From Kia press:
A comfort and value staple in the minivan segment, the 2011 Kia Sedona returns to the Kia Motors America (KMA) lineup, stocked with a plethora of convenience amenities and safety features. A recipient of a "Top Safety Pick" recognition by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) for 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009, multiple five-star crash safety ratings from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) for each seating position and a 2010 "Top Recommended Vehicle" award from Edmunds.com, Sedona offers the comfort, space, utility, safety features and peace of mind consumers have come to associate with the Kia minivan.
New for 2011, Sedona now comes with an all-new 3.5-liter V6 engine able to produce up to 271 horsepower, 27 more than the previous version, and offer improved fuel economy over the previous year. Also new for the Sedona is a standard six-speed automatic transmission, standard exterior side mirror LED turn signal indicators and standard Bluetooth® wireless technology to enable hands-free operation for all compatible mobile phones, increasing Sedona's convenience proposition further. The 2011 Sedona also displays the signature tabbed Kia grille, seen on all new Kia vehicles.
Available in LX and EX trim levels, pricing for the functional minivan begins at $24,595 for the base trim, offering standard convenience features, including air conditioning, SIRIUS® Satellite Radio capabilities with three months complimentary service, MP3 connectivity and Bluetooth wireless technology and steering wheel-mounted audio controls.
An eight-time recipient of a five-star crash rating from the NHTSA for each seating position and a "Top Safety Pick" by IIHS for four years, Sedona offers consumers invaluable protection provided by an extensive list of standard safety features on the 2011 model, including six standard airbags (dual advanced front and front seat-mounted side air bags, and full-length side curtain air bags for all three seating rows), active front headrests, a four-channel, four-sensor, Antilock Brake System (ABS) with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD), which takes into account vehicle load and weight distribution and ensures the appropriate stopping force is used. The EBD adapts to individual wheel grip conditions, to help improve both control and stability. Additional standard safety equipment for Sedona includes a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) while Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and a Traction Control System (TCS) ensure a smoother and safer ride.
In conjunction with the ABS, the TCS uses brake and engine torque intervention to enhance traction during launch and acceleration on road surfaces. If the ABS system detects wheel slip, it signals the engine control unit to adjust engine torque output accordingly. TCS also senses when one or more wheels spin faster than the vehicle's speed, and if this condition is present it applies the brakes to that wheel or wheels. Working together, the two systems limit wheel spin and help the driver maintain control.
Working with the standard ABS with EBD and TCS, the ESC system can apply individual brakes selectively to help control oversteer and understeer as needed to help the driver maintain control on slippery surfaces or during certain emergency maneuvers. Being able to control any or all of the brakes allows the ESC system to provide responsiveness, control and enhanced accident avoidance capabilities to help the driver, although ESC is not a substitute for safe driving procedures.