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2016 Kia Sedona School of Rock

2016 Kia Sedona School of Rock

Is this what gig vans of the future will look like?

Some manufacturers have already said that even with the advancement of autonomous technology, they don’t want to force the steering wheel out of our hands, ultimately saying we’ll have a choice of driving ourselves or being driven autonomously. Of course, governmental agencies will probably pass a law banning human drivers anyway, but we’ll save that conversation for another time. The bottom line is that Kia is one of those companies that is pushing to remove the steering wheel forever. This has never been more evident than now, with every concept at SEMA being void of an actual steering wheel. Even the School of Rock Sedona you see here is 100-percent autonomous, with Kia making it a point to note that autonomous vehicles will eventually haul around our little ones for us to “accommodate their busy lives.”

All of that aside, Kia partnered up with the School of Rock and LGE-CTS to create this crazy gig van you see here. Like the rest of its concepts at SEMA, this one is fully autonomous. It has unique features like built-in amplifiers for roadside shows and an interior that features not only a studio but an area to chill as well. This concept supposedly maintains all of the framework that allowed the production Sedona to obtain a five-star safety rating from the NHTSA and a Safety Pick+ award from the IIHS. But, the B-pillar on the driver side has been removed. Lack of a B-pillar may fly in some markets, but here in the U.S., it’s unacceptable for a Ford F-150 to park its front end inside a van in the event of a side collision. So, you should probably take that PR talk with a massive grain of salt.

With that said, let’s take a look at this crazy concept that offers a pretty awesome way for students at the School of Rock to get from point A to point B.

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2015 Kia Sedona Photo Safari

2015 Kia Sedona Photo Safari

Minivans are versatile. Are they truly adventurous? America’s favorite uncool family hauler does a great many things well, but those things tend to be limited to on-pavement activities, preferably in the suburbs or on the open freeway. This imaginative concept from Kia, displayed at 2015 SEMA Show, takes the minivan in an entirely new direction.

Rather than being the cargo-hauler or the support vehicle, the Kia Sedona Photo Safari aims to get right in the middle of the action. The minivan has been re-imagined as a mobile shooting platform for wildlife photographers and fall color tour enthusiasts. After the addition of roof racks, camera mounts, lights, off-road tires and a radical roof-ectomy, this Sedona is a minivan with a mission.

Kia envisions the Sedona Photo Safari as an “image-capturing machine,” and teamed up with LGE-CTS Motorsports for the build. Professional photographers provided input on the best modifications to make throughout the building process, and the result is a little bit safari, a little bit post-apocalypse and strange enough to be kind of cool.

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2015 Kia Sedona Karting

2015 Kia Sedona Karting

In a field dominated by Honda and Toyota, it’s good to see Kia shaking things up. The Korean automaker’s Sedona minivan is a welcome break from the relatively unchanged Odyssey and Sienna. With revamped styling and an updated interior, the Sedona is looking like a solid competitor for 2015. But what if you want a minivan for more than just the daily grind? What if you dream of filling your weekends with qualifying laps and inside passes? Then the Sedona Karting is here to help.

Nothing is more fundamental to building race driving skills than a kart. Most of the world’s top drivers started in karting, including Michael Schumacher, Juan Pablo Montoya, and Danica Patrick. These incredible little machines come with insane power-to-weight ratios and enough grip to break ribs. Plus, they’re affordable enough to fit into any racer’s budget, even those scrimping for braces and a college fund.

Mixing both a high-speed hobby and familial necessity, the Kia Sedona Karting comes with a roof-mounted rack and aluminum trailer to haul two karts to the track. There’s also a Fiamma awning, which is a necessity for keeping your side of the pit cool on a sunny day. All the other kids at the school run will be jealous when you pull to the curb with 20-inch, powder-coated wheels and a vinyl graphics scheme overlaid on a bright Kinetic Motorsports Red paint job. It’s the kind of package that should entice any household looking for that all-family podium.

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2015 Kia Sedona

2015 Kia Sedona

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.

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2014 Kia Sedona

2014 Kia Sedona

The Sedona minivan sat out the 2013 model year without joining the official Kia lineup. Even so, the practical seven-seater notched up nearly 15,000 sales of old stock to families seeking the upmarket style of the Honda Odyssey but the value pricing of the Dodge Grand Caravan.

Value is the Sedona’s key niche as it languishes without the chassis and tech overhauls that have done wonders for the Optima and Sportage. There are many benefits to the Sedona offering and the core model is refreshed in reintroduced for 2014 with a new grille design, new LED running lights in front and a new taillight design out back.

The space and features in this V-6 Kia minivan are beyond criticism – this wide and airy cabin makes full-size SUVs like the Chevy Suburban seem like a foolish extravagance that puts image ahead of actual vehicle priorities of kid and family transport. The Sedona’s 24 mpg on the highway will also shame any SUV and most large crossovers.

With all these benefits and a $32,000 loaded price, the Sedona is more than $12,000 cheaper than the fanciest Honda Odyssey and Chrysler Town & Country models.

Inevitably, there are big compromises to be made. The Kia’s sloppy driving experience and interior design are a relic of the bad old Kia days. Do the new grille and LED accent lights turn the also-ran 2014 Kia Sedona into a real player in the minivan segment?

Click past the jump for the full review with highlights on the new features and desirable options.

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2006 Kia Sedona

2006 Kia Sedona

All-new Minivan Sports European Looks, Class-leading Power
and Safety and More Interior Room
Kia has redefined the term “value” with its debut of the all-new 2006 Kia Sedona. Value no longer refers only to sticker price, as the Kia Sedona wraps clean and sporty exterior styling, luxury fit and finish, thoughtful practicality and functionality, and class-leading power and safety in a package that truly enhances the minivan ownership experience.

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