Families that need to haul the kids, grandparents, pets, sports equipment, hiking gear, and even the kitchen sink will likely find the 2019 Kia Sedona worth looking at. The new minivan, with five available trim levels, made its debut at the 2018 New York International Auto Show. Overall, the new Sedona offers a nice array of features, a solid powertrain, and plenty of functionality with its available second row Slide-N-Stow seats.
We immediately see the long, slender proportions and Kia’s “tiger nose” signature grille up font. LED headlamps are standard on SX and SXL trims and around back, the rear combination lamps – with a new graphic – complete the liftgate’s restyled chrome garnish. The newly-designed 17-, 18-, and 19-inch wheels vary based on trim.
Getting in is easy with the power-sliding doors and, once inside, there are lots of tech features. Of note: the available rear-seat entertainment system for long trips. This option provides 10.1-inch dual touchscreens, located on the back of the front seats, versus the single overhead screen in prior models. The system also allows internet access via the user’s compatible smartphone. For those weekend-long tailgating parties and camping adventures, an available USB port can be added to the luggage area; it’s also accessible for third-row passengers. Bonus!
Power & Performance
The 2019 Kia Sedona features a 3.3-liter V6 (Gasoline Direct Injection) paired to an eight-speed automatic. One of the engine’s defining characteristics is the Variable Induction System, which improves “breathing” by automatically adjusting the intake runner lengths to optimize torque under different load conditions. In essence, drivers get a more responsive minivan. The new eight-speed transmission will help with this too.
The engine creates a respectable 276 horsepower and 248 lb-ft. of torque, although don’t expect to keep up with the Kia Stinger.
Safety & Security
This is definitely a main priority for families and it looks like the new Sedona will be prepared. Kia is expecting the prestigious Top Safety Pick + rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety when the 2019 Sedona is equipped with the optional Forward Collision Warning system. The are a number of other advanced safety and driver-assistance systems available for the new minivan as well.
Availability & In Person
The 2019 Kia Sedona cruises into dealerships later this year with pricing info available closer to that time. In the meantime, it’s on display at the New York International Auto Show, now through April 8th at the Jacob Javits Convention Center.
Carl Anthony is Managing Editor of Automoblog and resides in Detroit, Michigan. He studies mechanical engineering at Wayne State University, serves on the Board of Directors for the Ally Jolie Baldwin Foundation, and is a loyal Detroit Lions fan.
2019 Kia Sedona Gallery
Photos & Source: Kia Motors America.