2021 Kia Sedona vs. 2021 Hyundai Palisade

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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 Hyundai Palisade 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 Palisade doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

Both the Sedona and the Palisade 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, around view monitors, rear cross-path warning and driver alert monitors.

Reliability

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J.D. Power and Associates rated the Sedona first among minivans in their 2020 Initial Quality Study. The Palisade 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 Hyundai vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Kia first in initial quality, above the industry average. With 17 more problems per 100 vehicles, Hyundai is ranked 10th.

Fuel Economy and Range

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The Sedona has 2.3 gallons more fuel capacity than the Palisade (21.1 vs. 18.8 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping

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The Sedona stops much shorter than the Palisade:

Sedona

Palisade

70 to 0 MPH

167 feet

182 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

118 feet

129 feet

Motor Trend

Suspension and Handling

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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 Palisade doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Sedona’s wheelbase is 6.3 inches longer than on the Palisade (120.5 inches vs. 114.2 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Sedona is 1.4 inches wider in the front and 1.3 inches wider in the rear than the track on the Palisade.

For better maneuverability, the Sedona’s turning circle is 1 foot tighter than the Palisade’s (37.7 feet vs. 38.7 feet).

Passenger Space

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The Sedona has 1.2 inches more front hip room, 2.7 inches more front shoulder room, 8.4 inches more rear hip room, 2.3 inches more rear shoulder room, 1.1 inches more third row headroom, 3.4 inches more third row legroom, 6.3 inches more third row hip room and 4.2 inches more third row shoulder room than the Palisade.

The front step up height for the Sedona is 1.7 inches lower than the Palisade (16.3” vs. 18”). The Sedona’s rear step up height is .7 inches lower than the Palisade’s (18.8” vs. 19.5”).

Cargo Capacity

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

Sedona

Palisade

Behind Third Seat

33.9 cubic feet

18 cubic feet

Third Seat Folded

78.4 cubic feet

45.8 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

142 cubic feet

86.4 cubic feet

A low lift-over cargo hatch design makes loading and unloading the Sedona easier. The Sedona’s cargo hatch lift-over height is 26 inches, while the Palisade’s liftover is 29.6 inches.

The Sedona’s cargo area is larger than the Palisade’s in almost every dimension:

Sedona

Palisade

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

22.5”/55.3”/91”

20.8”/49”/82.5”

Max Width

50”

53.7”

Min Width

48”

43.4”

Height

45.1”

30.5”

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 Palisade doesn’t offer seats that fold into the floor.

A standard locking glovebox (which can’t be accessed with the valet key) keeps your small valuables safer in the Sedona. The Palisade doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

Ergonomics

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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 Palisade’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open or close them fully.

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 Palisade doesn’t offer cornering lights.

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the Sedona owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Sedona will cost $210 to $3100 less than the Palisade over a five-year period.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Sedona is less expensive to operate than the Palisade because it costs $254 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Sedona than the Palisade, including $196 less for a water pump, $168 less for a muffler, $98 less for front brake pads, $177 less for a starter, $67 less for fuel injection, $194 less for a fuel pump, $62 less for front struts, $222 less for a timing belt/chain and $994 less for a power steering pump.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Kia Sedona will be $1547 to $3694 less than for the Hyundai Palisade.

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