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The Kia Sedona has been around since 1998, and is known as the Kia Carnival in some markets. Minivans have pretty much fallen off the map, with only a few big names out there. For the 2015 model year, Kia has taken the time to revamp its minivan and launch the third-generation model. Highlights of the new model include the new “Tiger-nose” grille, a sleeker exterior layout, new headlamps with LED technology, and a somewhat muscular appearance from the rear. Inside, the third-gen model is a huge departure from its predecessor, with room for up to eight passengers, and improved leg rom. The minivan also comes with Kia’s latest UVO technology to provide the best infotainment experience possible. Improving over the last model also meant that Kia had to do some work under the hood. Now, the Sedona features a 3.3-liter with 276 horsepower and 248 pound-feet of torque, which really isn’t bad for a soccer mom ride.

Of course, there isn’t a whole lot of competition out there as far as minivans goes, but that doesn’t mean that the competition that is here isn’t stronger than ever. Competing against models like the Honda Odyssey, Dodge Caravan, and the Chrysler Pacifica, the Sedona has its work cut out for it if Kia wants to surpass the mere 7,079 unites that is sold in 2013 – a far cry from that of the 120,000 examples of the Odyssey, for instance. Be that as it may, Kia put a lot of work into the all-new Sedona, so let’s take a closer look at it in our detailed review below.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Kia Sedona.


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Now this is more like it, Kia. The 2015 Sedona now looks like a proper Kia, complete with the company’s now famous ‘tiger-nose’ grille. Notice also how the overall shape of the front section has changed from the 2013 model with the new Sedona sporting a more balanced look that includes a more horizontal hood that doesn’t drop so steeply to the ground, thus creating a higher belt line for the minivan. Newly designed headlamps with LEDs on them also add to the sportier appearance and the lower bumper configuration gets a particularly nice clap from us, largely because it’s far more pronounced and in line with the overall new look of the front section.

At the back, square haunches have been adopted to carry a more muscular appearance and let’s not just forget about that new rear spoiler and those LED tailights, both of which are now standard on the Korean minivan.

Overall, it’s a sharp new look that deserves a lot of praise. Well done on this one, boys.

Overall length 203 in.
Width 78.1 in.
Height 68.5 in.
Wheelbase 120.3 in.
Overhang, front 37.6 in.
Overhang, rear 43.3 in.


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Even with the dramatic changes on the Sedona’s exterior, Kia can make a case that the biggest changes are on the interior. One of big importance is seating and space, something the Korean company addressed by offering the Sedona to accommodate as many as seven to eight passengers depending on how the van is configured. Space issues that plagued the old Sedona were also addressed, especially with the improved second row leg room and the accessibility of Kia’s new ’Slide-n-Stow’ system.

The latter was designed specifically for the purpose of allowing passengers to easily enter the third row or create more storage space. All you need to do is fold up the seat bottom and the entire seat automatically slides forward to create even more space in the back.

Another new addition to the 2015 Sedona is Kia’s latest UVO technology, which will come with four new eServices features - Geo-fencing, Speed Alert, Curfew Alert and Driving Score - to go with a Kia App Store, all of which definitely sounds promising. Likewise, a multitude of power ports have also been added, including a new 2.1-amp USB charging port and a 115-volt AC outlet.

Finally, the 2015 Sedona also has a cool little surround view monitor, allowing the driver to have an unimpeded view all the way around the minivan.

Leg room
Front 43.1 in.
2nd row 41.1 in.
3rd row 34.8 in.
Head room
Front 39.8 in.
2nd row 39.4 in.
3rd row 38.9 in.
Shoulder room
Front 63.9 in.
2nd row 63.1 in.
3rd row 59.4 in.


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The 2015 Kia Sedona now has a 3.3-liter V-6 engine that produces an impressive 276 horsepower and 248 pound-feet of torque, a slight improvement from the numbers of the 2013 model. It’s also worth pointing out that outside of the Dodge Grand Caravan and the Chrsyler Town & Country, the performance numbers of the 2015 Sedona are right up there in the minivan segment.

Type 3.3-liter V6 GDI, aluminum heads and aluminum block
Displacement 3,342 cc
Valve Gear DOHC, four valves/cylinder
Bore x Stroke (mm) 92mm x 83.8 mm
Compression Ratio 11.5
Horsepower (SAE net) est. 276 hp @ 6,000 rpm
Torque (SAE net) est. 248 lb-ft @ 5,200 rpm


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Model Description Msrp
Sedona L 3.3L GDI V6 - 6 A/T $25,900.00
Sedona LX 3.3L GDI V6 - 6 A/T $28,100.00
Sedona EX 3.3L GDI V6 - 6 A/T $32,100.00
Sedona SX 3.3L GDI V6 - 6 A/T $36,100.00
Sedona SX Limited 3.3L GDI V6 - 6 A/T $39,700.00


Convenience Package $1,800.00
8 Passenger Package $400.00
Premium Package $1,500.00
Technology Package $2,700.00
Carpeted Floor Mats $195.00
Cargo Net $50.00
Auto Dimming Mirror with Homelink and Compass $350.00
Hood Film $100.00
Mud Guards $95.00
Remote Start (Key Start) $350.00
Remote Start (Push-Button Start) $350.00
Rear Seat Entertainment $995.00
Tow Hitch $400.00
Wheel Locks $55.00


Toyota Sienna

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The Sienna is a fierce competitor in the minivan market these days selling over 121,000 last year. The van was totally revised in 2011 with an all-new look that was more sporty yet sophisticated than before. Tons of room and seating for eight help keeps the Toyota at the top of the minivan game. Power comes from a familiar 3.5-liter V-6 delivering either front- or all-wheel-drive.

The Sienna has a starting price of $26,920 and rises with the plethora of options.

Honda Odyssey

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The Odyssey is the segments most expensive, yet most luxurious and feature-laden offering. For 2014, the Odyssey did receive some minor changes and refreshing, though its not a new van. Perhaps one of the Honda’s most clever features ins a built-in vacuum cleaner in the cargo area with a hose long enough to reach the driver’s footwell.

Powering the Odyssey is a 3.5-liter V-6 making 250 horsepower and 248 pound-feet of torque while getting 19 mpg city/28 mpg highway. Prices for the 2014 Odyssey start at a staggering $28,825, though the van is notably more marketed to a more luxurious family.


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Compared to what we were treated to the last time around, the 2015 Sedona is world’s different now for all the right reasons. The new look is impressive enough in its own right, but when you add the more comfortable interior with top-of-the-class performance numbers, there’s not a whole lot about the Sedona that makes you think of another model.

While it might still be a little premature to say, especially with pricing details still unknown, Kia might have found itself a competitive minivan that can go head-to-head with the segment’s big boys.

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Press Release

Set against the backdrop of one of the world’s premier urban playgrounds, Kia Motors America (KMA) today took the wraps off the all-new 2015 Sedona midsize multi-purpose vehicle in New York City. As the final chapter in Kia’s design-led transformation story – which began in 2009 and has seen a comprehensive makeover of Kia’s entire model line under the direction of chief design officer Peter Schreyer – the all-new Sedona’s CUV-like styling and proportions offer all of the functional convenience of the segment while defying its design limitations. In addition to innovative European-inspired design, the 2015 Sedona also delivers the exceptional interior volume buyers expect in the segment with ample passenger and cargo room and a quiet and comfortable cabin. Following the philosophy that has guided Kia’s recent succession of highly successful redesigns, the Sedona advances value to new levels of sophistication with a host of segment-leading new technology and upscale features, all of which will be offered in a new premium trim level – SXL – which will be available when U.S. sales are scheduled to begin in the late third quarter or early fourth quarter of this year. Pricing will be announced closer to the Sedona’s launch date.

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“Throughout the development process, our engineers in the U.S. and Korea focused on adding the element of desire to the all-new Sedona with improved driving dynamics and power and the incorporation of modern styling cues, premium materials and technology,” said Orth Hedrick, vice president, product planning, KMA. “Combined with a host of active and passive safety features and technology, the completely redesigned Sedona retains the functionality the nameplate has always been known for, while rising to meet the diverse needs – and tastes – of today’s consumers."

Modern, Confident Exterior
Transcending mundane functionality, the Sedona’s wide stance exudes a modern, CUV-like exterior appearance highlighted by a front fascia and cab-forward design that project confidence and strength. The Sedona’s muscular face and clean, smooth look is highlighted by a fully integrated version of Kia’s signature grille and headlamps with LED positioning lights. The wheelbase is 1.6-inches longer than its predecessor, and the side profile, with its reduced front and rear overhangs, combines with the deeply swept windshield and available 19-inch alloy wheels to create a distinctive look. Meanwhile, the rear design layout, with LED taillights, integrated bumper guard and standard roof spoiler, presents a broad, stable bearing.

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Open, Relaxed, Configurable Interior
Despite its overall width and height remaining virtually unchanged, the all-new Sedona provides more front shoulder room, greater leg room in the front, second and third rows, as well as a slightly higher hip-point, improving outward visibility for the driver. The horizontal design cues across the instrument panel create a greater sense of width, and the generous use of soft-touch materials adds to the all-new Sedona’s premium ambiance. The Sedona’s proportions provide flexible seating in both seven- and eight-passenger configurations and a multitude of storage options. The front center console is unique to the segment and allows for generous and cleverly convenient storage space between the front seats. Second row Slide-n-Stow tracked seating slides and folds upright to allow for “on-the-go” cargo hauling while eliminating the hassle that comes with removing heavy and cumbersome middle seats. The all-new Sedona also offers the choice of second row “First Class” lounge seating that can be positioned rearward for astonishing legroom and provides retractable lower leg rests. And while some configurations feature segment-unique second-row seat cushion heaters for added comfort, all 2015 Sedona models offer a third-row that provides the convenience of a split folding 60/40 in-floor retractable design.

The Sedona also is the only vehicle in the segment outfitted with standard YES Essentials™ fabric technology to provide anti-microbial protection from spills, anti-static protection from irritating electrical shocks as well as stain-repelling and stain-releasing fabric characteristics appreciated by anyone who leads an active lifestyle.

The Sedona’s sophisticated interior design theme is brought to life with a modern color palette featuring solid or two-tone color options in beige, gray and burgundy for a warm and inviting atmosphere. The top-line SXL trim features standard ultra-soft Nappa leather seating surfaces throughout the cabin, the same Chromium-free leather found in the K900 luxury sedan.

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Next-Generation UVO1
Building on the next-generation UVO Infotainment & Telematics system, the all-new Sedona will be the first Kia vehicle to offer four new eServices features: Geo-fencing, Speed Alert, Curfew Alert and Driving Score. Additionally, with the introduction of the Kia App store, select apps can be downloaded for free from iTunes®2 or Google Play3. The Kia app connector is now available for partnership with the content community, including Pandora®4, iHeart Radio and Yelp®5. Many more new technologies for comfort and convenience are featured in the new UVO system, including Siri “Eyes Free6” and Local Search – powered by Google – for finding locations, addresses and points of interest. Sirius XM Travel Link7, offering access to traffic, weather, fuel prices, sports scores, stock information and movie times, makes the Sedona the perfect companion for those who live their lives on the road with family and friends.

Driving Dynamics and Safety
The 2015 Sedona is built on an all-new chassis with static torsional stiffness that is 36-percent greater than its closest segment competitor. The body is 76 percent Ultra High Strength Steel (press hardened) or High Strength Steel, which provides exceptional rigidity, durability and collision protection in a lightweight design. For enhanced roof strength, the Sedona has been engineered with reinforced pillars that distribute impact loads with ultra-high-strength steel tubes that run inside the A-pillars. Extensive use of adhesives and large diameter welds also add to Sedona’s overall structural integrity and strength. Together with Kia’s patented technology, the 2015 Sedona is targeted to earn the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) 5-Star overall vehicle safety rating.

The rigid and durable chassis provides a solid base for road-trip readiness. The 2015 Sedona utilizes Amplitude Selected Dampers (ASD) to strike an optimal balance of ride comfort and handling. The platform also has revised rear cross-member bushings, an isolated rear sub-frame with longer trailing arms and added rear strut reinforcement, all of which combine for improved dynamic ride characteristics. Additionally, the 2015 Sedona is expected to be among the quietest in the segment thanks to wheel-house padding, double seal sliding doors and an expanded use of sound-deadening foam in the engine compartment, reducing noise and perceived harshness over rough pavement.

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Under the hood, a new Lambda Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI) 3.3-liter V6 engine replaces the 3.5-liter V6 found in the previous generation Sedona. The 3.3-liter engine, which is also found in the Sorento CUV and Cadenza premium sedan, delivers more power than its predecessor, boasting 276 horsepower at 6,000 rpm, and it has been tuned for enhanced mid-range torque, offering 248 lb.-ft. at 5,200 rpm.

A three-step Variable Induction System (VIS) improves engine "breathing," automatically adjusting the volume of the air pulled into the combustion chamber to create the optimal air-to-fuel mix under different engine load conditions. Dual Continuously Variable Valve Timing (CVVT) combined with a piston-cooling oil jet improves engine cooling efficiency, while engine components, including piston rings, piston skirts, valve tappets, timing chain guide and valve springs are all of a low-friction design.

Finally, the new 3.3-liter V6 engine is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission tuned for balanced control, power and efficiency.

Abundant Safety Features and Driver Technology
Throughout the design and development process a high priority was placed on active and passive safety features as well as technology, resulting in one of the most technologically advanced vehicles in the segment. All Sedona models come standard with active safety features such as Electronic Stability Control (ESC)8, Traction Control System (TCS)8, Brake Assist System (BAS)8, Hill-start Assist Control (HAC)8, Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD)8 and Antilock Braking System (ABS)8. Additional technologies such as Roll Over Mitigation (ROM)8 and Cornering Brake Control (CBC)8 also were added as standard equipment for improved dynamic control and safety.

New optional driver technology, including Vehicle Stability Management (VSM)8, Forward Collision Warning System (FCWS)9, Smart Cruise Control (SCC)9, Blind Spot Detection (BSD)9 and Rear Cross Traffic Alert9, help provide Sedona drivers with a more convenient and secure daily driving experience.

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Comfort & Convenience Features
From front to back the Sedona offers numerous convenience features, including Kia’s first application of the newest high-power (2.1 AMP) USB charging port and a 115-volt AC outlet to charge small electronics as well as a dual glove box that offers a cooled lower storage area. For easier parking and vehicle maneuvering, the Surround View Monitor8 provides real-time images from cameras placed around the vehicle. Smart Welcome, automatically illuminates the door handles and unfolds the power retractable side mirrors when a vehicle key fob is detected. A hands-free “Smart Tailgate” opens the rear lift gate automatically when the key fob is sensed for three seconds, and its programmable function can be tailored to the user’s height preference.

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