Kia Sedona Takes A "Time Out", Returning To Minivan Market In 2014
May 8th, 2012 11:22 AM Share
The Kia Sedona is practically a fossil from a previous geological era compared to its American and Japanese competition – and for 2013, the aging Sedona will finally die off. But that doesn’t mean Kia is abandoning the minivan market.
According to Kia, the Sedona will die in 2013, but the 2014 model year will bring about a new minivan from Kia, which wants to keep a dog in a fight that was abandoned by parent company Hyundai, which sold their Entourage minivan for a brief period in the 2000’s. Hopefully the new car rides on a much newer platform and shares styling and components with the new Kia Optima. The current Sedona is a holdout from the days when you bought a Kia because of poor credit, rather than out of your own free will.
Published May 8th, 2012 11:22 AM
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I think everyone here is saying exactly right. While the Kia may have been old in it's model run. It was surprisingly good in all the right areas. in 2007/2008 I had to do a lot of renting of vehicles and I rented a few dodge caravans, a toyota sienna, and a few kias. The kia just felt right driving it. The others all seems off somehow. Nice, but just not quite what I expected to drive in a minivan. that being said, an update is a good idea, but this vehicle is certainly not as bad as people sometimes make it out to be. And with the depreciation and the durability of the v-6 drivetrain, I imagine these are quite the bargain on the used car market.
I do wonder if they are going to make the Sedona better since our 05 is kind of a pile and I prefer to drive my 95 Voyager over it. The Kia's steering is video game like, the fuel economy is not so good, and there are just several reasons I loathe it.
We bought our 09 Sedona in 2010 and it's been a great car. It was a former rental. We towed across the country with it last year on a camping trip, and it performed admirably. It is undoubtedly the best minivan we've had, following a 96 Voyager (good), 05 Odyssey (awful), and 98 Caravan (good).
The Sedona is way past its prime (if it really had one), but it's not a bad people mover for those who need something for considerably less $$. Kia dealerships supposedly would like to get their hands on more Sedonas, but for some reason the supply is limited. The next gen Sedona is supposed to be less "minivan" in shape and more like a futuristic-MPV (better fitting with Kia's sportier intent, at least in comparison to Hyundai).