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Reviewed by Bengt Halvorson
Deputy Editor, The Car Connection
BASE INVOICE
$25,106
BASE MSRP
$25,900
Quick Take
The 2015 Kia Sedona brings a stronger seating and infotainment game to the minivan niche, and almost closes the refinement gap in the process. Read more »
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Part of the design mandate was to give the new Sedona a look that's a little less minivan, and a little more sport utility.

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styling resembles a big, handsome shipping crate for humans.

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Infotainment and HVAC controls are arranged horizontally and are intuitive to use.

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Kia's new Sedona comes out swinging at minivan establishment with its striking exterior design.

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Yes, the redesigned Sedona is a wee bit more bullish in the nose and slightly more brawny overall, exuding a utility persona—a “CUV-like design,” according to Kia.

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Pricing and Specifications by Style
$25,900 $39,700
4-Door Wagon L
Gas Mileage 18 mpg City/24 mpg Hwy
Engine Regular Unleaded V-6, 3.3 L
EPA Class 2WD Minivans
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity 7
Passenger Doors 4
Body Style Mini-van, Passenger
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2015 Kia Sedona 4-Door Wagon EX
4-Door Wagon EX
Regular Unleaded V-6, 3.3 L
Front Wheel Drive
$ 30,273 $ 32,100
2015 Kia Sedona 4-Door Wagon LX
4-Door Wagon LX
Regular Unleaded V-6, 3.3 L
Front Wheel Drive
$ 27,088 $ 28,100
2015 Kia Sedona 4-Door Wagon L
4-Door Wagon L
Regular Unleaded V-6, 3.3 L
Front Wheel Drive
$ 25,106 $ 25,900
2015 Kia Sedona 4-Door Wagon SX
4-Door Wagon SX
Regular Unleaded V-6, 3.3 L
Front Wheel Drive
$ 33,898 $ 36,100
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The Basics:

While automakers flood into niches with compact crossovers and coupe-like sedans, they're not exactly rushing headlong into minivans. Over the past few years, the class has pretty much settled down to the big four sellers--Odyssey, Sienna, Town & Country, and Grand Caravan--and outliers like the Nissan Quest, Mazda 5, and Kia Sedona.

The Sedona returns for the 2015 model year with a raft of improvements: a better body structure, an upgraded powertrain, more safety and infotainment features, and a revamped seating system with more flexibility than prior versions have offered. The result: the Sedona puts itself much closer to the standard set by the Japanese-brand vans in refinement and functionality, while it outpaces the sunsetting Chryslers in quietness, if not in ultimate flexibility.

The Sedona takes no risks in styling. The front end is now cleaner, with a Kia family grille that fits well on the Sedona's big front end. There's no mistaking its minivan profile, but some of the size is disguised by the uptick in its shoulder line--the inverse of Honda's lowered "lightning bolt." The Sedona's cabin is downright charming, with its horizontally laid-out instrument panel, its two-tone looks, and the better materials applied to its surfaces.

Power comes from a 3.3-liter V-6 also found in the Cadenza and Sorento, both of which weigh considerably less than the Sedona. Power is adequate with two or three passengers aboard, and the 276-hp six runs very smoothly behind lots of layers of sound deadening. A six-speed automatic moves power to the front wheels only (only the Sienna now offers all-wheel drive). Electric power steering is quick and well tuned, but it's only offered on the top trim level; we haven't sampled lower-line Sedonas. Ride quality is very smartly upgraded compared to the previous Kia van, but when it's pressed it can't hide any of its considerable weight of at least 4,414 pounds.

Kia has grown the Sedona so it's sized more like the top sellers. It's somewhat shy on flexibility and ultimate interior space, but it's close enough to be a good substitute. A Honda Odyssey has more cubic feet of passenger space, but it's arguable whether the Kia or the Honda has more comfortable front seats. The Sedona doesn't offer stow-away second-row seats like the Chryslers, but it has a new sliding seat system that moves the middle row into a compact space, freeing up lots of storage capacity. On the most expensive model, it swaps those for a pair of airline-style lounge chairs with excellent comfort--the future airport or adult-living shuttle. As for the third row, it's somewhat smaller but is split 60/40 and folds flat right into the floor.

The 2015 Kia Sedona is built on entirely new underpinnings, so crash-test information isn't available yet. Kia uses more high-strength steel and includes free Bluetooth on all models, but a rearview camera isn't offered on the base vehicle--and surround-view cameras, which we love, are limited to the most expensive model only.

Other features include a smart tailgate that opens the hatch when the keyfob is detected in close proximity for three seconds, and a dual-compartment glovebox that features a lower cooled area. The next-generation UVO infotainment system includes app capability from iTunes and Google Play (including compatibility with Pandora, iHeartRadio, and Yelp) plus SiriusXM Travel Link information on traffic weather, fuel prices, and more. It also uses new Siri Eyes Free connectivity and Google Local Search systems to help find (and navigate to points of interest). The Sedona gets Kia's first high-power USB charging port, and there's a 115-volt AC outlet on some trims, too--a combo that all but obviates the need for a factory-installed rear-seat entertainment system.

As is the case with the Odyssey and Sienna, many of the most desirable features are bundled into the top trim level, which costs more than $40,000. Base versions start at about $26,000, but we think the sweet spot is the $32,995 Sedona EX, which comes with power sliding side doors and a power tailgate; eight-passenger seating; pushbutton start; and leather seats. 

Likes:

  • A tastefully updated shape
  • Quiet cabin
  • Impressive infotainment
  • New seat-folding arrangement
  • Good interstate ride quality

Dislikes:

  • Gas mileage is just average
  • A hefty van, even in base trim
  • No all-wheel drive option
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