2021 Kia Sedona vs. 2020 Ford Transit Connect Wagon

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Safety

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For enhanced safety, the front and middle seat shoulder belts of the Kia Sedona are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The Ford Transit Connect Wagon doesn’t offer height-adjustable middle seat belts.

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 Transit Connect Wagon doesn’t offer a whiplash protection 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 Transit Connect Wagon only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.

Both the Sedona and the Transit Connect Wagon 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 crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, rear cross-path warning and driver alert monitors.

The Kia Sedona weighs 414 to 519 pounds more than the Ford Transit Connect Wagon. The NHTSA advises that heavier vehicles are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.

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 Ford Transit Connect Wagon:

Sedona

Transit Connect Wagon

OVERALL STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

236

315

Neck Injury Risk

23%

31%

Neck Stress

196 lbs.

217 lbs.

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

207

217

Chest Compression

.3 inches

.3 inches

Neck Injury Risk

39%

40%

Neck Stress

196 lbs.

207 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

464/103 lbs.

501/438 lbs.

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

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 Ford Transit Connect Wagon:

Sedona

Transit Connect Wagon

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

29

104

Hip Force

253 lbs.

393 lbs.

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Spine Acceleration

46 G’s

57 G’s

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Spine Acceleration

34 G’s

38 G’s

Hip Force

619 lbs.

806 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 Transit Connect Wagon has not been tested, yet.

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 Transit Connect Wagon’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 Ford covers the Transit Connect Wagon. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 10 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the Transit Connect Wagon 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 Transit Connect Wagon 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 Ford vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Kia first in initial quality, above the industry average. With 38 more problems per 100 vehicles, Ford is ranked 16th, 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 Ford vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Kia 10th in reliability, above the industry average. With 20 more problems per 100 vehicles, Ford is ranked 16th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2019 Auto Issue reports that Kia vehicles are more reliable than Ford vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Kia 7 places higher in reliability than Ford.

Engine

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The Sedona’s 3.3 DOHC V6 produces 114 more horsepower (276 vs. 162) and 104 lbs.-ft. more torque (248 vs. 144) than the Transit Connect Wagon’s standard 2.0 DOHC 4-cylinder. The Sedona’s 3.3 DOHC V6 produces 107 more horsepower (276 vs. 169) and 77 lbs.-ft. more torque (248 vs. 171) than the Transit Connect Wagon’s optional 2.5 DOHC 4-cylinder.

As tested in Motor Trend the Kia Sedona is faster than the Ford Transit Connect Wagon:

Sedona

Transit Connect Wagon 2.0

Transit Connect Wagon 2.5

Zero to 60 MPH

7.8 sec

10.5 sec

10.2 sec

Quarter Mile

16.1 sec

17.8 sec

17.6 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

88.8 MPH

77.5 MPH

77.8 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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The Sedona has 5.3 gallons more fuel capacity than the Transit Connect Wagon (21.1 vs. 15.8 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping

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The Sedona stops shorter than the Transit Connect Wagon:

Sedona

Transit Connect Wagon

70 to 0 MPH

167 feet

170 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

118 feet

127 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Sedona has larger tires than the Transit Connect Wagon (235/65R17 vs. 215/55R16).

For better load carrying, ride, handling and brake cooling the Sedona LX has standard 17-inch wheels. Only 16-inch wheels are available on the Transit Connect Wagon. The Sedona EX/SX has standard 18-inch wheels.

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 Ford Transit Connect Wagon has a rear torsion beam axle, with a semi-independent rear suspension.

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Sedona is 7.2 inches wider in the front and 7.2 inches wider in the rear than the track on the Transit Connect Wagon.

For better maneuverability, the Sedona’s turning circle is 2.3 feet tighter than the Transit Connect Wagon’s (37.7 feet vs. 40 feet).

Passenger Space

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The Sedona offers optional seating for 8 passengers; the Transit Connect Wagon can only carry up to 7.

The Sedona has 5.1 inches more front hip room, 6.3 inches more front shoulder room, 3.5 inches more rear legroom, 7.8 inches more rear hip room, 4.6 inches more rear shoulder room, 3 inches more third row hip room and 3.1 inches more third row shoulder room than the Transit Connect Wagon.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Sedona’s middle and third row seats recline. The Transit Connect Wagon’s middle row seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity

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The Sedona’s cargo area provides more volume than the Transit Connect Wagon.

Sedona

Transit Connect Wagon

Behind Third Seat

33.9 cubic feet

16.3 cubic feet

Third Seat Folded

78.4 cubic feet

n/a

Third Seat Removed

n/a

60.1 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

142 cubic feet

106 cubic feet

The Sedona’s cargo area is larger than the Transit Connect Wagon’s in every dimension:

Sedona

Transit Connect Wagon

Length to seat (3rd/2nd/1st)

22.5”/55.3”/91”

14.5”/45”/85.6”

Max Width

50”

n/a

Min Width

48”

47”

Height

45.1”

43.3”

The Sedona has a standard Sinking Seat third row seat, which folds flat into the floor. This completely clears a very large cargo area quickly. The Transit Connect Wagon doesn’t offer seats that fold into the floor.

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 Transit Connect Wagon doesn’t offer a power or hands-free opening liftgate.

Payload and Towing

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The Sedona’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Transit Connect Wagon’s (3500 vs. 0 pounds).

The Sedona has a much higher standard payload capacity than the Transit Connect Wagon (1674 vs. 1270 lbs.).

The Sedona has a much higher optional payload capacity than the Transit Connect Wagon (1674 vs. 1420 lbs.).

Servicing Ease

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A maintenance reminder system is standard on the Sedona to save the owner time and money by calculating maintenance intervals for oil changes based on odometer mileage. This takes the guesswork out of keeping your vehicle in top condition and helps it last longer. Ford doesn’t offer a maintenance reminder on the Transit Connect Wagon.

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 Transit Connect Wagon 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 Transit Connect Wagon doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

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 Transit Connect Wagon doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

The Transit Connect Wagon’s optional cornering lamps activate a lamp on the front corner when the turn signal is activated. The Sedona (except LX)’s standard adaptive cornering lights turn the actual headlight unit up to several degrees, depending on steering wheel angle and vehicle speed. This lights a significant distance into corners at any speed.

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 Transit Connect Wagon doesn’t offer extendable visors.

The Sedona has standard power remote mirrors. The Transit Connect Wagon only comes with remote mirrors at extra cost. Without them the driver will have to roll down the windows and reach across the car to adjust the mirrors.

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 Transit Connect Wagon’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 Transit Connect Wagon doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

On extremely cold winter days, the Sedona’s optional (except LX) heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the vehicle heater warms up. The Transit Connect Wagon doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

To help keep the driver’s hands on the wheel, the Sedona has standard steering wheel controls for the radio. The Transit Connect Wagon doesn’t offer steering wheel audio controls.

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