Posted on May 2, 2018
Taking on the ever-popular Chrysler Pacifica, Toyota Sienna,
and Honda Odyssey, the 2019 Kia Sedona is newly redesigned and bringing straight-up
competition to the minivan vehicle game. While crossover vehicles have taken a
chunk out of the market, many drivers still desire, and demand, the tried and
true functionality only a minivan can provide.
Kia debuted their 2019 minivan at the New York Auto Show that was held at the
end of March through the beginning of April of this year. The unveiled redesign
highlighted Sedona's main upgrades at the show, including an all-new 8-speed
automatic transmission, an updated rear entertainment center with dual
touchscreens, exterior style modifications, and more.
All Sedonas are already powered by a 3.3-liter V6 with 276
horsepower and 248 pound-feet of torque, but the six-speed automatic
transmission has been replaced with an eight-speed design that's smoother and
more fuel efficient than the previous unit.
While the exterior enhancements feature a more aggressive front
end with reconfigured headlights, a restyled back bumper accented by new chrome
trim pieces, new wheel options, and a power sliding door button, the interior
is the area that boasts the biggest changes in the realms of entertainment and
The Sedona already had Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
connectivity in front, but now rear-seat passengers in the Sedona will enjoy
Kia's move of switching out the overhead screen for dual 10.1-inch touchscreens
with smartphone-mirroring capabilities, mounted on the back of each of the
front headrests. The entertainment center is powered by an upgraded dual-core
processor, offers wireless Bluetooth headphone connectivity, and the optional
Infinity audio kit has been swapped for a Harman/Kardon system. Also, the
addition of an optional rear USB port offers convenient access from the third
row of seats or the cargo area.
Also revamped in the 2019 Kia Sedona were the instrument
cluster with restyled graphics, and the center console with the addition of a
wireless USB charger and sunglass holder. Top trim models also include an
electronic parking brake.
Already well-equipped in the area of safety, the Sedona
includes several driver assistance features such as forward collision warning,
adaptive cruise control, rear cross-traffic alert, blind spot warning, and
automatic emergency braking. Kia enhanced the 2019 design by adding a driver
attention feature that blinks and uses sound alerts to suggest taking a break
from the road when the system assesses the driver needs it.
The Kia Sedona versatile seating and cargo arrangement goes
unchanged, still offering either seven or eight-passenger setups. Reclining
captain's chairs in the two-seat second row come with footrests, and the
three-seat second row utilizes Kia's Slide-N-Stow setup delivering more
convenient accessibility. The 60/40 split-folding third row is still
retractable and stores in the floor for additional cargo space when needed.
The redesigned 2019 Kia Sedona is slated to go on sale before the end of the
year. To find out exactly when they will arrive at the dealerships, sign
up online to receive updates. Until then, 2018 models are available now in Calgary
at Eastside Kia.
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