The Affordable Minivan

July 30, 2012

If you’re in the market for a used minivan then the Kia Sedona may be just for you. These cars do not hold their resale values as well as their Japanese counterparts making them an excellent value for buyers like you.

Take for example this 2005 Kia Sedona EX. This van looks as good as any other 2005 minivans on the road today. The two tone paint and clean lines of the body make this minivan an eye catcher.

Most Kia Sedonas do not come with leather interior which can be a drawback especially if you have kids. We all know how hard it is to clean ketchup stains from cloth seats. If you can find one with leather interior then by all means go for it.

All Sedonas come with a 3.5 liter V6 engine making 195 hp with standard seating for seven people. Fuel economy is 14 city/22 highway which is on the low side because of the weight of the van. On the positive side it only requires regular grade gasoline.

Performance wise, it goes from 0-60 mph in 10.5 seconds which is good but could be better. Don’t expect these numbers when you have the van loaded with seven passengers though. The steering has a slow rubbery feel to it and there is some noticeable body roll when you go through the sharp corners.

The controls of the interior are nicely laid out making them easily accessible. The cheap plastics actually do not feel too cheap either. I think Kia did a great job with the interior.

The interior is roomy enough to comfortably haul seven adult passengers. The third row seats can be folded for more cargo room but be warned they are heavy. Most owners complain about the heaviness of the seats.

But despite these performance drawbacks the Kia Sedona is still a great deal for bargain hunters. The 2005 model year cars usually go from $3000 on the low end to $7000 on the high end.

You can get one in good condition for around $5000. Just make sure you give it a complete inspection before buying one.

The two-tone paint looks great on this car.

This is one attractive minivan with its clean straight lines.

Fully functional interior with its nicely laid out controls.

Your standard must-have for entertaining your children.

Roomy interior with seating for seven adults.

Fold down seats for extra cargo room. Did I mention these seats weigh a lot?

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