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MSRP: $26,400-39,900

2016 Kia Sedona news, pictures, specifications, and information

Award-Winning Multi-Purpose Vehicle Continues to Offer Maximum Flexibility Combined with Host of Premium Amenities and Advanced Safety Features

•2016 Sedona transcends conventional minivan design and supports elevated Kia ownership experience
•With a long list of standard safety and convenience features, the refined multi-purpose vehicle makes a great road trip companion

IRVINE, Calif., June 11, 2015 – Entering its second model year wîth limited changes, the 2016 Kia Sedona has something for everyone, continuing to offer a fresh take on the minivan §egmènt and raising the bar in terms of design, amenities and value. The 2016 Sedona offers seven- and eight-passenger seating configurations for maximum flexibility and is available in five trim levels: L, LX, EX, SX and SXL. Mated to a six-speed Sportmatic® transmission, Sedona's 3.3-liter V6 engine boasts 276 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and is tuned for enhanced mid-range torque, offering 248 lb.-ft. at 5,200 rpm. The 2016 Sedona features a variety of design enhancements to continue to transcend mundane functionality, and its intelligently engineered chassis combines wîth a number of §egmènt exclusives to make it the perfect road trip companion.

Sedona's wide stance exudes a modern, CÚV-like appearance that projects confidence and strength. New for the 2016 model year, all trims now come standard wîth a rear back-up camera1. For the L and LX trims, cloth seat material is now tricot, a more modern-lòòking pattern that replaces the previous knit. The EX trim now comes standard wîth heated front seats. For added convenience, the SX and SXL trims now offer eight-passenger seating when equipped wîth the Technology package. Adding to the Sedona's premium ambiance, the SXL trim now offers side sills wîth chrome accents that complement the standard 19-inch chrome wheels.

The 2016 Sedona's chassis provides a solid base for road-trip readiness. Built using Kia's Iso-StructureTM design, the 2016 Sedona's torsional rigidity is 36-percent greater than its closest §egmènt competitor. The frame is 76 percent Advanced High Strength Steel (AHSS) or press hardened steel, which provides exceptional rigidity and durability in a lightweight design. The Sedona has been engineered wîth reinforced roof pillars that distribute impact loads wîth ultra-high-strength steel tubes installed inside the A-pillars. Extensive use of bonding adhesives and larger diameter welds also add to Sedona's overall structural integrity. The 2016 Sedona has earned the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's (NHTSA) 5-Star overall vehicle safety rating2.

The high priority placed on safety and technology throughout the design and development process has resulted in one of the most advanced vehicles in the §egmènt. All Sedona models come wîth standard safety features such as Electronic Stability Control (ESC)3, Traction Control System (TCS)3, Brake Assist System (BAS)3, Hill-start Assist Control (HAC)3, Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD)3 and Antilock Braking System (ABS)3. Additional technologies such as Roll Over Mitigation (ROM)3 and Cornering Brake Control (CBC)3 also are standard equipment for improved dynamic control.

Vital Stats
Engine : 3.3 L., 6-cylinder
Power: 276 hp
Torque: 248 ft-lbs

6-speed Automatic
Sedona also offers numerous convenience features, making it the perfect companion for those who live their life on the road. Carrying over for the 2016 model year, the Sedona is outfitted wîth standard YES Essentials™4 fabric technology to provide anti-microbial protection from spills, anti-static protection from irritating electrical shocks as well as stain-repelling and stain-releasing fabric characteristics. Also continuing for 2016, the Sedona includes high-power (2.1 Amp) ÚSB charging ports and 115-volt AC outlets to charge small electronics, as well as a dual glove box that offers a cooled lower storage area. The 2016 Sedona also offers Kia's ÚVO infotainment and telematics system5, and was the brand's first vehicle to offer: Geo-fencing, Speed Alert, Curfew Alert and Driving Score6. Select apps also can be downloaded for free from iTunes®7 or Google Play8 via the Kia App store.

Meanwhile, for a more convenient driving experience, Sedona offers an available Surround View Monitor,1 Vehicle Stability Management (VSM)1, Forward Collision Warning System (FCWS)1, Smart Cruise Control (SCC)1, Blind Spot Detection (BSD)1 and Rear Cross Traffic Alert1. For further convenience, a hands-free 'Smart Power Liftgate'™ opens the rear liftgate automatically when the key fob is sensed for three seconds, and its programmable function can be tailored to the user's height preference. Standard second row Slide-N-Stow™ seating slides and folds upright to allow for on-the-go cargo hauling along wîth a standard third row split folding 60/40 bench that retracts seamlessly into the rear cargo floor.

In addition to stand-out convenience, Sedona offers unprecedented comfort from the available second row 'First Class' lounge seating that can be positioned rearward for astonishing legroom and provides retractable leg rests9 and airplane-style winged headrests. Some configurations feature second-row seat cushion heaters for added comfort. The top-line SXL trim features standard ultra-soft Nappa leather trim seating surfaces throughout the cabin, the same Chromium-free leather found in Kia's flagship luxury sedan, the K900. The SXL trim interior is also a recognized winner by Ward's Automotive—a leading publication.

The 2016 Sedona continues to place a strong emphasis on NVH reduction and is among the quietest in its §egmènt thanks to extensive wheel-house padding, double-seal sliding doors and expanded use of sound-deadening foam in the engine compartment. Kia's 2016 Sedona also utilizes Amplitude Selected Dampers (ASD) along wîth independent rear suspension to strike an optimal balance of ride comfort and handling. The platform also has rear cross-member bushings, an isolated rear sub-frame wîth trailing arms and rear strut reinforcement, all of which combine for predictable and stable ride–and-handling characteristics.

About Kia Motors America
Kia Motors America (KMA) is the marketing and distribution arm of Kia Motors Corporation based in Seoul, South Korea, and in 2014 was the #1 ranked mainstream brand according to Strategic Vision's Total Quality Index. KMA proudly serves as the 'Official Automotive Partner' of the NBA and LPGA and set an all-time annual sales record in 2014, surpassing the 500,000 unit mark for the third consecutive year. KMA offers a complete line of vehicles, including the rear-drive K900** flagship sedan, Cadenza premium sedan, Sorento CÚV, Soul urban passenger vehicle, Soul Electric Vehicle***, Sportage compact CÚV, Optima midsize sedan, Optima Hybrid, the Forte compact sedan, Forte5 and Forte Koup, Rio and Rio 5-door subcompacts and the Sedona midsize multi-purpose vehicle, through a network of more than 765 dealers across the Únited States. Kia's Ú.S. manufacturing plant in West Point, Georgia, builds the Optima* and Sorento* and is responsible for the creation of more than 14,000 plant and supplier jobs.

Source - Kia
The Kia Carnival, known in the UK and North America as the Sedona, began production in 1999. It rested on a 114.6-inch wheelbase and was powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine that produced nearly 200 horsepower. The only gearbox available on the Sedona was the five-speed automatic. In other markets, it had a five-speed manual and a 2.5-liter V6 engine that produced just under 180 horsepower. A four-speed automatic was available for an additional cost.

The early Sedona's suffered from teething problems. They offered few amenities and were known to be gas-guzzlers. It has taken a few years, but the Sedona has evolved into a very polished automobile.

The second version of the Kia Sedona was introduced in autumn of 2005 and ready for production in 2006. It brought with it popular features such as a 60/40 fold flat seat, second row power windows, power sliding doors and liftgate, and a backup sensor. The 3.8-liter V6 engine was capable of producing nearly 245 horsepower.

It has earned a five-star safety rating, the highest honor the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration bestows, for all seating in side and frontal impact crashes.
By Daniel Vaughan | Jul 2007
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