With the 2015 Kia Sedona, Kia is trying to bring good looks and luxury options to the often overlooked minivan segment. Of course Kia would prefer if we referred to the Sedona as a “Multi Purpose Vehicle” in the hopes that folks in my generation will look kindly on the people mover. Whatever you want to call it, the all-new Sedona is easily the best looking option in this category. The look combines the vertical front end found in crossovers with Kia’s latest grille design from the K900 sedan and a side profile similar to the average 3-row crossover.
On the inside the crossover theme continues with a fixed center console that houses the shifter, cupholders and considerably less storage than you will find in your average minivan. Also different from the other minivans are second row seats that aren’t removable and don’t fold flat into the floor. While this undoubtably makes the Sedona less practical than the competition in some ways, it allows the second row to be more comfortable than the alternatives, most notably the Town & Country and the Grand Caravan.
Add in more available features and luxury gadgets than your average crossover, a dollop of value vs the Highlander or Durango and the Sedona makes a solid case for shoppers that would not otherwise look at a minivan.