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Sunday, May 5, 2013

Kia Sedona Minivan Returns For 2014: What's Changed?


After skipping the 2013 model year completely, the Kia Sedona is back for the 2014 model year. And although we expected a completely new van, what we get instead is a few small changes, a lot more of what's tried and true—for at least another year or so.


While we still expect a new van, borrowing elements from the latest Sorento, waiting in the wings, the 2014 Kia Sorento is essentially a continuation of the 2006-2012 model. It's seen a few modest updates over the years, including a new grille and headlamps for 2011. Another round of minor touches this year, as Kia tries to reconcile the Sedona's carry-over proportions with the clean Euro-chic proportions and details—otherwise vestiges of a former era, before the brand found its design identity, some of us might argue—help carry this model into the present.

Price increases are modest. When it left us for 2012, the Sedona started at $25,750; now it's priced at $26,750, including destination, while the Sedona EX starts at $31,750. Although that is far above the budget-price and fleet-oriented Dodge Caravan SE, yet in the vicinity, in pricing and equipment, of the Dodge Caravan SXT, Toyota Sienna L, and Nissan Quest S.

While the Sedona never had any trick seating layouts or above-and-beyond versatility, it did form an impression with our editorial team for its comfortable ride and pretty impressive 3.5-liter V-6 and six-speed automatic.

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