- Complete redesign for 2015; seats seven or eight passengers
- New design inside and out, with upgraded interior materials
- New V-6 engine under the hood as well
The 2015 Kia Sedona gets a needed complete redesign for the new model year that updates the minivan’s styling, materials, and powertrain.
The Sedona’s thorough makeover is long overdue; the previous model looked like it could be from a decade ago, but the new design is thoroughly modern and much more attractive. It all starts with the Sedona’s nose, which features Kia’s corporate grille and aggressive sculpting on the hood that gives it needed definition. Projector style headlights are standard, with LED positioning lights and taillights optional. Wheel sizes range from 17-inches to 19-inches, and powered sliding doors and a smart power liftgate, which opens the liftgate automatically if you stand behind it for three seconds with the keyfob in your pocket or purse.
Under the hood, the Sedona’s new 3.3-liter V-6 engine is shared with the Sorento and Cadenza. It offers more power, with 276-hp and 248 pounds-feet of torque and comes mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. Fuel economy ratings are essentially unchanged at 18/24 mpg city/highway. Maximum towing capacity is 3,500 pounds when properly equipped. The Sedona also has a brand new chassis that Kia says improves driving dynamics.
Inside, the new Sedona’s slightly stretched wheelbase gives passengers more room all around. Materials have also been upgraded and the new interior design includes a driver-centric cockpit with the center console slightly canted towards the driver’s side to offer easier access to dashboard controls. The second-row seating is tracked, so it can slide forward and back, and also flips and folds forward. Moving rearward, the third-row bench splits 60/40 and can fold completely into the floor to form a flat cargo area. Standard interior features include air conditioning, cruise control, Bluetooth connectivity, twelve cup holders, USB port, and power windows/locks. Higher trim levels add features like leather upholstery, tri-zone automatic climate control, powered/heated front seats, Kia’s UVO infotainment system with expanded eServices, adaptive cruise control, and a navigation system.
Standard safety features include six airbags, all disc antilock brakes, electronic stability control, and active front headrests. Extra safety technology is optional, including a blind spot detection system, rear cross-traffic alerts, forward collision and lane departure warnings, and a surround view monitor.