Highlights of Kia's Stylish Minivan

The Kia Sedona is probably not the first name you think of when shopping for a new minivan, but maybe it should be.
It was first launched in September 1998 across several global markets. Back home in Korea, it was known as the Kia Carnival, but here in the United States and at Bill Walsh Kia, it was the Sedona name that stuck.

At the time, it already did most things right. It was roomy, well-built, and featured a strong engine, but it was being literally weighed down by the 400-700 pounds extra it carried compared to its rivals. Still, it was Kia's top-selling vehicle when it launched and even became the top-selling minivan in Australia in 2001, 2004, and 2005, setting a few records along the way.

The 2nd-generation Sedona launched in 2006 and this time, Kia put it on a diet. A lighter engine, transmission, and rear suspension, combined with greater use of high-tensile steel in the body helped the Sedona shed 400 pounds. Throw in some extra horsepower and the minivan was suddenly everything you could possibly want for a family vehicle, especially with its many strengths in key areas like build quality, crash test scores, passenger comfort, and storage space.

The Sedona took a break in 2013 and returned for the 2015 model year at the 2014 New York Auto Show with the 3rd generation. It's not significantly different under the hood, but the first thing customers will have noticed is how stylish it is. In fact, it's almost odd to see such an attractive minivan. It's almost as though we've been conditioned to believe that minivans should be boring and predictable, and the latest Sedona breaks that pattern. It's snazzy, sporty, and features a ton of new tech while keeping all of its strengths from the previous generations.

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