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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 L includes a lot of features for a base model van, starting with all kinds of power amenities, satellite radio, USB input, Bluetooth, trip computer, YES Essentials stain-repellant fabric, 17-inch alloy wheels and even parking sensors. However, there are no options.


EX trim adds more technology in the form of USB 2.1 ports, keyless entry and start, as well as 18-inch wheels, front fog lights, a power liftgate, leather upholstery and more chrome trim. Shell out $1,500 for the Premium Package, which bundles in worthwhile features like power lumbar support for the driver, heated first and second rows, blind spot detection and cross-path alert.


The SX steps things up even further with blind-spot detection, cross-path alert, an Infinity sound system and an 8-inch screen with navigation -- as well as a 1 MPG boost in highway fuel economy to 25 MPG. Other features include LED tail lights and selectable drive modes. Seating for eight is a nominal $400 option.

SX Limited

The SX Limited boasts all of the style and goodies the Sedona can offer. Sacrifice 3 mpg on the highway and you get 19-inch chromed wheels, a surround-view camera with front and rear parking sensors, and the party piece "first-class lounge" second-row captain's chairs that recline to a great degree -- although total seating capacity goes back down to 7. Nappa leather upholstery is also included, as is more chrome exterior trim. The poorly named $2,700 Limited Technology Package adds active lane departure assist, HID headlights and a forward collision warning system.

CarsDirect Tip

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.

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