2011 Toyota
Sienna
vs. 2012 Kia
Sedona LX

2012 Kia Sedona LX

10.0

Winner

Kia Sedona LX

starting from

$25,700

Reasons to buy the Kia Sedona LX

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Longer-lasting basic warranty
5 year
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Sporty performance
16.1 lb/hp
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Longer basic warranty
60,000 mile
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Fast 0-60 time
8.3 seconds
2011 Toyota Sienna

9.3

Runner-up

Toyota Sienna

starting from

$25,870

Reasons to buy the Toyota Sienna

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More airbags
6
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Average-sized back seats
49.2 ft3
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Good cargo space
150.0 ft3
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OK braking distance from 60mph
134 ft
Performance 8.6 vs 10.0
2012 Kia Sedona LX Winner: Sedona LX
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  • The Sedona LX's power-to-weight ratio is around 30% better, providing a sportier ride, 16.1 lb/hp vs 22.9 lb/hp
  • The Sedona LX's Semi-automatic transmission offers the best driving experience, Semi-automatic transmission vs Automatic transmission
  • More than 40% more powerful, 271 HP @ 6,300 RPM vs 187 HP @ 5,800 RPM
Cost 8.6 vs 10.0
2012 Kia Sedona LX Winner: Sedona LX
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  • Basic warranty lasts 2 more years, 5 year vs 3 year
  • Basic warranty lasts 24,000 more miles, 60,000 mile vs 36,000 mile
Entertainment System 8.8 vs 10.0
2012 Kia Sedona LX Winner: Sedona LX
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  • Almost the same
  • The Sedona LX has 4 more speakers, providing a better entertainment experience, 8 vs 4
Safety Features 10.0 vs 9.6
2011 Toyota Sienna Winner: Sienna
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  • The Sienna has 1 more airbag (including Knee), 6 vs 5
Practicality 9.6 vs 10.0
2012 Kia Sedona LX Winner: Sedona LX
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  • Almost the same
  • A single tank lasts around 10% longer, 528 miles vs 480 miles
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 10.0
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  • Neither offers a sun roof
  • Neither offers a leather interior
  • Neither has a power seat option
Crash Test Ratings 10.0 vs -
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Road Tests 10.0 vs -
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Overall 9.3 vs 10.0

Performance

Toyota
Sienna
2011 Toyota Sienna
2012 Kia Sedona LX Kia
Sedona LX
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Horsepower 187 HP @ 5,800 RPM vs 271 HP @ 6,300 RPM The Sedona LX is fairly powerful, but the Sienna is underpowered
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Number of gears 6 vs 6 More gears
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Transmission Automatic transmission vs Semi-automatic transmission The Sedona LX's semi-automatic transmission is a rare find for this class of vehicle
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paddle shifters Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers paddle shifters
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Air compressor None vs None Neither has an air compressor for increased power output
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Power-to-weight ratio 22.9 lb/hp vs 16.1 lb/hp The Sedona LX is a sporty car, but the Sienna is sluggish
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Drivetrain type front-wheel drive vs front-wheel drive Both have the usual drivetrain for this class of vehicle
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 37.3 ft vs 39.6 ft The Sienna is comparable to most other vehicles for turning, but the Sedona LX is quite bad

Cost

Toyota
Sienna
2011 Toyota Sienna
2012 Kia Sedona LX Kia
Sedona LX
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MSRP $25,870 vs $25,700 Both are priced reasonably
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In-city gas mileage 19 mpg vs 18 mpg Both get OK mileage in the city
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basic warranty miles 36,000 mile vs 60,000 mile The Sedona LX's basic warranty is fantastic, and the Sienna 's warranty is OK, too
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basic warranty years 3 year vs 5 year The Sedona LX's basic warranty is fantastically long-lasting, and the Sienna 's warranty is OK, too

Entertainment System

Toyota
Sienna
2011 Toyota Sienna
2012 Kia Sedona LX Kia
Sedona LX
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Number of speakers 4 vs 8 The Sedona LX has more speakers, but the Sienna has very few
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Has speed sensitive volume Yes vs No The Sienna 's stereo cranks the volume to compensate for road noise, but the Sedona LX does not
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers satellite radio
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Has auxiliary audio input Yes vs Yes Both have an audio-in jack so you can plug in your own MP3 player to the stereo
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Has subwoofer No vs No Neither has a subwoofer; audio won't have that deep thumping bass sound
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entertainment system Not Available vs Optional It'll cost you to get an entertainment system on the Sedona LX; but it's not available at all on the Sienna

Safety Features

Toyota
Sienna
2011 Toyota Sienna
2012 Kia Sedona LX Kia
Sedona LX
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antilock brakes Standard vs Standard Both come standard with ABS brakes
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Stability control system Yes vs Yes Both have electronic stability control
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Airbags 6 vs 5 The Sienna has great airbag coverage, whereas the Sedona LX is just OK (missing Knee)
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Rear brakes Disc vs Disc Both vehicles' brakes will do well under heavy use
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child door locks Standard vs Standard Child door locks come standard
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Roadside assistance system None vs None

Practicality

Toyota
Sienna
2011 Toyota Sienna
2012 Kia Sedona LX Kia
Sedona LX
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Passengers 7 vs 7 Average number of seats
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Highway driving range 480 miles vs 528 miles The Sedona LX has good highway range and the Sienna is reasonable
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Cargo space 150.0 ft3 vs 141.5 ft3 The Sienna has lots of cargo room and the Sedona LX is pretty good
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front seats 62.5 ft3 vs 62.4 ft3 Both average size front seats
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folding rear seats Standard vs Standard Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
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power outlets Standard vs Standard Both have power outlets
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roof rails Not Available vs Standard Need to carry bulky cargo? The Sedona LX's standard roof rails are great, meanwhile the Sienna cannot be configured with them at any price
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navigation system Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a navigation system
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Cupholders 6 vs 6 Limited number of cupholders
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Luxury Features

Toyota
Sienna
2011 Toyota Sienna
2012 Kia Sedona LX Kia
Sedona LX
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moon roof Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a sun roof
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power seats Not Available vs Not Available Neither has a power seat option
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keyless entry Standard vs Standard Both have keyless entry
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leather Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a leather interior

Crash Test Ratings

Toyota
Sienna
2011 Toyota Sienna
2012 Kia Sedona LX Kia
Sedona LX
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Rollover resistance 4 stars vs Unknown
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Front driver crash test 5 stars vs Unknown
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Driver side crash test 5 stars vs Unknown

Road Tests

Toyota
Sienna
2011 Toyota Sienna
2012 Kia Sedona LX Kia
Sedona LX
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0-60 mph 10.3 seconds vs 8.3 seconds The Sedona LX can accelerate to 60mph quickly, but the Sienna is pretty bad
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Braking distance at 60mph 134 ft vs 144 ft The Sienna 's braking ability is average for this class of vehicle, but the Sedona LX is quite bad
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1/4 mile 17.8 s @ 80 mph vs 16.5 s @ 88 mph The Sedona LX's 1/4 mile time is average, but the Sienna 's is quite bad
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Lateral acceleration 0.73 g vs Unknown
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Top speed 115 mph vs Unknown

Other Vehicles to Consider

2011 Toyota Sienna XLE 2011 Toyota Highlander SE Sienna XLE vs Highlander SE
2011 Toyota Sienna 2011 Honda Odyssey EX Sienna vs Odyssey EX
2011 Toyota Sienna 2011 Honda Pilot EX Sienna vs Pilot EX
2011 Toyota Sienna 2011 Toyota Sequoia Limited Sienna vs Sequoia Limited
2011 Toyota Sienna 2012 GMC Acadia SLE Sienna vs Acadia SLE
2012 Kia Sedona LX 2012 Kia Sorento LX Sedona LX vs Sorento LX
2012 Kia Sedona LX 2011 Honda Odyssey EX Sedona LX vs Odyssey EX
2012 Kia Sedona LX 2011 Dodge Grand Caravan Passenger Crew Sedona LX vs Grand Caravan Passenger Crew
2012 Kia Sedona LX 2011 Chrysler Town & Country Limited Sedona LX vs Town & Country Limited
2012 Kia Sedona LX 2012 Mazda 5 Sport Sedona LX vs 5 Sport

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