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2017 Kia Sedona vs Toyota Sienna

2017 Kia Sedona vs Chrysler Pacifica

Even in a world of modern novelties, engineers have yet to design a more sensible family hauler than classic minivans like the 2017 Kia Sedona and the Toyota Sienna. Convenient options like sliding side doors and three rows of accessible passenger space are hard to beat--and almost universally adopted by both the Toyota and he Kia minivan. But which one is right for you? We'll put them head to head--read on.

2017 Kia Sedona vs Toyota Sienna

Interior Comfort

Your family is going to love the 2017 Kia Sedona. Soft, supportive seating is just the beginning - all three rows have got the head, leg, and cargo space you need to take all the people (and all their stuff) wherever they need to go. The second-row seats recline, a fun addition to an already comfortable minivan cabin.

The Sienna also does what vans do best - it supplies three roomy rows of passenger space, so you can head to baseball practices and family vacations in comfort. However, the Sienna is missing some of the niceties that you'll find in the Sedona. For example, when the air turns crisp, only the Sedona keeps you cozy with heated seats.

Safety

The Sedona's spotless crash-test scores (a perfect overall rating of five stars in government crash tests and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's top score of "Good" in every single crash test) are just the tip of the iceberg. The forward collision warning system can also intervene when it senses danger, automatically applying the brakes to help pull you and your family up short of a crash.

The top-trim Toyota Sienna Limited model gives you the option of adding high-tech driver aids like forward collision warning. However, when you compare crash-test scores, the Sienna comes up in second place. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the Sienna its top score of "Good" in all but one crash test, small overlap front.

Technology

Here, the Sedona impresses with its smartphone app integration. This year, the Kia lineup includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto - technology that displays apps like Phone, Messages, and Google Maps on the Sedona's central touchscreen. You'll also enjoy sophisticated voice controls, so you can do everything from stream music to send text messages with your full attention on what's in front of you.

With an easy-to-use, responsive touchscreen interface, the Toyota Sienna makes life a little easier. Like the Sedona, you can even add a rear-seat DVD entertainment system to your ride, keeping kids busy for hours on end. The Sienna doesn't offer Apple CarPlay or Android Auto, but its suite of smartphone services do their best to keep you connected on the go.

Fuel Economy

The Sienna's thrifty ride will keep plenty of money in your pockets. With front-wheel drive, it earns up to 19 city/27 highway mpg. The Sienna is also the only minivan to offer all-wheel drive. If you frequent icy pavement, this performance gear delivers increased traction for a safer ride.

Depending on your powertrain of choice, the Sedona earns up to 18/25 mpg. That's almost on par with the Sienna, and you get one of the quickest rides in the segment to boot. Highway merging is a breeze - and so is maneuvering around tight corners. With its sharp handling, the Sedona almost feels like a family sedan.

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2017 Kia Sedona vs Chrysler Pacifica

Both the 2017 Kia Sedona and Toyota Sienna have your best interests at heart. However, the Sedona is our pick for rich, family-style comfort. All three rows are plush and supportive, making this van an excellent road trip ride. Add amenities like heated seats, road-trip-friendly tech features, and top-notch crash test scores and you have a family vehicle that exceeds your expectations.