2021 Kia Sedona vs. 2020 Dodge Grand Caravan

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Safety

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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 Grand Caravan 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 Grand Caravan 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 Grand Caravan only offers a rear monitor.

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 Grand Caravan 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 Grand Caravan doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the Sedona and the Grand Caravan 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.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Kia Sedona is safer than the Dodge Grand Caravan:

Sedona

Grand Caravan

OVERALL STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

236

247

Neck Injury Risk

23%

36%

Neck Stress

196 lbs.

347 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

18/876 lbs.

776/782 lbs.

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Chest Compression

.3 inches

.5 inches

Leg Forces (l/r)

464/103 lbs.

526/665 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

A significantly tougher test than their original offset frontal crash test, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety does 40 MPH small overlap frontal offset crash tests. In this test, where only 25% of the total width of the vehicle is struck, results indicate that the Kia Sedona is safer than the Grand Caravan:

Sedona

Grand Caravan

Overall Evaluation

GOOD

POOR

Restraints

GOOD

POOR

Head Neck Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Head injury index

102

230

Peak Head Forces

0 G’s

Steering Column Movement Rearward

2 cm

17 cm

Chest Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Hip & Thigh Evaluation

GOOD

POOR

Femur Force R/L

3.1/.2 kN

13.4/4 kN

Hip & Thigh Injury Risk R/L

1%/0%

100%/1%

Lower Leg Evaluation

GOOD

POOR

Tibia index R/L

.53/.46

2.29/.9

Tibia forces R/L

1.3/.2 kN

3.5/3.4 kN

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Kia Sedona is safer than the Dodge Grand Caravan:

Sedona

Grand Caravan

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

29

51

Chest Movement

.6 inches

.9 inches

Abdominal Force

98 G’s

257 G’s

Hip Force

253 lbs.

625 lbs.

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

131

135

Spine Acceleration

46 G’s

54 G’s

Hip Force

660 lbs.

948 lbs.

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

256

294

Spine Acceleration

34 G’s

47 G’s

Hip Force

619 lbs.

788 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, and with its optional front crash prevention system, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Sedona the rating of “Top Pick” for 2017, a rating granted to only 184 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Grand Caravan was not even a “Top Pick” for 2016.

The Kia Sedona has a better fatality history. The Sedona was involved in fatal accidents at a rate 20% lower per vehicle registered than the Grand Caravan, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

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 Grand Caravan’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 Dodge covers the Grand Caravan. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 10 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the Grand Caravan ends after only 5 years or 60,000 miles.

Reliability

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

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 Dodge vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Kia 10th in reliability, above the industry average. With 52 more problems per 100 vehicles, Dodge is ranked 28th.

Engine

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As tested in Motor Trend the Kia Sedona is faster than the Dodge Grand Caravan:

Sedona

Grand Caravan

Zero to 60 MPH

7.8 sec

7.9 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

88.8 MPH

87.6 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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The Sedona has 1.1 gallons more fuel capacity than the Grand Caravan (21.1 vs. 20 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Transmission

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An eight-speed automatic is standard on the Kia Sedona, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a six-speed automatic is available for the Grand Caravan.

Brakes and Stopping

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The Sedona stops shorter than the Grand Caravan:

Sedona

Grand Caravan

60 to 0 MPH

133 feet

141 feet

Consumer Reports

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

144 feet

153 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Sedona has larger tires than the Grand Caravan (235/65R17 vs. 225/65R17).

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 Grand Caravan’s 65 series tires.

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

Suspension and Handling

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For superior ride and handling, the Kia Sedona has fully independent front and rear suspensions. An independent suspension allows the wheels to follow the road at the best angle for gripping the pavement, without compromising ride comfort. The Dodge Grand Caravan has a rear torsion beam axle, with a semi-independent rear suspension.

The Sedona EX/SX has vehicle speed sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The Grand Caravan doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Sedona is 3 inches wider in the front and 4.1 inches wider in the rear than the track on the Grand Caravan.

For better maneuverability, the Sedona’s turning circle is 1.4 feet tighter than the Grand Caravan’s (37.7 feet vs. 39.1 feet).

Passenger Space

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

The Sedona has .2 inches more front legroom, .9 inches more front hip room, .2 inches more front shoulder room, 2.4 inches more rear headroom, 4 inches more rear legroom, 1.3 inches more rear hip room, 1 inch more third row headroom and 1.3 inches more third row hip room than the Grand Caravan.

Cargo Capacity

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

Sedona

Grand Caravan

Behind Third Seat

33.9 cubic feet

31.1 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

142 cubic feet

140.3 cubic feet

The Sedona’s available folding rear seats are split to accommodate bulky cargo. The Grand Caravan’s standard single piece folding rear seat is not as flexible; long cargo and a passenger can’t share the rear seat.

To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Sedona’s liftgate can be opened just by waiting momentarily behind the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The Grand Caravan doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its liftgate, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.

Payload and Towing

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The Sedona’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Grand Caravan’s (3500 vs. 1600 pounds).

The Sedona has a higher standard payload capacity than the Grand Caravan (1674 vs. 1540 lbs.).

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 Grand Caravan 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 Grand Caravan doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The Sedona’s optional front and rear power windows all open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Grand Caravan’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open them fully. Only its driver’s window opens automatically.

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 Dodge Grand Caravan doesn’t offer an advanced key system.

The Sedona’s power window, power lock, power mirror and cruise control switches are lit from behind, making them plainly visible and easier to operate at night. The Grand Caravan’s cruise control switches are unlit, making them difficult to find at night and operate safely.

The Sedona has a standard locking fuel door with a remote release located convenient to the driver. A locking fuel door helps prevent vandalism, such as sugar in the tank and fuel theft. The Grand Caravan doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Sedona has a standard rear fixed intermittent wiper with a full on position. The rear wiper standard on the Grand Caravan only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.

Consumer Reports rated the Sedona’s headlight performance “Very Good,” a higher rating than the Grand Caravan’s headlights, which were rated “Good.”

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 Grand Caravan has an automatic headlight on/off feature standard only on the SE Plus/SXT.

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 Grand Caravan 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 Grand Caravan doesn’t offer cornering lights.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Sedona has standard extendable sun visors. The Grand Caravan doesn’t offer extendable visors.

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 Grand Caravan’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

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 Grand Caravan doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

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 Grand Caravan doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

Bluetooth wireless connectivity is standard on the Sedona, connecting the driver and passenger’s cell phones to the vehicle systems. This allows them to use the vehicle’s stereo and hand controls to place calls safely and easily. Bluetooth costs extra on the Grand Caravan.

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 Grand Caravan doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.

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