Kia Sedona returns from the dead with minor updates

2014 Kia Sedona 03.5.2013
2014 Kia Sedona 03.5.2013

Starts at $25,900

We can't say we saddened when Kia dropped the Sedona in the United States, but strangely the company has brought the model back from the dead after a one year hiatus.

Modestly updated, the 2014 model is distinguished by a new front bumper, a revised grille and LED daytime running lights.

Interior changes are also limited but include a new storage console that is large enough to hold an iPad or a similarly sized tablet.

Despite the modest updates, the entry-level LX comes nicely equipped with air conditioning, Bluetooth connectivity and steering wheel-mounted controls. Moving up to the EX variant adds leather upholstery, heated front seats and automatic climate control.

Motivation is provided by a 3.5-liter V6 engine that produces 269 bhp (200 kW) and 246 lb-ft (333 Nm) of torque. It is connected to a six-speed automatic transmission that enables the model to return 17 city / 24 mpg highway (US).

The 2014 Sedona will go on sale later this year and pricing starts at $25,900 which excludes an $850 destination charge.

Source: Kia
Published May 4th, 2013 12:00am By Michael Gauthier
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Kia’s Popular Family Hauler Returns with Thoughtful Updates and Premium Features

  • New lighting and grille highlight the latest version of Kia’s 7-passenger minivan
  • Premium touches added to Sedona’s fun and functional design

Irvine, Calif., May 3, 2013 – The value-friendly Sedona returns to the Kia line up for 2014, combining practical convenience, modern amenities and a long list of safety features, offering families on-the-go comfort, utility and peace of mind. Updated for 2014, the Sedona has won over media and consumers alike with its feature-rich content and powerful engine, making it a capable contender in the minivan segment.

Available in two trims, LX and EX, the 2014 Sedona incorporates an updated front bumper and grille, showcasing a sleeker appearance. Other enhancements include 17-inch multi-spoke wheels (standard on EX, optional on LX), LED positioning lights and standard fog lamps across both trims. All interiors now feature a unique storage console for iPads®1 and smart tablets, while the EX cabin offers standard leather trimmed seats, front seat heaters and automatic climate control. The 2014 Sedona remains packed with power with its standard 3.5-liter V6 engine producing 269 horsepower and mated to a six-speed automatic transmission with Sportmatic® clutchless shifting. The functional Sedona LX minivan begins at $25,9002 MSRP, plus $850 destination charge, and offers a number of standard convenience features, including air conditioning, SiriusXM™ Satellite Radio3, Bluetooth4 wireless technology with voice recognition, MP3 connectivity and steering wheel-mounted audio controls. The uplevel Sedona EX begins at $30,900 MSRP plus destination charge.

Abundance of Standard Safety Features
Sedona offers consumers invaluable protection provided by an extensive list of standard safety features on the 2014 model, including six standard airbags (dual advanced front and front seat-mounted side air bags, full-length side curtain air bags for all three seating rows); active front headrests; and a four-channel, four-sensor Antilock Brake System (ABS) with Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD), which takes into account vehicle load and weight distribution and applies the appropriate stopping force. The EBD system adapts to individual wheel grip conditions to help improve both control and stability. Additional standard safety equipment for Sedona includes a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS), Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and a Traction Control System (TCS).

In conjunction with the ABS, the TCS uses brake and engine torque intervention to enhance traction during launch and acceleration on slippery road surfaces. If the ABS system detects wheel slip, it signals the engine control unit to adjust engine torque output accordingly. TCS also senses when one or more wheels spin faster than the vehicle's speed, and if necessary, applies the brakes to that wheel or wheels. Working together, the two systems limit wheel spin and help the driver maintain control.

Working with the standard ABS with EBD and TCS, the ESC system can apply individual brakes selectively to help control oversteer and understeer as needed to help the driver maintain control on slippery surfaces or during certain emergency maneuvers.

Powerful and Fuel-Efficient Performance
Sedona's 3.5-liter V6 engine is standard on all models and produces an impressive 269 horsepower and 246 pound-feet of torque while offering fuel economy of 17/24 mpg5 city/highway thanks in part to the six-speed automatic transmission with Sportmatic™ clutchless shifting that comes standard on both LX and EX trims.

Sedona's four-wheel independent suspension consists of MacPherson struts with coil springs and a stabilizer bar in the front, while the rear uses a multi-link design with coil springs and a stabilizer bar.

Stopping power comes from a power-assisted four-wheel-disc braking system with large-diameter vented front disc brakes (11.7 inches) and solid rear disc brakes (11.9 inches). Sedona models come standard with 16-inch steel wheels and 225/70R16 tires on LX models, with optional 17-inch alloy wheels. Seventeen-inch alloy wheels fitted with 235/60R17 tires are standard on EX models.

Spacious, Comfortable and Functional
The seven-passenger Sedona's generous dimensions and unibody construction offer impressive and functional passenger and luggage space and sophisticated ride and handling. Adding to its space and versatility, flip-and-fold second row seats provide easy access to third row seating. A simple-to-operate 60/40-split folding-into-the-floor third row seat also is standard on all models to create a flat cargo area.

All Sedonas continue to maintain Kia's traditional value proposition by offering a generous list of standard features and amenities. In addition to the standard SiriusXM™ Satellite Radio, Bluetooth wireless technology, ABS, six airbags and a six-speed Sportmatic transmission, the LX trim also comes standard with air conditioning, sliding doors with power windows, power mirrors and door locks, cruise control, an AM/FM/CD/MP3/Sat audio system that includes an auxiliary and USB-MP3 input jack, captain's chairs for the second row and keyless entry. A Back-Up Warning System6 also comes standard and alerts the driver of an object in close proximity to the rear of the vehicle.

Moving to the EX trim adds leather trimmed seats, fog lamps, a heated six-way power-adjustable driver's seat, four-way power-adjustable passenger's seat, heated power mirrors, an eight-speaker AM/FM/CD/MP3 audio system with auxiliary input jack, auto-dimming rear view mirror with HomeLink®7, leather-wrapped steering wheel, power rear-quarter glass, trip computer with compass and a roof rack. The EX trim also offers a standard rear-view-mirror camera display8 in addition to the Back-Up Warning System to help the driver better see surroundings and reverse more safely.

In addition to the LX and EX model standard equipment, the 2014 Sedona offers several optional packages for maximum convenience and entertainment.

The Power Package, available only on LX models, offers dual power sliding doors, automatic light control, 17-inch alloy wheels and auto-diming mirror with backup display and HomeLink®.
The Luxury Package, available on EX models, includes power sunroof, automatic rain sensing wipers, power-adjustable pedals, driver's memory seat and mirrors.
A navigation system also is available for the EX trim, which includes Infinity®9 premium audio and speakers.
Kia: One of the World’s Fastest Moving Global Automotive Brands

Kia Motors America is one of only three auto brands to increase U.S. sales in each of the past four years, and in 2012 the company surpassed the 500,000 unit mark for the first time. With a full line of fun-to-drive cars and CUVs, Kia is advancing value to new levels of sophistication by combining European-influenced styling – under the guidance of chief design officer Peter Schreyer – with cutting-edge technologies, premium amenities, affordable pricing and the lowest cost of ownership in the industry. Kia recently joined the exclusive ranks of Interbrand’s “Top 100 Best Global Brands,” and is poised to continue its momentum with seven all-new or significantly redesigned vehicles scheduled to arrive in showrooms in 2013. Over the past decade Kia Motors has invested more than $1.4 billion in the U.S., including the company’s first U.S. assembly plant in West Point, Georgia – Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia – which is responsible for the creation of more than 11,000 plant and supplier jobs. The success of the U.S.-built* Optima and Sorento in two of the industry’s largest segments has fueled Kia’s rapid growth and is complemented by Kia’s comprehensive lineup which includes the Soul urban passenger vehicle, Sportage compact CUV, Optima Hybrid, the Forte sedan, 5-door and Koup compacts, Rio and Rio 5-door sub-compacts and the Sedona minivan.

About Kia Motors America

Kia Motors America is the marketing and distribution arm of Kia Motors Corporation based in Seoul, South Korea. KMA offers a complete line of vehicles through more than 765 dealers throughout the United States and serves as the "Official Automotive Partner" of the NBA. In 2012, KMA recorded its best-ever annual sales total and gained U.S. market share for the 18th consecutive year. Kia is poised to continue its momentum and will continue to build the brand through design innovation, quality, value, advanced safety features and new technologies.

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Comments (6)

NaveenThomas NaveenThomas
Why don't they style this like other Kias? It looks really outdated and old.
May 20th, 2013 5:44pm
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TomasramonCorrea TomasramonCorrea
The updates are almost not there, but the real issue is this: It is a lot of car for the money,and in these times, that should work well.
May 6th, 2013 5:46pm
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krunalkadam krunalkadam
lights could be more better, they look very old fashioned.
May 6th, 2013 10:16am
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AlikMalix AlikMalix
The new design is way too extreme. I want the old Sedona back.
May 6th, 2013 7:36am
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Renyeo Renyeo
Sure it will sell.
May 4th, 2013 2:47am
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memexe memexe
They should style it like all the new Kias, price-it well and outsell that bloody Caravan.
May 4th, 2013 1:41am
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