2021 Kia Sedona vs. 2020 Ram ProMaster City Wagon

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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 ProMaster City Wagon 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 ProMaster City Wagon 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 ProMaster City Wagon 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 ProMaster City Wagon 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.

To help make backing safer, the Sedona EX/SX’s cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The ProMaster City Wagon doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

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 ProMaster City Wagon 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 ProMaster City Wagon 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 ProMaster City 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 and available blind spot warning systems.

The Kia Sedona weighs 761 to 835 pounds more than the Ram ProMaster City Wagon. The NHTSA advises that heavier vehicles are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.

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 ProMaster City 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 ProMaster City 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 Ram covers the ProMaster City 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 ProMaster City 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 ProMaster City 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 Ram vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Kia first in initial quality, above the industry average. With 5 more problems per 100 vehicles, Ram is ranked third.

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 Ram vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Kia 10th in reliability, above the industry average. With 45 more problems per 100 vehicles, Ram is ranked 26th.

Engine

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The Sedona’s 3.3 DOHC V6 produces 98 more horsepower (276 vs. 178) and 74 lbs.-ft. more torque (248 vs. 174) than the ProMaster City Wagon’s 2.4 DOHC 4-cylinder.

Fuel Economy and Range

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The Sedona has 5.1 gallons more fuel capacity than the ProMaster City Wagon (21.1 vs. 16 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 ProMaster City Wagon doesn’t offer a transmission that allows complete gear control.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the Sedona’s brake rotors are larger than those on the ProMaster City Wagon:

Sedona

ProMaster City Wagon

Front Rotors

12.6 inches

12 inches

Rear Rotors

11.9 inches

10” drums

The Kia Sedona has standard four-wheel disc brakes for better stopping power and improved directional control in poor weather. Only rear drums come on the ProMaster City Wagon. Drums can heat up and make stops longer, especially with antilock brakes that work much harder than conventional brakes.

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Sedona has larger tires than the ProMaster City 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 ProMaster City Wagon. The Sedona EX/SX has standard 18-inch wheels.

Suspension and Handling

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The Sedona has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The ProMaster City Wagon’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

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 ProMaster City Wagon doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Sedona is 8.6 inches wider in the front and 8 inches wider in the rear than the track on the ProMaster City Wagon.

For better maneuverability, the Sedona’s turning circle is 4.3 feet tighter than the ProMaster City Wagon’s (37.7 feet vs. 42 feet).

Passenger Space

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The Sedona offers optional seating for 8 passengers; the ProMaster City Wagon can only carry 5.

The Sedona has .1 inches more front legroom, 6.5 inches more front hip room, 4.6 inches more front shoulder room, 4.3 inches more rear legroom, 6.9 inches more rear hip room and 5.1 inches more rear shoulder room than the ProMaster City Wagon.

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

Cargo Capacity

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The Sedona’s cargo area provides more volume than the ProMaster City Wagon.

Sedona

ProMaster City Wagon

Third Seat Folded

78.4 cubic feet

n/a

Third Seat Removed

n/a

45.6 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

142 cubic feet

68.7 cubic feet

The Sedona’s liftgate lifts up in one piece, completely out of the way of loading and unloading, while sheltering the cargo loading area. The ProMaster City Wagon’s two swing out doors impair rear visibility, need a lot of clearance, and can block loading in tight quarters.

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

Towing

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The Sedona’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the ProMaster City Wagon’s (3500 vs. 1867 pounds).

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 ProMaster City 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 ProMaster City Wagon 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 ProMaster City Wagon’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open or 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 Ram ProMaster City Wagon doesn’t offer an advanced key 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 ProMaster City Wagon doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

The Sedona’s variable intermittent wipers have an adjustable delay to allow the driver to choose a setting that best clears the windshield during light rain or mist. The ProMaster City Wagon’s fixed intermittent wipers only have one fixed delay setting, so the driver will have to manually switch them between slow and intermittent.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Sedona has a standard rear wiper. A rear wiper costs extra on the ProMaster City Wagon.

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 ProMaster City Wagon doesn’t offer automatic headlights.

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 ProMaster City Wagon 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 ProMaster City Wagon doesn’t offer cornering lights.

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 ProMaster City Wagon’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 ProMaster City Wagon 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 ProMaster City 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 ProMaster City Wagon doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

The Sedona EX/SX’s standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. The ProMaster City Wagon doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.

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 ProMaster City Wagon doesn’t offer automatic air conditioning.

For greater rear passenger comfort, the Sedona has standard rear a/c vents to keep rear occupants more comfortable. The ProMaster City Wagon doesn’t offer rear vents.

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 ProMaster City Wagon doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

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 ProMaster City Wagon doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

Recommendations

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The Kia Sedona outsold the Ram ProMaster City by 23% during 2019.

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