2019 Kia Sedona Shows Off Its Fresh New Face

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

Four years after its last refresh, Kia has given its Sedona minivan yet another makeover.

In a segment with few competitors, Kia has opted to give its Sedona another refresh rather than develop a next-generation model. The updated minivan makes its debut at the 2018 New York Auto Show, four years after the last updated Sedona bowed at the same show. Once again, it receives new front and rear fascias that feature a similar design language as other models in Kia’s lineup. In addition, the minivan benefits from a newly available rear-seat entertainment system and other convenience features.

Helping give the Sedona a sharper appearance up front is a more modern headlight configuration and Kia’s signature “tiger nose” grille featuring a detailed mesh-like pattern. Depending on the trim, the Sedona will ride on newly designed 17-, 18-, or 19-inch wheels, while a power sliding door button has been added on the EX trim’s side door handles to make it easier to access the cabin. The SXL trim benefits from a unique bumper, skid plate, LED headlights and fog lights, 19-inch chrome wheels, and distinctive side sill.

2018 New York Auto Show Coverage

Inside the cabin, an available USB charge point has been added to the luggage area and is accessible to third-row passengers. The available Rear Entertainment System package adds a pair of 10.1-inch touchscreens on the back of the front seats, replacing the outgoing model’s single overhead screen. In addition, the previous Sedona’s Infinity sound system has been replaced with an available Harman Kardon premium audio system.

Safety features on the 2019 Kia Sedona include Forward Collision Warning, Smart Cruise Control with Stop & Go, Rear Cross Traffic Collision Warning, Blind Spot Collision Warning, Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist, and Driver Attention Warning. Kia expects the refreshed 2019 Sedona to receive a Top Safety Pick+ rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) when equipped with optional Forward Collision Warning.

Under the hood remains a 3.3-liter V6 engine making 276 horsepower and 248 pound-feet of torque, but now it is paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission. The two extra gears help create a more seamless driving experience while helping improve fuel economy.

The 2019 Kia Sedona will be available in five trim levels when it goes on sale later this year. Expect pricing to be announced closer to its launch.

“While the Sedona has continued to redefine and revolutionize the minivan segment with its bold design, advanced convenience features and upscale cabin, a subtle facelift and extended tech roster help keep our most functional multi-purpose vehicle fresh and relevant,” said Orth Hedrick, vice president, product planning, Kia Motors America. “The enhancements that come as part of the new model year are sure to continue raising the Sedona’s appeal and desirability.”

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Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at AutoGuide.com saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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  • K.C. K.C. on Mar 29, 2018

    I think the Sedona is an attractive design but it has two major flaws as a minivan. First, the 2nd row seats aren't removable they squish up toward the front on sliders, so it's less flexible than everyone else. Second, the 3rd row is the smallest of minivans, it's narrow and has very little headroom for 5'6" and taller passengers, this really detracts from getting a minivan for a usable 3rd row. The Sedona used to be Kia's best seller in the early 2000s and both weren't problems in the 2nd generation van.