When it comes time to load up the minivan for your next trip, you might wonder what can Kia Sedona tow if you plan to bring along extra kit. I am a fan of the minivan’s functionality and also an outdoors enthusiast so, I researched the Kia Sedona’s towing capacity to determine what you can hitch-up to this minivan.
Kia Sedona models for 2018, 2019, and 2020 have all been rated for a towing capacity up to 3,500-pounds regardless of trim level. With this towing capacity, you can easily tow a small to mid-sized camper, PWC, or lightweight utility trailer.
Let’s take a closer look at Kia Sedona’s towing capability. The Sedona is a solid choice for a tow vehicle because it is equipped with a strong engine to pack a powerful, front-wheel-drive pull. Keep reading to learn some examples of pop-ups, teardrops, minis, and mid-sized campers to pair with this versatile minivan for your next adventure.
How Much Horsepower Does the Kia Sedona Have?
Kia Sedona models from 2018, 2019, and 2020 are equipped with a 3.3L V6 engine to produce 276-horsepower at 6,000-rpm. The Sedona powerfully pulls using front-wheel drive (FWD).
How Much Torque Does The Kia Sedona Have?
The 2018 Kia Sedona is powered by a 3.3L V6 engine paired with an electronically controlled 6-speed automatic, overdrive with Sportmatic transmission. Sedona 2018 models provide 248-lbs-ft of torque at 5,200-rpm.
The 2019 and 2020 Kia Sedona models are powered by a 3.3L V6 engine paired with an electronically controlled 8-speed automatic, overdrive with Sportmatic transmission. Sedona 2019 and 2020 models also provide 248-lbs-ft of torque at 5,200-rpm.
Is There a Tow Package For The Kia Sedona?
A tow package does not come standard on Kia Sedona models; however, all trim levels for 2018, 2019, and 2020 Sedonas are capable of towing 3,500-pounds. Confirm a tow package is correctly installed by having a reputable mechanic do the installation.
How Much Does it Cost to Add a Tow Package to Kia Sedona?
What is the GVWR for Kia Sedona?
The Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) is the maximum operating weight of a vehicle as determined by the manufacturer. Exceeding the GVWR could result in damage to the vehicle. GVWR includes the vehicle’s chassis, engine, fluids, accessories, passengers, and cargo. GVWR does not include the weight of a towed trailer. The 8-passenger Kia Sedona has a GVWR of 6,085-pounds.
Can I Tow With Front Wheel Drive?
Front-wheel drive vehicles like Kia Sedona are reliable tow vehicles. It is essential to evenly transfer the weight of the load when towing using FWD. Try to not put too much weight on the Sedona’s rear end when you hitch-up the trailer. The trailer’s tongue weight, or weight distributed from the front of the trailer onto the vehicle’s hitch, can weigh down the rear end of the Sedona. Because the back end is weighted down, the front end of the Sedona might slightly lift, resulting in some loss of FWD traction.
Front-wheel drive vehicles tend to tow with better gas mileage compared to AWD vehicles. When not towing, the Kia Sedona 2018, 2019, and 2020 models have an EPA estimated city/highway/combined fuel economy of 18/24/21, respectively.
What Size Camper Can I Tow With Kia Sedona?
With a 3,500-pound towing capacity, the Kia Sedona can tow a variety of lightweight campers. Lightweight campers are very diverse in style and build. It is important to consider the camper’s unloaded vehicle weight (UVM), cargo carrying capacity (CCC), and t0ngue weight to be sure you will not exceed Kia Sedona’s towing capacity once the camper is fully loaded. Here are a few examples of campers that Kia Sedona can tow:
Forest River R-Pod RP-172
Camp luxuriously with the ultra-light, R-Pod Series from Forest River. You will have ample living space for the entire family and cargo capacity for your gear and accessories. Kia Sedona can tow the mid-sized RP-172 model, fully loaded without exceeding towing capacity.
- UVM: 2,338-lbs
- CCC: 905-lbs
- Tongue Weight: 243-lbs
Jayco Hummingbird 10RK
Jayco’s quality has been wrapped up into a small package on the Hummingbird 10RK. Hitch-up the Hummingbird to your Kia Sedona for an exploration coupled with ample, interior living space.
- UVM: 1,570-lbs
- CCC: 430-lbs
- Tongue Weight: 160-lbs
Aliner Ascape Camp
Explore new horizons with the sensible, Aliner pop-up Ascape Series. Kia Sedona can easily tow the Ascape Camp to bring along all the necessities on your family’s next camping trip.
- UVM: 1,495-lbs
- CCC: 1,005-lbs
- Tongue Weight: 229-lbs
Taxa Outdoors Cricket
Travel with rugged simplicity when you tow the Taxa Outdoors Cricket behind your Kia Sedona. Cricket can comfortably sleep four people and has plenty of functional living space.
- UVM: 1,732-lbs
- CCC: 700-lbs
- Tongue Weight: 170+lbs (depends on the weight distribution of gear inside the camper)
Stay close to nature when you camp in the Droplet. High-tech construction and airy design make the Droplet ideal for comfortable camping at a moment’s notice. Hitch-up the Droplet to your Kia Sedona for a weekend getaway.
- UVM: 950-lbs
- Tongue Weight: 95-lbs
Camp-Inn 560 SUV Raindrop
A unique teardrop, Camp-Inn’s 560 SUV Raindrop model, provides functionality and versatility when you camp. Tow the 560 SUV Raindrop with your Kia Sedona to enjoy customized camping.
- UVM: 1,040-lbs to 1,430-lbs (varies depending on options)
- Tongue Weight: 150-lbs to 185-lbs (varies depending on options)
The MeerKat is a mini-camper equipped with all the comforts of home within a compact, highly maneuverable space. Kia Sedona can easily tow the ultra-light MeerKat, taking your venture to remote locations.
- UVM: 900-lbs
- Tongue Weight: 100-lbs
Can Kia Sedona Tow a Boat?
Kia Sedona can tow small boats, such as fishing boats (average weight 1,700-lbs) and personal watercraft (average weight 850-lbs). Some lightweight sailing dinghies, such as the 128-lb Lazer, can be towed by the Sedona. If you plan to tow a boat with your Kia Sedona, take into account the weight of the unloaded trailer to confirm that the weight of the total load will not exceed the Sedona’s towing capacity.
Can I Use a Bike Rack With the Kia Sedona Tow Hitch?
If you want to take your bikes along for the trip, the Kia Sedona receiver hitch is compatible with a variety of bike racks. You can neatly secure two to four bikes using a hitch mount bike rack. Hitch mount bike racks are available for 1-1/4” and 2” receiver hitches.
What Other Minivans Have a Similar Towing Capacity to Kia Sedona?
Toyota’s Sienna matches the Kia Sedona with a towing capacity of 3,500-lbs. Both the Chrysler Pacifica and Dodge Caravan have a slightly higher towing capacity of 3,600-lbs. On the lower end of towing capacity, the Honda Odyssey is rated for 3,000-lbs, and the Ford Transit Connect is rated for 2,000-lbs.
Kia’s ‘Power to Surprise’ has yet again delighted us with the Sedona’s towing capability. Hitch-up the versatile Kia Sedona for an extended camping trim, for domestic errands using a utility trailer, or to load up a few bikes and head out for a destination ride.