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Premium comfort, family value

The contemporary Sedona minivan is stacked with safety and convenience gear such as second-row sliding door handles with a smart key button and a hands-free rear “Smart Power” lift-gate. (Courtesy Photo)

The 2021 Sedona continues to offer premium comfort, family value and advanced technology features. The contemporary minivan is stacked with safety and convenience gear such as second-row sliding door handles with a smart key button, hands-free rear “Smart Power” lift-gate, “Slide-N-Stow” second-row seating, dual-screen rear seat entertainment and driver assistance features.

Completely refreshed in 2019, the 2021 Sedona debuts carrying those trademark features. With 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.

Bold Exterior Style

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.

Beneath it, a reconfigured bumper and air intake add a dash of sportiness. Around back, the rear combination lamps—complete with a new graphic—flank the restyled chrome garnish on the liftgate. The side profile, defined by its reduced front and rear overhangs and deeply swept windshield, 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. Adding more flair to the model line is the SXL trim, which comes equipped with a unique bumper, skid plate, LED headlamps and fog lights, 19-inch chrome wheels and distinctive side sill.

A Nicer Place To Be

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 point 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 smartphone, 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.


Base Price: $30,400

Wheelbase: 120.5 in.

Length: 201 in.

Width: 78 in.

Height: 69 in.

Engine: 3.3L V6

Transmission: 8-speed automatic

EPA Mileage: 18 city/24 highway


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