If you like what you’ve seen from Kia lately – we certainly do, given the brand’s sportier, more youthful appearance, thanks in part to the design direction of Peter Schreyer and his team – you might think there must be a cooler version of the Sedona minivan just around the corner.
Surprisingly, there isn’t, at least not for another model year. And the Sedona will be a no-show for the 2013 model year. Kia spokesman James Hope confirmed to The Car Connection that a 2013 Kia Sedona will not be offered.
But Hope hinted that the Sedona (or Kia’s minivan) won’t be gone for long. “We see the minivan market as one we want to stay in,” said the spokesperson, who could not confirm further details on when and how such a product might fit into the market. the pipeline.
The current 2012 Sedona remains a somewhat weighty benchmark at Kia dealerships and a reminder of the brand’s somewhat different, no-nonsense focus (and appearance) not so long ago. Even though the Sedona’s front end and headlights were updated for 2011, the Sedona is the most dated design among today’s minivans, as all of its rivals like the Toyota Sienna, Chrysler Town & Country, Dodge Grand Caravan and the Honda Odyssey have been redesigned.
The Sedona name gained an overall good reputation in the United States, particularly for its high value and comfortable ride, although it was an inferior performer for safety, especially given its “poor” score. unusually low in the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety roof strength score. . It also tends to lag behind other minivan offerings when it comes to seating flexibility – one of the main concerns of minivan buyers, and really, what makes it a better choice in many places. many cases compared to crossovers and SUVs.
Hyundai sold a very close – some would say rebadged – version of the Sedona from 2007 to 2009, called the Entourage. Hyundai officials have since said the brand in the United States has no plans to re-enter the minivan market.
As for the Sedona replacement, we wouldn’t be surprised to see an all-new 2014 Kia Sedona at one of the major auto shows late this year or early next year.