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You are in the Kia Sedona
What is this discussion about?
Feb 06, 2005 (8:43 am)
Yeah - and it's the only thing I DETEST on the new Ody. Honda has always had the 'take a chainsaw to cut a slot in the body look'.
Toyota finallyn removed this ugly slot, when they redesigned the Sienna in 2003.
Chrysler was the first to get this right on the 1996 minivan redesign.
Ford follow suit back in 1999, getting rid of the body slot on the second generation Windstar.
Kia will be the first auto manufacturer to UNHIDE the door track after having it right the first time. For the life of me, I don't understand why they messed this up....
Looks like I may wait until 2007 to replace my wife's '97 Dodge GC. Thought the new Sedona would be a contender...now might wait to see the upcoming Mazda MPV and redesigned Chrysler minivans.
Feb 07, 2005 (5:36 pm)
I agree except for one minor point - Toyota actually did it first, with the Previa. That had a black stripe around the entire back but it did hide the track right below the window.
Chyrsler only perfected it.
Feb 09, 2005 (9:25 pm)
I forgot about the Previa. So like, Kia, Toyota 'unhid' the sliding door track, before reversing course with the newest gen Sienna.
I will be interested in seeing the real photos from the Chicago Autoshow in a couple of days.
#51 of 999 06 Photos posted
Feb 10, 2005 (11:53 am)
Chicago Auto Show photos and text available now at www.autoweek.com. Bigger engine, fold down 3rd row seats, roll down windows on sliding doors (available with power; also powered lift gate.) If they hold prices, they're gonna eat SOMEBODY's lunch.
'04 Sedona LX
#52 of 999 Re: 06 Photos posted [xvrm]
Feb 10, 2005 (2:31 pm)
Honda and Toyota owners will still Kia Bash even with a van just as good or maybe better.
The question for me now is will I trade my '04 on the '06??
Wonder how my dealer will treat me.
'04 Sedona EX
Feb 10, 2005 (4:25 pm)
Just reading that newswir1e.net link, and there's a lot to like about the 2006 Sedona.
It sounds like Kia has pretty much caught up completely with the competition in terms of features, as of the 2006 model year. Roll-down 2nd row windows, available power liftgate, available power sliding doors, power adjustable pedals, DVD entertainment system available heated front seats, MP3 compatibility on Sedona EX, Homelink on EX, available backup warning system, etc.
The interior pic shows that things are even more upscale than the 2002-05 Sedona, which is saying something.
Tons of safety equipment, all of these standard: 4-channel ABS with EBD, front seat front and side airbags with head curtain airbag for all 3 rows, front seat occupant sensors for airbag deployment, active front head restraints, tire pressure monitoring system. ESP and traction control are optional. That's a pretty impressive safety feature lineup.
The engine - 3.8L DOHC 24V V6 - will be the largest high-tech minivan engine out there. 240+ HP and 250 ft-lb will be very competitive with the class leaders.
4 wheel disc brakes and 16" or 17" wheels instead of the current disc/drum and 15" wheel setup are nice, and needed, improvements.
Bottom line: the list of reasons why people don't choose Sedona as their minivan has shrunk considerably.
#54 of 999 www.kiamedia.com
Feb 10, 2005 (4:34 pm)
that newswire1 link mentions kiamedia.com. To log in there, you are supposed to be a 'journalist.' Turns out the ID is kiamedia and password is optima.
There are some preliminary specifications - fairly detailed ones - there if you poke around.
#55 of 999 Re: Wow..LARGEST high tech engine [bluedevils]
Feb 10, 2005 (5:20 pm)
WOW...Just like the high-tech 3.5L in the current KIA Sedona that has 195 HP 5500 RPM and 218 lb-ft 3500 while the same size Odyssey engine has 255 HP 5750 RPM and 250 lb-ft 5000 RPM?
The higher powered Odyssey also has MUCH better gas mileage than the Sedona.
#56 of 999 Re: Wow..LARGEST high tech engine [hansienna]
Feb 10, 2005 (7:05 pm)
I'm not sure of your point. Your comparing your Oddly to the '02-'05 Sedona. This thread is about the redesigned '06. It appears the Sedona is going to take alot of sales away from Honda and Toyota.
BTW, from what I've read on the Minivan gas mileage thread, doesnt seem like the Oddlies get much better real world gas mileage than the Sedona.
'04 Sedona EX