When vehicles disappear, it's often a sign of weakness. Like when a model stops being produced and another is created in its stead, that typically means the old model wasn't as well-received or popular as it used to be. So it goes with the Chrysler Town & Country, the original minivan which is gone as of the 2017 model year, leaving the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica to step up from the SUV class to minivan in its stead. When we're done comparing the 2016 Kia Sedona with the Pacifica, you'll see that Chrysler shouldn't have bothered with the model change or the makeover. First up is the price, or the lack thereof in the Sedona's case, as the Kia minivan is available for a money-saving $21,990 at Friendly Kia with VIP pricing, while the competition's 2017 Pacificas start at nearly $30,000 and go up from there.
When you put the two minivans side-by-side, the 2016 Sedona has a narrow feel to it, with a playful design and bold lighting and front fascia accents that belie its minivan stature. The 2017 Pacifica has a similar look, but it's playing follow-the-leader as the Sedona has emerged as a champion in recent years, overtaking behemoths of old like the retiring Town & Country. And the Sedona has the buzz to prove it, with a Cars.com "Ultimate Minivan Challenge" win in 2015 over several of its minivan peers and making the Autotrader.com "Must Test Drive Vehicles for 2016" list, thanks to its comfortable interior and sporty driving feel. One turn in the Sedona's seats with available Nappa Leather trim and you'll agree this is the way minivans should have felt when you were a kid.
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|2016 Kia Sedona||Vs.||2017 Chrysler Pacifica|
|$21,990 (Friendly Kia VIP)||Price||Starts at $29,439 (The Competition)|
|142.0||Cargo Room (cubic feet)||140.5|
|Yes||IIHS Top Safety Pick?||No|
|Yes||Autotrader "Must Test Drive Vehicles for 2016" List?||No|
|36.8||Turning Circle (feet)||39.7|
|10-yr/100k-mile limited powertrain, 5-yr/60k-mile bumper-to-bumper||Warranty Coverage||5-yr/60k-mile limited powertrain, 3-yr/36k-mile bumper-to-bumper|
Just how is the 2016 Kia Sedona sporty, you might ask? It comes from its 36.8-foot curb-to-curb turning circle, which means it easily bests the 2017 Pacifica's plodding 39.7 feet. The Pacifica also boasts of its spacious interior, but considering the size of the average family, you typically don't need to be the biggest on the block – in fact, you'll suffer with a heavy, non-responsive minivan. And while the Sedona has better handling and a nicer design, it also has more room for cargo and luggage, with 142 cubic feet of cargo space, edging the 2017 Pacifica's 140.5 cubic feet.
When you add it all up, it's the 21st century after all, and you want a minivan that has comfortable seating, a fun design and a nice handle – namely, the 2016 Kia Sedona. We have the Kia Sedona at Friendly Kia, 5819 US Highway 19 in New Port Richey, FL. We also serve the Tampa, Clearwater and St. Petersburg area, as well as Trinity, Tarpon Springs and Spring Hill. Call us at 877-544-6706 or come visit us so you can take a model for a test drive. If you plan on purchasing a new or used car, please take advantage of our trade-in policy and our exclusive partnership with Kelley Blue Book KBB.com's Trade-In Marketplace/Buying Center.