Rear view of blue 2021 Kia Sedona

Family Tree: Kia Sedona

Kia Sedona Model History and Generations 

The Kia Sedona has gone from just another option in the minivan market to a top contender among the competition. The evolution of the Sedona shows us just how much a vehicle can change and gives us hope that the next-generation Sedona will be even better than the current knock-out model.  

Get a look at how the Sedona model has changed through its history and generations below. 

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The Kia Sedona first joined the races here in the U.S. in the 2002 model year after having been overseas with the Kia Carnival name. Aimed to get families from one place to the next, the Sedona slowly but surely helped push the Kia brand towards the top of the automotive competition.  

First-Generation Kia Sedona Model History 

Model Years: 2002 – 2005 
Passengers: Seven passengers 
Engines: 3.5L V6 engine (195 horsepower) 
Transmissions: 5-speed automatic transmission 

After getting its name put in the mix with its lineup of sedans and SUVs, the Kia brand decided to try its hand at minivans. When it first joined the races the 2002 the Kia Sedona was the priciest vehicle in the Kia bunch, but it was the most affordable minivan on the market at the time. This first-generation measured in longer than some of its competitors, offering extra wiggle room across its three rows of seating.  

The overall design of the first-generation Sedona didn’t shock the market in any way and its look and feel mimicked what could be found in its competitors. Features found in this Kia Sedona included multireflector headlights, dual sliding side doors, six-speaker cassette/CD stereo, and woodgrain interior detailing. 

Second-Generation Kia Sedona Model History 

Exterior view of 2007 Kia Sedona
Interior view of 2007 Kia Sedona

Model Years: 2006 – 2014 
Passengers: Seven passengers 
Engines: 3.8L V6 engine (250 horsepower), 3.5L V6 engine (271 horsepower) 
Transmissions: 5-speed Sportmatic® transmission, 6-speed automatic transmission with Sportmatic®  

The second-generation Kia Sedona made its way onto the market with a redesigned look, a fold-into-floor third-row seat, a new engine, and power windows in the rear sliding doors. These tweaks and upgrades took the Sedona from being an affordable, yet underwhelming, option to a true competitor among the minivan segment.  

In its second generation the Sedona was now offered in two different sizes: a short-wheelbase and a long-wheelbase. The redesigned Sedona upped its safety game with the addition of more standard and available safety features and eventually offered power rear sliding doors halfway through its second generation.  

Third-Generation Kia Sedona Model History 

2018 Kia Sedona exterior
Interior view of 2018 Kia Sedona

Model Years: 2015 – 2020 
Passengers: Seven to eight passengers 
Engines: 3.3-liter V6 engine (276 horsepower) 
Transmissions: 6-speed Sport-Matic automatic transmission, 8-speed automatic transmission 

The Kia Sedona pulled itself together for a third generation and began offering features that amplified its place in the minivan market lineup. In 2015 the Sedona showed of a new look that ditched the previous round-yet-pointed squished together look in favor of a more structured and squared off look. This updated design took styling cues from crossover SUVs and for the first time the Sedona didn’t look so much like other minivans on the market. 

In its third generation the Sedona propelled itself into the vehicle we love today. It brought us improved power, a more spacious cabin, an incredible multimedia system, collapsing second-row bucket seats, and seating for up to eight passengers. In each model year of the third generation the Sedona brought more and standard features, from entertainment to safety, that put it at the top of consumers’ radars.  

Side view of black 2020 Kia Sedona

Future Kia Sedona Models 

Fans of the Kia brand are hoping to see the next redesign of the Kia Sedona in the coming months. We haven’t seen any concrete evidence of what is to come but we suspect that the 2021 Sedona will sit a little bigger than the previous generation and will feature an updated front fascia. Will we finally see a hybrid model option in the Sedona lineup? Our fingers will be crossed until all is revealed later this year.  

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We at Friendly Kia will have our eyes peeled and ears open for any information on the next-generation Kia Sedona. Head over to our Facebook page to see some of the latest Kia news and rumors. 

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