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. 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. Kia has also included a healthy dose of advanced safety technology for added peace of mind.
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 the 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 a priority for families, and it looks like the 2019 Kia Sedona is prepared. Advanced driver assistance systems include Forward Collision Warning, Smart Cruise Control with Stop & Go, Rear Cross-Traffic Collision Warning, Blind Spot Collision Warning, and Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist.
Furthermore, the 2019 Sedona now offers a Driver Attention Warning. The system 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 employs visual and audible warnings.
Pricing & Availability
The 2019 Kia Sedona is available now for a starting MSRP of $27,200. The new Sedona is offered in five trim levels: L, LX, EX, EX Premium, SX, and SXL.