After a year of absence from the U.S. minivan wars, the 2014 Kia Sedona is set to make its return for 2014. While an all-new iteration may be lurking about somewhere in the future, this particular comeback kid is a largely carryover version of the front-drive/7-passenger people mover that last appeared in Kia showrooms during the 2012 model year.

Also: 10 Best Family Cars 2013

Offered in LX and EX trims, the 2014 Sedona does feature a modest cosmetic revamp that includes a tweaked front fascia and grille, new LED positioning lights and standard fog lamps on both versions with the EX getting new 17-inch alloy wheels that are LX options as a step-up from the standard 16-inch steel rims. Inside the spacious and well-appointed cabin -- cloth-covered in LX and leather-lined in EX guise -- remains unchanged save for the addition of a new storage console for iPads and other smart tablets. Like its 2012 predecessor, the sole powertrain for the 2014 Sedona matches the familiar 269-horsepower/3.5-liter V6 engine and a 6-speed Sportmatic automatic transmission. That combo nets 17/24 mpg EPA stats.

Beyond an extremely flexible/reconfigurable passenger compartment, key standards on the Sedona LX include a full array of power assists, cruise control, AM/FM/CD/MP3 audio with Sirius Satellite Radio, Bluetooth, USB/Aux inputs, 2nd-row captain's chairs and a backup warning system while the EX offers an upgraded sound system, power driver's seat, supplemental camera display in the rearview mirror, Homelink, a trip computer, roof rack, power rear quarter windows and a roof rack. Both Sedona models also come with a comprehensive group of safety features highlighted by stability/traction control and anti-lock brakes with electronic brake-force distribution.

Also: Your 12 midsize sedan choices for 2013

The prime option group for the LX is a Power Package that nets dual power sliding doors, automatic light control, 17-inch alloy wheels and an auto-dimming mirror with backup display/HomeLink. The EX offers its own Luxury Package that includes a power sunroof, rain-sensing wipers, power-adjustable pedals and a memory function for the driver's seat/mirrors. Buyers of the top-line Sedona also can opt for a navigation system that includes an Infinity premium audio package.

The 2014 Kia Sedona is scheduled to go on sale late this month. Pricing for the Sedona LX will start at $26,750 while the Sedona EX opens at $31,750.


You Should Also Know...

The 2014 Honda Odyssey features a built-in vacuum cleaner

Chrysler's Town and Country S is a minivan with maxi style

Volvo will bring its V60 Sports Wagon to the U.S. in early 2014



New Car Spotlight


Free Dealer Price Quote

Get the best price and be more prepared with your free, no-obligation price quote