2015 Kia Sedona SX-L Long-Term Road Test: Introduction
August 31, 2015
What Did We Get?
Over the last few years, Kia has bucked the "...for its price" qualifier that accompanied so many of the South Korean automaker's past products. Kia's current lineup is no-foolin', no-qualifiers good. And now the all-new-for-2015 Kia Sedona joins that club.
When designing the Sedona, Kia drew influence from its crossover lineup. The exterior styling is muscular, and the dash and front seats are arranged with the shifter mounted on the wide center console with a configurable bin big enough to hold a newborn.
What Options Does It Have?
The 2015 Kia Sedona comes in five trim levels: L, LX, EX, SX and our range-topping SX-Limited. All trims share the same powertrain: a 276-horsepower 3.3-lliter V6 powering the front wheels through a six-speed automatic transmission. The base L trim starts at $26,400 with standard features like Bluetooth connectivity, USB audio input, a back-up camera, a tilt-and-telescoping steering column, remote keyless entry and a flat-folding third row.
Jumping up to the top, our Sedona SX-Limited starts at $39,700. The SX-Limited is equipped with plenty of niceties for you, your kids and your kids' friends. Stuff like Napa leather seating, 19-inch wheels, power-adjustable driver and passenger seats, an eight-speaker Infinity sound system, Kia's Uvo infotainment system with navigation, USB charging ports, a 115-volt power inverter, a remote power liftgate, dual sunroofs, remote power-sliding doors, front and rear parking assist sensors and a surround-view monitor.
The SX-Limited also features large captain's chairs with extendable leg rests in the second row. This is a first for Kia and a class exclusive, and there isn't a kid in the world who doesn't fall in love with them after just one ride. The downside is ultimate storage. These seats trump Kia's Slide-n-Stow seats, which are standard in the other trim levels, so if you typically carry a lot of stuff, a different trim may be for you.
The only option we added was the $995 rear entertainment system to help appease rear-seat passengers. With destination, our 2015 Kia Sedona SX-Limited priced out at $41,590. And while it doesn't need the qualifier anymore, it's worth noting that this is less than a comparably equipped Honda Odyssey or Toyota Sienna.
Why We Got It
Forget the stereotypes. The minivan is poised for a revival. Crossovers are the talk of the town, but what most people really need is a minivan. Our fleet has been crossover-heavy lately, with a Toyota Highlander, Nissan Murano and Porsche Macan. We were overdue for another minivan.
But minivans are a cutthroat business. Just ask Nissan. Or Ford. Or General Motors. Even Chrysler, which invented the segment back in the 1980s, has had its struggles. And then here comes Kia with this all-new feature-rich 2015 Sedona, trying to take buyers from the Honda Odyssey and Toyota Sienna, the undisputed kings of the minivan land.
Decent doesn't cut it here. The bar is set and it's way up there. Over the next 12 months, 20,000 miles and 40,000 Cheerios we'll find out if this van has what it takes to bump the kings and be a real alternative for your family.
Follow along on the long-term blog to see how the 2015 Kia Sedona holds up in real-world testing. Spoiler alert: The bike fits.