The Kia Sedona entered its third generation in 2015, as it underwent a modernizing redesign that gave this Korean minivan a more upscale look. After two years of minor updates in 2016 and 2017, we expect the 2018 Sedona to hit showrooms as a carryover model.
Being a carryover, we expect no changes to the appearance of the Sedona. It’ll continue with the same upscale appearance it gained in 2015, which includes Kia’s signature tiger nose grille with an upscale 3D insert and smooth body lines. Inside, things will remain the same too, but the lack of changes will be a little less welcome, as it’ll continue with a fairly basic design and limited cargo room for its class.
We expect no changes to the 2018 Sedona’s standard features. This should continue to include 17-inch alloy wheels, Slide-N-Stow second-row seats, cloth upholstery, a 5-inch touchscreen, a rearview camera, a four-speaker audio system, Bluetooth connectivity, and a USB input.
We expect the same 3.3-liter V6 under the 2018 Sedona’s hood with 276 horsepower and 248 pound-feet of torque. This engine will again pair with a six-speed automatic transmission that will deliver power to the front wheels.
The 2017 Kia Sedona is a Top Safety Pick, thanks to its “Good” ratings in all five crash tests and “Superior” rating in the front-collision prevention test. The one area it faltered, which kept it from being a Top Safety Pick Plus, was its “Poor” rating in the headlight test.
Keep in mind that this rating is not valid in the base model, as the “Superior” result in the front-collision prevention test requires the automatic emergency braking system that comes with the Advanced Technology Package on the LX or EX trims, or the Advanced Touring Package on the SX trim.