Kia is not South Korea’s oldest vehicle manufacturer for nothing. From a bicycle parts and steel tubing company, Kia skyrocketed to success with a comprehensive line of vehicles that are reliable and easy on the pocket. Kia’s brand message, quality for less, caters largely to the middle class market and enables it to be at par with some of the best automakers in Asia, including Honda, Hyundai, and Toyota. Competition’s tough, but Kia’s putting up a good fight using its powerful ammunitions in the form of sedans, SUVs, crossovers, and minivans. When the demand for roomier and more family-friendly vehicles increased, Kia stepped up and brought its A-game to the table with the Kia Sedona.
First-generation Sedona: Bigger for less
Bigger vehicles usually come with hefty price tags, but not the Sedona. The first-generation model was introduced in 1998 and became Kia’s top-selling vehicle shortly after its launch. With its handsome design, no-fuss features, and low price, the Sedona made its mark in the minivan segment and went head-to-head with the bigger players in the field, including the Ford Windstar, Toyota Sienna, and Honda Odyssey. The Kia Sedona had all the makings of a good-quality minivan with a 3.5-liter V6 engine under its hood and a 4-speed automatic transmission. However, it wasn’t fully equipped with all the features a top-of-the-line minivan should have. The first-generation Kia Sedona parts were great but less than stellar. Power-sliding doors, backup sensors, rear-view cameras, navigation systems, a fold-flat third row seat—Kia failed to integrate these features in the first-generation Sedonas. But in no time at all, Kia bounced back with a newer and better lineup.
Second-generation Sedona: Korean meets European
The first-generation Sedona models weren’t exactly failures, but Kia raised the bar with the second-generation vehicles. The new models were redesigned and delivered stellar performance on the road with increased horsepower, better fuel mileage, and additional vehicle features. Specially built for the European market, the second-generation Sedonas were furnished with an improved suspension system, a well-constructed gear box, and a more powerful engine. The models also offered enhanced passenger comfort and bigger storage capacity, making it one of the best family-friendly vehicles of all time. Even with all the modifications, the new Sedonas were incredibly lightweight and provided a swift, quiet performance even under difficult road conditions. Power-sliding doors, an adjustable steering wheel, backup sensors, and an in-dash navigation system were just some of the high-end features added to the new Sedonas.
Sedona in the future: A fusion of old and new concepts
The Kia Sedona lineup will take a backseat in 2013, but an all-new Sedona is already in the works and will resurface in 2014. Kia will unite old and new concepts to produce a model that is entirely different from traditional minivans. It’s believed that the styling of the 2014 Sedona will be largely influenced by the revolutionary KV7 concept and will be integrated with contemporary Kia Sedona accessories, including rotating seats, retractable dashboard, gull-wing side doors, wooden flooring, and—here’s the best part—floating table-top touch screen computers. It will be a radical change, but Kia won’t stop until it proves that the Sedona is definitely no ordinary minivan. With the promise of another groundbreaking innovation, there’s certainly no doubt that the Sedona lineup is here to stay for years and years to come.