• Jan 24, 2014
Hold on to your sippy cups, America. The Kia Sedona minivan may have gone to recess for the 2013 model year, but it mounted a quiet comeback for 2014 sporting the slightest of updates. Thankfully, those minor tweaks will only have to sustain it a short time. Kia knows it can't afford to nap for another year against strong rivals like the Honda Odyssey and Chrysler Town & Country, and the Korean automaker remains committed to duking it out in the kinshlepper segment. So committed, in fact, that Autoblog has learned it will launch its third-generation minivan at April's New York Auto Show.

As seen in these spy shots captured last August, the 2015 Sedona will incorporate styling cues from Kia's well-recieved 2012 KV7 concept, and it's predicted to feature more refined drivetrains and interior appointments, including Kia's latest UVO infotainment system and available rear-seat entertainment. We further expect fuel economy figures to get a nudge upwards thanks to fuel-saving features like electric power steering and direct injection.

Given the minivan segment's 'safety first' mindset, look for the next Sedona (known elsewhere as the Carnival) to offer a full quiver of active safety features, including blind-spot detection and a lane-departure warning system - two popular features the 2014 model does without.


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      Scooter
      • 11 Months Ago
      Kia does make some of the more attractive vehicles these days, I just have to say this further muddys up my understanding of Kia's official design language. They seem to take their favorite industry cues and use whatever they like on their vehicles. I think every Kia model to date has looked strongly like something else on the market. This one looks a little like Hyundai's upcoming Genesis, at least in the grille and headlamp area. They are corporate siblings, but it seems Hyundai should be the one making minivans, and Kia should make the performance variants.
      Terry Actill
      • 11 Months Ago
      It's good a manufacturer still understands that a minivan is the most practical way to move a large number of people around. Forget those silly third row suvs that forsake space and practicality for style. Nobody ventures off-road in those behemoths anyway. It's all a big sham to make you feel special and capable. A full size van takes 7-8 people with no compromise add in AWD like the Sienna and you have it all.
      Cruising
      • 11 Months Ago
      Looks great for a minivan, so far.
      Patrick
      • 11 Months Ago
      I see what you did there, Kia. You want people to accidentally walk up to the Sedona thinking it's their Odyssey, and think "Oh, this looks nice. What is it?"
      FIDTRO
      • 11 Months Ago
      Maybe this is what they need to stop those declining US sales.
      Andrew
      • 11 Months Ago
      It's a camoflauged minivan, yet it looks surprisingly good. The Koreans are really on a streak. If it's priced right, it could be huge. Dodge/Chrysler has been quietly outselling Honda and Toyota for a long time in this segment. The Japanese seem to win all the comparison tests, but the practical parents on budgets with 3+ kids who actually need and buy minivans instead of crossovers seem to be more interested in monthly payments than soft dashboards.
        Jordan Johnston
        • 11 Months Ago
        @Andrew
        Have you been in the latest Sienna? Not a piece of soft plastic in sight. Chrysler/Dodge win as far as interior quality is concerned. Can't speak for the Odyssey though.
      darkharbour
      • 11 Months Ago
      Kia needs to also bring the Rondo back to the American market, the new generation here in Canada looks much better than the previous and is a very versatile and affordable vehicle for small families.
        luigi.tony
        • 11 Months Ago
        @darkharbour
        Had a Rondo, biggest piece of rollingshit I've ever owned. That V6 sucked gas like a big block chevy.
          James
          • 11 Months Ago
          @luigi.tony
          Here In SW Florida we have ALOT of visiting Canadians. Actually saw one the other day and was not sure what it was at first. Looked pretty good, did like the first gen as well.
        Jim Pease
        • 11 Months Ago
        @darkharbour
        I saw a snowbird driving the new Rondo here in FL. I thought it was pretty cool.
      Jesus!
      • 11 Months Ago
      Awesome name for an ugly vehicle.
      Patrick
      • 11 Months Ago
      Is it true that after you take the van out of park your driving ability immediately plummets by 50%?
        flychinook
        • 11 Months Ago
        @Patrick
        Maybe that used to be true, but it seems that most of the ignorant drivers have moved on to SUVs/CUVs. The high driving position is very important to them, they like to feel safe, whilst simultaneously being the most dangerous driver on the road for miles.
        Scooter
        • 11 Months Ago
        @Patrick
        Seems so. Jk.
      cpmanx
      • 11 Months Ago
      The style is hugely improved (esp if it matches up with those spy illustrations). But that high beltline and thick pillars behind the sliding doors mean that the view out will be very limited for anyone in the third row--a drag for parents who want their kids looking at anything other than an iPad.
      felix.storm
      • 11 Months Ago
      I'd certainly hope they have found a cure for the notorious oil leak on their 3.5L V6...
      jz78817
      • 11 Months Ago
      I hope for their sake the rear-most side windows aren't actually that small, just covered up by camouflage. Otherwise it's just patently stupid to hamper rearward visibility just for a dumb styling feature.
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