3/4 Front Glamour 2014 Kia Sedona

Expert's Rating

3.0Good

MPG 17 City / 24 Highway
Pros
  • Lots of standard equipment
  • Low price, especially with incentives
  • Good acceleration
Cons
  • Outdated design
  • Unexceptional fuel economy
  • Less flexible seating system than competitors
, Automotive Editor -
The Kia Sedona returns -- essentially unchanged -- after a short hiatus. Unlike the rest of the upgraded Kia lineup, this model still competes primarily on value for money.

Introduction

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.

Which Style To Buy?

2014 Kia Sedona
Starting price
$27,920
Shopper Popularity
29%

2014 Kia Sedona EX

Recommended for: Buyer looking for a luxurious minivan that's still affordable.

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.

2014 Kia Sedona
Starting price
$23,752
Shopper Popularity
71%

2014 Kia Sedona LX

Most Popular
Recommended for: Buyers who need a lot of minivan for their money.

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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