Minivans. Let’s face it, they aren’t the most popular mode of transportation out there. The 1990’s helped solidify the bad reputation of the minivan, making it seem more like a kid-delivery system, then an actual vehicle. No matter how many “soccer mom” references are thrown at minivan drivers, the fact of the matter is, they are one of the most convenient vehicles on the road today. The automotive industry has recently rebranded minivans as Multi-Purpose Vehicles, or MPVs, in an effort to get rid of the negative connotations associated with the vehicle.

While a new name, ad campaigns, and a cultural shift can help with the minivan’s reputation, one automotive manufacturer has completely changed the way Americans perceive the family vehicle. All it took was a redesign, and the introduction of the 2016 Kia Sedona.

How the New Sedona is Changing its Segment

The new Sedona is NOT a minivan. It may have the sliding side doors, and the convenience of the traditional minivan, but the new Sedona is anything but traditional. The 2016 Kia Sedona is a multi-purpose vehicle, and it wants you to know it.

Kia completely redesigned the Sedona for 2016, giving it an exterior appearance that more closely resembles a crossover, and not the old school minivan. The new Sedona seats up to eight passengers, which makes it just as functional as a minivan, with the style and intrigue of an SUV.

When you see the 2016 Kia Sedona coming up in your rearview mirror, the last thing you will be thinking about is “soccer moms,” or “grocery getters.” The 19-inch chrome wheels, a redesigned front grille, and LED positioning lights, give the 2016 Kia Sedona an attitude and segment all its own. Calling this version of the Sedona a minivan, is not only doing it a disservice, it is completely missing the point of what the new Sedona actually is.

Choosing Which Sedona is Right For You

Kia has outfitted the new Sedona with five different trim levels, each one equipped with plenty of great amenities, features, and options. Choosing which one is right for your family may be difficult, but no matter which one you end up with - you won’t be disappointed. That is just one of the great things about the new 2016 Kia Sedona.

Check out highlights of each Sedona model by exploring all of the five trim levels below.

  • L - The base 2016 Sedona starts at just $26,400, and comes with great standard features. Equipped with a 3.3-liter GDI V6 engine, this powerful MPV makes 276 horsepower, and still manages an EPA-estimated 24 miles per gallon on the highway. 17-inch alloy wheels, a black mesh grille, and projector beam headlights are all standard. The Sedona L gets Slide-N-Stow second row seats, steering wheel mounted audio controls, cruise control, and Bluetooth technology.
  • LX - The next level up, this Sedona starts at $28,500, and features the same standard engine. Other features include power-folding outside mirrors, Kia’s UVO eServices infotainment system, eight passenger seating, six-speaker audio system, an eight-way power driver seat, and a standard rear backup camera.
  • EX - Starting at $32,700, this mid-range Sedona features front fog lights, USB charging ports, Push-Button Start, and Smart Key technology. This model also comes standard with power sliding doors, a smart power liftgate, 18-inch alloy wheels, heated mirrors, and a cooling glove box.
  • SX - This upgraded version of the 2016 Sedona gets a premium Infinity Surround Sound Audio System, Voice-command navigation with an 8-inch touch screen display, Blind-Spot Detection with rear cross traffic alert, ventilated front seats, and second row heated seats.
  • SXL - The premium, top of the line 2016 Sedona starts at $39,900, and comes loaded with standard amenities. 19-inch chrome alloy wheels, a surround view safety monitor, first-class lounge seating with premium Nappa leather, and much more. This version of the new Sedona is as luxurious, and as comfortable, as any vehicle in its class gets. Every detail on this model is meant to impress, comfort, and offer premium amenities.

Whether you choose to go with the simplistic 2016 Sedona L model, or the high-end SXL, your 2016 Kia Sedona will be the same reliable, quality-made MPV. For families on the go, or the individual who needs more interior space, the 2016 Kia Sedona is the perfect answer. No other vehicle can compete with the level of luxury, comfort, practicality, and functionality, that the 2016 Sedona offers.

How the New Sedona Compares to the Competition

The competition in the MPV segment is stiff. Because the segment is a relatively small one, there is a much closer competition between the models available. Kia kept this fact in mind when they designed the new Sedona, and it shows. Check out how the 2016 Sedona compares against some of the top names in the MPV segment.

  • Price - The 2016 Sedona has the lowest base price compared to that of the Toyota Sienna, Honda Odyssey, or the Dodge Grand Caravan. If price is important to you, the Sedona is at the top of the list.
  • Safety - A family car through and through, the 2016 Sedona gets top safety ratings from the government -the most stars that are available. The only other competitor that matches the Sedona is the Odyssey. Both the Sienna and the Grand Caravan fall short, with less-than-perfect scores.
  • Standard Tech - All of these vehicles come with the relatively same standard technology offerings. However, the 2016 Kia Sedona is the only vehicle to offer standard Satellite Radio, a big plus for those who value what Satellite Radio has to offer.
  • Interior Space - The Sedona beats out the competition for interior passenger space, offering more than the other MPVs.

The new Kia Sedona isn’t just impressing drivers that are already turned onto the MPV segment, it is bringing a whole new generation of drivers to the MPV segment. With the stylish exterior, roomy interior, and exceptional standard features, the new Sedona is setting a completely new standard in the MPV category. From what we can tell, it seems that the competition has some major catching up to do.