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2015 Kia Sedona OVERVIEW
The 2015 Kia Sedona aims to prove minivans once and for all can be sexy. And it's using the same tricks Kia has used to success on models like the Optima and Sorento, by eschewing any bargain basement evidence of the company's past and picking striking design details and nice interior materials.
What's New for 2015
The Sedona is totally new for 2015, with a radical exterior and interior. Seating is now for either seven or eight passengers, and the only powertrain is a 3.3-liter V6 with direct injection and 276 horsepower, mated to a six-speed automatic and front-wheel drive.
Choosing Your Kia Sedona
Unlike previous Sedonas, there's a wide range of trim levels spread from a $26,000 L base model to the plush SX Limited at about $40,000 to start. All are well-equipped, but the higher trim levels boast more of the high-class features Kia is pushing on the new model. Also, fuel economy varies between trim despite having the same engine, so keep that in mind.
The Sedona still makes a lot of sense at higher trim levels with more toys, but its highest value lies with the mid-range EX or SX models, depending how much you value in-dash navigation and Infinity sound.