivans and showing them that these purposeful vehicles don’t have to sacrifice good looks for their versatility. Going up against the 2018 Kia Sedona today, the 2018 Toyota Sienna is a vehicle that has built itself purely around its functionality. Let’s see how the two of them measure up against one another.

2018 Kia Sedona


2018 Toyota Sienna

19” chrome aluminum (SX-L) Top trim wheel size 18” machined aluminum (Limited Premium)
40.9 inches / 41.1 inches Legroom (first row / second row) 40.5 inches / 37.6 inches
120.5 inches Wheelbase (longer = smoother ride) 119.3 inches
Yes Apple CarPlay / Android Auto compatibility No
Yes IIHS Top Safety Pick? No
$27,000 Starting MSRP $30,750
5 years / 60,000 miles Limited bumper-to-bumper warranty 3 years / 36,000 miles

Kia Sedona Advantages Vs. Toyota Sienna

Style is a subjective metric so it’s hard to objectively compare the style of the Kia Sedona with that of the Toyota Sienna. We’ll say that the Sedona tends to challenge a lot of the tropes associated with minivan design (rounded edges, narrow grille, bulbous exterior), while the Toyota Sienna leans into them.

That said, the 2018 Kia Sedona either matches or beats the Toyota Sienna when it comes to measuring the common dimensions that are used to excuse overbearing and un-subtle design. Interior dimensions and cargo space see the two nearly equal, with the Sienna edging the Sedona by less than 10 cubic feet at its max, while passenger space is more comfortable in the 2018 Kia Sedona.

The Sedona also offers an improved infotainment experience, allowing drivers to enjoy all the interface benefits that come with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility.

The Sedona’s lower starting MSRP and increased warranty add immense value to a minivan that already beats out the Toyota Sienna on the metrics for which people most popularly buy minivans.

For more information on the 2018 Kia Sedona or to schedule a test drive, contact us today!