Don't throw away your car seats just yet, Korean minivan enthusiasts – the Kia Sedona is back on the market. If you recall, Kia killed its minivan offering at the end of 2012 (there was never a 2013 model). But here's what's making us scratch our heads: Despite the fact that Kia did confirm that the Sedona would eventually be back, we were under the impression that it would return with a proper replacement for the aging van. (Earlier reports suggested something along the lines of that cool KV7 concept.) Instead, the reincarnated Korean minivan you see here is, well, the same as it ever was. Consider our buzz killed.

That's not to say there haven't been a couple of delightfully refreshed bits thrown into the new package. For starters, the Sedona wears a slightly updated schnoz with a redesigned grille, LED positioning lamps and standard foglamps inside the reworked lower fascia. (If we're honest, the Kia looks a bit Ford Windstar-ish from the front three-quarter angle.) There's a new 17-inch wheel design for the 2014 model year, and aside from a couple enhancements to the interior in terms of storage, that short list rounds out the full extent of the new updates.

All Sedonas are powered by the same 3.5-liter V6 that debuted in the 2011 model, producing 269 horsepower and 246 pound-feet of torque, mated exclusively to a six-speed automatic transmission. Fuel economy ratings fall in at a rather mediocre 17/24 miles per gallon (city/highway).

Pricing starts at $25,900 for the base LX model with 16-inch wheels and a cloth interior, while upmarket EX vans with leather and 17-inch wheels command $30,900 – both prices exclude $850 for destination. That's sort of a bargain, considering that the segment-leading Honda Odyssey will run you something like $45,000 when fully decked out. But remember, you get what you pay for.

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      helloac
      • 1 Year Ago
      I feel like Kia is doing the same thing Chrysler did. They needed to refresh the van, so they did. But they are working on a replacement that is still a few years off.
      Thomas Stieglitz
      • 1 Year Ago
      Some friends rented one on a trip a few years ago and relly liked it.
      Sisa
      • 1 Year Ago
      Check out their sales from last month. They are bringing over the same van for 2014 because.......??? I'm guessing all fleet sales? Wouldn't shipping cost more than they are selling??? HAHAHAHA!!!!! http://www.kiamedia.com/us/en/media/pressreleases/6096/kia-motors-america-announces-strong-april-sales
        knightrider_6
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Sisa
        whoa! that's pretty bad. The only minivan which sold less was Volkswagen Routan. They only sold three of those in April.
          • 1 Year Ago
          @knightrider_6
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        Scr
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Sisa
        They aren\'t importing them right now, there is not a 2013 model which would have started selling last fall. so there are very few on the lots to sell.
        gnvlscdt23f
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Sisa
        The Sedona wasn't being imported for MY 2013, so what they sold were either leftovers or what just came in off the boat. Did you not see that in the post?
      MaryLou
      • 1 Year Ago
      I think they are trying to get rid of the Sportage- my daughter had one and put over 500,000 miles on it-no problems- just maintence and regular replacement of brakes- tires etc---
      bdradeka
      • 1 Year Ago
      our 2006 Kia Sedona EX is our second Kia Sedona EX. Did not have a trouble with the 2002 model or the one we are currently driving. An occasional glitch, minor stuff. Basically, we have been very happy, however, I feel the price jump is too way too high. If is goes to the 30,000 up range I feel it will have bad sales results.
        WESBROMLEY
        • 1 Year Ago
        @bdradeka
        I have a 2006 Sedona EX, it listed a t$29875 it was fully loaded with leather sun roof all power. By the way just absolutly love it, only have 20,000 miles and never ever a problem. Wish mileage was better. I traded a 2004 Optima in on the Sedona. The rebate was very good and trade was too. I might just be buried in this one as I am 75. Really like the easy entrance and sitting up high.
      tinted up
      • 1 Year Ago
      These are straight up junk. Do not buy unless you consider your family disposable as well...
        askroon
        • 1 Year Ago
        @tinted up
        Any context to add? Or should I just believe you?
        carnut0913
        • 1 Year Ago
        @tinted up
        No one is going to rave over these, but they are perfectly adequate vehicles. Both families I know with one are happy with them and have held up well. We always had a Grand Caravan and loved those but these are reliable transportation with carrying capacity.
        NightFlight
        • 1 Year Ago
        @tinted up
        They aren't junk at all. A co-workers wife who has had two. They use the van to transport their Gordon Setters all over the country for dog shows. Their current one, which is the current gen, has over 140,000 miles on the clock and not a single thing has gone wrong with it. The last one was the same story, but it was the previous generation. They are cheap and pretty decent, and they serve a purpose.
      canuckcharlie
      • 1 Year Ago
      \"Korean minivan enthusiasts\"...LOL
      dukeisduke
      • 1 Year Ago
      They're not terrible, but they're not as polished as the Honda/Toyota/Nissan vans. The poor soccer mom's alternative.
        dukeisduke
        • 1 Year Ago
        @dukeisduke
        Downdings for that? Hey, I've driven one, along with a couple of Siennas, a Grand Caravan, and an Odyssey.
      tomdio.clark
      • 1 Year Ago
      This is not the 2014 picture. We still don\'t know yet.
      rwcmick
      • 1 Year Ago
      There was some emissions and safety work done on the Sedona, that's why there was no 2013. A new design is still in the offing but it will be a year or two off.
      christophermcg
      • 1 Year Ago
      Enterprise renters rejoice!
      The Wasp
      • 1 Year Ago
      I think they should have called it the 'Sedona: Phoenix Edition' to emphasize that it's back. 269hp, eh? VW, are you seeing this?
        dukeisduke
        • 1 Year Ago
        @The Wasp
        Needs a big screaming chicken decal on the hood (Phoenix).
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