Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2017 Kia Sedona VS 2017 Nissan Quest Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2017 Kia Sedona

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2017 Nissan Quest

Safety Comparison

The Sedona (except L) 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 Quest doesn't offer collision warning or crash mitigation brakes.

The Kia Sedona EX/SX/SXL has Daytime Running Lights to help keep it more visible under all conditions. Canadian government studies show that driving with lights during the day reduces accidents by 11% by making vehicles more conspicuous. The Quest doesn’t offer Daytime Running Lights.

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

To help make backing safer, the Sedona (except L)’s optional 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 Quest doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

Both the Sedona and the Quest 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, available blind spot warning systems and around view monitors.

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 Quest:




Overall Evaluation






Head Neck Evaluation



Head injury index



Peak Head Forces

0 G’s

0 G’s

Steering Column Movement Rearward

2 cm

21 cm

Chest Evaluation



Hip & Thigh Evaluation



Femur Force R/L

3.1/.2 kN

12.3/5.9 kN

Hip & Thigh Injury Risk R/L



Lower Leg Evaluation



Tibia index R/L



Tibia forces R/L

1.3/.2 kN

1.8/1.3 kN

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) performs roof strength tests. In that test the Sedona earned the top rating of “Good” because its roof supported over four times the Sedona’s weight before being crushed five inches. The Quest was rated lower at “Acceptable.”

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 104 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Quest was not even a “Top Pick” for 2016.

Warranty Comparison

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

Reliability Comparison

To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the Sedona has a standard 150-amp alternator. The Quest’s 130-amp alternator isn’t as powerful.

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 Quest’s 550-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Kia vehicles are better in initial quality than Nissan vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Kia first in initial quality, above the industry average. With 18 more problems per 100 vehicles, Nissan is ranked 10th.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Kia vehicles are more reliable than Nissan vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Kia 17th in reliability. With 20 more problems per 100 vehicles, Nissan is ranked 27th.

Engine Comparison

The Sedona’s 3.3 DOHC V6 produces 16 more horsepower (276 vs. 260) and 8 lbs.-ft. more torque (248 vs. 240) than the Quest’s 3.5 DOHC V6.

As tested in Car and Driver the Kia Sedona is faster than the Nissan Quest:




Zero to 30 MPH

2.8 sec

3.3 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

7.4 sec

7.9 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

19.4 sec

20.3 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

7.7 sec

8.1 sec

Quarter Mile

15.8 sec

16.1 sec

Top Speed

122 MPH

120 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the Sedona’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the Quest:




Front Rotors

12.6 inches

11.4 inches

The Sedona stops much shorter than the Quest:





70 to 0 MPH

167 feet

185 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

118 feet

132 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Sedona has larger tires than the Quest (235/65R17 vs. 225/65R16).

For better load carrying, ride, handling and brake cooling the Sedona L/LX has standard 17-inch wheels. Smaller 16-inch wheels are standard on the Quest S/SV. The Sedona SXL’s 19-inch wheels are larger than the 18-inch wheels on the Quest SL/Platinum.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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

The Sedona has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the Sedona flat and controlled during cornering. The Quest’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Sedona’s wheelbase is 2.4 inches longer than on the Quest (120.5 inches vs. 118.1 inches).

Passenger Space Comparison

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

The Sedona has 2 inches more front hip room, 4.4 inches more rear legroom, .1 inches more rear hip room and .4 inches more third row hip room than the Quest.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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




Third Seat Folded

78.4 cubic feet

63.6 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

142 cubic feet

108.4 cubic feet

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

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

Ergonomics Comparison

The Sedona offers a remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The Quest doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The power windows standard on both the Sedona and the Quest have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Sedona is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The Quest prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

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 Quest has an automatic headlight on/off feature standard only on the SL/Platinum.

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

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

Both the Sedona and the Quest offer available heated front seats. The Sedona also offers optional heated second row seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated second row seats aren’t available in the Quest.

Standard air conditioned seats in the Sedona SX/SXL keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in Summer. The Quest doesn’t offer air conditioned seats.

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

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the Sedona (except L) 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 Quest doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

Optional UVO for the Sedona (not available L) allows the driver and passengers access to select programs on their smartphones, including playing internet radio stations and other connected activities without taking their eyes off the road or their hands from the wheel. The Quest doesn’t offer factory integrated smartphone program access.

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. Nissan doesn’t offer wireless connectivity on the Quest S.

Economic Advantages Comparison

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Sedona is less expensive to operate than the Quest because typical repairs cost much less on the Sedona than the Quest, including $69 less for an alternator, $262 less for a starter, $149 less for a fuel pump, $20 less for front struts and $445 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations Comparison

Motor Trend performed a comparison test in its March 2015 issue and they ranked the Kia Sedona SXL first. They ranked the Nissan Quest Platinum fourth.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Sedona first among minivans in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The Quest isn’t in the top three.

The Kia Sedona outsold the Nissan Quest by over three to one during the 2016 model year.

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