We’ve seen our first look at the 2022 Kia Sedona back in june, including its SUV styling. The automaker first presented its fourth-generation model (called Carnival) to the South Korean market, where it is currently on sale. Sales in other global markets, including the United States, will begin in the coming months. From styling to updated powertrains and technology, Kia has updated the new Sedona to compete with the Chrysler pacifica, Toyota Sienna and Honda Odyssey, all of which have been updated for the upcoming model year.
Now that we can see all the details inside and out, it’s clear that this is a different animal. Kia needs to improve its game to take a bigger bite out of minivan sales, and the striking front end may attract buyers. Kia calls it a “large utility vehicle,” but aside from the name, it has more of a crossover shape. You still get sliding rear doors, but the 2022 Kia Sedona has a more angular styling to set it apart from the rounded and less striking models that came before it. This new minivan is also physically larger, with a wheelbase 1.2 inches longer than before.
2022 Kia Sedona Gets Refined, Even Radical Interior
While the drastically different tiger-nose grille and front and rear headlights set the new Sedona apart, the interior redesign isn’t quite as drastic. A rotating dial for the eight-speed automatic transmission frees up space in the center console. The updated minivan also features a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and infotainment display, as well as tactile buttons with haptic feedback for media and climate controls.
As with the 2021 Kia K5, among the brand’s other updated models, the Sedona will also benefit from wireless support for Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Other features such as one-touch opening and closing of the tailgate and sliding doors as well as multi-device Bluetooth connectivity also help upgrade the technological capabilities of the new Sedona. The doors can also be opened or closed by holding the remote nearby for three seconds, making it easier to charge if you have your hands full.
More powerful V6 engines
While some models have turned to smaller, turbocharged powertrains, the Kia Sedona 2022 is going against this trend. At least for South Korea, Kia launched the new MPV with two 3.5-liter V6 gasoline engines. The more powerful direct injection model manages 290 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque. This level of power sits right between the Honda Odyssey and the Toyota Sienna, so it’s what the US market is most likely to see.
A less powerful multi-point injection V6 produces a slightly lower output of 268 horsepower and 245 lb-ft of torque. The 2022 Kia Carnival will get a 2.2-liter diesel engine option, but we almost certainly don’t get that powertrain here. Whatever engine we to do get, it will mate to the same eight-speed automatic transmission.
The 2022 Kia Sedona remains front-wheel drive only and will not offer all-wheel drive like the Toyota Sienna or the Chrysler Pacifica. Pricing information is not yet available, but it should cost a bit more than the 2021 model’s $ 31,520 price tag. Expect it to start somewhere between $ 32,000 and $ 35,000, where all of the Sedona rivals begin.