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If you're interested in buying a new minivan, your list of potential choices has recently grown by one, with the addition of the newly redesigned Kia Sedona to the market. But is the 2016 Kia Sedona better than the 2016 Toyota Sienna? We've created a close comparison of both models in order to find out. But first, let's see what's new with the Sedona and the Sienna for the latest model year.

2016 Kia Sedona

The Sedona makes small changes for 2016, including a newly standard backup camera for all trim levels and newly standard heated front seats in the Sedona EX.


According to reliability experts at J.D. Power, the Sienna is the clear winner when it comes to reliability. Toyota's minivan earned five circles out of five in the firm's Power Circle Ratings - indicating best-in-class reliability - while the Sedona's two circles indicate below average reliability.

With that said, the Sedona's warranty is dramatically better than the Sienna's. While the Toyota only offers 3 years or 36, 000 miles of bumper-to-bumper coverage, the Sedona touts 5 years or 60, 000 miles. Meanwhile, the Sienna offers 5 years or 60, 000 miles of powertrain protection - a figure that falls well short of the Sedona's 10-year/100, 000-mile powertrain warranty.

The verdict? It depends on what you want. While the Sienna offers better reliability, the Sedona boasts more warranty coverage - and that could be more important if you plan to keep your van for a long time or log many miles behind the wheel.

Fuel Economy

Both the Sedona and the Sienna offer only one engine option. In the Toyota, it's a 266-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 that touts 18 miles per gallon in the city and 25 mpg on the highway. In the Kia, it's a 275-hp 3.5-liter V6 that returns up to 18 mpg city/25 mpg hwy - the exact same fuel economy ratings as the Toyota.

While all front-wheel-drive Sienna models return 18 mpg city/25 mpg hwy, the Sienna also offers available all-wheel drive (AWD). Choose AWD, and your fuel economy drops to a mediocre 16 mpg city/23 mpg hwy. Meanwhile, upscale Sedona trim levels are rated at a similarly average 17 mpg city/22 mpg hwy, largely due to the weight of their additional features.

Our take? When it comes to fuel economy, these vans are virtually identical. We don't think you'll notice any major differences between either one.


Both the Toyota Sienna and the Kia Sedona earned a perfect 5-star overall crash-test rating from the federal government's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The Sedona also earned a Top Safety Pick score from the nonprofit Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), while the Sienna earned a slightly higher Top Safety Pick+ rating due to additional equipment.

Speaking of equipment, both models have safety features in droves, but we think the Sedona offers slightly more than the Sienna. While the Sienna touts forward-collision warning with automatic braking (compared to a forward-collision warning with no automatic braking in the Sedona - the reason for its slightly lower IIHS score), the Kia has more overall equipment, including standard rear parking sensors and a long list of options like xenon headlights, automatic high beam control, adaptive cruise control and lane-departure warning - all advantages over the Sienna. As a result, the Kia gets the nod in our safety section.


As is the custom with today's family vehicles, both the Sienna and Sedona offer an amazing array of the latest gadgets and features. Power sliding doors and DVD entertainment systems are nothing these days: both the Sienna and the Sedona offer those features, plus many more high-tech options, such as forward-collision warning systems, heated rear seats, premium sound systems and infotainment systems that can do everything from book movie tickets to notify you if the car is involved in a collision.

With that said, we think the Sedona offers a slight technology advantage over the Sienna - likely a function of its newer design. We've enumerated most of the Kia's high-tech benefits in the "Safety" section, but it doesn't stop there: There's also an available refrigerated glove box, a panoramic sunroof and a selectable drive mode system, none of which you can get in the Sienna.

While neither of these vans is short on tech, the Kia offers just a little more than the Toyota, so it's our choice for technophiles interested in a new minivan.


Although the Sienna and Sedona have been fairly similar so far, the two vans differ sharply on price. That's because the Sienna starts around $29, 700 with shipping, whereas the Sedona is around $27, 000. In other words, the Toyota commands a huge price premium over its Kia rival.

Although you might expect that premium to even out as you progress through the trim levels, it doesn't: The Sienna remains considerably more expensive than the Sedona right up to the highest models, where a top-level Sienna starts around $46, 000, compared to $40, 700 for the Sedona. Admittedly, a high-end Sedona Limited offers less equipment than an upscale Sienna Limited Platinum, but even with all the options, the Sedona is still noticeably cheaper. As a result, the Kia wins our value category.

Autotrader's Advice

To us, the 2016 Kia Sedona offers a more compelling minivan choice than the 2016 Toyota Sienna. While the Sienna wins in reliability, the Sedona makes up for it with a much longer warranty - and the two models tie in fuel economy. But we prefer the Sedona's longer list of available equipment and we like its wider array of safety options - and we can't ignore its more competitive pricing. While the Sienna was the van to have just a few years ago, the redesigned Sedona probably deserves to play that role today.

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