Minivans feature ample passenger and cargo space, enough safety features to add peace of mind, and the interior convenience features to make everyone in the family happy.
The Sienna made its debut in 1998 as the first American-assembled van for Toyota. In 2021, with the Sienna, you get all of that plus an impressive hybrid drivetrain and available All-Wheel Drive (AWD) capability. The Sedona was introduced in 2002 by Kia as their amenity-loaded family vehicle.
For any new car buyer safety is a top consideration. Every grade of the all-new 2021 Sienna comes with Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 (TSS 2.0). Kia's own comparable suite of active safety features (Kia Drive Wise) doesn't come standard on the base-grade Sedona LX.
When it comes to picking a vehicle fit for your lifestyle, it's important to consider specifications in safety, performance, and interior features. Let's take a look at the Sienna vs. Sedona to see which is ideal for you.
Publish Date: 01/05/2021
When it comes to safety, the Toyota Sienna comes standard with numerous features. With Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 (TSS 2.0), the 2021 Sienna includes everything even on the base-grade. The Sienna comes standard with a Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection (PCS w/PD), Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist (LDA w/SA), Automatic High Beams (AHB), Full-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC), Road Sign Assist (RSA), and Lane Tracing Assist (LTA).
Kia has its own suite of active safety features called Kia Drive Wise. It has features like Lane Departure Warning (LDW), Smart Cruise Control (SCC) w/ Stop & Go, and Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA) w/ Pedestrian Detection. However, these features are not available for the base model Sedona LX. They are standard on the SX, however, which has a starting MSRP of $41,500.
In terms of airbag systems, the 2021 Toyota Sienna has 10 airbags. These include a driver and front passenger Advanced Airbag System, driver, front passenger and second-row outboard seat-mounted side airbags, driver knee airbag, front passenger seat-cushion airbag, and side curtain airbags. The 2021 Sedona has Dual Front Advanced Airbags, Dual Front Seat Mounted Side Airbags, and Full-Length Side Curtain Airbags. However, it lacks a driver knee or 2nd row seat airbags.
The Sienna also has standard Blind Spot Monitor (BSM) with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert (RCTA) which is not available on the base trim Sedona LX.
Performance is another important category to consider. For a vehicle that's going to be carrying precious cargo, you want something that matches your lifestyle. The Sienna has capabilities for every familys' needs including available AWD and a standard hybrid engine.
With an EPA-estimated MPG rating of 35/36/35 (city/highway/combined) for the Sienna AWD and an EPA-estimated MPG rating of 36/36/36 (city/highway/combined) for the Sienna FWD, you'll spend less time at the pump. Comparatively, the Sedona LX has an EPA-estimated MPG rating of 18/24/21 (city/highway/combined).
As mentioned above, the Sienna also has more drivetrain options. All 2021 Sienna's are available in All-Wheel Drive (AWD) or Front-Wheel Drive (FWD) configurations. The Sedona is only available with FWD.
To get your Toyota journey started on the right foot, every new lease or purchase of the 2021 Sienna also comes with the ToyotaCare plan and ToyotaCare Roadside Assistance. The factory-scheduled maintenance plan lasts 25,000 miles or two years, whichever comes first. Roadside Assistance lasts two years and unlimited miles. Kia has a scheduled maintenance program called Kia Care. However, it comes at an additional cost. See a Kia dealer for details.
Amenities are an important part of any vehicle, but a minivan has to have enough to keep the whole family satisfied. That's why the Toyota Sienna has standard three-zone, with available four-zone, automatic climate control with air filter, individual temperature settings for driver, front passenger and rear-seat passengers, and separate rear digital control panel. The Kia Sedona only has separate controls for the front and rear passenger areas. To get Tri-Zone Front and Rear Automatic Climate Control you'd have to get the Kia Sedona EX or SX.
For easy access to third-row seating, the 2021 Sienna has a super-long-slide seat feature with a seat travel of 25 inches. This feature is also convenient whether you're getting the kids out of their car seats or just want extra legroom.
The Sienna also features a 9-in. touchscreen, six speakers, Android Auto™, Apple CarPlay®, and Amazon Alexa compatibility. You can also enjoy SiriusXM® with a 3-month All Access trial in this minivan packed with connectivity options. The Sedona LX, on the other hand, has a standard 7-in. touchscreen, six speakers, Android Auto™, and Apple CarPlay® but lacks Amazon Alexa compatibility on any trim.
One thing that makes it easy: your 2021 Toyota Sienna will have standard Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 (TSS 2.0) no matter which grade you choose. From there, you can choose available All-Wheel Drive for any Sienna. Most of the features of Kia's safety suite, Kia Drive Wise, don't come standard on the base trim Sedona LX and All-Wheel Drive is not available.
When it comes to fuel economy, the Sedona LX has an EPA-estimated MPG of 18/24/21 (city/highway/combined), while Sienna's hybrid engine has an EPA-estimated MPG rating of 35/36/35 (city/highway/combined) for the AWD drivetrain. The Sienna FWD has an EPA-estimated MPG rating of 36/36/36 (city/highway/combined).
Keep everyone comfortable with the standard three-zone automatic climate control and available four-zone climate control in the Toyota Sienna. The Kia Sedona only has separate controls for the front and rear passenger areas. To get the same climate control options you'd have to choose the higher-end grade Kia Sedona EX or SX.
The Sienna was also awarded Kelley Blue Book®'s Minivan Best Buy award for the 2021 model year.
After taking a closer look at the Sienna vs. Sedona, the 2021 Sienna has the updated style, versatility, and features you need at every level.