This is probably going to be the month during which we will have an opportunity to see the very first 2019 Kia Sedona or at least hear some official news about it. We know that, because there are already going to be some presentations in a couple of weeks, one of them is going to be the 2019 Kia Sorento. The one other thing are the photos which started circling around the Web, showing something that looks like the possible 2019 Kia Sedona under camouflage. Judging by the photos, things that are going to be changed are gonna influence the technology around doors, their shape, front and the rear part of the vehicle.
The Kia Sedona is one more in the wave of minivans that are going to revitalize the whole minivan section. People started looking at those vehicles with a lot of respect after seeing the latest models from Kia, Toyota, Honda, and Chrysler. The thing that is tricky in the marketing department for the North America is the familiarity of the USA drivers with Chrysler and the complete opposite with Kia. I guess that the word of mouth is the thing that is selling this vehicle and there are pretty good reviews all around the Web which are serving as some kind of testimony to the quality of the whole package when we talk about the 2019 Kia Sedona.
Drivers of the North America are used to those big SUVs and Crossovers. And for those drivers, minivan segment has always looked like a “housewife” vehicle. But it is not like that. New times brought an SUV feel to this segment. Your seat is quite high and it generally looks and feels like you are driving an SUV. Yes, there is no “kick” when you push the pedal to the floor, although there are lots of horses under the hoods of these vehicles. It is like it is meant for the family. And it is! This is a vehicle for big families, and it is a pleasure to drive them.
When To Expect The New 2019 Kia Sedona Release Date?
Since the 2019 Kia Sedona is in plans because of some really good sales of its previous models (of the most recent third generation), we expect the 2019 Kia Sedona release date somewhere at the beginning of 2019. The real announcement is going to arrive somewhere around the September, with first real new details during this month. If we are lucky, that is.
The production is most certainly going to start somewhere during the October of 2018.
What is 2019 Kia Sedona Price Going To Be?
- Chrysler Pacifica $30,100 – $46,100
- Honda Odyssey $30,800 – $46,270
- Kia Sedona $27,850 – $42,850
- Hyundai Santa Fe $32,215 – $41,000
Judging by all the news we got to explore during previous months, there isn’t a lot to say about the updates which are possible on the new model. It is not going to be some total makeover, but what we do expect are some minor things which shouldn’t change the overall price. We believe that the 2019 Kia Sedona price is going to stay the same, in the same price frame, but it is not going to stay the same for all trim levels individually. Expect the top trim level to stay in the mid $40,000. And that should be the model you are looking for. Maybe some mid-trim model would do the trick, but the top of the line, 2019 SXL+ for the win. Again, exact prices are “to be announced”.
Changes On The 2019 Kia Sedona Exterior
Again, judging by the new 2019 Kia Sedona spy pictures, things that we can notice are the covered parts of the vehicle. That means that there are going to be some slightly reworked headlights and taillights, grille, hood, and doors. The only thing that Kia can upgrade on the doors is the touch sensitivity of the door knobs which could be slightly updated.
The 2019 Kia Sedona exterior colors are going to be:
- Snow white pearl
- Ultra Silver
- Aurora Black
- Mineral Blue
- Titanium Brown
Depending on the trim, there are going to be multiple exterior details, and It will retain the 17” Steel Wheels with covers for the most basic trim level and 19” chrome wheels for the top trim level, projector headlights on the lowest and Xenon HID headlights with auto leveling function and LED positioning lights (with bulbs) for the top trim levels. Grille, hood, bumpers and other exterior elements, including the rear spoiler are not going to depend on the trim level you choose. That will be the case for all the details except the dual panel sunroof which are going to be available only on the top 2019 Kia Sedona SXL and SXL+ trim levels.
2019 Kia Sedona Interior is What Matters
The overall feel of the 2019 Kia Sedona interior will have to be good. It was that thing which changed the tide for this model in the US. It offers the luxury and quality which you cannot get on models from other manufacturers. All those details like three rows of adjustable seats, soft-touch materials, wood accents, heated steering wheel, automated windows, surround multimedia system with DVD player in the middle row of seats and 5” touch screen, AUX and USB connectors and ton of other stuff, including the huge cargo space of 33.9 cubic feet with third row,78.5 cubic feet with the third row down and 142 cubic feet with only front seats up.
All those details of comfort like headroom and legroom, sound insulation and even those leg rest in the middle row are only the tip of the iceberg. Add the safety measures like the 3D camera view, blind zone driver mirror, lane departure warning, voice activated navigation, advanced smart cruise control, Autonomous Emergency braking, etc.
The only things we are hoping that are going to be upgraded and that are the main flaws, for now, are the bad controls for storing the second and third rows and you cannot remove the second-row seats.
2019 Kia Sedona Engine is Not That Good
The 2019 Kia Sedona engine is the weak link here. It is a good and powerful engine for the vehicle which doesn’t actually need that kind of power. But the power itself is not the problem but that unnecessary fuel consumption which lies somewhere between 18mpg and 24mpg.
2019 Kia Sedona will have most certainly have the 3.3 liter GDI V6 engine with 276 horsepower and 248 lb.ft. That power is going to be handled with an automatic 6-speed transmission with an active ECO system. As it was shown in the previous years, this combination is good and well responsive, but it has that subtle 1-second lag when you try to hit the pedal to the metal. It is not the big deal, that is like it should be on the vehicle of this kind, but the fuel consumption should be better. It is a shame to have the multipurpose vehicle of this kind, and at the same time to be dissatisfied with its fuel consumption. It is not a tower, it is a family car made for road trips and everyday city drive.
The 2019 Kia Sedona is going to be one more in the line of vehicles which made the minivan cool again. It is a true new multipurpose vehicle, with great interior, high safety rating and a good “bang for buck”, but it needs to have a better, more fuel efficient engine. Everything else is top notch.