After a year's absence, the Kia Sedona minivan returns to the market in mildly refreshed form. Kia had promised its affordable family hauler would be back, but the lack of significant change makes us wonder why production was interrupted in the first place. That puzzle aside, Kia dealers are undoubtedly grateful to be back in the minivan game.
The front end of the 2014 model carries a redesigned grille, standard fog lamps in the lower fascia, and LED daytime running lights. The optional 17-inch wheels have a new multi-spoke design, and a storage console for electronic gadgets has been added to the interior. Those hoping for another home run redesign from Kia will be disappointed as that's the extent of the changes.
All models are powered by a 269-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 paired with a six-speed automatic, a setup that debuted in 2011. Acceleration is smooth and confident, adding to an overall sense of riding comfort that the whole family can appreciate.
As before, second-row captain's chairs are standard, and the third-row seat folds into the floor. The Sedona's strongest attribute is its generous standard equipment list, which includes a backup warning system, satellite radio, Bluetooth compatibility, USB ports, a folding table between the front seats, and a "conversation" mirror that lets parents spy on the kids.
The uplevel EX adds leather seating, power sliding doors and tailgate, and enhanced trim and features throughout. A loaded Sedona costs significantly less than comparably equipped competitors, enough for some buyers to overlook shortcomings like an aging design and lackluster gas mileage.
While the Sedona remains a perfectly likable minivan, the 2014 model is no more competitive than the one that left us two years ago. Buyers who also test drive just about any other minivan on the market will probably find the Sedona lacking in style and sophistication. That might not matter once price is factored in, but it leaves us wishing for Kia to give us the vehicle we know it can build.
The EX version of the Sedona carries upscale features normally found on minivans costing thousands more. Buyers get: a leather interior with heat and power in the front row; a leather and wood grain steering wheel and shift knob; dual power sliding doors and tailgate; a rear camera display; an auto-dimming rearview mirror with integrated garage door opener; a trip computer with compass; 17-inch alloy wheels; chrome door handles and body-side moldings; power rear quarter windows; and dual-zone automatic climate control.
The available Luxury Package adds a sunroof, power adjustable pedals, a driver memory package, and rain-sensing wipers. An eight-speaker Infinity sounds system and navigation are available as standalone options.
The value-oriented LX is designed to give buyers the equipment they want most at a lower-than-expected price. Standard features include rear air conditioning, a backup warning system, fog lamps, removable second-row captain's chairs, a satellite radio, a CD/MP3 player, Bluetooth, USB ports, and a storage console for mobile devices. Outside, the LX carries body-color door handles and side moldings, 16-inch steel wheels, roof rails, and power sideview mirrors with LED turn signals.
The Power Package adds a rearview camera, dual power sliding doors, 17-inch alloy wheels and automatic headlamps. Buyers can also order a trailer hitch that allows the Sedona to tow up to 3,500 pounds.
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|Build & Price|
2014 Kia Sedona$22,990 | 8,652 mi
2014 Kia Sedona$25,125 | 9,169 mi
2012 KIA SEDONA$16,494 | 36,681 mi
2012 Kia Sedona$16,986 | 36,867 mi
2012 Kia Sedona$16,987 | 11,667 mi
2012 Kia Sedona$16,987 | 30,042 mi
2012 Kia Sedona$17,495 | 60,027 mi
2012 Kia Sedona$17,888 | 28,934 mi
2012 Kia Sedona$17,993 | 41,672 mi
2012 Kia Sedona$18,990 | 34,357 mi
2012 Kia Sedona$19,177 | 11,298 mi
2011 Kia Sedona$14,777 | 56,452 mi
2009 Kia Sedona$9,916 | 71,123 mi
2009 Kia Sedona$9,990 | 96,789 mi
2009 Kia Sedona$10,856 | 99,223 mi
2009 Kia Sedona$12,995 | 68,642 mi
2007 Kia Sedona$10,771 | 44,071 mi
2007 Kia Sedona$12,592 | 67,431 mi
2006 Kia Sedona$5,495 | 114,282 mi
2006 Kia Sedona$6,995 | 109,887 mi
2006 Kia Sedona$7,999 | 121,566 mi
2006 Kia Sedona$9,432 | 111,800 mi
2006 Kia Sedona$10,995 | 77,463 mi
2005 Kia Sedona$3,900 | 116,686 mi
2004 Kia Sedona$4,488 | 103,666 mi
2004 Kia Sedona$7,999 | 130,825 mi
2003 Kia Sedona$4,999 | 128,463 mi
2003 Kia Sedona$6,995 | 78,073 mi
Versatile and satisfying to drive, pricey with options
Sharp styling, easy-fold seats, lackluster cargo space
Abundant trim levels, proven reliability, easy to jack the price with options
Potent V6, bargain price, could use more standard equipment