09/21/15 ID: 10586

World-Class Craftsmanship Makes Sedona a Champion Among Competitors in Minivan Challenge 

  • Kia’s multi-purpose hauler recognized for superior ride and quiet cabin
  • Innovative features elevate Sedona to stand out in its class

IRVINE, Calif., September 21, 2015 – The all-new 2015 Kia Sedona was recently named by as the winner in its Ultimate Minivan Challenge, a multi-day comparison test that brought together experts from and PBS’ MotorWeek to conduct a detailed analysis on a competitive set of fully-loaded minivans. The results combined professional assessments with real-world opinions from car shoppers currently in the market for a new vehicle in the minivan segment.

“The all-new Kia Sedona is a champion of quality and refinement,” said Patrick Olsen, editor-in-chief. “A great ride combined with a quiet cabin and numerous innovative features made the Sedona an obvious selection as the ultimate minivan.”

This years’ competitors, in order of final rankings, included the 2015 Toyota Sienna, 2015 Honda Odyssey, 2015 Dodge Grand Caravan and 2015 Chrysler Town & Country. With its SUV-like styling and decidedly premium interior, the Kia Sedona topped a segment full of long-standing stalwarts.  The Ultimate Minivan Challenge evaluated competitors based on criteria such as technology, features and drivetrains.  Testing included a 135-mile course on varying road types to determine real-world fuel economy as well as back-to-back comparisons of ride, handling, comfort and acceleration.

“The fully reimagined Sedona has been a tremendous success for the Kia brand, connecting on multiple levels with families and active lifestyle consumers alike,” said Orth Hedrick, vice president of product planning, Kia Motors America (KMA).  “Its combination of bold design, advanced safety features and upscale cabin have resulted in a high level of appeal and desirability.  Sedona is clearly redefining and revolutionizing the minivan category as a whole.”

The Kia’s Sedona’s “Ultimate Minivan Challenge” win comes on the heels of other recent accolades for this multi-purpose model, such as receiving the J.D. Power Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout (APEAL) Award in the minivan segment and being named to Ward’s 10 Best Interiors list.  For full results and scoring details on the Ultimate Minivan Challenge, visit


About Kia Motors America
Kia Motors America (KMA) is the marketing and distribution arm of Kia Motors Corporation based in Seoul, South Korea.  KMA proudly serves as the "Official Automotive Partner" of the NBA and LPGA and set an all-time annual sales record in 2014, surpassing the 500,000 unit mark for the third consecutive year. KMA offers a complete line of vehicles, including the rear-drive K900** flagship sedan, Cadenza premium sedan, Sorento CUV, Soul urban passenger vehicle, Soul Electric Vehicle***, Sportage compact CUV, Optima midsize sedan, Optima Hybrid, the Forte compact sedan, Forte5 and Forte Koup, Rio and Rio 5-door subcompacts and the Sedona minivan, through a network of more than 765 dealers across the United States.  Kia’s U.S. manufacturing plant in West Point, Georgia, builds the Optima* and Sorento* and is responsible for the creation of more than 15,000 plant and supplier jobs.

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* The Sorento and Optima GDI (EX, SX & Limited and certain LX Trims only) are assembled in the United States from U.S. and globally sourced parts.

[1] 2015 K900 V8 available in select trims and in select markets with limited availability.

2 Soul EV in select markets with limited availability.




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