- kia has released more information about the 2022 sedona minivan.
- it offers a 3.5-liter v-6 engine with 290 horsepower and is dimensionally larger than its predecessor.
- we don't have confirmation that the new sedona is coming to the u.s., but we expect to see it reach our shores sometime next year.
kia first got us interested in its newest sedona when it showed the minivan's new styling and interior, and now we have lots more details on the new model. called the carnival globally, this is the fourth generation of kia's van offering, which has been called sedona in the u.s. since it first arrived for 2002.
the new 2022 sedona is meant to look more like an suv than before—we're not buying it, although it is a good-looking van. it's longer and wider than its predecessor, with a 1.2-inch longer wheelbase. kia says this creates more space for third-row passengers and increased cargo space behind the third row. the recliner-style second row captain's chairs found in the current model will continue on as an option, and an eight-passenger configuration should be available as well. top-spec versions offer an impressive infotainment array with a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster and a second 12.3-inch central infotainment screen.
the powertrain most likely to come to the u.s. market is a 3.5-liter v-6 engine that makes 290 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque, paired with an eight-speed automatic. unlike competitors including the chrysler pacifica and toyota sienna, the sedona won't offer an optional all-wheel-drive setup and remains front-wheel drive.
we haven't yet gotten confirmation from kia's u.s. representatives, so we don't know much official info about when the van will reach our shores. kia says it goes on sale in korea soon with global markets to follow, so we figure it won't reach american dealerships until sometime next year as a 2022 model (the carryover 2021 sedona is already on sale here). we expect pricing to rise slightly over the current model's starting cost of $31,520.