What Is It?
2015 Kia Sedona
What's New About This Model?
The 2015 Kia Sedona is a redesigned version of the Korean minivan and is offered in seven- and eight-passenger configurations.
When Does It Go on Sale?
The 2015 Kia Sedona will arrive at U.S. dealerships in the late third quarter or early fourth quarter of 2014.
How Much Does It Cost?
Pricing will be announced closer to the Sedona's launch date. A key concern for consumers is whether the Sedona will continue to be one of the value leaders in the segment. The base 2014 Kia Sedona LX starts at $26,795.
What Kinds of Engines and Transmissions Does It Have?
- 3.3-liter gasoline direct injection (GDI) V6 engine: 276 horsepower, 248 pound-feet of torque
- Six-speed automatic transmission
- There are no official EPA fuel economy numbers.
How Is This Different From the Previous Model?
The 2015 Kia Sedona gets a significant redesign featuring a bolder look, a new and more powerful engine, new optional safety features and a new premium trim level, the SXL. All of this is calculated to take the Sedona out of the bargain basement and into high-end territory. The minivan rides on a new chassis and is equipped with a new engine that delivers 7 more horsepower than the outgoing 3.5-liter V6.
What Are Some Key Cabin Features?
All 2015 Sedona models offer third-row seating with a split-folding 60/40 in-floor retractable design. A longer wheelbase provides more legroom in all rows. Second-row Slide-n-Stow tracked seating slides and folds upright and eliminates the hassle of removing middle seats. Buyers can also opt for second-row "First Class" lounge seating that can be positioned facing the rear. This setup also features retractable lower leg rests.
What Are the Standard Safety Features?
All 2015 Sedona models come standard with electronic stability control, traction control, a brake assist system, hill-start assist control, antilock brakes, rollover mitigation and cornering brake control.
What Are Some Optional Safety Features?
New optional safety features include vehicle stability management, forward collision warning, smart cruise control, a blind-spot detection system and rear cross-traffic alert.
What Models Will It Compete Against?
Chrysler Town & Country: This domestic minivan stands out with a comprehensive list of equipment and sensible Stow 'n Go seats.
Honda Odyssey: A top pick for minivans with a versatile interior and engaging driving dynamics. It is pricier than some competitors, but remains the only minivan sold in the U.S. with a built-in vacuum. That feature received a 2014 VIP (Very Innovative Product) Award from Good Housekeeping.
Toyota Sienna: The 2014 Toyota Sienna, which can carry up to eight, is an excellent choice for larger families. It has plenty of optional luxury touches and is the only 2014 minivan available with all-wheel drive. In short, the Sienna provides a great combination of performance, space and features.
Should You Wait for It?
The major unknown here is pricing and whether Kia will continue to offer a modestly priced minivan in the U.S. If family finances aren't that much of a concern and the needs of the school carpool can be put on hold for a bit, go ahead and wait. But there certainly are several excellent choices on the market right now.