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2015 Kia Sedona

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 2/24/2015 Stefan Ogbac

New for 2015

The redesigned 2015 Kia Sedona gains a new exterior and three new trim levels. Newly available features include LED lighting, YES Essentials fabric technology for repelling stains, a new UVO infotainment system, Nappa leather upholstery, and a host of new safety aids including Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Forward Collision Warning, Blind Spot Detection and Smart Cruise Control. A new-to-the-Sedona 3.3-liter V-6 with 276 hp and 248 lb-ft of torque mated to a six-speed automatic transmission is the sole powertrain.

Vehicle Summary

The 2015 Kia Sedona is a minivan sold in five grades, with a seating capacity for up to eight passengers.


Exterior styling is one of the 2015 Kia Sedona's strong suits with a design that makes it look upscale particularly the top-of-the-line SX Limited model (SXL). This continues inside with a high-quality, well-laid out cabin that makes the minivan feel ultra-luxurious with excellent build quality and high-grade materials. Cabin flexibility, while not as good as some competitors, is decent with optional second-row captain's chairs however they are hard to move around the cabin. Additionally, the third row is cramped for passengers and requires "much effort" to stow.

The 2015 Sedona's acceleration and handling are decent for the class, with enough power for moving the heavy minivan and for passing maneuvers at high speeds. Fuel economy is mid-pack in all but the SXL trim, which is rated at a disappointing 17/22 mpg city/highway due to the extra weight added by all the luxury features it packs over the other trims. L, LX, and EX variants are rated at 18/24 mpg while the SX achieves 18/25 mpg.

The 2015 Kia Sedona has not been crash tested by the NHTSA but in IIHS testing, it received a good rating on five categories and is designated a Top Safety Pick (good is the highest possible score).

What We Think

Despite the lack of ease in moving and stowing seats, the 2015 Kia Sedona is an excellent minivan that offers everything from value-driven trims to ultra-luxurious models with upscale appointments and first-class seating. In a First Test review, we said that the Sedona's seating is extremely comfortable particularly the second row "First Class" captain's chairs that slide fore and aft to increase flexibility. Interior amenities is where the 2015 Sedona shines because it "delivers there in spades" with a well-built interior and available features such as two-tone Nappa leather upholstery and a user-friendly infotainment system. However, the folding and stowing mechanisms of second- and third-row seats is a weak point because they "are maddeningly complex to use," "extremely cumbersome," and time-consuming to stow away.

You'll Like

  • Well-built and upscale interior
  • Spacious second row
  • Good acceleration

You Won't Like

  • Stowing seats isn't as easy as in some competitors
  • Cramped third row
  • Poor fuel economy on SXL models

Key Competitors

  • Honda Odyssey
  • Toyota Sienna
  • Nissan Quest
  • Chrysler Town & Country
  • Ford Transit Connect Wagon


4 star


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