2015 Kia Sedona First Look
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The 2015 Kia Sedona finally looks like it belongs in the automaker's line up. After years of speculation on whether or not Kia's minivan would survive, the automaker's 2015 Sedona will make its debut at the 2014 New York Auto Show with styling and amenities that should finally make it a tough competitor in the segment.
Based on looks alone, the 2015 Kia Sedona should do pretty well. Kia's corporate Tiger Nose grille dominates the front end, with the back end looking clean and simple thanks to rectangular headlights. Around the side the Sedona showcases a few creases and a beltline that gets an upwards kink at the C-pillar.
Kia also made big improvements inside. Available in seven- or eight-passenger configurations, the Sedona will feature a number of seating and storage solutions, including available "First Class" second-row seats that recline and include retractable leg rests. The top-of-the-line SXL model comes with standard Nappa leather that Kia says is the same hide used for its flagship K900 sedan (You know, the one Morpheus pitches). Kia is fitting the Sedona with its latest technology, including new eServices like Geo-fencing (allows you to specify zones on a map and get an alert if the vehicle is driven there), Speed Alert, Curfew Alert, and Driving Score.
Safety and a smooth ride are usually high on a minivan buyer's list of priorities and Kia says the 2015 Sedona will excel in both. The automaker claims the chassis is 36 percent stiffer "than its closest segment competitor," but doesn't specify if it's the Toyota Sienna, Honda Odyssey, Nissan Quest, or Chrysler Town & Country. That said, Kia expects its minivan to earn the highest marks in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administrations crash tests. Standard safety tech includes electronic brake force distribution and Roll Over Mitigation, while forward collision warning, adaptive cruise control, and blind spot detecting are optional. Meanwhile, Amplitude Selected Dampers, double-seal sliding doors, and plenty of sound deadening foam should keep things smooth and quiet in the cabin.
Powering the 2015 Kia Sedona will be the automaker's 3.3-liter direct injection V-6 that's also found in the Sorento crossover and Cadenza sedan. Here the engine is tuned to make 276 hp and 248 lb-ft of torque and is mated to a six-speed automatic. Unlike the Sienna, however, the Sedona will not have available all-wheel drive.
Kia says to look for the 2015 Sedona to arrive in showrooms towards the end of 2014. The current 2014 Sedona starts at $26,795, but we'll have to wait a bit longer for the next-gen model's complete spec list and pricing details.