While there is only one Kia minivan, you may also find that a Kia crossover vehicle meets your needs. Whether you're a dad or a minivan mom, a minivan is good for hauling goods around town or transporting larger numbers of people than a standard car can accommodate. Because of their similar size and level of convenience, the Korean automaker actually considers crossover vehicles and minivans to be in the same automobile class. Those looking to purchase such a vehicle from Kia have three options, all with their own features.
Kia Minivan Models
Kia offers one minivan model and two crossover vehicles:
- Sedona: U.S. News and World Report called the Sedona the best minivan for the money. This means that it isn't the best minivan on the market, but it is for what you pay. You can get a Kia Sedona minivan starting at around $25,000. The relatively low price point puts this in the reach of many families who want a quality minivan. You can also purchase two variations on the Sedona: a package for additional power (LX) and one for extra comfort (EX). The latter comes with an entertainment package and a navigation package to make sure that you never get bored or lost on long road trips.
- Sportage: The Kia Sportage is a crossover vehicle that starts at a lower price point than the Sedona: around $19,000. The Sportage can tow up to a ton and seats five comfortably, in addition to the storage space in the back. The vehicle also boasts an impressive fuel economy of around 21 miles in the city and 30 on the highway. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named this vehicle one of the top safety picks, so you can always drive with peace of mind.
- Sorento: Kia's Sorento is the second crossover vehicle. You can purchase a Sorento for around $21,000, placing the price point between that of the Sedona and the Sportage. The Sorento is also assembled in the United States from American and international parts, meaning that when you buy one you are supporting American manufacturing. This vehicle has received many awards and accolades, including an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety award. Consumer's Digest named the vehicle as one of their "best buys," an award that emphasizes value for your dollar. Finally, U.S. News and World Report named the vehicle as one of the best new cars.
Deciding on a Kia Minivan
When you go down to the lot to buy, part of your decision will be based on budget, and more money doesn't necessarily mean more value. The most expensive option, the Sedona, was named one of the best minivan values on the market. Additionally, the Sorento has been named a good value. However, this doesn't mean that the Sportage isn't the right vehicle for you and your family. Test drive all three, and think about what features your family needs. Do you go on lots of long trips, or are you mostly a local family? How much cargo space do you really need? These are the types of questions you will have to ask yourself when deciding whether to choose a Kia minivan or a similar crossover vehicle.