Minivans are the automotive industry’s best-kept secret. They’re spacious, comfortable and filled with some of the most state-of-the-art comfort and convenience technology on the market. Historically, they have been vehicles that offer little in the way of appearance or design, foregoing any semblance of sophistication or style for practicality and sensibility. These days, however, certain entries in the sparsely-populated class are bringing a new element of fashion to families and even individual riders who want more space and a more comfortable ride.
The Kia Sedona is the icon of this resurgence. Elegantly-styled and contoured, the Sedona gives drivers compelling style from its’ large, squared-off, “tiger nose” grille all the way along its muscular side panels to the composed rear. Today, we’re matching it up with another minivan that avoids the round and bulbous nature of the class – the Dodge Grand Caravan. In its 10th year under the current design generation, the Grand Caravan is Fiat Chrysler’s more economic option. Let’s see how the two measure up:
2018 Kia Sedona
2018 Dodge Grand Caravan
|18 miles per gallon||City MPG||17 miles per gallon|
|Standard||Base model Bluetooth® capability||Available|
|40.9 inches / 41.1 inches||Legroom (front row / second row)||40.7 inches / 36.5 inches|
|33.9 cubic feet||Cargo volume with all seats up||33 cubic feet|
|17” alloy||Standard wheels||17” steel with plastic hubcaps|
|Captain chairs||Standard second-row seating||Bench seat|
|Yes||2018 IIHS Top Safety Pick?||No|
|5 years / 60,000 miles||Limited bumper-to-bumper warranty||3 years / 36,000 miles|
|$21,100 – Friendly Kia VIP pricing*||Price||$26,250|
The Kia Sedona allows you to make the most out of every mile. Providing class-leading interior space, comfort features and a beautiful exterior design, the Sedona breaks all the rules of what a minivan should be, not sacrificing either its cutting-edge style or its immense functionality.
When the Grand Caravan’s current generation was introduced in 2008, it was very much the same. The design was bold and challenging, bringing the model back to its boxy 1980s roots. Additionally, the features and value were enough to cement it as one of the best in its class at the time.
Sadly, the Caravan hasn’t kept up with changes in modern automotive design and engineering. As a competing model to Fiat-Chrysler’s (Dodge’s parent company) Chrysler Pacifica, the Dodge Caravan exists to give drivers a less-expensive minivan option.
Unfortunately, that comes at the cost of its utility, comfort and convenience features. And, it’s still over $5,000 more than the current best VIP pricing here at Friendly Kia. The Sedona provides a better experience inside (standard 2nd-row captain’s chairs, more legroom, Bluetooth®), more stylish outside, longer reliability and all of that for a better value.
When you’re shopping for your Kia Sedona, come see us at Friendly Kia. We have the largest Kia inventory in Tampa Bay. That includes the Sedona. Additionally, with the lowest pricing in Tampa Bay, you’ll find the Sedona model that’s perfect for you at the perfect price.
Friendly Kia are members of the 2018 Kia Presidents Club, a prestigious award that honors the 30 best Kia dealerships in the United States, recognizing them for customer satisfaction. We enjoy the highest ratings in Tampa Bay from reputable sites like Dealer Rater and Yelp. The people have spoken – we live up to our name.
For more information on the 2018 Kia Sedona or to schedule a test drive, contact us today!
*Pricing is as of date of publication and not date of access. Pricing is at the discretion of Friendly Kia and subject to change without notice. View inventory page or contact Friendly Kia for current pricing.