Here’s a tip: Never ever refer to Kia’s all-brand-new 2015 Sedona as a minivan in front of Kia marketing folk. As was rapidly and regularly pointed out to me at the vehicle’s launch in Palo Alto, California, the Sedona isn’t a minivan; it’s a Multi-Purpose Vehicle, or an MPV. Kia’s reasoning? Well, the brand-new Sedona isn’t every one of that mini (they’re right; it’s massive), and it combines the practicality and utility of the old Sedona minivan along with the sportiness and look of the Sorento CUV. Whatever Kia calls it is irrelevant since in a class that’s shrunk from much more compared to 13 to merely 5 models in the past 15 years, the brand-new Sedona is a breath of fresh air.

The most striking thing concerning the brand-new Sedona is exactly how handsome it looks inside and out. Sensitive to the public’s perception of minivans, the Peter Schreyer-penned Sedona is probably the most attractive minivan on the market, along with a big, bold CUV-ish nose and sporty design lines paired along with an upscale interior on top SXL models.

Kia might have actually made the Sedona to appeal to CUV buyers, however those expecting the Sedona to drive enjoy anything however a minivan are in for a bit of a disappointment. That’s not to say that’s a unsatisfactory thing — the Sedona rides comfortably, handles well for its size, and gets moving quick enough for most buyers thanks to Kia’s familiar 3.3-liter V-6, which was tuned to make much more midrange energy in the minivan.

The Sedona’s direct-injected V-6 is mated to a six-speed automatic and produces 276 hp and 248 lb-ft of torque. That’s great for an Odyssey and Grand Caravan-tying 7.9-second 0-60 mph run and a 16.1-second quarter mile along with an 89.2 mph trap speed. In the crucial 60-0 mph protect against test, the Sedona managed to rein in its hefty 4,764 pounds in merely 122 feet. That excess mass need to hurt Kia as quickly as it pertains to our figure-eight test, however surprisingly the Sedona wears its weight well, lapping the figure eight in 28.0 seconds at a 0.70 g average, making it the second-quickest full-size minivan about the figure eight, along with the Toyota Sienna merely edging it out along with its 27.9 second at 0.63 g performance.

The one performance figure where the Sedona gives up a lot to its rivals is fuel economy. Due to various equipment levels and energy steering mechanisms, the Sedona’s fuel economy numbers are every one of over the map. Base 2015 Sedona L, LX, and volume EX models come along with hydraulic energy steering, giving them an EPA rating of 18/24/twenty mpg city/highway/combined. The Sedona SX and Sedona SXL, enjoy our tester, grab electric energy steering racks however not the exact same fuel economy numbers. The SX gets the very best EPA numbers of the lineup along with an 18/25/21 mpg rating, while the Sedona SXL gets a quite bad 17/22/19 mpg, thanks to the added weight of its dual sunroofs and others luxury touches. In our Genuine MPG testing, the Sedona SXL accomplished 17.3/23.8/19.7 R-MPG, which is slightly much better compared to its EPA rating.

But performance isn’t the name of the game for minivans — interior amenities are, and the Kia Sedona SXL delivers there in spades. along with some 45 percent of minivans purchased by empty nesters, the Sedona SXL aims to succeed over aging baby boomers along with a actually luxurious cabin and features much more regularly seen in luxury sedans compared to in minivans — excuse me, MPVs. Take its second row “Very first Class” captain’s chairs. Motivated by the Very first class cabins designers frequented on flights across the Pacific to Seoul, the SXL sports first-class-Motivated second row seats. These seats slide fore and aft and adverse to side, recline, and feature the 2 an airline-Motivated pillow headrest and a fold-out footrest. They might not be S-Class-comfortable, however they’re quite damn wonderful — babes and baby boomers alike will certainly like these seats. Even though the second row is great, the third isn’t. While rivals feature uncomfortable however usable seats in the third row, sitting in the Sedona’s third row feels enjoy squeezing in spine of a coupe, along with the SXL’s second sunroof consuming up most of the headroom in back.

Speaking of seats, where the Sedona shows Kia’s relative inexperience compared to the likes of Chrysler and others is in their folding mechanisms. along with a lot effort, the third row folds to make a flat load floor. along with much more effort, the second row captain’s chairs “Slide-N-Stow” up versus the front seats, enjoy a higher school senior clinging to his prom date. Those lounge seats are additionally maddeningly complex to use — not to mention incredibly cumbersome. Complicated seats aside, the Kia Sedona’s interior is a genuinely nice place to be. The CUV-ish interior design looks and much more importantly feels upscale along with high-quality Nappa leather, a neat two-tone color scheme, and a driver-oriented dashboard, finish along with Kia’s killer Uvo infotainment system.

Price-wise, Kia covers the gamut from cheap family transportation to luxo-hauler. The 2015 Sedona starts at a reasonable $26,795 along with each trim degree spaced out from the next one by $2,000-$4,000. Our top-of-the-line Sedona SXL tester started at $40,595 and came equipped along with the only available option on the SXL, the technology package, which for $2,700 entails xenon headlights, lane departure and forward collision warnings, surround view cameras, and radar cruise control. along with the tech package, the as-tested Rate for our Sedona was $43,295, which is comparable to a loaded Chrysler Town & Country or Honda Odyssey.

Though the Sedona may not be the game changer Kia hopes it’ll be, the Sedona is a refreshing breath of fresh air in a stale segment. along with the brand-new Sedona, Kia shows Vehicle buyers the incentives of the Pixar approach, making a product that’s merely as appealing to adults as it is to children. along with a wide lineup spread and plenty of features for parents, empty nesters, and children, buyers will certainly most likely locate a lot to grab excited concerning along with the brand-new Sedona — merely as long as they don’t call it a minivan.

2015 Kia Sedona SXL
VEHICLE LAYOUTFront-engine, FWD, 7-pass, 4-door van
ENGINE3.3L/276-hp/248-lb-ft DOHC 24-valve V-6
TRANSMISSION6-speed automatic
CURB WEIGHT (F/R DIST)4764 lb (56/44%)
LENGTH x WIDTH x HEIGHT201.4 x 78.1 x 68.5 in
0-60 MPH7.9 sec
QUARTER MILE16.1 sec @ 89.2 mph
BRAKING, 60-0 MPH122 ft
MT FIGURE EIGHT28.0 sec @ 0.70 g (avg)
ENERGY CONS., CITY/HWY198/153 kW-hrs/100 miles
CO2 EMISSIONS, COMB1.02 lb/mile