2014 Kia Sedona Minivan Returns from Hiatus With Minor Upgrades, Price Bump
Without a Kia Sedona for the 2013 model year, the Korean automaker was left to its devices of selling however many of its aging, but award-winning, minivans as long as it could. We knew that the Sedona was returning, as it's been confirmed multiple times. The last time we spoke with a Kia employee during the launch of the 2014 Kia Forte and Kia Sorento in Scottsdale, Arizona, we were assured that the same basic minivan that Kia had been selling in the U.S. since 2006 would return. Sure enough, it has, albeit with a new grille and premium accents. Our sources say the 2014 Kia Sedona also has new emissions and crash-safety protection that meet more stringent standards all over the world--that's why there was no 2013 model. The Kia Sedona returns with two options levels: Base Sedona LX, which starts at $26,750, including $850 for destination and handling, and the leather-lined Sedona EX starts at $31,750. Both represent an approximately $1,000 increase over the 2012 model. Both are powered by the stalwart 269-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 that is slowly being phased out of the Kia lineup, being replaced in newer vehicles by a more powerful 3.3-liter engine. Sending power to the front wheels via a six-speed automatic transmission, Kia says it's rated at 17 mpg city/24 mpg highway, which puts it close to three-row crossovers and down a bit versus the more expensive Honda Odyssey and Toyota Sienna. Standard in both models are SiriusXM radio, Bluetooth, a backup warning sensor, and steering wheel-mounted audio controls, among a long list of other features. Uplevel 2014 Kia Sedona EX models receive the aforementioned leather seats, fog lights, power driver's and front passenger's seats, and a backup camera, among other features. Options packages include the Power Package on LX models with power-sliding doors, 17-inch wheels, automatic headlights, and an auto-dimming mirror; Luxury Package on EX models that includes a power sunroof, rain-sensing wipers, and power pedals; and a navigation system that goes with an upgraded audio system. The 2014 Kia Sedona goes on sale this month, satiating your love for minivans. More like it, just helping you transport your kids to school in the morning without having to spend an arm and a leg for a seven-passenger vehicle. Expect it to stay on the market for another couple of years before being replaced with a radical all-new model. Source: Kia
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