Top Safety Pick

2018 Kia Sedona

minivan

Award applies only to vehicles with optional front crash prevention and specific headlights built after May 2017

2018 Kia Sedona Minivan

Crashworthiness

Rating overview
Small overlap front: driver-side
Small overlap front: passenger-side
Moderate overlap front
Side
Roof strength
Head restraints & seats

Crash avoidance & mitigation

Headlights (varies by trim/option)
Front crash prevention
Optional system
Superior

Child seat anchors

LATCH ease of use

Other available safety features

  • Optional daytime running lights
  • Optional blind spot detection
  • Optional lane departure warning

Key

  • G
    Good
  • A
    Acceptable
  • M
    Marginal
  • P
    Poor
  • Superior
  • Advanced
  • Basic

Some ratings use a scale of Poor to Good. Others range from Basic to Superior.

Small overlap front: driver-side

Rating applies to 2015-19 models

Tested vehicle: 2015 Kia Sedona SX

The Kia Sedona was redesigned for the 2015 model year. Two tests of the Sedona were conducted. In the first test, the unlocked driver door opened, which shouldn't happen because the driver could be partly or completely ejected from the vehicle. Also, intrusion into the occupant compartment was exacerbated by the door not remaining in place to help absorb crash forces.

In response, Kia reprogrammed the standard autolock feature, which locks all doors when the vehicle is placed in forward or reverse gear, to prevent consumers from disabling this feature, beginning with 2015 models built after November 2014. In addition, Kia started a service campaign to similarly reprogram the autolock feature on 2015 models built earlier.

In the second test with locked doors, the driver door stayed shut, and intrusion was significantly reduced. Ratings of the Sedona are based on the second test.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Hip/thigh
Lower leg/foot
Restraints and dummy kinematics

Action shot taken during the second of two small overlap frontal crash tests.

The dummy's position in relation to the door frame, steering wheel, and instrument panel after the second crash test indicates that the driver's survival space was maintained reasonably well.

The frontal and side curtain airbags worked well together in the second crash test to keep the head from coming close to any stiff structure or outside objects that could cause injury.

Intrusion into the driver's space was reasonably well controlled in the second test, and risk of injuries to the dummy's legs and feet was low.

Small overlap front: passenger-side

Rating applies to 2018-19 models built after January 2018

Tested vehicle: 2018 Kia Sedona EX
The Kia Sedona was redesigned for the 2015 model year. Beginning with 2018 models built after January 2018, the passenger-side front door hinge pillar, door sill, and floor were reinforced to improve occupant protection in passenger-side small overlap frontal crashes. Passenger-side small overlap ratings are assigned by the Institute based on a test conducted by Hyundai/Kia as part of frontal crash test verification.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Passenger injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Hip/thigh
Lower leg/foot
Passenger restraints and dummy kinematics
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Hip/thigh
Lower leg/foot
Driver restraints and dummy kinematics

Moderate overlap front

Rating applies to 2015-19 models

Tested vehicle: 2015 Kia Sedona SX Limited

The Kia Sedona was redesigned for the 2015 model year. Moderate overlap frontal ratings are assigned by the Institute based on a test conducted by Hyundai/Kia as part of frontal crash test verification.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Leg/foot, left
Leg/foot, right
Restraints and dummy kinematics

Side

Rating applies to 2015-19 models

Tested vehicle: 2015 Kia Sedona EX or SX with standard head curtain airbags for all three rows of seats and standard front seat-mounted torso airbags

The Kia Sedona was redesigned for the 2015 model year. Side ratings are assigned by the Institute based on a test conducted by Hyundai/Kia as part of side crash test verification.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
Torso
Pelvis/leg
Head protection
Rear passenger injury measures
Head/neck
Torso
Pelvis/leg
Head protection

Roof strength

Rating applies to 2015-19 models

Tested vehicle: 2015 Kia Sedona SX

Overall evaluation
Curb weight 4,583 lbs
Peak force 22,074 lbs
Strength-to-weight ratio 4.82

Head restraints & seats

Rating applies to 2015-19 models

Seat type: Power leather seat

Overall evaluation
Dynamic rating
Seat/head restraint geometry

Front crash prevention

System details

  • Optional Autonomous Emergency Braking

Package name

  • Optional LX or EX Trim with Advanced Technology Package or SX Trim with Advanced Touring 8 Pass Package

Applies to 2017-19 models

Overall evaluation

  • This system meets the requirements for forward collision warning.
  • In the 12 mph IIHS test, this vehicle avoided a collision.
  • In the 25 mph IIHS test, this vehicle avoided a collision.
Superior
Superior
with optional equipment

How front crash prevention is evaluated

Headlights

Ratings are given for 2 different headlight variations available on this vehicle.

Trim level(s)

  • SX trim equipped with Advanced Touring package; built after May 2017
  • SXL trim; built after May 2017
Low-beam headlight type HID projector
High-beam headlight type Halogen reflector
Curve-adaptive? Yes
High-beam assist? Yes
Overall rating

Low beams
On the straightaway, visibility was good on the left side of the road and fair on the right side. On curves, visibility was good in all 4 tests.

The low beams never exceeded glare limits.

High beams
On the straightaway, visibility was good on both sides of the road. On curves, visibility was good on both right curves, fair on the sharp left curve and inadequate on the gradual left curve.

High-beam assist compensates for some limitations of this vehicle's low beams on the straightaway and on the sharp left curve.

Trim level(s)

  • L trim
  • LX trim
  • EX trim
  • SX trim
Low-beam headlight type Halogen projector
High-beam headlight type Halogen reflector
Curve-adaptive? No
High-beam assist? No
Overall rating

Low beams
On the straightaway, visibility was good on the left side of the road and fair on the right side. On curves, visibility was fair on the sharp right curve and inadequate on the gradual right and both left curves.

The low beams created excessive glare.

High beams
On the straightaway, visibility was good on both sides of the road. On curves, visibility was fair on the gradual right and gradual left curves and inadequate on the sharp left and sharp right curves.

How headlights are evaluated

Child seat anchors

Applies to 2015-19 models

Overall evaluation
Vehicle trim LX
Seat type cloth

This vehicle has 3 rear seating positions with complete child seat attachment (LATCH) hardware.

It has 1 additional seating position with a tether anchor only.

1 3 6 4 5
G Good
A Acceptable
M Marginal
P Poor
Seating positions that rely on borrowed lower anchors or have only a tether anchor available are not rated.
thether anchor symbol
Tether anchor
lower anchor symbol
Lower anchors
shared lower achors symbol
Lower anchor(s) can be borrowed from adjacent positions(s)
No hardware available

Details by seating position

1
Tether anchor
hard-to-find location
no other hardware could be confused for anchor
Lower anchors
not too deep in seat
not too much force needed to attach
easy to maneuver around anchors
3
Tether anchor
hard-to-find location
no other hardware could be confused for anchor
Lower anchors
not too deep in seat
not too much force needed to attach
easy to maneuver around anchors
4
Tether anchor
hard-to-find location
no other hardware could be confused for anchor
Lower anchors
not too deep in seat
not too much force needed to attach
easy to maneuver around anchors
5
Tether anchor
hard-to-find location
no other hardware could be confused for anchor
Lower anchors
none available

How child seat anchors are evaluated