2015 Kia Sedona: First Look

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Competes with: Dodge Grand Caravan, Honda Odyssey, Toyota Sienna

Looks like: A minivan doing its hardest to look like a crossover

Drivetrain: 276-hp, 3.3-liter V-6 with a six-speed automatic transmission; front-wheel drive

Hits dealerships: Fall 2014

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Kia's redesigned Sedona minivan features bolder styling that takes after crossover SUVs, new seats that offer greater passenger- and cargo-hauling flexibility, a new V-6 engine and a new high-end SXL trim level with Nappa leather upholstery. Kia says pricing will be announced closer to the Sedona's on-sale date this fall.

Exterior

An upright grille gives the new Sedona a more assertive look than its predecessor. LEDs are used as accent lights up front and in the taillights. An integrated liftgate spoiler is standard, and 19-inch alloy wheels are available.

The Sedona also offers a Smart Welcome system that illuminates the door handles and unfolds the side mirrors when a key fob is nearby, while the Smart Tailgate feature opens the power liftgate when the key fob has been sensed for three seconds.

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Interior

The three-row Sedona is available in seven- and eight-seat configurations, and the minivan offers Slide-n-Stow second-row seats that stack vertically against the back of the front seats, similar to the second-row bucket seats in the Chevrolet Traverse crossover. Kia says this seat design makes it easier to go from people- to cargo-hauling duty without having to remove a heavy second-row seat, which you have to do in other minivans. There are also available second-row seat heaters and seats with retractable leg rests. All models have a 60/40-split third-row bench seat that folds into the floor, which is the norm in the minivan segment.

The Sedona also debuts new services available with Kia's UVO entertainment system including geo-fencing as well as speed and curfew alerts. The system also works with select apps available from iTunes or Google Play. UVO also incorporates Siri Eyes Free technology and Google-powered search. Additional available features include a cooled storage area and a surround-view camera system.

Under the Hood

The Sedona's all-new platform uses high-strength and ultra-high-strength steel for stiffness and lightness. It's powered by a 276-horsepower, 3.3-liter V-6 engine with direct-injection technology that teams with a six-speed automatic transmission.

Safety Features

Antilock brakes, an electronic stability system and traction control are standard. Available features include forward collision warning, a blind spot warning system and rear cross-traffic alert.

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Comments 

Mr Lee

Really appreciate the information but are you sure this was supposed to go up before Kia officially revealed the car?

Tony

Looks like by the time Kia engineers got to the rear of the car they were exhausted and decided to stick Sorento's back to it. Still, this is attractive and may be even functional. Hopefully not as unreliable as last model. In the end, its fate will be decided by the price. In my view problem of the modern minivan is that you have to go into debt of 30K+ to get one; while on the other hand, the family that really needs one has 3-4 kids and already stretched finances. Minivan became vehicle of luxury rather than family. If Kia will manage starting price under 24K it will hit with masses of underpaid Americans.

John

Not bad... family might consider. it'd be 100% go for it if only it is awd... we would trade in our 2005 sequoia....

Lance

@Mr Lee
Who do you think supplied the pics? All car manufacturers release "pre-release" photos to generate some buzz just before the "official" introduction. They are all over the web.

Lance

I see brand new Dodge minivans advertised all the time for under $20k. I'm sure the lightly equipped Kias will going for that too.

M3

Surprised to see Kia spend the money and effort to stay competitive in minivans when so many manufacturers have simply given up. This looks to be truly competitive and much more stylish than most other minivans. I agree with the others, price will really make it or break it for families that need one.

Xrs2009

I'm not in the market for a minivan, but if that was the case this one would be on my list along with the Toyota Sienna SE. Don't care for the other minivans out there.
This is really a great conservative design yet elegant.

anonymous guy

One oversight in this design is access for parents to the back of the van from inside. That big center console and armrest/storage bin prevents that movement. If a parent needs to gain access to their kids in the back, they are going to have to stop, get out, and go through one of the rear doors.

Jack B. Nimble

This is really a good effort from Kia, looks as chrome-classy as the Quest, but the back is reminiscent of an older model Sienna.. meh!
Really though, the steering wheel would be better off in a Soul, it needs a better design.

MarkInSF

Surprised to see this. The old Sedona is positively ancient and I didn't expect s replacement. I wonder if there will be a Hyundai equivalent. Not that it matters as only styling would be different and Kia has done a nice job with this. As with all there other recent designs. I really don't see anything to dislike here. Only families with small kids need to get to the back quickly, and if you've tried it in other minivans, it is not easy. You can't do it safely while the van is in motion, so what's the big deal about getting out and back in? I'd rather have the center console amenities.

I wish they'd have chosen something besides brown for their pictures. I think it looks good in dark colors, but brown is hard to get excited about.

No pics of rear seat video screen? Must be pretty unexciting, unlike the Honda's. The general look of the materials suggests to me base models will be competitively priced, though they have some upscale options if you want a fancy one. Nice. Have it your way. That's typical Kia. They're hard to pin down these days with the sensible Forte, funky Soul, elegant Optima, and zippy Sportage. To characterize a few. Now we get family-friendly Sedona (the old one being beneath notice.) Good job.

J

Didn't GM tried slapping a crossover look front end to the minivans and failed miserably?

Ken L.

I'd like to know if this Kia will be offered with a panoramic sunroof or built in vacuum cleaner. The overall styling is actually quite nice, it's perfect for the families.

Kevin

Looks pretty awesome. I think the SXL version will more likely be priced around $40k seeing how the new Kia prices are these days...

Tony

I don't see any crossover here. What I see is vastly improved exterior of Odyssey

Kyle W

Awesome improvement over the aging outgoing model, kind of came as a surprise to me when I saw the teasers. However, the dash looks way to Toyota-ish. Don't like that at all.

Parrots

This looks like a minivan Audi would design, especially the interior.

But I miss the open front center console. :/

Hattrick

Wow. Never thought I would think a minivan would look sexy. Good job Kia.

arslan

Best minivan is vw multivan, caravelle, worlds number one minivans is on vw. Just search on google u will see pics. But they are not sale on US.

World number 1: VW MULTIVAN BUSSINES.

arslan

VW MULTIVAN T5 HIGHLINE,
Vw multivan bussines

Best cars, look on youtube

Why they not sale on US

Infosaur

Wow they JUST missed me. I just bought my wife a minivan.

And like Tony said up above, the minivan market has REALLY moved away from the income level of the families that need them most. I don't know who's buying these "luxury" vans but they sure are keeping them in nice shape. (No pretzels and weird milk stains on a 7 year old trade in, sold!)

The console is an odd idea. Probably won't matter to the faux SUV audience, but your sacrificing the practicality of the original concept. I wonder what the weight will be as this was a problem on the original Sedona (2.5 tons?!? Really?). Hopefully quality will improve too.

#LikeABoss

@Kevin -
Hyundai is trying to convert Kia to their luxury marque. However, they are very far off from that. The K900 is a good first step in that direction, though.

@Infosaur -
Yes, quality was an issue that plagued the last Sedona. Hopefully they've gotten rid of the hard plastic and that awful faux woodgrain trim.

mitzy

I own a 2012 Kia Sedona, I have not had one problem with it. I'm curious as to what all these quality issues are?

Eric

I was looking at a sienna real hard til' I got an email on the new 2015 sedona. All I have to say was "wow!" It really looks gorgeous! I look @ the CXL model I believe, they really up the anti on the interior. My main concern is the price and more so reliability. Is it going to compete well the the sienna and Oddessy? Only time will tell. The price of these minivans has gotten stupid crazy lately, they forgotten about the WORKING families that NEEDS them!

Norm

Minivans have walk through space between the front seats. Kia marketing got in on the design and had a fixed console added. This to convince everyone that this is not a minivan. They're right it is a Sorrento with sliding doors. I have a 2011 Sedona EX, great van, won't trade it for this one.

I can tell you as a Kia dealer, what a major improvement and the amount of traffic coming in to see it is night and day. See ours here http://www.southmiamikia.com/new-kia-sedona-miami-fl

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