The Kia Sedona was noticeably absent from the 2013 lineup, but the popular minivan is back.
The 2014 Kia Sedona comes with a few minor changes, but fan of the previous generation will love the familiarity that comes with the 2014 model.
The first thing that is different from the previous Sedona is the grille and lighting, with fog lamps now standard on both trim levels.
The Sedona EX has 17-inch alloy wheels standard and as an option on the LX.
Despite those changes, there is still a familiar look to the Kia Sedona, which means that it is actually somewhat plain when compared to the new styles and designs seen on all the other vehicles in the Kia lineup.
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The powertrain also pretty much remains the same, with a 269-horsepower, 3.5L V6 and six-speed automatic transmission.
All that power is sent to the front wheels to deliver strong acceleration and a responsive touch. Sportmatic manual control is now found on both models.
The comfortable ride that the Sedona provides comes in part from the hydraulic power-assist steering system, multi-link rear suspension, and four-wheel disc brakes.
Fuel economy stays about the same, with 17 mpg city and 24 highway.
The interior of the Sedona got a real boost back in 2011, and there have been even more refinements made for this version.
The interior now features a storage console that is designed to fit iPads and other mobile devices. As far as seating goes, the 2014 Kia Sedona stays pretty much the same as it always has.
Honda and Chrysler have always been creative with their seating arrangements, whereas the Kia Sedona seems content with the movable but not removable concept.
What that means is the Sedona delivers more than enough space for passengers, but if you need to get creative with cargo, it could be a little tougher.
As far as safety goes, the 2014 Sedona comes with six standard airbags, four-channel anti-lock brakes, and electronic stability control.
Drivers will also be able to take advantage of the backup warning system found on both models.
It remains to be seen if the structure of the 2014 model has been improved enough to earn the highest possible crash test ratings from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) in their roof strength test.
2014 Sedona Pricing
The base LX model starts at $26,750, including destination, with the EX coming in at $31,750.
The LX comes standard with air conditioning, cruise control, second-row captain’s chairs, keyless entry, satellite radio compatibility, Bluetooth hands-free and streaming-audio connectivity, and an audio system with auxiliary input.
EX models add alloy wheels plus leather upholstery, a heated power driver’s seat (six-way for the driver, four-way for the passenger), an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a HomeLink universal garage-door opener, power rear-quarter glass, a trip computer, and a roof rack, plus an eight-speaker audio system.
There are also optional packages to choose from that include the LX Power Package (adding dual power sliding doors, automatic light control, 17-inch alloys, auto-dimming mirror, and HomeLink to the LX); an EX Luxury Package (sunroof, rain-sensing wipers, power-adjustable pedals, and driver’s memory settings); and an EX navigation option that adds Infinity premium audio and a speaker upgrade.
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