2021 Kia Sedona vs. 2020 Chrysler Voyager

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

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The Sedona has standard Active Headrests, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Active Headrests system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Voyager doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

The Sedona (except L/LX) offers optional Autonomous Emergency Braking, which use forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn’t react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The Voyager doesn't offer collision warning or crash mitigation brakes.

The Sedona (except LX)’s optional lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane. The Voyager doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

The Sedona (except LX) offers an optional Surround View Monitor to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Voyager only offers a rear monitor and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the front or sides.

The Sedona (except LX)’s optional driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Voyager doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

The Sedona EX/SX has standard GPS Response System, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The Voyager doesn’t offer a GPS response system, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the Sedona and the Voyager have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, rearview cameras, available blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

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The Sedona comes with a full 5-year/60,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire van and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The Voyager’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 2 years and 24,000 miles sooner.

Kia’s powertrain warranty covers the Sedona 5 years and 40,000 miles longer than Chrysler covers the Voyager. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 10 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the Voyager ends after only 5 years or 60,000 miles.

Reliability

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To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Sedona has a standard 660-amp battery (850 EX/SX/Limited). The Voyager’s 650-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the Sedona’s reliability 42 points higher than the Voyager.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Sedona first among minivans in their 2020 Initial Quality Study. The Voyager isn’t in the top three in its category.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2020 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Kia vehicles are better in initial quality than Chrysler vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Kia first in initial quality, above the industry average. With 53 more problems per 100 vehicles, Chrysler is ranked 28th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Kia vehicles are more reliable than Chrysler vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Kia 10th in reliability, above the industry average. With 20 more problems per 100 vehicles, Chrysler is ranked 16th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2019 Auto Issue reports that Kia vehicles are more reliable than Chrysler vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Kia 10 places higher in reliability than Chrysler.

Fuel Economy and Range

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The Sedona has 2.1 gallons more fuel capacity than the Voyager (21.1 vs. 19 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Transmission

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For more complete vehicle control the Sedona has Shiftronic, with the available convenience of an automatic transmission and the complete gear control of a manual transmission without the inconvenience of a clutch. Shiftronic allows the driver to eliminate unwanted shifts and maximize engine braking by down shifting while cornering. The Voyager doesn’t offer a transmission that allows complete gear control.

Tires and Wheels

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The Sedona EX/SX’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 60 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Voyager’s 65 series tires.

For better load carrying, ride, handling and brake cooling the Sedona EX/SX has standard 18-inch wheels. The Voyager’s largest wheels are only 17-inches.

The Sedona has a standard space-saver spare tire so you can replace a flat tire and drive to have the flat repaired or replaced. A spare tire isn’t available on the Voyager; it requires you to depend on roadside assistance and your vehicle will have to be towed.

Suspension and Handling

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For better maneuverability, the Sedona’s turning circle is 2 feet tighter than the Voyager’s (37.7 feet vs. 39.7 feet).

Passenger Space

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The Sedona offers optional seating for 8 passengers; the Voyager can only carry 7.

The Sedona has .3 inches more front hip room, .1 inches more front shoulder room, 2.1 inches more rear legroom, 1.3 inches more rear hip room, .1 inches more rear shoulder room, .2 inches more third row headroom and .5 inches more third row hip room than the Voyager.

Cargo Capacity

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The Sedona’s cargo area provides more volume than the Voyager.

Sedona

Voyager

Behind Third Seat

33.9 cubic feet

32.3 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

142 cubic feet

140.5 cubic feet

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Sedona’s power liftgate can be opened just by waiting momentarily behind the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The Sedona’s power liftgate can also be opened or closed by pressing a button. The Voyager doesn’t offer a power or hands-free opening liftgate.

Ergonomics

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When two different drivers share the Sedona (except LX), the optional memory seats and mirrors make it convenient for both. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position and outside mirror angle. The Voyager doesn’t offer a memory system.

The Sedona (except LX)’s optional easy entry system glides the driver’s seat back when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The Voyager doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The Sedona’s optional front and rear power windows all open or close with one touch of the switches. The Voyager LX’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to close them fully.

The Smart Key standard on the Sedona EX/SX allows you to unlock the doors, cargo door and start the engine all without removing a key from pocket or purse. This eliminates searching for keys before loading groceries, getting in the vehicle in bad weather or making a hurried start to your trip. The Chrysler Voyager’s Keyless-Enter-N-Go doesn’t unlock the cargo door.

The Sedona has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. The Voyager has an automatic headlight on/off feature standard only on the LX.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors available for the Sedona (except LX) detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Voyager doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the Sedona (except LX) has standard adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The Voyager doesn’t offer cornering lights.

Manual rear side window sunshades are available in the Sedona to help block heat and glare for the rear passengers. The Voyager doesn’t offer rear side window sunshades.

When the Sedona with available tilt-down mirrors is put in reverse, both rearview mirrors tilt from their original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirrors into their original positions. The Voyager’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

The Sedona’s optional rear view mirror has an automatic dimming feature. This mirror can be set to automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on it, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Voyager doesn’t offer the luxury of an automatic dimming rear view mirror.

Optional air-conditioned seats in the Sedona (except LX) keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in Summer. The Voyager doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

The Sedona EX/SX’s standard automatic temperature control maintains the temperature you set, automatically controlling fan speed, vents and temperature to maintain a consistent, comfortable environment. The Voyager doesn’t offer automatic air conditioning.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the Sedona (except LX) offers an optional Smart Cruise Control, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The Voyager doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

To direct the driver from any location to a given street address, a GPS navigation system is available on the Sedona (except LX). The Sedona’s navigation system also has a real-time traffic update feature that offers alternative routes to automatically bypass traffic problems. (Service not available in all areas.) The Voyager doesn’t offer a navigation system.

To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the Kia Sedona EX/SX has a standard wireless phone charging system (Qi) in the center console. The Voyager doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.

The Sedona (except LX) offers an optional 115-volt a/c outlet on the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The Voyager doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

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