Most-Watched Videos of the Week

It's uncommon to have 100 percent turnover on our list of most-watched videos, but this week's roster is all-new. The pack of debuts is led by Cars.com reviewer Kelsey Mays' First Look at the 2015 Kia Sedona during the 2014 New York International Auto Show. He was impressed by the minivan, particularly the interior, which boasts pop-out ottomans for the second row. First Looks from the auto show dominated the entire list, with 2015 models including the Acura TLX, Alfa Romeo 4C, BMW X4 and Toyota Camry. Check out what was popular.

1. 2015 Kia Sedona — First Look
2. 2015 Acura TLX — First Look
3. 2015 Alfa Romeo 4C — First Look
4. 2015 BMW X4 — First Look
5. 2015 Toyota Camry — First Look

By Matt Schmitz | April 26, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Kia Sedona: Up Close

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With its upright grille and angular headlights, the redesigned Sedona looks tougher than the average minivan. The crossover-like styling is on purpose, and it's immediately apparent in that front end and also the hood lines. Overall, the execution is more successful than when GM tried the same thing with its Chevrolet Uplander van.

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The avoidance of traditional minivan cues continues in the cabin as the Sedona gets a large center console between the front seats that houses the gear selector — just like any number of crossovers. This may seem like a small thing, but it significantly changes your perception of the interior; it doesn't feel like you're sitting in the driver's seat of a minivan.

By Mike Hanley | April 23, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Kia Sedona Photo Gallery (48 Photos)

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Kia's minivan has always been a bit player in the class, but that could change with the redesigned-for-2015 Sedona. Its bold grille with LED accent lights will be sure to turn shoppers' heads.

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Inside, the Sedona is available in seven- and eight-seat configurations, and new Slide-n-Stow second-row seats should appeal to parents; they stack vertically against the front seatbacks to quickly convert the minivan from people-mover to stuff-hauler.

Check out the gallery below; Cars.com photos by Evan Sears.

By Jennifer Geiger | April 20, 2014 | Comments (2)

2015 Kia Sedona Video

Cars.com's Kelsey Mays is tough to impress, but Kia's redesigned minivan earned his praise at the 2014 New York International Auto Show. The 2015 Sedona's comfortable interior boasts pop-out ottomans for the second-row seats, integrated window shades and pillowlike head restraints. Check out the video above and get cozy with Mays in the back of the Sedona.

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By Jennifer Geiger | April 19, 2014 | Comments (0)

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.

By Mike Hanley | April 14, 2014 | Comments (21)

Kia Eight-Passenger Mystery Machine: It's a Minivan!

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A week after releasing a teaser image and cryptic description of an "all-new midsize multi-purpose vehicle" with seating for eight, Kia today came clean about the mystery vehicle. It's the 2015 Kia Sedona, and it's set to make its public debut next week at the 2014 New York International Auto Show. The announcement confirmed widespread suspicion that it was a minivan, though some of us at Cars.com admittedly saw an aggressive-looking crossover when we first laid eyes on the shadow-obscured image. But of course there's no mistaking it now from the image above.

Kia to Debut New Eight-Passenger Vehicle at 2014 New York Auto Show

According to Kia, the minivan will be powered by a 3.3-liter direct-injected V-6, and offer a host of tech and safety features, including the next-gen UVO Infotaintment & Telematics system. "With several new eServices features, the 2015 Sedona is designed to be the perfect companion for any lifestyle and accommodate any adventure on the road," the Korean automaker said in a statement.

Check back with Kicking Tires as we cover the 2015 Sedona's unveiling at the New York Auto Show. Our on-site coverage begins Wednesday.

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By Matt Schmitz | April 10, 2014 | Comments (2)

Recall Alert: 2006-2012 Kia Sedona, 2007-2008 Hyundai Entourage

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Vehicles Affected: Approximately 79,867 model-year 2006-12 Kia Sedona minivans (manufactured from June 15, 2005, through Aug. 14, 2012) and 15,500 2007-08 Hyundai Entourage minivans (manufactured from Feb. 16, 2006, through June 30, 2008).  

The Problem: In the affected vehicles, the front lower control arms may break due to corrosion from prolonged exposure to road salt. This could cause a loss of vehicle control. The vehicles were originally sold in or currently registered in Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, New Hampshire, New York, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Wisconsin, Connecticut, Delaware, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Maine, Minnesota, Missouri, New Jersey, Ohio, Rhode Island, West Virginia or the District of Columbia.

The Fix: Hyundai and Kia dealers will inspect and replace the affected parts for free.

What Owners Should Do: Kia and Hyundai will notify owners starting in December. Owners may call Kia at 800-333-4542 or Hyundai at 800-633-5151. For more information, you can also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration at 888-327-4236.

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By Jennifer Geiger | November 26, 2013 | Comments (1)

What Hyundai-Kia's Latest Strike Means to Car Shoppers

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Hyundai-Kia's troubled home-turf labor relations continue. The latest chapter has Korean labor unions voting to strike over wage and benefit disputes with the South Korean automaker. The result could mean a production stoppage in its home country.

Hyundai-Kia, which together rank fifth in global sales, is the sixth on the U.S. sales pole, with year-to-date sales down 0.3%. Still, the automaker builds popular cars like the Hyundai Elantra and Sonata, as well as the Kia Optima and Soul. All four rank in the top 35 best-sellers so far this year — and although the automaker operates two assembly plants in the U.S., all Soul and a significant chunk of Optima, Elantra and Sonata vehicles hail from South Korea. A production stoppage could hamstring dealer supply in a matter of weeks.

By Kelsey Mays | August 15, 2013 | Comments (1)

The Top 10 Biggest Recalls of 2013

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Each year, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration issues recalls on millions of vehicles. In 2012, NHTSA recalled just shy of 18 million, and 15.5 million in 2011. While some recalls affect just a handful of vehicles, others impact millions.

So far this year, the biggest recall is technically not a recall at all. In June, we reported that NHTSA had requested Chrysler fix 2.7 million Jeep SUVs — 1993-2004 Grand Cherokee and 2002-07 Liberty models — due to a potential fuel-system problem that could cause fires in a rear-end crash. Jeep initially refused, insisting the vehicles "met and exceeded all applicable requirements" of federal standards pertaining to fuel-system integrity. NHTSA then gave Chrysler a June 18 deadline to either issue a recall themselves, or be ordered to do so.

On the day of its deadline, Chrysler announced it would launch a campaign to inspect and, if necessary, fix the 2.7 million Jeeps — never officially referring to the action as a "recall." Still, that's what it was, and therefore it earns the distinction of being the biggest one this year.

According to research, the biggest recalls affecting the U.S. market in 2013 are:

By Matt Schmitz | July 22, 2013 | Comments (0)

2014 Kia Sedona: What's Changed

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  • Most significant changes: a revised grille and standard LED running lamps and fog lights give it a fresh face
  • Price change: both trims increase by $1,000–$1,710
  • On sale: later this month
  • Which should you buy, 2013 or 2014? There’s no 2013 model, so 2014 is your only option

The biggest news for Kia's minivan is that it's not dead. After taking model-year 2013 off, the Sedona is back for 2014 with a revised grille, additional interior features and a price bump.

Base LX and uplevel EX trims return. For 2014, LX models start at $26,750 and EX versions at $31,750; model-year 2012 LXs started at $25,750 and EXs at $30,040 (all prices include an $850 destination charge).

The van returns with an updated face that wears standard LED running lights and fog lights. Inside, there's a new interior storage console designed to hold tablet devices. Heated leather-trimmed seats and automatic climate control are newly standard on EX trims. Pretty much everything else carries over, including the 269-horsepower 3.5-liter V-6 and six-speed automatic transmission. It's still EPA rated at 17/24 city/highway mpg.

By Jennifer Geiger | May 6, 2013 | Comments (9)

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