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2015 Kia Sedona Debut

Just don't call it a minivan.

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What's New

At the beginning of April, Kia teased an "all-new midsize multi-purpose vehicle" that it would be bringing to the New York Auto Show. That vehicle appears to be the 2015 Kia Sedona minivan.

The new Sedona will seat eight passengers and will receive an all-new exterior design. The minivan's new Tiger Nose grille is now more consistent with the rest of the Kia lineup and will help give the vehicle a more aggressive appearance. It also looks like the car receives some fun character lines that give it a little more personality than before.

For 2015, the Sedona gains a new 3.3-liter V-6 engine that delivers more power than the previous generation V-6. It pumps out 276 horsepower and 248 lb-ft of torque, which should deliver plenty of power. And while the Sedona retains almost the same width and height as before, it has a longer wheelbase that allows for more legroom all around.

Who It's For

Kia describes the new vehicle as a "purposeful offering for adventure seekers." We don't know if this is just PR talk, but perhaps Kia is trying to appeal to a slightly younger audience.

The 2015 Kia Sedona is geared toward those who need plenty of space for passengers and cargo. Those with large families will probably find the new Kia Sedona most useful, but it can also help lug sports or camping equipment. A new premium trim level for 2015 elevates the Sedona and helps it compete in a new marketplace that expects luxury on everything. But there are some solid competitors in its class, such as the Honda Odyssey (which we really liked) and the Toyota Sienna.

Key Features

Here is what to expect on the 2015 Kia Sedona.
  • "Slide-n-Stow" seats, eliminating need to manually remove the middle seats
  • stain-repelling, anti-static fabric on the interior
  • new SXL premium trim level, which adds leather seats

What We Think

"Minivan" has almost become a bad word in the automotive industry. Automakers are pushing away from this segment in order to create SUVs and crossovers, but we still think there is a market for minivans as evidenced by the Odyssey and Sienna. If the new Sedona can offer the same amount of technology and versatility as its competitors, it may catch on with the public. But it has a long ways to go in building its image.

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