2015 Kia Sedona is the Best Looking Minivan You’ve Never Heard Of

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2015 Kia Sedona is the Best Looking Minivan You’ve Never Heard Of
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The minivan market has taken a downturn thanks to the rise of the crossover and SUV, but some automakers still persist in the family hauling market.

Kia has revealed the 2015 Sedona before the van’s official public unveiling at the upcoming 2014 New York Auto Show. A new engine, a fully redone interior and new styling on the outside make this Kia relevant in a market where if never really competed against the top players.

Power now comes from a 3.3-liter V6 that makes 276 hp and 248 lb-ft of torque, hooked up to a six-speed automatic transmission.

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On the outside, the Sedona adopts the ‘tiger-nose’ grille that has become a staple of Kia design up front, while the back end adopts some square haunches. The van’s wheelbase grows by 1.6 inches compared to the previous version, while a rear-spoiler and LED taillights are standard. Overall, the 2015 Sedona is 16.9-feet long, 6.5-feet wide and 5.7-feet tall.

SEE ALSO: 2014 New York Auto Show Preview 

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On the inside, Kia has done a full revamp of the van which now offers more room for all of its passengers, either 7 or 8 depending on how the van is configured. Second row leg room grows to 41.1 inches, while third row passengers are treated to 34.8 inches. Up front, 43.1 inches of legroom is available along with 39.8 inches of headroom.

A new system Kia calls ‘Slide-n-Stow’ has been designed for the second row of seating, allowing passengers to easily enter the third row, or to create more storage space. The seat bottom folds up and the entire seat slides forward to maximize space in the back, while the third row seats retract into the floor offering a flat space in the back.

First-class lounge seats are also an available option on the second row of Sedona seats, which include small folding footrests and the capability to spin around and face rearwards.

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Power hookups are found throughout the Sedona, including a new 2.1-amp USB charging port and a 115-volt AC outlet. Other technology includes the latest generation of UVO infotainment, a surround view monitor that allows the driver to see all the way around the vehicle using cameras and an auto-opening tailgate that opens when the key fob is detected for more than three seconds.

When it comes to driving this people mover, Kia claims that the Sedona has 36-percent more torsional stiffness than its closest competitor. It also packs electronic stability control, a brake assist system, hill-start assist, electronic brake force distribution and ABS.

Check back for live coverage straight from the 2014 New York Auto Show floor when the 2015 Kia Sedona makes its first public appearance.

GALLERY: 2015 Kia Sedona Live Photos

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GALLERY: 2015 Kia Sedona

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  • J.R.

    If this is the “best looking” then it would mean that others have been doing something really wrong in terms of design until now…

  • Shiratori1

    Not impressed……..NEXT!

  • Richard Joash Tan

    and you are a bullshit… NEXT!

  • Jose

    I am not the minivan type. In fact I dislike they way they all look, Honda, Toyota, Nissan, sure that they are the most efficient passenger hauling vehicles but they are all extremely ugly!! My question is why do minivans have to be ugly?? I remember Volvo used to believe that a car had to be ugly and boxy to be safe!! I am glad that Volvo no longer goes by that crazy rule, they now believe that a car has to stylish and sexy, and that safety has nothing to do with shape and style. Volvos are indeed now good looking,and safer thanks to their new good looks.. This is what is happening to 99% of all minivans, most people, like me do not want to be seen in an ugly weeneey minivan. But this Kia Sedona Is the Best Looking Minivan Period!! It looks promising in fact it looks dare I say kind of stylish and I would not mind been seen driving one, because it looks good. No normal person male or female wants to be seen in an ugly boxy minivan that is why most people like me buy an SUV because they look good,looks sell ugly does not! This new Kia Sedona is a Game Changer, with stlye and good looks to match. Thanks Kia for getting rid of the ugly and bringing in style and class!!!

  • Ray W Clark

    We had in the past years a 1985 Toyota van, 87 and 91 Ford Aerostar, 96 and 97 Dodge Caravan. Does that tell you something? We had a 2013 Sedona for 10 years…wonderful. Now have a 2012 Sedona and still love it. Actually we had an 02 Optima, 07 Sorento, Now have a 2013 Forte koup, 2013 Rio EX and 2014 SOul. Love Kia’s dependability and the dealership in Athens Georgia is awesome. With the exception of the 2012 Sedona and 2014 Soul the others are/were daughters cars.

  • Ray W. Clark

    BTW, getting 27-28 on the road with the 2012 with plenty of power. Daughter works at WDW, so on the road a lot.

  • Shiratori1

    And you can go back into your mom’s basement now……..NEXT!

  • Shiratori1

    What a lol-worthy comment………

  • Bob

    I like this design a lot. Had been looking at the Honda, but this will get a look too, especially if it is priced competitively. MPG numbers will be key also. As long as it is better than the Chrysler/Dodge product, I’ll consider it.