By on March 29, 2018

Automotive trade shows typically provide little more than early access to vehicles you’ve already read about for months. But every so often details emerge that are so incredibly hot, you can’t even begin to fathom why God chose to trust you with them.

At this week’s 2018 New York International Auto Show, Kia Motors America unveiled a refreshed 2019 Sedona minivan, which — get a load of this — has totally new fog lamps. These babies aren’t even remotely the same shape as the outgoing version’s bulbs. Those old round heaps are over and done with; we’re entering an entirely new era of illumination, folks.

To be accurate, the new Sedona actually has entirely new front and rear fascias but, after staring at the 2019 model for several minutes, the only standout upgrade seems to be the fog lights. Which is strange because, when compared with the older model, it becomes immediately apparent that the refresh worked some legitimate magic on the family wagon. Don’t believe us? Well, here is a visual sample of the 2018 Kia Sedona:

Comparatively hideous, right? It’s like seeing identical twins but in a scenario where one is obviously far less attractive. A real-world example of this phenomenon would be Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, but we don’t have to tell you that — it was definitely the first thought that crossed your mind. Poor Mary-Kate… or is it Ashley that’s the ugly one?

Additional mid-cycle updates include the addition of an eight-speed automatic and a new rear entertainment system to keep the kids engaged in something other than screaming. Replacing the previous model’s single overhead screen is a pair of 10.1-inch touchscreens located on the back of the front seats. Still an optional extra, the new entertainment system also has smartphone-mirroring.

Otherwise, the Sedona marches into the future relatively unchanged. It keeps the venerable 3.3-liter V6 and misses out on the handful of tech upgrades that graced the refreshed 2019 Kia Optima — but only because it already had those features.

[Images: Kia Motors]

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26 Comments on “BREAKING: Kia Sedona Receives New Fog Lamps for 2019...”

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    A test vehicle was see obliterating stray shopping carts in a local Costco parking lot.

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    I saw about 1 of these on the road since invention

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    Was the “Breaking” title for fog lamps supposed to have an “/s” at the end? No snark but new fog lamps at the epitome of something which is not breaking news.

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    And you still can’t remove the middle seats? Damn. I’ve been happy as hell with my second generation, but a non-removable second row is a non-starter.

    • 0 avatar

      What do you want, innovation? It’s a Kia, not a Toyota or Honda.

      • 0 avatar

        I’d love one with the reclining second row (footrests and the whole 9-yards) but then I wouldn’t even want to get in it unless I was driving it all the way to Wally-World.

    • 0 avatar
      SCE to AUX

      Same here. Still loving my 09 Sedona, and hope its eventual replacement doesn’t need to have the same capabilities I need today.

    • 0 avatar

      The mailman (contractor) who delivers to our route drives an older Sedona with all the seats removed except for the driver’s seat.

      Some time ago I asked him why he unbolted and removed the seats and the seat belt anchors and he said that he could fit six more mail baskets inside this way.

      But even with removable seats he said, he had them on other minivans before and, removing and reinstalling them was a pain in the @ss.

    • 0 avatar

      It’s my understanding that the non-removable second row seats are on the top level trim.

      Anyway, in a world full of SUVs with even crappier interior space utilization and NEVER the availability of removable second row seats, this shouldn’t be an issue.

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    So, now we’ll be blinded, by idiots driving around with them on all the time? Even worse, since they’re LEDs, they won’t burn out as quickly (I see plenty of cars with one foglight burned out from being on all the time).

    • 0 avatar

      Yep, along with the idiots who think they need high beams to drive at 20 mph along a residential street with a streetlight every 200 feet.

      So when no one can see due to excessive glare from this generation of automotive lights, the cure will be to make all the lights brighter so you can see. Then when no one can see due to even more excessive glare from the next generation of automotive lights, the cure will be…

      The whole automotive lighting industry appears to have its decisions made by idiots. I wonder if anyone will introduce any common sense before the every car has to tow a generator behind it to power the aircraft landing lights that soon will be used for automotive lighting.

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    As a member of the Brown Car Appreciation Society, I must state that the 2018 is the better of the two since the example is BROWN!

    Also, now my wife will want the 2019 because LIGHTS.

    After typing this I realize I must stop stalking Sajeev.

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    Absolutely stunning changes. Who knew Kia would go quite so wild for 2019?

    Ex-rental 2015+ Sedonas are cheap and plentiful, for anyone too shocked by this drastic redesign.

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    Big Wheel

    In the third photo next to the pond, I’d like to know how the driver got out of it. He either went wading in that shallow area, or crawled into the second row to exit on the passenger side. And that looks more like a sidewalk than a driveway. What a strange photo/place.

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      It seems to be a stock location for Kia photo shoots. I recognize it from previous Kia coverage:

      Apparently they like the reflection in the water.

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        The recent Kia stock photo (and TV commercial) location is their NA HQ in Irvine near my house. I suspect it was intentionally designed to be a stand-in for any myriad of photo/video locations, since some of the architectural/landscaping there makes no sense for a corporate HQ.

        Hyundai recently rebuilt their location a few miles away and that’s a more conventional setup, albeit with a grassy knoll facing the freeway that they use to park their lineup like a dealership.

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      Based on the top image with the blurred scenery rushing by apparently these fog lights make the minivan go super fast.

  • avatar
    punkybrewstershubby aka Troy D.

    Our ‘11 Quest SV with 187k is still better IMHO. Methinks I’ll keep it a little longer, at least that’s what the wife demands.

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    I think it’s a darned fine looking van. I’d much rather have a small truck from Kia though. How ’bout it, guys?

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