By on April 17, 2014


The 2015 Kia Sedona quietly made its public debut at the 2014 New York Auto Show, ready to take up to eight passengers to the nearest Trader Joe’s after soccer practice.

Behind the tiger nose, Kia dropped in a 3.3-liter V6 pushing 276 horsepower and 248 lb-ft of torque to the front wheels through a six-speed automatic.

Inside, up eight passengers can pile in depending on configuration, with third-row riders receiving 34.8 inches of legroom, second-row gaining 41.1 inches, and the parents enjoying 43.1 inches up front. Access to the third row is enabled by the Sedona’s Slide-n-Stow system in the second row, which also allows for increased storage room if needed.

Other features include auto-opening tailgate, surround-view monitoring, electronic stability control and ABS.

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19 Comments on “New York 2014: 2015 Kia Sedona Live Shots...”

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    Looks nice for a minivan but could lose some of the chrome accents and could have done more with the taillight design.

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    Is it still close to 5000 pounds? The old Sedona was at a big weight disadvantage (and paid the resulting fuel-economy and ride penalties) even to other minivans. If they fix that, it will be a good option.

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    So in 2010 when we were minivan shopping, the Kia came in second to the Odyssey we ended up getting. Had more power and drove just like the Odyssey. Stereo was much much better too. We were leasing so the Odyssey ended up being cheaper cause of better residual values but if I was purchasing I was leaning towards the Kia. Also had a bit of a snob problem against it though, more so in 2010 then today. Based on our thoughts my in laws bought a left over 09 model and have 0 problems with it and has held up very nicely. Our Odyssey in 30k miles needed two new struts, two new axles, steering pump, torque converter, and drank oil like an 80’s Fiat. Seriously, had to carry oil with us for our twice year 1000 mile road trip to the beach. Who has to carry oil with them anymore (besides RX8 owners)?

    • 0 avatar

      I thought Hondas never broke?

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        Marcelo, my friend, someday ask me about my brand new all-options 1998 Civic LX coupe. And also ask about Honda standing up for their warranty as well as their advice that “we have more lawyers than you can afford…”.

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          They actually said that? Wow, just wow. Here they don’t even deign to give factory consumption numbers. Seems that some people sued them over not getting the number and since they’re not obliged they simply don’t give those numbers. Toyota does it, too. Hateful attitude.

          Anyway, I said that in jest. The other day I went to my mechanic to get my Renault back from normal routine maintenance. It can handle about 12 to 15 cars at once. Well, there were 4 Hondas there! Anedoctal, yeah, but in a country where Honda doesn’t have even 3% of the market, it was eye-catching. BTW, I said that same phrase to the shop owner and he just laughed and said, “That’s what’s they say”.

          When and if it seems appropriate, please tell your story. It’d be enlightening to hear.

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            Anyone who suggests that [insert brand here] builds cars that “never break” is speaking from some combination of mechanical ignorance and fanboyism. Even the most statistically reliable models are extremely complex machines with hundreds of potential failure points. Every company builds a few lemons, some just do it more frequently than others. A relative of mine had a ’97 Accord blow its engine just past 100k miles, but the ’80s model she owned before it and the ’03 version that replaced it were flawless well into high mileage. I’ve witnessed a couple of friends’ Toyota Corollas self destruct just past 100k, although at least one of those was due to owner stupidity. Honda also had a rather infamous run of self-destructing automatic transmissions and a/c compressors 10-15 years ago. Subarus are supposed to be indestructible, but my ’06 base model Impreza has required more unscheduled visits to the shop than my “unreliable” VW ever did.

            That said, the statistics from CR and TrueDelta show that while Honda is not immune to putting out bad cars, they do it less frequently than most of their competitors. A coworker of mine has made a habit of buying used Accords for peanuts at 200,000 miles then running them to 300,000 miles, which has worked out very well so far. Seeing 3 or 4 Hondas at a repair shop is not proof that Honda has a reliability problem. Even reliable cars need to be serviced.

            [For some reason the right margin of my post is getting cropped off no matter what I do. I swear it looked right when I typed it.]

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          If you got that in writing, take it to your nearest news outlet.

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        tell that to the heap sitting in my garage.

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        I have an 08 MDX. I bought it because it was a Pilot, which was tuned by some Honda engineers with an X5 pinned to the wall, who were instructed “do that”. I THOUGHT I was buying a Honda with some BMW suspension tuning…..

        The Honda part was left out. Torque converter recall. Power steering pump recall. Rear shock blown from the factory. A variety of other maladies all a result of making it as cheaply as possible. I am looking at a catalyst at 98k miles…never have I replaced one before. All maint done ahead of schedule.

        I should have sucked it up and bought the X5. It is the worst new car I’ve ever owned for maintenance, and I’ve had two SAABS.

        We joke the Acura “A” on the grille is for “Alleged Honda”. My Honda owning relatives, who had 80’s and 90’s Hondas, one of whom has a 2003 TL, are all amazed by this. Of course, they have REAL Hondas, not a car built in Canada by the same suppliers who feed GM, but with a Japanese transaxle and engine. It does, however, if you keep the under engineered suspension bushings fresh, drive really well.

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      Sounds like your on par with almost everyone I know that owns a Honda Odyssey.

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      SCE to AUX

      My happiest car ownership day was the day I traded my lemon 2-year-old 2005 Odyssey for a beater 99 Grand Caravan.

      The 09 Sedona which replaced the GC is the best van I’ve ever had.

      Autoblog said this about the 2015 Sedona: “… one of the most exciting vehicles to arrive at the 2014 New York Auto Show is a minivan”.

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    Honda didn’t make an LX coupe in 1998. The only trim levels for the coupe were DX, HX and EX

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      Yeah, Happycamper, you’re right. It was a Civic EX IIRC (high-end model) green with a moonroof. Built right here in Ohio a few miles away. Some sort of Hondamatic slushbox for a tranny. Milled off reverse gear @ 8,820 miles. Honda zone manager said operator abuse (?), thus, no warranty coverage, and, don’t bother with getting a lawyer to fight them. Cost me $2700 for a re-man transmission. I guess I was supposed to pull in forward everywhere and never back up. Saw the tranny taken apart – looked like a servo-shifted manual to me; the reverse gear appeared to be no more than a slightly rippled bushing. I was sorely tempted to catapult it, on fire, through the dealership showroom window.

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    For the money and overall longevity. This is the only option outside a Chrysler or Dodge mini van. And this Kia looks pretty damn good for a mini van.

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