Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

A Buyer's Guide to the 2012 Kia Sedona

Kia Sedona 2012

The Kia Sedona has been increasing in popularity over the years and the 2012 model kept the streak alive. This minivan can be yours at a very reasonable price, yet you don’t have to worry that this will mean owning a vehicle that lacks fun bells and whistles.

Key Features

For the price, you won’t find a better minivan than the Kia Sedona. That’s not necessarily a feature, but it’s definitely worth pointing out.

From the outside, this minivan might look a lot smaller than some of its rivals. Once you get inside, though, the second-row space alone will make you reconsider what you first saw.

As you’ll most likely be using the 2012 Sedona as a family van, you’re going to appreciate the safety features (and the rating that comes with it) of this vehicle.

Changes for 2012

The 2012 Sedona is almost exactly the same as its predecessor. A major exception is the Sedona LX that comes with rear-seat DVD player.

What We Like

Bragging rights to the IHS Top Safety Pick title proves that you don’t have to spend a fortune to own a quality minivan.

You also get a lot of great standard features with the very affordable base model.

What Concerns Us

For all there is to love about this minivan, we wish Kia could have added a bit of flair to it. With minivans like the Odyssey and Quest showing what’s possible, it almost seems like Kia didn’t bother trying.

Available Models

You have two models to choose from with the 2012 Kia Sedona. There is the LX with its 6-cylinder engine, Bluetooth functionality and DVD entertainment system. Then there’s the EX, which will give you parking assistance and heated seats.

Both will give you an impressive 18 mpg in the city and 25 when driving on the highway.

Major Recalls

On 11/05/2013, the 2012 Sedona was part of a recall that revolved around front lower control arms that would break because of prolonged exposure to salt. Generally, this referred to the kind used in northern climates to melt ice.

When the arm broke, the Sedona became almost impossible to control and crashes often resulted.

Common Issues

Given how many people love this van, it’s hard to understand all the complaints there have been about its long-term reliability. That being said, Kia offers a great warranty.

Another issue that has come up is the low resale values that Sedonas generally fetch.

Kia Sedona 2012 Interior

The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details
Icon-warranty_badge-02

Skip the repair shop, our top-rated mechanics come to you.

At your home or office

Choose from 600+ repair, maintenance & diagnostic services. Our top-rated mechanics bring all parts & tools to your location.

Fair & transparent pricing

See labor & parts costs upfront, so you can book with confidence.

12-month, 12,000-mile warranty

Our services are backed by a 12-month, 12,000-mile warranty for your peace of mind.

Get A Quote

Need Help With Your Car?

Our certified mobile mechanics make house calls in over 2,000 U.S. cities. Fast, free online quotes for your car repair.

GET A QUOTE

Post a question and get free advice from our certified mechanics.

ASK A QUESTION

More related articles

How to Buy Fuel Treatments
Adding a fuel additive to your gas tank when you fill up is one way to clean vital engine parts of deposits, improve the performance of your engine,...
How to Get a Louisiana Driver's Permit
s licensing program. The first step in this program is to obtain...
Veteran and Military Driver Laws and Benefits in New Mexico
The state of New Mexico offers a number of benefits and perks for those Americans who have either served in an Armed Forces branch...


Related questions

Q: Engine hesitating in the first 20 minutes of driving when cold

This could be caused by a cold state vacuum leak. Basically, this is a condition where a vacuum leak is present until the engine heats up and the induction parts expand and seal the leak. When the vacuum leak is...

Q: Opinion on Subaru Impreza symmetrical all-wheel system

It's a very interesting system and generally it works quite well. But, for the rest of the car--Subarus are notorious for blowing head gaskets and if they have automatic transmission, automatic transmissions are known for wearing out. So if you...

Q: jolting bad and stalling - 2009 Kia Sedona

Hi there. There are a variety of possibilities that could cause this. However, there are a couple of sensors the car has that are most commonly known for causing this kind of problem. A faulty mass air flow sensor is...