Once the oldest vehicle available in the segment, the all-new Kia Sedona brings creature comforts and in-car tech that make it a compelling choice for minivan shoppers.
The outgoing Sedona was a basic design that dated all the way back to 2006. And while the qualities that make a great minivan haven't changed over the years, the Sedona needed a serious shot in the arm to bring it up to the level of quality and feature content that buyers expect from a new car in 2014.
Trim Level Breakdown: The Nitty-Gritty Details
The Sedona is available in five trim levels - L, LX, EX, SX and Limited. A 276hp, 3.3-liter V6 is standard on all trims, along with a six-speed automatic. LX and SX models are all available in either seven- or eight-passenger configurations. The EX comes exclusively with a standard three-passenger second row, which limits it to eight-passenger setups only. The Limited is available only in a seven-passenger configuration.
L and LX models feature a seven-seat configuration with a stowable second row. Also included on the L model are 17" alloy wheels, a four-speaker, AM/FM/CD/MP3/ SiriusXM Audio system with Bluetooth connectivity and an auxiliary input jack.
The LX model adds dash-mounted tweeters to the audio system and the basic version of Kia's UVO infotainment system. Additional standard features on the LX model include a back-up camera, a power, eight-way driver's seat, driver lumbar support adjustment, power folding side mirrors, tinted privacy glass, roof rails and LED positioning lights. A cooled glove box, second-row armrest and rear window sunshades are available on LX models as additional options.
The EX model adds several luxury features, including leather trim, heated seats,tri-zone automatic climate control, push-button start, an auto-dimming mirror, one-touch up/down driver and passenger front windows, a 3.5" OLED color cluster display, USB 2.1 charging ports, the full UVO infotainment suite, fog lights, heated side mirrors, power sliding rear doors, and a powered and height-adjustable rear liftgate.
SX and Limited models top out the range. Blind-spot detection and rear cross-traffic assist are standard, along with carpeted floor mats. Outside, rear combination LED lamps and machine-finished 18" alloy wheels set the SX apart, while the Limited offers 19", chrome-finished wheels.
All Sedonas come standard with dual front airbags, dual front seat airbags, full-length side curtain airbags, rollover mitigation, 3-point seatbelts for all positions (including both rear center seats), front seatbelt pre-tensioners, electronic stability control, traction control, 4-wheel disc brakes with ABS, cornering brake control, electronic brake-force distribution, brake assist, hill start assist, tire pressure monitoring, LATCH points and rear child-safety door locks.
Only advanced smart cruise control, forward collision warning and lane departure warning are optional, and exclusively available on Limited models with the Limited Technology Package.
The minivan segment is much smaller than it once was, but buyers tend to be loyal. Key competitors to the Sedona include the Chrysler Town & Country, Dodge Caravan, Honda Odyssey, Toyota Sienna and Nissan Quest.