Function & Form for Families
Kia’s refreshed 2019 Sedona reveals a more refined minivan that maintains the same functional convenience with ample passenger space and cargo, technology, and amenities.
Wearing newly designed front and rear fascias, the Sedona now sports a similar design language utilized on some of the newer models in Kia’s lineup, while a new available rear-seat entertainment system along with other convenience features keep the Sedona’s tech roster up-to-date. In addition, the Sedona’s tried and true 3.3-liter V6 can now be paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission.
The Sedona is offered in five trim levels — L, LX, EX, SX, and SXL.
Staying true to the CUV-like proportions that came as a result of Kia’s design-led transformation, the Sedona’s front fascia is defined by a more modern headlight configuration that helps achieve a sharper appearance, with distinctive LED headlamps that are standard on SX and SXL trims. Sitting proudly in between the headlamps is Kia’s signature “tiger nose” grill highlighted with a detailed mesh-like pattern.
Around back, the rear combination lamps flank the restyled chrome garnish on the liftgate. The side profile becomes more distinctive thanks to newly designed 17-, 18-, and 19-inch wheels, based on trim. And because busy families appreciate a helping hand, a newly added power sliding door button located on the side door handles of EX trims and above is designed to be just that, providing easier access to the Sedona’s well-appointed cabin.
The Sedona’s award-winning interior adds more refinement for the new model year. Up front, drivers are treated to a more modern center fascia complete with new graphics in the instrument cluster. The floor console between the front seats now features an available wireless charger and sunglasses holder to help minimize clutter, while an electronic parking brake is standard on SX and SXL trims.
Rear passengers are also sure to enjoy a handful of upgrades designed with them in mind. An available USB charge port has been added to the luggage area and is accessible to those riding in the third row, though it may also come in handy during activities such as outdoor family picnics, camping or tailgating.
During longer road trips, it’s nice to have additional entertainment, especially with little ones in tow. To help keep them occupied, the Sedona’s available Rear Entertainment System adds 10.1-inch dual touchscreens located on the back of the front seats, replacing the outgoing model’s single overhead screen.
Upgraded with a dual core CPU, the system now has smartphone-mirroring functionality and internet access via the user’s compatible smartphone4, meaning passengers can play their favorite online videos on the screens.
Completing the RSE package are two wireless Bluetooth-enabled headphones with enhanced comfort and sound quality.
In addition to Forward Collision Warning, Smart Cruise Control with Stop & Go, Rear Cross Traffic Collision Warning, Blind Spot Collision Warning, and Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA), Sedona now offers Driver Attention Warning (DAW).
FCA is designed to help detect and alert the driver of a collision risk and automatically apply the brakes in certain situations. DAW is designed to detect when driver concentration has waned by monitoring vehicle and driving behavior. If driver fatigue or inattentive driving is detected, the system issues visual and audible warnings, including a coffee cup icon in the instrument cluster, to encourage the driver to take a break.
With the new additions, the Sedona is expected to earn the prestigious Top Safety Pick-plus rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety when equipped with optional Forward Collision Warning for the 2019 model year.