2014 Kia Sedona Earns Nhtsa 5-Star Safety Rating

by Dec 18, 2013All News, Kia0 comments

The 2014 Kia Sedona has earned the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) coveted 5-Star overall safety rating. Netting five stars in the frontal and side impact tests and four stars in the roll-over test, the 2014 Sedona combines a rigid and durable passenger compartment with a long list of standard safety features to offer peace of mind to those looking for their next family vehicle.

[ads id=”0″ style=”float:left;padding:5px;”]“The Sedona earning NHTSA’s 5-Star safety rating is an honor and an accomplishment,” said Michael Sprague, executive vice president, marketing & communications, KMA. Kia’s rise over the last five years has been fueled by offering the right combination of design, quality, value and safety to our customers, and the five-star accolade for the Sedona is the kind of reassurance minivan buyers are looking for when shopping for a new vehicle.” 

Sedona offers consumers invaluable protection provided by an extensive list of standard safety features on the 2014 model, including six standard airbags (dual advanced front and front seat-mounted side air bags, full-length side curtain air bags for all three seating rows); active front headrests; and a four-channel, four-sensor Antilock Brake System (ABS) with Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD), which takes into account vehicle load and weight distribution and applies the appropriate stopping force. The EBD system adapts to individual wheel grip conditions to help improve both control and stability.

Additional standard safety equipment for Sedona includes a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS), Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and a Traction Control System (TCS). In conjunction with the ABS, the TCS uses brake and engine torque intervention to enhance traction during launch and acceleration on slippery road surfaces. If the ABS system detects wheel slip, it signals the engine control unit to adjust torque output accordingly.

TCS also senses when one or more wheels spin faster than the vehicle’s speed, and if necessary, applies the brakes accordingly. Working together, the two systems limit wheel spin and help the driver maintain control. Working with the standard ABS with EBD and TCS, the ESC system can apply individual brakes selectively to help control oversteer and understeer as needed to help the driver maintain control on slippery surfaces or during certain emergency maneuvers. 

Available in two trims, LX and EX, the 2014 Sedona incorporates an updated front bumper and grille, showcasing a sleeker appearance. Other enhancements include 17-inch multi-spoke wheels (standard on EX, optional on LX), LED positioning lights and standard fog lamps across both trims. All interiors now feature a unique storage console for iPads and smart tablets, while the EX cabin offers standard leather trimmed seats, front seat heaters and automatic climate control.

The 2014 Sedona remains packed with power with its standard 3.5-liter V6 engine producing 269 horsepower and mated to a six-speed automatic transmission with Sportmatic clutchless shifting. The highly functional Sedona LX minivan begins at $25,900 MSRP and offers a number of standard convenience features, including air conditioning, SiriusXM Satellite Radio, Bluetooth wireless technology with voice recognition, MP3 connectivity and steering wheel-mounted audio controls. The up-level Sedona EX begins at $30,900 MSRP plus destination charge.

Written by Jose Antonio Lopez

Passionated about Korean cars from Hyundai, Kia & Genesis. Photographer. I love being in nature, hiking. Tech lover.

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