Carpool just got a whole lot sexier! See the new 2015 Kia Sedona

Don't call it a minivan or you might offend, instead the new 2015 Kia Sedona is being touted as mid-size multipurpose vehicle with CUV-like styling and proportions. While that's a mouthful, let's just call it the Sedona for now.  At first glance it's obvious that Kia is bringing high design to the exterior styling. They are calling it European-inspired.

"Throughout the development process, our engineers in the U.S. and Korea focused on adding the element of desire to the all-new Sedona with improved driving dynamics and power and the incorporation of modern styling cues, premium materials and technology," said Orth Hedrick, vice president, product planning, Kia Motors America.

Exterior design elements include LED running lights, LED taillights and a rear spoiler atop the back window, to give it a more sophisticated look.

Inside, Kia employs horizontal design cues to emphasize the 2015 Sedona's width and spaciousness, along with soft-touch surfaces which help to provide an upscale look and feel. Extensive use of sound-deadening material reportedly quiets the cabin, something moms and dads everywhere will appreciate.

Eight is great! Whether it is soccer carpool, getting the kids to carpool or a simple road trip with friends, everyone will appreciate the comfort and roominess of the new Sedona. Able to carry 8 passengers, the 2015 Sedona includes a standard center console between the front seats just like an SUV does, one equipped with a large storage area, cup holders, and a traditional gear selector. Second-row Slide-n-Stow seating is mounted on tracks and can be moved all the way forward and stored upright against the front seatbacks, thereby eliminating the need to unlatch and unload them to maximize cargo space. The 60/40 split-design third-row seat easily folds into the rearmost cargo well for storage.

Stain- and static-resistant Yes Essentials anti-microbial fabric is standard for the 2015 Sedona, another huge plus for families. The new Sedona can also be upgraded with second-row "First Class" lounge seats that include retractable leg-rests. For even greater levels of luxury, Kia offers the new Sedona SXL with the same premium leather that is supplied in the new K900 sedan.

Additional options for the 2015 Kia Sedona include a dual-panel sunroof, triple-zone automatic climate control system with Clean Air ionization, Smart Welcome exterior lighting, and a height-programmable Smart Tailgate. The Smart Tailgate senses the presence of a key fob and, if the key fob is near the rear of the minivan for three seconds, the tailgate powers open in hands- and foot-free fashion. A unique grille and 19-in. split-spoke polished aluminum wheels distinguish the Sedona SXL.

Kia's UVO eServices technology is available for the 2015 Sedona, featuring new Geo-fencing, Speed Alert, Curfew Alert, and Driving Score services. A new Kia App Store offers Pandora, iHeartRadio, and Google Local Search applications, and Siri Eyes Free technology is included for Apple iPhone users, who can charge their smartphone using the 2.1-amp high-power USB charging port.

All this technology and safety to boot. The Sedona will offer most modern safety features, including forward collision alert, adaptive cruise control, blind-spot detection, rear cross-traffic alert and a 360-degree camera view.

The new 2015 Sedona is arriving soon to Doug Smith Kia, come out for a test drive.

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